Regardless of pageant affiliations, our beautiful Filipinas who either won national crowns or placed in the same (including those who were candidates) gathered together for last Sunday’s Charity Fashion Gala at the Grand Ballroom of Ace Hotel & Suites. They walked the ramp and in the process, helped raise funds for the ST Yolanda victims.
Kudos to Team JDV’s John dela Vega – who was at the helm of the event – as he was able to pull together these ladies from various organizations such as Bb. Pilipinas Charities Inc., Miss Earth Foundation, Miss World Philippines and Mutya ng Pilipinas Quest Inc.
All images are courtesy of OPMB Worldwide’s Bruce Casanova.
Mutya Datul, Ara Arida and Pia Wurtzbach for Bb. Pilipinas
Patricia Fernandez, MJ Lastimosa and Toni Hipolito
Ellore Punzalan, Chloe McCully and April Love Jordan
Janicel Lubina and Jeanne Horn
Czarina Gatbonton, Dianne Necio and Samantha Purvor
Ali Forbes and Nina Ricci Alagao
Individually now: Ara Arida, Mutya Datul and Pia Wurtzbach
(L-R) Ali Forbes, Gil Wagas and Ara Arida during their Unang Hirit guesting
courtesy of GMA Public Affairs
When Miss Universe 2013 3rd Runner-Up Ara Arida, Miss Grand International 2013 3rd Runner-Up Ali Forbes and Mister International 2013 4th Runner-Up were gathered for a guesting in the GMA-7 Morning Show “Unang Hirit“, the hosts (Lyn Ching and Lhar Santiago) had fun asking questions picked from a fishbowl.
There’s no question that the country has already far exceeded many years past in its pageant performance for 2013. Aside from the three mentioned above, Miss World 2013 Megan Young and Miss Supranational 2013 Mutya Datul added the big points to lift us to greater heights of recognition abroad.
And in the upcoming days ahead, the record stands to improve even more with the expected good performances of Angelee delos Reyes in Miss Earth 2013, Koreen Medina in Miss Intercontinental 2013, Bea Rose Santiago in Miss International 2013 and Angeli Dione Gomez in Miss Tourism International 2013.
Enjoying Gabon, Mutya Datul is.
Miss Supranational 2013 Mutya Datul is one lucky lady. She gets to go to countries that are not usually visited by the regular traveler. She was in Minsk, Belarus for the pageant. Now, she is in Libreville, Gabon for the crowning of Miss Gabon last night.
She must be so happy doing these trips.
Ara blowing a kiss for the camera. (Photo credit: OPMB Worldwide)
Flowers for Ariella (Photo credit: OPMB Worldwide)
A homecoming presscon was prepared by Bb. Pilipinas for Miss Universe Philippines 2013 and Miss Universe 2013 3rd Runner-Up Ariella Arida at Gateway late yesterday afternoon. Members of the press and online media were around to witness her return, as well as fellow Bb. Pilipinas sisters Bea Rose Santiago, Cindy Miranda, Mutya Datul and Pia Wurtzbach. It was a very happy occasion, despite what’s happening in other parts of the country.
From hereon, Ariella will lead the other ladies in helping out for the Yolanda victims by initially raising funds and donations. She mentioned that it might be a blessing in disguise that she did not get the top prize. Otherwise, she would not be able to return home immediately and lend her support to fellow Filipinos devastated by the killer supertyphoon.
Home is where Ariella's heart is. (Photo credit: OPMB Worldwide)
Time to buckle down to charity business!
Ariella! (Photo credit: Jory Rivera/OPMB Worldwide)
Ariella and blue go well together (Photo credit: Ghune Katigbak)
Sending-off Ariella to Russia with love (Photo credit: Jonas Gaffud)
Miss Universe Philippines 2013 Ariella Arida
Ariella Arida (center) with her Bb. Pilipinas Gold sisters (l-r) Pia Wurtzbach, Bea Rose Santiago, Cindy Miranda and Mutya Datul.
The Official Send-off of Miss Universe Philippines 2013 Ariella ‘Ara’ Arida is now taking place at Gateway with family, friends, press, pageant supporters, beauty queens and Madame Stella Marquez de Araneta present to lend moral support to our rep who will depart for Moscow come Monday, October 21.
All I can say is…Best of luck, Ara!
And trite as it may sound, bring home the bacon. Preferably wet cured with Tender Quick and Russian vodka.
Bb. Pilipinas International 2013 Bea Rose Santiago
While the finals of Miss International 2013 won’t be until a week before Christmas – December 17, 2013 to be exact – Bb. Pilipinas-International 2013 Bea Rose Santiago is deep into gym training to prepare herself for the onslaught of tough competitors in Japan. Language-wise, it helps that she can speak conversational Nihongo having stayed in the Land of the Rising Sun in the past. And she’s not leaving anything to chance. With her main objective of not just placing but winning the Mikimoto pearl-encrusted crown, this Kagandahang Flores
flag-bearer is feeling confident more than ever.
Will she follow the bandwagon started by Mutya Datul and Megan Young (and hopefully Ara Arida as well)?
Bea clowning around during one of her training classes.
Mutya and Madame at the Senate
Did you think BPCI will allow MWP and MWO to get all the accolades at the Senate? Of course not!
With Mutya Johanna Datul also bringing honors to the country by becoming the first Filipina to win Miss Supranational, she was also invited to the Philippine Senate for an overdue recognition.
And with Madame Stella Marquez de Araneta by her side, our lovely Mutya received her day in the spotlight as well, which I believe is just and well-deserved.
Indeed, this has been a lovely day at the Senate House!
Victorious Philippines 2010-2013
courtesy of The ABSCBNNews
1969-1973 was the last Golden Age of Philippine Pageants when – in that five year span – the country was able to produce two (2) Miss Universe titleholders (Gloria Diaz & Margarita Moran), one (1) Miss International winner (Aurora Pijuan) and one (1) Miss World 1st runner-up (Evangeline Pascual). Just to add a small detail, this period was preceded in 1968 by a 4th Runner-Up finish in Miss World courtesy of Pinky Amabuyok.
Fast forward to 2010 when Venus Raj clinched 4th Runner-Up honors in the Las Vegas-hosted Miss Universe. The following year saw the Philippines claiming runner-up finishes in both Miss Universe and Miss World (c/o Shamcey Supsup and Gwen Ruais, respectively). And just last year, Janine Tugonon was named 1st Runner-Up to Olivia Culpo, with Stephany Stefanowitz a close 2nd in Miss Earth and Rizzini Gomez pulling a Miss Tourism International. More than a week back, we finally bagged the Miss World crown via Megan Young, with the Mutya Datul victory in Miss Supranational adding more spice to a 2013 looking more optimistic than ever. And let’s not forget that this year’s editions of Miss Universe, Miss Earth and Miss International are still upcoming.
Are we looking at another Golden Age while establishing the Pageant Powerhouse status of the Philippines? Will the winning streak run till 2015? Or will it even go beyond that? I say yes. For sure, the element of luck will still come into play. But with the diligent training and preparations being given to our carefully-chosen representatives, there’s no reason to slide back and be relegated to anonymity anymore.
Things are definitely looking up. There’s no room for resting on our laurels. It’s full steam ahead for the Philippines!
Miss Supranational 2013 Mutya Johanna Datul (Photo credit: OPMB Worldwide)
Mutya’s simple family remains unaffected by her victory. (Photo credit: OPMB Worldwide)
Miss Supranational 2013 Mutya Johanna Datul expected it, but she cried nonetheless.
Her family – mother, father and three brothers – attended the arrival presscon. They didn’t even bother to wear anything spiffy and presented themselves as is. And the sight of Mutya with loved ones made me love her even more. Beneath the high heels, big crown and beauty queen get-up, she remains humble and family-connected.
Of course, you already know that she will be using a significant portion of her cash prize to fund the cancer treatment of her mom. And I’m just too happy that positive things are going her way.
P.S. Mutya recounts below on the signs she got en route to winning Miss Supranational 2013. And be touched even more once you find out the challenges she had to go through in the birght lights of Manila.
courtesy of TheABSCBNNews
(L-R) Cindy, Ara and Bea are next to go, and in that order. (Photo credit: OPMB Worldwide)
I could be lighting the fire of debate with this post once again. But what the heck?
Mutya started with Supra, who will follow suit?
Starting next month till December, the remaining Binibining Pilipinas Gold winners will be taking on their respective missions abroad – Cindy Miranda for Miss Tourism Queen International 2013 in China on October 10, Ara Arida for Miss Universe 2013 in Moscow on November 9 and Bea Rose Santiago for Miss International 2013 in Japan on December 17.
Mutya Datul started the ball rolling this month with a well-deserved Miss Supranational 2013 victory in Minsk. Who will (hopefully) win next? Truth be told, the pressure is extremely high for the rest. I remember briefly FB-chatting with Bea Rose a few weeks back when she confidently stated her target to win the Miss International crown itself. There really is no other way to psyche up one’s self than to focus on the top prize.
Let’s see what fate has in store for the trio of Cindy, Ara and Bea. If 2013 will turn out to be the winningest year of the Philippines in global pageantry, then I can only shout for joy.