With forty (40) Binibinis vying for only six (6) titles at stake, any pageant fan or follower would be at a loss as to how to properly distribute the wins to way less than 1/4 of them. And so, the reason why I am doing a second round of articles for the ladies is so that you will get to know them even more. After all, pageant sites/blogs should give them all the equal exposure that the big networks and publications would not go into on an individual basis.
I give you back #Binibini29 Samantha Avestruz from the Province of Leyte who always strikes me as a far more outstanding (and underrated) delegate the minute you get to spend quality minutes with her. Bb. Pilipinas is her very first national pageant, and making it as an Official Candidate in her first try is already considered a big achievement.
Here are eight (8) facts about Sam that you may not be aware of yet:
1. Graduating Student of Political Science from the University of Santo Tomas
2. Spearheaded a project in her University entitled seminART: The Role of Visual Arts in Shaping Philippine Politics
3. She was a Literary Writer and Cartoonist for her School Newspaper
4. She was an Intern at the Senate of the Philippines
5. Started modeling at the age of 13 and was Miss Teen Leyte 1st runner -up and Miss Leyte Pintados runner-up.
6. She advocates raising political and social awareness through visual arts
7. Runs a personal blog where she showcases her poetry and writing
8. Skilled in photo shop and adobe illustrator, designing brochure for NGOs and other organizations
So what do you think of Sam, dear readers?
Credits for Sam’s topmost and third photos:
Photography / Ross Paris
Creatives/ It’s all about Fashion
Styling/ Yul Avestruz
When the idea of combining the wonders of skin care science and the fortune-laden wisdom of feng shui was initially presented to me, the first reaction was more of doubt. Perhaps, I needed to know more about how the Chinese metaphysical and quasi-philosophical system (that seeks to harmonize individuals with their surrounding environment) can be blended with the science of beautifying our skin and over-all physical disposition. Montage Skin Science and Aesthetics has done just that.
MONTAGE BRINGS TOGETHER SKIN CARE AND FENG SHUI
Montage Skin Sciences & Aesthetics has entered into a partnership with world-renowned feng shui expert Ms. Yuri Saito to promote skin care services to celebrate the Chinese New Year.
According to Marketing Manager Andy Marantal, feng shui can show an interesting dimension on providing skin care.
“We approach skin care based on the skin type and skin goals of our clientele (customers). For the Chinese New Year, we augment our approach by giving our customers a glimpse of their future so they can prepare their skin and body for what that future holds for them,” he said.
Mr. Marantal said that this collaboration with Ms. Saito reflects Montage’s commitment to bringing expertise to skin care while being inspired by the beauty and power of nature.
“Our guiding principle in skin care is that beauty should always be closest to its natural state. Feng shui seeks harmony with nature, that is why our partnership with Ms. Saito brings a new level of care in skin care,” he said.
Yuri Saito is a graduate of Lilian Too’s Institute of Feng Shui, and is the president and owner of Power of Feng Shui.
Starting this month, all Montage branches will be providing feng shui readings for customers who avail of skin care services as part of the consultation procedure.
Miss Philippines Earth 2013 Angelee delos Reyes (an endorser of Montage Skin Science and Aesthetics) during a visit to one of the clinics
The Province of Albay has always been a rich source of beautiful Filipinas for enlisting in national pageants. And the force of the Albayanas continues in Bb. Pilipinas 2018 with the presence of #Binibini10 Kayesha Clauden Chua and #Binibini28 Angelica Mae Corbe from Legazpi City, #Binibini20 Catriona Gray from Oas and #Binibini40 Angelie Aubrey Asuncion from Tabaco City – all gorgeous but with different personal styles for the competition.
Aubrey – she who sings so much like Sitti Navarro – is actually a morena deadringer for actress Janine Gutierrez in person. And once she uses her piercing set of eyes to the max, then one can’t help but be taken in by her charms.
Angel – she who belly-dances like a sweet Turkish delight – is the most pageant-exposed among the four given her rich experience in beauty contests – both provincial and regional levels. She is also a joy to converse with.
Kayesha – she who has been said to move and project like Miss International 2016 Kylie Verzosa – is the type of opponent who never misses a beat in setting her game plan into motion. She goes into action mode the minute she steps into the spotlight.
And Catriona – she who is now the current subject of many online criticisms for being the #1 pick of most and the overrated choice for the rest – continues to be one of the Binibinis with the Golden Halo in the eyes of the individuals whose decision matters and the large fan base rallying behind her bid.
Dear readers, this year’s beauty derby is not the easiest to assess given the choices of potential winners we need to base our predictions from. Given that, how are you scoring the four ladies above?
Sophia at the Taj Mahal
Miss Multinational Philippines 2017 Sophia Senoron is having the time of her life in New Delhi, India as the country’s representative in Miss Multinational 2017/2018. Just the other day, she went to Agra to visit The Taj Mahal along with the other candidates. One item off her bucket list at a young age.
Yesterday and today, they were immersed in an environmental seminar where individual advocacies – whether directly or indirectly related to the protection of nature – were shared. Once completed, an online voting for Miss Environment will begin and this is where your support for our bet will be much appreciated.
Early next week on February 26, the finals will be held at the Kingdom of Dreams in Gurugram where the winner will be crowned. Aside from the Miss Multinational 2017-2018 title, four other continental titles will be awarded.
More about the mission of Sophia in India soon. In the meantime, here are more photos of her and the candidates.
In the roster of this year’s Bb. Pilipinas 2018 Official Candidates, #Binibini21 Anjame Santos Magbitang is the youngest at 19 (she also happens to be the tallest), while #Binibini36 Loren Mar Artajos is the oldest at 27. Now each one of them have their respective strengths to brandish in the competition – with the former relying on her statuesque height, freshness and upward potential and the latter leaning on her excellent communication skills, strong pageant experience and an already national crown (Miss Philippines Earth 2016) to be proud of.
Anjame has the edge of getting the interest of the organizers to at least give her a runner-up position so she can be further groomed for future joining. Loren – the minute she breaks into the Q&A – will definitely be a force to reckon with. She expresses her mind like a seasoned speaker and on a variety of subject matters at that.
So who has the better chance of shining through come March 18, dear readers?
There is something wonderful to be said about the representation of the Queen City of the South in Bb. Pilipinas 2018 which boasts of having not just one or two or three, but four (4) Binibinis in the thick of the competition for the crowns at stake. There is #Binibini3 Muriel Adrienne Orais, followed by #Binibini23 Ena Velasco (who is originally from Bacolod but trained in Cebu) and #Binibini26 Wynonah Buot. #Binibini32 Eva Patalinjug completes the quartet and how. This is such a strong group of Cebuanas in what could be their strongest presence yet in the nationals.
Among the four, Ena has the strongest credentials, being a Medical Doctor – something that would benefit most the charity projects of BPCI with her mere presence alone. Muriel has the best PR and communication background, being part of the Presidential Cabin Crew and also the face of the print ads and in-flight safety video of the nation’s flag carrier. Wynonah has the most solid modeling background as a profession, having spent years as a runway gazelle and photographic subject in Cebu. Eva is not falling behind in the looks and popularity department, aside from being the only nationally-titled top winner of another beauty pageant, Mutya ng Pilipinas (Muriel also placed in Miss Philippines Earth, but as a member of the Elemental Court).
Each one of the four have strong cards to lay down on the table come deliberation time. Who will get the best reward come March 18, dear readers?
I don’t want to call them as pleasant surprises anymore because – at least in this blog – they have already earned decent notices from readers and could be considered dark horses at this stage of the competition. I reckon that it would be more appropriate to tag your #Binibini37 Patrizia Mariah L. Garcia and #Binibini7 Sigrid Grace Flores as potential spoilers to the running favorites.
Both Pat and Sigrid have what it takes to easily shine (and perhaps outshine) the relatively sought-after Binibinis. The former projects a more modern (and taller) Gloria Diaz vibe onstage that she carries with ease. The latter, on the other hand, benefits from consistently good styling and a very charming presence that can hook anyone around her in an instant. What’s more, they are not lagging behind in the communication skills front.
Could this duo be the come-from-behind performers who can steal the limelight on March 18?
Share your thoughts, dear readers.