The first solo blog feature of Katarina Rodriguez as your Bb. Pilipinas Intercontinental 2017 wasn’t planned to be structured this way. It was supposed to be celebratory in approach, just the way another Binibini would prefer it had the crown landed on another head.
But such is the unique quality of her personality that branding Katarina as fickle-minded would fall short of a good assessment. In my opinion, she really needs to fully know what she will be committing herself into for eighteen (18) long months before giving in to the demands of the crown (or signing on the dotted line, if you will). Watch the video below where Jonas Gaffud of Aces & Queens was interviewed about the matter.
courtesy of Asean Connection
Just an hour or so back, I asked Arnold Mercado of Aces & Queens what the current status is, and he said that it is a GO for Katarina. He can’t deny the fact that the girl was still dilly-dallying on her final decision late Monday till early yesterday. But I am taking the GO as a sign that she has finally made up her mind today. If something on the contrary crops up again, then don’t be surprised anymore.
It’s a GO for Katarina. For now.
Such are the quirks in the personality of Katarina – you either take her imperfections as part of the total package or ignore whatever she ends up doing altogether.
The FB status update of Jonas Gaffud
KATARINA RODRIGUEZ on the Bb Pilipinas Intercontinental crown : ” I am keeping it and I am sleeping with it. I will win the FIRST Miss Intercontinental crown for the Philippines.”
Could 2017 be the Year Laura Lehmann is waiting for?
Laura hosting the Smart/PLDT event for the 65th Miss Universe
Last night, Arnold Mercado of Aces & Queens posted a teaser of a Facebook update where his only caption of the photo of Laura Lehmann went like: “Are you ready for @iamlauralehmann?
“. It was something that was immediately lapped up by all fans and followers of the Bb. Pilipinas 2014 1st Runner-Up as an encouraging indication that she is indeed seriously contemplating on whether to greenlight her joining this year.
Prior to the above, Laura posted a photo in her Instagram account – the one where she was awarded 1st Runner-Up last April 2014 with the caption: “Missing Pageants”.
Will we finally see the return of Laura Victoria Lehmann in the nationals? I bet a lot of you will agree that she will make this batch more competitive. All throughout her low-key pageant years, she has honed her skills in hosting and public speaking. This should prepare her well for the upcoming screenings.
So has the search for Laura Lehmann 2.0 finally ended? Your guess is as good as mine! 😀
BTS shot from Laura’s first international pictorial in Australia for AffinageXDavidsSalon
January 15 is Vigan Day for the 65th Miss Universe
Three camps, one Universe
This coming weekend – or January 15 to be exact – all roads will lead to Plaza Burgos in Vigan, Ilocos Sur where the 65th Miss Universe Cultural Terno Show will be unveiled starting at 7pm. What makes this event more interesting is the fact that three of the main key persons running the activity represent three different beauty camps in the Philippines – Arnold Mercado from Aces & Queens for the MU organizers, Rodgil Flores of Kagandahang Flores as the Director and John dela Vega of JDV as Creative Director.
Twenty three (23) Fashion Designers have been tasked to dress up twenty (20) of the contestants plus the three (3) hosts. And the city is really pulling out all stops to make this one grand feast for the eyes.
If you are in Ilocos Sur this weekend, make sure that you watch the gathering of beauties!
PS. Keep in mind the “no-selfie” policy that will be strictly enforced to everyone! 😉
Jonas Gaffud shared this photo of Miss Universe Philippines Maxine Medina during her final training day
Maxine with Nad Bronce (middle) and Arnold Mercado
Yesterday, Miss Universe Philippines Maxine Medina (in a red Christian Moya gown
) underwent her final training day/rehearsals as the country’s bet and host delegate for the 65th Miss Universe. All bases were neatly covered. And the three pillars of Aces & Queens – Jonas Gaffud, Arnold Mercado and Atty Nad Bronce – saw to it that our Queen is more than 100% in-the-zone and on target for a back-to-back victory. The pressure is extremely high that it can cut like a knife if something goes amiss. So at this point, we can say with certainty that Miss Philippines is well-prepared, polished with confidence and ready for the Universe. I daresay that her preparations are even more meticulous than that of Queen P’s.
Get ready for #4M4MU (the hashtag cheer for Maxine Medina). She is ready to welcome all the delegates with a big smile and wide open arms.
The pillars of Aces &a Queens (Arnold, Jonas and Nad) who supervised Maxine’s training
Jonas (center) with Megan Young and Mireia Lalaguna after the finals
There are malicious stories spreading in the pageant world that Jonas Gaffud of Aces & Queens allegedly “walked out” of the Theater at MGM National Harbor after Miss Puerto Rico Stephanie Del Valle was announced as the winner of Miss World 2016. It’s so easy to make stories and bold interpretations of something that can never hold water when faced with real facts.
Truth be told, Jonas Gaffud himself confirmed that he was inside the theater the entire time after the winner was crowned. He was in the company of another Aces & Queens pillar, Arnold Mercado. He even went up the stage to have pictures taken with the winners and Julia Morley (with whom he had a small talk with).
Jonas with Miss World 2013 Megan Young
Afterwards, a security guy approached him because Megan Young needed her mobile phone. And since he volunteered to hold on to her unit for safety while the Finals was ongoing, he then stepped out and went backstage to hand over Miss World 2013 the phone.
And here is where talks of an alleged “walkout” started. Totally untrue. There is really nothing into this except to spread lies of hate and lack of sportsmanship – something that Jonas will not even entertain thoughts of doing.
So whoever started the whole thing, please check your facts first. Better yet, you could have followed Jonas when he went backstage to give Megan her phone. You would have gotten a clearer flow of events instead of putting one-and-one together and weaving an entirely different version out of it.
-End of story-
Jonas with Miss World 2016 Top 5 Finisher Catriona Gray
Make-up Class by A&Q for Class of 2017
It’s true that beautiful luscious hair is a beautiful girl’s crowning glory. But an attractive face with properly-aligned features is the beginning of the story.
And that is where members of the Aces & Queens’ Class of 2017 started their training. Of course, all of them were properly assessed before plunging into the important session. And with the likes of Carissa Cielo Medved, Dave Grona, Raymond Galang and Jim Ryan Ros giving them more than just quick tutorials, it only takes a fast learner to easily stand out. Otherwise, it will be a rewarding uphill battle for a good number of them, especially the relative diamonds in the rough who need to be given extra doses of patience and understanding to learn the tricks of the trade.
Raymond, Carissa, Dave and Jim in action
I know all of their “teachers” and they are individually excellent in what they do on the face. And the young ladies should consider themselves very lucky to undergo the session under their masterful eye and hands.
What could be the next stop? The back-breaking pasarela and posing sessions with a “delightfully terrorizing” Jonas Gaffud? That should really set apart the innately graceful from the awkwardly painful (to watch). And I am pretty sure the original number will start getting smaller when the genuine stand-outs start blossoming one by one.
But wait! Before that happens, the Personality Development sessions should happen first. It started yesterday (photo below) with a few of the seniors (Ces Evangelista, Gerry Diaz and the lovable Head Facilitator Arnold Mercado along with guest speaker Bianca Guidotti) for the wide-eyed dreamers.
Mama Ru (Arnold Mercado) facilitated the Personality Development Workshop
Left to right: Gerry Diaz, Caloy Buendia, Ces Evangelista, Arnold Mercado, Bianca Guidotti and Pao Baysa
More days of polish (and updates
) to follow!
Kylie in Nagasaki
Arnold Mercado of A&Q is in Tokyo now
In just four days from now, all roads will lead to the Tokyo Dome City Hall for the finals of Miss International 2016. It will be the culminating event for all the ladies competing to succeed Edymar Martinez of Venezuela. And Miss Philippines Kylie Verzosa – confident as she is – knows that she is up against some stiff competition. But then again, she would rather compete against herself because whatever fate awaits her come October 25, it will all boil down to how well she has registered in the eyes if the organizers and they see her fit to become the next wearer of the Mikimoto crown and white cape.
Arnold Mercado of Aces & Queens (left photo) is already in Tokyo to lend moral support to her ward, along with photographer Jory Rivera for opmb worldwide. And their presence has pumped up our bet even more, knowing that they will be around when she needed their personal guidance during the homestretch of the game.
Below is a vid of our bet as she was shown on Japanese TV.
courtesy of VideosMix-Beauty
Kylie is sticking to her plan of attack like clockwork – from daily attires to mingling with the pageant officials to socializing with the locals. And she does it so well that – from my vantage point – there is just no way that she will get lost in translation, or in the good grace of the board of judges.
Between now and early next week, the delegates will be more closely monitored via closed door panel interviews that will lead to early deliberation for the ones who deserve to be up there on Finals Night.
Will Kylie deliver? I bet she will. If Nicole Cordoves encapsulates her ascent “like a rocketship“, then this Baguio lass will do it “like a bullet train going to the peak of Mt. Fuji“. 😉
Another Nagasaki shot for Kylie
Kylie during the Ikebana class
Kylie with the therapists at Miss Paris