(Left to right) Bea Rose, Mutya, Ara and Cindy during last Thursday’s fashion event (Photo credit: Emerson Cebanico for OPMB Worldwide)
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.
Ara, Bea, Cindy and Mutya in their Jags (Photo credit: Bruce Casanova for Bb. Pilipinas)
And Ara, Bea, Cindy and Mutya can attest to that. :-)
Binibini 30 Joy Marie Gangan during the Bb. Pilipinas 2014 Press Presentation (Photo credit: Emerson Cebanico for OPMB Worldwide)
Photo credit: Jory Rivera
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. ;-)
Body Check. People are saying that Ara Arida is getting wider based on the photo above uploaded by Mutya Datul on IG.
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.
Ara Arida and Bea Rose Santiago awarding the Vice-Mayor of Macebebe, Pampanga (Jubee Navarro) and wife for World Slasher Cup 2014.
Only in the Philippines.
It is only here where Beauty Queens and cockfighting mix like olive oil and garlic.
I grew up in the province so the constant sight of busy Sundays at the cockpit arena has become a normal thing. Add to that the fact my family used to run a poultry & farm supply store in Hagonoy where I would help out on lean school days. Rubbing elbows with men of all shapes and sizes cradling their treasured gamecocks and then seeing the defeated ones holding a previously-live rooster in their hands no longer intimidate my senses.
Am I the only one who finds the images above a bit off? No biggie anyways.
While it puts me off at times seeing our Bb. Pilipinas titleholders making personal appearances during such events (be it the start of a tournament or awarding of prizes), I know that they’re just there to lend some beauty and glitz to the whole thing (and because it’s part of their management contracts to do so). So I guess we just have to live with it.
Mutya, Ara and Cindy are game to touch the roosters for photo op’s sake.
I know that we have far more important pageant-related concerns to talk about. Nonetheless, all eyes are now transfixed on Bb. Pilipinas more than ever. So perhaps, let’s just look at the images above as part and parcel of our unique culture. ;-)
Will Macoy Manlapaz make a Mutya Datul out of either Joy Marie and Hannah Sheena? (Photo credit: OPMB Worldwide)
The two R-L Angels aren’t the only strong duo among the remaining aspirants of Bb. Pilipinas 2014. There is another we fondly call ‘The Isabelanons’ but from now on (thanks to Beauty Spy), we can also tag them as the entries of discoverer Mitch Membrere (a fashion designer from Isabela) and beauty trainer Macoy Manlapaz.
Mitch Membrere who? Well, the name doesn’t ring a bell outright, but he is the one responsible for the girl who captured the country’s first Miss Supranational crown last year. Yes, he is the mentor of Mutya Datul during Bb. Pilipinas Gold.
And by the looks of it, he might have another winner in one or both of his wards this year. 5’10” Joy Marie Gangan and 5’9″ Hannah Sheena Manuel are definite contenders at this point. And I bet both will become Official Candidates during tomorrow’s announcement.
If Lady Luck stays on their side all the way, what are their chances of capturing the Supranational pennant once more? What say you, dear readers? :-)
Joy Marie Gangan has already submitted her Bb. Pilipinas 2014 form.
You might remember this statuesque ‘farmer girl’ from Ilagan, Isabela (Mutya Datul is a provincemate) as the Philippine representative to the Best Model of the World 2012 competitions in Istanbul, Turkey where she snatched the Best Asia Model award.
My mole reported that 5’10” Joy Marie F. Gangan filed her Bb. Pilipinas 2014 application form yesterday. And at the rate the submissions are coming in before the January 15 deadline, we could be headed to assembling a tall and unprecedented (in terms of facial beauty) batch this year.
And may I add that she will be turning 20 come July.
Is Joy Marie Gangan Binibini material?
As friends would quip in the vernacular, “kabugan talaga this year!” (It’s really a clash of beauties this year!) :-)
Bb. Pilipinas Gold winners (left to right): Pia, Cindy, Ariella, Bea Rose and Mutya
It just crossed my mind to make a quick post about the Bb. Pilipinas Gold winners because they will make their farewell walks come March 30 in grand fashion. With both Bea Rose Santiago and Mutya Datul winning their respective pageant assignments, Ariella Arida continuing the Top 5 winning streak of the country in Miss Universe and Cindy Miranda earning a decent Top 10 spot in hers, there has never been a more victorious celebration of Filipina beauty ever since the 41 year-old 1973 edition when Margie Moran brought home the Miss Universe crown and fellow sisters Marilen Ojeda and Nanette Prodigalidad placed 5th and 2nd in Miss International and the now-defunct Miss Maja International, respectively.
This is truly a golden set of winners. And rightfully so. ;-)