Victorious Philippines 2010-2013
courtesy of The ABSCBNNews
1969-1973 was the last Golden Age of Philippine Pageants when – in that five year span – the country was able to produce two (2) Miss Universe titleholders (Gloria Diaz & Margarita Moran), one (1) Miss International winner (Aurora Pijuan) and one (1) Miss World 1st runner-up (Evangeline Pascual). Just to add a small detail, this period was preceded in 1968 by a 4th Runner-Up finish in Miss World courtesy of Pinky Amabuyok.
Fast forward to 2010 when Venus Raj clinched 4th Runner-Up honors in the Las Vegas-hosted Miss Universe. The following year saw the Philippines claiming runner-up finishes in both Miss Universe and Miss World (c/o Shamcey Supsup and Gwen Ruais, respectively). And just last year, Janine Tugonon was named 1st Runner-Up to Olivia Culpo, with Stephany Stefanowitz a close 2nd in Miss Earth and Rizzini Gomez pulling a Miss Tourism International. More than a week back, we finally bagged the Miss World crown via Megan Young, with the Mutya Datul victory in Miss Supranational adding more spice to a 2013 looking more optimistic than ever. And let’s not forget that this year’s editions of Miss Universe, Miss Earth and Miss International are still upcoming.
Are we looking at another Golden Age while establishing the Pageant Powerhouse status of the Philippines? Will the winning streak run till 2015? Or will it even go beyond that? I say yes. For sure, the element of luck will still come into play. But with the diligent training and preparations being given to our carefully-chosen representatives, there’s no reason to slide back and be relegated to anonymity anymore.
Things are definitely looking up. There’s no room for resting on our laurels. It’s full steam ahead for the Philippines!
Francine Garcia (aka Kim Chiu of QC) was crowned Super Sireyna Queen of Queens 2013.
The eight Super Sireyna Queens
Guys, I want to share with you the much talked-about Grand Finals of Super Sireyna Queen of Queens 2013. Below are the videos divided into six parts. Apologies for the less than clear quality, but this is the most complete set I could find on Youtube. Just the same, you will be amazed at the finalists, most especially the world-class fantasy costumes. The Q&A, especially of the winner Francine Garcia, was a killer (what with a killer question from judge Isabelle Daza). I was impressed with the whole event over-all. Do watch now.
All videos courtesy of Richardson Guinto
Photos during the Grand Tea Party of former Bb. Pilipinas winners at the Madame's White House
Since the world is celebrating Mothers Day, I thought of linking the special occasion to beauty pageants. And what better way than to focus on two special icons of Philippine pageantry – Madame Stella Marquez de Araneta and Ms. Gloria Diaz. Their photo (thanks, Bruce Casanova) during the Grand Tea Party of former Bb. Pilipinas winners inspired to me say a few about them serving as our mother images as well when it comes to what we love the most.
The Madame looking like a proud mother to MU2011 3rd Runner-Up Shamcey Supsup. (Photo credit: OPMB/Bruce Casanova)
The Madame – amidst all the never-ending complaints and criticisms we may have hurled about how she should improve or elevate Bb. Pilipinas to standards (and practices) we all feel are keeping up with the times – remains a steadfast supporter of our beauty queens. She would give our ladies the best possible training and preparation (based on budget) for the global stage, as well as inspire them to be the best internationally. But just like any typical mother, she would not resort to spoiling, and instead, insure that they keep their feet solidly planted on the ground. And while she doesn’t have an ounce of Filipino blood running in her veins, I couldn’t think of any other person who would have spent practically an entire lifetime running and organizing the national pageant this long. Some individuals may disagree, but she has something any other interested pageant leader will never have – a formidable track record.
Miss Universe and daughter - Gloria Diaz and Isabelle Daza.
And how about our first Miss Universe? Gloria Diaz has been a beacon of light for all aspiring beauty queens since winning the title back in 1969. She has always served as the go-to authority when it comes to imparting words of wisdom to our competing ladies. What’s more, her countless presence in the annual finals only shows the undying support to the organization that has continuously given us the best of the Filipinas for the whole world to see and appreciate. She may not care that her beautiful daughter, Isabelle Daza, follows her footsteps or not. But that’s just being a mother allowing her own child to pursue what she freely wants to do in life.
And with that, I salute all mothers and the unstinting love and devotion showered to their children. We may not always be the most compliant, reciprocal and affectionate in all the sacrifices and unconditional love given us, but we do return the same in our own way, be it small or unnoticeable at times.
Happy Mothers Day!
Our Miss Universe three-peat ladies with Miss Universe 1973 Margie Moran.
Bb. Pilipinas 2013: the Golden Road to the Crown will air tomorrow night on ABS-CBN’s Sunday’s Best (after GGV). You need to watch the primer in order to get a better feel of the 50 candidates, as well as to positively confuse your minds even more on who to pick as winners. Watch the teaser below.
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Our two Miss Universe titleholders – Gloria Diaz and Margie Moran – together with Miss International 2005 Precious Lara Quigaman will join Janine Tugonon, Shamcey Supsup and Venus Raj (plus other past winners like Miriam Quiambao and Ruffa Gutierrez) in giving you an exciting preview of wonderful things to come in the April 14 finals.
The two years that made historic pageant marks for the country, Miss Universe-wise.
The photos and newspaper clippings have all but disappeared. And whatever’s left are wonderful memories (for those whose ages mattered during the late 60s and early 70s), as attested by grainy videos that even the experts in digital remastering can only improve, but not by much.
The decades have passed by without a duplication of Gloria’s and Margarita’s victories. Miriam and Janine came so close, only to see the crown slip from their grasp.
When will be the next? When will be that third time that a Filipina can successfully wrest the title we all have been yearning for? But more importantly, who will be the third Filipina to achieve that? Will she come from the current crop of Bb. Pilipinas Gold candidates? Or will 2013 spell a return to the clapping background?
I can be an eternal optimist when it comes to bringing top honors for the Philippines. And if our Top 5 streak during the past three years is any indication, there’s really no other way to go but up. One notch up is all we need. And the Philippines will experience its ‘Glory’ (and Margie) days once again.
The gorgeous Isabelle Diaz Daza
I want to dedicate my last post for 2012 to a Filipina I am so hoping and wishing to represent us in Donald Trump’s pageant, such that if I am given the power to nominate one sure bet for Miss Universe Philippines 2013, only one name will come out of my lips: Isabelle Daza.
Isabelle wearing the Miss Universe crown her mom won back in 1969. The event was a Mad Hatter's Ball hosted by Tim Yap.
The daughter and deadringer of 1969 Miss Universe Gloria Diaz, Isabelle is the epitome of a real Pinay beauty for the Universe. She is beautiful and sensual, highlighted by facial features that can leave both men and women in awe. Her good height of 5’7″ might seem middling to most, but she has this excellent posture that gives the vision of a much taller individual. And those oh-so enviable cheekbones! Not a few ladies would agree to go under the knife just to achieve the same. What’s more, a much-longed for participation in Miss Universe – if ever – would be good publicity in itself for the competition.
Watch Isabelle in motion below:
Courtesy of esquireph
So as we bid farewell to the Year of the Dragon that is 2012, let me share my fervent pageant wish that Isabelle finally gives us bloggers, fans and followers the precious “yes” to Bb. Pilipinas 2013.
Otherwise, we should all look for someone who can measure up to our already high standards for the title – quite a Herculean task to accomplish within the next couple of months.
Happy New Year!
Three faces of Janine Tugonon (Thanks to OPMB Worldwide for sharing these photos)
Miss Universe Philippines 2012 Janine Tugonon: third time's a charm for the country in the pageant?
According to the Urban Dictionary
, “Third time’s a charm” is…
When you are trying something (activity, task, function) and you are not successful during the first two attempts, you make this comment to assure people that you will get it right the third time you attempt it.
Venus Raj started it all in 2010 when she placed fifth in MU2010 in Las Vegas. Shamcey Supsup followed suit last year when she notched fourth in MU2011 in Sao Paulo. Back to Las Vegas this time around, a full circle of sorts could be shaping up with Janine Tugonon gearing up for the ‘beauty battle’ that can possibly spell the difference between the third (consecutive) time being a charm or back to square one of clapping for the winners.
I am, quite simply, stunned with how our entry has turned into a ravishing Filipina ready and determined to bring more honors to the country in a competition considered to be the fitting finale for the annual round-the-world celebrations of beauty, purpose, culture, relevance and what-have-yous. From Miss World to Miss International and just recently, Miss Earth, it has all come down to this – Miss Universe.
Will Janine Tugonon be the answered prayer for all pageant-loving Filipinos here and abroad? Will she be the occupant of the throne that has been missing a Pinay Miss Universe since 1974? The only answer I can give is that she will fight tooth and nail to better her predecessors’ achievements. Matching the same won’t make her efforts any less significant. But claiming a spot that only Gloria Diaz and Margarita Moran were able to reach in their respective years is the crowning glory for decades of patiently waiting. A lot is at stake here.
So to Janine, let me give these parting rah-rah statements before she leaves for Las Vegas on Sunday: “Aim high, even higher than you could ever imagine. The journey won’t be a bed of roses. But the rewards, if successfully accomplished and if fate so decides, will be greater than the collective efforts of all the Filipinas who have tried but failed in their missions.”
Isabelle Daza on the May 2012 cover of Rogue Magazine
The photoshoot was nearly stopped by the cover girl’s mother. As a result, the concept was adjusted to show less skin and more of graphic details. And just when everyone thought things were already fine, a rift between mother and daughter expectedly ensued to fuel more fire to the already brewing controversy (sort of). All in a few days’ worth of drama for the May 2012 issue of Rogue Magazine.
Isabelle Daza, daughter of 1969 Miss Universe Gloria Diaz, is yummily bedecked in white and splashed with blood in a Dexter-ish pose complete with a murderous butcher knife and a beauty queen’s crown to complete the pose. The end result sets a trend-setting cover that veered away from the usually edgy dolled-up sexiness men’s magazines are known for. And I love it!
The Grand Santacruzan 2012 of BPCI was successfully held at the Araneta Center Saturday afternoon with all reigning queens plus past winners donning elegant ternos while personifying the various Reynas of the annual May day celebration. Check out the pictures below (courtesy of OPMB Worldwide):
Janine Tugonon, Miss Universe Philippines 2012
Nicole Schmitz, Bb. Pilipinas International 2012
Katrina Dimaranan, Bb. Pilipinas Tourism 2012
Elaine Kay Moll, Bb. Pilipinas 1st Runner Up
Annalie Forbes, Bb. Pilipinas 2nd Runner Up
Shamcey Supsup, Miss Universe 2011 3rd Runner-Up
Venus Raj, Miss Universe 2010 4th Runner-Up
Reyna Emperatriz, Gloria Diaz, Miss Universe 1969
Beautiful! Elegantly beautiful!
Reader Basil was blown away by our ladies after seeing all of them in the flesh. I’m sure he has renewed confidence in our reigning queens. And for the others who also witnessed the event, you may share your thoughts about the same.
Glam Sham through the lens of Raymond Saldana
Between tomorrow and Wednesday (Brazil time), Bb. Pilipinas-Universe 2011 Shamcey Supsup should be finally arriving in Sao Paulo, Brazil to compete in Miss Universe 2011. She has already spent more than a week in Bogota, Colombia where she underwent countless fittings, daily fitness regimen and pasarela sessions.
So what lies ahead of our dear Shamcey? Bright prospects, I reckon. This despite the fact that international beauty competitions can never do away with inside politics and the like.
Shamcey has been doing her homework dutifully well. She has the right discipline and motivation to give her all and come up with an excellent representation of the Philippines. But there is also the possibility of not exceeding or even matching Venus Raj’s achievement in Las Vegas last year. And there are several factors that may or may not work in her favor, depending on how each pre-pageant day unravels.
To this effect, 1969 Miss Universe Gloria Diaz (photo, left) has this message for our girl in Sao Paulo: “Do the best you can but don’t feel stressed out. It’s not a matter of life and death. Enjoy!”
And I couldn’t agree more!
If Shamcey wins the crown, let’s all rejoice. Otherwise, let’s accept the fact that fate has other things in store for her.
P.S. Don’t forget to vote for Shamcey in the Miss Universe.com website!