Bb. Pilipinas Tourism 2014 Parul Shah
A peek into her latest photoshoot
Now that Bb. Pilipinas Tourism 2014 Parul Shah has already turned over her crown to Ann Lorraine Colis, it’s high time to think about her next career move/s.
According to updates in her Facebook page, Parul has already started building up her portfolio for possible modeling projects that could possibly bring her outside the country and to other places in the region or beyond. She deserves to get her due recognition abroad, and if the route is by way of anything other than pageantry, then so be it.
Parul enjoying a working vacation in Balesin
Another Parul shot - sexiness personified
For now, enjoy her latest photos.
Be prepared for what she may have in store for fans and followers in just a month or two.
With well-intentioned individuals guiding her along the way, I’m pretty sure she is in good hands and will get her due rewards with a little more patience and determination.
I’m looking forward to that. ;-)
Parul, mysteriously now
Bb. Pilipinas Tourism 2015 Ann Lorraine Colis with her predecessor, Parul Shah
Will Ann be fielded abroad in 2015?
“Star light, star bright,
The first star I see tonight;
I wish I may, I wish I might,
Have the wish I wish tonight.
Bb. Pilipinas Tourism 2015 Ann Lorraine Colis must have been chanting the nursery rhyme above from the time she won a national crown two nights ago. And by the way BPCI has not been serving its holder an assignment to any overseas pageant mission, our lovely Kapampangan beauty queen might need to exert more wishful thinking to make the reign extra meaningful compared to her predecessor, Parul Shah.
Truth be told, Ann could have easily gotten a better title. She continuously oozes with unmistakable appeal that can be greatly appreciated in an international beauty competition. But with what she ended up with, all we can hope for is that one of those Tourism contests make serious negotiations with Bb. Pilipinas to allow this lass to spread her magnetic charm and perhaps give the country one more deserving representative to cheer for.
Bb. Pilipinas Tourism 2015 Ann Lorraine Colis (Photo credit: Bruce Casanova)
At the rate the Facebook page of Miss Tourism Queen International
has been miserably inactive except for a sad-looking Lunar New Year post last month, there’s really no use expecting any signs of life (or flogging a dead horse
) in that organization anymore.
Left-to-right: Bb. Pilipinas Tourism 2014 Parul Shah, Bb. Pilipinas Intercontinental 2014 Kris Tiffany Janson, Miss Universe Philippines 2014 MJ Lastimosa, Bb. Pilipinas International 2014 Bianca Guidotti and Bb. Pilipinas Supranational 2014 Yvethe Santiago
2013 was a truly tough act to follow – what with a Miss International, a Miss Supranational and a Miss Universe 3rd Runner-Up to face up to. But the Bb. Pilipinas 2014 Queens faced the past year head-on and took on their respective missions with head held high and the promise to give their very best abroad. They all did.
While a Miss Intercontinental 2nd Runner-Up placement, a Miss Universe Top 10 finish and a Miss Supranational Top 20 inclusion are not enough to please everyone, do keep in mind that 2014 was the Philippines’ Year of Representing Dangerously.
Yvethe, Kris, MJ, Bianca and Parul during a Sponsor Visit
The Bb. Pilipinas 2015 Souvenir Program (Photo credit: Gines Enriquez)
Our reigning titleholders were never amiss in their individual assignments. They followed their game plans as best as they could. If the sincere efforts did not yield the desired results, then it is already destiny speaking to us in bold letters. It still wasn’t time to either shine brighter or continue the streak or even achieve rare back-to-back feats.
I salute all of you, ladies!
The year wasn’t the kindest, but you still gave Filipinos reasons to be proud.
Prouder than most nations, I daresay. :-)
Our five (5) Bb. Pilipinas 2014 Queens recording their farewell speeches (Photo grid courtesy of Parul Shah)
Farewell speeches. They’re usually the most emotional messages to deliver for outgoing titleholders. And for the Bb. Pilipinas 2014 Queens, they had theirs recorded at ABS-CBN so as not to choke and make each meaningful word count as clear and audible for the audience to hear. All five – MJ Lastimosa, Bianca Guidotti, Kris Tiffany Janson, Yvethe Marie Santiago and Parul Shah – consider the past year their best journey so far and wouldn’t mind doing the whole thing all over again if they could.
Let’s see who came up with the most heart-tugging end statements this coming Sunday night. ;-)
The Bb. Pilipinas 2014 Queens blow kisses to those who attended the Parade of Beauties (Photo credit: Bruce Casanova)
Of course, the question in the title of this post is likely to be answered by many as “It depends on which Binibinis will win the titles on March 15.”
But let’s be honest. The chances will most likely be brighter than last year.
For starters, there will be no back-to-back missions to worry about. The challenge of the same country winning the same international crown for a second consecutive year is more than enough to send shivers to the spine of whoever is installed for the assignment. Add to that the fact that both Miss International and Miss Supranational have never green-lighted such a pageant achievement to date.
What’s more, gut-feel is telling me that the eventual Bb. Pilipinas 2015 victors will definitely get the momentum back in their favor. Regardless of who gets Universe, International, Intercontinental and Supranational (I am not including Tourism anymore for obvious reasons), the probability of placing better is greater.
The thirty-four (34) Binibinis pose in front of the Gateway Mall (Photo credit: Bruce Casanova)
But allow me to get back to the answer I am anticipating for the question. If everything really depends on which Binibinis will win the 2015 crowns, who will you assign to the different titles to insure a more laudable year overseas? ;-)
The Bb. Pilipinas 2014 Queens pose in front of their respective images in the Bb. Pilipinas 2015 tarpaulin
It’s already the 1st of March. And in as little as two weeks from now, the Bb. Pilipinas 2014 Queens will turn over the crowns to their new successors.
Gone are the days of recent past when talks of giving away just three (3) titles instead of five (5). I felt relieved that it was all talk and not fueled enough to happen in actual terms.
There was a time when I kept on hearing wild rumors that Bb. Pilipinas Tourism will be scrapped, alongside Bb. Pilipinas Intercontinental. I don’t want that kind of disappointment. Sure, we really want the Tourism title replaced pronto. But without an immediate franchise to take its place, the strong batch of 2015 will be given a big disservice if only three honors will be at stake. I’m not sure yet why the title of Kris Tiffany Janson was included in the buzz. Thankfully, however, everything is back to normal.
On March 15, it will still be five (5) crowns for five (5) Binibinis. :-)
The five reigning Queens plus Laura Lehmann (leftmost) during breakfast at the PAL New York Fun Run yesterday morning.
Parul Shah and Katrina Dimaranan: Bb. Pilipinas titleholders who never got to wear the Philippine sash overseas
The Bb. Pilipinas Tourism crown
Time was when getting a Bb. Pilipinas crown of any shape, size or title brought out the ecstatic side of any lucky Binibini. It still is, except for the Tourism honor that has become more of a consolation than a 100% source of overflowing excitement.
You see, there is always pride in being proclaimed a national winner. But the more motivating factor for any beauty queen is to actually wear the Philippine sash in an international pageant – be it hosted abroad or locally.
In the case of Parul Shah (2014) and Katrina Dimaranan (2012), their Bb. Pilipinas Tourism victories opened doors of opportunity they never imagined before. One door remains locked, though. And it is that one important passage that they would love more than anything else to pass through and negotiate.
Will their ever be hope for the Tourism title? Or is it high time to rest its inclusion in the annual roster and replaced with a brand-new franchise – however low-tier in status – but with a guaranteed chance of competing for the country?
I say yes, without batting an eyelash. ;-)