Parul Shah (left) and Ann Colis can't contain their happiness during today's Special Announcement (Photo credit: Bruce Casanova)
This is indeed a Happy Parul and Ann Day! These photos by Bruce Casanova show how excited the two ladies are.
For starters, Parul was just waiting for her 18-month contract with BPCI to expire before finally going to Dubai to accept a job offer. But when she got a serendipitous call from Madam Stella Marquez de Araneta herself, the lovely lass from Baguio City was filled with so much joy that she set aside all her pending plans to jump at the opportunity to represent the Philippines in Miss Grand International 2015.
Ann, on the other hand, has a different story. She admits to not having been out of the country yet. And the right to compete in Toronto, Canada for Miss Globe 2015 is more than what she could ask for. She was actually teary-eyed talking about the chance, particularly that her best friend has already migrated there and will now be looking forward to a reunion.
Indeed, happiness was in the air earlier. And their fellow Binibini sisters gladly shared their well-wishes for both ladies. Below are more photos from the Presscon.
Left to right: Yvethe, Kris, Parul, SMA, CSB, Ann and Hannah (Photo credit: Bruce Casanova)
Photo credit: Bruce Casanova
Our Bb. Pilipinas 2014 Queens in a grid of their later/latest photos
MJ and Janine take selfies in Sta. Monica Beach, CA
Miss Universe Philippines 2014 MJ Lastimosa was just on vacation in Los Angeles after attending the Bachelorette Party of Miss USA 2014 Nia Sanchez in Las Vegas. She also found time to reunite with Miss Universe 2012 1st Runner-Up. Bb. Pilipinas International 2014 Bianca Guidotti is still into her NGO commitments after hosting her friend Miss Grand Netherlands 2015 Shauny Bult who was here on a one-month vacation. Bb. Pilipinas Intercontinental 2014 Kris Tiffany Janson is back in Manila after her London and Paris sojourn (photo above was taken during her day trip to Paris Disneyland
). Bb. Pilipinas Supranational 2014 Yvethe Santiago is spending precious time in Albay with family and friends. Bb. Pilipinas Tourism 2014 Parul Shah is doing pictorials to build up her portfolio and accepting out of town pageant judging invites. 1st Runner-Up Laura Lehmann is busy with her studies at Ateneo de Manila University while accepting occasional modeling shoots (like the photo above which appeared on the Philippine Daily Inquirer yesterday
). And just very recently, 2nd Runner-Up Hannah Ruth Sison (who continues to be part of the 2015 Queens
) proudly celebrated her 27th birthday.
These are just quick updates on our 2014 Bb. Pilipinas Queens for our Sunday lookback. The group photo below gives me such fond memories of this batch. ;-)
Our Bb. Pilipinas 2014 Queens during their victory night in Araneta Coliseum last year (Photo from pinoyambisyoso.com)
Patrick Isorena (representing Puerto Rico) was crowned Miss F Universe 2015
Winners all (left-to-right): Cassy Lopez for the Philippines, Inyaki Yuson for Iraq, Patrick Isorena for Puerto Rico, Prince Dawn Sachi for Venezuela and Michael Cabrillas Johnson for Angola
The board of judges (top) and winners
The pageant finished in the real wee hours of the morning, but Miss F Universe 2015 started with a bang and culminated in a festive coronation of the winners at Fahrenheit in Quezon City. Patrick Isorena, representing Puerto Rico, won a close battle for the title against Prince Dawn Sachi for Venezuela who settled with 1st Runner-Up honors. Coming in as 2nd Runner-Up is Inyaki Yuson who wore the sash of Iraq. Michael Cabrillas Johnson copped 3rd Runner-Up for Angola and Cassy Lopez of the Philippines closed the Top 5 as 4th Runner-Up.
The judges, which included Miss Earth 2014 Jamie Herrell, Bb. Pilipinas Tourism 2014 Parul Shah, actress Ana Capri, YouTube sensation Sebastian Castro, actors Joseph Bitangcol & Raphael Martinez, PBB Housemate Fourth Solomon, ABS-CBN Correspondent Ryan Chua and pageant colleague Noli Berioso of OPMB Worldwide, had a truly delightful time assessing and scoring the very competitive delegates.
Miss F Universe 2015 Patrick Isorena for Puerto Rico
Congratulations to all the winners! But most of all, kudos to F Owner Wilbert Tolentino (who also takes photo credits of the finals in this post
) for the successful staging of the 13th Annual Search for Miss F Universe.
Bb. Pilipinas Tourism 2014 Parul Shah is a vision in red for Almodal
Parul is a statuesque beauty in this shot
Parul for Almodal - a match made in red heaven
Leo Almodal himself
Leo Almodal is a fashion designer who is eternally inspired. And he always makes sure that his muses look heavenly beautiful in creations that will leave you in awe.
Take for example Bb. Pilipinas Tourism 2014 Parul Shah. She is a glorious vision in red here, with the gown making her look like a statuesque woman who could have made us proud in any international pageant here or overseas. Her look is simply divine.
Where will Parul show up next? In the Asian runways or possibly beyond? Let’s wait and see. ;-)
Bb. Pilipinas Tourism 2014 in a painting-like photograph, wearing Rocky Gathercole and shoes by Nere Ku
From the back now, Parul sizzles!
Bb. Pilipinas Tourism 2014 Parul Shah looks like the beautiful apparition of a fallen angel in the photo above. Dressed in a white fantasy creation by Designer Rocky Gathercole and wearing a pair of red boot-like heels custom-made by Nere Ku, she embodies an out-of-the-box character who can very well be the representation of her under-utilized strengths as a Bb. Pilipinas titleholder – crowned but not fielded in competition.
Her breathless beauty notwithstanding, Parul has learned to take things as they come and go. While she could have been sent to any of those several permutations of Tourism-themed pageants abroad, BPCI is not about to compromise her image as a national titleholder by taking part in pageants that do not meet their strict standards.
Maybe it was meant to be. Or maybe something could have been done. Regardless, the reign is over. And life goes on.
This is going to be a big event next month! #Shoesyal
Nere Ku himself
If you love shoes, then Nere Ku
will make you happy. In celebration of his 3rd Year as a shoe designer, he will have a big exhibit and fashion event at the SM Megamall Fashion Hall from June 18-20
where a big group of our top fashion designers (read their names on the image above
) will showcase their fabulous creations with one common denominator – his shoes!
Nereku Manila promises to be a fashion spectacle you can look forward to. And for a change, you won’t be just staring at the models’ attires but also at what they are wearing on their feet.
You don’t want to miss this one! #Shoesyal ;-)
Nere Ku for the modern woman
Nere Ku for the stylish men
is a collaborative effort of various fashion designers, fashion stylists, hair)/make up artists and photographers in the country. Some of the familiar names who will walk the runway include Shamcey Supsup-Lee, Sam Ajdani, Angel Aquino, Tessa Prieto-Valdez, Parul Shah (photo below
) and Eula Valdez. #Shoesyal
May is the month of Flowers. It is also the season for Flores de Mayo and an excellent opportunity for some of our beautiful titleholders and handsome consorts to parade in public in traditional attires that symbolize an essence of the annual tradition.
At the SM Mall of Asia over the weekend, one such activity took place where the likes of Bb. Pilipinas Tourism 2014 Parul Shah, Miss Asean 2014 1st Runner-Up Ferina Ann Juny de Paz, Reyna ng Aliwan 2015 1st Runner-Up Faith Garcia, Mr. Global Philippines Joseph Doruelo and Mr. RP 2015 3rd Runner-Up John Ver Sibangan took centerstage to proudly display the creations of some of our local designers like Edwin Uy, Raphael Louis Gonzales and Renee Salud, as well as be part of the international retail chain’s version of the much-loved activity.
Check out the images in this post. Don’t they just look grand? :-)