Was it the final Q&A delivered in Spanish that convinced the judges to crown a Filipina last 2016 as Miss United Continents or Miss Continentes Unidos? Or did Jeslyn Santos present herself most consistently all throughout the competition? I believe it was destiny and all of the above. To actually participate in a Latina-dominated pageant in Guayaquil, Ecuador can already pose a big challenge for any Miss Filipinas. But just like Teresita Ssen Marquez who proved unstoppable in Bolivia on her way to the Reina Hispanoamericana title a year after, this lovely Bulakenya defied all odds and rose to the occasion to become the first Filipina winner of the title. Below are highlights of her performance in the finals.
Jeslyn paid her pageant dues with much hardwork and patience from the very first time that mentor John dela Vega started fielding her in Bb. Pilipinas. They also joined forces for the country’s participation in Miss World Peace 2015 held in Hong Kong. And unbeknownst to the two of them, it would still be their unbreakable duo that will pave the way for the trip to Ecuador for the international pageant. Miss United Continents is one pageant franchise that the latter firmly held on through the years.
What a glorious achievement indeed for this lady whose roots are from the same municipality your blogger comes from – Hagonoy.
Jeslyn flanked by her mentor John dela Vega (left) and now Bulacan Governor Daniel Fernando
Irene Lailin Sáez Conde
Miss Universe, Irene Sáez Conde, Miss Venezuela. July 20, 1981. (Photo by Jerry Engel/New York Post Archives /(c) NYP Holdings, Inc. via Getty Images)
is more known worldwide as Miss Universe 1981. But in her country of Venezuela, neighboring South American countries and Latin American communities, she is credited for transforming the beauty queen platform into a growing political career that spanned from 1990 to 2000. Before she ran for public office, she finished a Political Science degree at the Central University of Venezuela and followed it up by becoming the country’s Cultural Representative to the United Nations expanding the international contacts developed into the realm of culture and diplomacy.
Irene as Mayor of Chacao
From 1990-1997, she served as Mayor of Chacao – a wealthy municipality in Caracas.
The former Miss Universe campaigning in the violent ‘barrio Petare’ a district of Caracas during the 1998 Presidential Election in her country. (Photo by John van Hasselt/Sygma via Getty Images)
It was in 1998 when Irene made the move to run for President of Venezuela. She formed her own party, aptly named Integrated Representation of New Hope (IRENE). And while she made a mark all throughout her campaign, she ended the race a distant third with only 2.82% of the votes.
Irene and husband Serafin Garcia
From 1999 to 2000, she was elected Governor of Nueva Esparta and stepped down when she became pregnant with husband Serafin Garcia – denying rumors then that she was pressured by Hugo Chávez to step aside.
Irene is now based in Miami where she has been residing since 2003. She is a member of the Board of Directors of the Colonial BancGroup, South Florida region.
Irene welcomed a victorious Miss Universe 1996 Alicia Machado during the latter’s homecoming. (Photo by Eric VANDEVILLE/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images)
For the past two days, I’ve been constantly asking the bigwigs of Carousel Productions about their rumored plans of coming up with another first for Miss Philippines Earth 2020. You will remember the noise made when they started the Beauty of Figure Preliminary Judging before where all the candidates wore veils or oversized hats to cover their faces and direct the focus on their individual shapeliness (or lack thereof).
This year, they will be doing a national finals unprecedented in the history of pageants in the Philippines – it will totally be web-based. I have chatted with both Lorraine Schuck and Peachy Veneracion about the possible setup of such. The details are still being ironed out but their individual replies were:
Lorraine Schuck: “Hi Norman, sequence of the show is almost the same naman as our previous shows. I’ll let you know pag nabuo na namin kung pano ma implement. Thanks and keep safe.“
Peachy Veneracion: “…more or less (the) candidates will send us videos taken from their own homes for the pre judging segments, beauty of face, figure and poise, intelligence. Surprise! First to be done! Will keep you updated.”
While the advantages and several disadvantages have started brewing inside my head, I will patiently wait for the final structure of the online pageant itself. By then, I will have a better assessment of its feasibility. But you can already imagine what’s going to happen, right dear readers?
Here are some of the Miss Philippines Earth 2020 candidates in a groupie shortly before the lockdown
For now, my only concern would be to insure that each Eco Angel will be given a fair shot for the titles at stake.
If for any reason, the winner cannot fulfill her duties, the 1st runner-up will take her place…
We always hear the statement above before a new Miss Universe is crowned. And it was back in 2002 when the 1st Runner-Up Justine Pasek of Panama took over Oxana Fedorava of Russia.
Now over at Miss USA, the line of succession is more standard (and non-complicated) in practice.
From 1967 onwards, the first runner-up automatically replaced any Miss USA titleholder who won the Miss Universe pageant. Here are the ones who benefitted, in reverse order:
Nana Meriwether of Maryland – 2012
Brandi Sherwood of Idaho – 1997 (she was also crowned Miss Teen USA 1989 prior)
Shanna Lynn Moakler of New York – 1995
Jineane Ford of Arizona – 1980
Cheryl Patton of Florida – 1967 (She was 2nd Runner-Up but took over the Miss USA title after 1st runner-up Susan Bradley of California declined when Sylvia Hitchcock won Miss Universe)
I want to share with everyone the “Korona Live Talk” on the subject of pageantry which was held last Sunday night. The online activity was organized by The Philippine Pageantry and moderated by Bessie Besana.
This live forum is all about an in-depth look at the state of Philippine Pageantry as the panelists discussed relevant issues and topics that would enlighten everyone with logical views and opinions, including histories and backgrounds.
The Miss World titleholders from 2008-2019 (Credit: Thailandpageant)
We have always followed the Final Q&A of Miss Universe and how the eventual winner of each year delivered her answer on the way to the crown. For today, let us review Miss World and how the titleholders from 2008 to 2019 (Ksenia Sukhinova to Toni-Ann Singh
) handled their final speeches or questions that sealed the victory for each one of them.
I would appreciate if you can give your thoughts after, dear readers.
Now here is the winning answer of the reigning titleholder Toni-Ann Singh of Jamaica.
Transformation in photos: Shamcey Supsup-Lee
Photo #1 (above): Graduation photo from the UP College of Architecture ten years ago today;
Photo #2: Shamcey’s crowning as Miss Universe Philippines 2011 by Venus Raj
Photo #3: Victorious photo when she placed 3rd Runner-Up during the Miss Universe 2011 finals;
LAS VEGAS, NV – DECEMBER 19: Shamcey Supsup, Miss Philippines 2011, arrives at the 2012 Miss Universe Pageant at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino on December 19, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by David Becker/Getty Images)
Photo #4: Getty Images photo upon arrival in Las Vegas as online host for Miss Universe 2011;
Photo #5: As National Director of Miss Universe Philippines