The video below is a belated upload of Miss Universe 2013 Maria Gabriela Isler’s trip to the Philippines encapsulated in just a little over two minutes of edited footage. Included are her arrival, welcome reception, Palawan sojourn, and judging of Bb. Pilipinas 2014 last month. The more interesting watch was her trip to Coron which showed how truly sincere and down-to-earth this lady is.
courtesy of OfficialMissUniverse
Molly with the children of Coron, Palawan
So this post will answer the question why Miss Universe 2013 Maria Gabriela Isler and MUO President Paula Shugart went to Coron, Palawan instead of Tacloban and Leyte for the relief efforts of ST Yolanda victims.
According to Paula, “The Philippines is home to our biggest and most passionate fan base, which is so meaningful to the Miss Universe family,” explains Paula Shugart, president of the Miss Universe Organization. “The country was hit by Yolanda the night before our 2013 Miss Universe telecast and together with Cordaid, we will raise awareness and funds for long term recovery aid to build, and rebuild, flourishing communities,” adds Shugart.
Molly hammering a nail to help build a house? Why not?
A worthwhile partnertship between MUO and Cordaid
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When Maria Gabriela Isler won Miss Universe 2013, part of the prize package is to be the face of Yamamay’s Summer 2014 catalogue. Aside from wearing the million-dollar swimsuit of the brand, she flew to Cancun, Mexico to do the sexy shoot that reminded me of what Sports Illustrated does for its Swimsuit models like Kate Upton but a little tamer for this one.
courtesy of Reinas de Venezuela Univision
Stills from the Cancun photoshoot with Molly
MUO President Paula Shugart with MU2013 Maria Gabriela Isler while judging BBP2014 last week. (Photo credit: OPMB Worldwide)
When Miss Universe 2013 Maria Gabriela Isler visited the Philippines for Bb. Pilipinas 2014, Miss Universe Organization President Paula Shugart was always by her side, much like the way MWO Head Julia Morley stands by and even holds hands with Miss World 2013 Megan Young in almost all her appearances.
So when the two of them attended the finals last Sunday night, it was evident how Paula would constantly attend to the needs or questions of Molly while judging was ongoing. Was the former guiding the latter on how to score the Binibinis or was Paula simply asking Molly if she needs anything at all?
Whatever the answer to the question is, MJ Lastimosa is already the new Miss Universe Philippines. If she was indeed handpicked by MUO to represent the country in Miss Universe 2014, then it only means that our bet has already earned two thumbs up from the important people who matter. ;-)
(L-R) 2nd RU Hannah Ruth Sison, Bb. Tourism Parul Shah, Bb. Intercontinental Kris Tiffany Janson, Miss Universe Philippines MJ Lastimosa, Miss Universe 2013 Maria Gabriela Isler, Bb. International Mary Anne Bianca Guidotti, Bb. Supranational Yvethe Santiago and 1st RU Laura Lehmann (Photo credit: Jory Rivera)
It cannot be denied that the presence of Miss Universe 2013 Maria Gabriela Isler during the Bb. Pilipinas 2014 festivities lent so much glitz, glamor and excitement, not to mention the adorable presence she exuded everywhere her appearances were scheduled. And being a member of the Board of Judges during the finals was more than enough to add decibels of cheers and happy thoughts to everyone inside Smart Araneta Coliseum and those watching on the small screens at home.
By now, our beautiful visitor has already left the country back to the US. Hopefully, Miss Universe Philippines 2014 Mary Jean “MJ” Lastimosa has already made initial attempts at befriending Molly beyond the usual ‘hi’ and ‘hello’. That way, there will already have been a good degree of acquaintance by the time they meet again during Miss Universe 2014, wherever the next edition will finally be hosted.
Thank you, Molly! :-)
Photo credit: Bruce Casanova for Bb. Pilipinas 2014
I have been chatting with some essential contacts lately and a few questions are briskly running a soft marathon inside my head of late (as in the past few hours). No, this is not about Bb. Pilipinas 2014 at all.
Paula, Molly and Madame Stella (Photo credit: Melvin Sia for OPMB Worldwide)
Question #1: What is the real reason behind Miss Universe Organization (MUO) President Paula Shugart tagging along with Miss Universe 2013 Maria Gabriela Isler for this Manila visit?
Question #2: If both Molly and Paula are going to help the Typhoon Yolanda victims tomorrow, why go to Palawan and not the disaster-stricken areas of Tacloban and Leyte?
Question #3: How true are floating rumors that Fortaleza, Brazil will no longer host Miss Universe 2014?
These three thoughts are giving me some additional things to ponder upon. Because whatever the answers to the above are can only mean a game-changing development in the way the Miss Universe Pageant will be conducted this year.
Consider me thinking out loud. You can also conclude that I might just be teasing you. But whatever truth is hiding behind the curtains will either get us excited or plain eyebrow-raised.
Oh, I love blogging the windmills of my mind. Someone please stop my head from making those crazy spins!
P.S. There is a reason why I highlighted “…my mind” above. ;-)
(L-R) MUO President Paula Shugart, MU2013 Maria Gabriela Isler and BPCI Head Madame Stella Marquez de Araneta
During the presscon held earlier at Sofitel, three important ladies sat almost side-by-side to answer questions from the media reps covering the event. Miss Universe Organization President Paula Shugart, Miss Universe 2013 Maria Gabriela Isler and Bb. Pilipinas Charities Inc. Chairperson Madame Stella Marquez de Araneta shared the spotlight.
It was very obvious, though, that Molly charmed everyone and was the focus of everyone present. She acknowledged the world-renowned reputation of the Philippines when it comes to handling pageants and supporting their candidates sent to international competitions. In addition, she cited that it is getting a lot harder to compete with Filipinas in beauty pageants, after the country blazed a trail of victories and well-earned placements in various fronts abroad.
Okay, Molly. You have already started winning the hearts of Filipinos in just less than 12 hours from the time you arrived. How much more in the days to come? ;-)
(L-R) Jonas Gaffud, MU2013 Maria Gabriela Isler and Ara Arida (Photo credit: Jonas Gaffud)
Photo credit: Jonas Gaffud
Who will Miss Universe 2013 Maria Gabriela Isler come looking for upon arrival in Manila? Who else, but her good friend and 3rd Runner-Up Ariella Arida with whom she got close with during their stay in Moscow last year. Together with Jonas Gaffud, Venus Raj, the other reigning Bb. Pilipinas titleholders plus invited guests, a welcome reception was hosted for Molly (which is separate from the Gala Dinner for Paula Shugart).
It was such a heartwarming sight seeing Molly and Ara reunite and update each other. :-)
Miss Universe 2013 Maria Gabriela Isler from Venezuela has finally arrived in the Philippines, together with MUO President Paula Shugart. There was a long delay in the departure of their flight from the US (they should have arrived 7 hours ago), but it’s all good.
Molly will be following a hectic schedule while in the country. Between now and Sunday night’s Bb. Pilipinas 2014 finals, she and Paula will be going to the Yolanda victims in the Visayas to bring relief goods.
In tonight’s Gala Dinner, though, she won’t be around because of being a member of the Board of Judges for the Coronation Night. She will be seen in many appearances, though.
Welcome to the Philippines, Molly! :-D
Miss Universe 2014 Maria Gabriela Isler tweeting her upcoming trip to the Philippines.
Molly tweeted that she is already packing her luggage for her upcoming trip to the Philippines to be one of the judges for Bb. Pilipinas 2014. And we all couldn’t wait to welcome her with much funfare. This will be the first time since the late 70s that a reigning Miss Universe is visiting the country to take part in the national finals.
So who wants a photo op with Molly? I will raise my hands first! Hopefully, we can get one on Sunday night. ;-)