23 comments on “Getting-to-know-your-Bb.Pilipinas-2012-candidate: Gina Joy Howell

  1. Dear Norman,

    Just to let you know that I’ve changed the title of my article above, from “GINA JOY HOWELL: A FOUR-CUT JEWEL FOR BB. PILIPINAS” to “GINA JOY HOWELL: A FOUR-CUT JEWEL IN THE 2012 BB. PILIPINAS CROWN.” I’ve just realized that the latter sounds better. I was hoping you could remove the article, so that I will post another one with the better title. Sorry for the inconvenience. Just the same, thank you for being there all the time.



    Twenty-year-old Gina Joy Howell may not be the most hyped Binibining Pilipinas 2012 candidate, but she is damned well one beauteous belle worthy to wear a crown and bring honor to our country. I can’t say it enough: that she is perfect Miss International material, simply because she is gently beautiful owing to her soft facial features, demure demeanor, and immaculately clear complexion. Much as I’d like to give her the title, I have no right to limit her potential to such crown alone.

    As pageant enthusiasts and supporters, we now have one more reason to be excited for our favorite candidates, because last March 7, BPCI (Bb. Pilipinas Charities, Inc.) acquired the franchise of a four-year-old global beauty pageant based in Europe; thus, four glittering crowns will be awarded this year: Bb. Pilipinas-Universe, Bb. Pilipinas-International, Bb. Pilipinas-Tourism, and Bb. Pilipinas-Supranational.

    I was happy upon reading the news, because I’ve always visited the pageant’s website since the contest was founded in 2009 by World Beauty Association in Poland, and I believe in its mission that reads, “It is our passion to tear down borders. We draw attention to those countries on their way to become tourism destinations of high attraction. We enable the youth to expand their horizons by showing them the beautiful side of a truly globalized world.” Needless to say, Gina Howell’s youthful energy and vibrant beauty are very much in keeping with all of the above.

    Any of the candidates could pass for every title in store, but what makes Miss International different from Miss Universe is the certain amount of fierceness. Yes, a Miss Universe doesn’t have to be fiercely beautiful all the time, but let’s face it, most Miss Universes (including the runners-up) do look so. Moreover, the fact that you are Miss Universe doesn’t necessarily mean you are more beautiful than Miss International, or than Miss Tourism Queen International, or than Miss Supranational—your distinct beauty just happens to be fit for that title.

    Miss International 2005 Precious Lara Quigaman said that her childhood dream was to become Miss Universe. Had she been chosen to represent our country to the Miss Universe pageant in 2005, I’m sure she would’ve been easily blown out of the top five by no less than the four fierce Latina beauties: fourth runner-up Monica Spear (Venezuela), third runner-up Laura Elizondo (Mexico), second runner-up Renata Sone (Dominican Republic), and first runner-up Cynthia Olavarria (Puerto Rico), not to mention the winner who was the fiercest and the fairest of them all, Natalie Glebova from Canada.

    What makes Gina Howell a cut above the rest is her five-feet-nine stature and svelte figure, which can take her just about anywhere, help her land safely, and let her bring home the bacon, if ever the Bb. Pilipinas-International crown won’t be bestowed on her. Since the pageant started in 1993, the winners of Miss Tourism Queen International vary in terms of look and style, just like Miss Supranational which is still new in the industry. It goes without saying that Gina can go between the four titles, because… done with fiercely styled hair, seductive eyebrow shape, dramatic eye shadow, thicker eyeliner, meticulously contoured nose, rouge blush, and a lip color only a team of Kryolan professional make-up artists could decide, Gina is good to go for Miss Universe!

  3. More thanks to you, Norman, for letting me be read by your followers. It’s an honor to share my thoughts on Bb. Pilipinas 2012 with someone that’s deemed to be one of the top pageant bloggers in the country. You have no idea how highly I respect you in this department—alongside Joyce Ann Burton-Titular and Rafa Delfin. My brain is not functioning properly now, so I could only think of the three of you, plus my favorite commenters: Basil, Glenn Dyer, and Asian. I love the way these three beauties and brains put their thoughts into the comment fields, and I hate it when others go bashing the candidates they like least. May Rafa, Joyce, Basil, Glenn, Asian, and you continue to be objective with your opinions, because you are the front-runners in making a difference in the pageant world. Since I have already made friends with Joyce and Rafa on Facebook, I hope I could also befriend you, Glenn, Basil, and Asian. I would appreciate it if you could let them know how much I admire them for what they do. God bless!

  4. The first time I saw Gina Joy Howell was during the Search for 2010 Mr. & Miss University-Philippines, an annual national inter-varsity beauty pageant held at the University of the Philippines Theater in Diliman, Quezon City, in which she placed first runner-up to Sabrinne Al-Tawil, one of last year’s Binibining Pilipinas official candidates. I was the Region 7 delegate’s makeup artist and Gina represented Region 3. She was very sweet and well-mannered. Her impeccable Amerasian countenance, smooth skin, silky black hair, and stunning elegance made me think that she should consider joining Binibining Pilipinas beauty pageant someday. Such combination of beauty and height should not be put in vain, for many are called but only few are chosen. There are a lot of beautiful girls out there who would kill to become Binibining Pilipinas, but could only keep on wishing, because their height won’t suffice. When I saw Gina popping out of the Gateway Suites after the Binibining Pilipinas 2012 final screening last February 11, I couldn’t help but take pride in my hunch two years ago. I was so happy to see her there, especially that she’s one of the standouts from this year’s lineup. I congratulated her on making it as an official candidate, and am very proud of her because she has what it takes to represent our country internationally.
    – (Ariel Allera, Cebu City)

  5. 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.
    – (Ariel Allera, Cebu City)

  6. haha. thanks kuya norman! walang manunuod ng teleserye,lam mo namang hate ako ng relatives ni golda.

    • Pero, basil, Golda Mae can’t be denied the fact that she performed and projected well during today’s Press Presentation ha. 😉

  7. She’s one of the girls that caught my attention during the screening. (With Katrina). She looks gorgeous, and with proper training she could do well in Miss U or Miss international. She’s got the girl next door vibe in her, (like the miss australias for the last 5 years or so, which gets a nod at Miss U.).

    The problem I have with her is that her picture is not very consistent; like her headshot could have been way better. But I am still rooting for her.

    • I’m sorry i miss spell the ( bilieved) your so very welcome you are doing a good job and nice blog, i respect everything you do sir Norman keep up the good work,,,God bless you and your loveones.

      • Mother knows best! can’t wait to see mama melinda jumping when karen este gina will be called as of the semis! go karen este gina!

      • Basil, have you thought of writing scripts for teleseryes? Looks like you have a future for that. What do you think? 😉

  8. Thank you to all the people who belIeve in Gina Joy Howell, since she have no time for her to check everything what’s going on, i have to do it, being mother i’m so happy to have people like you,,,,thank you very much,,,,, because ot this very nice comments she will have to use this words to be more confident and she will use it as her inspiration, thank you again and God bless you all and more blessings to all of us. Again thank you soooooo much.

    • Hello, Mrs. Howell! Thank you for visiting my blog. I believe we are all in concurrence that Gina Joy has loads of potential. Let’s hope that she goes full steam ahead in the competition. 🙂

  9. Hello everyone! Yah, i am the witness Gina Joy G. Howell was born in Urdaeta,Pangasinan but we move in Las Vegas USA 2001 and 2004 came back to the Phil.

  10. Kuya Normz…Correct me if im wrong and if my memory serves right..She’s from Angeles City, Pampanga not Urdaneta Pangasinan…

  11. Looking at her photos, and watching her in videos….. Gina Howell is among my top 6 favorites.

  12. I have not had an opportunity to hear her talk at length, so I can only say that Gina is lovely and her very beautifully proportioned frame of 5’9″ easily puts her at the top third of the batch, along the likes of Katrina Dimaranan and Janine Tugonon (except Gina is more beautifully proportioned than the other two). She is probably the most underhyped of all the candidates this year (even I bypassed her in my initial reviews), But she has tremendous potential, especially given her youth (at only 20 years old) and her enviable physical assets which I have begun to notice even more as the pageant progresses. I mean, just looking at her photo and stats, Gina might appear “soft” or not fierce enough to some people, but she possesses so many other great qualities that can be molded and developed further. A “fierce” look is easy enough to develop through styling, etc., but you just can’t add 2 inches to a candidate’s height, or carve her body to perfect proportions, can you? Even Osmel Sousa would agree to that. Although not dusky or exotic, Gina’s skin looks flawless — the same complexion and quality I’ve noted in Shamcey Supsup. If Gina doesn’t climb to top five this year, she could very well be in that position the next time she joins. She has so much to offer.

    • Yes, Gina has so much to offer. She’s like a diamond that needs to be polished to achieve its perfect shine. She’s one of the darkhorses.
      Anything can happen on the coronation night, we must remember that most of the judges of the Binibini are ambassadors and CEOs of sponsoring companies,few of them or maybe none of them are pageant fans or critics, they don’t know what is a proper catwalk or what fierceness means in pageant arena. gorgeous to the eye of a pageant critic maybe not be gorgeous in their perspective. What I am trying to pinpoint is that, we can make our lists of frontrunners,criticize the candidates,enumerate their assets and imperfections,but sad to say at the end of the road,it’s still them,those damn judges who have nothing to do with pageant industry,who will choose the winners,.what’s at stake for the fans? nothing but to accept the results,..if they made the right choice,then a celebration for gay community,and if not and those unlikely candidates were emerged as big winners,still there’s nothing we can do but to make a forum in which no one will listen.

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