On this last day of 2019, allow me to thank the shows of these TV networks that invited, guested, phone-patched and interviewed me for pageant-related discussions and special segment judging:
ABS-CBN: To Umagang KayGanda for the twin appearances for their #GandangMissU spots for Miss Universe 2019 and the month-long engagement for the #BoomBAEro2019 contest in cooperation with the Bureau of Fire Protection last summer;
GMA News: To Nelson Canlas for the phone-patch interview a day before the Miss Universe 2019 finals that was included in his report for the network’s evening news;
CNN Philippines: To #TheSource of program host Pinky Webb for having me as guest for the Miss Universe and Miss Universe Philippines topic earlier this month.
Maraming salamat po!
#HappyNewYear to all my readers, visitors, regulars and everyone who added to the discussions, banters and engagements in this blog.
My last teaser for the year 2019 isn’t much of a tease. It can be called an ultimate seduction – a one big final thrust, if you will.
While she may not be saying it outright, Katarina Rodriguez has been leaving hints here and there about the possibility of extending her colorful pageant career to the fullest. You simply need to read between the lines to sense what kind of future plans are being considered. And at her age of 27 now, time is not giving much of an extension beyond 2020 if she is serious about giving it one final go.
Her advocacies are already intact – being a Peace Hero for Teach Peace Build Peace Movement and a Children’s Right Activist (and Ambassador) for Save The Children. On top of that, she can think on her feet and express her meaningful thoughts well.
Having two national titles tucked under her belt, Katja should have moved on from pageantry by now. But the build up from Miss Intercontinental 2017 to Miss World 2018 is like assembling a totem pole where the topmost part is still missing an important piece. And if she pushes through with Miss Universe Philippines 2020, then it will be like the 3rd part of a trilogy where the last chapter will have all the exciting elements of a long story waiting for one big epilogue.
Who would have thought that my dear Leren Mae Bautista would actually be the best-performer after all the winners of Bb. Pilipinas 2019 have completed their respective missions abroad? I know that she will do well in The Miss Globe 2019 and a 2nd Runner-Up finish was what she brought home to the Filipinos from Ulcinj, Montenegro. This may not fully make up for our higher expectations from the other international pageants of Miss Universe, Miss International, Miss Supranational and Miss Intercontinental. But at the end of the year, we should still remain thankful that – except in Miss Grand International – we successfully placed in the rest:
Top 8 in Miss International 2019 (Patch Magtanong)
Top 20 in Miss Universe 2019 (Gazini Ganados)
Top 20 in Miss Intercontinental 2019 (Emma Tiglao)
Top 25 in Miss Supranational 2019 (Resham Saeed)
They still deserve our congratulations.
Now let us watch the full finals show of The Miss Globe 2019.
I have given you spotlight teasers on mestizas and an assortment of halfies so far. This time, we have a Chinoy beauty who was born in the Philippines and raised in Butuan City practically all her life. In fact, she can speak more fluent Cebuano/Bisaya or Butuanon more than the expected facility in Mandarin during Miss Chinatown Philippines 2018 which she handily won.
Marie Que graduated from the University of Santo Tomas with a Bachelor of Science degree in Food Technology. But instead of pursuing laboratory work immediately, she opted to do pageantry. Encouraged by her supporters because of her height and glowing beauty, she could push it further in 2020 and be a part of one of the five national pageants that will be competing for the interest and attention of beautiful candidates to sign up.
Marie stands out in a crowd immediately. She has this presence that is more commanding than adoring. But the minute she speaks and settles in, the real down-to-earth quality emanates and she begins to unfold as a young woman who can hold up her own under the more demanding conditions of the big league.
I would be pleased to see more of Marie in 2020. She may not be the type of everyone. But given the chance, she will do well.
Miss Millennial Philippines is looking like a good breeding ground for beautiful ladies who have future plans of doing the big league of national pageantry. And this young beauty from Pampanga – who reigned as Mutya ning Kapampangan 2018 and Miss Millennial Pampanga 2019 – has the budding potential to do just that. In fact, she may very well be a future Binibini – either in 2020 or soon after.
Angela Maria Robson placed 1st Runner-Up during this year’s edition of the youth-oriented tourism pageant of the noontime show ‘Eat Bulaga’. And to be able to make it to the creme de la creme of this annual competition is no mean feat considering how fierce the young contenders from all over the Philippines are. Below are videos of her Tourism pitch for Pampanga and full performance during the finals.
If you’re looking for a tall, pretty and fresh aspirant for the nationals, then include Angela on your short-list. While she may still benefit from more improvements in her presentation skills (do consider that the candidates were coached to be more lively and TV-friendly during Miss Millennial Philippines), she has the initial ingredients to become a worthwhile Binibini.
First off, Pauline C. Amelinckx has the unique bragging rights of having defeated the reigning Miss Universe Philippines Gazini Ganados during Miss Bohol 2017 where the latter was named 1st Runner-Up.
The win propelled the tall, beautiful and eloquent Boholana-Belgian to level up to the nationals. And indeed, she was part of the highly competitive 50th Anniversary edition of Mutya ng Pilipinas where she was crowned as the country’s representative to Global Beauty Queen which was supposed to be hosted in Korea. Alas, that international beauty pageant did not push through, which left her upset for some time.
She was able to beautifully move on from the said chapter in her life. In fact, she was able to turn into hosting here in Manila and in the province, while doing runway shows for Designer Mikee Andrei and the like. And it’s looking like we’ll see more of her in 2020.
If you want a good speaker, then Pauline fits the bill. She also has continuing advocacies for the underprivileged in her home province of Bohol. With more polish, she can be a definite Miss Universe Philippines contender.
Who’s with me on Miss Amelinckx?
This coming January 13, Steffi Pearson Aberasturi will crown her Binibining Cebu successor. And after that, she will be free to choose the next path to take in the pageant world or otherwise. Will this pretty Cebuana take one step forward and go for Miss Universe Philippines 2020? Or will she wait it out for half a year first before setting herself up for Miss World Philippines 2020? I know that she has been eyeing the latter.
But let’s make it a bit more crowded because she can also sign up for Bb. Pilipinas 2020 if she wants to.
Steffi is ready to go big time in 2020. And she will get all the support needed in whichever national competition she finally decides ti give her commitment to.
Binibining Pilipinas opens a new era with a bigger and better edition of the most prestigious beauty pageant in the country.
The search is on once again for a new batch of queens who will carry the name of the Philippines across the globe and cement its status as a powerhouse in international pageants.
Interested applicants have until January 31, 2020 to submit their application forms. They will then go through a rigorous screening process courtesy of the esteemed BPCI executive committee that will culminate on February 6.
Binibining Pilipinas Charities Inc. holds the most successful and decorated pageant in Philippine history; truly a significant milestone of Araneta City, The City of Firsts.
Download the application form at http://www.bbpilipinas.com or visit Bb. Pilipinas official Facebook page.
As to why Samantha Bernardo is not included in the promotional poster, I have no definite answer. Yet.
It’s no secret that Sirene Sutton was disappointed when she completed her Bb. Pilipinas 2017 journey on the losing end of the competition. I spoke to her during a contest judging months after the national engagement, and I felt like she wasn’t keen on returning to the pageant scene anymore. I left it at that and did not push the matter any further. Time can heal setbacks, I know.
And after almost three years, Sirene must already have a completely renewed mindset on the beauty game. And if she does pursue the return in 2020, then we can all welcome her with open arms – regardless of whether she joins one or the other or another.
We just might see the fiercer version of this beauty soon. I hope.
Miss Charm Philippines Ashley Subijano Montenegro may still be basking in the Holiday Spirit nowadays. But by early March next year, she will fly to Vietnam where she will represent the country in the inaugural edition of Miss Charm that will see her competing with some of the brightest beauties from all over the world.
In these photos taken by Jai Murcillo, she was styled by Rafa Concepcion with HMUA Nadynne Esguerra.
Parents Cara Subijano (who was a Miss World 1994 Top 10 finisher) and Hans Montenegro must be proud of her.