Is it just me or is the rivalry of beauty camps not as pronounced in this year’s edition of Bb. Pilipinas compared to the past number of years? Truth be told, it was only now in the homestretch of the competition that I am blogging about this subject matter when it was usually just a day or two of the announcement of Official Candidates that I would do so.
There are those who quip that beauty camps are divisive. But in a pageant-crazy nation like the Philippines, they are already embedded in the fabric of national beauty pageants. They are the crucial support system of the ladies in all the preparations, just as much as being the source of moral and emotional guidance as secondary parents of sorts. I believe that they are here to stay for good.
And then there are the brave Independents who weathered the ups and downs of the journey since Day 1. They have their allies here and there, but nothing that would equate to strength in numbers.
In tomorrow night’s Grand Coronation, expect the camp wars to still be felt, but not to stormy proportions. After all, half of the indies are still in the thick of the fight as front-runners. And if the breaks come their way, I won’t be surprised if they can successfully follow Catriona’s trail in 2018 when she decided to go through the entire thing as one.
Just to formalize now, below are the photo grids of the Binibinis from Kagandahang Flores (KF) Camp and Team Aces&Queens, plus the quartet of Independents in Bb. Pilipinas 2019.
Arnold, Jonas and Nad: the three original pillars of Aces & Queens
I am posting in full the farewell message of Jonas Gaffud to Aces & Queens.
Eighteen Years with Aces and Queens
When my friends and I founded Aces and Queens, our intention is to prepare young women to be queens for national and international pageants. Our group got bigger, as the number of girls we train or who asked to be trained by us, also grew. And we have trained them with passion, love and dedication without asking anything in return. Though we have permanent jobs, our only reward was to see them grow as persons, and bring honor to our country. We never knew it would be this big.
As much as I would love to continue training girls as head of Aces and Queens, I believe it is time for me to leave the group to pursue other endeavors. As such, I will focus on developing and sustaining advocacies which are close to our hearts: education of children, and raising funds for their causes, LGBTQIA rights & awareness, tourism for the Philippines and women empowerment.
I thank Aces and Queens, all the girls we have trained since 2001, everyone who has trusted me and above all, Filipino pageant lovers and supporters, without which we would not have achieved our successes in international pageantry.
Huge thanks to all camps, mentors, teams, groups, glam teams, designers for making the beauty pageant industry alive. I salute how the camps brought out the best in the Filipina. No one can take that away from them – their hardwork and dedication.
And many thanks to local and international organizations specially BbPilipinas Charities Inc and the Miss Universe Organization.
Let’s support our queens. We are Team Philippines after all.
Get to know more about your #Binibini29 Cassandra Chan through dance.
She is a certified ballet dancer of the Philippine Ballet Theatre. What’s more, she graduated cum laude from the University of the Philippines with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Visual Communication.
The towering April May Short filed her application for Bb. Pilipinas 2019 yesterday and will return for her next interview today – the deadline for submission when many of the more familiar names and faces are expected to register.
She is definitely the #PrideOfZamboanga! Those long legs alone stretch like forever! Aces & Queens must be really proud of this national pageant newbie.
She has been wooed to join Bb. Pilipinas for the longest time. Priority was given to her UP Diliman studies, though. She completed her undergraduate degree in Economics first before heading to UP College of Law.
And now that the #IskolarNgBayan is a Juris Doctor (JD) 2014-2018, Patch has finally decided to hold true to the commitment of doing national pageantry.
2019 is when she will shine the brightest – beauty, brains and personality all in one package.
When Sirene Sutton joined Bb. Pilipinas 2017 and came out of it without a title to be proud of, she was disappointed to say the least. She thought she gave it her best at the time. Months after the summer journey, she remained uncertain whether a second attempt in the nationals is worth reconsidering. Personally, though, I have always told her to give it one more shot because she has what it takes to become a big league winner.
I am aware that she has been training with Aces & Queens. Flag bearer of the beauty camp or not she has the goods and the preparation to make it. Let’s see if she will see through the edition this year and become a second-time Binibini and – fingers crossed – a titleholder this time around.
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