Now that the 2017 international pageant season is over, allow me to share you videos that look back to the significant #1 finishes of the Philippines this year. The country continues to ride the wave of successes in different beauty fronts. They may not be as uber thrilling as capturing our 3rd Miss Universe, 2nd Miss World or 7th Miss International. Nevertheless, these are still good reasons to celebrate our beauty and pulchritude in the global stage.
1) Karen Ibasco’s crowning as Miss Earth 2017 may have been met with a lot of bashings and controversies. But you’ve got to give to this 27 year-old from Manila because she was in her best elements all throughout the Finals night at the MOA Arena:
2) Teresita Ssen Marquez established a milestone of sorts after she was adjudged as Reina Hispanoamericana 2017 – the very first Asian and Filipina to do so in a competition dominated by Latin Americans. Indeed, she was sent to the right pageant as her showbiz background helped a lot in her overall performance in Bolivia:
3) Talk about sending the perfect girl to the most appropriate contest. Mutya ng Pilipinas Jannie Alipo-on was seen by many as the best fit for the contest in Malaysia even before she departed for Kuala Lumpur. She performed consistently in all pre-pageant events, was favored by the organizers to promote the finals and gained even stronger momentum during the Coronation Night held last December 6:
4) Now – on the male side – we are not totally left behind either. John Raspado went to Spain – armed with the heart and optimism – and set out to win the big prize. He was declared Mr. Gay World 2017 – the first ever Asian and Filipino to dominate the competition for gay men from different parts of the globe. His achievement was celebrated not only in our LGBTQi community but all over mainstream media.
And in the modeling world, Maureen Wroblewitz became the first Filipina to win Asia’s Next Top Model. She proved to all and sundry that height is not always might in a contest where statuesque wannabes prevail.
So as you can see, this has been a pretty good year for the Philippines still. If I may just add, we also took home relatively noteworthy wins from Miss Nature Intercontinental (Sarah Bona), Miss Progress International (Jedaver Opingo), Miss Teen International (Kathleen Paton), Grandma Universe (Agnes Jakosalem), Mrs. International (Jessica Eribal), Woman of the Year 2017 (Jennifer Helen Weigl), Mrs. Tourism International (Dr. Risa Caldoza), Mister Super Model Universe (Hadrian Kim Bueno), Miss Super Foto Model Universe (Thamara Pacursa), Miss Asia Global (Mary Eve Adeline Escoto), Miss Pacific World (Beatrice Andrada), Miss Culture World Heritage (Rizza Paula Lacson) and even the Miss Plus Size International (Michelle Villegas) and Miss Top of the World Plus Size (Jodel Mesina).
At the end of the day, we cannot win all the time. But hereon now, there will be no year that not even one among our representatives will come home without a crown to show everyone.
Merry Christmas to Mr. Norman and all ye faithful (to this blog), joyful (placers) and triumphant (winners)!
Merry Christmas Norman!!!
Merry Christmas tito Norman and to all the followers of this blog!
Merry Christmas to all our queens!
Merry Christmas everyone hihihi 🙂
Invited ako ng social climber na ina ng malditang talunan na peke ang beauty sa kabaklaang pageant hihihi.
Super dami daw ang malafang mamayang gabi dahil xmas celebration and thanksgiving party daw ng family sa dami ng blessings na dumating ngayong taon sa kanilang pamilya hihihi.
Mga malalapit lang sa puso nila ang invited kaya gora na rin ako para di mahalatang plastikan lang ang drama ko sa pamilyang puno rin ang drama sa buhay hihihi.
In the spirit of Christmas ay pupunta ako sa party nila na may mabuti at walang bahid na kasamaan sa aking puso baka malay mo ay maging tunay na mabait ako at walang halong kaplastikan ang pakikitungo ko sa kanila mula ngayon kahit tago ang kademonyohan ng pamilya nila hihihi.
Again, Merry Christmas to all…Love, Peace and not war to us
BONGOK700 SA DAMI NG NAKAIN KO NONG PASKO SUPER DAMI RIN NA NATAE KO, HALIKA KA NA, KUNIN MO MGA TAE KO NANG ME MAKAIN KAYO NG PAMILYA NYO NI ANA WINTOR!
Hey undin! Did you eat a lot of left overs which were dumped into the garbage zone last Christmas?
MERRY CHRISTMAS Norman.. and to all the faithful, and wayward readers of this blog..
Only those with crowns were recognized. So sad for Clenci, Ibe, Olive and others who worked hard for their placements
Crowns lang ang featured. Akala ko matalino ka. Cull out files dito, madaming papuri sa kanila si Sir Norman. Wag ng gawan ng issue.
So they don’t deserve to be in this article? Nasa title ba na crowns only? Akala ko matalino ka. Having a placement is not being empty handed, runner up placements contributed sa pagiging not empty handed ng Philippines. Konting common sense naman jan. Merry Christmas sana tumaas ang IQ mo pgdating ng 2018
Kung lahat eh unplaced tayo siguro nga empty handed tayo kaso unang pageant pa lang MGI nka 2RU na tayo dun pa lang di na tayo empty handed.
Intrigera ka pa,hindi lang low IQ. Hindipa ba enough yong individual blogs nila Clenci, Ibe, and even those losers na pinasalamatan din ni Sir Norman for representing the country. Paki alam Mo kung ang article na to ay purely para nga sa mga WINNERS, those with CROWNS. In fact, for any competition we always aim naman takaga for the major prize, the crown, kaya yon ang bibibigyan ng emphasis dito. Sino bobo ngayon. Kaya pakibasa uli, inuuna mo kasi ang pag-iintriga. Magbasa ka na lang kaya.
Ang title po ng article at ‘Empty-Handed We Are Not: The Philippines and its Significant #1 Finishes in 2017’… Uulitin ko po Significant #1 finishes. Wag po OA. Hahaha
Pasampal nga coffee lover
Dahil Wala namang participation ang Pinas sa International Coffee Queen Kaya walang buzz locally. Eto si Miss Venezuela! Naalala ko Lang si Carolina Ishak sa kanya
Japan is the only Asian country participating on the event,
Dati kasama ang Indonesia Laila, baka wiz prestige ang kabaklaang pageant na itiz hihihi 🙂
Bong700, Claire said she used to be Gemma , not Laila .
I think it’s true because she sounds more like Gemma than Laila.
Anchikka daw eh….secret!
Ang Chika Laila ay mga bottomes ang triplet gays hihihi 🙂 cherette
Insert Chanel Olive Thomas here
Mukhang tambay na manginginom ang dating ni Jake next to Kylie
PangTokhang ang beauty hihihi
Ikaw ano itsura mo? Hippo?
Garzelle , try Raymart Santiago but taller and prettier ?
And Garzelle , I m not a bully .
I never attack anybody here on a personal level unless they attack me first .
I may counter what they say about a candidate .. which is fair game in my opinion as these girls are there to be judged based on their physical presentation … among other things
You and Barbie , on the other hand , attack the commenters who do not go along with your views on a candidate.
You call them names and u describe in the ugliest way possible .
Who is the bully now?
Madame Tander Fabian mapagkunwaring hukluban na akala mo kung sinong alta sociedad maka asta, wag mo na utuin ang ibang commenters. You are fake! You are rotten to the core with megalomanic tendencies and a second-rate trying hard copy cat! Ha Ha Ha. You do not practice what you preach and you do not espouse the values of a good person. And keep believing what you believe about yourself because nobody in this blog believes in you.IKAW LANG BILIB SA SARILI MO! Poor gurl. Bye…
Garzelle , It’s not my problem if that’s the impression you get from what I say here . I never say or even imply I’m above every one else. Everyone is on the same page here ( poor or rich ) because I believe each of us can be a judge … beauty being in the eyes of those who see it .
I only attack if I get attacked .
And as I said , I use what u enter here as my defense and just shove it down your big throat .
Now u claim I am this or that . Without proof , it’s all a blabber
Grabe si Pia, Lutang na lutang ang Ganda
Dahil walang ganap sa pageantry lately, pagmasdan natin Ang ating Intercontinental queens!
Based on this pic alone , Katarina pales in comparison to the other 3.
Kris —> Mcgary —> Hammond
Laki ng bewang nung nakapula!
Karen proves that beauty is in the eyes of the judges . Unconventional beauty . My fear is her win did not generate much goodwill in the international pageant scene even if it’s not her fault .
It looked like from the candidates’ initial reaction that it was a well-accepted win.
Unconventional? Well , she’s Asian . Anything that’s not white or Latin is considered unconventional.
Or did u mean she was not pretty ? Again , u have to see her talk and move to realize she’s really beautiful. She has Asian eyes and her nose is big , so her still pics won’t look good .
OBYUS NAMAN ANG TINATAGONG ISA SA MARAMING PHYSICAL FLAW NI INDAY KAREN. YUN AY ANG WALA SA PROPORTION NA CHEEKBONES NITO. YAN ANG LAIT SAKANIYA NA KAMUKHA DAW NIYA ANG JIGSAW CLOWN. SIGURO MAS MAGANDA KUNG WAG NIYANG ITAGO SA BUHOK, PAG TINATAGO LALONG PANSININ. CHAROOTELLA DIN ANG UPPER VENEERS NA DI BAGAY SA HUGIS NG FEZLAK. HMM, PERO NAGIMPROVE NG BAHAGYA SI MAMANG, SABI NUNG ISA DITO PUTOSHOP DAW. TOROOT BA? HMM. TAPOS NA NAMAN ANG PEJENT, SO WAPAKELS NA RIN. YAON LANG ANG COMMENT KO SA FEZLAK NIYA DAHIL YAN ANG TOPIC HANGGANG NGAYON SA WORLD WAYD WEB. DI NARIN MASYADO PINAGUUSAPAN ANG MISS EARTH. BRIDGE OVER TROUBLED WATER. AY POOTAH ANO BA YON? WATER UNDER THE BRIDGE? A BASTA BRIDGE OVER TROUBLED WATER NA SIYA AT WAPAKELS NA ANG MGA IBANG LAHI SA KAGANAPAN SA MISS EARTH. TALAGANG TINAGGAL NA ETO SA BIG FOUR. THE PEOPLE HAVE SPOKEN NA ANG PEG. MAS POWERFUL DAW ANG MGA FANS AT PEOPLE KAYSA SA ISANG ARTICLE NA SINULAT NG ISANG TAO NA PART DAW ANG MISS EARTH SA BIG FOUR. MILLIONS OF PEOPLE VERSUS ONE ARTICLE DAW ANG LABANAN. SO MISS EARTH IS NO LONGER BIG FOUR NA RAW. AYON SA MGA MILLIONS OF PAGEANT PEOPLE.
E, anong pake naman naming dyan sa sumulat. insecure lang sya siguro sa pagmumukha ni Karen kasi kahit anong gawin niya, si Karen ay Earth at sya naman ay Earth worm.
Merry Christmas Mr. Norman and to all the commenters, naughty and nice. =)
And may we really have….
I’m proud of Karen🤗
She’s the Queen of 2017 Philippines Beauty Pageantry 👏👏👏
Karen is Confidently Beautiful and also Miss Elizabeth Clenci 😚
To the haters, eat your bitterness 😋
tama ka talaga bong….bakit kasi atat na atat yung iba sa mga magagandang wala naming substance….
Enjoy ur Christmas….merry Christmas