Henry Cavill as the new Superman
A clearer look of Superman's new costume (sans the tight underwear)
courtesy of iMaxAL
I don’t know with all the fanboys out there, but I’m liking Superman’s new costume. Aside from Henry Cavill wearing the improved design with such fierceness, the style is appropriately updated. The material used is actually more pleasing to the eyes and it gives the wearer better flexibility.
“Superman:The Man of Steel” should be interesting with Zack Snyder directing this time around. It won’t be showing anytime soon (playdate is set for 2013), but will hopefully be worth the wait.
In the meantime, share your thoughts about the new superhero garb. 😉
The Mutya ng Pilipinas 2011 candidates
Year-end is drawing near. And it is not common to have one of the mid-year national pageants getting conducted in the last quarter. But I still give credit to the people behind Mutya ng Pilipinas for continuing with the tradition of this pageant institution despite losing luster in the past decade.
30 Official Candidates were presented to the press at the poolside of Holiday Inn Manila Galleria with the promise of giving fame and international representation to the winners. A good number of the ladies (7 all in all) come from Filipino communities in the U.S. and Europe so the presence of many mixed-race beauties is typical of Mutya.
This year’s contenders are:
Mary May Yasol (Paranaque)
Bernadette Lou Faundo (Zamboanga)
Benjielyn Rose Ongluico (Surigao)
Diana Sunshine Rademann (Puerto Princesa)
Celina Nardo (Iloilo)
Vickie Marie Rushton (Bacolod)
Natalie Grace Roberts (Western Visayas)
Maegan Cannova (Southern California)
Nina Melizza Ronda (Albay)
Charisse Marie Sisperez (Pasig)
Kristina Marie Jose (Tondo, Manila)
Maria Isabelle Itchon (Santiago, Isabela)
Pauline August Fernandez (Davao)
Abbygale Monderin (Caloocan)
Jhuneva Marie Go (Tacloban)
Caren Braun (Aklan)
Cathrin Cloters (Germany)
Gabrile Erika Tilokani (Mandaluyong)
Annie Lea Fingcale (Manila)
Eula Dorothy Mercado (Cebu)
Camille Javier (Bulacan)
Roxanne Corluy (Belgium)
Felicia Baron (Arizona)
Maria Bergensen (Norway)
Bea Rose Santiago (Canada)
Jojilyn Sauquillo (Laguna)
Reynalyn De Mesa (Caloocan)
Tifani Alexandra Grimes (Northern California)
America Atega (Cagayan de Oro)
Coronation night of Mutya ng Pilipinas 2011 will be held in Puerto Princesa, Palawan on December 2, to be telecast over TV5. Three titles are at stake: Mutya ng Pilipinas-International, Mutya ng Pilipinas-Tourism, and Mutya ng Pilipinas-Overseas Communities. The winners will represent the Philippines in Miss Asia Pacific International, Miss Intercontinental and Miss Tourism International.
All images above are courtesy of OPMB Worldwide‘s Melvin Sia.
courtesy of mabuhaybeauties1
The ladies of Miss Earth 2011
Miss India Hasleen Kaur
Miss Sweden Renate Cerljen
Miss Japan Tomoko Maeda
Miss Ukraine Khrystyna Oparina
Miss Venezuela Caroline Medina
Miss Paraguay Nicole Huber
Miss Mexico Casandra Becerra
Miss Hungary Dora Szabo
Miss Netherlands Jill Duijves
Miss Thailand Niratcha Tungtisanont
Miss Brazil Driely Bennettone
Miss Puerto Rico Agnes Benitez
The Miss Earth 2011 Official Candidates were presented to the Press at the poolside of Oakwood Premier in Ortigas Center. Wearing their eye-catching two-piece swimwears in colors of pink, fuchsia, yellow, orange, green and blue, the ladies paraded in the venue holding plant seedlings representing the main cause of the pageant – 2011 being the International Year of the Forests.
Particular standouts are Hasleen Kaur of India, Caroline Medina of Venezuela, Agnes Benitez of Puerto Rico, Renate Cerljen of Sweden, Driely Bennettone of Brazil and Tomoko Maeda of Japan. Miss Philippines Athena Mae Imperial is all-out in showing warm hospitality to all her co-candidates. She may be one of the shortest in the batch but always stands tall when blending her naturally cordial self with everyone.
From this point, the delegates will head to a Miss Earth caravan that will bring them around Northern Luzon for various environmental activities that should strengthen their individual resolves in protecting Mother Earth. Some of the preliminaries will also be conducted during this trip before returning to Manila for the coronation night on December 3.
All images courtesy of OPMB Worldwide‘s Melvin Sia.
Pitoy Moreno (center) acknowledging the warm applause of everyone during his Tribute Gala.
Beauty Queens all (L-R): Isabella Manjon, 2011 Bb. Pilipinas-Tourism; Bianca Manalo, 2009 Bb. Pilipinas-Universe; Shamcey Supsup 2011 Bb. Pilipinas-Universe; Venus Raj, 2010 Bb. Pilipinas-Universe; Dianne Necio, 2011 Bb. Pilipinas-International and Jennifer Barrientos, 2008 Bb. Pilipinas-Universe.
Pitoy Moreno, more popularly known as the Fashion Czar of Asia and one of the moving forces behind the annual Binibining Pilipinas, was given a Tribute Gala participated in by reigning and former beauty queens, socialites, important personalities, and fashion models. The homage is long overdue and it is but fitting to give the same to one of the Philippines’ most respected designers. Everyone involved in the project was only too willing to give their time and in the process, honor an individual who had helped in making them look more beautiful and elegant through the years.
Mabuhay ka, Pitoy Moreno!
Shamcey Supsup, 2011 Bb. Pilipinas-Universe and Miss Universe 3rd Runner-Up
Venus Raj, 2010 Bb. Pilipinas-Universe and Miss Universe 4th Runner-Up
Bianca Manalo, 2009 Bb. Pilipinas-Universe
All images courtesy of OPMB Worldwide‘s Bruce Casanova
Jennifer Barrientos, 2008 Bb. Pilipinas-Universe
Driely Bennettone, Miss Brazil
Ashlea Moor, Miss Canada
Hasleen Kaur, Miss India
Tomoko Maeda, Miss Japan
Miando Ratsimiahotrariva, Miss Madagascar
Jill Duijves, Miss Netherlands
Nicole Huber, Miss Paraguay
Amanda Quinn, Miss Scotland
Rebecca Kim Lekse, Miss Slovenia
Irina de Giorgi, Miss Switzerland
Merve Saribas, Miss Turkey
Caroline Medina, Miss Venezuela
I know it’s too early to tell my favorites for Miss Earth 2011, but just based on post-arrival pictures during the welcome dinner hosted at the Carousel Mansion, I picked a dozen ladies I’m liking so far. There were already 62 candidates when these photos were taken. By now, the number should be already approaching the target 94 or so for this year’s edition.
India is right on track in vying for a second consecutive Miss Earth crown. Hasleen Kaur is a knockout stylish beauty. But Venezuela’s Caroline Medina is not letting her guards down. This gorgeous Latina looks good in pics, but projects even better in person (and could also be a Miss Congeniality contender based from early feedbacks). I can also single out Driely Bennettone of Brazil. This ever-smiling lady from Sao Paulo is living up to her pre-arrival hype. And one delegate from Africa I’m interested in so far is Miando Ratsimiahotrariva of Madagascar. She is simple but strikingly beautiful. Just like Merve Saribas of Turkey – another fascinating candidate. And I am also pleased with Japan’s bet. Tomoko Maeda is a head-turner alright.
Well, those are my impressions so far. And these are bound to change in the next few days or so. Let’s see how each one of them will shine all throughout the pre-pageant activities of Miss Earth 2011.
(All images above are courtesy of OPMB Worldwide‘s Bruce Casanova)
Miss Earth-Brazil 2011 Driely Bennettone is, quite simply, sensually exotic.
With a name like Driely Bennettone, you simply can’t ignore Brazil’s representative to Miss Earth 2011. The 22 year-old beauty from Sao Paulo stands a towering 1.84m (a shade above 6′) and works as a fashion model when she is not busy with her studies in Theatre Arts at the Faculdade de Administração de Empresas.
With Brazil being one of the most environmentally-involved countries in the world, it follows that their citizens are very much concerned with the preservation of Mother Earth. For Drielly, her platform consists of:
…” creating regular programs in schools that will involve taking care of Mother Earth. I would like schools to teach sustainability theories along with the usual subjects, like Math, Science and Language. With the youth of Brazil educated on environmental awareness, we our sector of sustainable growth will develop. We must get all citizens involved in protecting the environment, by educating them on the importance of nurturing nature, people and animals. If education begins when the citizens are young, then the reality of an eco-friendly society will be achieved faster.”
This Brazilian is one of the ladies to watch out for this year. I believe that she possesses the beauty, poise and sincere commitment that Priscila Meirelles and Larissa Ramos (both former Miss Earth winners from Brazil) have. Will she be the 3rd Brazilian to win the crown? 😉
Miss Earth-Sweden 2011 Renate Cerljen is a sight for sore eyes!
Renate Cerljen is no pageant greenhorn. She has represented Sweden in two earlier international beauty competitions and placed in both. Way back in 2009, she took part in the Miss Universe Pageant held in Bahamas and landed a spot in the Top 15. And last year, she flew to China for the Miss Beauty of the World contest. She placed fifth.
This time around, the 23 year-old Swede – who used to be an elite gymnast – will invade Manila for Miss Earth 2011. She was handpicked by the people behind Miss Universe Sweden to be the country’s bet for the environment-focused tilt that will see around 80 ladies vying for the crown currently worn by India’s Nicole Faria.
What are her chances in the contest? I’m confident that she will be one of the front-runners. If a European is destined to win this year (the last one was a long time ago), then she should be up for the task. Let’s see how the competition holds up once all delegates arrive for Miss Earth 2011. 😉