#TurningPhenomenal Series No. 19
If Ilocos Norte has a potential candidate for Miss Universe Philippines 2021 as I have blogged before, can Ilocos Sur be lagging behind? I don’t think so.
Welcome Ilocana beauty Kamille Alyssa Pilarca Quinola who once took part in a previous of Miss Philippines Earth before winning the crown of Miss Tourism Philippines – Queen Worldwide 2018 and representing the country in Miss Tourism Queen Worldwide 2018 where she placed 1st Runner-Up.
To her credit, this 26 year-old Registered Nurse from Caoayan, Ilocos Sur has the ability to speak fluently in Filipino, Ilocano and English with a good dash of French and Mandarin thrown in for good measure.
Will we see her taking a spot as one of the #phenomenalwomen this year?
These are just 12 of the 30 Official Candidates with their personal photos
Here they are!
The names of the 30 Official Candidates in the inaugural edition of Magandang Filipinas.
Watch out for more about the pageant which will have its Grand Finals on August 8 in the Paradise Island of Panglao in Bohol.
“There is nothing more rare, nor more beautiful, than a woman being unapologetically herself; comfortable in her perfect imperfection. To me, that is the true essence of beauty.” – Steve Maraboli
Here are the #NoFilter photos of the 34 Binibinis of Binibining Pilipinas 2021. Catch them this coming June 18, 4pm on the pageant’s YouTube Channel.
#TurningPhenomenal Series No. 18
If you’re an influencer and digital content creator who’s tall, pretty and with an always engaging personality, chances are that going into pageantry is a logical option to consider.
Just like Jen Barangan from Carcar City, Cebu who made the following tiktok video go viral from zero to hero.
After losing her job as Flight Attendant at Cebu Pacific due to the pandemic, Jen went full blast with her lifestyle vlogging. She is now a certified YouTube personality with 713,000 subscribers to date. Although her presence on IG doesn’t compare in terms of numbers, she still commands a healthy 150,000 followers. On Facebook, she has 221,000 right now.
Now, can she translate the talent into a crown? Why not? She is highly relatable.
The photo on the left shows her at Kagandahang Flores camp with Rodgil Flores – a sign of her next step.
Let’s see how things go for this Cebuana go-getter from here.
Turning Phenomenal Series No. 17
After Franki Russell, here is another Pinoy Big Brother alumni being rumored as joining Miss Universe Philippines 2021.
For the more keen pageant followers, you may remember Diana Mackey as taking part in a previous edition of Miss Philippines Earth. That was way back in 2015 when Angelia Ong won (who eventually completed a back-to-back win in Miss Earth with Jamie Herrell).
This 23 year-old half Pinay-half New Zealander (again) opted to try her luck in showbiz and was able to pass all the screenings en route to being welcomed to the “Bahay Ni Kuya” during Pinoy Big Brother 8 (Adult Edition) when she was able to stay a total of 41 days inside the house before getting voted out. She finished 5th overall. Thereafter, she got casted in small roles for ABS-CBN teleseryes.
While the qualifying age limit is not yet closing in on her chances of being an Official Candidate, Diana has a few more years to mull on things. She will only turn 24 December 24 of this year.
Will she? Cabanatuan City or the Province of Nueva Ecija (which she considers home in the country) is still on the look out for its entry. She could fit in nicely and be the first official Novo Ecijana to become a Phenomenal Woman.
I truly enjoyed my Pageantry Norms Episode earlier with the Dutch Misters of Misters of The Netherlands 2021.
It was fun talking with Tjardo Vollema, Mike Vanwijk and Ryan Sheikrojan.
Good luck in your competitions!
And I’m back!
#TurningPhenomenal Series No. 16
At first glance, you would say that she looks fresh. And then, another one would quip, “hey, I’ve seen her on TV before!”
And I would quickly answer “Yes!”
She used to be part of Pinoy Big Brother ABS-CBN in the past.
Will this Filipina-Kiwi beauty join Miss Universe Philippines 2021?
Let’s wait and see!
Oh and yeah, she is Franki Russell.
During yesterday’s Press Conference and Swimsuit Preliminaries of Binibining Pilipinas 2021, Bb. Pilipinas Grand International 2019 Aya Abesamis wore the very same gown by Renee Magtibay Salud that her mom – Bb. Pilipinas Universe 1984 Desiree Verdadero Abesamis – wore during the Finals of Miss Universe 1984 en route to a 3rd Runner-Up placement.
The reigning Queens during yesterday’s event
Yesterday’s Swimsuit Preliminaries will be shown as part of the Finals on July 11. But tonight, the National Costume Competition will premiere on the pageant’s YouTube Channel at 7pm.
They always used to say that – in beauty pageants – height is might.
But with Miss Universe Philippines, height is an asset, but if one has a middling stance, no problem. There is no minimum requirement starting this 2021.
Some eyebrows will be raised for sure. But we live in an age of inclusivity. And it can only get better for the beautiful Filipinas who did not have the confidence to join because they fall short of the minimum height that our national pageants prescribe to joiners.
So what could that instantly mean? For starters, more applicants will file their form. The Accredited Partners will have less of a headache in selecting their representative/s.
Let’s see who will step in and step up to the call for entries. Who knows? The next Miss Universe of the Philippines might just be petite in height.