Kylie in Nagasaki
Arnold Mercado of A&Q is in Tokyo now
In just four days from now, all roads will lead to the Tokyo Dome City Hall for the finals of Miss International 2016. It will be the culminating event for all the ladies competing to succeed Edymar Martinez of Venezuela. And Miss Philippines Kylie Verzosa – confident as she is – knows that she is up against some stiff competition. But then again, she would rather compete against herself because whatever fate awaits her come October 25, it will all boil down to how well she has registered in the eyes if the organizers and they see her fit to become the next wearer of the Mikimoto crown and white cape.
Arnold Mercado of Aces & Queens (left photo) is already in Tokyo to lend moral support to her ward, along with photographer Jory Rivera for opmb worldwide. And their presence has pumped up our bet even more, knowing that they will be around when she needed their personal guidance during the homestretch of the game.
Below is a vid of our bet as she was shown on Japanese TV.
courtesy of VideosMix-Beauty
Kylie is sticking to her plan of attack like clockwork – from daily attires to mingling with the pageant officials to socializing with the locals. And she does it so well that – from my vantage point – there is just no way that she will get lost in translation, or in the good grace of the board of judges.
Between now and early next week, the delegates will be more closely monitored via closed door panel interviews that will lead to early deliberation for the ones who deserve to be up there on Finals Night.
Will Kylie deliver? I bet she will. If Nicole Cordoves encapsulates her ascent “like a rocketship“, then this Baguio lass will do it “like a bullet train going to the peak of Mt. Fuji“.😉
Another Nagasaki shot for Kylie
Kylie during the Ikebana class
Kylie with the therapists at Miss Paris
Imelda during the Group 3 Charity Auction Night (Photo credit: Lito Caleon for Fabmanilaph)
How is our Miss Earth 2016 host delegate doing in the flurry of ongoing activities?
Imelda Schweighart is part of the highly competitive Group 3 where she needs to pit beauty, brains and personality with the likes of hot favorites Stephanie de Zorzi of Venezuela and Katherine Espín of Ecuador. Is she stepping up her game? Or could she be intimidated by the tough field that thinking of the back-to-back-to-back mission along with it gives her reasons to just coast along and enjoy the ride as far up as it takes her?
I have managed to talk to people close to Imelda and, while they know of her occasionally playful and child-like personality that can be easily misconstrued as being less committed to her responsibilities, there is only one thing they can say in unison – trust her to deliver when it matters most. I admit that we are merely acquainted with each other and the bond still leaves much to be desired in terms of trust and openness. But as a trained Psychologist, I have always sensed the acquired taste of a personality that will only grow positively on anyone if she is given the chance to prove her spunk and intelligence. If the shock value dominates all first impressions, then that won’t leave any room to giving her a chance to become popular than lightly infamous.
Imelda talks a lot of sense once you hit the right chords in her. Otherwise, you either get jarred or alienate her presence. But in an international pageant like Miss Earth, nobody has the generous elbow room to rise above wrinkled foreheads at the onset.
I know that the Philippines getting the crown for the third consecutive year will prove suicidal for Carousel Productions. And on that level alone, I would classify Imelda as an extreme longshot for the big win. But if the circumstances were any different (i.e., not having won for the longest years of waiting), then I know that Miss Philippines Earth 2016 will fight tooth and nail to get the Ramona Haar headpiece.
Let’s see what aces this Palawenya has up her sleeves in the remaining week of the competitiom before the winner gets to be crowned on October 29.
Imelda in aura mode while enjoying a sanctuary beach in El Nido, Palawan
Catriona in swimsuit during MWP2016 by Onecho Gabinete
When Miss World Philippines 2016 Catriona Gray finally leaves for Washington, DC, USA second half of next month for Miss World 2016, she will bring along an arsenal of plus points that will go way beyond parading in two-piece swimwear – a traditional beauty pageant that the Miss World Organization has already removed from its roster of requirements from the candidates who will be competing for the blue crown.
Catriona is fit, and she can glide in any two piece-swimsuit with ease. But without that part, our bet can now focus on the other strengths she can lean on in the quest for our country’s 2nd victory in the same.
Catriona can sing very well. That is her talent. She can walk the runway like a gentle gazelle with the haunting look of a damsel who will make heads turn in her every glide and gallop. That is her ace in the modeling segment. She can articulate herself well. And in well-constructed statements. That is the key in the Q&A. And she can also lay down her Bright Beginnings Project to all and sundry to look into. That is her BWAP (Beauty With A Purpose) entry. So what else can she offer?
Perhaps, Catriona will still need to level up in her social media outings. But that is something she can pour herself into with much fervor and enthusiasm. And the adjustment will not require herculean strength to put on her shoulders.
Photo credit: Onecho Gabinete for normannorman.com
So offer-wise, Catriona has a lot to give. I am not even mentioning how she can breeze into a Rolene Strauss peg if she wants to. Sweetness in abundance.😉
Catriona on the Miss World website
I really enjoyed by hair pampering day at Barberina
The ever attentive staff at Barberina in Madison Galleries
I grew up trusting barbershops in the province. I got spoiled by my favorite hair cutters inspite of their relatively outdated techniques. But time came when the joy of making regular trips to the hair salon became my new personal pleasure. Aside from the usual haircut, I get hair spa treatments and the usual mani/pedi plus hair coloring. That’s where David’s Salon entered the picture.
And so when the popular hair salon thought of creating a fusion between a barbershop and a hair salon, Barberina by David’s Salon was born. With female barbers (in smart black uniforms) doing the task that their male counterparts have been known for, a new option for men who wanted some good old pampering in a fresh new setting is fast becoming the in thing.
Barberina by David’s Salon opened its first outlet at the 3rd Floor of Madison Galleries in Alabang (right in front of the new Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish Church and on the access route to Alabang Hills Village from the service road along SLEX). And if you would like to give their female barbers a try, then why not drop by one of these days. The warm and welcoming personnel will attend to your needs with a smile.
To know more about Barberina, visit their Facebook Page.😉
October 19 was like Jeslyn Santos day in the Province of Bulacan as the newly-crowned Miss United Continents 2016 was given her well-deserved hero’s welcome and motorcade that started from the Bulacan Provincial Capitol including alma mater Bulacan State University and worked its way to the Municipality of Paombong en route to the final stop – the Municipality of Hagonoy – where our Pride was born and raised.
Jeslyn was met by Bulacan Governor Willy Sy Alvarado and Vice-Governor Daniel Fernando before the motorcade started. Then it was a big parade that reached a feverish pitch the minute the float arrived in Hagonoy where Mayor Amboy Manlapaz greeted her and gave a big reception attended by many local officials, loved ones and friends. Here are more photos from the whole day affair courtesy of the Municipality of Hagonoy.
At the Hagonoy Mayor’s Office
With Hagonoy Mayor Amboy Manlapaz
At the Office of Bulacan Governor Willy Sy Alvarado
JDV, Jeslyn and Bulacan Vice-Governor Daniel Fernando
! This is such a life-changing event for Jeslyn and life will only get brighter with more opportunities and projects in the weeks and months to come.
Congratulations once more, Miss United Continents 2016!😀
October 22, 2016
This coming Saturday, October 22, at the Makati Shangri-la Ballroom, the Tenth Annual Star Magic Ball will take place where the big stars of ABS-CBN will take the spotlight as one solid Kapamilya family, dressed to the nines and ready to enjoy the night away. This is an annual event that a lot of fashiom designers, stylists and HMUAs are looking forward to. And my favorite shoemaker – Jojo Bragais – is one of them. He has hand-crafted a number of heels to be worn by some of the female stars. The question is, who among them?
Here are photos of the Bragais™ creations that should hopefully get photographed with their wearers this weekend.🙂
Wouldn’t some of you Bragais™ wearers love to have a personal pair or two of the heels above?
Bb. Pilipinas 2016 2nd Runner-Up Jehza Huelar
During these lull moments in between the simultaneous international competitions of Kylie Verzosa and Nicole Cordoves in Tokyo and Las Vegas, respectively, I thought of featuring Bb. Pilipinas 2016 2nd Runner-Up Jehza Huelar after my recent blog post about Angelica Alita – the ladies in the wings for our titled Queens.
You all know that Jehza was already a fashion and photographic model back in her home province of Davao before finally going the pageant route and successfully graduating from her college degree at Ateneo de Davao University amidst her beautiful ride in the nationals. At this point, the world remains to be her growing oyster. She could rejoin in 2017 or finish her BPCI contract till she serves the full eighteen (18) months then get some gainful employment in the business sector as a good alternative.
Either way, Jehza is still on a win-win slate. She is already a degree holder with the Bb. Pilipinas door already open for her to fulfill the unfinished business of winning a national crown to her name.
I know that this girl is wise. And whatever calculated moves she will end up doing should definitely be for the best. In the meantime, enjoy her pretty in (predominantly) pink creations by Yang Bautista.😉