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Without spoiling the Bench/ Body swimwears that the Miss World Philippines 2021 Candidates will wear on Press Presentation and the Beach Beauty Challenge, here is an exclusive* video of the 45 ladies during the closed-door swimsuit preview held at the Bench Tower in BGC yesterday.
National Director Arnold Vegafria (standing, left photo) poses with the ladies at the holding area after the closed door event.
Each candidate was gifted with a box of Bench/ lifestyle “Queenssentials” products which they will promote as part of the Multimedia Challenge of the competition.
The screening panel during the activity was made up of Ben Chan, Miguel Pastor and Bryan Lim of Bench, Ara Arida and Designer Rhett Eala.
PS You will only get to see their faces above.
* – Your blogger was the only member of the pageant media given access to the proceedings, mainly due to the closed-door nature of the same.
#NextAttractions on #PageantryNormsSeason2:
As if you didn’t know, this is the ultimate Miss Universe Philippines week!
And as a special treat, there will be two (2) parts of #Episode7 since the finals will be aired at 9am on Sunday.
1. Episode 7a will be an Out-of-the-Norms Special to premiere on Saturday, October 24, 6:30PM titled “Who is the Crown-Worthiest of them all?”
The topic is quite obviously about Final Predictions and the like. But what will make it more special is the presence of my Special Guest – PLDT Home/Miss Universe Philippines Insider Ara Arida.
2. And Episode 7b will be shown on our usual timeslot – Sunday, 4pm – and which will be a recap of the finals aptly titled “And Miss Universe Philippines 2020 is…”
My colleagues and behind-the-scene allies at #ThePhilippinePageantry and #PageantryNorms – Tristan Francisco and Gerard Ruivivar – will be in front of the camera for a change and discuss the results and overall production with yours truly.
Don’t forget to catch both episodes this coming weekend on TPPTV and on the Youtube Channel of The Philippine Pageantry.
It’s no secret by now that Miss Universe 2012 1st Runner-Up Janine Tugonon will be coming home to the Philippines. The last time she visited was back in 2018. And according to the IG account of Aces & Queens, she will be watching the finals of the national pageant in person. Well, it doesn’t take a genius to conclude that she will possibly be one of the judges because there are no spectators allowed in the event except for the candidates, the organization, the production team, the judges and perhaps, a small representation from the host city. So where does she classify among those groups?
Anyway, I would really love to see an all-Filipina lineup of phenomenal judges for the finals – namely, Venus Raj, Janine Tugonon, Ara Arida, Maxine Medina and Pia Wurtzbach as Chairman of the Board. And why don’t we include National Director Shamcey Supsup-Lee for good measure? It will even be a show of unity if Bianca Manalo, MJ Lastimosa and Rachel Peters are to be invited. But I guess that would be asking too much.
What do you think, dear readers?
Sharing with you the 9th episode of Pageantry Norms titled “From Pageantry to Showbiz” with my guests Maxine Medina, Ara Arida, Aya Fernandez, Alec Calderon and Argel Saycon.
#NextAttraction on #PageantryNorms:
“From Pageantry to Showbiz”
On the #9thEpisode of my Sunday show, the guests will be individuals who took the pageantry route as major stepping stones to getting more popularly known. And now, they have successfully crossed over to the wonderful world of show business:
1) Miss Universe Philippines 2013 and Miss Universe 2013 3rd Runner-Up turned TV Host/Actress Ara Arida
2) Miss Universe Philippines 2016 and 65th Miss Universe Top 6 turned TV actress Maxine Medina
3) Mutya ng Pilipinas Tourism International 2018 turned MYX VJ Aya Fernandez
4) Mr Grand Philippines and Mr Tourism Ambassador World 2018 turned Kapuso actor Alec Calderon
5) Mr Teen International PH 2017 turned PBB Housemate-turned-Kapamilya actor Argel Saycon
Join in the interactive discussion this coming Sunday, August 23, 4pm on TPP TV via The Philippine Pageantry.
Season 1 is nearing its finale. Time to plan something a little bit different for Season 2 which will start mid-September.
Miss Universe Philippines 2019 Gazini Christiana Jordi Ganados poses with one of the unsung heroes in her life’s journey both as a person and as a Beauty Queen – her beloved mother Carmencita Ganados.
And below is the interview of one of UKG’s hosts (and Miss Universe 2013 3rd Runner-Up) Ara Arida with Rodgil Flores.
#gaziniganados #missuniverse2019 #missuniversephilippines2019
Eight of the Philippines’ finest in Miss Universe during last night’s Tribute Concert. No wonder the country is the envy of every pageant-loving country in the Universe:
Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray
Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach
Miss Universe 2013 3rd Runner-Up Ara Arida
Miss Universe 2011 3rd Runner-Up Shamcey Supsup-Lee
Miss Universe 2010 4th Runner-Up Venus Raj
Miss Universe 2016 Top 6 Maxine Medina
Miss Universe 2017 Top 10 Rachel Peters and
Miss Universe 2014 Top 10 MJ Lastimosa
How I wish Miss Universe 2012 1st Runner-Up Janine Tugonon flew in from the US to join the eight others.
Here are photos of Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach and boyfriend Marlon Stockinger during the ABS-CBN Ball 2018 tonight at Makati Shangri-La, Manila. What can you say about her look and styling in that Martin Bautista gown?
And below, Miss Universe Philippines 2018 Catriona Gray, Miss Universe Philippines 2016 (& 65th Miss Universe Top 6 Finisher) Maxine Medina and Miss Universe Philippines 2013 (& Miss Universe 2013 3rd Runner-Up) Ara Arida are shown during their respective red-carpet walks during the same event.
Their reigns are not yet finished, but Miss Universe Philippines 2017 Rachel Peters and Bb. Pilipinas International 2017 Mariel de Leon are definitely showbiz-bound. In fact, the latter’s first leading lady project will already come out on Christmas Day with the modern Female of “Ang Panday” starring Coco Martin.
As for Rachel, I’m not sure yet what peg she will slip into once offers start pouring in. I could see her as a TV travel/magazine segment host for now. But let’s leave the planning to ABS-CBN or its sister networks.
Speaking of movies, Miss International 2016 Kylie Verzosa will also appear – in her first high-profile project – as a fairy of sorts, also in “Ang Panday”, just as Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach will be in “The Revenger Squad” as a superheroine, with Ara Arida and Bianca Guidotti playing villainess cameos.
Six of the Miss Universe Philippines titleholders were gathered together during the Charity Fashion Gala at the Grand Ballroom of Solaire Resort and Casino last Thursday night. From the photo above, they are (left to right): MJ Lastimosa (2014), Maxine Medina (2016), Ara Arida (2013), Bianca Manalo (2009), Shamcey Supsup (2011) and Venus Raj (2010). If only Janine Tugonon (2012) was here in Manila, the ensemble would have been complete.
And in the photo below, the group got bigger when Miss Universe Philippines 2017 Rachel Peters joined them in a selfie taken by Maxine.
Thanks to Sein Gonatice for the topmost and upper left photos.