55 comments on “Watch Ara Arida in this #ThinkBigThursday vid

  1. That’s right Ara, always be positive and put your best foot forward!

    GOD helps those who help themselves and believe in HIM!

  2. Latest quote from Ara:

    “Religion will MAKES you who you are.”

    Grammarpolice, what do you have to say? Please analyze!

  3. Personally, I think any accent in any international competition is forgivable. It is the candidate’s ability to clearly relay a message in her mind to the audience that truly matters. I think Ara is improving a lot on her speaking skills. She is less anxious…but I must point out that she has a tendency to flare her nostrils when she speaks (in short, slightly lumalaki ang butas ng ilong). She also makes some unnecessary facial expressions, like pulling her mouth to one side. She has to talk to as many people in English everyday to further polish her speaking skills…dapat may Presidential Decree si PNoy na mula ngayon hanggang sa send off ni Ara, walang kakausap sa kanya in any other language but English…Hahaha! 🙂 Having said that, I think hindi rin naman ganoon kaganda ang diction ni Janine…but she was very charismatic and most of all, she was asked the right question during the coronation night. So let us hope and pray that when Ara steps on Moscow, that everyday, she gets to be asked the right questions for her to shine until Judgement Day.

    Win

    PS. Somebody please remove that picture of Ara in the MU website. PLEASE!

    • @ With Love Mojica. That’s a criticism I would like to read. Constructive…may finesse ika nga. ‘Yon iba jan…ahhh ewan.????

      • Thanks Lulu! She is our rep, there is really no point of bashing her. Instead, we should support her in every way just like what we did to Megan. Honestly I think she looks much better now, can you notice the decrease in the size of her eyebags? She looks way fresher. Ang katawan niya, kabog na kabog na. Ano na lang ang kulang? Consistent styling. Big yah nation ng jape si SMA para magising, haha 🙂

  4. “Religion will MAKES you who you are.” -Ariella Arida

    I just watched Ariella’s interview with Anthony Taberna in ABS CBN’s Tapatan ni Tunying. And she just let all my hopes to getting that Diamond nexus fade away. Hay…. Why Ariella? Why? I can say it from the heart that she really has a LOT more catching up to do. At this part of her reign, she must have aced speaking already. Still I hope she wins. For the Philippines…

    Tito norms, your thoughts on Ariella’s Tapatan ni Tunying interview?

    • I missed the guesting because of a meeting. Will watch it first. Although knowing Anthony Taberna’s style, the interviewee has to be very proficient in Tagalog and not go into Taglish spiels in front of him.

    • i really wouldn’t mind kahit na mali-mali grammar ni ara o kahit di siya fluent or proficient in english. ang problema kasi ke ara e wala talaga siyang kadating-dating, walang “it” factor, walang charisma…

  5. I think the commercial was shot a month ago? Notice her brown hair.

    Look at her latest interview with Bandila here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=26kkzThiei4

    That’s the Ariella Arida that everyone’s waiting for! Confident, Sultry-smart-sexy looking and classy. Way to go girl! You improved a lot already. A little more on polishing your communication skills and minimize your mannerism of looking on the sides and you’re good to go already 🙂

    Regarding her manner of talking, I think it has something to do with her being from Laguna? they have a similar “accent” with Batangueños so I guess that explains her thick accent in a way. Nevermind that what’s important is she can relay her message through properly 🙂

    • That’s the hair I’m talking about!!!!
      She looks like a big eyed version of Gloria Diaz
      and she looks even more beautiful than Isabel Diaz Daza.
      I love her accent.. If you compare her to all the Latinas she has the best com skills anyway.
      Ariella Arida is in it to win it! 🙂 But let’s not hype her too much..
      I don’t want the other MU contestants to see her as a threat.
      That will come on the coronation night! 🙂

  6. I have met all these beauty queens but among all of them I only had an instant connection with Ara.. She’s not very talkative like most girls but she’s like the coolest girl to hangout with. I always thought she’s very beautiful but I can tell that it never got to her head. She’s like any normal girl next door who’s fun to be with.. I love to converse with her specially when her brains spill out. She’s the only girl I know who can relate to an intellectual subject as well as anything vain or comical. I never knew that people thought she was boyish growing up.. After seeing that video, I now understand why she’s the lovable person that she is.. And now, I love her even more. 🙂

  7. Mr. Norman…..I have watch Miss Universe 2012 in Las Vegas at Planet Hollywood ..and if you remember..it was me who message you when Janine was not wearing her Philippine sash during one the lunch at Planet Hollywood…Again..I am traveling to Europe for a business trip…and since I am there…I have decided to travel to Russia since the days of my travel can be adjusted…and of course I will definitely update you..I will try to snap some pictures..but then it might be more tight like in Vegas..specially its in Russia…janine was beside me on the buffet in Planet Hollwood..but for some reason i felt shy after I attemp to have a picture with Miss Venezuela and Puerto Rico…bawal daw: (..so after that nahiya na ako…bu this time…aariba ako…hehehe…di naman ako kakilala…hehehe…I got my visa already: )Yehey !..and I am sure Ara will shine..very sultry…sexy and talagang beauty in motion siya..and please stop comparing her to anyone…she is unique…and I see iba ang strategy niya…Russia will love her : ) will keep u posted..will be traveling by October 31 to Russia…and will try to find the Philippine supporters!..GO PHILIPPINES !!!..Go Ariela Arida! For the Philippines !!!

  8. Dear lord, please make Cindy Miranda win despite that dreadful gown she’ll wear on MTQI tonight. And may Your divine intervention shine upon Madam Stella Araneta.

    • Because Norms has no post regarding tonight’s MTQI just yet, I would post my comment here.

      Wait. That’s a gown? Oh well. Best of luck still to our dear Cindy. May she win the crown tonight! 🙂

  9. really this is supposed to showcase the best of ara in an interview? HER EYES ARE SHIFTY WHEN SHE SPEAKS…. she looks to the side and she looks down alot… shes so flat…HER FACE IS DISTORTED WHEN SHE SPEAKS…! . SO HEART IS BETTER AT THAN ARA…! So what if shes a pro and an expert compared to ARA? isnt that something ARA SHOULD BE IF SHE IS TO REPRESENT US IN MISS UNIVERSE? ISNT ONE OF THE BIGGEST REASONS WHY MEGAN WON IS THAT SHE IS COMFORTABLE SPEAKING IN PUBLIC?…LOOK AT JANINE IN THAT GENERICA COMMERCIAL? SHE LOOKS SO PLAIN BUT AT LEAST SHES CONVINCING! ARA EVEN HAS A HARD TIME SPEAKING TAGALOG….! THIS WOMAN IS NOT JANINE TUGONON SO PLEASE STOP COMPARING HER TRIALS WITH JANINE!…. JANINE WAS CRITICIZED FOR HER LOOKS NOT HER PERSONALITY…. ARA IS DEAD DEAD DEAD !….. THE PHILIPPINES IS NOT LUCKY ENOUGH TO HAVE BOTH THE MISS WORLD AND MISS UNIVERSE IN ONE YEAR!…. ARA IS CLAPPER!… MEGAN HAS SINCERITY AND KINDNESS WRITTEN ALL OVER HER FACE. PEOPLE FIND HER INSPIRING!… ARA ‘S FACE JUST SPELLS “DUH”…

    • So Ara has no kindness in her? 😉 tsk tsk… Careful careful. You just might eat your words. Have a little faith on Ara.

    • Urinola…if that’s what you mean. Itshokay !!!! pero ikaw ‘yong laman ..bwahahaha 🙂 Bahala ka na mag-imagine kung ano ‘yon and that the first that comes to your mind…ikaw na ‘yon. 😉

    • SHIFTY EYES !???
      DISTORTED FACE!???
      and Yes…..just to complete your sentence…ARA is DEAD DEAD DEAD!…DEADLY GORGEOUS ! 😉

      • Ang mga bashers na hindi na marunong mahiya despite of what Tita Norman said previously about bashing. Or kailangan ata tagalugin ni tita Norms para lang maintindihan?

    • haha.. move over halimaw sa banga. si san longhino.. ang laman ng arinola! haha..

  10. Having viewed the videos featured on 24th September and comparing them to the above, I would say that Ara can now confidently eye on the Miss Universe crown. Earlier, I’ve watched her interview with Boy Abunda in youtube and there I saw the confidence which she seems to lack. If she could always walk her talk, there’s no doubt in my mind that she certainly is one of the candidates to watch.

    On a further note, I wonder how Ara would look like if all the Insinuations of the nitpickers are seriously taken into consideration? More likely she’d look like the late Michael Jackson. 😉

    Ara, remember what Janine (Tugonon) had told you prior to becoming Binibining Pilipinas Universe: just enjoy the competition. Relax and show Russia and the world that you are a happy and contented representative from the Philippines. And if you remain true to yourself, you will be rewarded with the crown. 🙂

  11. Wow, that’s a great pic of Ara! THAT PIC should be her official photo on the MU website, I think. I also think she did very well in that video interview. I hope she continues to improve.

  12. My personal thoughts on this.

    1. The photo in the middle is really striking! Her eyes are looking back at you as if saying, “move over b***es!” Though everyone can see it really is photoshopped, still very beautifully photoshopped!
    2. I hope her photo on the magazine could be featured here too so everyone can see why she was included to the “Women of Now”
    3. Watching the video, why will people compare her to Heart and Rissa? These girls are eloquent speakers already. They have mastered talking in front of the camera so speaking will just come out naturally.
    3. Ara on thhe other hand has really problems in talking comfortably in English. But kudos to her for trying and for the improvements. Though sometimes her eyes still linger and you just want to pin it down so it wouls stay in place. I think it’s her way to release her nervousness. And also she seems like she’s chewing something when she talks. Or in Filipino, “parang kinakain yung sinasabi” I hope they still do something about this. There’s just that something that still holds her back and i dont know what on earth it is. Perhaps she feels this way coz she knows she has the please her countrymen but i believe that the moment she arrives oin Russia where not a lot of people know her, she’d start to feel comfortable. Have you guys watched the interview of miss universe Indonesia Whulandary Herman? She has the same husky voice as Ara’s and she doesnt speak in English ( I think!) but God when she talks her charisma is just overpowering.

    So there, with only a few weeks to go before Ara flies to Russia,I believe that Aces and Queens along with BBPCI have done all there is that they have to do and it’s all in Ara’s hands now on how she’ll play the game.

    Oh! And tito norms, just one question. If BBPCi knew about that photo of Ara sent to Miss Universe for the website,in the first place didnt they realize that it was just not flattering before sending it? Why would they wait for the netizens to react before doing something about it?

  13. Why are our kababayans so mean to Ara? As if d pa sila nasanay sa pre-pageantode ng mga kandidata natin sa Miss Universe. Let’s all look back a bit on the perfoances of her predecessors before we continue bashing Ara: 2011: Everyone kept saying Shamcey didn’t have the vavavoom body on her way to miss Universe. She was criticized for having flat chested boobs, uneven proportioned body but look she surprised us all during crush time. 2012: Janine Tugonon: Her pre-arrival photo didn’t suit her well as she was a bit chubby in her black swimsuit. Even her eye shadow make up was too heavy. Worse, from Day1 she was crowned Binibini, you guys never let a day pass by without getting an insult from everyone else. How she stole the thunder from MJ lastimosa but look, the bashers suddenly
    Became fans when she was acing the competition last year. Now it’s Ara’s turn to be on the hot seat. As usual, the bashers are having a field day proclaiming to the whole world that she won’t place due to her old granny look, ‘mapuson’ body and dry personality.hay, can’t u see guys, year in and out, it’s just a cycle. Ok, granted she won’t place like Bianca, Jen, Tere and others, did we bash them to hell when they can back from their respective assignments? Why can’t we just criticize her constructively? And, btw, are you not still surprised by BPCI ineffficiency and cluelessness in handling everything? The wigs, sabotaged pre arrival pics, recycled outfits of our delegates before? It’s always the same story. Remember, BPCI just crowned these girls. That’s their only job. Stella doesnt train the girls personally. The rest of the work lies on their A&Q handlers? Dont you think their trainers aren’t aware of these things? Nahihiya Naman kami sa Inyo sa sobra ninyo kaperpektuhan at kagandahan? Kayo na lahat ang Magaganda. Kasinawahan Kayo ng Diyos!

  14. In the still studio shot pic.. Ara looks stunning. In the video, all I see is puro mata.. malaki talaga mata niya.. mas lalo pang na emphasize sa makapal niyang eyeliner.

  15. On the contrary, I agree with a commenter here, most are simply nitpicking. I understand that we all want the same thing: to win the crown. However, Ara is Ara – she doesn’t need to become someone else. Even Venus, Shamcey, and Janine, didn’t fit in one mold.

    Why can’t we just support our candidate? The girl is killing herself to get us that crown. And if you have missed it, she has become much better than when she won BBP. (And is still improving)

    In my own opinion:
    1. She is much more gorgeous than Janine (who surprisingly deserves the crown better than Olivia)
    2. She is unique in her own way, and she can be really endearing
    3. She indeed is very beautiful in motion (as some have already pointed out here)

    My observation: If you post an ugly picture of Ara, people complain because she is much better than that. Now post a beautiful image/vid of her, people still complain about what she is not. Geez.

    • I’m with you. lykanthros. I don’t it’s fair to compare Ara with the other two girls. She doesn’t know yet how to emote with ‘kaplastikan’. Ara looks genuine and that is very important. It’s also one of the reasons why MU is doing a video clip for each candidate to determine there genuineness.

      • Helur! megan won because she s an ACTRESS!… SHE KNOWS HOW TO WORK THE CAMERA AND HOW TO SPEAK!….. AND IF GENUINENESS IS A DETERMINING FACTOR IN MISS U… THEN ARA WILL BE ONE BIG SNOOZE FEST!…. SHE DOESNT HAVE ANYTHING INTERESTING TO SAY …. ARA IS AS EXCITING AS A CHICKEN LAYING AN EGG!…. ITS IMPEACHMENT TIME AND ARA SHOULD GET ONE.! OFF WITH HER HEAD!

    • OK ARA SHOULD TRY HARDER IN KILLING HERSELF… AMEN…
      1… YES SHES PRETTIER THAN JANINE!…. BUT JANINE S SUCCESS WAS BASED ON HER COMMUNICATION SKILLS….. WHICH ARA LACKS!… ZERO
      2. WHATS SO UNIQUE ABOUT HER? HER BIG EYES THAT SHIFTS UP AND DOWN AND TO SIDE WHEN SHE SPEAKS?… OR HER MOUTH THAT CONTORTS WHEN SHE SPEAKS? SERIOUSLY ASKING WHAT THE HELL IS SO UNIQUE ABOUT HER? UNLESS YOU SEEMED TO LACK THE COMPREHENSION OF THE WORD UNIQUE! ARA IS AS ENDEARING AS RUGBY IS TO KALYE BOYS!
      3. BEAUTIFUL IN MOTION? LET ME GUESS YOURE A “BOTTOM”! A GAZELLE IS BEAUTIFUL IN MOTION AND LAST TIME I CHECK ANIMALS ARE NOT ALLOWED IN MISS U.

      LISTEN CLOSEY BOTTOM BOY…. PEOPLE ARE BASHING ARA BECAUSE THERE IS ” NO IMPROVEMENT IN ARA” YES PHYSICALLY BUT NOT PERSONALITY WISE!…. ITS A GIVEN EVERY CONTESTANT IN MISS UNIVERSE ARE PHYSICALLY GORGEOUS AND SO IS ARA…. BUT YOU HAVE TO PROJECT TO EVERYONE THAT YOURE THE BEST ABOVE ALL CONTESTANTS AND SPEAK WITH CONVICTION! THAT IS WHAT EVERYONE HERE IS BASHING ARA FOR …. SHE SOUNDS FLAT, DEAD, UNINTERESTING, AND OUT RIGHT STUPID. ID LIKE TO SEE THAT CHEMISTRY DIPLOMA TO SEE JUST IN CASE JANET NAPOLES’S MINIONS HAVE FORGED THE DEANS SIGNATURE !.. ARA JUST GO TO SLEEP I KNOW YOU WANT TO … YOU SLEEPY PERSONALITY SAYS IT ALL!

      • Lol. I can’t believe Norman attracts such idiotic readers. I’m sorry, but I don’t really fancy fighting cheap battles.

        Cheers. 🙂

      • BITTERNESS!!! That’s what happening when someone is hard as a LIMESTONE to please. Gigil to the max c ATE !!! 🙂

    • really you cant believe norman attracts idiots? lol… does that include YOU (lykanros)? cuz youre on this blog sites spreading your BOTTOM FEEDING opinions of “ara beautiful in motion crap”…. barf!… thank gawd i dont swallow like you !…. ARA SUCKS AND YOU KNOW IT… AND THAT HIDEOUS PHOTO ON THE MISS U WEBSITE PROVES IT…. EVERYONE IS COMPLAINING ITS HORRIBLE…. BUT NEWS FLASH PEOPLE THAT IS HOW SHE LOOKS IN PERSON…. DULL AND PLAIN..BORDERLINE UGLY WITH ZERO SUBSTANCE!

  16. Ugh she’s better but still … We are comparing her to how she was 2 months ago… We should compare her to the girls she’s gonna compete against. Just can’t see it happening…. I wish her the best but I’m not expecting much. Top15 would be a victory enough.

  17. Sad to say na I found Heart and the other girl more exciting with the way they spoke and, therefore, they kept me interested with what they were saying. Ara’s problem, for me, is the tone of her voice – it just isn’t exciting enough meaning it’s flat and unclear at times compared to the other two girls. I just hope that the MU judges in the prelim interview won’t find her unexciting which could ruin her chances for a spot in the Top 15.

  18. She’s more spontaneous now, which I like. However, she as a tendency to eat her words, that’s why she comes out less than confident. I think it’s a bit too late for speech lessons.

  19. I think the photo above is the best photo of Ara to date. Do you think it’s the tan?
    Video also shows quite a good improvement, but still lacking personality somehow…

  20. I think she’s stunning here! Yung mannerisms niya na looking up, rolling her eyes, nabawasan na. Although I think she still lacks the spontaneity, she’s improving!

    • wait, is that megan?( 2nd photo, upper left)..anyway, going back to ara, I think she should smile more when being interviewed..di naman yung todong smile, but smile with her eyes..mukha kasi syang suplada..i think kung medyo nakasmile xa, she will look more interesting..napansin ko yan dati kay janine even with mutya parang nkasmile parati mga eyes nila kaya aliw panoorin..I wont be expecting much from her..pero hoping for the best pa rin ako for ara!!

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