83 comments on “And Miss World Philippines 2014 is Valerie Weigmann!

  1. What is a pure Filipina?… The term Filipino was originaly used as a term to describe Spaniards who were born in our Islands… and later on included all the Pre-colonial natives, immigrant Chinese who changed last names, and imigrant Europeans who arrived when the Philippines opened for international trade. When the Republic of the Philippines was established, all who were born in the Philippines no matter what race or mix were considered Filipinos… and when the constitution was established, it says anyone anywhere who was born with at least one parent who has Filipino citizenship is also considered Filipino. If you say native Filipino… Are they the 1st who arrived in the islands? So those are the people who arrived earlier than the Aetas since it was proven that there were earlier inhabitants when they arrived like the Tabon Man and the Kalaw man. Who knows for sure who are those 1st inhabitants… Did they have descendants who are still alive today? Who among us only have their blood coursing through our veins? If none of us have the genes from those initial inhabitants, does that mean we all have foreign blood?

    • Parang si Jessica Sanchez lang yan…. sabi ng mga Puti, she’s not American enough…. Ang nakakatawa yung mga nagsasabing mga puti e ilang henerasyon lang sa lugar nila mga 200 years palang… They forgot that Jessica’s father is Hispanic therefore her ancestry dates back from 20,000 years of native American… It’s the same here… unahan ba?! Even when the Spaniards arrived, there were already natives who we could consider as white features because some if them were mixed Arabs, Turks, Greeks, North Indians, etc…. The influx of foreign genes were present during the Ottoman empire upto way back in the Alexandrian Empire… Diba yung karamihan sa mga kapatid nating muslim e walang lahing Espanol/Europeo… e bakit ang dami sa kanilang mga Tisoy aside from those na may isang banyagang magulang?

    • Just adding this account written by Carolina G Hernandez, a prominent Filipino historian, about the PEOPLE OF THE PHILIPPINES: —

      Ethnic groups

      The ethnically diverse people of the Philippines collectively are called Filipinos. The ancestors of the vast majority of the population were of Malay descent and came from the Southeast Asian mainland as well as from what is now Indonesia. Contemporary Filipino society consists of nearly 100 culturally and linguistically distinct ethnic groups. Of these, the largest are the Tagalog of Luzon and the Cebuano of the Visayan Islands, each of which constitutes about one-fifth of the country’s total population. Other prominent groups include the Ilocano of northern Luzon and the Hiligaynon (Ilongo) of the Visayan islands of Panay and Negros, comprising roughly one-tenth of the population each. The Waray-Waray of the islands of Samar and Leyte in the Visayas and the Bicol (Bikol) of the Bicol Peninsula together account for another one-tenth. Filipino mestizos and the Pampango (Pampangan, or Kapampangan) of south-central Luzon each make up small proportions of the population.

      Many smaller groups of indigenous and immigrant peoples account for the remainder of the Philippines’ population. The aboriginal inhabitants of the islands were the Negritos, a term referring collectively to numerous peoples of dark skin and small stature, including the Aeta, Ita, Agta, and others. Those communities now constitute only a tiny percentage of the total population. From the 10th century, contacts with China resulted in a group of mixed Filipino-Chinese descent, who also account for a minority of the population. Small numbers of resident Chinese nationals, emigrants from the Indian subcontinent, U.S. nationals, and Spanish add to the population’s ethnic and cultural diversity.


      Estimates of the total number of native languages and dialects spoken in the Philippines differ, but scholarly studies suggest that there are some 150. Most of the country’s languages are closely related, belonging to one of several subfamilies of Austronesian—more specifically, Western Malayo-Polynesian—languages. The major languages of the country generally correspond to the largest ethnic groups. Tagalog is the most widespread language of the Central Philippine subfamily, with the bulk of its native speakers concentrated in Manila, central and south-central Luzon, and the islands of Mindoro and Marinduque. The national language of the Philippines, Pilipino (also called Filipino), is based on Tagalog and shares a place with English (the lingua franca) as an official language and medium of instruction. Tagalog (including Pilipino) has the most extensive written literature of all Philippine languages. Cebuano, also a Central Philippine language, is used widely in Cebu, Bohol, eastern Negros, western Leyte, and parts of Mindanao. Ilocano is the most commonly spoken language of the Northern Luzon subfamily, and its speakers constitute the third largest language community of the Philippines.

      Other prominent languages of the Central Philippine group include Hiligaynon and Waray-Waray, both spoken in the Visayas, as well as several varieties of Bicol, spoken in southern Luzon. The language of the Tausug is widespread in both Palawan and the Sulu Archipelago, where it is used in Tausug as well as many non-Tausug communities. Similarly, the languages of the Pampango and Pangasinan, both of the Northern Philippine subfamily, have many speakers in central Luzon. Notable languages of the Southern Philippine subfamily are those spoken by the Maguindanao and Maranao of western Mindanao.


      Some four-fifths of Filipinos profess Roman Catholicism. During the 20th century the religion gained strength through growth in the number of Filipinos in the church hierarchy, construction of seminaries, and, especially after 1970, increased involvement of the church in the political and social life of the country. Jaime Cardinal Sin, archbishop of Manila, was one of the country’s most politically outspoken spiritual leaders of the late 20th century.

      Adherents of other denominations of Christianity constitute roughly one-tenth of the population. The Philippine Independent Church (the Aglipayans), established in 1902 in protest against Spanish control of the Roman Catholic Church, has several million members. The indigenous Protestant sect called Iglesia ni Kristo, also founded in the early 20th century, has a smaller but nonetheless significant following.

      Islam was brought to the southern Philippines in the 15th century from Brunei (on Borneo), to the west. The religion was already well established in the Sulu Archipelago and Mindanao by the time of European contact, and it had a growing following around Manila. Contemporary Muslim Filipino communities, collectively known as Moros, are largely limited to the southern islands and account for about 5 percent of the population.

      Small numbers of Filipinos practice Buddhism or local religions. Buddhism is associated primarily with communities of Chinese descent. Local religions are maintained by some of the rural indigenous peoples.

      Settlement patterns

      The plains lying amid the mountains—for example, the central plain of Luzon and the central plain of Panay—have long had the greatest density of population in the islands, except Cebu, where the people have lived mostly on the coastal plain because of the island’s high and rugged interior. In the nonindustrialized areas of these regions, the cultivation of rice or corn (maize) and fishing provide basic subsistence.

      In the rural areas, houses are often small, consisting of just one or two rooms, and are elevated on piles. The open spaces below the structures are used to store tools and other household belongings, as well as live chickens and other smaller farm animals. Especially in the fishing communities of coastal regions, houses are typically raised above the ocean, river, or floodplain to accommodate boat traffic and the ebb and flow of the tides. There are often elevated networks of walkways that connect the houses within the community.

      In addition to many smaller settlement units, there are a number of major cities. Some of these, including Manila, Cebu, Jaro, Vigan, and Naga (formerly Nueva Caceras), were granted charters by the Spanish colonial government. More chartered cities were founded under U.S. administration and since independence in 1946. Metropolitan (Metro) Manila—an agglomeration consisting of Quezon City, Manila, Pasay, Caloocan, and several other cities and municipalities in southern Luzon—is by far the largest urban area in the country. Other principal cities include Davao on Mindanao and Cebu in the Visayas.

      In the urban areas, the wealthier residents typically live in two- or three-story single-family homes. However, a significant proportion of city dwellers live in poverty, often occupying any vacant piece of land and building their homes from bamboo, wood, sheet metal, and other scavenged items. The people in such communities usually do not have regular access to running water and electricity or to sanitary services.

      Demographic trends

      The population density of the Philippines is high, but the distribution of the population is uneven. Parts of Metro Manila have a population density that is more than 100 times that of some outlying areas such as the mountainous area of northern Luzon. The country’s birth rate remains significantly higher than the world average, as well as the average for the Southeast Asian region. Efforts since the mid-20th century to slow the overall growth rate have had limited success, in part because reductions in the birth rate have been offset to some degree by reductions in the death rate.

      Especially since World War II, population has tended to move from rural areas to towns and cities. At the beginning of the 20th century more than four-fifths of the population was rural, but by the early 21st century that proportion had dropped to roughly two-fifths. There is a considerable amount of Filipino emigration, particularly of manual labourers and professionals. Many emigrants have gone to the United States, Okinawa, Guam, and Canada; in addition, a large number of skilled and semiskilled workers have taken temporary overseas assignments, mainly in the Middle East and, increasingly, in East and Southeast Asia.

  2. No offense meant, but I really do not find Valerie pretty in most of the pictures I see. I define my Miss World “pretty” as the CHARISMATIC and attractive pretty. I really can’t find any gentle attraction towards her. Though her face is a chameleon, I would rather have someone who is naturally and make-up less pretty.

    • It’s okay, as the old cliche goes, beauty is subjective. Walang issue. 🙂

    • So who do you think deserved the title other than Queen Valerie?!?

      Hopefully your comment was not made to spite her because your “bet” failed to clinch the crown. That night, Queen Valerie was a runaway winner and definitely, none of the other finalists came close to challenging her position. This was the main reason why Rachel faltered in her delivery. When she said, “if she would be lucky…,” and realized that she won’t, she laughed out loud knowing that whatever she said at that time would not be good enough to make her win.

      My effing opinion!!!

    • World-class ang beauty ni Nancy…gaya ng nagkalat na “cakes” sa Makati…kamukha nga nya ang world-class over-priced parking building sa Makati!

  3. To: Pageant Fanatic:

    Your comment should be placed in a bygone era.
    Did you learn and study the Philippine Constitution? Valerie is a Filipino. 10 Million+ Filipinos are scattered all over the globe, surely, there will be more of half-bred Filipinos in the future. In that premise, PH laws recognize them as our own and that is no longer a question for so long.

    Pure pinay? Okay, go to the jungle.

  4. I am happy for Val and without a doubt she will shine very bright at Miss World, but I cannot wait to see a pure filipina beauty to represent our country at an international pageant. Sending mix-bred women in my opinion is not a proper representation of we are. I guess gone are the days we find chat silayan, Lorna Legaspi, Michelle Aldana and Melanie Marquez filipina type of beauties to represent the PHILIPPINES. How are culture has become…colonial mentality as always!!

    • Ilan na ba ang napadala ni Madame Stella de Araneta sa mga international pageant na purong pinay, like Czarina Gatbonton, (the last Binibing Pilipinas to compete at MW)? Nananalo ba? Sa pageant di paramihan ng runner-up, winners ang binibilang!

    • Well pageant fanatic, in the 1994 and 1997 Miss Universe editions, Miss USA sent an African-American woman (Chelsea Smith) and Asian-American (Brook Lee) and both won and represented the U.S. proudly. Light skinned mixed breed people, dark skinned Aetas, yellow generational Chinese, and brown skinned Malaysia are all part of the Filipino mosaic. Any woman from any of these categories isworthy to represent the country if their heart is right. Now grow up and how dare you!

      • Calm your tits!!! I was just stating my opinion and not at all hating. Like I said I am happy with Val and I knew this was her pageant to lose. I am saying I hope one day to see a pure pinay beauty naman sana

      • If you want a “pure pinay”, you’d best go into the jungle and recruit the first indigenous woman you find. They are the only “pure pinays” you will ever find. The diversity of the Pinay woman in all her shades is what makes the Filipina one of the most beautiful in the world.

      • Pure Pinay? Okay… go find a pure Filipina/o, get pregnant, have a baby, raise her up to be what YOU think a pure pinay beauty is and enter her into the pageants. Show the world what you mean! Lol

    • Pageant Fanatic, if I’m not mistaken, “pure Filipina” candidates were sent from 1966 to 2010. Now, that’s quite a long time. So I’d like to say kudos to Ms. Cory Quirino for embracing change and bringing us our first Miss World.

    • Your comment should be placed in a bygone era. Did you learn and study the Philippine Constitution? Valerie is a Filipino. 10 Million+ Filipinos are scattered all over the globe, surely, there will be more of half-bred Filipinos in the future. In that premise, PH laws recognize these as citizens and that is no longer a question for so long.

      Pure pinay? Okay, go to the jungle.

    • bakit ano ba ang definition mo ng “pure filipina beauty”? sina chat, lorna, michelle and melanie, sa tingin mo di sila “mix-bred”? ilang percent kaya ng pinoy ngayon ang sa tingin mo e walang dugong dayuhan? under spanish colony tayo for 400 years, before the spanish marami nang dumadayong chinese at arabs, sinakop din tayo ng mga amerikano at hapon, ngayon nagsulputan naman ang mga indian at koreano… please enlighten us…

  5. Update from my earlier post:

    Val’s BWAP project is about raising funds through street music for the benefit of the Aetas in Tarlac. Valerie wants to provide them livelihood projects and at the same time use the funds from her MUSIKARAMAY project to give the Aetas in Mayantoc, Tarlac 1 hectare of land.

    1 HECTARE OF LAND for our indigenous brothers and sisters in Tarlac. WOW.
    Her Beauty With A Purpose project sounds very promising!

  6. Hi Norman, thank you for that wonderful and comprehensive update of MWP pageant last night.

    I should go to Caramoan! A paradise and a jewel.

    I agree with Ms. Cory Quirino. PH has a strong candidate (again) this year. From 2011 (1st Princess), 2012 (semi-finalist), 2013 (winner), 2014, hoping for a back to back win and the 3rd country to make that feat.

    • LOL! Now ko lang napansin yan. They should change the trophy next year. I hope someone would mention this to Ms. Cory Quirino. I really like her. A director who listens and improves as she sees fit.

    • And it’s pretty disturbing, too. At one point I thought that it has been photoshopped to look 3D. Ouch! 😦

  7. Congratulations Val! May you bring home d crown again. Stay grounded, focused & fresh. Take care of yourself & always be positive. Fight hard but enjoy d experience. We will be behind u like your bros & sis, like your family. All d best Val! 🙂

  8. Beauty with a purpose palang… Ligwak na silang lahat… Paano pa sa Multi media award.. picture lang na ipost ni Val sa FB page nya e nagtetrending na… Goodluck nalang kay Santolan Station, sa mga Hindot, at pati na rin sa mga PaChina…. iLIKE ang page ni Valerie and post its link anywhere and everywhere… twitter, instagram, Pinterest, lahat na! Dapat itrending din natin lahat yan… with hashtags:


    Kayo na mag dagdag


  9. Congrats!!! It was Velerie’s show after all, the rest was for formality sake. I know I was critical of her at first being ‘too foreign’ looking but I guess that was addressed as she was instantly ‘filipinized’ if you will. Her stylists and trainers did a fantastic job. The way she glided in that evening gown just blew me away. It was unforgettable. You will do a terrific job in England later this year and it will be hard for them not to notice you having Megan from the same country as the reigning queen. Take advantage of that. Maintain your grace and simplicity but also exude the right confidence at all times. All the best Valerie, for the country!!

  10. i didn’t even bother watching the telecast nor live updates from social networking sites. pinanuod ko lang ung opening number na.. uh oh. lol because i know naman that si Val ang mananalo. umpisa pa lang alam na natin kung sino kokoronahan. hehe congrats val.

    love her oxana peg. she stood out kasi habang ang iba eh naka fitted and glittery gowns, mega hairdo siya simpleng hairstyle lang and ibang gown angat na agad siya. congrats ❤

    • Haha…ligwak na sya..kahit anu pang damit isuot nya..kahit maglagay pa sya ng abs sa noo. Tigas kasi ng face nya.hahaha

      • Whahhhh!nadale mo!!! Wala wala panama yang santolan mundo! We have more than 1 pede ilaban sa kanya milya milya ang ganda sa kanya! VALERIE MWP 2014,kahit runners up natin! Diba Lorraine kakainin siya ng buo! Wahhhhhhhhh

  11. Because of MWP, I’ve got only 3 hours of sleep but it’s all worth it! My queen got the crown! 🙂

  12. The view from my balcony indicating the rise of Queen Valerie and the symbol of new hope, the fulfillment of her advocacy to improve the lives of our indigenous brothers and sisters. Together with our full support, she will triumphantly make us all proud again. Viva Valerie!

  13. Congratulations, Valerie! You have now my support as our new Miss World.
    To Lorraine – you are very beautiful and you gave a good fight during last night. See you in the next national pageants.

    Tito Norm, thank you so much!

  14. 1st time I saw her in person… I knew she’s a winner…. I never once doubted her.

    Megan and Valerie would make the best Miss World TEAM EVER! Back to Back ang Peg! 😀

    MISS WORLD 2013 & 2014 is PHILIPPINES!!!!! 😀

  15. I knew even way before the very start of the competition, she’d be “IT”. She’s the most well-prepared among the crop. A&Q did it again (2 years in a row). Congratulations, Valerie ! Next stop: MW 2014. Bring it on Val 🙂 🙂 🙂

    • mali ka teh . Four-peat for Aces & Queens!!! Gwen Ruais, Queenie Rehman, Megan Young and now Valerie Weigmann!!! To God be the glory!!! #happy #grateful #blessed

  16. Congratulations Valerie!
    The best girl won! 🙂

    I just noticed, kaka-panalo pa lang ni Val, bina-bash na siya ng mga kapitbahay nateng mga santol. Threatened much? Anyway, I personally think that it will be an uphill battle for Valerie. Of course we should aim for a back-to-back. But there will be roadblocks!

    Val has more time in her hands, compared to Megan. She should focus on acing every part of the competition in Miss World. Here are some pointers she should consider:

    1. Dapat ipag-patuloy niya ang BWAP project niya na MUSIKARAMAY. Paigtingin pa sana niya ang project niya about indigenous people (specifically, the Aetas of Tarlac). BWAP has a huge bearing in Miss World. Pwede yung bigyan sila ng mga Livelihood projects that can really benefit our indigenous brothers and sisters. She should look at the biggest problem our indigenous brothers and sisters are facing, and do something that will help solve that problem!

    2. Confident ako kay Val when it comes to the Top Model segment at Beach Beauty since she has been modeling for years. Pero sana i-practice pa din niya pasarela niya.</b<

    3. Maraming followers si Val sa Instagram, Twitter, and FB. Gawin niya itong advantage sa Multimedia part of the competition, like what Megan did last year!

    4. There's also the Talent Competition and Sports Challenge, na tingin ko ay kaya naman ni Val!

    5. I like Val's current styling. NO TO FAKE TANNING. Please lang. At huwag siya magbabad sa Gym. Maganda na katawan niya as is. We don’t want her looking dry and haggard in Miss World right?

    6. Remember: HUMILITY IS THE BEST POLICY. She should remember to always remain humble! The moment she lands in London, she should mingle a lot with other girls. May nakapag-sabe saken na during the duration of the competition, tinitignan din ang ugali ng mga kandidata. And Julia likes grounded/humble girls! Dapat maging masunuring bata.

    7. And lastly, us Pinoys should rally behind her every step of the way!

    GO VALERIE!!!!!

    • Parang na inspire ata yung styling ni Valerie kay miss russia miss universe 2002, yung na dethrone. napansin ko lang, pareho sila gumalaw pati gown style. Just an observation. Pero stand out talaga sya.

  17. While I know a back to back is a difficult thing to accomplish, I know Valerie will give it one hell of a shot. A top 3 finish would be great and perhaps more realistic, however… I can always dream. Congrats Valerie!!!

    Miss Solaire
    Miss Figlia
    Jessie Mendez Salon Ambassador
    Miss Reticin
    Miss Bluewater Bay Spa
    Miss Bench
    Miss Olay
    Miss Hana
    Miss CamSur
    Best in Fashion Runway
    Best in Swimsuit
    Best in Long Gown

  19. Im super happy with the winner. Excited nko to watch MW14
    Bkit ang gnun production? Di malinis, hay GMA bkit ba?
    Tito Norm, nagfarewell walk ba si Megan? O di lng pinalabas sa tv?

  20. Pluses: great styling (that hair makes her look a billion dollars – so classy), perfect gown, queenly aura on stage, plus that undeniable beauty and a worthy BWAP. While the speech was rehearsed, she showed her conviction stressing her advocacy. I hope her A&Q team work on her nerves (stage fright? Pressure?) to give her that flawless confidence during the Miss World pageant. Some exercise – body toning especially the lower part. Any style of gown will suit her. I love Valerie and I know she wants to make history for the Philippines. #unsolicitedadvice #ValerieMW2014

  21. Congratulations, Valerie. To Lorraine, I know you’ll be an unstoppable force in years to come in the world of pageantry.

  22. If i would base on facial looks alone, Lorraine is far way better than Valerie.
    But Valerie have this wonderful personality that is why she was crowned MWP.
    Good luck Valerie, Back-to-Back for the Philippines!

  23. So, the judges’ unanimous choice is Valerie Weigmann. Though my personal choice is Christine Balaguer, who am I to dispute the wisdom of the beauty experts. That’s why we have judges—the final arbiter of the many different beautiful choices. At this point, I encourage everyone to support our new queen. And through Norman’s blog, we can contribute our two cents worth to Valerie’s quest for a back-to-back MW win. Congratulations, Valerie!

    • Truly, a Filipino spirit.

      We support whoever is the winner because the flag of the country is at stake.

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