Angela Yagaya for the Iloilo’s Paraw Regatta during the Reyna ng Aliwan 2015 (Photo credit: Collin Yap)
Angela’s swimsuit shot for the Miss Iloilo Paraw Regatta – Aliwan 2015 (Photo credit: Jojo V.)
Angela Villanueva Yagaya is only 18 years old, a native of Sibalom, Antique and a student of Tourism Management at the Univeristy of Antique.
During the recently-concluded Reyna ng Aliwan 2015 at the CCP Complex Grounds, this 5’9″ mixed-race (Fil-American) beauty made heads turn. She literally stood out in the line-up of candidates for the crown because of her skin color. But more than that, she was also noticed for having smooth moves onstage that can be improved for future endeavors in either modeling or beauty competitions.
Where can you see her shining more, dear readers? The catwalk or the pageant ramp?
Angela Villanueva Yagaya is half Filipina, half American and 100% Antiquena
Miss Philippines Earth 2011 Athena Mae Imperial (2nd from left) with her elemental court (left to right): Murielle Orais, Water; Jonavi Quiray, Air and Michelle Gavagan, Fire (Photo credit: Jory Rivera for OPMB Worldwide)
Miss Mun. of Casiguran, Athena Mae Imperial before she won Miss Philippines Earth 2011
Athena Mae Imperial will go down the history of Miss Philippines Earth as its most critically-panned titleholder and also the one who claimed victory in the only edition of the contest with the toughest cuts in any previous or succeeding years. As if that’s not enough, her eventual placement in the Top 4 of Miss Earth 2011 as Miss Water added fuel to the already blazing fire of endless potshots. Here is a girl who had the right smarts for the title, but was not able to meet the physical expectations (or standards, if you will
) of pageant fans and followers in terms of being fully- deserving for the achievements that she earned for herself.
But Athena managed to survive a tempestuous year. Let us now look back at some of the videos that will remind us again of her reign, with the last one showing her latest career as a Field Reporter of GMA News TV.
Below is an interview with Athena right after her crowning as MPE2011.
courtesy of OPMB Worldwide
Below is an interview with Yahoo Philippines where she spoke about embracing her “flaws”.
courtesy of Yahoo Philippines
Below is Athena’s latest video as a Field Reporter of GMA News TV
courtesy of JR GALLEON
Mr. Global Philippines 2014 Joseph Doruelo in James Bond Island at the Ao Phang Nga National Park
Joseph (leftmost) posing with some of the people helping him out in Thailand.
By now, Mr. Global Philippines 2014 Joseph Doruelo will be on his way back to Manila after a three-week stay in Thailand where he met up with various modeling agencies, did a few photoshoots in Phuket, Ao Phang Nga National Park, Khaoyai & Hua Hin, and established his interest in possibly penetrating Thai showbiz. He even started learning how to converse in Thai.
Joseph in Phuket
The guy is a hard worker. And it is never hard to fall for his work ethics and courteous ways. I even made some efforts to hook him up with my Thai-Pinoy contact who will in turn introduce him to a couple of important people working for a major TV network.
Joseph is returning home to fulfill some previously-set commitments in the coming weeks ahead. I’m sure he will set foot in the Land of Smiles again by late May or early June. By then, the projects he is hoping to materialize will have already been in motion.
Let’s wish him the best, dear readers! 😉
Joseph with his new friends in Hua Hin where he attended a Polo Event
Joseph posing in front of Kensington English Garden Resort in Khaoyai, Nakhon Ratchasima
A sneak peek into the latest photoshoot of our Bb. Pilipinas 2015 Queens with fashion photographer Doc Marlon
Celebrated fashion photographer Doc Marlon
had a fabulous day shooting our Bb. Pilipinas 2015 Queens the other day. And the feeling is mutual. Our ladies were in awe being the subjects of a very talented lensman.
Watch out for the final cuts of the said pictorial very soon!
In the meantime, do check out Doc Marlon’s inspiring body of work by clicking on his website link HERE. 😉
Miss Cagayan de Oro City Beatrice Alvarez (right) and Miss Guinobatan, Albay Jian Cayla Salazar placed 1 and 2 during the Greenbag Fashion Show Challenge of MPE2015 and SM Markets
There really is no accounting for taste, especially when it involves fashion and aesthetics.
In the recent Greenbag Fashion Show Challenge of Miss Philippines Earth 2015 and SM Markets, the objective was simple: create an outfit using the eco-friendly bags of the supermarket chain. And all the candidates, together with their handlers and sewers, coordinated in coming up with a variety of get-ups that went from simple and flirty to downright traditional (or Filipinina if you will).
As expected, the ones who ruled the event were those who wore tastefully-made originals that made use of the barest accessories and went all-out to making the greenbags the star of the creation. Miss Cagayan de Oro City Beatrice Alvarez wore a black two-piece dress that utilized all the available eco-greens for the butterfly cut-outs that were sewn into the same. The result is a winner. It topped all the presented designs.
2nd Placer Jian Cayla Salazar of Guinobatan, Albay went for a black one-shoulder cocktail number that was cleanly-executed and fashionably worn by her.
Miss Cagayan de Oro City was declared winner of the Greenbag Fashion Show Challenge with this attire
Miss Guinobatan, Albay Jian Cayla Salazar placed 2nd with this one-shoulder cocktail number
Congratulations to the winners! 😉
All images are courtesy of Bruce Casanova.
Monika Sta. Maria got best photo again for Week 5
While Franchesca Lagua becomes the first Filipina casualty in the show
Since Asia’s Next Top Model S3 is a competition with only one winner in the end, weekly eliminations are inevitable. And it was only a matter of time before the first of three (3) Filipinas in the show will be shown the exit door. Episode 5 became the curtain call of Franchesca Lagua, the first to be booted out from Team Philippines.
And while another Filipina – Monika Sta. Maria – continues to slay the others by winning Best Photo for the second consecutive week, the removal of a best friend has left her in tears.
This episode was all about close-up shots and somehow, the catalogue-ish appeal of Franchesca spelled doom for her right from the start of the hour. In the end, she was actually in the bottom two together with another Filipina, Amanda. The latter, however, showed guest judge Daniel Mananta her true anger (which the Indonesian celebrity was forcing out of her in an earlier challenge) that pushed the utterance of the ‘F’ word while she was unleashing a mouthful. Interestingly, that reaction saved her from getting the ax.
In anger, Amanda (right) mentioned the 'F' word while bursting out in anger at the judges. It worked in her favor as Franchesca (left) was left out in the cold.
Episode 6 will be about running out of luck and having an age crisis. As to which girls these phrases will be attributed to, you’ll need to watch tonight. 😉
Below is a teaser of the next.
courtesy of AsNTM
If you want to watch the entire episode, click HERE.
Mr. Gay World 2014 Stuart Hatton Jr (right) and Mr. Gay World Philippines Nomer Yuzon pose in front of Parliament
Nomer (crouched on top of two of the guys) poses with the Mr. Gay World 2015 joiners
A photo grid of the Cape Town tour mostly taken by Nomer himself
Groufies galore among the candidates
Mr. Gay World Philippines 2015 Nomer Yuzon does remind me of a young Leo Tavarro Valdez in the photos above. Regardless, our bet is having the most fun time of his life representing the country in Mr. Gay World 2015. For the past few days, they have been doing a hop-on-hop-off city tour around Cape Town, South Africa and an outlying winery in Franschoek plus scenic spots. The bonding has been nothing short of amazing among them. Actually, candidates in other pageants can learn a thing or two from their closeness. You can really feel the sincerity among everyone. 😉
Mr. Gay World 2015 was featured in The Times of South Africa and our bet was prominently pictured being lifted by another candidate.