I am sharing with you now the latest TV interview of Miss Universe Philippines 2018 Catriona Gray when she guested on the program “Leading Women” with host Angel Jacob. Check out her new insights as the country’s representative to Miss Universe 2018.
Watch now and share your thoughts afterwards, dear readers.
They’re not your typical beauty queen-wannabes, but each one of them has an inspiring story to tell.
If you’ve been following “Gusto Kong Maging Beauty Queen” – the beauty makeover pageant-reality show on Studio 23, you should know that the Top 5 finalists have already been named. And this coming Saturday, August 24 at 10:30AM, one of them will win it all and be declared as the woman whose wish of becoming a crowned BQ will be granted. Below is the press release: “The inspirational reality cum beauty makeover pageant shown Saturdays, 10:30 a.m. at Studio 23 has named the last five contestants who will battle it out for the top prize in “Gusto Kong Maging Beauty Queen” (GKMBQ): Air Paz, Japo Parcero, Darlene Anderson, Karen Navarro, and Gillien Camino.
Air lives in Marikina City with her 11-year-old daughter. A single mom, she used to be a performer at Universal Studios in Singapore. Abused by her ex husband, Air hopes to become an advocate for women’s rights.
Japo has a degree in AB Philosophy from UP. A former ‘hardcore underground activist’ she is a member of the Cebu Dragon Boat Team and an environmentalist. She also dabbles in film (documentaries) and photography.
Feisty and uber-competitive half-bred Darlene used to be a model but quit after gaining weight. She hopes to get back in shape to win.
A former wild child Karen served jail time. Her life took a 360-degree turn when she became a Christian. She hopes to inspire other ladies through her story of redemption.
Rounding up the list is Gillien who suffers from Alopecia. The family’s breadwinner she used to work as a photographer at the Manila Ocean Park.
For the past seven weeks, finalists have gone thru various positive transformations on Physical Appearance, Personality Development, Image Enhancement, Career Development, and Goal Setting with the help of resident judges and mentors Ms. World 2011 1st Princess Gwendolyn Ruais, and A-list producer Mike Carandang of America’s Next Top Model.
‘The tilt is sincere about developing its unlikely hopefuls’ potential—and making them legit contenders for the competition’s “crown”—or, at least, as far as their inherent limitations will allow them to prosper and persevere!’ wrote Nestor Torre, PDI columnist about the pageant.
Charo Soriano of Samsara Productions, show producer said GKMBQ is about women empowerment. “More than anything this show is about discovery and making choices. We hope to bring about raising the real standards of beauty in this nation – one that puts stock on the ‘inner woman’ as much as her outward manifestation and expression.”
The show’s winner will receive P1-million worth of cash and services from John Robert Powers and Beverly Hills 6750.
“On August 24, we will crown the winner – the ‘most beautiful contestant’ who after workshops and challenges was able to discover and showcase her full potential and improve herself, worthy of being called a beauty queen,” Charo adds.
Watch the finals this Saturday, 10:30AM. Only on Studio 23. 😉
Host Angel Jacob (center) with Resident Judges and Mentors Gwen Ruais (right) and Michael Carandang.
The eleven (11) wannabes of GKMBQ
Two Saturday mornings back, a new reality show premiered on Studio 23. “Gusto Kong Maging Beauty Queen” (I Want To Be A Beauty Queen) aims to break the cookie-cutter mode of beauty queen aspirants by adding the element of women empowerment and opening its doors to ladies whose looks and body proportions veer more towards normal but with a dash of character-driven qualities.
Here’s what the program is all about. “GUSTO KONG MAGING BEAUTY QUEEN” REDEFINES BEAUTY PAGEANTS
“Gusto Kong Maging Beauty Queen (GKMBQ)” is changing the way how a beauty queen is thought to be. Aired every Saturdays from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Studio 23, this unique reality game show is looking to be one of the city’s most entertaining beauty queen competitions in recent years.
“GKMBQ is a vehicle of women empowerment. The show will enable finalists to find out about their full potential and improve themselves using the tools that are given in the show’s workshops and challenges,” says Charo Soriano of Samsara Entertainment Productions, Inc., show producer.
courtesy of GKMBQ
An inspirational reality search, beauty makeover, and beauty pageant all rolled into one GKMBQ aims to find that one extraordinary-looking Filipina who embodies traits worthy of being crowned a ‘beauty queen’. The show is hosted by Angel Jacob. Resident judge and mentor are Ms. World 2011 1st Princess Gwendolyn Ruais, and A-list producer Mike Carandang of America’s Next Top Model.
Eleven finalists have been chosen to compete: Air Paz, Japo Parcero, Pam Velasco, Gillien Camino, Racquel Ramachandra Raja Gopal, Darlene Pearl Anderson, Alora Sasam, Marlene-Velasco Depi, Karen Navarro, Shierleen Humphries, and Kat Taylor.
This year’s batch was chosen via go-sees, online applications and provincial audition. Their ages range from 19 to 33 and have very colorful backgrounds. “One candidate is lesbian; one has psoriasis. Another has alopecia. We also have a performer, a battered wife, a rocker, and a former wild child. As viewers watch the episodes, we want them to relate andlearn from the experiences of the finalists,” reveals Charo, who is also officer-in-charge of Beverly Hills 6750, Asia’s premier multi-aesthetics institute, the show’s presenter.
Finalists will go thru various positive transformations on Physical Appearance, Personality Development, Image Enhancement, Career Development, and Goal Setting.
GKMBQ does not conform to the stereotypical appearance of a person but basically sympathizes with the person’s perception of her complete persona, adds Charo. “We recognize that beauty already exist in each on of us; we just need to draw it out. At the same time, we want to be able to convey that there’s more to beauty queens that what is normally portrayed in pageants.”
Watch “Gusto Kong Maging Beauty Queen” (GKMBQ) Saturday mornings. 10:30-11:30am only on Studio 23 if you want to see more of the same.
In fact, you can catch the 3rd episode tomorrow morning! 😉
The annual Metro Manila Film Festival will start on Christmas day. Among this year’s entries is a horror-drama which teams up Kris Aquino and Dingdong Dantes for the first time. The movie, “Segunda Mano” (Second-hand) is all about a pre-owned red handbag that brings about a string of misfortunes and strange, terrifying circumstances to its new owner and her loved ones.
The movie is a co-production of Star Cinema, Kris Aquino’s MJM Production, and Dingdong Dantes’ Agosto Dos Pictures. It also stars Angelica Panganiban, Helen Gamboa, Jhong Hilario, Bangs Garcia, Angel Jacob and introducing Sofia Millares. Bb. Joyce Bernal directs.
Catch “Segunda Mano” in your favorite multiplexes starting December 25.
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