Yesterday during the Grand Opening of the flagship store of Smilee Apparel in Binondo, Manila, Miss Universe Philippines National Director Shamcey Supsup-Lee was cornered by invited members of the media about some burning questions regarding the inaugural edition of Miss Universe Philippines. As expected, she dodged some of the inquiries – such as when exactly the finals will be or how many official candidates will be chosen – that can only be answered during the upcoming Press Conference that should be scheduled later next week.
She happily obliged, though, when asked to describe the type of Filipina who deserves to win the national crown. Or what she must possess, if you will.
Watch her answer below.
And on a lighter side about MUP2020, Shamcey answered this question:
My personal thoughts about the answer of Shamcey above? Well, the organization is definitely looking for Filipinas who are built to last – not only the competition itself, but also the physical and mental demands of potentially becoming the next Miss Universe Philippines. I’m sure the filtration process will be tough, knowing how she would dissect the minds and hearts of aspirants for the crown.
How about you, dear readers? Who are your pegs for the title? Give me one ideal girl you have in mind and briefly describe why she would be the best fit. 😊
Earlier in the day, the flagship store of Smilee Apparel was formally opened in Binondo, Manila complete with all the trimmings of good luck that should bring good fortune and more prosperity for the newest business of the husband-and-wife team of Lloyd Lee and now Miss Universe Philippines National Director Shamcey S. Lee. A festive lion dance ceremony was performed after the ribbon-cutting. A short program was held in the 2nd floor where balladeer Christian Bautista serenaded everyone with two of his most famous songs.
CEO Paul Lee spoke to all guests and engagingly narrated the start of his textile business from scratch and how he considers #SmileeApparel as just the start of bigger things to come. Given his success, he thanked the City of Manila for the continued support and even pledged P1.00 to the city government for and even pledged to the city government P1.00 for every item sold for a period of one year. Along with this, he presented a check donation of One Million Pesos to the Manila City Hall.
Smilee Apparel will definitely set the standard in the products they will sell in the market. From tshirts to polo shirts to hoodies and more, they will expand the market into online, retail and wholesale. Popular clothing brands in the Philippines are already sourcing from them – proof of the quality they continue to preserve through the years.
Congratulations to everyone behind Smilee Apparel!
Tomorrow, watch out for my Sunday Specials blog entry on what Shamcey Supsup-Lee is looking for in the next Miss Universe Philippines!
Eastern Visayas represent in today’s teaser. And this beautiful lady from Burauen, Leyte is sure to make heads turn in 2020. She is already decided on joining a national pageant. As to which, I will know soon enough.
Now before you think that Venisse Charm Costibolo is just a pretty provinciana who wants to try out for a national beauty pageant that may seem like a larger than life ambition compared to what your initial impressions are, let me add that she is not a greenhorn in the industry anymore. She was Reyna Ng Aliwan 2nd Runner-Up last 2017 – her highest reach in the recognized national level so far. Prior to that, she was Miss National PASUC 2016 (Philippine Association of State Universities and Colleges), Miss Eastern Visayas State University 2016 and Ms Silka Leyte 2016 1st Runner Up.
To some, these achievements may be small-time. But to this stunner, she is proud to have started from the grassroots and trained her way slowly but surely before rising in the proper hierarchy of competitions in the provincial and regional sets.
About two years ago as well, the then 18 year-old Venisse (who stands 5’6”) was already recruited by Aces & Queens for their training. She did not pursue the whole nine yards of it, believing that the right time to make her debut in either Bb. Pilipinas or Mutya Pilipinas should happen after a year or two. Or when she turns 20. Both conditions are now satisfied.
This 2020, Venisse will charm (no pun intended) her way to your hearts soon!
With no official statement on her formal installation as Bb. Pilipinas Grand International, I guess we can rely on the organizers’ recent post indicating that Aya Abesamis is now recognized as such.
Someone told me that she was already issued an official letter by BPCI regarding the promotion.
These ladies are truly #BeyondBeauty.
Here are photos of Bb. Pilipinas 2019 Queens Leren Mae M. Bautista and Aya Abesamis helping out in the packing and distribution of relief goods for families affected by the Taal eruption.
No gowns or heels or heavy makeups. Just plain goodness of heart to help out.
But the real heroes behind this effort are Mrs Regz Luancing Gibson and MakMak Luancing who helped in mobilizing the drive to collect funds for the relief operation.
To accommodate some planned changes in the pageant format and to better support our advocacy agenda, we have decided to extend the deadline for application for Miss Universe Philippines 2020 until January 31, 2020.
For interested applicants, follow these simple steps:
1. Download the form from the link below
2. Fill it out completely
3. Email scanned copy to email@example.com
4. Bring the complete application form, a copy of your passport (if already available), R4 Portrait Photo, R4 Swimsuit Photo, and birth certificate (PSA) to Empire Studios on the 2nd floor of Uptown Mall in Taguig.
5. Look for Paul Baysa or Maricar Abanador.
During your visit, your papers will be evaluated. Your body measurements will be also be recorded. The team will also take pictures of you.
You can visit from January 20 – 25 (Monday to Saturday), and from January 27 – 31, 2020 (Monday to Friday) from 2pm to 6pm.
Thank you and we wish you the best of luck!
Since we’re in the subject of MUP2020, information reached me (from a reliable source) that all applicants should have already completed at least a 6-month residency stay in the country prior to application. Bummer for those Fil-Ams or Fil-Europeans who have not fulfilled that requirement yet.
I seldom chat with a lady for the first time where the subject matter revolved around how I started blogging and what books and movies inspired me to create a signature writing style. That is exactly what happened during my first online encounter with Asha Gutierrez. And boy, did I enjoy it. I have already seen and observed her in person – enough to encourage me to make an entry about this thinking beauty whose name in Sanskrit means “wish, desire, hope”.
Asha is not your typical pageant joiner. She has the mix of an introverted/artistic personality with an occasional outward leaning. She is a writer and entrepreneur who loves to dance Salsa and Latin. Before graduating from the De La Salle University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Literature, she was an active athlete who trained with the national team in not just one, but two sports – basketball and boxing. Priority was given to her studies, though. The closest she returned to either of the two disciplines was when she took on Assistant Coach duties to young students.
Back to her name which – in Sanskrit – means “wish, desire, hope”, Asha got her baptism of fire in pageantry when she joined Miss World Philippines 2019. It was like coming out her shell, so to speak. She followed this up with Global Asian Model Philippines shortly after just so she can make a good comparison of the two different competitions. The experience made her realize that beauty contests are better suited to her liking because she can express herself more as a potential Beauty Queen than going deeper into the world of runway shows, editorial shoots and the like.
The wish stems from this point – to join another national pageant in 2020 given the desire to win a crown. Hopefully, she is fated to have one of her own. Sooner or later. And with this, I end with a quote from one of my favorite authors Daphne du Maurier:
”A dreamer, I walked enchanted, and nothing held me back.”