Bianca giving a few words to her guests
It was a simple get-together hosted by Bb. Pilipinas International 2014 Bianca Guidotti and her family for relatives, friends, colleagues, supporters and former schoolmates. The venue was the Function Room of Eastwood Excelsior inside Eastwood City.
In attendance were Bb. Pilipinas Tourism 2014 Parul Shah, Bb. Pilipinas 2nd Runner-Up Hannah Ruth Sison (who gamely sang), Carla Lizardo, Aces & Queens’ Gerry Diaz, Designer Eric delos Santos plus this blogger from the pageant world. Bianca also had collegues from her affiliated NGO and fellow Ateneans who are now professionals. Not to be missed, of course, is her special someone Vincent Santos.
Friends from Bb. Pilipinas and Bianca's special someone
Bb. Pilipinas International 2014 Bianca Guidotti was the perfect hostess last night.
Left to right: Designer Eric delos Santos, your blogger, Bianca, Gerry Diaz and Jimmy Estopace of A&Q
Bianca was the picture of tempered happiness. She has wholeheartedly accepted the results of Miss International 2014 and feels that it is time to focus on the more charitable aspects of BPCI for the remainder of her reign.
There are sound-offs that Madame Stella Marquez de Araneta might be able to get a new franchise or two, and that she might be considered for a 2nd representation. But she is more keen on begging off and letting either Parul or Laura or Hannah to get a shot if ever.
We’ll see… ;-)
Bb. Pilipinas 2014 2nd Runner-up Hannah Ruth Sison posing beside a huge Christmas Tree.
Hannah (seated 1st from left , first row) with her fellow Bb. Pilipinas 2014 Queens during the arrival of Bianca from Tokyo.
It was Bb. Pilipinas 2014 2nd Runner-up Hannah Ruth Sison who gave me the idea for this post. Earlier, she uploaded an image of her posing beside a huge Christmas Tree. And it got me to thinking that, indeed, many houses and buildings and hotels are now getting all decorated for the coming Holiday Season (and the Sison in the title above is intentional
I am all wrapped up in the simultaneous staging of international beauty pageants left and right that I immediately asked the two kasambahays to bring out all the Christmas decors, trimmings and all. The works.
Crazy me. I should’ve started doing all of this more than a week ago today. But several Misses have kept my mind elsewhere. There was Miss International, then Miss Earth and Miss Supranational to focus on. And before I forget, Miss World Philippines 2014 Valerie Weigmann will have her send-off next week, just two days before the one for Bb. Pilipinas Intercontinental 2014 Kris Tiffany Janson. My daily schedule is starting to feel the pressure. Whew!
Busy, busy, busy days and weeks ahead!
Wish me luck! :-D
As ready as she could be, our Bb. Pilipinas Supranational 2014 Yvethe Marie Santiago
Later in the afternoon at Balay in Araneta Center, Bb. Pilipinas Supranational 2014 Yvethe Marie Santiago was feted to her own send-off to Miss Supranational 2014. She is scheduled to depart for Krynica-Zdrój, Poland later this week. In attendance during the event were five (5) of her fellow Bb. Pilipinas 2014 Queens (Bb. Pilipinas-International 2014 Bianca Guidotti is still in Tokyo for the finals of Miss International 2014 scheduled tomorrow afternoon) namely Miss Universe Philippines 2014 MJ Lastimosa, Bb. Pilipinas Intercontinental 2014 Kris Tiffany Janson, Bb. Pilipinas Tourism 2014 Parul Shah, 1st Runner-Up Laura Lehmann and 2nd Runner-Up Hannah Ruth Sison. Of course, Madame Stella Marquez de Araneta and Miss Supranational 2013 Mutya Datul – the reigning titleholder- need to be there and they graced the whole affair.
Five of our Seven Bb. Pilipinas 2014 Queens who gave inspiring messages to Yvethe.
Madame Stella Marquez de Araneta sharing a good laugh with Yvethe (left) and Mutya.
Yvethe's mom Nida (right) giving a message to her daughter
Yvethe was at her happiest and most emotional, especially with the messages given to her by the other Binibinis, Mutya Datul and her mom Nida. She knows that, just like Bianca Guidotti, her journey to the Miss Supranational 2014 crown will be challenging because of the dreamed-of back-to-back victory that is harder to earn. But being the positive person that she is, the enthusiasm and determination should help in achieving what others feel is an impossible feat.
A literal back-to-back between Mutya Datul and Yvethe Santiago. Will this be a prophetic photo?
Best of luck, dear Yvethe!
Step up to the plate. Bring it on. Do the Philippines proud. :-)
Bb. Pilipinas Tourism 2014 Parul Shah photographed while giving her send-off tribute to Bianca Guidotti
Hannah Ruth Sison (left) and Laura Lehmann during Bianca Guidotti's send-off
While four of the five Bb. Pilipinas 2014 titleholders are all pumped up for their pageant assignments happening one after the other, I am a bit gloomy for Bb. Pilipinas Tourism 2014 Parul Shah who might end up mission-less for the remainder of her reign. With the mushrooming of so many new international beauty contests, she could easily take part in one of them and quite effortlessly bring home the crown, regardless if the title is not as popular as the rest. It’s a pity that the franchises are under different individuals. It’s even worse that BPCI is stuck with Miss Tourism Queen International which is spiralling down to anonymity.
And while we’re at it, why not include the fate of 1st Runner-up Laura Lehmann and 2nd Runner-up Hannah Ruth Sison as well? I bet these two ladies can also register victories if given the chance. But if Parul will be unfielded, their chances are even slimmer.
Your thoughts, dear readers?
Our Queens pledged their hands to save lives!
Yesterday was Global Handwashing Day. And at the Mandaluyong Elementary School, five of our Bb. Pilipinas 2014 Queens – MJ Lastimosa, Bianca Guidotti, Yvethe Santiago, Parul Shah and Hannah Sison
– continued their big sister roles as they demonstrated to the children how to properly wash their hands to make sure they are 100% clean so as to avoid disease-causing germs and the like. Along with Unilever Philippines and actor/endorser Jericho Rosales, they all went happily throughout the whole event.
Check out some of the pictures below. :-D
Our Bb. Pilipinas 2014 Queens get their hands squeaky clean for the kids to emulate
Our Bb. Pilipinas 2014 Queens teaching the young ones how to properly wash their hands
Miss Universe Philippines 2014 MJ Lastimosa gets a selfie with actor Jericho Rosales
Our Bb. Pilipinas 2014 Queens fulfilled an Operation Smile mission at Sta. Ana Hospital
MJ bonding with the kids
It was a fulfilling mission our Bb. Pilipinas 2014 Queens went through when they visited the Sta. Ana Hospital for Operation Smile.
The ladies – Miss Universe Philippines 2014 MJ Lastimosa, Bb. Pilipinas International 2014 Bianca Guidotti, Bb. Pilipinas Supranational 2014 Yvethe Santiago, Bb. Pilipinas Tourism 2014 Parul Shah and 2nd Runner-up Hannah Sison – acted like big sisters to the kids who were scheduled to be operated on their cleft lips and palates. Prior to the surgeries, they played with the little ones and made sure that the latter bravely took on the procedure. And Parul took things one step further when she actually provided assistance in one of them.
Bb. Pilipinas Tourism 2014 Parul Shah assisting in the medical procedure.
Kudos to our Queens for having big hearts for the cause! :-D
Group hug for (left to right): Hannah, Parul, MJ, Yvethe, Kris and Bianca
There has never been a better time for our Bb. Pilipinas 2014 Queens to get real close and sisterly with each other than now.
One by one, they will head off to their respective pageant assignments (at least four of them) starting next month with Bb. Pilipinas Intercontinental Kris Tiffany Janson leaving for Jordan on October 5. After her, Bb. Pilipinas International Bianca Guidotti will head to Tokyo on October 25 – right on the same day that a Miss Intercontinental will be crowned. A few weeks later, Bb. Pilipinas Supranational Yvethe Marie Santiago will get her date with destiny as she embarks on a much-awaited trip to Poland to gun for a back-to-back victory in Krynica-Zdrój. And for the pièce de résistance, Miss Universe Philippines MJ Lastimosa will be sent-off (to a still unknown destination) in an almost date-overlapping fashion for Miss Universe 2014 by mid-November as well.
In all of these, our Queens will have each other’s back as moral and emotional support. Individually, their targets are zeroed in on claiming victory abroad. As a group, their mission is united – to be the most successful Bb. Pilipinas batch of winners. :-D