All four Princesses came from KF, but the Queen's spot went to the single A&Q bet. (Photo credit: OPMB Worldwide/Bruce Casanova)
I don’t know Rodgil Flores that well, but he must be heartbroken in silence after the results of Miss World Philippines 2013 were announced. With four (4) of his wards in the Top 5, the probability of missing the #1 spot is just a measly 20%. In fact, I think he can take the possibility of having less finalists, if only he will nail the one crown in the end. It just wasn’t meant to be yet.
Although with Jonas Gaffud of Aces & Queens having only one girl to put his beauty camp’s hopes upon, the risk of not making it 3-for-3 (after Gwen Ruais and Queenie Rehman) is high. But then again, Megan Young is Megan Young. When you have someone like her on your side, the chances of winning are extremely high. This despite a scary 20% percentage of claiming victory if we are to go by numbers alone.
So after the dust settled, it’s still another big win for A&Q over KF. I’m not about to stir any kind of intrigue between the two. The more important thing is that we, as pageant followers and devotees, have the luxury of pinpointing the best to represent us abroad. Call it being spoilt for choice. Just like a bountiful buffet spread, we are treated to the most delectable dishes ever. And it’s only a matter of savoring (and feasting on) the best-cooked among the lot to leave the palate wanting for more.
Megan (center) with her A&Q family (L-R) Nad Bronce, Jonas Gaffud, Mark Besana, Arnold Mercado and John Cuay (Photo credit: Lex Librea)
Bottomline is this – the more seasoned team has already mastered the art of beauty queen-making. And that makes it doubly challenging for the other one to assemble an extra formidable line-up in the next face-off.
Numbers-wise, Kagandahang Flores is dominating Miss World Philippines 2013.
It just dawned on me that, compared to the single entry (Megan Young) of Aces & Queens, friendly rival Kagandahang Flores has fielded a grand total of fifteen (15) ladies for Miss World Philippines 2013. And they are as follows:
#5 Zahra Bianca Saldua
#6 Karla Patricia Alas
#7 Samantha Bernardo
#8 Frances Claire Vintola
#9 Pia Kamil Ochengco
#10 Janicel Lubina
#11 Mercegrace Raquel (do I see raised eyebrows?)
#12 Angelica Lopez
#13 Paula Estenzo
#14 Vina Openiano
#17 Aikah Dindah
#18 Omarie Linn osuna
#19 Bianca Paz
#24 Zandra Flores
#25 Melanie Barret
With these beauties alone, the competition is looking like a field day for the beauty camp of Rodgil Flores. Of course, given the huge percentage of their participation, the likelihood of getting a Top 5 placement is extremely high. At the same time, the mortality (or loss) rate will be higher since only a few (at most) can get to the highest tier come finals night. At any rate, the experience earned will definitely allow the non-placers the much-needed training and polish to help in their next pageant attempt/s.
The photo above also confirms that former Team JDV member Mercegrace Raquel has already hopped to her new ‘home’.
Okay, dear readers, who’s your Top 5 among the KF entries alone?
Parul and Hannah during the get-together celebration for victorious camp sister Bea. (Photo credit: Noli Berioso/OPMB Worldwide)
The Kagandahang Flores ladies feting Bea Santiago (Photo credit: Noli Berioso/OPMB Worldwide)
Parul Shah and Hannah Ruth Sison are two of the major casualties in Bb. Pilipinas 2013. While the former made it to the Top 15 Finalists, the latter fell by the wayside and was left cheering for her advancing co-candidates. Just when it looks like one of them would land a spot in the honor roll, her fans, friends and family members were silenced after the winners were announced with no Binibini 33 called to centerstage.
Where do they go from here? Back to normal non-pageant lives or to the drawing board planning another move to join? If you ask me, Parul should definitely consider a second attempt at Bb. Pilipinas next year. But if eagerness and impatience take over, then she might want to make the beeline for Miss World Philippines 2013. I still have faith in her winning potentials.
On the other hand, Hannah strikes me as someone who gave Bb. Pilipinas her best shot and would not settle for a beauty contest ranked 2nd or 3rd to the same. I could be wrong. So if she disproves my assessment, then count me in for moral support. Some people feel that she tends to be too smart for her own good. Nonetheless, her learning experience from the same will serve to streamline her next participation if ever.
So have we really seen the last of Parul and Hannah? Mentor Rodgil Flores can answer that more confidently.
Not yet, I wish. Not just yet.
Our Miss Universe three-peat Queens (L-R): Venus Raj, Janine Tugonon and Shamcey Supsup. Shot inside the palatial abode of Madame Stella Marquez de Araneta.
2010, 2011 and 2012 are three of the most colorful and significant years of Philippine participation in the Miss Universe Pageant. It also adds extra glitter that everything came one after the other. But what does it really mean to the three beauty camps – Aces & Queens, Kagandahang Flores and Team JDV? A tiara-ful of iron-clad pressure, that’s what! Which leads me into thinking…..is Jonas Gaffud genuinely excited about getting the Miss Universe-Philippines crown for one of his wards and be continuously expected to come up with a Miss Universe four-peat? Or will his nerves of steel succumb to the extraordinary stress it will bring?
On the other side of the coin, is Rodgil Flores battle-prepared to make a Miss Universe comeback (Bianca Manalo was his last protégé to take part in Donald Trump’s roadshow) in a time when the country’s anticipations are sky-high?
Or is John dela Vega raring to debut one of his girls in the greatest beauty pageant in the Universe? Although he is still technically the original man behind Janine Tugonon when she joined the first time, there is something entirely different with guiding a girl from start to the absolute finish.
Whoever among them ends up celebrating with the top winner of Bb. Pilipinas 2013 will require a most magnanimous spirit as he will be faced with such an intense mission ahead. And as the applied saying goes, “three heads are better than one” so it is best to collectively pool their efforts for a possible record-setting Top 5 MU placement.
Bb. Pilipinas-International 2008 Patricia Fernandez is now a field correspondent of the Solar News Channel (just like MPE 2011 Athena Imperial over at GMA News TV). Below is the video she submitted after covering the Bb. Pilipinas 2013 Press Presentation last Monday. What’s interesting is that she took the time to interview Madame Stella Marquez de Araneta and beauty camp heads Jonas Gaffud and Rodgil Flores.
Courtesy of Solar Daybreak
Hannah, Matet and Angeli: when will they start upping their ante? (Photo credit: OPMB Worldwide)
For today, I prepared the first of a three-part feature on the underdogs of Bb. Pilipinas 2013, or the ladies who seem to be neither here nor there in terms of popular appeal among pageant followers. The mere fact that they made it as Official Candidates is already a validation of their beauties and pageant competitiveness vis-à-vis the crowd and online favorites.
Let’s start with a trio of Kagandahang Flores beauties. If I had to rank them according to instant attractiveness, Hannah Ruth Sison would be first, closely followed by Angeli Dione Gomez, with Matet Gorgonio trailing behind. And in a less brutal batch, both Hannah and Angeli are capable of pulling off solid placements in the semi-finals, even a Top 5 spot for one of them. So far, though, I’m not feeling a victorious vibe yet.
Hannah Ruth Sison
But who knows? From hereon till the second week of April, the ladies will be far more visible to the public. And with that comes the opportunity to make their presence felt to a greater number of non-online habitués. I am particularly more keen on Hannah because her exotic looks are under-appreciated by most. She may not have the raw qualities that we usually associate with the same, but the face always lights up whenever the lens is aimed at her. I have a feeling she is one of Rodgil Flores’s more diligent students.
As for Angeli and Matet, it’s now or never, i.e. to shoot up in the weighing scale of competition.
Kagandahang Flores 2013 all (left to right): Paula Bernasor, Zandra Flores, Bea Santiago, Amanda Navasero, Hannah Ruth Sison, Carin Ramos, Kim Artugue, Carmina Antonio, Rhea Nakpil, Abby Monderin, Carmela Aquino, Imee Schweighart, Angeli Gomez, Matet Gorgonio, Parul Shah, Charmaine Elima, Aiyana Mickiewicz and Gabrielle Runnstrom.
It just dawned on me that the camp of Kagandahang Flores accounts for more than a third of the 50 Bb. Pilipinas 2013 Official Candidates. From their originally-trained bets like Charmaine Elima, Hannah Ruth Sison, Bea Santiago and the like, the group has swelled to eighteen (18) after the ‘adoption’ of additional beauties like Aiyana Mickiewicz, Anna Carmina Antonio, Gabrielle Runnstrom, Paula Bernasor and Rhea Nakpil. If sheer quantity doesn’t net Rodgil Flores at least two spots in the Top 5 come April 14, then I don’t know what will. (Quality! Silly me!)
It’s really a pity that only three official crowns (with 1st Runner-Up being just a nominal placement for our Miss Supranational rep) are being dangled for the ladies to fight for. Be that as it may, which of the ladies above do you think will bring the camp honor next month?
Amanda Navasero: before (when she filed) and after (as Kagandahang Flores bet)
During the BbP screenings (Photo credit: Jonas Yu/Critical Beauty)
When Amanda Navasero (@ammmanda) filed her application form for Bb. Pilipinas 2013 last month, she was at her shabby chic best. I took notice of the odd get-up, but I also added that her natural beauty can still be seen beneath the same. And I was right. I’m not sure if she was already under the wings of Rodgil Flores then (because I doubt if he will allow her to drop by Gateway in rugged attire). But when she presented herself for the screenings as a Kagandahang Flores team member, a totally glamorous Mandie showed up. Not only is she beautiful. Her movements showed refinement and more.
I want Mandie chosen as Official Candidate of the pageant. She will make a cool and spirited – but at the same time – stunning contender.
Charmaine Elima and Mariel de Leon on top; Anna Buquid and Ria Rabajante below. (Photo credit: OPMB Worldwide)
With so many beautiful ladies screening for Bb. Pilipinas 2013, I’m overflowing with combos for potential winners. And we’re just in the screening part!
Okay, let’s go with one each from A&Q and KF plus two indie candidates…would you combine Charmaine Elima with Mariel de Leon plus Anna Buquid and Ria Rabajante?
The four faces are just waiting to be crowned, i.e., if they end up going all the way in the competition.
Actually, I may sound playful, but the two indies (if indeed they are not sponsored by any of the camps) can be cause for concern for Jonas Gaffud, Rodgil Flores and John dela Vega if ever. Do I sense a storm of epic proportions for this year’s finals?
In essence, the title of this post refers to having beauty camp titleholders or independent winners.
Clockwise, from top left: Charmaine Elima, Bea Santiago, Imee Schweighart, Hannah Ruth Sison, Zandra Flores, Parul Shah, Herlie Kim Artugue and Amanda Navasero
And you thought Kagandahang Flores would take the glamshots of Aces & Queens sitting down? Think again.
Above is a collage of 8 of the 14 bets of Rodgil Flores for Bb. Pilipinas 2013. And they are just as gorgeous as the other camp’s beauty warriors.
Whew! We’ve got a tight horse race in the works!
Just like what we did with A&Q – and again – just for fun, who do you like the most and how would would distribute the Binibini titles and runners-up if these ladies were the actual finalists? My gut-feel for now are pictured below…
At the moment, I would place Charmaine for Universe, Bea for International, Zandra for Tourism and Parul for Supranational…i.e., among the Kagandahang Flores entries.
By the way, my 1st Runner-Up would be Amanda Navasero and 2nd Runner-Up Kim Artugue.