24 comments on “Getting-to-know-your-Bb.Pilipinas-2012-candidate: Marie Irisha ‘Mia’ Arcenas

  1. Dear Lovely, Len, and Norman:

    Lovely, whoever you are… I would like to thank you for defending me. I didn’t know I was being talked about here. I agree with you about being objective with our comments and careful with our choice of words, because it’s not easy to be a candidate, and to be bashed en route to the competition night can be deathly disheartening. If we don’t like some of the candidates, yes, you’re correct: we have no right to hurt their feelings, so that if we don’t have anything nice to say about them, we had better keep our mouths shut.

    I’m proud of you (Lovely and Len), because you know what to say and what not to say. I am sure your self-esteem is sky-high and you are both very educated. Your parents must have raised you well.

    To you, Norman, thanks also for getting used to my lengthy comments which I actually intend to compose as articles. Like I said before, I look up to you as pageant blogger and it will never change, which is why I make sure that I visit your site every day. Your presentation is very professional and your blogs are articulately written; hence, your site is worthy of visiting and you yourself are worthy of reading.

    And to those who can’t afford to appreciate my style, I don’t give a hoot. My orientation is different from how others perceive blogging, and I’m not going to change it for the sake of being accepted. All I can say is that I’m thankful I finished a four-year degree in Journalism, a course that has always given me the energy and inspiration to write long yet well-expounded comments in article forms, without losing my temper or, worse, gaining an enemy.

    May God bless us all!

    Sincerely,

    ARIEL ALLERA
    Cebu

  2. BB. PILIPINAS 2012: And The Crown Goes To?

    By ARIEL ALLOSADA ALLERA
    Cebu

    Three ladies will be named as the most exceptional Filipinas come April 15, at the Binibining Pilipinas 2012 coronation night to be held at the Smart Araneta Coliseum, Cubao, Quezon City. While this year’s batch is overwhelmed with highly deserving Filipinas to represent our country abroad, it is quite disheartening to note that only three will be chosen, and they will be crowned as Binibining Pilipinas-Universe 2012, Binibining Pilipinas-International 2012, and Binibining Pilipinas-Tourism 2012.

    Following the remarkable finishes of fourth runner-up Venus Raj and third runner-up Shamcey Supsup at Miss Universe 2010 and Miss Universe 2011, respectively, it is no wonder why Binibining Pilipinas Charities, Inc. (chaired by Stella Marquez de Araneta) made sure that this year’s list be fielded with 30 statuesque and dynamic Filipinas who possess a voracious drive to steal the thunder of the globally competitive Latina beauties. If, indeed, we want to bring home the third Miss Universe crown this year, or at least come closer to a victorious culmination than last year and the previous year, we need to send a delegate who can also bring more promise to the table.

    Standing five feet seven, Cainta-Rizal’s Patricia Lae Ejercitado is perfect Miss Universe material, while trailing right on her heels is Balanga City-Bataan’s Janine Tugonon. Patricia was a candidate in 2010, but lost the night to Venus who was chosen as Binibining Pilipinas-Universe.

    Quite evidently, our country has been getting a good rap from the Miss Universe Organization for the past two years, so it can be utterly thrilling to think that maybe, just maybe, this would be the year that all of us may have been waiting for since 1973, when Margarita Moran came home with the last Miss Universe crown, succeeding Gloria Diaz in 1969.

    Patricia Lae Ejercitado is fit for the Binibining Pilipinas-Universe crown because of the way she comes across in print, on T.V., and of course, on stage. Her seductive and exotic demeanor will surely make her become an instant early favorite the moment she steps out of the plane, glides along the airport runway, and meets and greets members of the press awaiting the candidates’ arrival. She is fierce! What with her chocolatey skin, curvaceous body, and delicious cheekbones, there’s no doubt that Patricia will trump her rivals. After all, she is a combo of Miss Universe 2006 Zuleyka Rivera (Puerto Rico) and Miss Universe 1995 Chelsi Smith (U.S.A.) walk- and look-alike.

    Having taken advantage of the same training as her colleagues—BB Pilipinas Universe 2011 Shamcey Supsup, BB Pilipinas International 2011 Diane Necio, and BB Pilipinas Tourism 2011 Isabella Manjon—last year’s first runner-up Janine Tugonon will have to hold herself firmly against Patricia Ejercitado who is deemed to be her strongest competitor for the Binibining Pilipinas Universe title.

    It is going to be a neck-and-neck competition between the two, but it looks like Patricia’s daintily brown complexion and enticing sex appeal will edge out Janine whose only vantage is that she’s taller by three-fourth inch. However, Janine’s fierce Oriental facial features will separate her from the rest of the pop pageant patties across the globe, and that alone could help make her dream come true and possibly clinch the third Miss Universe crown for the Philippines. But if only the Miss World title was not taken out of Binibining Pilipinas, then Janine could step aside and make a stride towards that direction instead. Being a dead ringer for Miss Universe 1999 first runner-up Miriam Quiambao (Philippines) and Ford Supermodel of the World 2011 winner Danica Magpantay (Philippines) simply means that her beauty is universally world-class.

    Davao City’s Mary Jean Lastimosa and Cebu City’s Nicole Schmitz may have the perfect face and figure fit for a Miss Universe, but I have reservations about their chances of winning due to their unimpressive height. Both are veteran beauty titlists. What differentiates them from each other is that MJ has the body to die for, while Nicole can hold all the aces during question-and-answer. MJ resembles Miss Universe 2010 first runner-up Yendi Philipps of Jamaica; Nicole reminds me of Femina Miss India-Universe 1999 Gul Panag and Miss World 1995 Jacqueline Aguilera from Venezuela.

    If, for this year and for a change, the Miss Universe Organization would drop off the weight of height as an essential criterion for choosing its beauty queen cum spokesmodel, then either MJ or Nicole may get a slot in the top five list and—with the former’s excellent catwalk skill, glamazonic presence, and exotic Arabian-Filipino beauty; the latter’s dainty style, jovial personality, and classic German-Filipina beauty—standing out would be as easy as wearing the Miss Universe 2012 sash. At any rate, they would also fare well either at Miss International or at Miss Tourism Queen International. But if you’re wondering why Gloria Diaz and Margie Moran became Miss Universes considering their below five-feet-seven height, well, those were the days…

    It seems the Binibining Pilipinas-International crown has always been reserved for the lady whose appeal is more charming than enticing. Whatever the opposite of being fiercely attractive is, that means a possible fifth Miss International from the Philippines—following Gemma Cruz (1964), Aurora Pijuan (1970), Melanie Marquez (1979), and Precious Lara Quigaman (2005).

    Among this year’s bevy of beauties, Angeles City-Pampanga’s Gina Joy Howell tops my favorite picks for the title of Binibining Pilipinas-International 2012. Why? She’s a natural charmer, a pretty lady, a lovely lass, some perfect girlfriend material. I will never ever fall in love with a woman, but I have a feeling that’s what a Miss International is mostly about—however, the smart and gorgeous Gina may not be able to prove her brains in this event that traditionally skips the all-important interview competition. And because the Miss International Beauty Pageant may not be quite particular about height, Gina’s five-feet-nine stature would be an ace up her sleeve.

    Gina Howell’s immaculate, almost porcelain-white skin stems from an unblemished mix of American and Filipino blood. She glides like a darling of the crowd. While many missologists are saying she looks like Binibining Pilipinas-International 2004 Margaret Ann Bayot, I would say that she bears more than a passing resemblance to Miss International 1979 Melanie Marquez, only a little fairer in complexion. And because Melanie was awarded by Global Beauties as the Most Beautiful Miss International 1960 – 2000, it would be perfect if Gina be given the Binibining Pilipinas-International crown, so that the Miss International Beauty Pageant organizers in Japan would feel visited by the most memorable winner that has ever walked their stage. Needless to say, Gina would also make a strong contender for Miss Tourism Queen International, but she is too pretty for Miss Universe.

    In 2006, Justine Gabionza of the Philippines was crowned as Miss Tourism Queen International, and among this year’s Binibining Pilipinas aspirants, Marie Irisha “Mia” Arcenas—who graduated summa cum laude with a degree in Apparel Manufacturing and Management from the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising in Los Angeles—looks like she’s going to wear the second Miss MTQI crown. Justine did not come through Binibining Pilipinas, but there’s one thing that she and Mia have in common, and that is their refined Filipina features. Last year, our very own Isabella Manjon received a Miss Charity special award, but was unplaced, because, as what many missologists observed, her figure was too bodacious for a Filipina beauty queen. With Mia’s body that is voluptuous enough for an Asian, not to mention her immaculately olive brown skin, who among the other candidates could take the place of this beauty and brains that is a member of an elite family in Cebu City?

    Mia Arcenas can relax, considering she has a little bit of everything, compared to someone whose winsome smile, beautiful face, perfect figure, impressive height, catwalk skill, or gift of gab is her only weapon to snatch the crown. Mia will make an exemplary tourism emissary should she be chosen as Binibining Pilipinas-Tourism 2012, but her wit would only be put to waste if she competed at Miss International, because the pageant does not have a spontaneous question-and-answer segment. Otherwise, she might as well go for Miss Earth where, almost always, brains count more than beauty.

      • To BASIL or TROLL (LOLSss!!!)

        At least the person above is NOT gnat-brained compared to YOU! You are obtuse, pathetic and thick. Again – IF you don’t have anything nice to say, shut your vile, dirty, uneducated mouth! Understood?

  3. they are winners already ” the 30 candidates ” we must all congratulate them! it’s not easy to be there ……

      • @basil: What sort of comment do you expect? something nasty? Something completely distasteful which will highlight how pathetic your life is? Why be bitter? why bash people you BARELY know! At the end of the day, any of these girls will represent OUR country. So why won’t you just shut your mouth if you DON’T have anything nice to say!

  4. Jake torrefiel:
    Get your facts right first before you write comments which will instead show your ignorance and lack of education. There is no need for bashing if you do not like a particular candidate or person for that matter.

    Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising (FIDM) in Los Angeles actually awards any DESERVING student receiving a 3.5 or higher cumulative grade point average graduates cum laude, a 3.8 or higher cumulative grade point average graduates magna cum laude, and a 3.95 or higher cumulative grade point average graduates summa cum laude. This is noted on the student’s diploma. I know because my sister studied there!

    Somebody here has already replied to your other petty, irrelevant bashing so I’d rather not “add insult to your injury”. We’re better educated than you, YOU know!

  5. Uhmmmm hello suma cum laude in a design school in l.a.? First off fashion school community colleges don’t use that term unless it’s academic… But good for her for getting sum a cum laude in sewing or beading…. That’s pretty much her merchandise…..beautification of Cebu member? So is every socialite in Cebu! It doesn’t take an extra super natural effort to be a member just have money and donate!…. Editor of zee magazine! Has anyone read this pathetic excuse of a fashion mag? Embarrassing I’d say! 5’7 yes with heels! So why is she in this competition again? Oh yeah! Cuz anyone can! NEXT!

    • I think this is totally uncalled for. In most beauty pageants, contestants try to exagerate their credentials to get noticed, and this is just the case here.

      1. It’s a managment course not just sewing and beading course.
      2. There’s nothing wrong in donating money for a good cause.
      3. Arent there hundreds of applicants from which the 30 official contenstants were chosen from? “NOT anyone can.”

      Anyways, she’s not one of my favorite candidates, but look at her body dude, she’s hot!

    • Get your facts right first before you write comments which will instead show your ignorance and lack of education. There is no need for bashing if you do not like a particular candidate or person for that matter.

      Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising (FIDM) in Los Angeles actually awards any DESERVING student receiving a 3.5 or higher cumulative grade point average graduates cum laude, a 3.8 or higher cumulative grade point average graduates magna cum laude, and a 3.95 or higher cumulative grade point average graduates summa cum laude. This is noted on the student’s diploma. I know because my sister studied there!

      Somebody here has already replied to your other petty, irrelevant bashing so I’d rather not “add insult to your injury”. We are better educated that you, YOU know!

  6. Ain’t into height by number kind of pageant critic as I have always been holistic, but she is very far from being 5’7. Saw her in the final screening. We might want to revisit our database.

  7. To my sound opinion, we are yet to see Mia step up and stand out. If I have not read her profile today, I would not have known her fine academic background and would not have been interested at all. While I see some potentials in her, she does not seem to appear ready for the national pageant just yet. But then again, we’ll never know until judgement day comes.

    • “Sound opinion” ??? Or are you just biased, judgmental and unfair? “Sigh” typical Filipino crab mentality isn’t it? Aren’t all candidates worthy of the crown? Aren’t they all winners? But to say unpleasant stuff to a person is just completely distasteful, irrelevant and pathetic. Do not judge the “book by it’s cover” mind you.

    • But the good news for Mia — even if she doesn’t win a title come coronation night — is that she’ll still be rich, smart and beautiful the following morning.

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