14 comments on “The ladies who almost made it

  1. gee thanks guys! i didn’t know there were lots of these incidences. will keep on reading and wait for your comments. thanks everyone!

  2. Yedda Marie Mendoza Kittilstvedt should have been chosen as Binibining Pilipinas-Universe 1996 instead of Aileen Leng Damiles. Talk about total package? Yedda was perfect Miss Universe material because she had a lot of everything: classy beauty, elegant style, dandy catwalk, height, intelligence, and more. It would have been a close fight between Alicia Machado of Venezuela and our very own Yedda. I remember there were only two finalists who nailed the question-and-answer portion of Binibining Pilipinas that year, namely: Maria Sovietskaya Bacud and Yedda. So even if Sovietskaya was not as tall the others, she would have been a good alternate for Miss Universe. She was well-spoken, charming, composed, and full of X-factor. Had Aileen been sent to Miss International instead of Yedda, there’s a possibility that Portugal’s Fernanda Alves would have stepped aside to a first runner-up placement. While Daisy Reyes also deserved to be in the top three, I couldn’t discount the fact that Sovietskaya should have also gone home wearing one of the crowns—and maybe, just maybe, she could have snatched the Miss World 1996 crown from Irene Skliva of Greece.

    • While I agree that Yedda is a hell of a total package, imho, she’s just better suited competing in MW as she embodies that “beauty with a purpose” thing MW winners possess. She’s a lot like Ruffa in MW ’93 but better in more ways than one which guarantees a placement to match that of Ruffa or even higher. Morley would’ve been crazy about her to bits.

      On the other hand, Trump had acquired MU at the time Alica won MU in ’96 and along with it came the major shift in the standards of winners from an all regally, old world-queenly beauty (think Lupita Jones in ’91) and evolved to be being a “crowned & sashed” versions of VS angels by the time Alicia won. When Yedda placed 1st runner up to Lorena Pangan at the Supermodel Philippines search in ’94, people were saying that she’s got to try BBP as she’s got that bearing that only be describe as queenly. So yeah, she did leave that little turn around the catwalk to Lorena and instead took one of the crowns in BBP ’96.

  3. Interested in more of the should’ve would’ve could’ve beauties… any more insights? I’d appreciate more topics in these.

    • It should’ve been Ruffa for our bet in MU ’93 in Mexico instead of Dindi and Dayanara could’ve possibly been a runner up.

      Yedda Marie Kittlesvedt should’ve been sent MW ’96 instead of Daisy Reyes. After all, Daisy has previously worked in Japan prior to joining BBP so it would’ve easier for Daisy to place higher. Similarly, Yedda could’ve bought home more than just a special award in MW that year. Had it been the case, both ladies would’ve achieved better in those two pageants.

      Karen Timbol would’ve been a stronger bet to MW ’95 over Reham Tago.

      Charlene should’ve accepted the offer compete for MW ’99. At that time, her experience in hosting, dancing and acting could’ve helped her clinch the MW crown for the country.

  4. Norman, I am sorry I had to repost my comment. Instead of “be on par with,” I had typed “be on part with.” I know it’s just a small letter “t” but the purist in me suggested that I have to redeem myself by reposting my comment. Thank you for the consideration, the kindness, and mostly, the hospitality. Have a blessed Friday to you and your followers.

  5. Thank you, Basil. I am glad we both like Misa–which goes without saying that our taste is on par with world-class standard. While it may be true that Mutya ng Pilipinas or Miss Philippines-Earth is less prestigious than the pageants she has participated in (Binibining Pilipinas and Miss World Philippines), I’d like to think of our encouragement for the sake of our country. Rather than send someone off who is a neophyte, we might as well have either Misa (or Henson) go out there and represent our country, as we can be sure that she is going to make us Filipinos proud by doing it well. The others, especially those who are still young, have enough time to prepare themselves, so that when their time comes–be it two years later, or three–they, too, could have a better chance of clinching a crown. Misa is not getting any younger, and before she goes beyond the age limit, I hope she could represent us globally. Now, I’m getting ultraexcited at the thought of it.

    • Yes, Misa is definitely a high caliber beauty. It’s just unfortunate that she’s a victim of Madam Stella’s poor eyesight and bad timing in the case of MWP.
      Sad to say that Misa will be listed as one of those wasted beauties who could have won or placed in MW/MU/MI if not for the tantrums of this fat old lady (MSA). Misa is one of my all time favorites aside from Juliana Palermo,Joey Mead and Sandra Seifert.

  6. Thank you, Basil. I am glad we both like Misa–which goes without saying that our taste is on part with world-class standard. While it may be true that Mutya ng Pilipinas or Miss Philippines-Earth is less prestigious than the pageants she has participated in (Binibining Pilipinas and Miss World Philippines), I’d like to think of our encouragement for the sake of our country. Rather than send someone off who is a neophyte, we might as well have either Misa (or Henson) go out there and represent our country, as we can be sure that she is going to make us Filipinos proud by doing it well. The others, especially those who are still young, have enough time to prepare themselves, so that when their time comes–be it two years later, or three–they, too, could have a better chance of clinching a crown. Misa is not getting any younger, and before she goes beyond the age limit, I hope she could represent us globally. Now, I’m getting ultraexcited at the thought of it.

  7. Please allow me to correct myself. The first time I saw Mary Anne Ross Misa was when she joined Binibining Pilipinas 2010 (not 2012). Sorry for being too engrossed in my thoughts on her. I just can’t help finding Misa to be perfect Miss Philippines material–not just through Miss World Philippines or Binibining Pilipinas, but through any national competition that could send her to an international competition. Could someone please encourage her to join either Mutya Ng Pilipinas (I hear there’s a screening for Metro Manila applicants on June 30) or Miss Philippines-Earth next year? I can’t get over how worthy she is to be our country’s delegate. Thank you.

    • Joining Mutya or MPE is a downgrade for her.
      To join Binibini again is a big no no,we all know that Madam Stella will accept her only to give her pain. There are things that are not meant to be, and Misa’s case is one of those. Though Misa is my top choice for MWP, the judges have spoken and it’s Rehman who will represent us .If I were Misa, I’ll wait for the next edition of Pinoy Big Brother or Survivor Philippines and I’ll audition.

  8. I’ve always wished for Mary Anne Ross Misa to represent our country abroad, since I saw her in person during the Binibining Pilipinas 2012 coronation night. I was dumbfounded by her exclusion to the top five. She should have won one of the crowns and represented the Philippines to either Miss World or Miss International—since the Binibining Pilipinas-Universe crown that year was perfectly fit for Venus Raj, period. From that batch, first runner-up Helen Nicolette Henson also stood out, so I wouldn’t feel bad if either Misa or Henson had been chosen. If one of these two runners-up didn’t have both the beauty and the brains, then it would have been easy to choose between the two. But both have the looks, the smarts, the class, and hence, the right to compete neck and neck with some of the world’s fairest and fiercest beauty titlists. So I hope that Cory Quirino will consider fielding them in other international pageants respectively. Otherwise, that would make Miss World Philippines the most illusive pageant to win, because only the last girl standing—and only one of the myriad beautiful and intelligent women in our country—ends up wearing the Philippine sash.

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