Binibini 15 Paula Rich Bartolome and Binibini 22 Anja-Vanessa Peter close out our Face-Off series with their A&Q-KF beauty match (Photo credit: Bruce Casanova)
And so we’re down to the 17th and last in our Binibini Face-Off series. This one is not necessarily a case of saving the best match for last. But after I reviewed all the sixteen (16) previous one-on-ones, the two remaining ladies still come from opposing beauty camps. We now reach full circle with a clash of candidates from Aces & Queens and Kagandahang Flores
Binibini 15 Paula Rich Bartolome and Binibini 22 Anja-Vanessa Peter are two entirely different charmers. While the former is an all-Pinay challenger from Laguna, the one-time junior tennis darling is a mixed-race comer who is bringing her uniqueness to the table, sans previous non-pageant achievements.
Paula Rich and Anja-Vanessa have their own brand of charm to exude. Who gets you asking for more between the two? (Photo credit: Jhosh Rodriguez)
It’s quite easy to tell that Anja is fitter between the two, just like saying that Paula possesses the more alluring looks (an Oriental bombshell, if you will
) once pitted side-by-side.
Paula has a string of regional and national pageant experiences to lean on, while Anja is relying on her God-given talent for discipline and competitiveness.
Aura-wise, the Aces & Queens bet can be compared to a Victoria’s Secret scent – “… the whimsical, spring fragrance that lingers…” Meanwhile, the KF entry is like a Jo Malone EDT – “sandalwood and cedarwood seasoned with nutmeg and vibrant ginger…”
I will stop making all these comparisons. It’s time to score an ace.
40-40. Advantage Peter. 😉
Our ‘Twelve to Triumph’ for February 28, 2015 has another good amount of movements, up and down that is.
In an analysis that combined both the Press Presentation and Fashion Show, we now see another shuffling in our ‘Twelve To Triumph’ list. Binibini 11 Janicel Lubina is still keeping the pole position, while Binibini 19 Christi Lynn McGarry jumped to 2nd place from 6th in the previous week. Binibini 24 Ann Colis went up to 3rd, while Binibini 21 Alaiza Malinao had a couple of missteps that made her slip to 4th overall. Binibini 29 Nancy Leonard made one of the healthier improvements. She is now running 5th on my scoresheet, and has replaced Binibini 10 Pia Wurtzbach who is now 6th.
Meanwhile, Binibini 28 Hannah Ruth Sison has remained middling – neither zooming up or down that much. And that could be a not-so-good indication with the competition heating up nicely for the rest of the movers and shakers. Binibini 34 Teresita Ssen Marquez – despite making the Top 5 in National Costumes – has yielded her Top 3 spot to grab just the last of the Magic Top 7 placements. Could she really be destined for just a runner-up finish?
Let’s see how things will shape up as the month of March is ushered in tomorrow. Next Saturday afternoon will be the Annual Parade of Beauties, but that activity won’t affect the standings just yet. 😉
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So what will you be doing on the night of March 15? Have dinner? Grab coffee? Make small talk with friends? Linger around Gateway Mall?
How about all of the above plus more? Like watching the Coronation Night of Bb. Pilipinas 2015 at the Smart Araneta Coliseum?
But before you start planning to do all that, how about buying tickets first so you can already secure a seat inside the venue?
Ticketnet Online has already started selling tickets to our much-awaited event. So if I were you, I’d start checking out the still-available sections now before you run out of the good ones. Otherwise, the General Admission seats priced at PHP220.00@ will always be there. Your views will be a bit microscopic, though.
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Binibini 5 Caneille Faith Santos of Marilao, Bulacan and Binibini 16 Marvi Ann de Lima of Iriga City, Camarines Sur – who’s your choice? (Photo credit: Jhosh Rodriguez)
Binibini 5 Caneille Faith Santos is the Bulakenya
from Marilao who caught the last train to Bb. Pilipinas 2015. She replaced the original qualifier Christine Balaguer due to reasons still un-press-released till now.
Binibini 16 Marvi Ann de Lima is the Iriga City native who was plucked out of her regional pageant turns by Gerry Diaz of Aces & Queens to train for and be fielded in the nationals.
And while some jaded pageant followers may dismiss this face-off as just a filler of presence and numbers, the two ladies here are actually strong-willed and diligent competitors who are capable of outshining some of the preferred ones who will be caught off-guard in the filtering process.
All Caneille wants is to leave a lasting impression in Bb. Pilipinas 2015 and hopefully place well. Marvi Ann wants to win for her home town and place in Bb. Pilipinas in this, her very first try.
Now if it were up to me, the match will go to Marvi Ann in a heartbeat. Not that I am skipping a fair assessment of Caneille who has been giving her best so far. The former is just doing everything right, vis a vis
the other’s outputs.
And while the Bicolana is the type of Binibini whose beauty does not grab you in an instant, it grows on an observer in due time. Maybe in time for the all-important closed door selection of the semifinalists? 😉
Mister Philippines Joseph Doruelo has been making a lot of friends in Bangkok so far.
Mister Philippines and Mister Czech Republic
Mister Global Philippines Joseph Doruelo is doing what is expected of Filipinos in a gathering of international participants – be the friendliest he can be and establish goodwill among his fellow candidates to attract positive vibes all around.
And our guy in Bangkok is not about to turn picky with the company he is keeping. Joseph is a naturally amicable inidividual, so regardless of whether the person is a fellow delegate, a well-meaninged chaperone or a hardworking staff, he shows off his warmth and sincerity in generous amounts.
After all, what’s the use of establishing his presence as a potential placer or winner if he does not make full use of a friendly personality? It’s like hitting two birds with one stone – he warms up to everyone and creates a good impression among the eyes and ears who trail their activities all throughout the contest.
Joseph is friendly with everyone, chaperones and staff included
Keep it up, Joseph! 😀
Designer Leo Almodal (seating on the white throne) and his fashion muses
This was Leo's update on his Facebook page last night before the Bb. Pilipinas 2015 Fashion Show
I made a screenshot of Designer Leo Almodal’s Facebook update right before the Bb. Pilipinas 2015 Fashion Show last night just to establish that his decision to quit pageantry wasn’t only about not being selected as one of the Top 5 National Costumes during the event. It could have been the proverbial straw that broke the camel’s back, though.
Here is his next update earlier in the day where he unleashed quite a mouthful and which led him to finally close his doors on dressing up for beauty pageants. Unless the arrangement is paid, that is.
Leo and his decision to quit pageantry
Leo in Chengdu, China last year
I can understand where Leo is coming from. He may be a topnotch fashion designer first and foremost. But he is also a businessman who needs to tighten the rein over his entrepreneurial concerns.
So after Binibini 11 Janicel Lubina – win or lose – he will no longer be lending his support to beauty contests from now on, unless a future beauty contestant will gladly pay for his creations and services.
There must really more to this decision of Leo than meets the eye. And I reckon that the reasons he stated are just tips of the iceberg hiding a far deeper hurt that has caused him to throw in the towel of support.
What are your thoughts, dear readers?
From Pampanga to Ozamiz City, this match between Binibini 9 Maolin Yalung and Binibini 26 Anabel Christine Tia is anticipated by their respective supporters.
This face-off is tougher than I imagined. While starting a beauty clash between two ladies from the same camp can be difficult, pitting Binibini 26 Anabel Christine Tia – whom I don’t deny as someone I’ve been particularly fond of since last year’s edition – against Binibini 9 Maolin Yalung is turning out to be a real challenge.
We have already seen how Anabel has meticulously transformed herself from the relatively conservative looking Binibini 6 of Bb. Pilipinas 2014 to the more vibrant and sensuous Binibini 26 of Bb. Pilipinas 2015. This girl knows what she wants and will sacrifice even her personal joys just to make this mission in the nationals more successful this time around.
These two ladies are both alluring…they know how to turn the heat when it matters most. (Photo credit: Joy Arguil)
Maolin, on the other hand, is the first of two replacement candidates after the original Binibini 9 (Kimberle Mae Penchon
) backed out due to professional reasons. But what a replacement she is turning out to be. In fact, one would wonder why she did not make the Top 34 in the first place. Of course, I have heard of some wild rumored stories, but they remain as such. And this tall and bouncy Kapampangan
is proving to all and sundry that she really should be part of the batch.
So onto the heart of the matter – who gets the upper hand in this combination? The determined lass from Ozamiz City or the head-turning eye candy from Pampanga?
I’m using both heart and head here. Anabel gets my nod. Not by a mile, but a safe distance nonetheless. 😉