48 comments on “No Miss International Beauty Pageant this 2020

  1. This pandemic exposes a vulnerable spot of beauty pageants– the lack of business innovation. Note how only those that innovatively defined their business from being a showcase of beautiful physique to a platform for channeling holistic beauty for greater social good– the advocacy-centric pageants– can confidently forge ahead with their action plans, while the rest ambivalently go drip-drip in their announcements. MUP and MPE’s forward thinking stance made their respective advocacy platforms the lifeline to corporate sponsorships, whatever innovative form the staging of this spectator event may take.

    • The business landscape is littered with cautionary tales of huge companies that failed due to lack of innovation. The reluctance to innovate puts any company at risk of failure, but refusing to evolve with the market and change its business definition can be even more devastating. Some examples: Kodak for failing to see digital photography as a disruptive technology; Nokia for failing to grasp the powerful concept of software due to rigid focus on the hardware; Xerox for failing to see the capability of digital communication to replace “black marks on a white paper” by sticking to its product definition as a copy machine. It is high time that pageantry learns from this business mantra: Without a robust and resilient innovation strategy, no company can survive.

  2. @scorge

    Never say never unless you are speaking in behalf of all plagiarists. Why ask that question when you claim to have known the answer from the start?
    Mema lang?

      • I kinda feel bad for her. I think she’s really aiming for the top plum. Maybe it wasn’t really meant for her.

      • @Flor afaik Miss Globe is strict with their 5’9″ min height req. Vickie might not be a good fit for Miss Globe. She might still have a chance if Supra pushes through this year (their age limit is also 28 like MI)

      • Miss Earth, age limit is 29. But i dont think she would consider.

      • I read some unverified news that they will adjust the age limit for Miss International for the 2020/2021 edition.. If it’s true, then she may still have chance in the event that she will do well sa grand finals

      • COVID BECKHAM … And THAT’s the thing – this age ceiling adjustment may JUST be for the 2020/1 season, an accommodation for the lost year (so to speak) but yes, very much justified.

        Come 2022 at the earliest and assuming some sort of vaccine will be in place, it may revert to 28.

        Middling height? When I think of it now, so was Quigaman. Perhaps that can be encouragement.

  3. With its flagship title out, and no definite news comes out yet from the other franchisors, will BBP still stage a pageant this year—even online?

    • I have my doubts, scorg. But I was sounded off that the 40 Binibinis may have been asked to stay as such till year’s end. If that is any logical indication, a pageant may still be held within 2020. The MI cancellation was just learned this week , though, so that could shake things up.

  4. I can’t believe that MI cannot stage even an online international beauty contest in 2020. Japan has the technology and expertise to surmount the huge logistical coordination challenge of remote simulcasting and online viewing. Is it because outside of Japan, it can no longer promote Japanese culture the way they do in the pre-pageant activities inside Japan? Is it because there is no corporate sponsor willing to bankroll an online pageant with a world peace message in the backdrop of a public health pandemic?

    • scorg, here is a reply from Stephen Diaz who works for the organization:

      𝐑𝐞: 𝐌𝐢𝐬𝐬 𝐈𝐧𝐭𝐞𝐫𝐧𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧𝐚𝐥 𝟐𝟎𝟐𝟎 𝐜𝐚𝐧𝐜𝐞𝐥𝐥𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧
      We thought about the health and safety, first and foremost. If there’s no guarantee that the delegates won’t get sick due to Covid-19, then it’s best not to hold it. As to why we informed the national directors about the cancellation now, well, I insisted that we need to be fair to our national directors. They deserve to know about it at the earliest time possible so they won’t be left hanging. Forcing them to plan and produce a national finals, and to spend for their delegate’s trip to Japan – under the present economic circumstance – is just very insensitive and irresponsible. There are even those who have already started doing their pageant, and some countries have already selected or appointed a delegate. We leave to them the decision of appointing the delegate for next year, or not. But more than 85% of the remaining national organizations depend on the direction that we are taking. We did not wish for the pandemic to happen, more so, we did not want to have the negative effect that it has caused to the global and respective local economy. The least that we can do now is to let our partners and stakeholders get back on their feet, and to stay healthy and strong.

      𝐎𝐟𝐟𝐢𝐜𝐢𝐚𝐥 𝐬𝐭𝐚𝐭𝐞𝐦𝐞𝐧𝐭 𝐟𝐫𝐨𝐦 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐈𝐂𝐀 𝐰𝐢𝐥𝐥 𝐛𝐞 𝐩𝐨𝐬𝐭𝐞𝐝 𝐧𝐞𝐱𝐭 𝐰𝐞𝐞𝐤 𝐢𝐧 𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐰𝐞𝐛𝐬𝐢𝐭𝐞.

      • Sir Norman, the reply from Stephen implies that an online pageant is absolutely ruled out. He is talking about a physical staging where candidates would have to travel to Japan for the pre-pageant activities and the finals. My comment is on my disbelief why an online pageant was not considered when Japan has the technology, expertise and resources to stage one.

      • Perhaps, it’s the organization’s traditional belief that MI should remain a spectator event, scorg.

      • Sir Norman, you hit the right catchphrase– spectator event! That was also what I thought. MI seems so traditional that it is reluctant to experiment on new, innovative and creative ways to stage a pageant given the constraints imposed by uncontrollable forces.

    • @ scorg The Summer Olympics is the priority.


      Dearth of sponsors? MI’s parent organization – The Miss Paris Group – IS. And so is Panasonic.

      • @Flor: And that precisely is my point. It has sponsors capable of bankrolling its activities even without income from franchise fees, and yet it still ruled out staging an online contest. I just wonder what could be the reason for its inflexibility to dive creatively into the only media available to dodge the social-distancing constraints imposed by this pandemic.

    • @ scorg (continuation)

      But since, as we all know, MI charges NO franchise, you are probably right in that to do it this year is not feasible for them.

    • @scorg

      You started with “I can’t believe MI can’t even….” and then tried desperately to redeem yourself with “that’s what I thought so”. What I ridiculous way to save your ass from eating your words so to speak.

      • @Pete, with due respects, when I said “I cant believe MI can’t stage even an online… contest” it is because Japan has the technology and expertise to do such and MI has sponsors to bankroll such initiative. I already had in mind that the possible reason is that being so traditional and conservative , MI may stick to their business definition of spectator event. I purposely did not dwell on it in deference to MI because it negatively reflects an organization’s rigidity and inflexibility to adapt and innovate in response to the challenges of the times. When the phrase “spectator event” was mentioned by the blooger, it was my natural reaction to look back at the same thought I initially entertained but never wrote. Casual recollection of ideas in hindsignt can never be an attempt to “desperately redeem” oneself.

  5. Covid wreaks havoc on pageantry. How unfortunate we are that this happens in our lifetime. Some dreams are shattered. But as Peebles Asis said, this is just a temporary setback. I wish vaccine and drug for Covid will soon be discovered so that everything will return to normal.

      • True. Or at least a medicine that will specifically cure COVID-19, not just “will potentially stop or promising to mimic the RNA genome of it, etc…” or both! It is really risky since we don’t know who are asymptomatic carriers of this virus.

      • Vaccine may only be effective in 30-40% so I donot think it is reassuring enough . It maybe the death of pageants

  6. Napanood niyo ba yung pagwawala sa isang hotel lobby dahil sa kalasingan nung beauty queen ng ating shupitbaler?

    Josketch! Pati yung kababayan niyang si Henry Goulding na-imbierna sa kanya! Pati yung ND nung org nila, disappointed! May pagka-brat girl ang babaita!

  7. And ang chica naman dun sa mga Latin pages,

    I-e-elevate si Madison as successor of Zozibini as MU 2020!

    Naka-jockpot ang Puerto Rico for their 6th crown!

    • @ ClaiRe IbbeTson Mars, sino ipadadala ng PR sa MI 2021? May balita ka?

      Kasi. ‘yung 1st RU ni Nellys sa MEPR ang ipadadala nila sa ME…. 2020/1?

      Mr. Tinio, sure tayo may MPE 2020 (previous post), virtual nga lang. ‘Eh, ang ME mismo, po?

      • Madam Flora,

        I have no idea for their MI! Yan lang so far ang kalat na balita sa FB at IG! Kasi daw 11 pa lang ang confirmed candidates.

        And of course, yung comment ng mismong President ng Miss ECo shorva na disappointed daw siya kay Maureen for refusing the title! The nerve, ang bruja!

  8. so no MI 2020 pageant kahit sa ist quarter ng 2021? so skip 2020 and MI will be back on Nov to dec 2021?

      • oh. so pano yan? vickie is 28 na at 29 na next year. 28 lang sa MI. matuloy pa kaya ang bbp? hmmm. Had mm accepted the eco crown at d matuloy ang eco pageant. malamang mahaba din reign nya. so kung cancel na ang MI2020. vickie will possibly back out since yun lang ang title na fit sa age nya. unless accept pa ng Miss Globe ang 28. if accept pa ng MG. i think VR will back out pa din dahil mi ang gusto nya pero postponed.

      • @ jed The age ceiling has been raised to 29.

        Please refer to @ unorthodox’s comments in the VR dedicated post.

        Kunbanwa, jed San! 🙂

      • @Flor. yes i read that. pero confirmed na ba na binago ang age limit sa 29?

      • @ jed Did you see Stephen Diaz’s statement above, the one shared by Mr. Tinio (in reply to @ scorg)?

        He manages the Miss International Beauty Pageant FB page. Why not ask him yourself? There should be no problem…. Magtatanong lang naman. Hindi naman siguro masama magtanong.


  9. Tito Norman bakit wala yung previous comment ko requesting and thanking you for blogging the cancelled MI2020? Di kaya dahil naunahan kita about sa issue or na-preempt ko yung blog mo? Sorry kung medyo naunahan kita ha! ♥️♥️♥️

    • Adrienne, don’t overthink it. That comment of yours was approved na. I had to confirm with Armin everything first. Besides, it doesn’t hurt my ego kahit may nauna pa sa akin. I had to do grocery duties the entire morning kaya I wasnt able to sit on it right away. 🙂

  10. Since MU Colombia is now THE, Senyorita Colombia will instead divert their kween here.

    Downgrade from Maria Alejandra Vengoechea, imo.


    Tyra Goldman for BBP-International 2022/3!


    (Guys, bakit hindi magpa-breast reduction si VR kung “frontage” ang issue? Someone said she tends to slouch; could her ample bosoms be straining her spine? Will doing so impair her capacity to lactate later on when she and JA have kids? Should she start now? Gaano katagal ang recovery? I would like to believe the procedure is not limited to breast cancer cases. Si Australian vocalist, Tina Arena, ‘yata, had it done…. Notice niyo wardrobe ni VR, balot na balot at plakado sa dibdib para hindi bumakat ang mga “armas”, to de-emphasize….).

    Mabalik tayo du’n sa requirement ng MUO for country franchisees to have their new kween by 1 November. You know what it smells like to me?

    Mukha’ng condition set by Endeavor’s creditor/s to ensure magkakaroon nga ng LIVE pageant from which the organization can regain financial footing.

    • Whats wrong with having big boobs?!
      She just needs to work-out more often to lift it and make it more firm…

      • @ Bonbon It’s reduction, not excision.


        In any case, it is apparent from the nature of your comment and that of @ Closer2Fame’s that VR remains very bankable for MIBP after all, despite concerns she no longer “got game”. She will be utterly grateful to both of you. 🙂

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