I am truly honored to have been invited by CNN Philippines to be part of their 2017 Year-Ender Special where the news channel’s hosts – Pinky Webb, James Deakin and Ruth Cabal – navigated the year that was, with topics tanging from the Marawi City Crisis, EJK, ASEAN Summit and Uber/Grab issues all the way to Philippine Pageantry where your blogger served as guest panelist.
Please indulge me in this post because I just want to share the thrill of being part of this media special. After being awarded one of the Philippine Empowered Men and Women of 2017, two consecutive guestings on ABS-CBN’s Umagang Kay Ganda, a spot on CNN Philippines’ The Source with Pia Hontiveros, the taping earlier in the day brings the year to a glorious close personally.
Please watch #Rewind2017 – the CNN Philippines Year-Ender Special on December 30.
When Miss Universe Philippines 2017 Rachel Peters guested on ABS-CBN’s GGV (Gandang Gabi Vice), she was game enough to have loads of humor and excitement with popular host Vice Ganda.
Maybe she got a tad more than what she bargained for, but she went through the whole guesting in the spirit of fun.
Watch the following clips now.
Courtesy of ABS-CBN Entertainment
Earlier in the day, the very first Miss Millenial Philippines was crowned during the finals held at the Mall of Asia Arena – a pageant that syncs with GMA-7’s noontime show “Eat Bulaga”.
Julia Gonowon of Camarines Sur topped the strong competition and won for herself P500,000.00, a brand-new Mitsubishi Montero Sport and a house-and-lot from Bria Homes (this prize package makes the winnings of our national beauty queens pale in comparison, without a doubt).
Carina Cariño of La Union finished 1st Runner-Up, with Eleonora Valentina Laotenza of Aklan and Shiara Joy Dizon of Malabon claiming 2nd and 3rd Runner-Up placements, respectively. Dianne Lacayanga of Ilocos Norte was named Bayanihan Queen.
Watch a video of the Q&A now and tell me your thoughts about the quality of their answers.
courtesy of Chin Chin
Now watch the crowning moment of Julia Gonowon.
courtesy of GMA Network
When Miss World Philippines 2017 Laura Lehmann guested on ANC’s Headstart with host Karen Davila, she spoke at length about what drives her, advocacy-wise. Actually, we already know that her focus is on education or PREP (Promoting Rural Education in the Philippines). Watch the video below as she gives us clearer insights on her Beauty With A Purpose (BWAP) Project, while answering other interesting questions along the way.
By the way, mentor Jonas Gaffud accompanied her in the said guesting.
courtesy of ABS-CBN News
Breaking Update from Laura Lehmann herself:
“Hi Tito! Saw your article about my BWAP. 🙂 Thanks for featuring me. 🙂 After discussing with the MWP Organization, we are opting to showcase and support the Jose Reyes Memorial Medical Center since this is the official partner of Miss World Philippines. Because of this, that project might be my BWAP for Miss World instead, bearing in mind the urgency and level of need that the hospital requires, since it really needs our help at the moment. 🙂 Just wanted to clarify in case anyone got confused. ❤️
courtedy of Marcos Lima
You may need to watch the video clip above sideways, but it contains the scene from last night’s episode of ABS-CBN’s top-rating “La Luna Sangre” where Miss International 2013 Bea Rose Santiago appeared in an intimate “vampire” scene with actor Richard Gutierrez.
Below are quick shots from the same.
Who doesn’t watch Miss Q&A on It’s Showtime nowadays? All eyes are glued on this segment of the noontime show that it has become such a popular viewing fare that nobody wants to pass up on. And when Matrica Mae “MatMat” Centino won the crown for the tenth time, she automatically advanced to the Grand Finals – and became Hall of Famer – of the search and was promptly guested by host Boy Abunda in his nightly show on ABS-CBN.
Here are videos from her TV interview guesting. Watch now.
courtesy of ABS-CBN Entertainment
And since we’re in the subject of Miss Q&A, below is resident judge Miss Grand International 2016 1st Runner-Up Nicole Cordoves defending her style of judging on the show.
Just when you thought that you’re filled to the brim with national beauty contests sprouting left and right, here comes Eat Bulaga on GMA Network which has just started the search for Miss Millenial Philippines 2017. No, this is not one of those gimmicky segment fillers of the popular noontime show. It is actually a proper beauty pageant participated in by close to forty (40) candidates who won in their respective provinces plus a few others who have already participated in other national competitions such as Dianne Lacayanga of Ilocos Norte & Jaila Ragindin of Bataan in Mutya ng Pilipinas and Sofia Panapanaan in Miss Philippines Earth. The focus is on local tourism and how each participant will enthusiastically promote her place of origin while presenting herself as the best version of the female millenial for 2017.
Below is a photo grid of the candidates.
Below is a video of their introductions during the noontime show.
courtesy of Cyote TV
The big difference in this pageant is the candidates’ frequent exposures on nationwide TV with the different stages of the competition televised daily. And for sure, the supporters of each of them will come in droves to cheer and make noise all the way.
More on Miss Millenial Philippines 2017 in the days and weeks to come.