109 comments on “65th Miss Universe | The Governor’s Ball

  1. Shet eto na ang start ng tunay na labanan! Very exciting na!

    Maxine. I have to admit that I’m not one of her biggest fans, but I gotta say that she’s been doing a fine job as host delegate. She has a lot of photos with other candidates and seems to be genuinely enjoying the task. I have actually been liking all her looks recently. She always looks fresh and maaliwalas. This, by the way, was such a good gown. It was sleek, it was modern, it was well-made, and it was very, very alta. Definitely a good choice for this event. The last thing we need is a tinadtad-ng-swarovski, heavily-embroidered, overproduced, and overbearing pageant betty gown a la l3o a1m0d4l. This is a new era of Miss Universe, and that type of gown is just plain tired.

    For me, Maxine’s true calling as Miss Philippines isn’t to bag a back-to-back. We have already proven our strength in the international pageant arena. This year, our hunger for a crown takes a backseat to the honor of being host. Therefore, while she is expected to continue our good performance in Miss Universe, I feel that her real purpose should be to embody and showcase the spirit of Filipino hospitality to the universe. This, to me, is ultimately how she brings the Philippines pride this year.

  2. Some clips saying Miss Turkey has a beautiful face…. Miss Philippines gown was great umangat ang natural beauty nya… hindi mo na kelangan tingnan ang gown sa mukha, tindig at galaw nalang. Miss Venezuela energy and stage presence so strong… Miss Indonesia tangkad lang… si Miss Thailand ang may pasabog lagi and Top 5 Finisher is OK for her.

  3. So many negative comments on this thread! What’s with all the bashing? It’s not very hospitable to the contestants. If we Filipinos are truly hospitable we should see the beauty in each of the contestants. It’s okay to praise your bets but to make fun of and put down other girls is mean and unnecessary.
    IMHO Maxine looks great, so does Chalita, Mariam and Andrea. Barbados is the dark horse. Please organizers give the girls some time off to catch up on sleep and rest.

  4. MISS BARBADOS was the one who impressed me the most at the Governor’s Ball. Of course there were other beautiful candidates, but Barbados was a revelation — she’s definitely going to make the first cut at least. Like Olivia Culpo, her face is perfection.

  5. Sa tingin ko, new MUO owners won’t pick anytime soon from perennial finalists from south american bets. Baka naumay. I think napansin ng new management na tinubuan ng sungay ang mga ilang reps from some latina reps dahil heavily favored sila ng previous owner.

    Paula Shugart should investigate the video of Andrea Tovar’s comment allegedly maligning courtesy presents from the hotel. It’s unbecoming of a MU wannabe.

    The new MUO leadership is in the right path of choosing its first ambassador in the person of Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach who is not only beautiful outside but also inside.

  6. Parang nakikita ko na maging Monic Perez ang peg ng isa kina Miss Colombia, Miss Venezuela or Miss Brazil hihihi
    Sino sa palagay nyo ang hanggang Top 15 lang 🙂

  7. How true may hinimatay na daw na kandidata? Parang Italy yata?

    Magtatagalog or magtataglish daw si Maxene sa q and a?

    TV 5 news

  8. Norms, I really hope the girls are getting enough rest. These pre-pageant activities are exhausting! And some of them had to deal with jetlag etc. Kudos to them for being a good sport and putting on the smile all the time. I hope they really enjoy the Philippines despite the extraordinarily busy schedule ahead of the competition.

    • Maybe its part of the test?… The winner will be jetlagged on a regular basis as part of her responsibilities so I guess they have to be tested as early as possible on how they would handle themselves regardless of the lack of sleep.

  9. OT: Regarding the Miss Universe theme song, the beat is catchy enough. But there isn’t much lyrics and the hook apparently is the “oh oh”. This is based solely on the rough footage on YouTube. Maybe a clearer video would make us appreciate the lyrics more idk. I still like that ‘Mabuhay’ song in the 90s. Anyway can’t wait for the finals. Hopefully the show will be spectacular. To brag about being the best pageant fan in the world, we might as well bring it on. Good luck.

    • saw the clip of the video. yeah, walang tumatak na lyrics sakin. i can only remember the beat. Sana ni revive na lang yung mabuhay nung 1994!

  10. my thoughts.. First of all. Congratulations to the organizers! The event was so sosyal. hindi puchu puchu. may bujey! the production value! I just hope mas malawak pa ang coverage like there’s a live feed/streaming or tidbits na iffeature sa tv. (or meron, hindi ko lang alam lol)

    I’ll start first with Max..

    Maxine was super sosyal last night. I keep on telling people na nagra-rant kung bakit ganun daw suot ni max, keme keme. mga beh, si Maxine.. Ganda lang ang ipupuhunan! hindi niya kailangan ng super bling na damit last night, mas importante ma emphasize ang fez ni ateng! grabe ang alta ni bakla. nakakainis. kahit na nga plain dress lang un, wala ung silver details sa gitna, magwo-work pa rin. iba ang appeal ni bakla! Ganda ng smile niya! ang tindig niya iba. pag pageant pero elegante.

    Mariam – I love her! not the most facially beautiful Ms. Venezuela BUT iba ang energy na naibibigay niya pag nakikita ko ang videos and photos niya. parang ang gaan gaan. mas maganda din ang make up niya dito sa Pinas, mas bata at mas feminine tignan.

    Brazil – iba ang presence niya.. but I have to agree. medyo 50-50 ako in terms of her stylings.

    Thailand – As usual, pasabog. her wardrobes are always on point. Hello? dami niyang bagahe no! LOL

    Indonesia – NAKAKALOKA talaga I thought she was a threat before kay Max sa Asian delegates.. pero anyare.. sino ba may pakana ng tan niya? nawala ang glow niya! nakakaloka. at ang mukap ni bakla! nagkalat sa social sites ang cakey make up niya! maloka pa kayo sa contouring! ang dry niya mga beh.

    USA – hindi ko siya masyado na fi-feel.. anyare? natabunan na siya. she needs to step up.

    Colombia – Im sorry still a no for me. hindi ko talaga ma gets anong nangyari sa itsura niya. ibang-iba sa photos na nare-release. ang haggard. ang laki ng fez parang hindi proportion sa katawan (Based sa mga photos na nakita ko ha and videos) kaya ba lagi siyang naka anggulo at ang mga ig stories niya ay naka top view? hahaha isip ko talaga noon, shet ang lakas ni colombia ngayon! pero pag dating dito sa pinas… anyare?

    Mexico – hmm she’s pretty but on some photos medyo may something. could be the make up and projection, i guess?

      • Pumili talaga si Andrea ng pics na mas Magnda sya kay Maxine… LOL… Style… Papicture ka din max with para makita sino tunay na maganda…

      • Mas maganda pa rin si Max! hirap na hirap siya umanggulo. tignan mo si max, ngiti lang puhunan.

    • My thoughts exactly. Thailand is really serious about winning this year. I have yet to hear her speak so I can’t tell if she can rock an interview. Brazil needs to switch things up with her hairstyle. Facially she looks gorg but I think I’d love to see versatility in her styles.

      • True. so far, so good. but she’s like MJ last 2014, same style, same beauty everyday. I need some pasabog! Mas pasabog pa si Sierra Leone! haha I love her!

      • Ang tipid ni Santolan magsalita nung interviews ng Promos ng Miss U… So baka waley ang comskills.. but who knows, every1 thought she cant walk based on the videos released by her local org and with wearing low heels.. but it turned out to be a ruse… galing pala nya rumampa in super high heels… Drama lang pala yun.

        Tapos yun pala acting-acting lang din pala na tanga-tangahan… galing pala mag english… Lol… Nahh but I doubt it.. I don’t think she could speak well… hangang ganda, rampa at pacute ang laban nya.

      • c2f, may napanuod ako na video niya speaking in english. she can speak. but syempre, baroque english. pero naiintindihan din naman. I just don’t think how spontaneous she is kasi un parang shooting talaga eh.

      • Baroque english? Baka naman barok? Hihihi.
        May balita na magtatagalog or magtataglish daw si Maxene sa q and a.
        I think that would be better in order to express herself clearly.

      • Mahigpit din na competitor yan 4M.
        Kung masagot nya ng tama ang tanong kahit mabagal magsalita sa english dahil bago nga lang sya nag-aral to speak in english ay pasok yan.
        Mas may K naman c Thailand kesa sa kababayan ni Miss Minchin Lailana hihihi

      • Miss Tissa Barok nga. ahahah sorry d ko na proof read bat baroque na type ko. haha!

      • Baka spray tan lang ginawa or make-up lang… hindi nya alam ang tamang processo ng pagpatan.. Albert K should have been more specific how.

  11. Anong nangyari kay Mariam 🙂
    Halata ang pagkaSyriana at haggard scalpel beauty hihihi
    Tanggalin lang ang Ulo ay perfect na.
    Sana huwag kalimutan ng mga judes ang Knife beauty ni Venezuela kasi babawiin nya yan sa pasarela huhuhu 🙂
    In the end, Judges pa rin ang masusunod hihihi

  12. Ganda talaga ni Maxine kahit sino pa itapat sa kanya dahil makikita mo ang inner/outside beauty nya kahit sa pics lang or hindi pa sya nagsasalita 🙂
    Simple ang gown pero naging super ganda at elegant dahil c Maxine ang nag-suot hihihi.
    Top 5 na talaga to 🙂

  13. seriously, though
    has anybody noted that there are way too many contenders this year
    how do you even choose??!!

    it feels like there should be at least 3 crowns
    and the finalists should be 10 instead of 5

    the french have a nice phrase for it: “embaras de richesse”
    embarassment of richness

  14. On a night where candidates are limited to walking up and standing up on stage; and mingling with guests on their assigned table – those with sash factors and the corresponding life training they’ve always had- stood out at the Governor’s ball. Constantly alpha pageant girls were the busiest – Colombia, Venezuela and Brazil, not only because of their sashes but they are trained to attract people and keep them interested in them.

    Brazil- as Robbie Carmona quipped,’ paglabas pa lang, may drama na agad’ si Miss Brazil. The enigma is undeniable!

    Colombia – the night’s ‘pinagkaguluhan ng mga alta’- Gretchen Barreto had to fall in line sa dami nang nagpapicture sa kanya. But we took a really long while to observe her- she is overrated and overly marketed. Her styling last night was kinda off, huge arms, on the plomp side for a beauty queen, do not have the regal neckline…But she is a showgirl! And the face is beautiful. There is a strong intrinsic reason why she brings with her a spotlight..

    Venezuela – alam to ng mga personal na nakakakita sa kanya, Mariam is the weakest Miss Venezuela (facially) in recent years. Her DNA is remarkable tho – very personable, very warm, hops from table to table and very engaging.

    PHilippines- Classy, elegant, beautiful- may laban talaga si Maxine. But obviously, she has to learn from the first three on interpersonal engagements. She was personally assigned a Miss Universe bodyguard most of the time last night and since she was just sitting and quietly eating, di mo makikita engagements nya the way pagkaguluhan ang tatlo.

    USA – I agree, natatabunan si USA and her sash – in a sea of beauty.

    AUstralia – much, much prettier in person

    Indonesia – she is a pageant prototype. She will shine more.

    Thailand – she with her 17 luggages, tells how competitive this girl will be in the competition

    On the other hand, there were a lot of quiet stunners – Barbados, Kosovo, Argentina. Spain, Czech Republic, Uruguay, France…

    Can’t wait for the fashion show to see who further shines..

  15. Maxine should have worn the dress that Issa Litton wore at the ball, which is the same dress she wore on the cover of Expedition magazine. Love the print and the details of that gown.

    • Maganda yung dress bat the location has dark lighting Andro so I dont think that dress would have suited the occassion.

  16. Bago am mag retire

    I missed you guys!!!!

    France, Australia, Barbados and Netherlands needs to make an impact ny tomorrow.
    Natatabanunan na sila ng sleepers like Argentina and Nicaragua na halos present sa lahat ng ganap.
    May ceasefire Indos and Pinas until tonight na di na nila ma take cold shoulder na pinapakita ng admins. Keke isn’t getting much coverage and she hasn’t been invited to the events in Bora and Vigan.
    Canada is a bit heavier than her supra stint. Sad – sya sana fave.

    Ukraine and Turkey doesn’t have to do anything. Mahagip lang sila ng camera solb solb na.
    Malaysia is getting rave reviews for her face. Singapore and Vietnam for looking NEAT and amoy baby.
    Mariam is Migbelis 2.0 wala syang kyeme if retokado sya basta close up lung close up harot kung harot.
    Sierra Leone – happiest girl in the Philippines. Naka hanap ng Barbie sila Jian Lasala tuwang tuwa sila damitan.

    Maxine is doing very well. The make up is almost always on point. Well mannered and always smiling.
    Rhett eala is an alta designer na mas mag wowork well with the likes of la Greta na naka tent gown dripping in pearls. He’s not a sparkly pageant designer. Nevertheless I did like the scarlet gown he made for Max. Simple with a hint of bling – very modern. Very Dior 2014-2015. Sana lang ma satisfy nya cravings natin for a vavoom gown for Max sa finals.

    Bali balita na ang headdress ni Max from Jewelmer costs around 2.5 to 2.7 mil.
    Medyo oo possible. Some years back Jewelmer made a pearl encrusted corset for Sarah Miner’s magazine cover. Marina Benepayo wore a jeweled galleon headdress on her head so I have high hopes on this non traditional terno.

    Chika you soon!

    • Wait pahabol – Brazil’s styling is hopeless but the girl is super endearing. Lamunera sa aurahan daw.
      I cannot sit through a 1 min video of tovar. Di ko talaga kaya. Keri lang sakin dark humor nya pero nag ingat sana. Tanzania and Curacao are cuties. Nigeria’s skin is flawless. Denmark’s CV is impressive. Slovakm Rep and Hungary are uber pretty.

    • Lai confirmed yung headdress ni Maxine with pearls. I dont know how much but it has to be very expensive. I love that Maxine is sticking with pearls as her accessories. Super classy and unique compared to others. Rhett posted a picture of a “pearl dress” which he since deleted. It could have been a preview of the NatCos knowing the headdress being made by Jewelmer.

    • oh, i hope miss indonesia does not suffer from the miss world backlash, she had nothing to do with it.
      and she looks great with her tan (her delicate features were highlighted)

      of all the miss venezualas, miriam seems the most approachable and “real”

      i like the countries with the not so strong sahes this year: singapore, malaysia, korea, japan, czech republic, italy, kenya, sierra leone, guatemala, denmark and on and on and on

    • Mareng! Where have you been? 4M has almost stolen your role as pageant correspondent here. (Char lang 4M) We missed you a lot. Mwah!

      • Ana!!! I forgot my WordPress password I couldn’t log in as Laila hehehe. I still can’t post pictures pero I can contribute na hahaha.

      • Kalurks ang forgetfulness ng password. Kalimutan na ang boyfriend, ‘wag lang ang password. Joke lang, mars. Hihi! Muntik ng magdalamhati ang mga comrades natin dito sa blog. Hindi kumpleto ang blog ‘pag wala kang update! Kaloka. Hahaha!

        By the way, 4M, you filled in the gap naman. Wala bang pasabog ngayon? Feeling ko ‘di makakapasok sa Top 5 si Colombia. She is so bitchy! Remember, candidates are also judged during their unguarded moments. On the other hand, malakas ang laban ni Maxine. She is effortlessly stunning. Wala s’yang pinipiling anggulo sa camera. Naku ha, malaki talaga ang chance na magkaka-back to back tayo this year.

        Trivia: Last MU pageant my Swedish boyfriend and I checked in sa Solaire. We did it the whole night (hihihi), so kinabukasan winner ang Pia. Ang saya ng life ko nun! Hahaha!

        Kaya mas bet ko mag-hotel na lang, baka manalo si Maxine. Ang harot ko. Tseh! Hahaha!

  17. Someone was right in saying that Rhett Eala’s forte are not pageant dresses- he’s more of a conceptual designer. And while i honestly think that Maxine’s gown doesn’t photograph as well as the others, apparently, detail wise, it was perfect. And Maxine is perfect; such ease, grace and calm. So far so good- a back to back is still visible on the horizon.

    Wondering though why we don’t get too see the other girls- its mostly always the usual suspects like Venezuela (a revelation); Thailand (people seem to love her); Brazil (I think she’s becoming too one-dimensional); Mexico (someone said her skin had the texture and sheen of a white rose); Malaysia (hope she makes it to the semis).

    Thailand, and for all the wrong reasons- like why can’t she stick to one look and to do just subtle changes? Transforming from Africa dark and back to her natural colour is not strategy- it’s sabotaging your own chances.

    And where do we begin with Colombia?? I honestly thought the epithet ‘orange anus’ was only applicable to Trump. And then Colombia arrives and the first thing she does is diss Milky Knots and Jack & Jill- so there, I think she’s an orange anus (and the way she projects her face with that distinctive lip pucker)..plus, i’ve never seen nor a heard a more insincere, fake person…I hope she crashes out of the Top 15 completely…

    • I actually love this gown. This is the similar gown they were fitting Maxine before on one of Jonas’ posts. I love that it’s clean with that minimalist but intriguing details in the middle that brought life to it. It really speaks to Maxine’s qualities: Simple but sophisticated.

  18. That gown was so simple. It looked like a first year designer class project. They better step up in designing her real competition gowns.

    Meanwhile, if you’re not paying attention to Barbados, it is time that you do. She’s slowly bubbling as a serious competitor. 1) MU website featured interview. 2) Good background and pedigree story. 3) First time entry to pageants.

  19. Colombia doesn’t have a beauty queen long neck. So far she is not all that they predicting. She is a FAKE news😎👍

  20. It’s crunch time.!
    After the MW experience, it is time to move on.

    Every year they MUP rep has a unique journey vying for the MU crown.
    Maxine’s journey is defined by b2b pressure and the host delegate, two unique factors not experienced since 1974.

    All one can do is support and encourage Maxine to continue to raise her spirit and lighten the load of the incredible pressure that goes with being a Miss Universe Philippines.

    Here’s to a grand and memorable MU pageant, 2017 edition.

    Go Maxine Go.

  21. Maxine is doing OK… just OK.

    Venezuela is the top contender right now

    She may not be the most facially stunning, but I gotta admit she has that “it” factor

    She just has this very positive aura

    She also seems very genuine and authentic – she is not even trying hard — she is very very likable

    Let’s be honest and give credit when it’s due

    • As a host and competitor, she’s doing fab. At the moment, these activities aren’t officially scored but they add to the exposures to get noticed. Maxine doesn’t need it as she will be have the exposures being the host delegate. She needs to remain consistent and bring out her best during preliminaries and close door interview to raise her chances of winning.

      Venezuela’s personality is A+++. Her looks is deceiving though. Andrea so far isn’t living up to the hype. She was late in arriving and her Governor’s Ball looks did not impress me.

  22. honestly, maxine has been doing great. She’s very hard to miss. ang ganda ng aura nya! Keep it up queen ❤

  23. MAXINE’S GOWN WAS CLEARLY OVERSHADOWED BY MOST 😂😂😂IT IS ONE OF THE NIGHTS THAT YOU HAVE TO MAKE A LASTING IMPRESSION BUT SINCE WE ARE HE HOST COUNTRY IT REALLY DOESNT MATTER. ONE OF THE FINALIST SLOTS IS ALREADY ALLOTED TO HER. AND AS ALWAYS INDO WAS A SIGHT TO BEHOLD!!

    • MAXINE CAN WEAR A SACK AND STILL HOLD HER OWN AGAINST KEZIA. SABIHIN MO KAY KEZIA WAG MAGBABAD SA TANNING BED VAKS BAKA MAPAGKAMALANG JERSEY SHORE ANG BEAUTY NYA.

      • She looks like Tovar here. She should stop the tan look and stick to her lighter complexion.

      • I think she looks lovely here–whatever shade she happens to be. She’s a contender. I’m not sure why it’s so necessary to bash her. She’s a guest in our country & deserves kindness & a warm welcome.

        Stop the bashing. Let’s prove to the world (including Kezia) that it’s More FUN in the Philippines.

      • jd, i already followed what Pia said in an interview with Boy’s TWBA 🙂
        I don’t bash now hihihi
        I love Indonesia now.
        She is very beautiful.
        I want her to win hihihi di ba very exciting kung maging positive lahat ang sasabihin …charette lng
        Ikaw nga ang ganda ganda mo kahit di pa kita nakikita hihihi

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