Will the sister also rise?
Dindi Pajares is not the only lady in her family who is very likely to become a Binibini. And she is not the only Flight Attendant of Philippine Airlines in her family either.
Kimberly Pajares is.
This 26 year-old from Bataan – who stands 5’9″ – is also en route to the BPCI Office at the Araneta Coliseum.
This is just a teaser, so you’ll have to wait for the more substantiai.
Credits go to the owners of the cartoon-themed art illustrations of beauty queens above
I have long wanted to sit down and do this article ever since my TV guesting on the “Winning the Crown” series of CNN Philippines early last month. However, the busy schedule of activities for the 65th Miss Universe kept me from focusing on the subject matter until the night of Valentine’s Day when I had enough free time in my hands to do so.I remember telling host Pinky Webb then that the Filipino pageants fans, followers and critics are gradually transforming into the “spoiled brats” of pageantry – both national and international. Blame it on the succession of achievements since 2013 – a third Miss Universe win, our very first Miss World victory, two Miss International titles and two Miss Earth crowns in less than three years, the very first Asians and Filipinas claiming Miss Supranational and Miss Globe plus more – that have pushed a lot of us to get used to winning or high placements that defeat or clapping is no longer acceptable (or an invalid justification for bullying and the like).
Don’t get me wrong, dear readers. I am all for high standards, and keeping it that way. With the Philippines already classifed as a pageant powerhouse, being #1 means the only other ranks we can go to would be a slide down to 2nd or 3rd or even worse. And that would be a bitter pill to swallow for most because we have performed so incredibly well globally that any stumbling blocks along the way will be avoided like landmines or booby traps.
But let me get into the heart of this post – the criticisms. There are constructive words and suggestions on the right, while smart-ass punchlines and (at times) hurtful comments are stacked on the left. We live in a free world. But we must also be responsible with the things we say/share about our national pageant aspirants. Believe it or not, they read and follow my blogs especially if the topic revolves around their individual bids. Not all of them have iron-clad emotions yet (soon they will learn how to deal with the harsh opinions). But even if they eventually firm up themselves for the mudslingings and cruel banters, there will always be moments of weakness. Let us try to temper ourselves as much as possible when the lure of putting in a short below-the-belt quip is much too hard to resist. Explaining your less-than-pleasant impression on a potential candidate is better than leaving a curt phrase or statement that makes you sound more like a lazy poster who cannot detail your opposition beyond negative thoughts based on photos and the like.
I love a good exchange of ideas. Instead of putting down a person, let us make known our individual “hugots” more clearly than leaving her with feelings of irrevocable rejection. Even the slightest hint of positivity amidst a concerned-comment-disguised-as-an-insult will do. 🙂
A throwback photo taken during the Bb. Pilipinas 2015 Press Presentation at Sofitel Manila (Photo credit: Edmund Chua for Fabmanilaph)
I can sense a good potential in Camille to become a Binibini
There are three interesting details about our next feature for the Bb. Pilipinas watch. First, she is a pageant newbie who has never joined any major beauty contest ever. Secondly, she is an independent applicant who is not affiliated with either A&Q or KF (or JDV for that matter). Thirdly, she is 26 years old and because of that, Bb. Pilipinas 2017 is her last chance to join in the nationals.
Maria Camille Manalo is from Silang, Cavite. She stands 5’9″ and is a Library & Information Science graduate of University of Santo Tomas. A martial arts athlete, she used to be a member of the Philippine National Team in Taekwondo and won a Gold Medal during the 26th SEA Games. Outside of this, she loves hiking , diving and surfing.
I see a lot of potential in Camille. And while this will be her one and only chance to take a chance in becoming a Binibini, I have a feeling the screening committee will show particular interest in her. She has a unique brand of charm once you see her face-to-face.
Good luck, Miss Manalo! 🙂
Gabriela Patricia Madarieta Ortega for Bb. Pilipinas 2017
Who do we have here? A Filipina-Mestiza you can call by her nickname “Abby”. Or if you want it in full, she is Gabriela Patricia Madarieta Ortega. She does have Spanish blood infused along with Filipino lineage in her looks. But make no mistake. Her parents are very Pinoy in ways and means.
Gabriela finished her masteral studies in Barcelona and her profession (I will tell that later) will remind you of the same specialization that a former Miss Universe Philippines titleholder finished in the university level. A very engaging conversationalist, she expresses her views very fluidly. While a Catalan accent can be heard by the keen listener, one can easily sense the Filipino pride that encouraged her to give Bb. Pilipinas a try. And oh, I couldn’t as of yet locate a good photo showing off her bedimpled smile. She really turns on the charm the minute she lets out a happy face.
Watch out for this beautiful lass as she joins the beeline for the nationals.
P.S. She is an architect.
Could 2017 be the Year Laura Lehmann is waiting for?
Laura hosting the Smart/PLDT event for the 65th Miss Universe
Last night, Arnold Mercado of Aces & Queens posted a teaser of a Facebook update where his only caption of the photo of Laura Lehmann went like: “Are you ready for @iamlauralehmann?
“. It was something that was immediately lapped up by all fans and followers of the Bb. Pilipinas 2014 1st Runner-Up as an encouraging indication that she is indeed seriously contemplating on whether to greenlight her joining this year.
Prior to the above, Laura posted a photo in her Instagram account – the one where she was awarded 1st Runner-Up last April 2014 with the caption: “Missing Pageants”.
Will we finally see the return of Laura Victoria Lehmann in the nationals? I bet a lot of you will agree that she will make this batch more competitive. All throughout her low-key pageant years, she has honed her skills in hosting and public speaking. This should prepare her well for the upcoming screenings.
So has the search for Laura Lehmann 2.0 finally ended? Your guess is as good as mine! 😀
BTS shot from Laura’s first international pictorial in Australia for AffinageXDavidsSalon
From London, UK, here comes Christa Borja for Bb. Pilipinas 2017
Christa Borja may have migrated with her family to London, England when she was only 14, but she has maintained her Filipino values and qualities. Credit goes to the strong Pinoy communities in England that allowed her to keep everything intact despite living a Londoner’s lifestyle for practically a decade now.
5’9″ Christa reigned as Miss Philippines UK 2015, and is now aiming for a Binibini slot in Bb. Pilipinas 2017 if all things fall into place. She previously worked as Merhandising Assistant of Marks & Spencer, while doing volunteer work with Battersea Dogs and Cats Home.
Christa has been dutifully preparing herself for the screenings by attending fitness workouts at Golds Gym and getting into pageant training mode at the KF camp in QC.
Christa during her workout at Golds Gym
Good luck, Christa! 🙂
Will world traveler Ana Patricia Asturias go for Bb. Pilipinas 2017?
Now here’s one fresh-faced lady I want to see suiting up for Bb. Pilipinas 2017 – a world traveler who goes by the uniquely-spelled nickname “Patrik” but is Ana Patricia Asturias in real life. She hails from Tacloban. Her photo grid above is just a sampling of pictures from her visits to Reykjavik, Japan, Milan, Venice and Barcelona. But more than visiting other countries, she really wants to be a pride of the country and a spokesperson for her personal advocacies. The nationals could be an effective route for that.
Patrik in Cabo de Roca, Portugal
Here is more of 5’6″ Patrik and how she describes herself:
“My name is Ana Patricia Asturias. I introduce myself as Patrik, which is the nickname given by my parents for wanting their 3rd child to be a boy. I grew up in a big family living in the city of Tacloban where I lived a simple childhood. I then moved to manila to finish my college degree at the University of Santo Tomas. I can say that I’m happy to be able to do the things I have always wanted to do the last 5-10 years of my life; explore, discover myself and have fun, crazy and memorable experiences. I had friends who made fun of me all the time but love me at the same time, friends that turned into family.
I discovered that traveling and reading are the things I love and have occupied my spare time and has shaped me to be a person who is positive, deep and (silent) confident – the 3 best words I believe I could describe myself. No matter how bad the situation I’m in, I would always choose to see the silver lining. You can never live a positive life with a negative mind. Now, I’m a Licensed Interior Designer, a fully trained barista and partners with my mom in running a Cafe in my hometown which has been my favorite project for the past year. Coffee and Design are my forte and passion…… I aspire to do more and be more, and ill take every chance that passes me by as an oppurtunity. ❤️
So that is Patrik in (more than) a nutshell.
Patrik, aka Ana Patricia Asturias
Your initial impressions about her, dear readers? 🙂