MJ Lastimosa crying buckets of tears as she was being crowned by Ara Arida (right) and MU2013 Maria Gabriela Isler (Photo credit: Bruce Casanova)
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It was a battle of the former runners-up alright.
Up to the dying minutes of Bb. Pilipinas 2014, all the spectators at Smart Araneta Coliseum were on pins and needles cheering at the top of their lungs for either BBP2011 2nd Runner-Up Mary Jean Lastimosa or BBP2013 1st Runner-Up Pia Wurtzbach. It’s not like the announcement of the winner for Miss Universe Philippines came down to this that easily.
courtesy of Ted Claudio
Photo credit: Jory Rivera
The third-time joiner had to wait three long years before nailing the most coveted crown. On the other hand, last year’s sole lady-in-waiting patiently trained with the other Gold winners and sacrificed the offer to take part in a lesser-known pageant abroad to try her luck in this year’s beauty derby.
In the end, the reward was given to the lady who took the longer road to victory. A most sweet win, I must add. It came at a time when MJ had the slimmest of age qualification to back up her bid. And the reaction upon hearing her name being called as the successor of Ara Arida made her cry so much that instead of reacting with calculated poise and confidence, she turned all humble and vindicated at the same time. Why, even anchorperson Shamcey Supsup was in tears when she saw her best friend finally harvesting the fruits of hard work and determination.
MJ Lastimosa had all the lucky stars aligning for her last night. She was in her finest elements all throughout.
The rest of the Top 7 during their winning moments (Photo credit: Bruce Casanova)
As for the other winners, the crowns were definitely expected even if the placements got all jumbled up one way or the other. Bb. Pilipinas International Mary Anne Bianca Guidotti and Bb. Pilipinas Supranational Yvethe Marie Santiago now have the most challenging reigns as they will wear the country’s sash abroad in pageants where the reigning titleholders are their predecessors in the nationals. But then again, back-to-back wins can be more glorious if they choose to take the mission more relentlessly.
Bb. Pilipinas Intercontinental Kris Tiffany Janson wanted a higher finish. But winning the honor that allowed her to make history by being its first recipient will hopefully push the Cebuana to go all-out in the assignment and become the Philippines’ first Miss Intercontinental. She has things cut out for her, I believe. And for Parul Shah, she may have been given the least-exciting crown but in the final analysis, a victory is still a victory. Time now to look back at her Aliwan Festival days and dig deep in her pockets to see how she can possibly shine to the max in mainland China for the bigger competition.
All the winners in one frame, three views (Photo credit: Bruce Casanova)
The two runners-up had it in the bag as soon as they completed their respective Q&A turns. I knew that Laura Lehmann and Hannah Ruth Sison did solid. It’s just that there were at least four others who were clearly being favored going into the segment. Landing 6th and 7th places respectively, they are now in seats of patience that would test their individual inner strength to fluorish with the new queens and make fresh new bids in 2015.
All in all, it was a night of not-so-surprising results. The five (5) winners deserved their crowns even if my heart goes out to Pia Wurtzbach for not getting one. It could be a sign for her to look elsewhere and not be tied down by another contract with BPCI.
My heartfelt congratulations to all the winners. Now starts the commitment to support our new Bb. Pilipinas 2014 representatives in the quest to further the impressive performances of last year’s quartet. Time to move on.
#ForThePhilippines2014 has officially begun. :-D