1970 Miss International Aurora McKenny Pijuan during her victory in Osaka, Japan
Aurora Pijuan circa 1970
Aurora Pijuan circa 2012
Aurora Pijuan appeared in only two movies in her short showbiz career
Interesting trivia about 1970 Miss International Aurora McKenny Pijuan: She only appeared in two movies in a short-lived showbiz career. Her introductory role came in 1973 via the trilogy flick “Si Popeye Atbp
” where she played Olive Oyl to Ariel Ureta’s Popeye in the first episode. The following year, she was casted as one of the leading ladies opposite then action star Ramon Revilla Sr. in the Spanish-American war movie titled “Sunugin ang Samar
” (Burn Samar).
Thereafter, Aurora soon married businessman/golfer Tomas “Tommy” Manotoc to whom she bore two kids: Mavis and Tomas Jr. However, the union didn’t last that long. There was even some controversy after Tommy got involved with and eventually married then Presidential daughter Imee Marcos. The intrigues lasted till the 1984 Parliamentary Elections.
Au – who is considered the first official Miss International of Bb. Pilipinas – plunged into her 2nd marriage with American businessman Bob Cleveland. It was another failed relationship by her own account. From that point, she firmly decided not to look for a 3rd husband anymore. Instead, she opted to work on several charitable causes, while raising her two offsprings. She is now a proud Grandmother (to her three grandchildren) with active affiliations in Gawad Kalinga projects and the like.
courtesy of TheOnesBeautiful
(L-R) Kristelle Batchelor (UST), Gabby Dario (UP), Tricia Robredo (NU), Jeanine Tsoi (DLSU), Laura Lehmann (AdMU), Gianne Llanes (AdamsonU), Nicole Yu (FEU) and Yvete Din (UE). (Photo credit: Yahoo Philippines)
Bb. Pilipinas 2014 1st Runner-Up Laura Lehmann is now a courtside reporter of UAAP Season 77 for the Ateneo Blue Eagles. (Photo credit: Yahoo Philippines)
First off, since today is the official start of UAAP basketball games at the Smart Araneta Coliseum, I thought it would be nice to feature the beautiful ladies who will be covering for their respective universities. Of course, the focus is on the perky stunner for AdMU.
I would assume that Bb. Pilipinas 2014 1st Runner-Up Laura Victoria Lehmann has decided that – in order to fulfill her responsibilities to BPCI – it would be best to take her tertiary schooling at Ateneo de Manila University instead of going on an indefinite leave of absence from Occidental College in L.A. As a result, she is now donning the blue colors of her new alma mater, as well as being selected as the Courtside Reporter of the Ateneo Blue Eagles for UAAP (University Athletic Association of the Philippines) Season 77.
And knowing the personality of pretty Lau, I’m sure she will do a good job of providing real-time updates and cool insights on Ateneo’s players. I promised to follow her quest on the side of the basketball court. I hope I can keep up, though. ;-)
Hannah Ruth Sison is taking her 2nd Runner-Up position seriously. (Photo credit: Rommel Laderas)
Bb. Pilipinas 2014 2nd Runner-Up Hannah Ruth Sison is one dutiful Binibini. Even without the promise (even a possibility) of being fielded in an international pageant, she is keeping up with the responsibilities of her placement. And for a level-headed individual like her, this is the right way to get into the good grace of people at BPCI. A cooperative winner will always be welcome. And if she continues with the right attitude (and I know she will), there could be a shining light at the end of the tunnel (or her reign, if you will). ;-)
The photos above coincided with the visit of the Bb. Pilipinas 2014 Official Candidates to Megaworld Properties where they also dropped by the Empire East Elite office to check out the model condominium units of Manhattan Garden City.
Wouldn’t it be nice to give away two (2) studio units as prize for the Top 2 winners? That would be asking for the moon, of course. But come to think of it, they will be living just a stone’s throw away from the BPCI offices. Convenience to the max. ;-)
Bb. Pilipinas 2014, through BPCI, has lined up a number of exciting pre-pageant activities for all fans and supporters to watch live.
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Of course, what everyone is looking forward to is already public knowledge, and that is the Finals Night.
P.S. Don’t ask me about the ticket prices and availability yet. We may need to wait till late February for that.
Yvethe Santiago can wait.
Yvethe, Diana, MJ, Pia and Bianca can wait as well.
Zahara, Laura and Kimverlyn can wait, too.
However the long wait is testing everyone’s patience, nothing can really be done. Whatever the reasons are behind the extension, your blogger would rather that BPCI verifies everything about the applicants instead of making unceremonial disqualifications after making a grand announcement.
If it’s any consolation, a Saturdate (which means not having to wake up early on Sunday) with Bb. Pilipinas 2014 could mean reverting to their old practice of stretching things till midnight before spilling the names. Or not.
I’d prefer if they will do it earlier that night. ;-)
Team JDV (with mentor John de la Vega posing with them right in the middle) can also wait (Photo credit: Fab Philippines)
Seriously now, all the 61 ladies can wait for January 25 or 27.
P.S. I just hope that it won’t be extended to January 27 anymore. John de la Vega and even one of the remaining applicants, Anabel Christine Tia, posted on their FB pages that the final announcement will be this Saturday, or worse, Monday.
I’m just using the image above to spice up this post.
Ok, I must admit I almost fell off my swivel chair after hearing the rumored buzz on the new policy of BPCI that will not allow its Bb. Pilipinas winners to have boyfriends during their entire reign.
But after some quick thinking, it really makes a lot of sense if confirmed to be true. Only a small handful of ladies get the chance to wear the crowns. Can’t they commit to a loveless reign for the Philippines? It’s really not as difficult as those ladies in a relationship would think. One doesn’t win a crown and get her attention divided by a demanding or moneyed boyfriend, right?
It is now clear as the full moon how something like this would even be seriously implemented. Blame it on one girl who is so much in love right now. I won’t name names anymore, but it doesn’t take a genius to correctly guess who.
Hmmm…is she the one who spent….oh, never mind. ;-)
Scenes from screenings during previous Bb. Pilipinas editions (Photo credit: Bruce Casanova for BPCI)
The callbacks started last Wednesday. Everyday, girls who do not meet the exacting standards of the screening committee (composed of BPCI Officials and former Bb. Pilipinas titleholders) would start to fall off like leaves from a maple tree in the middle of autumn. Normally, the more than a hundred (118 to be exact) applicants will start getting small up until around 50 are left for the final callback where the reported 30 (Thirty) Official Candidates will be named.
It can be quite a cruel task for the decision-makers, but the filtering needs to be done. This is where the stringent background checks, conflicts in work contracts, residency kinks and previous modeling assignments/appearances in publications below the organizers’ standards are keenly sorted. Hopefully this year, the investigation team has done its job to the best of their abilities so that no disqualifications will be made long after the final announcement.
Once the final pre-qualifiers are known, the deliberations are long and arduous. After assessing the remaining ladies in their cocktail dresses, swimsuits and evening gowns, the committee will decide on what message will be slipped into the crucial envelopes that will be handed out to each one of them. Either a congratulatory exclamation or a better-luck-next-time bad news will spell the big difference between tears of joy and tears of sadness.
Just to reminisce, watch the video below showing TV Patrol’s coverage of the final screenings during Bb. Pilipinas 2013.
courtesy of TheEmeraldvideos
The Official Candidates will most likely be given a rose to signify their status as such. And a new journey will begin. :-)
P.S. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that the results we’ve been waiting for will be known before or a little after midnight on January 18. ;-)
Miss Philippines Ariella Arida and Miss Venezuela Gabriela Isler may have big height difference, but both are absolutely gorgeous.
Since 2010, National Pageant Heads Madame Stella Marquez de Araneta of BPCI and Osmel Sousa of the Miss Venezuela Organization have a nice competition heating up among themselves. It started to simmer when Venus Raj outclassed Marelisa Gibson in Vegas. And then it gradually reached boiling point in Sao Paulo when Shamcey Supsup zoomed past Vanessa Goncalvez. The hot bubbles started its furious ascend once more in Vegas when Janine Tugonon outpointed Irene Esser last year. Will 2013 be the right time for the Venezuelan beauty guru to exact revenge, at the expense of our current bet?
Hot competition between the Madame and Osmel as well.
Miss Philippines Ariella Arida and Miss Venezuela Maria Gabriela Isler are both stunners that the Madame and Osmel would fight tooth and nail to make sure that their respective wards become this year’s winner, more especially now that the latter has somehow lost his magic touch with MWO’s Julia Morley.