Normally, I should be uploading two identical images for you to spot the difference. But in this case, one photo is enough.
Look carefully at the thirteen (13) Kagandahang Flores ladies (including Anabel Tia) above. This was taken by Emerson Cebanico during the birthday celebration of Rodgil Flores. Can you tell me what you see that stands out, but not in a very obvious way? Clue: it’s something a pageant-loving podiatrist can easily point out.
And once you’ve spotted what I am referring to, post a reply. If you can add a brief explanation as well, then that would be cool.
When Anabel Christine Tia made it as Bb. Pilipinas 2014 Official Candidate, she was a proud independent who got in through her own merits. Right then and there, she was approached and offered by Rodgil Flores to undergo training in make-up and Q&A.
And the girl couldn’t be any more thankful that the camp took interest in her. She realized that simply relying on her own devices will not be the best option if standing-out is a primary objective.During the recent birthday bash of Rodgil Flores, she was already being treated as part of the family that she even gifted the celebrant a framed caricature she made herself.
From this point, we can expect Bel to look and project her more improved version during the pre-pageant activities. Let’s see if the decision to affiliate with KF is all worth it.
Anabel Christine G. Tia is the independent applicant who came from Ozamiz City to try out her luck in Bb. Pilipinas 2014. She arrived in Manila with dreams of joining a national beauty competition and was fortunate enough to survive cut after cut until she was handed a rose to signify her status as Official Candidate. And this she did with no previous pageant experience whatsoever, no beauty camp affiliations and no talent scout to take care of her screening needs in the big city.
I had a brief online chat with Bel. After a quick small talk, I threw three questions and this was how she spontaneously answered them.
1. What are the advantages/disadvantages of an artist/painter like you joining a tough beauty competition like Bb. Pilipinas?
“Well…the disadvantage of being an artist is that I may tend to be quiet, naive and sometimes weird. But the best advantage is that I can take criticisms well, be it negative or constructive. An artist really needs a critic to make our work more beautiful. So same way in pageants. The more honest critics are, the better ’cause it will mold me into a beautiful masterpiece.”
2. How are you preparing yourself for all the pre-pageant activities where the top favorites and hyped contenders are always given the spotlight? How do you plan to stand out?
“Honestly, I was preparing myself financially for the pageant in order for me to survive here in Manila. I think it‘s normal to have top favorites. They may have the plus factor but for me, its not a guarantee. In my humble opinion, I believe I can still stand out from the rest. It’s not always about the perfect face and perfect body. The most important thing is a perfect heart and time to help, serve and inspire others.”
3. Do you believe that good luck (or the lack of it) plays an important role in winning a pageant?
“I don’t believe in good luck. But I do believe in God + hardwork because if you have faith in Him, everything is possible and plays an important role in winning a pageant. And if you’re hardworking enough, it will lead you to your desired path.”
If early talks push through, Anabel might not remain an independent for long. Right after the announcement of Official Candidates, she was approached by KF’s Rodgil Flores for training in walking and Q&A. Nothing formal has come out yet, although her official shots are now being grouped with the 12 others.
See more of Anabel Christine G. Tia in Bb. Pilipinas 2014.
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I just want to sit, rest from speed-blogging for awhile and post a feature on the three individuals who churn out beautiful Filipinas for all of us year in and year out. True, they may have their respective team experts who focus on the more detailed aspects of training, transforming and polishing the ladies. But in the end, their leadership stands out as the glue that unifies the camp – the driving force that inspires members to set aside a good chunk of free time from individual jobs to pour out their talents without expecting much by way of compensation.
Jonas Gaffud of Aces & Queens, Rodgil Flores of Kagandahang Flores and John de la Vega of Team JDV – while rivals in Philippine pageantry – share the same mission: to look for the most promising (and good-looking) Filipinas out there, bring out the best in each one of them and have them groomed for the numerous beauty pageants in the country.
It ain’t easy. The labor of love can even be thankless and intrigue-laden from time to time. But the fulfillment in seeing diamonds in the rough turn into gems of distinction is more than enough to make them shrug off the stressful days and nights. What’s more, the mere witnessing of the crowning of a small handful is an experience they will not exchange for anything in the world.
Jonas, Rodgil and John may have earned different levels of success in what they do. But we must look at them as titleholders of equal importance, much like the crowns of Bb. Pilipinas International, Bb. Pilipinas Universe and Bb. Pilipinas World during the time when all three honors were still housed under the same organization.
Thank you may not be enough. So I say, “Thank you very much!” for leading the way.
When a solo Kris Tiffany Janson was personally brought by mentor Rodgil Flores to Araneta to apply for Bb. Pilipinas 2014, an air of excitement filled the air. The camp must be giving her the prime peg for the pageant. And nobody doubted. Here is a Cebuana who is both pretty and brainy – the kind of combination that would make for a potential Binibini.
And then came the onslaught of all the other aspirants – from her own camp, the competing camps and the independent scouts. Somehow, the talks on her turned from buzz to zzzz. She would resurface from time to time, but would be outshadowed once more by the fiercer applicants.
In fairness, she has maintained some kind of momentum. But at a point where this edition is turning out to be battle royale to the max, the former Miss Cebu needs to pump up the volume and create more than just light ripples along the way.
I am confident she will become a 2014 candidate. Once it becomes Official, though, she will need to dig deep inside her arsenal of strengths to prove that she has just as much updated qualities to nail one of the crowns come March 30.
We have another Bulakenya here in the person of 5’7″ cute babe Kariza de Guzman who participated in Miss Bikini Philippines 2013 before finally gearing up for the more exacting demands of Bb. Pilipinas.
Running under the banner of Kagandahang Flores, the Pulilan native filed her application during the last day. With the stressful (and tiring) screening callbacks happening anytime soon, will she have the will and determination to last till the end? Will she get the good fortune of becoming an Official Candidate for Bb. Pilipinas 2014?
Hannah Sison, Kris Tiffany Janson and MJ Lastimosa mean serious business in Bb. Pilipinas 2014. And I haven’t included Parul Shah yet.
Rodgil Flores must be grinning ear-to-ear nowadays. Seriously, I couldn’t be happier for the beauty camp.
Kagandahang Flores is on a roll.
Is 2014 their year to recapture the top prize?
And Kris Tiffany Janson is one of the favorites to formally submit an application for Bb. Pilipinas 2014 ahead of the other hyped contenders. She’s definitely a shoo-in for the screening callbacks.
By the way, mentor Rodgil Flores stood by her side all throughout.
Who else will follow suit?
courtesy of AdamsApple
While the quick news segment of Mario Dumaual on TV Patrol showed a sprinkling of ladies who are set to screen for Bb. Pilipinas 2014, what we actually saw is just a small dose of confirmed and possible contenders
If you will notice, the only Jonas Gaffud ward (now BPCI-managed talent) shown was the long-established re-joiner Pia Wurtzbach and Mercator celebrity starlet Wynn-Wynn Marquez (who is not even confirmed to be part of Aces & Queens’ Sixteen to Shine for Batch 2014). Meanwhile, Rodgil Flores did not show his best bets as well. The ones in the video are just his Team B aspirants, imo.
So there really is much to still be excited about.