Miss Supranational 2014 has joined the slew of December-scheduled editions with a December 5 calendar date in Krynica-Zdrój. What’s nice is that all the candidates (including Bb. Pilipinas-Supranational 2014 Yvethe Marie Santiago) will have a grand time visiting the biggest spa town in Poland. That could be quite an exciting stay, especially for reigning titleholder Mutya Datul who will definitely get the VIP treatment out there! :-)
The good news: I had a very pleasant encounter with the newly-crowned Bb. Pilipinas 2014 winners at Balay in Araneta Center earlier. All seven ladies are in full bloom and looked every inch the beauty queens they have been transformed into just last Sunday night.
The not-so-good news: It was a full-on Press Conference instead of an opportunity to do one-on-one interviews with them. In fact, I was the last and only digital press rep to be able to ask one question. As expected, the broadsheet media and TV networks were given the chance to throw in questions ahead plus on-cam coverages, respectively.
Watch the 3-minute video below when I fortunately squeezed a question for Bb. Pilipinas Intercontinental 2014 Kris Tiffany Janson.
It was a thrill seeing the winners once more. But I was more excited when Miss Universe Philippines 2014 MJ Lastimosa stated about the possibility of winning our 3rd Miss Universe crown as: “I’ll make it my destiny!“.
She clearly elicited the most number of interest from the guests present. And her aura alone is starting to exude traces of a future big winner.
I was hoping to ask more questions, but time wasn’t on our side as the allotted schedule for the press conference already went beyond the intended frame.
But don’t fret. I got an invite to attend the thanksgiving party of Bianca Guidotti soon. I will make a separate post on that this weekend. ;-)
Goodbyes can also mean Hellos. And in this case, the four Bb. Pilipinas Gold beauty queens will be saying their farewell to the crowns they so lovingly and successfully held on to for the past year. Tonight, that is.
Come Monday, the four of you will be waving hello to a new chapter in your individual lives. And it is but fitting that I pay this small homage to the ladies who have brought us so much joy and happiness in 2013.
To Ariella Arida:
You had the most highly-criticized reign of a Miss Universe Philippines. Ever. Bashings left and right. Potshots and discouraging remarks from everywhere. Yet, you never closed your eyes and ears from all of these. Instead, you took them all in and used the mudslings to build a fortress so strong that you represented us in Moscow with grace and finesse. It’s as if the unwanted pressures suddenly disappeared. Kudos for overcoming the odds and continuing with the Top 5 placement. A 4-peat is no mean achievement. You have beautifully vindicated yourself. And so, I doff my hat to you, my dearest Ara.
To Bea Rose Santiago:
You nailed the country’s 5th Miss International crown. And for that alone, our most heartfelt gratitude. When you won the Bb. Pilipinas International title last year, the mission was crystal-clear: to settle for nothing but the highest honor in Tokyo. Optimism and confidence sided with you all the way. In the words of poet/artist Pamela Vaull Starr, “Reach high, for stars lie hidden in your soul. Dream deep, for every dream precedes the goal.” Your achievement will be forever remembered.
To Mutya Johanna Datul:
You are the Cinderella of Bb. Pilipinas Gold – the simple and unassuming lass from Isabela who entered the world of pageantry without a hint of greater things to come in Belarus. You went to a country which – despite its entirely different culture and practices – warmed up to you like a mother to her precious daughter. And because you stayed true to yourself, the reward came in the form of a crown no other Asian has conquered yet. As the reigning Miss Supranational, you symbolize the spirit of beauty, innocence and simplicity. Life will never be the same. It can only get better.
To Joanna Cindy Miranda:
Notwithstanding the fact that your billing in the quartet may have moved from 3rd to 4th, it doesn’t mean that your importance is diminished in the eyes of pageant followers. We know that you gave your absolute best in Xianning for Miss Tourism Queen International 2013. You made it to the Top 10. And if the Chinese judges did not see in you what we believe is a winner right from the start, then please charge everything to fate and an altogether beautiful experience of carrying the weight of the country on your shoulders. Our pride in you remains unwavering.
(Long live the four outstanding ladies!)
Mabuhay ang Pilipina na walang katulad!
(Long live the incomparable Filipina!)
Mabuhay ang Binibining Pilipinas!
(Long live Binibining Pilipinas!) :-D
There are two (2) Binibinis who – I was told – allegedly expressed their wish to win the Bb. Pilipinas Supranational 2014 crown at the onset. First is Binibini 30 Joy Marie Gangan who is looking at tracing the footsteps of her fellow Isabelanon Mutya Johanna Datul who is the reigning national and international winner. And then there is Binibini 25 Mary Jean Lastimosa who was hoping that this placement is the next best thing to clinching Miss Universe Philippines. Of course, being 26 years of age is likely to become a big concern because Miss Supranational has set its age limit to 25.
Above all of this, the troubles hounding Miss Supranational are still lingering, with two (2) factions claiming to be the real thing. But right now, I am more inclined to raise doubts about the group planning to hold the competition in India. Regardless, I will side with the organization our Mutya will stick with.
At the end of the day, Miss Supranational still appears to be a better pageant than MTQI, even if that’s not saying much by way of over-all prestige and global acceptance. And I don’t see BPCI crowning two reps to its two versions. At all. ;-)
When the four (4) reigning Bb. Pilipinas titleholders walked the ramp with this year’s Official Candidates during last Thursday’s Grand Fashion Event-cum-National Costume Competition, it suddenly dawned on me that March 30 is fast approaching and a new set of winners will effectively succeed them.
Miss Universe Philippines 2013 Ariella Arida, Bb. Pilipinas International 2013 (and Miss International 2013) Bea Rose Santiago, Bb. Pilipinas Tourism 2013 Cindy Miranda and Bb. Pilipinas Supranational 2013 (and Miss Supranational 2013) Mutya Datul must be feeling happy and a bit sad, but ultimately relieved that they will be passing the crowns to four (4) new ladies who will take on the even more challenging assignments of matching – if not surpassing – what they have achieved for the country in 2013.
The succeeding tasks will not be enviable, inspite of the honor and prestige that go with it. But for the forty (40) hopefuls vying to become one of the chosen winners, the long and winding road to that once-in-a-lifetime pageant glory is something they will not exchange for anything else in this world.
And Ara, Bea, Cindy and Mutya can attest to that. :-)
One of the entries of Team Saimak (formerly known as Isabelanons) for Bb. Pilipinas 2014 is actually one of the better assessed candidates so far. Joy Marie Gangan is doing fine in the eyes of many.
But is she really setting the competition on fire? Or are the more hyped and constantly talked-about contenders always getting the good breaks and social media mileage even without really trying? Or perhaps, this batch is simply too strong to allow more than a big handful to be part of the favored group.
Joy Marie is statuesque (reportedly 5’10” or a small fraction of an inch shorter), catwalk-trained and with a waistline that would challenge other figure-challenged Binibinis. Her face, while not the most eye-catching, still puts across very Pinay features that tend to be appreciated more internationally.
In my opinion, this is the time to step up and make herself more noticeable. Being underexposed and underrated in the same breath is not the way to go. Joy Marie may need to pick the cues from fellow provincemate Mutya Datul on how to take the bull by the horns, so to speak. ;-)
Funny how we get to single out our beauty queens when they start gaining weight after representing us abroad and before turning over the crown to her successor.
Consider the image above. It was uploaded by Mutya Datul on her IG account. But instead of appreciating all three ladies, people started pounding on the ‘relatively healthier’ frame of Miss Universe Philippines 2013 Ara Arida during a recent ABS-CBN event. Our standards for ‘gaining weight’ are obviously very high for the Bb. Pilipinas titleholders. But it’s also possible that her angle above tends to widen her over-all stance.
Regardless, let’s cut her some slack for now. Maybe, this is the only period when she can have more than a couple of cheat days in her diet. I’m pretty sure John Cuay will whip her back to shape in the coming weeks so that she’ll be back to that 9.430* knockout figure by March 30. ;-)
* – The swimsuit competition score of Ariella during MU2013.