Look closely at the sash Amparo Muñoz was wearing. (Photo credit: Chuckie Chavez)
Way back in 1974 when the Philippines played host to the Miss Universe Pageant for the first time, a lovely Señorita from Spain took the competition by storm and became her country’s first winner of the title. The late Amparo Muñoz is not the main focus of this post, though, but the sash she wore during her extended stay in Manila.
Only in the Philippines will you see a rare blue-lettered Miss Universe sash with red borders. And according to rumors, then First Lady Imelda Marcos firmly requested that the winner wear it while in the country. There were also wild talks that she was “fervently hoping” for a rarer back-to-back scenario with Bb. Pilipinas Universe 1974 Guadalupe Sanchez succeeding Miss Universe 1973 Margarita Moran. Little did she know that two consecutive victories in the same would only happen thirty-five (35) years later in the Bahamas with Venezuela getting bragging rights for accomplishing the feat.
More of the one-of-a-kind sash on Miss Universe 1974 Amparo Muñoz.
That sash, which used the colors of the Philippine flag, is now a collector’s item and a worthy addition to the Miss Universe Archives (if any). I bet Donald Trump will be more than willing to pay top dollars for it. ;-)
Betcha didn’t know that Miss USA 2014 Nia Sanchez can pull her five fingers back farther than most and can stretch one to the fullest angle.
And did you know that this lovely American Latina is so obsessed with Asia? She has already been to three countries in the region and plans to visit a few more (including the Philippines) in the near future.
Well, if she eventually wins Miss Universe, the possibilities are already guaranteed if she prefers to do so. Heck, even she doesn’t win, I’ll bet she’ll ask Donald Trump if she can accompany the winner. Why not?
Watch the full video below and tell me what you think of her. ;-)
courtesy of Miss USA
The news article by Robert Requintina posted on the Manila Bulletin website stating the possibility of Miss Universe being held in Manila next year.
This is the kind of news item that can easily excite local pageant fans. And with the website of Manila Bulletin running the item, it certainly gives some added air of credibility to the content. But just what are the real chances of Donald Trump making an announcement that the beauty pageant will return to our shores after more than two decades of waiting? And will something like this augur well for the country’s wish of getting a 3rd Miss Universe crown come December? To the fans and supporters of Miss Universe Philippines 2014 MJ Lastimosa, it will most likely be interpreted as such. But for the more business-minded among us, it will simply be a venture that would be awarded to the country most enthusiastic in supporting and financing such event. Regardless of the return of investment, that is.
Donald Trump (right) and MU2013 Gabriela Isler
Once more, talks about who will be spending the most money will take over. Will it be the private sector or the Government? And will broadcasting giant ABS-CBN pitch in their own funds for the same? It will definitely be a big boost to their already strong popularity.
In the end – and I will sound like a broken record here – the more important thing to remember is that hosting Miss Universe is and will almost always be a risky proposition. It will definitely win the support of all pageant fans. But – given the endless problems and controversies with the DAP and PDAF being experienced by President Noynoy and his cabinet – I doubt if the Government will even commit to an allocation of funds.
So to all local Miss Universe supporters out there, can we see a show of hands if you feel that the Philippines is financially capable of hosting Donald Trump’s pageant next year? ;-)
Diamonds International Corporation will reportedly design and provide the Miss Universe crowns for ten years starting 2014.
Looks like Diamond Nexus Lab is out and Diamonds International Corporation (DIC) is in. Donald Trump has struck a deal with the Czech jewelry-manufacturing company to provide the new Miss Universe crown starting this year and which should extend till 2023. Lubos Riha, President of DIC, has already finalized negotiations with the Miss Universe Organization during which time he also met up with Miss Universe 2013 Maria Gabriela Isler.
I am excited to see how the new design will look like. And I reckon that the finished product will be a more valuable crown. DIC is expected to impress everyone given that this will be their inaugural year in our favorite beauty pageant. :-D
MU2013 Gabriela Isler (left) with DIC President Lubos Riha
Miss USA 2014 Nia Sanchez doing a talk to the Tae Kwon Do Education Foundation at the Times Square Children Festival
One of the coolest things about winning Miss USA (and Miss Universe for that matter
) is the prize package which includes living in one of Donald Trump’s high-rise residential towers in the Big Apple for one full year. The dollar value of the 12-month rent in a pricey Central Park West condo unit alone is worth the busy reign. And Nia Sanchez is taking it all in with open arms and a taste for the good life. Watch the video below which shows her whirlwind first 48 hours after being crowned Miss USA 2014.
courtesy of Miss USA
Miss World 2013 Megan Young on the cover of Metro Magazine’s 25th Anniversary Issue
Right after Ms. Cory Quirino wraps up with Mr. World Philippines 2014 this month, the much-awaited Miss World Philippines 2014 will be up next.
And I know that, next to Bb. Pilipinas, this is the next most prestigious national beauty pageant. Thanks in big part to the victory of Megan Young as Miss World 2013, the competition has significantly increased in stock and popularity aside from making Julia Morley a household name in the same vein as Donald Trump.
The video below is a belated upload of Miss Universe 2013 Maria Gabriela Isler’s trip to the Philippines encapsulated in just a little over two minutes of edited footage. Included are her arrival, welcome reception, Palawan sojourn, and judging of Bb. Pilipinas 2014 last month. The more interesting watch was her trip to Coron which showed how truly sincere and down-to-earth this lady is.
Miss Colombia Lucia Aldana (L) and Miss Mauritius Diya Beeltah during MU2013.
It doesn’t take a lot to understand that two of this year’s Miss Universe contestants have released separate online statements throwing potshots at Miss Universe and the organization behind it. While Miss Mauritius Diya Beeltah has already denied making the complaints that allegedly came from her, Miss Colombia Lucia Aldana is particularly more visible with her pronouncements which equally attacked her national organization.
As I’ve said before, there is some grain of truth in Diya’s allegations, but when the story included a non-participating Miss Kosovo, everything went from sympathy-seeking to downright doubtful. And to think that there were even minuscule ripples at the onset saying that she might have been kidnapped on her way to Moscow.
As for Lucia, her side is more of airing her sentiments about how she lacked support from the Miss Colombia Org, vis-a-vis with how strong favoritism works with Donald Trump and his team. The rabid support of the Filipino fans with Miss Philippines was also something that got included in the same. But what can we do? The incessantly strong rallying of Ariella’s supporters is one reality MUO has no control over (and are quite pleased with).
At the end of the day, none of these would have created some online noise if only both ladies placed in the Top 16 at the very least. However, I reckon Mr. Trump would not be happy seeing either of them getting top placements, knowing that they (or the people around them) would make unnecessary intrigues at the slightest hint of discomfort given to them.
So what if Lucia and Diya won? Well, it’s all hypothetical. But I would rather stop here than give them any more online mileage than what has already been created. ;-)
Emin (right) with Elmira Abdrazakova of Russia in the music video.
The final cut of the music video of ‘In Another Life’ has now been released. Watch Russian pop superstar Emin with some of the Miss Universe 2013 candidates including our very own Ariella Arida and with the special participation of Donald Trump.
courtesy of EminMusicOfficial
Gabriela Isler is the 7th Miss Universe titleholder from Venezuela.
When Gabriela Isler was announced as Miss Universe 2013 last November 9 in Moscow, she initially thought that her country name was being called as 1st Runner-Up. Her first reaction was to show genuine happiness for good friend Patricia Rodriguez of Spain whom she assumed won the whole thing. A split second later, she opened her mouth so wide upon seeing Olivia Culpo approaching her side and putting a crown on her head. It was then that the fantastic news sunk in her system. She indeed was the winner.
Gabriela's announcement as winner is an amusing anecdote in itself.
This short anecdote is a reflection of the new Miss Universe’s warmth and sincerity as an individual. Honestly, it doesn’t happen very often that we get to see a Venezuelan so genial and sisterly (I can name Miss Earth 2005 Alexandra Braun as another one). We all know by now that Molly (her nickname) is very good friends with both 1st Runner-Up Patricia and 3rd Runner-Up Ariella Arida. You can see in the Top 5 (where the three are standing side-by-side) that they are very happy for each other and that the hand clasps in between are firm and not tentative.
By becoming the 7th Venezuelan to win Miss Universe, Gabriela has added another feather to the already filled cap of Osmel Sousa. And the latter must be grinning from ear-to-ear as if to indicate that he has already forgiven Donald Trump for the snub of Marelisa Gibson in 2010 and the non-advancement to Top 5 of Vanessa Goncalvez in 2011.
Molly may not be the most youthful-looking Miss Universe ever, but she certainly could become the friendliest one to date. And if not for my deep-seated desire to see only our bet or Miss Spain as winner, I would have shouted for joy when she was crowned. At any rate, I have now moved on.
I can certainly see this Miss Guárico enjoying and giving her best to a one-year reign. :-)