Bb. Pilipinas Tourism 2014 Parul Shah in a showstopping Edwin Uy creation.
It’s so timely that, just last year, the Official Candidates of Bb. Pilipinas paraded in the National Costume Competition wearing traditional attires that showcased the creative genius of our local designers. And just a week back, the whole country was practically up in arms with the Alfredo Barraza flower-filled Filipiniana getup worn by Miss Philippines MJ Lastimosa during the 63rd Miss Universe Pageant in Doral Miami. Watch the video of the event before, still fresh in our minds I reckon.
courtesy of The Pageant Guru
Bb. Pilipinas Tourism 2014 Parul Shah in Almodal
Parul in a selfie with Rodgil Flores (middle) and Kris Janson
During the past week and a half, rumors were abuzz online that Bb. Pilipinas Tourism 2014 Parul Shah will finally be sent to her own pageant mission via Reinado Internacional del Café 2015 scheduled to take place in Manizales, Colombia early next month. Blame it on a ‘doubtful’ posting
on Wikipedia that included her name as one of the confirmed participants.
So I immediately contacted someone in the know from BPCI about the whole thing. “It’s a hoax, Sir Norman!” There, loud and clear from one of the most reliable sources. Parul isn’t going to Colombia. Besides, the competition is way too soon (January 10, 2015) to even prep her up.
But what I really hear as more possible is that a new franchise or two might just be hatched in the next couple of months. And who knows? Lovely Parul could be fielded in one of them. ;-)
Shots of the Bb. Pilipinas 2014 Queens during the Araneta Center Christmas Party
The Queens with BPCI's Ada De Pedro (middle)
During the “Superheroes and Villains”-themed Christmas Party of Araneta Center, the Bb. Pilipinas 2014 Queens were interestingly dressed up as Greek Goddesses draped in gowns that will remind you of the mythological representations of beauty in ancient times. It’s a pity Miss Universe Philippines 2014 MJ Lastimosa couldn’t be there (she needed to be in North Cotabato to spend time with her family
). But the joyous event went well and everyone had a fun time in their costumes, while playing dress-up to the max.
From this point, it will be rest period for our ladies so they can be with their loved ones for the Holidays. :-)
Bianca giving a few words to her guests
It was a simple get-together hosted by Bb. Pilipinas International 2014 Bianca Guidotti and her family for relatives, friends, colleagues, supporters and former schoolmates. The venue was the Function Room of Eastwood Excelsior inside Eastwood City.
In attendance were Bb. Pilipinas Tourism 2014 Parul Shah, Bb. Pilipinas 2nd Runner-Up Hannah Ruth Sison (who gamely sang), Carla Lizardo, Aces & Queens’ Gerry Diaz, Designer Eric delos Santos plus this blogger from the pageant world. Bianca also had collegues from her affiliated NGO and fellow Ateneans who are now professionals. Not to be missed, of course, is her special someone Vincent Santos.
Friends from Bb. Pilipinas and Bianca's special someone
Bb. Pilipinas International 2014 Bianca Guidotti was the perfect hostess last night.
Left to right: Designer Eric delos Santos, your blogger, Bianca, Gerry Diaz and Jimmy Estopace of A&Q
Bianca was the picture of tempered happiness. She has wholeheartedly accepted the results of Miss International 2014 and feels that it is time to focus on the more charitable aspects of BPCI for the remainder of her reign.
There are sound-offs that Madame Stella Marquez de Araneta might be able to get a new franchise or two, and that she might be considered for a 2nd representation. But she is more keen on begging off and letting either Parul or Laura or Hannah to get a shot if ever.
We’ll see… ;-)
Don’t forget to check them out in the Lifestyle section of today’s Philippines Daily Inquirer
Outtake from the shoot with the styling team
In today’s Lifestyle Section of the Philippine Daily Inquirer, our Bb. Pilipinas 2014 Queens are featured with images from their latest photoshoot.
Miss Universe Philippines 2014 MJ Lastimosa, Bb. Pilipinas International 2014 Bianca Guidotti, Bb. Pilipinas Intercontinental 2014 Kris Janson, Bb. Pilipinas Supranational 2014 Yvethe Santiago and Bb. Pilipinas Tourism 2014 Parul Shah are out to wow you even more.
You have got to check our Miss Universe 2014 rep, in particular. She looks so divine in the pics. Get your copy now! ;-)
Our 2014 Bb. Pilipinas Queens
As ready as she could be, our Bb. Pilipinas Supranational 2014 Yvethe Marie Santiago
Later in the afternoon at Balay in Araneta Center, Bb. Pilipinas Supranational 2014 Yvethe Marie Santiago was feted to her own send-off to Miss Supranational 2014. She is scheduled to depart for Krynica-Zdrój, Poland later this week. In attendance during the event were five (5) of her fellow Bb. Pilipinas 2014 Queens (Bb. Pilipinas-International 2014 Bianca Guidotti is still in Tokyo for the finals of Miss International 2014 scheduled tomorrow afternoon) namely Miss Universe Philippines 2014 MJ Lastimosa, Bb. Pilipinas Intercontinental 2014 Kris Tiffany Janson, Bb. Pilipinas Tourism 2014 Parul Shah, 1st Runner-Up Laura Lehmann and 2nd Runner-Up Hannah Ruth Sison. Of course, Madame Stella Marquez de Araneta and Miss Supranational 2013 Mutya Datul – the reigning titleholder- need to be there and they graced the whole affair.
Five of our Seven Bb. Pilipinas 2014 Queens who gave inspiring messages to Yvethe.
Madame Stella Marquez de Araneta sharing a good laugh with Yvethe (left) and Mutya.
Yvethe's mom Nida (right) giving a message to her daughter
Yvethe was at her happiest and most emotional, especially with the messages given to her by the other Binibinis, Mutya Datul and her mom Nida. She knows that, just like Bianca Guidotti, her journey to the Miss Supranational 2014 crown will be challenging because of the dreamed-of back-to-back victory that is harder to earn. But being the positive person that she is, the enthusiasm and determination should help in achieving what others feel is an impossible feat.
A literal back-to-back between Mutya Datul and Yvethe Santiago. Will this be a prophetic photo?
Best of luck, dear Yvethe!
Step up to the plate. Bring it on. Do the Philippines proud. :-)
Bb. Pilipinas Tourism 2014 Parul Shah photographed while giving her send-off tribute to Bianca Guidotti
Hannah Ruth Sison (left) and Laura Lehmann during Bianca Guidotti's send-off
While four of the five Bb. Pilipinas 2014 titleholders are all pumped up for their pageant assignments happening one after the other, I am a bit gloomy for Bb. Pilipinas Tourism 2014 Parul Shah who might end up mission-less for the remainder of her reign. With the mushrooming of so many new international beauty contests, she could easily take part in one of them and quite effortlessly bring home the crown, regardless if the title is not as popular as the rest. It’s a pity that the franchises are under different individuals. It’s even worse that BPCI is stuck with Miss Tourism Queen International which is spiralling down to anonymity.
And while we’re at it, why not include the fate of 1st Runner-up Laura Lehmann and 2nd Runner-up Hannah Ruth Sison as well? I bet these two ladies can also register victories if given the chance. But if Parul will be unfielded, their chances are even slimmer.
Your thoughts, dear readers?