Miss Universe Philippines 2014 MJ Lastimosa in a Kim Gan creation
MJ on Krissy TV
All throughout the 63rd Miss Universe Pageant in Doral Miami, we have seen the seriously competitive side of Miss Universe Philippines 2014 MJ Lastimosa. This time around, let’s see how she will handle herself during a light interview during the Krissy TV segment of ABS-CBN’s gag show ‘Banana Split’ where actress Angelica Panganiban was doing her Kris Aquino impersonation.
At first, MJ was still taking the interview just like how she would handle the usual one-on-ones. Later on, she got to really show the lighter side of her personality after she finally caved in to the humorous side of the ‘hosts’ and gamely took the whole guesting as a novel experience. Watch the videos now. :-)
courtesy of ABS-CBN Entertainment
courtesy of ABS-CBN Entertainment
The Miss Universe Philippines crown in Bb. Pilipinas (Photo credit: Niccolo Cosme)
It may have an outdated design. It may have been made out of materials that do not meet our ever-demanding taste for a head adornment encrusted with expensive gems. But it is the most coveted. Binibinis will do everything in their pageant-trained skills to be its head-recipient. And no official candidate will deny the fact that her preferred title is the big one attached to it.
Credit goes to photographer Niccolo Cosme for coming up with a shot of the Miss Universe Philippines crown, looking like it was just freed from layers of bubble wrap. Whoever among the thirty-four (34) eager contenders will end up wearing the same will be most ready to face its life-changing demands.
But onto the purpose of this post. If you had it in you to re-design this crown, how will the final product look like? Something with a semblance to the new DIC or one that hints on the Philippines?
Share your thoughts or images, dear readers. :-)
Rolene and Paulina are two completely different souls.
Choosing between the two is a matter of taste
They are the two biggest pageant winners – Miss Universe and Miss World. They are both drop dead gorgeous. And they are both riding on the waves of popularity that have so far exceeded their own personal expectations. But Paulina Vega and Rolene Strauss are two completely different individuals who are anticipated to handle their celebrity status in ways far apart.
People say that interviews, however much one prepared/rehearsed for the same, will still give out the true essence of who the person really is. Watch Miss Universe and Miss World in their separate one-on-ones days (or more than a week) after winning their crowns. ;-)
courtesy of Tony Jamison
courtesy of SABC Digital News
Miss Universe Paulina Vega (left) and Miss World Rolene Strauss
The Predecessors: Gabriela and Megan
To say that Gabriela and Megan are tough acts to follow would be an understatement.
The 63rd Miss Universe Paulina Vega Dieppa of Colombia and Miss World 2014 Rolene Strauss of South Africa have the demanding work cut out for them. With their respective predecessors serving reigns that were considered more than successful in terms of appearances, international causes/charity and positive sustenance of the crown and brand name for more than 365 days, the challenge now is to exceed the efforts and make both Donald Trump and Julia Morley happier bosses. That won’t be too much of a difficult mission to accomplish, right?
Call me quick to judge at this point. But methinks Rolene will meet the expectations more handily than Paulina.
It is a proven fact that the South African has one of the most wonderful down-to-earth personalities during the competition in London last year. On the other hand, the Colombian has been rumored to have a recurring diva attitude that even Mr. Trump allegedly anticipates to border on being an all-around b**ch.
What do you think, dear readers? ;-)
Miss World 2014 Rolene Strauss of South Africa
The 63rd Miss Universe Paulina Vega Dieppa of Colombia
Many thanks to GMA Network News for coming up with the above graphic
MJ Lastimosa during her homecoming presscon
As we close another complete chapter of international pageantry with the crowning of the 63rd Miss Universe Paulina Vega a week ago, allow me to reminisce on the Philippine participation in the same, with focus on the achievements we have made.
Yesterday, I gathered from reliable sources that Miss Universe Philippines 2014 Mary Jean ‘MJ’ Lastimosa actually finished 6th overall (how heartbreaking!) in the competition. She lost by a mere 0.625 of a point to Yasmin Verheijen of the Netherlands going into the Top 5.
Now if only she entered the magic circle and notched 2nd Runner-up at least in Miami, then the country would’ve already conquered all possible placements in our favorite beauty pageant.
Watch the video below showing our Miss Universe reps from 1952 to the 63rd edition.
courtesy of MyBeauty Official
Paulina Vega Dieppa owns them for now. When will it become available next?
There are so many rumors floating online that the 64th edition of Miss Universe, or the appropriate Miss Universe 2015, will take place anywhere between August and November.
Some are saying that Doral Miami enjoyed the whole experience so much that the city is looking forward to hosting once more.
But the more aggressive posters state that the planned Manila hosting will go full blast in just a few (this one is really way up in the polluted air, if you ask me).
And another set of claimers interject that the already announced (or pledged if you will) news of Budapest taking the baton will definitely be next (what I know is that Hungary will enter the picture in 2016).
Regardless, I don’t care where for as long as Miss Universe 2015 will actually happen in 2015 and not overlapping in periods which gives the title a double-digit tag instead of a year.
Be it Doral Miami again, or back to Las Vegas, or Manila for the 3rd or Budapest for the 1st.
Just be back before the end of the year.
I Miss U too quickly. ;-)
This is the classic Miss Universe crown used for decades in the pageant. The one above was presented in honor of former Miss Universe President Harold Glasser who passed away last 2011.
There is always an affected sentimental soul inside of me whenever I look at the old Miss Universe crown that has been used for decades before the evolution of the new ones changed hands from Mikimoto to Diamond Nexus Lab to the present maker, DIC Holding.
Aside from being the same crown worn by the Philippines’ two winners – Gloria Diaz and Margarita Moran – it also brings back memories of the past that have significantly molded my growing-up years as a pageant fan and chronicler. I can still remember trying my darndest best to look for one that closely resembled its shape and design, only to end up playing around with a cheaper alternative worn by my two sisters during their respective Santacruzan duties in the province.
This is the new, shiny and sleek Miss Universe crown to be placed on the head of whoever will win in the Miami finals
Now that we have a shiny new head adornment for the 63rd Miss Universe, it clearly beckons us all to move forward more aggressively and in a trajectory that looks into an ultra-modern pageant odyssey only our favorite worldwide beauty search can offer.
The first wearer of the DIC Holding crown will definitely feel the sense of woman empowerment that it brings. And it is my sincere hope that the 63rd will do her best to expand her reign even wider than what the 62nd so richfully served in hers. :-)