Finishing 4th and 5th in Miss Resorts World Manila 2013 respectively, Samantha Purvor and Jaysel Arrozal smile despite the perceived disappointment within.
It’s no secret that one of the major come-ons in joining Miss Resorts World Manila 2013 is the juicy cash prize (PhP500,000.00) going to the winner. And because of this, the official list of candidates this year contain four very familiar names – Samantha Purvor who was already Miss Water in Miss Philippines Earth 2012, Jaysel Arrozal who placed 4th Runner-Up in Miss World Philippines 2011 plus Rhea Nakpil & Gabrielle Runnstrom who were two of the Official Candidates in Bb. Pilipinas 2013.
There were certainly risks they took in joining, but none more glaring than what both Samantha and Jaysel put themselves into. Having been top-tier finishers of big national pageants in the past, they stood losing more in the eyes of pageant followers (and even those who know them personally). And to be defeated by relative newbies made it extra disheartening in the end. I’m sure these ladies have already moved on from the surprisingly weak placements. I just feel slightly bad for them.
I do hope that they can now put their pageant-joining years to rest and start new chapters in their respective lives where sweeter victories can be achieved.
Ma. Paula Bianca Paz: all or nothing for MWP2013 (Photo credit: OPMB Worldwide)
Photo credit: Miss World Philippines
Whenever a previously-placed beauty contestant decides to take another gamble in the same competition, I can’t help but feel a bit anxious about her chances. I also don’t want to see the face of defeat in someone who has already left a mark in the Top 5 one-two years back (shades of MJ Lastimosa and Abigail Cruz). That is exactly how I feel about the decision of Ma. Paula Bianca Paz to give Miss World Philippines a second try after already being named 3rd Princess to Gwen Ruais in 2011. The risks are far more steep this time around. Losing for a second time, let alone falling short of a Top 5 inclusion, is tantamount to a slap on the face. Nevertheless, I’m sure she consulted Cory Quirino about the same, and must have been given a pep talk on the possibilities – good or bad.
How about you, dear readers? What’s your take on the return of Bianca in the Miss World Philippines competition?
Miss World 2011 First Princess Gwendoline Ruais in a stunning Francis Libiran creation during her farewell walk as Miss World Philippines 2011. (Photo credit: OPMB Worldwide)
This is a belated post since Miss World Philippines 2011 and Miss World 2011 1st Princess Gwendoline Ramos Ruais already relinquished her crown to Miss World Philippines 2012 Queenierich Rehman last Sunday night.
But better late than never. I just want to extend my heartfelt thanks to Gwen for serving as an inspiration to Filipinos around the world during the past 12 months. Her memorable 2nd place finish (missing the crown by only a single point) to Miss World 2011 Ivian Sarcos in London is an achievement that won’t be easily forgotten. And whatever annoying kinks dampened the last seven days of her reign, she still proved to everyone her professionalism and went on to crown her successor.
From hereon, best of luck in whatever challenges and endeavors you intend to pursue. Bask in the afterglow, but push for continued success in everything you focus yourself on. God bless!
Miss Philippines Earth 2012 Stephany Stefanowitz and Miss World Philippines 2011 Gwendoline Ruais: they can pass off as sisters
I am just in a bit of a playful mood this morning so I layered two separate photos of newly-crowned Miss Philippines Earth Stephany Stefanowitz and Miss World Philippines 2011 Gwendoline Ruais. They really have some striking semblance, no? I know that some of you would quip that Jinkee Pacquiao is the look-alike of Stephany, but Gwen is closer in terms of features.
Anyways, how does Gwendoline feel that she is about to relinquish her crown next month and no clear aspirants for Miss World Philippines 2012 are in sight? With her 2nd-place performance in London last year, she must be hoping that her successor can equal if not exceed the same. Can the country make it twice in a row in the Top 3 of Miss World? Or has Julia Morley lost her shine in the Philippines and transferred her fondness to Indonesia – host of MW2013?
Which brings us back to Stephany who will banner the Philippine sash in Miss Earth 2012 in – once more – Indonesia. Will her very fair beauty be appreciated down there? Or will she end up with nothing at all to make up for the Miss Water placement of Athena Imperial last year? So many questions running in my mind. If only I could give crystal clear answers to them.
Miss San Juan City, Samantha Purvor, as photographed by Gelbert Aplal for Rouge+
Samantha Purvor being awarded by Golden Sunset owner Ricky Reyes the awards for Best in Swimsuit and Gandang Ricky Reyes. (Photo credit: MPE website)
Samantha Purvor is one determined lady. She participated in Bb. Pilipinas 2011 but missed the Top 15. Not dampened by the non-placement, she went on to join Miss World Philippines 2011. She turned out luckier here by making it to the Top 12. This year, she is taking part in Miss Philippines Earth 2012 as Miss San Juan City. And she is bent on finally making her presence felt in the finals and scoop an element, if not the top plum itself. So far, she is maintaining a good stand as one of the favorites, having recently won Best in Swimsuit plus the Gandang Ricky Reyes awards during the swimsuit competition held at Golden Sunset in Batangas.
Could this be Samantha’s lucky year? Will she heave a sigh of relief come midnight of May 27 for victorious reasons? What do you think are the chances of this well-spoken beauty?
She doesn’t have the glamazonic height of Miss World Philippines 2011 Gwen Ruais, but 22 year-old Stephany Stefanowitz carries a striking semblance to our Miss World 2011 First Princess. Aside from that, both ladies are of mixed (the former is Fil-German, while the latter is Fil-French) race.
Representing Quezon City in the ongoing Miss Philippines Earth 2012, the fashion model-cum-singer-cum-designer Stephany is slowly gaining ground as one of the top favorites in the competition. Will she win the crown on May 27? I won’t give her that just yet, at least not with the presence of equally strong contenders Samantha Purvor, Kathleen Subijano, Glenna Duch and Glennifer Perido. I can concur, though, that she will figure out well in the preliminaries en route to landing a Top 16 spot in a breeze. If she delivers on the crucial environmental Q&A, then we’ll see if her eventual element spews fire, splashes water, breathes air or encapsulates Mother Earth.
What do you think of her, dear readers?
Let’s now focus on the Miss Philippines Earth 2012 candidates who crossed over from BBP or MWP.
All crossovers from Bb. Pilipinas 2011 (L-R) Samantha Purvor of San Juan City, Kathleen Subijano of Muntinlupa City and Glennifer Perido of Tabuk City (Photo credit: Melvin Sia/OPMB Worldwide)
I’m pretty sure you’re all familiar with the three ladies above. They participated (and lost) in Bb. Pilipinas 2011. One of them, Samantha Purvor, even took full advantage of her youth last year by taking part in Miss World Philippines 2011 as well. No victories to speak of, but still with the potentials to win one. As part of this year’s roster of Miss Philippines Earth, they are capitalizing on their good communication skills (aside from physical beauty) to finally make a dent in the national pageant scene. Will they be more successful this time around?
Kathleen Subijano, the younger sister of Bb. Pilipinas World 1994 Cara Subijano, is giving the environmentally-focused competition a try, aiming to exceed her semifinal placement in Bb. Pilipinas 2011. The more articulate Samantha Purvor, on the other hand, is dead set in fulfilling a life-long dream of becoming a beauty queen. And Glennifer Perido? She wasn’t able to create ripples in BBP, so she enlisted right after in Miss Casino Filipino 2011 where she snagged 1st Runner-Up honors to eventual winner Catrine Rosary Ocampo (an alumna of Miss Philippines Earth 2011).
Who will be most successful among the three? I’m betting on Samantha Purvor in this one. She’s the one who fits what the organizers would love to have as their winner – smart, pretty and well-spoken. But who knows what magic Kathleen and Glennifer will weave in the contest? And lest we forget, there are several other contenders who will give them a run for their money.
Anyways, best of luck to all three in MPE 2012! May you serve as true role models for the preservation of Mother Earth!
Elaine Kay Moll during one of Miss World Philippines 2011's pre-pageant activities.
Elaine Kay Moll may not have won Miss World Philippines 2011, her first national pageant. But she did make a good showing by making it to the Top 10 during the finals. Her journey did not stop with that loss. As I have blogged late last year, she is one of the ladies being rumored to join again.
During the Bb. Pilipinas 2012′s first callback last week, Elaine was present once more. With the help of her handlers (Jonas Gaffud’s Aces & Queens), she has improved from last year. There still remain traces of a shy disposition (read: lack of flirtiness/adequate fierceness), but nothing that can’t be worked on with continuous training sessions with her camp’s resident specialists.
One thing strongly going for the girl is her impressive height of 5’10 1/2″ – something that can’t be easily negotiated by someone who stands 4-5 inches less. With that, I can only keep my fingers crossed that she be given extra focus in order to maximize her statuesque bearing. And I would hope that Elaine is a diligent learner. The potentials are already there. It’s just a matter of harnessing them to the fullest.
ELAINE KAY MOLL Age: 19 Region: Naga City Height: 5’9 ¾” Vital Statistics: 32-26.5-36
Elaine Kay Moll during her Miss World Philippines 2011 stint. (Phot credit: Mabuhay Beauties)
If current plans bear fruition, Elaine Kay Moll could be the first alumna of Miss World Philippines 2011
to jump ship and transfer to Binibining Pilipinas 2012. She made it to the Top 12 semifinalists of the pageant won by now Miss World 2011 First Princess Gwendoline Ruais. And that placement could’ve been a good training ground and motivation for her to move on and seek better fortunes with BPCI. Why not? She is tall and with a pretty enough face that can be significantly improved with further polishing by her effective handlers. Besides, she is part of the camp that grooms the most successful Filipina beauty queens in recent years.
If and when she takes part in Binibining Pilipinas 2012, expect a more dramatic makeover for Elaine Kay Moll. She can always take full advantage of lessons learned from MWP2011.
Miss World Philippines Gwendoline Ruais
Below is the video profile of Miss World Philippines 2011 Gwendoline Ruais for the competition. Except for the less than desirable hair styling (or lack of it), I like what I saw and heard. She has an easy, laid-back vibe that adds up to a spontaneous aura in the 30-seconder.
courtesy of OfficialMissWorld