Just when everyone else is too preoccupied with the visit of the Miss Universe titleholders and national beauties in our country, Mutya ng Pilipinas 2017 Hannah Khayle Iglesia competed in the AMA Asian International Super Model Contest and was able to get the nod of thr hard-to-please judges by placing 1st Runner-Up in the Graphic Model Category.
This could open up new doors of opportunities for the sweet and statuesque (5’10”) lass from up North as her oriental looks were warmly received in Mainland China.
Below are a few runway shots of Hannah during the Silk Road International Fashion Week that coincided with the modeling competition.
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.
2017 has been an all-out year of travels for Leren Mae Bautista. Having been a regular part of the Philippine Tapestry Fashion Show of Designer Renee Salud, she has been to Germany, all over Canada and the US East Coast where she walked the runway along with other choice models.
Leren is now taking it easy with the overseas engagements (she just got back from New York recently) and could be in that phase of her life where the next chapter could be a crossover to Bb. Pilipinas. There are definite risks involved – having been a Mutya ng Pilipinas 2015 and Miss Tourism Queen of the Year International 2015/16. But for this beauty from Laguna, she would rather take the challenge than regret not having done so once she gets past the age qualifications.
I know she is ready. And the past two years have polished her presentation and communication skills. Let us look back to the time when she won in Malaysia and her first TV interview with the ANC Channel.
Please share your comments afterwards, dear readers.
courtesy of Marvin Canlas
courtesy of ABS-CBN News
Binibining Cebu Tourism 2017 Samantha Ashley Lo is one of the ladies being talked about as possibly joining Bb. Pilipinas 2018. She is a 5’9” charmer from Asturias who studies Nursing at the University of Cebu. Part of her growing-up years was spent in the US, but she proudly considers the Queen City of the South as her home. She is a self-confessed wanderlust who will take the opportunity to travel and learn about different cultures every chance she gets.
During the Binibining Cebu 2017 finals, she was a top favorite alongside familiar faces Apriel Smith (who took home the big crown) and Maria Gigante.
Watch a video of Samantha during the provincial competition where she promotes her beloved hometown of Asturias. Then share your thoughts afterwards, dear readers.
Catriona Gray as photographed by Andy Cayna
Last Sunday night, your blogger spent some personal talk time with the beautiful Catriona Gray when we were seated beside each other during the birthday celebration of Col. Ricardo Nolasco Jr PAF (Ret) of Hannah’s Beach Resort and Convention Center at Forum 1 of Solaire Resort and Casino.
Truth be told, Cat was nursing a fever that night but gamely attended the event since she is the new “World-Class Beauty” endorser of the premiere pageant destination in the country with a video launched during the proceedings.
Cat was visibly surprised and worried about all the spreading talks and rumors about transferring beauty camps which she simply dismissed as small talks from different people which got bigger but totally untrue. If at any, she is more concerned on whether she should really take the risk of joining Bb. Pilipinas. If a yes, there is even uncertainty on whether she would take part in the 2018 or 2019 edition. At 23, she still has the luxury of waiting it out for another year or two. After all, there will only be one – and only one – title she would be interested in pursuing.
Let us give Cat that extra time to mull over matters first. And I will keep you on the loop with whatever move she finally decides to take.
In the meantime, here is a video of Cat singing a Norah Jones song during the said birthday bash.
In less than a month from now, the 2018 Philippine pageant season will start with the enlisting/submission of application forms and scheduled screenings for the next edition of Binibining Pilipinas signaling another wave of beautiful Filipinas aspiring to become the next national titleholders.
This early, which familiar names and faces are getting the loud buzz as seriously eyeing Binibini spots in the 2018 batch?
Let’s start with four.
Clockwise from top left: Michelle Marquez Dee, Leren Mae Bautista, Eva Psychee Patalinjug and Samantha Ashley Lo
There is Michelle Marquez Dee – daughter of Miss International 1979 Melaine Marquez – who skipped 2017 in order to finish her studies at De La Salle University. She is a graduate now so no excuse to skip another year. She is 5’11”.
There is Mutya ng Pilipinas Asia Pacific International 2015 and Miss Tourism Queen of the Year International 2015 Leren Mae Bautista who is likely to do the crossover. Inspite of the risk (being multi-titled), she is almost 100% ready to make the big move. She is 5’8”.
There is Mutya ng Pilipinas Asia-Pacific International 2014 Eva Psychee Patalinjug who kept a low profile the past few years due to personal and professional reasons. She is already 24 and the last time we spoke, the readiness is already in place. She is 5’8”.
Fourth on the list is Binibining Cebu Tourism 2017 Samantha Ashley Lo from Asturias, Cebu who is tall at 5’9”, very modelesque and very articulate.
Your early thoughts, dear readers?
Thank you, Frontrow Philippines for gathering the three Miss Universe titleholders for their Holiday Tour here and for making the country the first overseas stop of the new Queen – Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters – for her reign. Thank you as well to the Department of Tourism – Philippines for showing the ladies our scenic wonders.
Looking forward to a sparkling 2018 for Manila, Philippines!
”We’re still on a #FrontrowUniverse high so, we are sharing some BTS pics from the very special shoot of our #MissUniverse Queens Demi Leigh Nel Peters, Iris Mittenaere and Pia Wurtzbach for #Frontrow 👑
Thank you to the shoot’s stylist, Perry Tabora, for these shots ❤️We’re still on a #FrontrowUniverse high so, we are sharing some BTS pics from the very special shoot of our #MissUniverse Queens Demi Leigh Nel Peters, Iris Mittenaere and Pia Wurtzbach for #Frontrow 👑
Thank you to the shoot’s stylist, Perry Tabora, for these shots” ❤️