Our Bb. Pilipinas 2013 Queens during their winning moment
Okay, before anything else, let me tell you that I convinced Binibini 10 Pia Wurtzbach to share the still-publicly-unseen video below that has been gathering dust in her hard disk for a long time now. It shows the Bb. Pilipinas Gold Queens letting their hair down and singing their hearts out to a Britney Spears tune. Do watch now and tell me what you think.
You all know by now that this batch is considered the most successful ever in modern Bb. Pilipinas history with Bea Rose Santiago winning Miss International, Mutya Datul becoming the first Asian Miss Supranational, Ariella Arida claiming 3rd Runner-Up honors in Miss Universe 2013 and Cindy Miranda making Top 10 in what could be the last resurrection of the Miss Tourism Queen International contest.
Nice to see these Queens showing their candid moments once in a while. ;-)
No need to cry over the back-to-back failures. Who owned the crowns in 2013 anyways?
Miss Earth and Jamie Herrell provided our brightest spot this year
Pending the results of Miss Tourism International 2014 on December 31, the Philippines failed in all the other back-to-back bids for the year. But there really is no need to sulk and continue fighting with other nationalities in the region on who is more superior or extra blessed in the world of international beauty competitions. After all, we have already proven ourselves capable of becoming a pageant powerhouse – not just a country that places but a nation that has solid victories to back up the claim.
Save a couple of nations outside Asia, who else can show real combined successes in Miss Universe, Miss World, Miss International and Miss Earth? And we’re not even factoring in Miss Supranational and Miss Tourism International yet. Even in the now-in-limbo-but-previously-regarded-as-Grand-Slam Miss Tourism Queen International, we have already scored a win. Sure, Miss Intercontinental continues to be elusive. But is that enough to invalidate our achievements? I don’t think so.
Even if Bianca, Yvethe and Valerie were not successful in their back-to-back missions, we can always move on and dream more, right?
It ain't over till it's over for Angeli and Glennifer
Your blogger is not the kind of individual who would resort to small talks and lame punchlines just to prove a point. I’m not even the type to take on a ‘mean girl’ attitude just to throw my weight around. But what’s the sense in all of this? Simple. We have already earned the respect of other countries in this regard. Let us not be goaded into stooping down to levels of desperation. Let Osmel Sousa’s graceful public demeanor in defeat guide us in the path towards online pride.
You don’t achieve a string of successes in something and then suddenly slide back to wannabe-mode just because of stumbling blocks along the way. We can continue to dream more and remain positive at the same time. And please stress on the word “more“.
At the end of the day, we have the top crowns in our enviable collection, while others are still searching for their first. ;-)
Miss Supranational 2013 Mutya Datul (right) do the heart sign with Miss Supranational 2014 Asha Bhat
Mutya right before crowning her successor
It is interesting how the Europe-based Miss Supranational has shown much interest in Asian winners for its pageant. And what’s particularly amusing is the fact that the new winner is from India where the supposed other version of the same competition would have been staged, if not for the legalities going against the actual live participation of foreign delegates in Udaipur (and which was finalized instead through an online balloting among a select group of ‘judges’
It’s like hitting two birds with one stone, so to speak. The girl found most deserving to win by the judges – Asha Bhat – will be returning to her native India wearing the sash that represents the opponent of Carsten Mohr’s breakaway group. I don’t see it as an act to spite another, but simply a way of telling how pageant reality can sometimes be stranger than the fictionalized workings of the pageant-following mind.
Mutya and Asha during the latter's coronation as Miss Supranational 2014
At any rate, the crown stays in the region until next year’s edition when the next titleholder will most likely be coming from anywhere but Asia. ;-)
Endless rehearsals are the order of the day for the Miss Supranational 2014 delegates
The panel which conducted Preliminary Interviews of the candidates
While rehearsals for the finals of Miss Supranational 2014 are ongoing, preliminary judging is also taking place with a panel headed by Executive Producer Gerhard Parzutka von Lipinski and Miss Supranational 2013 Mutya Datul. Let’s hope our bet nailed this one.
Below is a lovely shot of our Yvethe during Preliminary Interviews
As we all count down the hours for the much-awaited finals, here is a video of Yvethe Santiago during the Miss Fashion World event. Appetizer for now. ;-)
courtesy of Mark Manlapaz
Miss Supranational 2013 Mutya Datul pose during the Presscon at Tobaco Hotel in Lodz, Poland
Miss Philippines Yvethe Santiago (2nd from left) with some of the ladies during the Presscon
Miss England Zandra Flores (right) pose with Miss Denmark
And just like Miss World 2014 which had a Press Call in London recently, Miss Supranational 2014 also had their round-up with the various media reps covering the competition. And this one took place upon their arrival in Lodz, Poland.
The venue is Tobaco Hotel where everyone got billeted. A flood of photos got uploaded in the pageant’s Facebook page and I simply chose the ones with Yvethe Santiago, Mutya Datul and Zandra Flores – our three Filipinas in the scene.
Obviously, Yvethe and Miss Belarus are now so close that they're practically like sisters
So will the contestants be glammed up all the time from this point onwards? I believe so. Sightseeing could be nearing the homestretch as preparations for the finals in Krynica-Zdrój are starting to steam up. :-)
Yvethe took a picture of her first snowball
While continuing with their tour of the different cities of Poland, the ladies of Miss Supranational 2014 experienced snow falling in their midst. And for some of them, it was the very first time to actually see a rainfall of the same. Just like our Miss Philippines Yvethe Santiago. The first day it fell, the flakes weren’t solid enough to create a snowball in her hand. But the following morning, she was just too happy to take a shot (see left photo
) of her first.
Miss Philippines Yvethe Santiago (leftmost) with Miss Supranational 2013 Mutya Datul and Miss Ecuador
Miss Supranational 2013 Mutya Datul constantly joins the ladies in their sightseeing activities. And she is glad to have Yvethe around to speak Tagalog with. At the end of the day, nothing beats having a Pinay friend in a foreign land and to conveniently communicate in the vernacular. :-)
Yvethe (right) with Miss Supranational 2013 Mutya Datul
Miss Philippines Yvethe Santiago was finally issued her official Philippine sash for Miss Supranational 2014. And she also got to bond a little with the reigning title holder Mutya Datul during one of the photoshoots.
It appears to me that Yvethe is getting particularly chummy with the European candidates of the competition. And that could be the basis of a good game plan, if you ask me. I believe she is close to the host delegate as well.
By the way, the online voting for Miss Supranational 2014 starts today (Polish time) where you can cast your votes for Yvethe or your other favorite candidates.
Voting will start today. November 21 (Polish time). Click above to go to the voting page.
Support our Queen now. Vote for Yvethe! :-D