Mariel de Leon: MWP2016-bound?
The last time we all saw Maria Angelica de Leon in pageant mode was during Bb. Pilipinas 2013 when she placed in the Top 15. After that, she kept a low profile and decided to stay away from making any second attempts upon the advise of her Aces & Queens camp.
This year, the daughter of celebrity couple Christopher de Leon and Sandy Andolong has resurfaced. And how. She definitely possesses a softer and more vibrant appeal now (see photo with Jonas Gaffud below). And what’s more, it’s looking more and more like she’s one of the ladies being groomed for Miss World Philippines 2016, along with the previously-revealed Catriona Gray.
Does this mean that there will be no re-appearance for Kim Ross delos Santos? Will it be a battle between two talented singers (Mariel and Catriona)? Can we anticipate the Beauty With A Purpose (BWAP) Project of Mariel in the days to come?
Mariel during Bb. Pilipinas 2013
Mariel now with Jonas Gaffud
Imee Schweighart is doing well in MPE2016 so far
Imelda Bautista Schweighart – or simply Imee Schweighart
– will be recalled as a Binibini of Bb. Pilipinas 2013 where she entered the Top 15 in such a tough (Golden) edition of the nationals. She was a favorite that time, but lady luck wasn’t on her side just yet. Last year, she was reported to have joined Miss World Philippines, but backed out at the last minute just before the announcement of candidates during the Press Presentation. For 2016, she made good with the promise to make a pageant comeback and is now the representative of Puerto Princesa City in Miss Philippines Earth 2016.
So far, 21 year-old Imee is considered to be one of the favorites among the more-than-50 contenders for the crown being held by Angelia Ong (who is also Miss Earth 2015).
Could the environment-focused competition be just what her KF camp ordered for a potential victory come Independence Day? Very likely. Let’s hear what she has to say about her reasons for wanting to nail this title.
I am the next Philippines Earth because I want the best welfare for my fellow Filipinos. Through Spirit I am an energy of hope in bringing your dreams to life. I believe the Miss Earth Organization should finally have their own discovery of a new breed of talent to blast off for the world to be inspired. So that the young, will continuously blossom into our next generation of inspirations. I am a Mystique. The fuel that drives me to aim for the crown is my special connection to the people and Land’s cry for help.
During the pageant’s summer wear competition, Imee scooped both Miss Lady Grace and Miss Aquaboy Sponsor Awards (Photo credit: Edmund Chua for Fabmanilaph)
Cassandra Naidas: Could 2015 be the time to do another pageant?
Suddenly, there’s Cassandra Naidas getting the buzz in local pageant sites and message boards. And once fans and followers start coming up with different thoughts about who might join the next contest in line, names start cropping up.
Back in 2013 when Cassie took part in Bb. Pilipinas Gold, she was 22 years of age and showing a lot of potentials to make it. Sadly, that wasn’t her time yet. Could 2015 be the right year to shine? And with Miss World 2015 to be hosted in Sanya, China, the sentiments of some are to send either an exotic or a more oriental-looking representative to get a good chance of placing in the finals at least.
Cassie is 5’10” tall, catwalk-trained and with looks that can be taken as a cross between Chinese and Korean with a wee bit of Filipino combined in the mix.
Is she a likely Miss World Philippines 2015 contender?😉
Cassandra Naidas for JC Buendia (Photo credit: Bruce Casanova)
Maria Angelica de Leon courtesy of Jay Buen Photography
Back in 2013, Maria Angelica ‘Mariel’ de Leon was tipped to be one of the Bb. Pilipinas Gold titles, not only because of her celebrity pedigree, but because she was definitely one of the more stellar standouts among the fifty (50) Official Candidates. She performed well up to the Q&A that people inside the Araneta Coliseum were expecting her name to be announced as one of the five (5) winners in the magic circle. But sadly, it wasn’t meant to happen at the time.
Her trainers at Aces & Queens thought that she would need at least two more years before going for a second try in the nationals. That was 2013. It is now mid-2015. And Bb. Pilipinas 2016 will start sending message alerts by the 4th Quarter. Will she be 100% ready by then? The photos in this feature were taken by my photographer-friend Jay Buen last December, 2014, so Mariel should have a relatively different aura now.
Let’s see if Aces will see her fit to trek the pageant trail once again.😉
The video below was shown during Bb. Pilipinas Gold two years ago.
Before the start of Bb. Pilipinas 2015 just hours from now, let us quickly reminisce on what BPCI (Bb. Pilipinas Charities, Inc.) has achieved and how it plans to further its causes for the years to come.
courtesy of TheOnesBeautiful
Your blogger is preparing to leave for Araneta Coliseum by now. I am looking forward to an exciting show, together with my nephew Rafael who volunteered as my photographer.
Do catch my live blog of the finals later!
Hannah Ruth Sison and Pia Wurtzbach are the biggest risk-takers of Bb. Pilipinas 2015
Binibini 28 Hannah Ruth Sison (right) with Miss Universe 1973 Margie Moran
Courtesy of verybestquotes.com
Risk is defined as “the possibility that something unpleasant or unwelcome will happen
“. On the flipside is security or as applied to an individual – a prudent disposition that will prevent the less strong-willed “…to attempt to extend the current limits of performance.
Binibinis 28 Hannah Ruth Sison and 10 Pia Wurtzbach are far from being categorized in the latter. They would rather go for broke than settle with a string of future what-ifs. They are the biggest risk-takers among the Official Candidates of Bb. Pilipinas 2015.
Binibini 10 Pia Wurtzbach
Aside from being previous runners-up, Hannah and Pia are in the game for the 3rd and last time in their respective pageant careers. They have more to lose in this round than in the previous outings where both have already inched their way very close to the crowns.
Will they find the proverbial silver lining on March 15? I am pinning my hopes on the affirmative. My fondness for both Binibinis cannot be denied. And in the event that they do indeed capture what they’ve been looking for since 2013, I will definitely be the first to shout and jump for joy.
Regardless of the bashings and complaints, I still have my faith in them. Youth may no longer be on their side as far as the age limits of Bb. Pilipinas are concerned. But experience and proven track record as beautiful soldiers of contingency will work in their favor. 😉
Now here's a unique Binibini face-off for you to feast upon
Now here’s a unique Bb. Pilipinas Face-Off where you can share your thoughts about the three versions of Pia Wurtzbach in three different editions of the beauty pageant.
Just looking at the photo grid above, it’s quite easy to tell how she was a stand-out the first time that she joined last 2013, slackened a bit the following year and restored her original aura in the ongoing competition. I’m amused myself how pictures can project the ups and downs in a Binibini’s participation.
Pia was obviously peaking when she was named 1st Runner-Up during Bb. Pilipinas Gold. She was in her best elements then. But when she decided to resign from the placement to try her luck a year after, you can tell that there was something off. The pressure of getting a crown has definitely taken a toll on her overall disposition. And it didn’t help any that her fateful Q&A during finals night (where Sen. Angara asked her a question in Tagalog which somehow cornered her in giving a reply in the vernacular and losing time to translate her thoughts into English) was like a soft dagger that – while not the reason behind the loss – casted a not-so-positive spell on her final ranking among the judges’ scoresheets.
But the girl is back. And this time, the 2013 aura has been faithfully restored and ready to conquer the nationals with nerves of steel and a visibly more willful disposition.
Another photo comparison of Pia during 2013, 2014 and now.
Will Binibini 10 be finally able to rope in a highly-anticipated crown come March 15?😉