One of the 8 ladies above could spring a surprise on Sunday night.
Every year, a surprise or two in the official results of Bb. Pilipinas (even Miss Universe) make us look closer at the TV screen (or the stage if watching live) more intently. It’s as if we missed this one girl who is suddenly performing beyond everybody’s expectations.
Last year, a petite and less regarded – albeit photogenic – Ali Forbes stunned amused watchers when she placed 2nd Runner-Up which translated to a year-long Top 5 appearance with Janine, Nicole, Katrina and Elaine. The year before that, the surprise was relatively minor when the likes of less popular Sarah Nicole Clenci and Wendy Lucas made it to the Top 15. And the year before that, Czarina Gatbonton floored everyone by becoming the last Filipina to wear the Bb. Pilipinas World sash.
For 2013, who will provide us with that eyebrow-raising moment? For your consideration, I short-listed eight candidates who just might sneak into the magic circle of Top 15 or Top 10 or even Top 5 when nobody’s looking (or taking a restroom break in between commercial gaps).
Cebuanas Angeli Dione Gomez and Herlie Kim Artugue head the group. Their excellent communication skills – and acceptable facial attractiveness – might not be lost on the judges’ scorecards. Same goes with Law student Ivy Kristel Gonzales and UK-raised Zandra Flores. And how about the youthful beauty of 17 year-old Imee Schweighart? She could turn on the charm that we have been ignoring for so long.
And then there is also Best National Costume winner (and Mutya Datul deadringer) Ma. Teresita ‘Mateane’ Baccay plus sexy Abby Monderin who may possibly complicate the field even more. Finally, let’s not forget the statuesque Valiry Vispo whose 5’10″ frame can be hard to ignore in a less competitive year.
Yes, ladies and gentlemen, there is likely to be one shocking contender for this year. Her identity remains a mystery, though. After all, what’s Bb. Pilipinas without one?
Ivy, Kate, Leona and Rose are there alright. But where’s the fair share of acclaim? (Photo credit: OPMB Worldwide)
Let’s continue featuring the ladies of Bb. Pilipinas 2013 who have not made big strides in the competition so far. They may not be considered frontrunners, but are still capable of springing a surprise when everyone’s not looking.
Ivy Kristel Gonzales, for the information of many, is the Atenean of the batch. A Law student, I bet she can handle the interviews even with her eyes closed. While she may be likened to similarly-credentialed (and also an Atenean) Giselle Angelica Munoz of Batch 2012, this girl may yet perform better…..or worse if the only parameters are the strong facial beauties of more than half of the 50 contenders.
Katherine Anne Enriquez. Sweet Kate seems to be lost in the heavy mix of numerous favorites this year. But don’t count her out just yet. Her looks may not be the type that would grab you instantly. And she could still come up with that one swift upper hook to knock down one of the leaders.
Rose Pujanes appears to be another dark horse nobody is paying attention to. It doesn’t help any that, as #14, she is constantly being sandwiched by (and compared to) Charmaine Elima and Pia Wurtzbach. On her own, though, this Batanguena has improved much in styling and projection. What’s more, there is this small voice among the crowded pageant fans believing in her potential of placing in the end. Who knows?
When Leona Santicruz qualified as an Official Candidate, there was a holler in unison saying ‘Leona who?’ She is one of the few who didn’t make it to this blog’s pages prior to the announcement. That doesn’t mean she’s in it just to add up to the numbers. This round-eyed university graduate knows her chances to be less promising than most. But it might exactly be the kind of silent approach she finds effective – concentrate on the judges and give the hype to the rest.
So who merits your second look among the four?