131 comments on “65th Miss Universe Photo Blog in Progress | The Preliminary Competition 

  1. Wag ismolin ang performance ni jamaica. But sa lahat ang pinka uhaw at agressive si curacao. Pero bet ko si sierra leonne napaka humble and charming once she open her mouth it is full of knowledge inspiration love and confidence

  2. Just noticed.. the gown of Caris Tivell, Ms. Australia2016 looks like a less impacting evening gown of Miss Australia2015 and Miss Brazil2012. Would there be a costume change on the corronation night?

  3. Here’s my top 12:
    Top 12
    1. Venezuela
    2. Brazil
    3. Nicaragua
    4. Colombia
    5. Ukraine
    6. Philippines
    7. Puerto Rico
    8. Mexico
    9. Guatemala
    10. Malaysia
    11. Panama
    12. France

    Sila yung kumabog talaga sa swimsuit pa lang. Nadala rin nila maganda gowns. Kung top 15 sana, papasok sina:
    Curacao
    Kosovo
    Argentina

    Then here’s my top 9 (after swimsuit if ever):
    1. Venezuela
    2. Brazil
    3. Nicaragua
    4. Colombia
    5. France
    6. Philippines
    7. Puerto Rico
    8. Mexico
    9. Panama

    After evening gown, here’s my top 6:
    1. Venezuela
    2. Brazil
    3. Nicaragua
    4. Colombia
    5. Philippines
    6. France

    I know, standout naman talaga mga Latinas nung prelims. I don’t get the hype over Thailand and Indonesia.

  4. Based on the pre-lims and judges here’s
    my current Top 12:

    Venezuela- Total performance/ modeling skills/ confidence/ pasarela/ wardrobe/ pageant credentials/ sashfactor/ racial ancestry/ comskills/ marketing mileage/ audience impact/ educational background/

    Philippines- Facial beauty/ modeling skills/ pasarela/ swimsuit body/ modelesque bonestructure/ sashfactor/ homecourt advantage/ marketing mileage/ confidence/ education background & proffesional background/ audience impact/ comskills?

    Brazil- Total performance/ confidence/ modeling skills/ modelesque bone structure/ exotic facial beauty/ back story/ pageant credentials/ comskills/ sashfactor/ racial ancestry/ educational and professional background

    Thailand- Swimsuit body/ facial beauty/ cinderella story/ pasarela/ modeling skills/ confidence/ wardrobe/ audience impact/ educational background/ advocacy/ marketing mileage?

    Indonesia- Marketing mileage/ sashfactor/ educational & professional background/ genealogy/ wardrobe/ confidence?/ comskills?

    USA- Educational & proffesional background/ comskills/ backstory/ sashfactor/ advocacy/ pageant credentials/ confidence/ racial ancestry/ wardrobe?

    Aruba- Modelesque bonestructure/ Facial beauty/ athlete/ educational & professional background/ comskills/ Swimsuit body/ modeling skills?/ wardrobe?

    Australia- Personality/ comskills/ commercial face/ modelesque bonestructure/ marketing mileage/ sashfactor/ advocacy/ wardrobe?/ modeling skills?

    Canada- Pageant credentials/ confidence/ comskills/ educational & proffesional background/ advocacy?/ total performance?/ malrketing mileage?

    Colombia- Sashfactor/ facial beauty/ modeling skills/ pasarela/ confidence?/ pageant credentials/ racial ancestry/ wardrobe?

    Puerto Rico- Sashfactor/ pasarela/ facial beauty/ wardrobe/ comskills/ total performance/ marketing mileage/ confidence?/ swimsuit body?

    Mexico- Pageant credentials/ confidence/ swimsuit body/ pasarela/ total performance/ wardrobe?/ modeling skills?

    Dark Horses:

    Curacao- Swimsuit body/ facial beauty/ Total performance/ pageant credentials/ racial ancestry/ comskills

    France- Pageant credentials/ modeling skills/ pasarella/ body proportions/ wardrobe/ sashfactor?

    Sierra Leone- Personality/ comskills/ audience impact/ back story/ racial ancestry/ media mileage?/ modeling skills?

    Nicaragua- Educational & proffesional background/ comskills/ facial beauty/ wardrobe?
    Malaysia- Wardrobe/ comskills/ racial ancestry/ personality/ facial beauty?

    Argentina- Modeling skills/ Modelesque features/ facial beauty?/ pasarela/ wardrobe

    Turkey
    Kosovo
    Spain
    Kenya

    Anyway, grabe ganda ni Pia in this gown by M5…

    Sana gold serpentina version nyan ang national costume ni Maxine with the pearl headress, alampay on the shoulders and 2 giant birdwing shaped gold fans while doing some singkil fan dance moves. (Which coincidentaly emulates the Garuda/Rok bird in Maranao pre-islamic mythology) Edi sana taob costumes ni Thailand and Indonesia!

  5. I am rooting for Australia too but why I forget her? Is her performance forgettable? Hmmmpppp

    Australia and Singapore (silent performers not the hyped delegates) has equal loved from me. They both have that beautiful physical appearance and charming personality and they can express well their thoughts. A confidently beautiful with a “CHARMING PERSONALITY”. I want that for a new Miss U 🙂

    but Singapore won me last night.

  6. Maxine enchanted the close door interview judges with her aura and yesterday (last night) I waited for her to perform in the preliminary com.

    Her intro was divine, swimsuit is perfect for her over-all personality with matching pa-sweet-fierce walk, the green gown was classy and very regal in motion (downside when she stands still) which she carried well in a very classy sophisticated performance.

    I could simply say now that she is “IN” for the top. Maxine is politically correct, sash factor ek ek but ABOVE ALL SHE WILL BE ON TOP “BECAUSE OF HER PERFORMANCE and SHE DID IT IN HER OWN MERIT”. The pressure on her is massive (host country, reigning queen is fellow Pinoy and the endless bashing of two faced fellow filipinos (Kunwari expert pero wala naman mga napatunayang nilalang).

    Mind you people Maxine is a kind of person who is more confident and will charm you with one on one conversation. Her sincerity and sweetness will win who ever is in front of her (for sure judges was enchanted by the charming personality of Maxine). And BTW don’t get me started again with your english fluency ek ek folks, don’t pretend to be that perfect genius of english communication. Lastly huwag maging “CRAB” ipa-iral ang bayanihan let us cheer for our own MAXINE!

    I know she will make it to top but still you need to VOTE for her, 10 votes/day is a big help 🙂

    Here is my top after prelims

    Cemented their spot (fingers crossed because this is just my observation)
    BRAZIL
    PHILIPPINES
    VENEZUELA

    (Best performers next to my top3)
    FRANCE
    MEXICO
    NETHERLANDS
    PANAMA

    (silent and slowly making their marks)
    ARUBA
    NICARAGUA
    SPAIN

    (My sentimental queens but killed it last night one will surprise you PROMISE!)
    MALAYSIA
    SINGAPORE

    A delegate that could potentially enter top12 because of fans

    THAILAND —– Wow her wardrobes are amazing but still she’s a plain jane without the luxurious blings. MU wouldn’t crown a girl with no wow factor personality.

    Trying to be Objective but they super heavy/Nay or Yay (but wouldn’t be surprise 1 or two will be included comes final night)

    COLOMBIA —– a downgrade of Paulina and Ariadna, Ari and Pau can influence her being included in the taft12. She is just too heavy to watch she may be a jaw dropped clapper this year. SURPRISE!
    INDONESIA —– Just hyped by the indo fans in social media that’s why her presence is felt but a downgrade of their delegates since Whulandary

    • *I mean Ari and Pau’s placement could still influence the hype of COLOMBIA as whole to be included in the top. If only we will base Andrea’s performance it is really weak compared to the silent killers of the preliminary. Colombia is just consistent with over confidence but with Andrea it doesn’t suit her, it came across and super trying hard and cannot be back-up by physicality and performance.

  7. Based on the pre-lims and judges here’s
    my current Top 12:

    Venezuela- Total performance/ modeling skills/ confidence/ pasarela/ wardrobe/ pageant credentials/ sashfactor/ racial ancestry/ comskills/ marketing mileage/ audience impact/ educational background/

    Philippines- Facial beauty/ modeling skills/ pasarela/ swimsuit body/ modelesque bonestructure/ sashfactor/ homecourt advantage/ marketing mileage/ confidence/ education background & proffesional background/ audience impact/ comskills?

    Brazil- Total performance/ confidence/ modeling skills/ modelesque bone structure/ exotic facial beauty/ back story/ pageant credentials/ comskills/ sashfactor/ racial ancestry/ educational and professional background

    Thailand- Swimsuit body/ facial beauty/ cinderella story/ pasarela/ modeling skills/ confidence/ wardrobe/ audience impact/ educational background/ advocacy/ marketing mileage?

    Indonesia- Marketing mileage/ sashfactor/ educational & professional background/ genealogy/ wardrobe/ confidence?/ comskills?

    USA- Educational & proffesional background/ comskills/ backstory/ advocacy/ sashfactor/ pageant credentials/ confidence/ wardrobe/ sashfactor

    Aruba- Modelesque bonestructure/ Facial beauty/ athlete/ educational & professional background/ comskills/ Sswimsuit body/ modeling skills?/ wardrobe?

    Australia- Personality/ comskills/ commercial face/ modelesque bonestructure/ marketing mileage/ sashfactor/ advocacy/ wardrobe?/ modeling skills?

    Canada- Pageant credentials/ confidence/ comskills/ educational & proffesional background/ advocacy?/ total performance?/ malrketing mileage?

    Colombia- Sashfactor/ facial beauty/ modeling skills/ pasarela/ confidence?/ pageant credentials/ racial ancestry/ wardrobe?

    Puerto Rico- Sashfactor/ pasarela/ facial beauty/ wardrobe/ comskills/ total performance/ marketing mileage/ confidence?/ swimsuit body?

    Mexico- Pageant credentials/ confidence/ swimsuit body/ pasarela/ total performance/ wardrobe?/ modeling skills?

    Dark Horses:

    Curacao- Swimsuit body/ facial beauty/ Total performance/ pageant credentials/ racial ancestry/ comskills

    Sierra Leone- Personality/ comskills/ audience impact/ back story/ racial ancestry/ media mileage?/ modeling skills?

    Nicaragua- Educational & proffesional background/ comskills/ facial beauty/ wardrobe?

    Malaysia- Wardrobe/ comskills/ racial ancestry/ personality/ facial beauty?

    Argentina- Modeling skills/ Modelesque features/ facial beauty?/ pasarela/ wardrobe

    Turkey
    France
    Kosovo
    Spain
    Kenya

    Anyway, grabe ganda ni Pia and the gown by M5…

    Sana gold serpentina version nyan ang national costume ni Maxine with the pearl headress, alampay on the shoulders and 2 giant birdwing shaped gold fans while doing some singkil fan dance moves. (Which coincidentaly emulates the Garuda/Rok bird in Maranao pre-islamic mythology) Edi sana taob costumes ni Thailand and Indonesia!

  8. I’m waiting for the post solely dedicated to Keke.
    Nahihiya pa eh.
    Ipost mo na, diusmio, biglang kabig.
    Nakakaawa ang ibang kandidata na wala manlang updates/post bout them.
    Remember Norman, you are an official media partner, kaya you can never excuse na personal blog mo to.
    Be fair enough sa ibang delegada.
    Hindi lang si Indonesia ang kandidata.
    At ngayon special mention mo si Max dahil rinatsada ka kahapon ng mga kababayan mo!

    Maxine should be watchful, dahil ang mga tunay na bashers nya ay yun mga taong nakapaligid sa kanya.
    Mga pasimple kung tumuklaw!

    • My respects to you Norman! The fact that you still allow these kinds of hurting insults to be posted; it has already been so lowly, nobody deserves this debasing of personal character! Please, this has to stop. It has already spewed so much personal nagativity. Its already not a call of attention eh. Malicious na sya. We already know your point. What else is there for us to see and know? Ano ba talaga gusto mong mangyari Basil? Mag public apology si Norman on TV?

    • @Basil

      Ultimate goal ni Tito Norms e manalo ang Pinas and he is using his educational background to lead us to that point. Tiwala lang!

      • Educational background?! Ang sabihin mo eklavuhan background! Ipagtanong magkano na-payola ni bakla kasama ang buong harbatan ng Aces mula sa mga kurakot na Tourism? Aminin?!!! Nagkabayaran at nagkataguan ng ticket.

  9. Sharing my post prelim top 12…

    Haiti 🇭🇹 👑
    Netherlands 🇳🇱
    France 🇫🇷

    Philippines 🇵🇭
    Spain 🇪🇸
    Colombia 🇨🇴

    Venezuela 🇻🇪
    Australia 🇦🇺
    Brazil 🇧🇷

    Panama 🇵🇦
    Argentina 🇦🇷
    🇹🇷 Turkey or Canada 🇨🇦

    My runner ups for Top12:

    Puerto Rico 🇵🇷
    Barbados 🇧🇧
    Thailand 🇹🇭
    Belgium 🇧🇪
    USA 🇺🇸

    I think HAITI is a dark horse that’s just silently lurking under our noses, and if given the chance to make it to the top 12, she may already have won the crown. I believe that NETHERLANDS and FRANCE are strong forces to be reckoned with. But I am still fervently hoping it’s Maxine who’s gonna take Pia’s crown.

    All these, are my humble observations from last night’s performances, from how they introduced themselves, how they flaunted their figures in their swimsuits, and how they carried their elegance through their evening gowns.

    Any thoughts?

  10. my vote for EG:

    Barbados
    Costa Rica
    Curacao
    France
    Great Britain
    Iceland
    Italy
    Nicaragua
    Philippines
    Puerto Rico

    • Sa totoo lang hindi maganda ang pagkapanalo ni Gloria Diaz ng panahon niya!

      Kaya pwede ba at hindi rin sya maganda!!!

      At lalong hindi rin maganda ang sagot niya!

      Isa pa yang feeling feelingan matalino!

      Ang tingin ko sa pagkapanalo ni GD ay sinadya para mas maging global ang impluwensya ng Miss Universe!

      Ulitin ko mas maganda sa kanya si Maxine Medina!

  11. Yas! This is it. patapos na ang MU!!! Dati parang kulang na kulang tayo sa sched nila tas ngayon coronation na sa Monday!

    Anyway. eto lang mga comments ko. lol

    Brazil – beautiful but i was expecting her to look like don sa all filipino fashion show. I love her hair doon.

    Colombia – Confident. I must admit, she looks fresher kagabi. hindi na haggard. or dahil sa ilaw? but i dont know kung nag eexpect lang ba ako sakanya kasi she’s super hyped or what. her body, ibang iba noon.. and her gown. omg. hahahahahah naisip ko na lang. ay, biktima din sila ni bazzura LOL

    Venezuela – as usual, great stage presence, great pasarela… but poor styling. sorry mas maganda pa siya sa ibang activities nila nung kelan kesa sa prelims. tumanda ang fez niya. mukha pang 21 si Max sakanya

    Maxine – Flawless. not being biased but she exceeded my expectations! grabe ang ganda ng katawan niya. halatang pinaghirapan! her evening gown was super gorgeous. kakaiba and angat. very fashion forward!

    Thailand.. hmm nothing new. as usual. ganon pa rin. ramdam ko masyadong gigil niya. hindi nag work ang evening gown sa akin. as in! kung same color ng gown niya yung black na ‘buntot’, better.. but the overall look. NO.

    Indonesia. – struggle sa evening gown. wrong choice of swimsuit. but fresher aura. in fairness!

  12. Maxine is the one to beat!
    Pero please lang itigil na ang hair bun, kakaumay na.
    What worked for Pia may not work for Max.
    Haaaay Jonas, puro ka na lang ponytail at hair bun.
    Napaka-90s ng pagkabakla mo!

    • LOL @ 90’s kid!

      Baka Kurara Chibana ala Ariella Arida ang peg nya sa Finals… depende kung sino ang pasok sa Top 12.

  13. my vote in SS prelims:

    Brazil
    Costa Rica
    Curacao
    Dominican Republic
    France
    Germany
    Italy
    Nicaragua
    Panama
    Philippines
    Puerto Rico

  14. After Maxine’s prelim performance, I’m going full on with My expectation. So Back to Back it is!!! To the Max!!!

  15. Miss Colombia looks too muscle-y and it’s not really pretty. Her best shape was during the Miss Colombia 2015 competition, her body was perfect. And Colombia didn’t stand out much in the Evening Gown, her gown was awful. As for Maxine, she had the perfect walk but I wished she showed a bit of “fierce” look. The color of gown suits her but the design was meh for me. The stand outs for me during the EG are: Curacao, Thailand, France, Dominican Republic, Philippines & Venezuela.

  16. Maxine did an amazing job, especially in swimsuit. Really do think she would have a high back2back chance if PH weren’t hosting. Her smile can win anyone over.

    • Eh kung ganun huwag nalang pala pasalihin ang host country if by defaut it cant win. USA and Puerto Rico did win in their home turf. If they can so we can!

      Maxine for the win!

      • Want to believe that and want Maxine to win, but the difference is that they weren’t aiming for B2Bs with the franchise being under a new company.

  17. I’ve noticed that Venezuela copied a lot from Pia’s presentation last year. Just watch closely. I think even Thailand is trying to copy Pia with the fierce look too. Maxine’s presentation suits her personality which I love. Bubbly, easy going in the swimsuit and serious, fierce but sweet in the evening gown. Kabog na kabog ang galaw ang evening gown nya. Hampas kung hampas talaga. Super ganda panoorin in action. To everyone who doesn’t like the updo style, I actually think it suits her. I wouldn’t mind seeing it again but lowered a bit. There’s something beautiful and classy when the hair is neatly put together.

    • Nag expect pa naman ako sa National costume ni Max… and simple ng gown… yung headress nagdala… Sana nag fan dance nalang sya habang naglalakad ala Bea and singkil fan moves sa middle ala Megan… Syempre ayaw ng Jewelmer.. baka hindi mapansin ang 1 million+ worth na South Sea pearl headress!

    • LOL

      Why do they frequently get their NC ideas from comic characters?

      Olivia Jordan last year looked like a supposedly bald-eagle but had to be dyed in red, white and blue stars over you:

    • Ang cool kaya! They represent empowered women… Sayang.. hindi bumukas yung cape ni Deshauna…

    • Okay Deshauna, now fly to the white house and cut Donald Trump’s miserably small, uhmmm..ego

  18. As stated by Miss U runway coach Lu Sierra, the best thing a delegate can do is to just be her true authentic self and showcase it. This is exactly what Maxine did during the preliminaries. She didn’t pretend to be anyone else, and was very natural and sporty. Moreover, Maxine looked like she was enjoying herself. Congrats Miss Philippines and good luck in the finals. Whatever the outcome, you already made us proud!

  19. 21 pa lang pala si Venezuela?
    Mukha na siyang 30s-40s. May pagka-masculine pa ang mukha.
    Sa totoo lang, prepared at planado talaga stake nya, mula sa pakikipagkaibigan sa Phil hanggang sa gown presentation nya.
    Sa mukha nga lang ang hindi sigurado

  20. Parang maigsi masyado ang time ng paglalakad ng mga kandidata sa kanilang swimsuit at evening gown.
    Mas matagal pa yata yung pose pagdating nila sa pinakaharap.
    Mas maganda pa yung mga previous years na isa isa silang lumalabas sa stage. Pag tatluhan kasi di mo malaman kung kanino ka titingin.
    Maganda ang stage na halos pareho nung last year.
    Ang ganda ng boses ni Derek Ramsey.

    My choices:
    Philippines
    Thailand
    Venezuela
    France
    Spain
    Netherlands
    Malaysia
    Aruba
    Australia
    USA
    Dominican Republic
    Brazil

  21. Why is everyone ignoring SLOVAKIA, GEORGIA, DENMARK ?

    At least , SPAIN and FRANCE are being noticed.

    We got to have a non-sash factor winner this year… we just have to. I will be satisfied with Maxine in top 3 and being 2nd runner up

  22. for me maxine do a superb performance she carry her self well, she look enjoying every moment I like her twirl thats new, yung iba gaya gaya lang sa mga previous queen nakakaumay wala originality.. tumatak sa isip ko, Philippines, Venezuela and France…

  23. Ok, we’ve all seen the competition’s cards. Everything is super blinged and beaded so anything that stray from that will stand out at finals. Maxine would look uber chic with a flowing/ethereal gown. It’ll complement her sexiness and pasarela style. Something similar to her red dress.

  24. These ladies are very strong. Very memorable walk and stance.
    ————————————————————————————-
    Miss Aruba: Very Minorka Mercado ang dating!

    Miss France: That yellow gown! She reminded me of Belle in Beauty and the Beast!

    Miss Curacao: Wow! Attention grabber! At ang ganda ng lakad… fierce, parang si Pia last year!

    Miss Venezuela: Mariam’s walk and presence. Can’t beat those strong attributes. This girl knows how to maximize every step to make her presence known. Ang lakas ng confidence.

    Miss Kenya: Her presence reminded me of Miss Botswana, MU 1999 where
    Miriam Quiambao ended up as her 1st RU.

    Miss Philippines: Our sweet Max. Very beautiful. She looks like she is having fun! Green is her color; this color truly compliments her lovely skin tone.

    Miss Spain: Wow! This one is a very beautiful Spanish Queen, lalo na sa evening gown.

    Miss Panama: She reminds me of Mariam. Very confident ang presence niya.

    Miss Colombia: She may be not your cup of tea pero agaw pansin talaga siya. Confident masyado 🙂

    Miss Nicaragua: Miss Lady in Red. She’s in it for the crown 😉

    Special Mentions:
    ———————–
    Miss Germany: Beautiful face! Her imperfect bun complimented her face in the evening gown walk.

    Miss Puerto Rico: Beautiful face pero parang nagmamadali.

    Miss Mexico: She reminded me of Jessica Rabbit during her evening gown walk. Very Sexy!

    Miss Thailand: Maganda ng mukha, parang Pilipina. Damn, her body looks great in a 2-piece swimsuit.

    Miss Sierra Leone: Love her! She seems very genuine and confident!

    Miss Dominican Republic: Very tall and very slim. She didn’t look very queenly but more of a model.

    Miss Indonesia: Ok. She’s tall. That’s it 🙂 She really isn’t fluid in her walks, especially during her evening gown walk. She comes off stiff for some reason. And her smile doesn’t come off as genuine, parang pilit lagi.

    Miss Myanmar: Nasobrahan sa “look at me” 🙂

    Miss Cayman Islands: During the swimsuit walk, her puppies were grabbing more attention than her strut, parang kay Pia last year LOL 😉

    Miss Barbados: I actually liked her when she introduced herself. Nawala siya sa radar ko during swimsuit and evening gown. She just blended in 😦

    Miss Malaysia: Strikes me as a very smart woman kaya lang she just blended in as well 😦

    Miss USA: She isn’t striking in a sea of beauties but I won’t be surprised if she makes the top 12.


    MOA arena was FULL! Wow!
    Guam and Finland both look like they’re Filipinas.
    Pia, who looked very elegant btw, and Derek did a great job hosting.

    Mabuhay Pilipinas!

    • Mamahalin pala inspiration sa gown ni Max, Parisian Chandelier. Unique and original. And most of all she carried it well. Yun kay Indo parang Divisoria copy ng gown ni France last year. Yun kay Thai naman reminds me of a buntot of kabayo. Thanks for the photo of the chandelier Phil! Mwah!!!

  25. Basta ako nagmamanage ng expectations ko. Masaya na ako na si Maxine na competed na sexy hindi napabayaan sa buffet, wore an eye catching gown tha had a life of its own and that she looked super happy. I do not question the gown – it was beautiful in motion like a fighter fish.

    The face alone and how the camera captures her features and that megawatt smile is enough to propel her to top 20.

    ********

    I’m saving my card for France. Please pageant god Kung hindi man lang si Maxine give the crown to a sultry European! Check ang EG, check and swimsuit body check ang moulin rouge costume!

    ********
    Chaling wants it pero they are too GIGIL medyo unappealing na. I didn’t like her EG kase parang two in one. Alam ko may isusuot pa yan na iba. I looooovve her Natcos pero theyvey been sending us snippets on what’s it gonna look like medyo naumay na ako. I’d rather go for something nice and disturbing at the same time like Myanmar.

    ********

    Everything about Keke was heavy. I’m not saying fat pero yun nga heavy. Her body was straight she even wore a diaperlike bikini bottom with horizontal lines. She came out in a heavily embellished BLACK gown it seemed laborious just to walk towards the end of the stage – she had to lift the whole damn thing. You couldn’t see her legs, there was no portable wind machine. She tripped pero kase sumabit na its so annoying her people kept on tagging riyo more pia and the others as if making sumbong: look nyo oh she made sabit – reset the scores. Pffffffttttt. Her natcos was impressive but again – it was too heavy it seemed like cast sya sa transformers.

    **********

    Aruba channeled Christy Turlington. It pains me to let go of my pretty girls just because they didnt deliver – Barbados, Ukraine, Netherlands and Turkey 😦

    **********

    Deshauna sige kumbinsihin mo pa kami na magkakatalo sa talino. Aanhin ko talino kung buong taon wala kang ka torya torya sundan sa social media? Mabuti nag red gown sya pero this whole time nabagot ako sa kanya.

    ********

    Kuyugin nyo na ako pero ang ganda ng fez ni Andeng. Too bad ang lapad nya. Nilamon sya ng mas mahabang biyas na Dom Rep. Mariam – di ko bet styling pero give ko sa kanya katawan at drama.

    Damng typo or grammo pero gets nyo na. Dami ko pa pag uupdatan hehehe doubnle time!

    P.S. Mamatay ako sa barong gown ni Pia from M5. As in sumalangit ako!!!!

  26. Hello people, have you forgotten who owns MU?? IMG has probably rolled their eyes at Venezuela’s over the top gown with the unnecessary feathered over-skirt and Thailand’s squid-ink-squirting-from-my-ass gown…pageant-worthy yes, but won’t necessarily convince IMG to roll them down NYFW..and I think Aces and Queens have obviously thought of this, hence – and it now makes perfect sense- the choice of Rhett Eala….the green, fringed gown was divine and fashion forward.

    People are always asking for Maxine to be this and to do that without realising that she is being what and who she is, and this consistency, this quiet strength of identity will bring her forward maybe all the way to Top 3.

    • I thought it was just me. Meron din pala nakaisip neto. Since Binibini days, Maxine was just subtle, hindi nag-iingay, silent but deadly. Hindi strategy eh, ‘yun lang talaga kasi siguro ang personality nya. Beauty in simplicity. For me, it is a great showcase of another side of a Filipina already. I mean, to have a Pia-prototype each year will not be healthy. As far as I know, I am already proud of Maxine. I’m super happy and proud of our muse.

    • I thought about that as well … but Miss Venezuela’s gown without the overskirt was also beautiful Maybe even more beautiful than Miss Philippines. The purpose of the overskirt is to Wow the audience… and it worked!

      As for Miss Thailand… That’s only her prelim gown… She would most probably wear a different gown in the finals.

    • She’s too diva-ish a la The typical Venezuelan BQ.
      I liked Max’s fun and youthful approach

    • I agree- the push for Thailand is doing the reverse of making people re-evaluate what they think of her. And yes @Fabian, the word is cliche! Bordering on Tiffany Universe-LadyBoy comparisons

  27. Maxine did a great job overall and she’ll be part of the top 12 no doubt. Like a lot of people, I’m not too crazy about her green evening gown. Emerald green is an elegant color, yes, but onstage the color can be overpowering, like Irene Esser’s evening gown in MU 2012. Maxine carried it very well, however, so congrats. I hope she has a different gown for the finals.

      • @Miss Mel..

        Yes, that’s what I thought as well.. Naku baka sprayan din si Max ng hairspray sa mukha b4 her turn sa Q&A.. Wag sya sisinghot!

      • Well, yes. But on the other hand Irene’s gown was awful. It looked like a Xmas Tree, and Miss USA was the Santa Claus, Philippines is the gift.

      • @Ram

        Yeah, and Australia looked like a tassle while Brazil looks like a candelabra.

  28. Judging tge gown based alone on the photos posted by Norms,

    I like France and Germany.
    Thai: i don’t get the gown. Its poopi-ish for me.
    Indo: it looks nice but very similar to the silhuoette of France last year.
    Australia: similar to Australia last year, only then it was gold.
    Vene: the skirt was unecessary for me.
    Phi: wish it was longer.

  29. I wasn’t able to watch the prelim, all I saw were just posts in IG.
    There are mixed reviews. But I think Maxine did enough to go through the top 12.
    I wish the gown is longer though. Sana may iba siyang options.

    Lai, waiting for you here..

    • Lea! Na stress ako sa bagal ng internet ko nag cafe ako mukang tanga kasama ko mga nag Do Dota! Lolz hindi kita ma replyan. Ayan sa taas observations ko. Nakalimot ako sa lahat sa lagay na yan kase medyo na starstruck ako kay France pero natuwa ako kay maxine. Parang nakatulog sya after natin gambalain kaluluwa nya sa kaka analyze at bash sa bata.

  30. I am extremely disappointed with their choice for Maxine’s Prelim gown and national costume.

    Maxine’s gown is nice because it’s different and unique

    However, that is a HORRIBLE choice for Miss Universe !!!

    It only looks good IN MOTION when she’s walking… BUT… When she is walking, your attention and focus goes directly to the bottom of the gown — to the hundreds and hundreds of fringes…. it takes your attention and focus from her face. That gown would have been good for a fashion show… but NOT Miss Universe!

    Also, her national costume… we ARE the host delegate and that’s all they can come with? That costume looks so basic.

    Nilamon nila Thailand at Indonesia costume ni Maxine… Naki sabak pa sila sa gold theme… Waley naman.

    They should have used her national costume gown as her Prelims gown. It’s much nicer than her actual Green gown

    May secret-secret pa sila… “Pasabog” daw. Waley naman

    Not hating just stating #facts. WORLD PEACE!

  31. Dami nagba-bash sa gown ni Maxine. For me, hindi s’ya ganun ka-pasabog talaga, but then Maxine carried it so well, maganda s’ya in motion, and I liked the color. Her gown is so unique at hindi gaya ng iba na puro applique. Hindi lang kase s’ya ‘yung ini-expect ng iba na usual pageant gown. Pero naniniwala ako na she will wear a different gown come finals night.

    Below are what I can comment on others:

    – Venezuela. She made her gown a “pasabog” when she opened the skirt and made it her balabal. But the skirt was extraneous and did not compliment well her gown. For the people in the Arena, it was fantastic and amazing. Let’s wait what the critic will say.

    – Brazil. She is in the momentum. So, she did a great job both in swimsuit and evening gown.

    – Colombia. She lost spark on the stage. At a not-so-quite box where I was sitting, parang wala s’yang leeg, in contrast to Miss Dominican Republic na ang haba ng leeg. Konti lang ang pumalakpak sa kanya.

    – Dominican Republic. She gave a polished performance in swimsuit and evening gown. If her interview was great, I can feel that she can make it in the cut.

    – Aruba. She was also good on stage at ang poise lumalaban talaga.

    – USA. I liked her catwalk skills during swimsuit, but it seems like she just walked during evening gown and showed nothing special.

    – Indonesia. Her pasarela during swimsuit was okay. She tripped a little in evening gown. Her gown is okay for a red carpet event, but not on beauty pageants. A few in MOA Arena supported her.

    – Thailand. She had an impressive catwalk, body-to-die-for in swimsuit, and nice evening gown. If she did a good job in the preliminary interview, then she would make it in the first cut.

    – Kosovo. My God this girl! She was elegant both in swimsuit and evening gown! I hope the judges noticed here so well.

    – Nicaragua. She was literally flawless, and her performance was good.

    There were a few candidates who were stunning on stage, such as Barbados, Australia, Spain, Iceland was so cute, Argentina.

    Of all the candidates, I liked Kazakhstan’s evening gown. It looked like it was a Paris haute couture dress. The problem is mahaba yata sa kanya, kaya she had to carry it by her hands.

    The stage: It was just like last year. Ito na yata ang concept ng stage ng IMG.

    Hosts: Derek and Pia did a good job. I think they both drank Milo (kiddin’) before going to the event. Mas nagba-buckle pa si Derek kesa kay Pia.

    May isang beks in his mid-forties sa bandang harap ko. Nai-imagine kong s’ya si Bong007. Hahahaha!

    #4M4MU

    • Charette Ana, sana tinawag mo ako.
      Pero may nakita akong kamukha ko near the stage wearing white shirt hihihi
      Mid-40’s talaga ha ha ha, basta ang masasabi ko lang ay less 10 yrs younger ang mukha ko bwihihihi.

    • Maxine looked great in her green . I prefer her to Thailand who looked like a witchy Emma Cordero tse lll

  32. I commend Maxine for a splendid performance. BUT the choice of that green gown’s style makes me question her ability to think strategically on how to win the crown. The gown’s design is not for pageants. Say whatever you want but it is NOT for pageants. Gaffud can explain and justify the gown all he wants by saying it is like a Hollywood red carpet gown but the fact is — you are not in Hollywood! Wear a gown that is meant for the stage, for MU, and for shock factor.

    The crux of the matter is Maxine will definitely enter top 12 or top 9. But if she wants to go past the swimsuit competition, a real VAVA VOOM gown must be worn.

  33. MAXINE’s gorgeous face is ENOUGH to earn her rights to the top 12. Halatang nag-enjoy sya lalo na sa swimsuit segment and that is the most important, she was so herself. Hindi tulad nung ibang latinas na taon-taon nating nakikita na masyadong “PILITA CORRALES” ang performance just because they are so trying hard to impress.

    ARUBA impressed me with her commanding aura. Very Pia Wurtzbach ang kanyang styling.

    IPINAGPIPILITANG INDONESIA, average catwalk & her boxy body shape did not impressed me, and she faltered at her evening gown performance. Sige pa, IPAGPILITAN pa si Keke.

    IPINAGPIPILITANG COLOMBIA, malapad ang katawan, parang nanay na sya, tacky gown. i will say no more.

    IPINAGPIPILITANG THAILAND, maganda, PERO hinihintay ko ang pagbuka ng kanyang bibig at kung LALAMON din ba sya ng microphone sa Q&A, iyan ay kung aabot sya sa Q&A.

    And speaking of Indonesia, I admired Lupita Jone’s interview whereas she said she will never accept an offer to sit as one of the MU pageant judge if in case she will be offered to, because she is a NATIONAL DIRECTOR for Miss Universe Mexico, ohhh hello, national director of miss world indonesia. Wala yatang equivalent word ang DELICADEZA sa salitang bahasa.

    • I have been desperately seeking a term to aptly describe most of the gowns and you nailed it with your PILITA CORRALES comment!!! Thank you!

      • thanks, actually i would like to coin the word “PILITA CORRALES” as nagpipilit or ipinipilit. The pageant term of the year for me is “IPINAGPIPILITAN”. So next year, i am expecting a LOT of ipagpipilitang candidates.

  34. If Philippines, Venezuela, Thailand, and Brazil all wear the same ugly gown, Maxine will be the best in EG. It’s how she wears anything that makes her one of Philippines’ best rep.

  35. COLOMbia is fading fast . Maxine dress is elegant and stylish. Chalita gown is a show stopper, kinda off beat but will set her apart. Indonesia is a threat

  36. Venezuela, Thailand, Brazil and Philippines lang ang sure na bet ko to make it to the Top 12. The rest is everybody’s ballgame!!!

  37. Thanks for including Malaysia in this post of yours. Having recognition from you indeed means a lot to a country with a very weak sash factor…

  38. Philippines’ green number is the most impacting. Very conceptual, it has great movement on stage, and that color in contrast with a sea of red and other glittery gowns makes it a stand out. Max is classy, soft, and effervescent. I like that she showed a fun side to her personality during the SS competition with that girly twirl–she was all ease and charm. In all, she was effortless tonight.

    • Jeremi, Indonesia is Miss Vietnam 2015 = Overhype but no show sa Top 12.
      Isang himala na lang na makapasok si Keke sa Top 12 hihihi
      Colombia is Miss PR 2013, Makakapasok lang sya dahil sa Sash Factor na from Colombia sya.
      Pero kung ako ang masusunod, Waley talaga sya sa Top 12 dahil Overconfident lang sya pero super chaka naman sya sa SS and EG.
      Colombia is better during her National pageant competition.

      • Sige bong sinabi mo yan ha pero hwag ng kung ano anong sour grapes na naman ang kakainin nyo pagdating ng results ha

      • Well, grapes meron ako pero ang sour ay sweet and sour lang ang gusto ko hihihi.
        Wala akong paki kung mali ang observation ko jeremi.
        I really don’t like Fake faces.
        Burahin ang make-up para makita ang di naman pala kagandahang mukha di ba.
        Parang niloko mo na rin ang mga tao at sarili mo hihihi ..Charette lang

      • I don’t hate Indonesia per se. She’s still in my list. But thinking of her as the winner, I’m not comfortable with it.

    • The biased is here again. Push mo pa Jeremi. An objective eye would expect Keke not to place (sorry Norms) after her Prelims performance. Will here interview performance save her? Hmm. I rest my case.

  39. Maxine gave a superb performance during the prelims. I love the movement of her gown when she walks. Even the NatCos looks good.

    See you on the Top 12 Maxine 👸🏻

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