Amidst their tight schedules, the Bb. Pilipinas 2012 winners – Janine, Nicole, Katrina, Elaine and Ali – took time out to grace the AVON Fashion Show held at the SMX Convention Center and coinciding with Philippine Fashion Week.
How are you liking them now? See any improvements? 😉
The Grand Santacruzan 2012 of BPCI was successfully held at the Araneta Center Saturday afternoon with all reigning queens plus past winners donning elegant ternos while personifying the various Reynas of the annual May day celebration. Check out the pictures below (courtesy of OPMB Worldwide):
Janine Tugonon, Miss Universe Philippines 2012
Nicole Schmitz, Bb. Pilipinas International 2012
Katrina Dimaranan, Bb. Pilipinas Tourism 2012
Elaine Kay Moll, Bb. Pilipinas 1st Runner Up
Annalie Forbes, Bb. Pilipinas 2nd Runner Up
Shamcey Supsup, Miss Universe 2011 3rd Runner-Up
Venus Raj, Miss Universe 2010 4th Runner-Up
Reyna Emperatriz, Gloria Diaz, Miss Universe 1969
Beautiful! Elegantly beautiful!
Reader Basil was blown away by our ladies after seeing all of them in the flesh. I’m sure he has renewed confidence in our reigning queens. And for the others who also witnessed the event, you may share your thoughts about the same. 😉
Want to see our Bb. Pilipinas 2012 winners in person? Then head over to the Araneta Center tomorrow afternoon at 4pm for the annual Grand Santacruzan where Janine Tugonon, Nicole Schmitz, Katrina Dimaranan, Elaine Kay Moll and Annalie Forbes will be traditionally dressed and paraded around the Smart Araneta Coliseum area as Reyna Elenas for everyone to see and cheer upon. I am also anticipating the participation of past beauty queens in the same.
So if you’re free, the invitation is open to the public. 😉
The Ilocos Region was graced with the presence of the Bb. Pilipinas 2012 winners during a trip sponsored by Philippine Airlines and the provincial governments of Ilocos Sur and Ilocos Norte. Janine Tugonon (BPU2012), Nicole Schmitz (BPI2012), Katrina Dimaranan (BPT2012), 1st Runner-Up Elaine Kay Moll and 2nd Runner-Up Annalie Forbes were all treated to the warm hospitality of the Ilocanos as they visited the key cities of Vigan and Laoag.
I hope it doesn’t stop here. Since their respective competitions abroad are still several months away, Philippine Airlines should bring them to other local destinations like Cebu, Davao, Bicol and the like as some sort of tourism pitch, as well as getting the ladies closer to their countrymen. Don’t you think so? 🙂
Our 2012 Queens (L-R) Nicole Schmitz, Bb. Pilipinas-International; Janine Mari Tugonon, Miss Universe Philippines and Katrina Dimaranan, Bb. Pilipinas-Tourism (Photo credit: Bruce Casanova for BPCI)
Finally, the winners of Bb. Pilipinas 2012 have been crowned. Are you happy with the results? Before I make my conclusion on the same, allow me to analyze how or why these ladies landed the honors they are now celebrating in Cloud 9 with.
JANINE MARI TUGONON - MISS UNIVERSE PHILIPPINES 2012
Why Janine? I say ‘Why not Janine?’ The 5’9″ Thomasian has been languishing under the shadows of the flashy Mary Jean Lastimosa since Day 1. And the time has come to claim what is rightfully hers based on factors outside our parameters for personal predictions and the like. After all, she snatched the higher rank last year. No Coca-Cola body or generous butt here, but a solid ballet built that gym trainer John Cuay can whip into much better shape in time for the international competition in December. Her face is not categorically pretty, but one that – with the right makeup and styling – could be trend-setting in a modern Brook Lee kind of way. Her mysterious eyes and (preferably) full smile project the type of no-nonsense beauty that can never be tagged as one-dimensional. Add to that her due diligence, sharp runway footwork & quick-thinking ability and we might just have a worthy follow-up to both Venus and Shamcey. As people say, luck comes in threes.
My unsolicited advice for her? Lose the stiff/monotonous delivery of reply during the Q&A. It’s best to show grace under pressure without losing the much-needed warmth and sincere spontaneity. Last night, her interview paled in comparison to how she did in 2011, while wearing a gown that looked more tacky than regal (it’s like a throw pillow was sewn on her chest). Nonetheless, I trust that she will be made over in all areas, this one included.
NICOLE SCHMITZ - BB. PILIPINAS-INTERNATIONAL 2012
Nicole Schmitz played her cards right and she had her patience rewarded by being crowned Bb. Pilipinas-International. And for the China-based pageant, her bi-racial features and flirty Latina vibe will definitely sit well with the predominantly Chinese organizers and judges. I initially penciled her for Miss Universe. But after careful consideration, I guess me and the judges became one in assessing her as a perfect fit for Miss International. In addition, she handled the Q&A best and was picked Best in Swimsuit (usually an indicative award for Bb. Pilipinas-Universe). But then again, she might have been seen as gorgeous but a wee bit common-looking for Miss Universe where the true-blue Latinas dominate.
KATRINA DIMARANAN - BB. PILIPINAS-TOURISM
I’ve always had a good feeling that Katrina will be first-time lucky. I may have seen her as the best bet for Miss Universe, but the results showed otherwise. At any rate, this Fil-Am charmer still registered well among last night’s decision-makers with her all-natural unspoiled and unpretentious self. Whenever she talks, the world sits up and listens. And who best to help promote Philippine Tourism but someone who is proud of her East and West combo. Her Q&A showing had nothing extraordinary to crow about, but she still managed to be one of the better speakers in this regard.
ELAINE KAY MOLL - First Runner-Up
I was close to giving up on Elaine Kay Moll during the pageant proceedings when she sounded tentative in Q&A and took relatively longer to reply. But in fairness, she was beautifully made up and looked her best all throughout. In the final analysis, she fell short of getting one of the three crowns. There was always one candidate ahead of her in each. She comes off half-raw for Miss Universe and relatively missable for Miss International and Miss Tourism Queen International. But as 1st Runner-Up, I believe she will be the Philippine rep for Miss Supranational. Chances are that she will be immersed into more training that should hopefully better her potentials to stand out in Poland.
ANNALIE FORBES - 2nd Runner-Up
Annalie was one of the surprise performers last night. She was in her best form during the swimsuit and evening gown rounds. No eyebrows were raised when she made the Top 12. But when it came to the interview segment, her reply was one of the weakest, if not the worst. But in fairness, she did not really make a complete fool of herself. It’s just that the way she composed her statements bordered on the somewhat laughable. And correct me if I am wrong, but did she mishear the question of the judge (H.E. Jorge Domecq) about the disadvantages of social media? Because it was very clear that she stated the advantage instead. Anyways, if I’m going by sentiments, I should be glad that my ka-probinsiya made it to the Top 5. I have a nagging feeling SMA will also consider her for Miss Supranational 2012 if Elaine Kay Moll won’t be sent.
Okay, so second chances proved to be golden for both Janine Tugonon (who’s my alternate for BPU being 1st Runner-Up in my own forecast) and Nicole Schmitz (who has been my pick and that of the majority for BPI), plus Katrina Dimaranan is first-time lucky. So am I happy with the trio? Yes, I am. Maybe not 100% happy, but still, they are all in my Top 5. No need to harbor ill feelings over the outcome anymore.
– I am sad for Mary Jean Lastimosa whose re-joining attempt failed and worse, did not even place in the Top 5. She even fell below her placement last year. She was very good last night. But her Q&A was bordering on the vague (the word ‘curiosity’ keeps flying back and forth in my head) and superficially impressive. It was probably a case of overload or she was way too rehearsed/exacting in her moves, projection and interview.
– When #26 Angelee delos Reyes won Best in Evening Gown, I knew she was a shoo-in for Top 12. She was supposed to be a stand-out in the Q&A (and could have made it as runner-up), but made a tad of a mess when she spoke too much. Even the judge (H.E. Harry Thomas, Jr.) joked that she answered the question even before it can be asked. In the end, her good reply was invalidated by wordiness.
– Pre-finals favorite Patricia Lae Ejercitado was good last night. But good just doesn’t cut it.
– Top 12 placer Sherlyn Gonzales had the best face of the night. She was just drop-dead beautiful. And her Q&A wasn’t bad. Her height must’ve been an obstacle, though. But Annalie Forbes made it to 5th place. What gives? Probably the lack of titles or runner-up ranks to give out? I think not. Annalie was really excellent in SS and EG.
– Roxane Joy Jesalva, was completely lackluster last night. Maybe she gave up on the competition too early? Her swimsuit and evening gown takes were very uninspired. Too bad, that costed her a Top 12 spot at the very least when she could’ve prevented a shutout for the Bicolandia reps this year.
– About the pageant itself, I would give it a grade of 9/10. ABS-CBN did not leave any stone unturned, so to speak. The production values were high. So where did they miss the single point to score a perfect 10? One is male host Xian Lim who was very dependent on his cue cards. Good thing Iza Calzado kept him on his toes. During the Q&A, however, he did not study the names of the judges which he kept on mangling to my ears’ disgust. And the poor lad doesn’t know that ‘H.E.’ in front of a person’s name means “His Excellency”. Venus Raj had minor lapses, but she was at least quick in correcting herself. The other complaint I have was during the evening gown competition where rockers Arnel Pineda and Bamboo sang separately for the first and second group of ladies. Because production had no control over the speed that the ladies negotiated the stage, they had to unceremoniously cut off the two singers even if they were still in the middle of their 3rd songs since everyone was already finished presenting onstage. A slow fade out would have been better.
– Lastly, did you notice that Janine was wearing the sash “Miss Universe Philippines” instead of “Bb. Pilipinas-Universe”? Must be a directive from MUO.
So this is the part where I remind people…”let’s move on and support the winners” – which is the right thing to do. Their respective pageants are still scheduled for the 3rd and 4th quarters of 2012 so the wait will give them the precious time to prepare hard for the same. And I believe that we shall see much improved versions of Janine, Nicole, Katrina, Elaine and Annalie by then. 😉
WINNERS ALL (L-R) Annalie Forbes, 2nd RU; Nicole Schmitz, Bb. Pilipinas International; Janine Tugonon, Bb. Pilipinas Universe; Katrina Dimaranan, Bb. Pilipinas Tourism and Elaine Kay Moll, 1st RU (Photo credit: Jory Rivera/OPMB Worldwide)
After the dust settled last night at the Smart Araneta Coliseum, only three ladies could call themselves brand-new Beauty Queens from a strong field of 30 contenders for Bb. Pilipinas 2012. The whole process wasn’t the easiest and I tip my hat to the ones who soared (and scored) high and are now looking forward to life-changing journeys to more success in the global pageant arena. Here’s the Official Honor Roll:
2012 Bb. Pilipinas Universe Janine Tugonon (Photo credit: Jory Rivera)
…and the remaining placers in the Top 12: # 1 Karen Gallman
# 30 Sherlyn Gonzales
# 16 Liezl Alcantara
# 26 Angelee Claudett delos Reyes
# 9 Mary Jean Lastimosa
# 14 Gina Joy Howell
# 7 Patricia Lae Ejercitado
Best in Swimsuit: #8 Nicole Schmitz
Best in Evening Gown: #26 Angelee Claudett delis Reyes
Best in National Costume: #8 Nicole Schmitz
Miss Photogenic: #1 Karen Gallman
Miss Talent: #13 Katrina Dimaranan
Miss Congeniality: #25 Chloe Zanardi
Miss Philippine Airlines: #9 Mary Jean Lastimosa
Miss Avon: #9 Mary Jean Lastimosa
Miss Manila Bulletin Readers’ Choice: #20 Roxanne Tadique
People’s Choice: #21 Giselle Angelica Munoz
The 3-hour program – hosted by actress Iza Calzado, upcoming matinee idol Xian Lim, 2010 Miss Universe 4th Runner-Up Venus Raj and commercial model/cable presenter Georgina Wilson – saw each of the ladies going through the traditional swimsuit and evening gown competitions before the cut to the Top 12 went underway. After the dozen finalists were announced, they were subjected to the Q&A round which gave the Board of Judges a better perception of their individual dispositions and/or quick-wittedness. From here, the winners were announced with no further trimming down to a Top 5 anymore, thereby lending more suspense to the proceedings.
The winners will now start preparing for their respective dates of international representation: Miss Universe 2012 on December (exact date and venue still unannounced), Miss International 2012 (China) on November 11, Miss Tourism Queen International (China) on September 28 and for one of the runners-up, the Miss Supranational 2012 (Poland) on September 15.
I postponed sleep for almost 2 hours last night after the Bb. Pilipinas 2012 Primer: The Road to the Crown was aired by ABS-CBN at almost half past 11PM. But it was all worth it because the individual interview clips of the 30 Official Candidates gave me a fresher and more renewed sense of what each can offer outside the usual visuals we get to see them in. I also appreciated the several videos shown where they underwent workshops on dancing (c/o Joane Laygo), styling (c/o Bang Pineda), posture & projection (c/o Precious Lara Quigaman) and the dreaded Q&A (c/o THE Boy Abunda).
In it, the veritable standouts in terms of self-expression and the natural (and candid) ability to compose themselves in front of the camera are:
Katrina Dimaranan is inarguably the best speaker of the lot. With her deep throaty voice, she can fluidly speak beyond her 18 years and relate on different subject matters with ease.
Nicole Schmitz is another cool and collected person when talking about random thoughts and the like. Her style is very relaxed. By the way, she was announced winner of the Best in National Costume towards the end of the program.
Karen Gallman is as spontaneous as she can get. Add to that her sweet manner of telling the most painful episode of her life (about almost losing one of her hands after one of the bones was nearly rendered useless) and how she survived after many operations is something that another individual could’ve done with excessive dramatics.
Ma. Alicia Elena Ariosa may not be the most engaging (read: too serious-looking) talker but she delivers her lines in grammatically correct English.
Instead of doing straight English, Golda Mae Soller intimated details about her life in Taglish. But this did not stop me from liking her train of thoughts. One can actually feel her strong desire to become a beauty queen after meeting her parents’ wish for her to become a Doctor first.
Elaine Kay Moll was a quiet surprise for me. She spoke sensibly and was never at a loss for words. Her style is more straight to the point.
Nicole Marable, on the other hand, may be the youngest but she clearly knows what she’s talking about. And in good English at that. There is definitely rawness in her approach, but nothing that would keep people from listening to her.
Marie Irisha Arcenas is another articulate lady. She did not deliver her replies with an American twang and instead, showed a no-nonsense style of English speaking.
How about the ones I started having my doubts on? Well, there are 3 ladies I initially had modest expectations from, but showed misses that need to be improved. I don’t mind hearing them speak 100% in the vernacular, but something needs to be done to correct the delivery so people won’t get turned off so easily. They are:
Okay, so Jillean Camille Orbina is more comfortable speaking in Tagalog. But she needs to refine the way by which she does. She comes off as rough in many ways. Some may call it natural. I see it as lacking in poise.
Another one is Roxane Joy Jesalva. I realized that she speaks with a thick regional accent, but there is a better way of getting around without it coming off too strong for people’s taste, like splicing her lines with some English here and there. Polishing in communication is a must.
Annalie Forbes is a true-blue Bulakena and it is reflected in her manner of speech. But for someone who works as a lounge singer in 5-star hotels and who must’ve learned how to deliver spiels and ad-libs in between songs, she projects roughness that I half-expected to be…well…not there.
As for the rest, especially the favorites not included above, they simply performed accordingly – neither attention-grabbing nor disappointing. In short, they were ok. Girls in this group are Janine Tugonon, Mary Jean Lastimosa, Liezl Alcantara and Patricia Lae Ejercitado.
These impressions are based on what was shown during the Primer. The ones I did like show the kind of promise that gives a stamp of approval on how I have been scoring them so far, while the ones who stood out on a not-so-positive way can still try to improve.
What say you, dear readers? 😉
So you can judge for yourselves, here are uploaded videos of the Primer courtesy of theEmeraldVideos
FOR FULL EFFECT, PLEASE CLICK PLAY ON THE SIZZLING HOT MUSIC VIDEO OF J.LO’S NEW SINGLE “DANCE AGAIN” BEFORE SCROLLING DOWN. THIS IS THE THEME I AM VISUALIZING THE GIRLS PARADING WITH DURING THE OPENING NUMBER OF BB. PILIPINAS 2012. ENJOY AND DON’T GET SIDETRACKED BY THE VID AS I KNOW MOST OF YOU WILL. 😀
Courtesy of newurbanvideos
Let us all welcome the 30 Official Candidates of Bb. Pilipinas 2012 in their glam shots as taken by Raymond Saldana…starting with Candidate #1 Karen Gallman…
Candidate #2 Romelin Roxanne de Castro…
Candidate #3 Nicole Marable…
Candidate #4 Jaine Hidalgo…
Candidate #5 Rose Ann Aguilar…
Candidate #6 Ma. Alicia Elena Ariosa…
Candidate #7 Patricia Lae Ejercitado…
Candidate #8 Nicole Schmitz…
Candidate #9 Mary Jean Lastimosa…
Candidate #10 Jillean Camille Orbina…
Candidate #11 Marie Virgenia Cecilie Peter…
Candidate #12 Ayelee Marie Dasalla…
Candidate #13 Katrina Jayne Dimaranan…
Candidate #14 Gina Joy Howell…
Candidate #15 Elaine Kay Moll…
Candidate #16 Liezl Alcantara…
Candidate #17 Anna Czarinah Buenviaje…
Candidate #18 Janine Mari Tugonon…
Candidate #19 Roxane Joy Jesalva…
Candidate #20 Roxanne Tadique…
Candidate #21 Giselle Angelica Munoz..
Candidate #22 Meiji Cruz…
Candidate #23 Goldy Baroa…
Candidate #24 Fer Mary Baliquig…
Candidate #25 Chloe Zanardi…
Candidate #26 Angelee Claudett delos Reyes…
Candidate #27 Golda Mae Soller…
Candidate #28 Marie Irisha Arcenas…
Candidate #29 Annalie Forbes…
And last but not the least…Candidate #30 Sherlyn Gonzales…
At this point, I am reposting J.Lo’s video so you can play while doing a quick second scroll of the ladies…
Courtesy of newurbanvideos
There they are…the 30 lovely candidates of Bb. Pilipinas 2012 in their glam photoshoot with Raymond Saldana. Let’s all give them a big round of applause! 😀
Last weekend, the 30 Official Candidates of Bb. Pilipinas 2012 made another personal apperance at the New Ali Mall. This time, it was a purely casual activity which allowed the ladies to bond with their fans and supporters, have some photo opportunities, sign autographs and engage in small talk. Check out the pictures below taken by Melvin Sia for OPMB Worldwide.
Standing (L-R): Roxanne Tadique, Roxane Joy Jesalva, Elaine Kay Moll, Katrina Dimaranan, Marie Peter, Anna Czarinah Buenviaje; Seating (L-R): Ayelee Marie Dasalla, Gina Joy Howell, Janine Tugonon and Liezl Alcantara.
(L-R): Giselle Angelica Munoz, Meiji Cruz, Goldy Baroa, Mary Fer Baliquig and Chloe Zanardi.
(L-R) Janine Tugonon, Liezl Alcantara, Roxane Joy Jesalva and Elaine Jay Moll.
(L-R): Ayelee Marie Dasalla, Katrina Dimaranan and Gina Joy Howell.
Mary Jean Lastimosa (L) and Jill Orbina
Ma. Alicia Elena Ariosa
Patricia Lae Ejercitado
Romelin Roxanne de Castro
Angelee Claudett delos Reyes
What do you think about the some of the girls now? Have they improved much in your eyes?
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