The Urban Dictionary states:
This cannot happen without more than one person
The reason we came out alive is because we worked together. After all, it takes two to tango.
Angee (left) and Aiza are both confident and poised to win.
Once the Official Candidates of Bb. Pilipinas 2014 are finally announced and both R-L Angels Aiza Faeldonia & Angelique ‘Angee’ De Leon make the cut, it only goes to show that their mentor Mr. RL Lacanienta has been doing a mighty fine job of endorsing high quality applicants.
While both ladies filed their applications at the nick of time, there’s no denying that they created the kind of splash reminiscent of Ria Rabajante last year. The big difference is that Aiza and Angee are taller and definitely more gorgeous.
Now that it’s looking more and more like a 2-for-2 or 100% for the emerging camp (similar to the 4-for-4 previous batting average), the duo is bent on making themselves shine to the fullest. As Angee updated on her FB page, “Aiming to bring home the bacon…because I love bacon.“
Aiza and Angee are ready and willing to take any of the crowns at stake.
Good luck, Aiza and Angee!
The two “Angels” of R-L Angels for Bb. Pilipinas 2014
First off, the group responsible for Ria Rabajante, Bence Bianzon, Pauline Quintas and Sofia Mustonen of Bb. Pilipinas 2013 is still alive and kicking.
R-L Angels has two entries this year, and I was told that they are literally Angels, i.e., their nicknames coming from actual first names.
But don’t ask me what their full names are. RL himself is still being a bit secretive, although the two ladies are actually taking part in the screenings.
Let’s see if his two wards will make it in 2014′s line-up.
Maria Mustonen: Binibini 5 in 2013
During last April’s Bb. Pilipinas Gold, Filipino-Finnish beauty Maria Sofia Gloria Mustonen was tagged Binibini 5 and was one of the four entries of R-L Angels along with Ria Rabajante, Bence Bianzon and Pauline Quintas. She wasn’t fortunate enough to land a semifinal slot, but came out of the competition stronger and more confident.
Will she give Bb. Pilipinas another try and beat the December 30 application deadline for the 2014 edition? Will R-L field her once more in a batch that will definitely have double the pressure than what this year’s winners went through? Has she transformed herself even more to warrant a second attempt?
Pia and Zahra could be the dark horses in MWP2013 (Photo credit: Miss World Philippines)
Outside the endlessly-hyped bids of Megan Young, Patricia Lae Ejercitado, Ria Rabajante and Janicel Lubina, two other Miss World Philippines 2013 candidates appear to have long shots at winning the crown if the favorites get caught unguarded in their respective game plans. One is a fresh-faced newbie from Caloocan who always elicits some oohs and aahs everytime she glides into the midst of pre-pageant activities. The other one is a multi-lingual Filipino-Palestinian from the south of Metro Manila who is always ready and able to speak her heart out in fluid and engaging fashion.
From the looks of it, Pia Kamil Ochengco and Zahra Bianca Saldua could be the veritable dark horses in this year’s finals. While I am not (and won’t be) convinced of anybody other than Ms. Young to nail the top spot come August 18, stranger things have happened in past coronation nights. Surprises are not unusual. And sometimes, the less-likely winners turn out to be well-deserved victors, especially if they happen to be in their best elements when it matters most.
Zahra (L) and Pia giving it their best during the pageant’s talent competition. (Photo credit: OPMB Worldwide/Jory Rivera)
So if you had to choose, who deserves a dose of glory between the two? Pia or Zahra?
Below are the headshots of the 26 Miss World Philippines 2013 Official Candidates. One of them will take it all the way come August 18 and become our country’s representative to Miss World 2013 in Jakarta/Bali, Indonesia.
Who are your picks, based solely on these shots? Give me 12.
My Preferred (not Final) Twelve are: Megan Young, Zahra Saldua, Vina Openiano, Patricia Lae Ejercitado, Janicel Lubina, Ria Rabajante, Samantha Bernardo, Pia Kamil Ochengco, Bianca Paz, Zandra Flores, Mercegrace Raquel and Omarie Linn Osuna.
At this point, Megan is still my top pick.
Ria and Patricia Lae are R-L's inaugural bets for MWP
R-L could very well stand for Ria-Lae, or the names of R-L’s Angels for Miss World Philippines 2013. This year being the relatively fledgling beauty camp’s first official entry into Cory Quirino’s pet pageant, Mr. Lacanienta is eager to establish his presence and possibly nail a top spot – if not the highest honor – during the finals night middle of the month.
And with both Ria Rabajante and Patricia Lae Ejercitado out to win for themselves and their mentor, there’s a very good chance of success for one or both if we are to gauge their pageant experiences. The question is which one.
Right now, I give the slight edge to Patricia Lae, but that is only because Ria still exudes that nagging teeny-weeny uptight quality in candid or on-the-spot photos I can’t help but notice. And the former has already shed off all her inhibitions after years of practice by delivering a more smoldering appeal, be it in choreographed poses or ambush shots.
Who’s your pick between the two?
My fancied ones (Photo credit: OPMB Worldwide/Jory Rivera)
Six more of my fancied ones (Photo credit: OPMB Worldwide/Jory Rivera)
Megan’s practically got it all (Photo credit: OPMB Worldwide/Melvin Sia)
Actually, I should have titled this post “The Ones I Fancy After
Megan Young” because that is how this batch is turning out to be. It’s like Megan against the 25. I know it sounds so premature but just basing it on how they presented themselves at Solaire Resort and Casino, the Aces & Queens bet is already pulling away like a thoroughbred leaving the other running horses struggling for mere
2nd place finish at best. I’m getting ahead of my objective, though.
The eleven remaining ladies in my initial shortlist are also stand-outs in their own way. Patricia Lae Ejercitado, Ria Rabajante and Zahra Saldua come closest imho, with Pia Kamil Ochengco and Nicole Marable shaping up as as this year’s possible spoilers. Ma. Paula Bianca may have re-packaged herself somewhat, but the nose knows that she might have a harder time pulling in a Top 5 spot unless someone intervenes. I like Vina Openiano enough to be cited as another fancied one. But with the way she handled her Mutya Q&A, I’m putting my reservations in check. Mercegrace Raquel is capable of doing slightly better than what she accomplished in BBP Gold, but that should be it so far. Samantha Bernardo and Jennyline Malpaya are still raw, but the potentials can be sighted. And Paula Estenzo being the tallest should mean something for Cory Quirino.
So where is Janicel Lubina in all of this? Well, she is in my Top 15 (along with Zandra Flores and Ma. Lily Salazar) if only I decided to share that much number.
My list will definitely get a shakedown still, but only from #2 to #12.
P.S. Watch the video of the Press Presentation HERE.
The still-unidentified beauties who were present at Solaire yesterday. (Photo credit: OPMB Worldwide/Edmund Chua)
The familiar faces who showed the newbies how to project properly. (Photo credit: OPMB Worldwide/Edmund Chua)
(L-R) April Love Jordan, Mary Anne Misa and Queenie Rehman helped out during the final screening. (Photo credit: OPMB Worldwide/Edmund Chua)
I want to show you some of the beautiful aspirants who patiently went through the Miss World Philippines 2013 Final Screening yesterday at Solaire Resort and Casino. They were game enough for all the clicking cameras and kibitzers around, aside from maintaining the sweet smile in their faces inspite of learning that an extension of the final cut was moved to Monday. I say let all the wannabes present become Official Candidates of this edition. They deserve that at the very least.
With the flash and hype now gone, can Ria Rabajante focus on a more relaxed aim for the MWP2013 crown? (Photo credit: OPMB Worldwide)
When Ria Rabajante screened for and became Official Candidate #1 of Bb. Pilipinas Gold, the flash was so strong and the hype so pressuring that it looked like every pre-pageant day had to reach boiling point proportions with the expectations weighing down her quest for one of the crowns. I can only feel for her during the pageant night when most everyone inside Araneta Coliseum furiously chanted her name together with the other favorites.
Ria’s failed Binibini mission notwithstanding, this beauty is trying her luck in Miss World Philippines 2013. And I reckon she will be more relaxed and focused this time around despite the fingers pointing to another candidate (Megan Young) as being destined to take the crown next month.
Will a victorious Ria be seen on August 18? Or will that victory be just a sweet Top 5 spot? Regardless, she is not about to let things slide easy for the popular entrant. After all, the hype over her is a thing of the past and would rather be tagged as the underdog for a change.
Patricia Lae Ejercitado looked fresh and well-prepared during the MWP2013 screening (Photo credit: Sash Factor)
Overly prepared or just right? (Photo credit: Ro-El Lacanienta)
Patricia Lae Ejercitado, who took part in the 2010 and 2012 editions of Bb. Pilipinas, can only look back at the memories of both (not-so-successful) attempts, while looking forward to what lies ahead in Miss World Philippines 2013 where she took the plunge and screened at the SM MOA to make her one last attempt for a major national beauty crown.
Inspite of the stiff competition coming from both Megan Young and camp sister Ria Rabajante, Pat remains unfazed. She can only give more than 100% of her best efforts and hope that the judges score her favorably when it matters the most. What could be in store for her in this endeavor? Has she learned well from whatever shortcomings she may have committed in Binibini? And can she turn the tide and make this one her greatest pageant curtain-call-of-sorts if ever?