John dela Vega's certificate with the organizers of Miss Grand International
For those wondering and/or assuming that the Philippine franchise for Bangkok-based Miss Grand International might be ‘taken in/accommodated’ by Bb. Pilipinas for 2014, the National Director Certificate above should prove once and for all that the right stays with John dela Vega and his Team JDV.
John dela Vega (extreme left) with MGI Founder Nawat Itsaragrisil (middle) and other National Directors of the Pageant.
This only means that our representative for Miss Grand International 2014 could be one of the girls his beauty camp fielded in Bb. Pilipinas 2013. So take your pick among Merry Joyce Respicio, Allaine Baccay, Valiry Vispo, Mariz Ong, Camille Nazar, Jan Helen Villanueva and Mary Rose Pujanes. I did not include MG Raquel among the choices anymore.
By the way, the Team JDV entrants for Bb. Pilipinas 2014 had their photoshoots yesterday. Watch out for pics of the ladies soon! :-)
P.S. If John will ask my two-cents worth, I would choose either Allaine Baccay or MJ Respicio for his next Bangkok-bound bet. ;-)
One of the 8 ladies above could spring a surprise on Sunday night.
Every year, a surprise or two in the official results of Bb. Pilipinas (even Miss Universe) make us look closer at the TV screen (or the stage if watching live) more intently. It’s as if we missed this one girl who is suddenly performing beyond everybody’s expectations.
Last year, a petite and less regarded – albeit photogenic – Ali Forbes stunned amused watchers when she placed 2nd Runner-Up which translated to a year-long Top 5 appearance with Janine, Nicole, Katrina and Elaine. The year before that, the surprise was relatively minor when the likes of less popular Sarah Nicole Clenci and Wendy Lucas made it to the Top 15. And the year before that, Czarina Gatbonton floored everyone by becoming the last Filipina to wear the Bb. Pilipinas World sash.
For 2013, who will provide us with that eyebrow-raising moment? For your consideration, I short-listed eight candidates who just might sneak into the magic circle of Top 15 or Top 10 or even Top 5 when nobody’s looking (or taking a restroom break in between commercial gaps).
Cebuanas Angeli Dione Gomez and Herlie Kim Artugue head the group. Their excellent communication skills – and acceptable facial attractiveness – might not be lost on the judges’ scorecards. Same goes with Law student Ivy Kristel Gonzales and UK-raised Zandra Flores. And how about the youthful beauty of 17 year-old Imee Schweighart? She could turn on the charm that we have been ignoring for so long.
And then there is also Best National Costume winner (and Mutya Datul deadringer) Ma. Teresita ‘Mateane’ Baccay plus sexy Abby Monderin who may possibly complicate the field even more. Finally, let’s not forget the statuesque Valiry Vispo whose 5’10” frame can be hard to ignore in a less competitive year.
Yes, ladies and gentlemen, there is likely to be one shocking contender for this year. Her identity remains a mystery, though. After all, what’s Bb. Pilipinas without one? ;-)
Valiry, Matet, Carmela and Bence are always appearing without funfare. Let's give them their day in the spotlight.
No fancy write-up for this group.
I simply want to feature Val, Matet, Carmela and Bence as they have been lacking in equal opportunity exposure in the pageant so far.
Val is deliciously tall, Matet is scrumptiously articulate, Carmela is delectably sensual and Bence is flavorful and all. What seems to be missing?
Strong competitors? Lack of forward moves? I don’t want to think that they are being a wee bit complacent. One of them might just place in the semis to surprise us all…or not.
In this quartet, Matet might qualify for the first cut. But I might end up biting my tongue if I push it even further. Oh well, let’s just be happy for them. After all, they belong to the golden batch of Bb. Pilipinas 2013. ;-)
How do you love your Filipina beauty? Let us count the ways…
Do you like your Filipina with the light chocolate skin texture exuding an allure – at once exotic – and inevitably enviable to Westerners and pale Caucasians alike?
The Brown-Skinned Beauties
Or do you prefer them mixed blend enough to highlight the best of both worlds – or in some cases, the best of three worlds? Fil-German? Fil-Polish/Ukrainian? Fil-Indian? Take your pick.
The Mixed-Race Beauties
Or you might want to go for Filipinas with verifiably (read: on bare feet) statuesque height and hard-to-miss presence?
The Towering Beauties
Or better yet, your preference could be the girl-next-door Filipina – pretty face and pretty reachable – not the kind of neighbor who locks a homely appearance inside the confines of a bedroom.
The Girl-Next-Door Beauties
Whichever direction you find yourself headed to, one thing remains clear. The Filipina is diversely beautiful.
The mix of cultures may not be peculiar to our shores, but our lovelies will always have the edge over other types. The warmth? The sunny disposition? The wholesome sensuality? The fearless confidence? I say, it’s all that and more! ;-)
Binibini No. 26: ANNA FERNANDINA BUQUID
Age : 22 years old
Hometown : La Loma, Quezon City
School : DLSU/College of Saint Benilde
Other info : An airsoft enthusiast, Dindi takes pride in being this year’s tallest candidate at 5’11 3/4″ – just a breath shy of 6 feet.
Binibini No. 27: VANIA VALIRY VISPO
Age : 25 years old
Hometown : Tanauan, Batangas
School : San Beda College
Other info : 5’10” Van is into basketball, swimming and graphic designing. She considers it a big honor to represent the country abroad if she wins the pageant.
Binibini No. 28: MERCEGRACE RAQUEL
Age : 21 years old
Hometown : Nueva Ecija
School : University of the Philippines-LB
Other info : A Math and Science Education major, MG takes her studies seriously while doing modeling stints on the side.
Binibini No. 29: PAULINE QUINTAS
Age : 19 years old
Hometown : Antipolo City
Other info : Pauline majors in Tourism and was crowned Mutya ng Antipolo 2012.
Binibini No. 30: MARIA THERESA GORGONIO
Age : 24 years old
Hometown : Cebu
School : University of San Carlos
Other info : Tourism graduate Matet is one of Cebu’s active fashion models.
All photos shot by Bruce Casanova and partial texts courtesy of Bb. Pilipinas (Official).
This is just the beginning for the 50 Official Candidates of Bb. Pilipinas 2013. OPMB Worldwide chanced upon some of them upon arrival at Gateway in preparation for their first official photoshoot for the pageant. Their energies are brimming with excitement. I hope they can keep it up till the homestretch because it won’t be an easy trek to the finals. With all the scheduled activities and personal appearances, the last thing in their minds should be getting a good 8-hour sleep. ;-)
Clockwise from top left: Mateane Baccay, Mercegrace Raquel, Mariz Ong, Valiry Vispo, Cassy Naidas and Charmaine Elima
Clockwise from top left: Pia Wurtzbach, Theresa Fenger, Mariel de Leon, Cindy Abundabar, Parul Shah, Imee Schweighart and Angel May Villafuerte.
Clockwise from top left: Angeli Gomez, Zandra Flores, Hannah Ruth Sison, Ara Arida, Ivy Gonzales, Bence Bianzon, Pauline Quintas, Yvette Mildenberger and Ria Rabajante.
Clockwise from top left: Rhea Nakpil, Bea Santiago, Ana Carmela Aquino, Matet Gorgonio and Ellore Punzalan.
Clockwise from top left: Lourenz Grace Remetillo, Leona Santicruz, Anna Buquid, Abby Monderin, Anna Carmina Antonio, Herlie Kim Artugue and Nicole Donesa
All photos courtesy of OPMB Worldwide.
What are the chances of having girls with the same names in a group of fifty? Very high. But let’s skip long write-ups for now. I will let pictures speak in the meantime. Discussions and assessments will be reserved for another day. Enjoy them first! ;-)
Clockwise from top left: Aiyana, Ria, Pia, Bea, Angeli, Merry Joyce, Parul, Charmaine and Theresa
Clockwise from top left: Zandra, Krisma, Mariel, Amanda, Hannah, Mutya, Camille, Imee and Kate
Clockwise from top left: Valiry, Cindy M, Cassy, Mariz, Ara, Bence, Jacqueline, Mercegrace and Anna Fernandina
Clockwise from top left: Shan, Yvette Chantal, Lourenz Grace, Abby, Ivy, Gabrielle(?), Sofia, Angel May and Rhea
Clockwise from top left: Rose, Carin, Anna Carmela, Cindy A, Pauline, Noelle, Mateane, Matet and Nicole
Counter clockwise from top left: Herlie Kim, Paula, Leona, Anna Carmina, and Jhan Helen
All photos courtesy of OPMB Worldwide.