Desiree during the 30th Anniversary Bash of PMAP
Desiree with husband JB Abesamis
Since Ma. Andrea “Aya” Abesamis is taking part in the Final Screening of Bb. Pilipinas 2018 tomorrow at the Kia Theater, I thought it would be interesting to feature her mom Desiree who brought pride and honor to the country as 3rd Runner-Up during Miss Universe 1984 held in Miami, Florida, USA.
But first, let us watch a clip of the Top 5 and crowning moment that year.
courtesy of tpageant
Desiree has always kept her presence in the limelight – albeit in a relatively low-key manner – since she has maintained strong ties with close pageant contemporaries in doing several charity projects through the years. While she has never hollered about such involvements, pageant fans and followers have always been keen in knowing about her whereabouts or whatever keeps her busy. And she never disappoints because the image she has kept since then is one of grace and positivity.
Now that her lovely daughter Aya (right photo) is on the verge of following her footsteps in the pageant world, you would expect the equally lovely mother to hug the spotlight just as well. But no. If not for this Senti Feature, she would rather just stay in the background and watch the unfolding of scenes before her eyes.
I always have sentimental memories of her Miss Universe 1984 stint and I will never get tired of watching video clips from her successful mission as Bb. Pilipinas Universe 1984.
courtesy of TheOnesBeautiful
Don’t expect her to make a grand entrance like how Catriona Gray breezed through the crowds waiting outside the BPCI Office at Araneta Coliseum. Instead, just wait for her to quietly storm the screenings of Bb. Pilipinas 2018 and stamp her class amongst the remaining aspirants (as of now, only eighty ladies are left standing) for the forty (40) Binibini slots this coming Monday, January 15.
Jonas Gaffud of Aces & Queens has confirmed that Aya Abesamis – daughter of Bb. Pilipinas Universe 1984 and Miss Universe 1984 3rd Runner-Up Desiree Verdadero – has finally landed. Her application has already been submitted prior, and the interview with the BPCI legal team has already been conducted. All that is left to do is show up at the Kia Theater for the no-holds barred final selection.
Are you ready for Aya?
Watch Aya in the video below as one of the models in the Preva Promotional Clip.
courtesy of Lanz Santos
This is Aya Abesamis for Fanny Serrano Classic Touch.
You know Aya, right? The daughter of Miss Universe 1984 3rd Runner-Up Desiree Verdadero and husband JB Abesamis. She is looking so beautiful in these photos taken by Ahleks Fusilero.
And might she be in line for the nationals come 2018? Gut feel tells me she will be. After all, she will be rightfully aged next year – 25, that is.
Here are more photos of lovely Aya.
Aya Abesamis and I finally met last Friday night
Desiree Verdadero (leftmost) when she placed 3rd Runner-Up during Miss Universe 1984
Last Friday night, I finally met Aya Abesamis face-to-face during the birthday party of Miss Universe Philippines 2016 Maxine Medina. And I can honestly say that it is already high time for the daughter of Bb. Pilipinas Universe 1984 and Miss Universe 1984 3rd Runner-Up Desiree Verdadero Abesamis to hit the pageant because the next year will see this 5’9″ PMAP-member model at her ripest.
Aya, who describes herself as an eclectic artist and pastry maker,
is now 24, turning 25 later this year. And should she finally say yes to the constant convincings of pageant scouts, it won’t be just her mom who will heave a sigh of relief that her eldest will trace the footsteps from which she made a name for herself.
Aya as photographed by Charisma Lico
The question is, will she bite? My hunch is that she is close to giving her thumbs up to the commitment. If her nuances and reactions last Friday night were to be used as indicators, the probability of becoming a Binibini come 2017 is getting brighter by the day.
Let’s see. I will watch over her next moves with eagle-eyed interest. 😉
It's in her genes
Aya Abesamis on Cosmo
Mother & daughter: Desiree Verdadero (L) and Aya Abesamis
She has the pageant pedigree alright. Being the daughter of Miss Universe 1984 3rd Runner-Up Desiree Verdadero and niece of Miss World 2003 finalist Mafae Verdadero Yunon, Aya Abesamis has been earmarked to eventually join Bb. Pilipinas as early as her 1st birthday.
Her face is not in the traditional mold of beauty we are accustomed to. You can always compare her to a few of our former titleholders, but will find it hard to pinpoint who she really looks like. She takes more from her father (JB Abesamis) in terms of facial features. Taller than her beauty queen mom by almost 2 inches, she stands 5’8″.
A Fine Arts major at UST, Aya is now an active member of PMAP (Professional Models Association of the Philippines) where she gets booked for various modeling gigs.
Will she commit to Bb. Pilipinas 2014 as early as now? We’ll see. 😉