Miss Universe Philippines 2018 Catriona Gray is uber excited about returning to Thailand for Miss Universe 2018. And how cool is it that her last overseas vacation late last month (sponsored by Air Asia) was in the Land of Smiles where she visited Bangkok and Chiang Mai together with Angelica Alita, Jojo Bragais and Jolo Luarca (who put together the clip).
Cat loves everything about Thailand that when she was there, it showed in the way she embraced the culture and the locals. She made heads turn everywhere and her face has already started to become familiar with a lot of the pageant fans out there.
I don’t think I’m funny-witty enough to create a meme with this very telling photo of (left to right) Ariadna Maria Gutierrez Arevalo, Paulina Vega Dieppa and Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach during those highly eventful dying seconds of the Miss Universe 2015 telecast.
So either you share your thoughts or let’s just allow our imagination run wild with all sorts of bubble scripts to fill the image.
Now that Patch Magtanong is a successful Law graduate from UP Diliman, is she finally ready to go the pageant route?
She could join Miss World Philippines 2018 if reviews for the Bar exams won’t get in the way.
Otherwise, we could be seeing her signing up for Bb. Pilipinas 2019 when all her academic and licensure requirements will have already been fulfilled.
I am not always brimming with excitement when pushing for a showbiz personality to do big-league pageantry. But I make an exception for the beautiful Klea Pineda – the GMA Artist Center and GMA Network talent who is so full of potentials to join a national beauty pageant in 2019. She could even do so within the year with Miss World Philippines, but might be overruled by network commitments that include an upcoming teleserye and various public appearances nationwide.
She is young, tall (over 5’9”) and stunningly gorgeous!
I already finished the blog entries on the confirmed pageant mission dates of our Bb. Pilipinas 2018 Queens, save for Miss Universe Philippines 2018 Catriona Gray. I know that the talks about Miss Universe 2018 being held in Thailand is practically close to the truth. But pending an official announcement from the MUO, I would rather use their press release just to bring finality to the venue itself.
In the meantime, here is a video of Cat doing a Q&A for host Boy Abunda on The Bottomline. I really have nothing else to change in the way our Queen expresses her views because she is naturally spontaneous and articulate that every answer she gives is worth listening to.
She has made the rounds of Miss World Philippines 2017 and Miss Earth Philippines 2018. She learned her lessons from both attempts and prepared well for her next pageant foray. This time, Noelle Fuentes Uy-Tuazon is upping the ante with her Miss Universe Guam 2018 candidacy. If she wins the title come August 15, then a third Filipina will form the roster of candidates for Miss Universe 2018 (our very own Catriona Gray and Angeline Flor Pua of Belgium are the first two).
I tracked down Noelle for an exclusive one-on-one. Here goes:
Q: What led you to joining Miss Universe Guam 2018?
”To be honest, this was very much last minute and a surprise to me as well. After Miss Earth Philippines, I had every intention of exploring the political field before pursuing my masters. However, Tito Rodgil Flores, Georgette Garrido, Designer Cathy Mora-Capistrano, Mommy Erica (MUA of KF) and the KF camp were trying to convince me to join another pageant due to the year’s worth of training that I’ve endured. Sayang daw ready na daw ako. So initially I said I would think about it – perhaps Miss Scuba Philippines, since my cousin – Rufos Tapas owner Paul Reyes was encouraging me to join right after coronation. Honestly I was about to go on a trip to Guam with my mom to visit family. They had lots of sales prospects but then I had too many projects that I was doing, like the bugna it in tangalan on coral transplanting rehabilitation of my uncles. Long story short, Sir Migz and my mom were talking about Miss USA that they jokingly said ‘why haven’t you tried out in the U.S. since you’re an American citizen and truly grew up there?’. I said it’s already too much. I need to go back to my field, plus it usually starts January so I’m old and I need to retire from pageantry. But since my mom wanted to fly badly to Guam for vacation, Sir Migz jokingly said why not Miss Guam? Later that week I got a message of a poster of Miss Universe Guam 2018 search. I was hesitant, thinking that I might have already missed the deadline for submission. My mom said why not shoot them an email it wouldn’t hurt, plus I used to live in Guam for a couple years as a child (back when there was Game Works) and I do owe Guam my U.S. citizenship. So one email led to another and then I applied and the organization asked if I could fly ASAP so I completed training one-on-one with Tito Rodgil with a week’s worth of prep time secretly because we really didn’t know what to expect. Then next thing I knew I was on a plane with 4 luggages accompanied by my mom.”
Q: Would you consider it a big vindication of sorts if you win the Miss Universe Guam 2018 crown?
“I wouldn’t say it’s a big vindication because honestly, pageantry wasn’t something I expected at all back then being a Scientist and all. If I would be fortunate enough to win, it would just truly be an achievement and a dream come true for both myself and my mom as well as the KF camp and my family/friends from everywhere. I’ve lived in so many places that it’s hard to single out people. If I win, I’m truly looking forward to using the platform for positive change towards the betterment of society as idealistic as that sounds and most especially promoting Guam on a bigger scale. I’ve always had roots here since 6 months old. My mom would fly me back and forth. She even worked as a beauty consultant back then here in Guam. I love the ocean and I am able to appreciate Guam even more now as an adult as opposed to when I was a child. I see a lot of future here.
Q: What is your take on other countries selecting ladies with Filipino roots as their representative to big international pageants?
“I have mixed emotions on ladies with Pinoy roots representing other countries in international pageants. I didn’t take pageants seriously back in college. I never thought about the more complex aspects, but after having done two national pageants, I feel that everyone has a right to join as long as they meet the qualifications. Most importantly, I believe that if a candidate has the drive and intrinsic motivation coupled with passion they should be given the opportunity. At the end of the day, we are all scientifically under one species – Homo sapiens – aka humans so it’s just a matter of perspective. Lastly, everything is relative. As long as one follows the rules, meets the requirements and tries to do their best then all the more power to them!“
Looking back, it was the second time that India successfully won in both Miss Universe and Miss World on the same year – a feat that is difficult to achieve twice, let alone once.
Right now, 36 year-old Priyanka Chopra is one highly-established beauty queen who was able to achieve success as Miss World 2000, a Bollywood film star and a Hollywood actress.
And now, she is reportedly engaged to actor Nick Jonas after two months of dating. That is one fast-track that will move her up the ladder of global popularity even more!
My Flight Attendant friend – Jeddahliz Maltezo (she once took part in MWP) – shared that she recently had the chance to be the Cabin Crew on board the Business Class section when Pri flew as a passenger. And she swears to her cool and down-to-earth demeanour.
And then there’s Lara Dutta.
I can still distinctly remember the finals of Miss Universe 2000 held in Nicosia, Cyprus for the very first time. Right from the start, the former Miss Intercontinental (from 1997) was on top of her game and you can tell that she was way ahead of 1st Runner-Up Claudia Moreno of Venezuela when only two women were left standing.
It was Lara’s night alright. And she started another 1-2 punch of sorts for India that year – duplicating the 1994 achievements of Sushmita Sen and Aishwarya Rai.
What baffled me then was the non-inclusion of our bet Nina Alagao who was clearly deserving of making it to the first cut at the very least. Even co-hosts Ali Landry/Julie Moran were surprised that she did not make it that far.
Anyways, the “Golden Lampshade” NatCos (made by Alfredo Barraza) of Nina that year was much-talked about because it was something that we have never seen yet in any of our country’s past MU representatives.
It is no longer a secret that the 47th Miss Intercontinental will be held in the Philippines from January 9-26, 2019. Coronation night will be on January 26 at the Mall of Asia Arena, with the delayed telecast airing (possibly over ABS-CBN pending final negotiations) a day after.
This is the reality awaiting Bb. Pilipinas Intercontinental 2018 Karen Gallman – to be a host delegate to the arriving foreign candidates who will vie to become the successor of Veronica Salas of Mexico. It effectively doubles the pressure since we have not yet won the crown, and to aim for such on your own backyard could get tricky in the process.
Regardless of the possibilities and eventualities, Karen will bravely go through the challenge. She is armed with the knowledge that the support of her fans and supporters are within arms’ reach. You could say that she is the top favorite of the Filipinos to win, unless one or two of the other contenders will spring a big surprise the minute the visitors start pouring in.
When Bb. Pilipinas Grand International 2018 Eva Psychee Patalinjug gets her proper sendoff by late September, she will set herself up to embrace the culture and heritage of the Golden Land of Myanmar where Miss Grand International 2018 will be held at The One Entertainment Park in Yangon on October 25.
The One Entertainment Park is a huge events venue in the capital of Myanmar where big concerts and festivals are usually conducted. And this is where more than eighty (80) delegates from all over the world will converge to select the successor of Maria Jose Lora of Peru.
Eva is more than ready to face the challenge of winning the country’s very first Miss Grand International crown and she is making sure that all bases are covered for her mission. It certainly won’t be a walk in the park. But if she sticks to her training and preparations for the international competition, she will come home a glorious victor by the time she returns to the Philippines after the finals.
By the way, Cary Santiago will do her National Costume, with Philipp Tampus providing the Evening Gown.
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