Bb. Pilipinas-International 2013 Bea Rose Santiago from the eyes of Raymond Saldana.
The red rose whispers of passion,
And the white rose breathes of love;
Oh, the red rose is a falcon,
And the white rose is a dove.
But I send you a cream-white rose bud
With a flush on its petal tips;
For the love that is purest and sweetest
Has a kiss of desire on the lips.
~ John Boyle O’Reilly 1844-1890
Was Bea Rose Santiago personally handpicked by Bb. Pilipinas 2013 Judge Hirofumi Hashimoto (Miss Beauty Congress President/
International Cultural Association Chairman) for Miss International 2013?
Bb. Pilipinas-International 2013 Bea Santiago is like a Rose in full bloom. And how apt that her name contains the flower she is being compared to.
After nailing the 2nd-highest crown in Bb. Pilipinas 2013, she is now setting her sights at insuring a successful stint in Miss International 2013 later in the year. Of course, even before the time comes to pack for her assignment, she needs to go full blast with training in all aspects of competition. The good thing is that she already experienced participation in the international level. At this point, she has learned from whatever shortcomings she may have committed in Miss Tourism Queen of the Year International 2012 (where she reached the Top 10).
I’m positive that Bea will more than make up for the mere Top 15 placement of her Kagandahang Flores camp sister Nicole Schmitz in Okinawa last year. ;-)
Taping for the big night (left to right): Bb. Pilipinas International 2012 Nicole Schmitz, Miss Universe Philippines 2012 Janine Tugonon, Bb. Pilipinas-Tourism 2012 Katrina Dimaranan and Miss Supranational Philippines 2012 Elaine Kay Moll
Look at the picture above.
And someone hold me down to my seat.
Is that a fourth crown on top of Elaine Kay Moll’s head signaling the formal recognition of a Miss Supranational Philippines 2013 or Bb. Pilipinas-Supranational 2013 for Bb. Pilipinas 2013?
Please indulge me because I can’t contain my excitement any longer. I would be extremely happy if four ladies will be crowned April 14. It will give my predictions just a little bit of breathing space.
2012's Queens during the Parade of Beauties (Photo credit: OPMB Worldwide)
Now, I’m ready to buckle down to the real business of making my own forecasts for the finals. ;-)
Be it black&white (above) or in color (below), the smiles of our Bb. Pilipinas beauties exude the same warmth and sincerity. (Photo credit: Jory Rivera/OPMB Worldwide)
A sampling of Bb. Pilipinas 2013 smiles. Who has the sweetest among them? (Photo credit: Jory Rivera/OPMB Worldwide)
…Or you may like the smiles of (l-r) Herlie Kim, Carin or Abby? (Photo credit: Jory Rivera/OPMB Worldwide)
This is a continuation of our post on the Operation Smile activity of the Bb. Pilipinas 2013 Official Candidates together with the five winners of Bb. Pilipinas 2012. Led by Miss Universe Philippines 2012 Janine Tugonon and Bb. Pilipinas-International 2012 Nicole Schmitz, the ladies can be counted upon to give joy to the young patients of the wonderful organization. Bb. Pilipinas-Tourism 2012 Katrina Dimaranan also helped out, together with Miss Supranational Philippines 2012 Elaine Kay Moll and 2nd Runner-Up Ali Forbes. :-)
Mutya Johanna Datul is distinctly local, while Krisma Pascual is Latina-styled. (Photo credit: OPMB Worldwide)
Now here’s an interesting pair of Versus ladies. And correct me if I’m wrong, but they come from the same handlers who do are not identified among A&Q, KF or Team JDV. And whoever is responsible for their training is definitely showing loads of potentials in beauty polishing Both Mutya Johanna Datul and Ma. Cristina Ann ‘Krisma’ Pascual are, simply put, gorgeous in two different – but completely likeable – ways.
Mutya has always been one magnetic looker ever since her Mutya ng Pilipinas 2012 stint. And because she surprisingly failed to snatch one of the titles there, it paved the way for her to quickly jump ship and swim her way to Bb. Pilipinas shores. And now, she is quite leisurely cruising her journey to become an Official Candidate en route to a possible crown or major placement. Will she succeed? Gut feel tells me that this 5’8″ eye candy will shine well in the pageant. She could be a solid pick for Miss International representation. Problem is, her training ‘sister’ is likewise a good peg for the same competition. So what happens now to………
Krisma Pascual? The girl who jolted a healthy number among us when she was first featured here as the former Miss PSBA (QC) with a very Latina vibe. Just stare at her two photos in this post and you can easily mistake her for a candidate in either Belleza Mexico or Colombia. And up to now, I could not verify what her true lineage is. Is she half-this or half-that? But for sure, she has this foreign mix running in her blood. And that’s the reason why she is a possibility for the Japan-based competition. There is a hint of Melody Gersbach (+) and Nicole Schmitz in her aura. I can’t vouch for her speaking abilities yet. But if she turns out to be a complete package, then watch out, frontrunners!
Bottomline for Mutya and Krisma? I’d say one of them is going to be a firm favorite. For now, I’m going for Mutya. ;-)
Is Imelda Schweighart the Kagandahang Flores bet for Bb. Pilipinas International?
Last year, Kagandahang Flores snatched the Bb. Pilipinas-International title via Nicole Schmitz. Will one of Rodgil Flores’ ladies duplicate the effort this year? Very possible. And one of his anticipated wards, showbiz newcomer Imelda “Imee” Schweighart, could be an excellent fit for the Miss International competition (especially if Japan hosts the same once again).
I know. I know. Why do I keep on insisting that only a mestiza or mixed-race candidate is appropriate for MI? It’s just that gut-feel tells me their type would grab better attention here in Asia more than anywhere else. Honestly, Charmaine Elima is another possibility for the same title. But then again, I’m not looking into that option right now (just as most of you are giving her a MUP peg). So let’s see what (good) fortune awaits Imee for BPI2013. ;-)
Three of the Kagandahang Flores bets (L-R): Bea Santiago, Parul Shah and Charmaine Elima. (Photo credit: OPMB Worldwide)
A little more up close this time (L-R) Bea, Parul and Charmaine. (Photo credit: OPMB Worldwide)
Kagandahang Flores (KF) is the other reputable beauty camp churning out ladies for Bb. Pilipinas. While good friends with Jonas Gaffud, KF Head Rodgil Flores has been in deep competition with A&Q for many years now. Just to name his more recent successes, there are Nicole Schmitz, Dianne Necio, Isabella Manjon and Bianca Manalo to carry the group’s colors. For 2013, five of their bets have already enlisted and I am featuring three of them. Might I also add that they are simply stunning!
Enter Bea Rose Santiago, Parul Shah and Charmaine Elima.
You will remember Bea Rose Santiago as Mutya ng Pilipinas-Overseas Communities 2011 who represented us in the Miss Tourism Queen International 2012 where she landed the Top 10. She stands 5’9″.
The other two appeared in earlier features here. Parul Shah is the Baguio Fil-Indian charmer who placed in Aliwan Festival 2009. She stands 5’9″.
And then there’s Charmaine Elima from Rizal. The dusky beauty is 5’7″.
So the question now is…who will the fountain bless? I’m quite certain that they will make it to the year’s fold. But is there a potential winner among them? I actually like all three, but I would put Parul and Charmaine over Bea for now. ;-)
Clockwise, from top left: Miss Universe 2012 First Runner-Up Janine Tugonon; Manhunt International 2012 June Macasaet; Miss Supranational 2012 3rd Runner-Up Elaine Kay Moll; Miss International 2012 Semifinalist Nicole Schmitz; Miss World 2012 Semifinalist (8th Place) Queenie Rehman; Miss International Queen 2012 Kevin Balot; Mr. World 2012 1st Runner-Up Andrew Wolff and Miss Earth 2012 Miss Air Stephanie Stefanowitz.
2012 was a very good year in Philippine Pageantry. And the honors weren’t just limited to mainstream beauty competitions for beautiful Filipinas. We also conquered both its Male and Transgender counterparts. A quick litany reads like an enviable record for other pageant-loving nations. Topping it all are placements in the Big 4: 1st Runner-Up in Miss Universe 2012, 1st Runner-Up (Miss Air) in Miss Earth 2012 plus Top 15 Semifinalist placements in Miss World 2012 and Miss International 2012. For Miss Supranational 2012, we also made it to Top 5 by taking 3rd Runner-Up honors. And then there is Mr. World 2012 with a 2nd place finish, preceded by a well-deserved win in Manhunt International 2012. Not to be outdone is the first-ever victory of the Philippines in Miss International Queen 2012. Whew! And I’m not yet adding a Top 5 reach of Janicel Lubina in the lesser-known Miss Scuba International or the Top 15 semis slot in Miss Asia Pacific World of Grendel Alvarado, plus last night’s victory of Rizzini Alexis Gomez as Miss Tourism International 2012!
All of these achievements by our representatives give the country excellent reasons to look forward to 2013 with unbridled enthusiasm.
Stay with me and together, we will journey into the Year of the Snake as our sash-wearers continue to slither (pun intended) their way to the top of the pageant world.
Happy New Year to one and all!!! :-D