courtesy of GMA Network
Miss World 2013 Megan Young on the pages of Women's Health Magazine
The TV spots are running in full over at GMA-7 on a regular basis. In fact, the above video can be seen at least once in every primetime program of the network, plus a healthy frequency during the highly-rated afternoon soaps.
This only means that Miss World Philippines 2014 will go on full swing mode next month. The exact finals date has not yet been finalized, but it will definitely air either last week of August or very early September.
And Miss World 2013 Megan Young is visibly excited to find out who will vie for the national crown she has beautifully held for one year.
Your blogger will definitely cover the whole nine yards. Stay stuck for all the highlights, sidelights and spotlights of the competition. ;-)
courtesy of Mr. World
Nicklas Pedersen has now internalized his role as Mr. World 2014. Late last month, he was still battling with himself on how to get into the responsibility and meet everyone’s expectations. But it really didn’t take him too long to settle in. This Danish hottie dreamt of acting in movies and becoming a celebrity. So the glamour of being the World’s Most Desirable Man should now be second skin. Aside from traveling with Miss World 2013 Megan Young, he is also making his own personal appearances. And by the time Miss World 2014 has been set in motion in London, expect more of him to show up in the pageant activities. ;-)
Thanks to Kiddo Macalma of TPQ for sharing the above.
All six ladies above will relinquish their crowns come November and December.
Just so you know, the biggest chunk of international pageants are scheduled from August to December. And the list above includes even the less popular competitions.
November and December remain to be the months with the heaviest loads in terms of prestige and popularity. We have Miss International and Miss Earth during the 11th month, with Miss Universe, Miss World and Miss Supranational (not be confused with the India-based version) all vying for attention during the Holidays.
And the coverage will most likely get messed up during the 4th Quarter of 2014. I will try everything possible, though, to keep my sanity intact. ;-)
Valerie Weigmann has started her intensive training for Miss World Philippines 2014.
Valerie in RedShirt20's digital artwork
While she may have already commenced plotting her gameplan even way before everyone else, Valerie Weigmann officially started her intensive training for Miss World Philippines 2014 yesterday with all the Aces & Queens key individuals around.
So far, I have not heard of any other potential entry the beauty camp is planning to field in the competition. And by the looks of it, she is going to approach the whole thing the way MWP2013 and MW2013 Megan Young navigated hers.
Just look straight ahead, Valerie!
Never lose focus and keep your eyes on the prize, just like the Germans who earlier won the FIFA World Cup 2014. :-D
P.S. Want to know how to properly pronounce Valerie’s surname? Click HERE.
The Mikimoto-encrusted crown of Miss International and the reigning titleholder, Bea Rose Santiago.
Miss International 2013 Bea Rose Santiago does not hide the fact that she loves traveling a lot. She simply finds fulfillment in visiting different countries and learning about their culture without having to spend an arm and a leg for plane fare and accommodations. So when she was crowned with the Mikimoto-encrusted crown last year, the anticipation for a string of personal appearances and crowning duties was well-justified. And why not? If the likes of Miss World 2013 Megan Young can country-hop non-stop and Miss Supranational 2013 Mutya Datul got to stay in Belarus with fulfilled invitations to places like Poland, Panama and Gabon during their reigns, why can’t she? Her year is about to end in four months’ time, and the antsy feeling can’t be helped.
Well, a little birdie whispered to my ear that the Japanese organizers allegedly charge a high amount for guest appearances of their winner. As a result, interested groups allegedly opt out even before negotiations can be started.
Definitely, the missed opportunities of this Miss are the stuff she can only reminisce with great regret by the end of 2014. But what can she do? Her title-related moves are just as good as what her ‘bosses’ will approve.
Let’s hope that she can at least be given the chance to travel to Korea and China before November arrives. ;-)
Miss World 2013 Megan Young with Miss World USA 2014 Elizabeth Safrit (right)
There is a new Miss World United States 2014. And she is not Miss USA 2014 1st Runner-Up Audra Mari of North Dakota. The reigning Miss North Carolina United States has been crowned by Miss World 2013 Megan Young as the US representative to Miss World 2014 in London come December.
The 21 year-old Political Science graduate from the University of South Carolina is the winner of the Miss United States 2014 Pageant held in Washington, D.C. And the girl is not just passionate about pageants. She also started a Rock the Vote initiative to spread the word about voter registration for young people. While the cause may not be the kind Miss World Organization is always impressed with, I am certain that her work with teenagers and the youth could be translated to a beautiful purpose that she can max to the fullest in the international competition.
For now, I can only wish Elizabeth the best of luck in Miss World 2014. :-)
Miss Universe titleholders from 2010-2013
Let’s be honest. I think there’s no big contest here in terms of their being magazine cover girls.
Miss Universe titleholders are definitely way ahead in this regard. First of all, they always find their way splashed on the cover of so many international magazines. Google one name and you will end up with so many choices. They are better-networked in different countries, despite being mostly in Latin America.
On the other hand, there seems to be a dearth of magazine covers for Miss World winners. Except for our Miss World 2013 Megan Young who has bannered quite a number of publications, the rest are quite hard to find, futile even. In fact, the image of MW2010 Alexandria Mills below is not genuine but just a simple pageant fan art output. Plus, MW2012 Wenxia Yu’s turn had to be shared with former Miss World Indonesia Vania Larissa.
Miss World titleholders from 2013 down to 2010
So who make better cover girls? Well, the world is a glossier oyster for Donald Trump’s winners. Don’t you agree? ;-)
A panoramic shot of ExCeL London: Venue of Miss World 2014
courtesy of ExCeL London
ExCeL London will play venue to the finals of Miss World 2014 on December 14. The ICC Auditorium inside the international exhibition centre will have more than 100 anticipated delegates putting their best foot forward to lay claim to the crown currently on the head of our very own Megan Young. And with the Christmas Holiday spirit surrounding the days of the competition, I’m sure that the production will be both a merry and spectacular one. :-)
Inside ICC Auditorium at ExCeL London
(Left to right): Miss World Sweden 2014 Olivia Asplund, Mr. World 2014 Nicklas Pedersen and Miss World 2013 Megan Young
In one of his first official functions as Mr. World 2014 and the first with Miss World 2013, Nicklas Pedersen need not travel too far as he went to Sweden with our Megan Young to attend a fund-raising event for the Bahay Kubo Foundation (Filippinska Barn Biståndsföreningen) – “a nonprofitable organization formed in Gävleborg, Sweden dedicated to a better quality of life of the future generation in the Philippines and around the world.“
In the said function, they were joined by Miss World Sweden 2014 Olivia Asplund plus supporters of the foundation from all over Sweden.
Francis Libiran (center in black suit) with his muse Venus Raj (to his right) during the Canada Philippine Fashion Week (Photo credit: Ash Reginald Evasco)
The sketch (left) and final piece of Miss World 2013 Megan Young’s victory dress last year.
Last year, renowned designer Francis Libiran took time out from his busy schedule and committed to finish one of his fabulous creations for Miss World Philippines 2013 Megan Young to be worn during the fateful finals night. You all know what happened to Megan. And the coral pink evening gown will forever be etched in the minds of Filipinos and pageant fans worldwide.
Below are excerpts from his interview with Max Ignacio:
“I was really nervous several days before the competition. I was excited to see Megan stand out in the gown I designed.
I was in a party during the pageant but I already saw Megan in the dress prior because I saw rehearsal pictures that morning on the internet.
I felt proud and honored, especially when she won. I felt really happy, not just because she was wearing my gown at that time, but because she did it!
She won the crown for our country. I was so proud. Parang when the previous Ms. World turned over the crown to Megan, parang kinoronahan na rin ako. I was really proud and happy. I think I’ll feel that way for a really long time.”
For 2014, will our Miss World representative be wearing another one of his originals for the London finals? I know what some of you might be thinking. But I’d like to believe that he will share his creative genius regardless of who will wear the Philippine country pin – most especially if Ms. Cory Quirino personally requests the same in order to extend the good luck.
What do you think, dear readers? ;-)