Miss Philippines Ariella Arida surrounded by Peru, El Salvador, Spain and Costa Rica.
When Miss Philippines Ariella Arida arrived in Moscow, one of her most important objectives is to befriend as many delegates as possible regardless of the language barrier for most. For example, she doesn’t speak Spanish, but that did not stop her from hanging out with the Latinas. The picture above (taken during the Welcome Dinner) shows her becoming more at ease in the company of Cindy Mejia, Patricia Rodriguez, Fabiana Granados (who was here in Manila for ME2012) and Alba Delgado.
Ariella is as comfortable with the Asian delegates.
And I’m happy to note that our bet is enjoying herself to the max – which is an excellent advise she got from all her predecessors.
The National Costume Competition happens on November 3!
Just when you thought that cold Moscow has no traces of hot Las Vegas, then this post should let you know that a Vegas Mall is in the midst of the Russian capital. And this will be the venue of the Miss Universe 2013 National Costume Competition happening next Sunday, November 3.
Finally, we shall get to see the traditional attire Miss Philippines Ariella Arida will wear. Will it be another Colombian-sourced creation or a Proudly-Philippine-made original?
And since this event will likely be free to the public (being inside a shopping mall), all Moscow-based Filipinos should come and throw cheers and support for our rep. Besides, it’s going to be on a Sunday night.
Jonas airing his feelings about the anti-Ara Pinoys.
Tonight, A&Q’s Jonas Gaffud posted the update above on his Facebook page. And I couldn’t agree more.
Why does it have to be that fellow Filipinos are starting the move to put down their international rep instead of showing even the most minute ounce of support? This is no longer the national level where the pitfalls of competition can be understood to a certain degree. And mind you, it even makes the whole Bb. Pilipinas or Miss World Philippines pageants more colorful when supporters of different candidates compete to outshine the cheers/banters/tirades for each other’s bets.
But the minute a winner has been crowned and elected for international representation, shouldn’t it come natural for everyone to rally behind the young woman who will wear the Miss Philippines sash? Is it really so difficult to internalize the importance of putting up a united front? Granted, if one or two or three or more of you dislike our rep (regardless of the superficial or deep-seated reason behind the opposition), is there an urgent need to pull your weight around in several blogs, message boards and pageant sites just to spell your disgust?
It really leads me back to what happened during Miss World 2013. I know that some of the anti-Ara bashers are excited supporters of Megan Young. Weren’t you at all affected that another Filipino (or group of Filipinos) started the unsuccessful smear campaign against her? Or did you prefer to just keep a low profile about it? It’s a good thing the culprits fell flat on their faces when Miss World Organization ignored all the nasty emails sent to Julia Morley.
I am no dictator blogger. So I leave it all up to your individual conscience to rethink your position or minimize your ill thoughts or better yet, just stay in the sidelines if you can’t put a lid on your continuous attacks against Ariella.
Personally, she may not have been my choice for MUP back in April. But since she is now Miss Philippines, I don’t think it takes a lot of pride-swallowing to accept that she is carrying the name of our country in Miss Universe 2013.
Roomies Riza and Ariella
Miss Universe 2013 roommates Miss Philippines Ariella Arida and Miss Canada Riza Santos are practically over the honeymoon stage of their sharing a hotel room together. So are they getting along well?
If we go by the text message Ariella sent to A&Q’s Arnold Mercado last night, she claims that everything’s alright between the two of them. It really helped that they got to know each other during the short period that Riza trained locally prior to arriving in Moscow. While their individual preferences would be to spread themselves among the other delegates to gain more friends, they still talk at the end of the day to share experiences/impressions – both good and not-so-good.
Hopefully, they continue to do swimmingly well inspite of the increasing pressure in the competition.
Miss Philippines Ariella Arida and Miss Spain Patricia Rodriguez share a photo.
Two of the more talked-about delegates in Miss Universe 2013 come from two countries that share deep historical ties. And it cannot be denied that they also come from islands that have some of the most beautiful women in the world.
But beyond more than 400 years of ancient history and places of birth, Miss Philippines Ariella Arida and Miss Spain Patricia Rodriguez (who hails from the Canary Islands) are entering the pageant with the strong desire to win their respective countries’ 3rd and 2nd Miss Universe crowns respectively.
The desire to achieve is strong for both. One is looking to give a grand culmination to the three-year Top 5 placements from 2010, 2011 and 2012. The other is seeking to erase the memory of a first Spanish winner (Amparo Munoz of 1974) who was dethroned even before she could relinquish her duties to Anne Pohtamo (MU1975).
Will one of them succeed?
MU2012 Olivia Culpo for Yamamay
Ariella is one 23 ladies selected by Yamamay.
And so, Miss Philippines Ariella Arida was selected once more to display her catwalk skills. This time around, it’s for Yamamay where swimsuits and lingeries are the norm of clothing.
Together with 22 others, she will walk the ramp October 26 during the Italian brand’s fashion show. The list includes host delegate Elmira Abdrazakova and fellow Asians Whulandary Herman of Indonesia, Kim Yu-mi of Korea, Carey Ng of Malaysia and Moe Set Wine of Myanmar.
Our bet is starting to heat up nicely.
Go for it, Ariella!
Two Miss Philippines in Moscow - Ariella Arida (L) and Janine Tugonon
As we all know by now, MU2012 1st Runner-Up Janine Tugonon will do a Shamcey Supsup and act as web correspondent of Miss Universe 2013 for its important pre-pageant activities this year. And her job includes covering the National Costume Competition, the Preliminaries on November 5 and the Finals Red Carpet on November 9. Her job might also include some sponsored activities, as well as the rehearsals, where she will randomly interview the candidates.
So by next week, we shall have two Miss Universe Philippines in the house. I sure hope that Janine can also tweet some juicy tidbits about Ariella Arida from time to time.
Miss Philippines Ariella Arida in white Yamamay
The swimsuit photos you’ve all been waiting for.
And Ariella Arida’s fighting form is excellent. Can’t take my eyes away from those hard-earned abs. John Cuay must be happy seeing the result of his work on our bet.
Here's a second look
One more look with Veneta Krasteva of Bulgaria
Here we go again.
And my 2nd Fun Prediction Contest has officially started!
Things to remember:
1) You will need to give me five (5) names – one (1) Miss Universe and four (4) runners-up in the right order.
2) In the event that nobody gets the right combination, the winner will be the predictor with the closest set of guesses to the actual results. Should two or more entries (with the same set of names) be qualified to win, a raffle will be made to determine the sole victor.
3) All entries should be emailed to: firstname.lastname@example.org
4) Strictly one (1) entry per person only.
5) You can only change your predictions once. A third attempt to send me a different set of predictions will disqualify your entry altogether. So think hard before you click!
6) Deadline for submission of entries will be on Friday, November 8, 11:59PM.
Prize/s will be announced on another day.
So start analyzing your choices now!
Philippines and Brazil for World Peace
Ariella just texted her handlers at A&Q and she is particularly chummy with the Latinas, especially Gabriela Isler of Venezuela, Jackelyne Oliveira of Brazil and Lucia Aldana of Colombia.
What can you say?
By the way, Ariella confirmed that the interview issue is nothing to the Latinas, and it’s sad that some of her fellow men are fanning the flames of controversy.