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.
Miss Universe Philippines 2013 Ara Arida on the Miss Universe website
I will start the thousand words with three (3) of my own.
“Could be better“
You can add yours below, but please refrain from using below-the-belt or invective language against Ara. After all, she was not the one responsible for transmitting the JPEG file.
My objective is to hopefully reach the person/s at BPCI who sent the same to MUO. After reading our comments, he/she can seriously consider providing a different photo. I have a feeling the one above won’t be removed from the website anymore, but a more impressive shot or two will help balance things.
P.S. Just so you know my clear stand on the photo above, I want something that grabs the viewer in the throat right away. This is not the website where images placed are the type that would grow on you first before seeing beauty in the same. Whenever the contestants page is accessed by random visitors, the last thing in his/her mind is to linger on one. There has to be an instant capture of interest. ;-)
First off, belated birthday (June 6) greetings to our sweet Bb. Pilipinas Tourism 2012 Katrina Dimaranan! Hope you had a really good one yesterday!
Now let’s go to the birthday wish I tweeted her about yesterday. It’s no secret that we all want her to wear the Philippine sash abroad. We don’t want to waste her beauty and pass her beauty queen prime without even participating in any international pageant. BPCI should give her the chance to do so. She’s a crowned winner and eager to do the country proud. Why deny her the opportunity? I’m pretty sure there are reputable organizers who would like Bb. Pilipinas to field a handpicked lady for their competition. And Katrina should be able to fill in the slot if ever.
Will the wish happen this 2013?
I’m keeping my fingers crossed for that. ;-)
Supermodel Charlene Almarvez in a Michael Cinco creation (Photo credit: OPMB Worldwide)
Supermodel Charo Ronquillo in a Michael Cinco gown. (Photo credit: OPMB Worldwide)
Bb. Pilipinas 2013 Candidate Cassandra Naidas in a Michael Cinco original (Photo credit: OPMB Worldwide)
Backstage with some of Michael Cinco's models (Photo credit: Phil. Fashion Week on Facebook)
Michael Cinco’s visions in black (Photo credit: Bruce Casanova/Status Magazine)
Michael Cinco’s visions in light (Photo credit: Bruce Casanova/Status Magazine)
Michael Cinco backstage (Photo credit: Phil. Fashion Week on Facebook)
It was full house (actually more than) when our favorite fashion designer Michael Cinco presented during Philippine Fashion Week at the SMX Convention Center yesterday. And why not? He always dazzles the audience with his dramatic, intricate and awe-inspiring creations. With the help of carefully-handpicked wearers – including familiar faces in the supermodel and beauty pageant worlds, his latest collection (initially paraded during Dubai’s Fashion Forward event) left a lasting impression to say the least.
How much more time does BPCI need in order to give this national pageant supporter the opportunity to dress our Miss Universe Philippines? If Alfredo Barraza is non-negotiable, then a compromise can be made somewhere. Why not allow our rep to wear Michael’s evening gown during Preliminaries in order to insure that Ara Arida stands out? Or better yet, give him 2013 as test year to see how things will pan out during the actual period of competition itself.
Are you still with us, Michael Cinco? :-)