Photographer Dix Perez took charge of shooting the successful group that brought us the Philippines’ 3rd Miss Universe and 1st Miss World crowns
As far back as I can remember, Aces & Queens has never had a pictorial of the whole team that was as properly set up as this. So when the lovely photographs taken by Dix Perez started showing up in the Facebook accounts of both Jonas Gaffud and Arnold Mercado, I said “Finally!” It could perhaps be the best time to do so after the camp has successfully helped in getting the 3rd Miss Universe crown (via Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach
) for the country that matched well with our 1st Miss World victory (courtesy of Megan Young
) for which they also got significant credits for.
So without further ado, let me just give you a quick rundown of the members in their grouped and family portraits.
The starting pillars of Aces&Queens (left-to-right): Arnold Mercado, Jonas Gaffud and Atty. Nad Bronce
From wardrobe to styling to fitness to scheduling (left-to-right): Bessie Besana, John Cuay and Pao Baysa
The Wisdom of the Senior Advisers (left-to-right): Cesar Evangelista, Boyet Blas and Gerry Diaz
The hair and makeup artists/stylists (left-to-right): Gery Penaso, Carissa Cielo Medved, Jim Ryan Ros and Raymond Galang
Note: There were four important members who missed the photoshoot so let me just cite the following individuals as well: Carlos Buendia, Jr. (for wardrobe/dancing/choreography), Yuventus Albert Kurniawan (for make-up), Dave Grona (for hair) and Film Director Jeffrey Jeturian (Senior Adviser)
An almost complete family portrait for Aces&Queens
I doff my hat to all of you! :-)
A love-filled baby shower for mother-to-be Shamcey Supsup Lee
As I have blogged before, Miss Universe Philippines 2011 and Miss Universe 2011 3rd Runner-Up Shamcey Supsup-Lee will become a mother soon. And because of the very nearing date of delivery, a love-filled baby shower was thrown on her behalf. Loving husband Lloyd was always around to support his heavily-pregnant wife. Her mentors from Aces & Queens led by Jonas Gaffud, Arnold Mercado and Bessie Besana were around. And of course, her fellow pageant queens also graced the affair, led by Miss Universe 2010 4th Runner-Up Venus Raj, Miss Universe Philippines 2014 MJ Lastimosa, Miss Earth 2015 Angelia Ong, Bb. Pilipinas Supranational 2014 Yvethe Santiago, Bb. Pilipinas Tourism 2011 Isabella Manjon and Bb. Pilipinas International 2011 Dianne Necio.
Watch out for the arrival of Baby Nyke! :-)
A quote for dear Shamcey:
“Pregnancy seems designed to prepare you for life as a mother. You start making sacrifices nine months before the child is born, so by the time they put in an appearance you are used to giving things up for them.”
― Brett Kiellerop
Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach being styled by Marquis Bias
Miss Universe 2015 Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach and her victory were discussed on Tonight with Boy Abunda (TWBA) with her mentors at Aces & Queens, including Miss Universe 2011 3rd Runner-Up Shamcey Supsup-Lee. It’s also interesting to hear their points of view on the subject matter.
Watch the particular episode now.
courtesy of ABS-CBN Entertainment
courtesy of ABS-CBN Entertainment
Jonas Gaffud uploaded the picture in this post showing members of Aces & Queens during their first meeting for 2016. And what else could have been the agenda? Bb. Pilipinas 2016, for sure.
The famed beauty camp is not resting on its laurels, especially not after a splendid performance for 2015:
Miss Universe 2015 Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach
Miss Globe 2015 Ann Colis
Miss Tourism Queen of the Year International 2015/16 Leren Mae Bautista
Miss Intercontinental 2015 1st Runner-Up Christi Lynn McGarry
Miss World 2015 Top 10 and Multimedia Awardee Hillarie Danielle Parungao
The plan is to stay well in the game, while riding on the wave of the Filipinas’ popularity in the global pageant arena and facing the challenge of helping bring more honors to the country. Not the easiest of missions to sustain but these individuals are headstrong in their passion, mission and vision.
And according to Jonas himself, the group is setting its sights beyond beauty pageants. Can’t wait to see what other chapters will be opened soon.
More crowns. More honors. #ForThePhilippines 👑🇵🇭
Pia and Jonas Gaffud reunite in the Big Apple (Photo credit: Jonas Gaffud)
It’s never easy letting go of your protegé after years of mentoring and togetherness. But if it means giving her completely to the Miss Universe Organization, then Jonas Gaffud will do everything in a heartbeat.
Miss Universe 2015 Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach is now under management by WME/IMG Models and MUO for her entire reign. And that also means temporarily giving up personal access to a couple of social media accounts like Facebook and Twitter where “Pia Alonzo” and @piawurtzbach are deactivated, respectively. Her Instagram account @piawurtzbach is still running for now. But don’t be surprised if it goes out of the loop as well.
Everything is already consolidated under @missuniverse and that is one thing we won’t really mind. At all. :-)
Miss Universe Philippines 2015 Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach has departed for Las Vegas to compete in Miss Universe 2015.
I have no more words to say.
Good luck! God bless! :-)
Honorees Miss World Philippines 2015 Hillarie Danielle Parungao, Miss Globe 2015 Ann Colis and Miss World Philippines 2015 1st Princess Cassandra Naidas (Photo credit: Jonas Gaffud)
Miss and Mister World Philippines 2015 Hillarie Parungao and Sam Ajdani (Photo credit: Jonas Gaffud)
Late yesterday afternoon and onwards, a Victory Party was held inside Palace Pool Club in BGC. Mercator Artist and Model Management – led by Jonas Gaffud – hosted the event. There were multiple honorees. First on the list is Ann Colis who was recently crowned Miss Globe 2015 in Toronto, Canada. And then there is Hillarie Danielle Parungao who – just last week – was adjudged Miss World Philippines 2015 and will go to Sanya, China to represent the country in Miss World 2015. Along with her, 1st Princess Cassandra Naidas was also feted for completing a 1-2 finish for Aces & Queens in the said pageant. These three beauties were joined by Mercator’s exclusive talent Richard Juan who stepped out of the Pinoy Big Brother house during one of the latest eliminations.
It was a very happy occasion for everyone involved. Mister World Philippines 2015 Sam Ajdani was also on hand to join in the celebration and gamely posed for photo ops with Hillarie as the reigning titleholders of their respective affiliated competitions. Beauty queens and fashion models also came and literally made splashes in the cool water of the venue, as only the pool club can deliver.
From all of us here at normannorman.com, congratulations once more to Ann, Hillarie and Cassandra for jobs well done! ;-)