Miss Universe Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach during the Presentation of A&Q Candidates for Bb. Pilipinas 2014 last January 12, 2014
My selfie with Pia during that day
Since the Search for Bb. Pilipinas 2017 is now officially open, let me do a Sunday Senti Special feature that will bring you back to January 12, 2014. That was the date when Aces & Queens presented their trained candidates for Bb. Pilipinas 2014 – a very promising list which included Laura Lehmann (who went on to become 1st Runner-Up
), Yvethe Santiago (who bagged the Bb. Pilipinas Supranational plum
) and Bianca Guidotti (who was crowned Bb. Pilipinas International
). Other ladies who formed part of that group were KC Halili (who became Miss Manila
) and Hannah dela Guerra (who is now a Star Magic talent for ABS-CBN
This was Pia Wurtzbach 2.0 – her sophomore effort to win the Miss Universe Philippines sash which went to MJ Lastimosa instead, and the finals night that would go down memory lane as the saddest for now Miss Universe 2015 who crowned the 65th less than a week ago. Such is the test of faith and determination that befell her shoulders three years earlier. Who would have thought that her patience was just being tested, and that more than a year after – in her 3.0 and final Bb. Pilipinas-bound version – that she would finally nail the title of her dreams and become the country’s 3rd Miss Universe in the process.
Pia (rightmost) with Laura Lehmann and Yvethe Santiago
I used these old photos for this senti feature because we will be flooded with repeaters and crossovers for the 2017 edition. In fact, I have only posted one fresh face so far – Patricia Magtanong – so let’s see which other first-timers will find it in their heart and guts to battle it out with the relatively more polished and experienced ones. 🙂
Angelique Celine de Leon was part of Bb. Pilipinas 2014. Will she be officially yours in Bb. Pilipinas 2016?
Angelique Celine de Leon had her baptism of Bb. Pilipinas fire last 2014. In my opinion, she really had a grand time during the edition and can look back at the whole experience with a lot of fondness and good memories.
This year, the R-L Angel was initially spotted outside the Araneta Center office where the applications for Bb. Pilipinas 2016 are being received. And my hunch is that this Advertising Executive will be back for more of the competition, and one of the crowns I’m sure.
So if a paparazzi gets another stolen shot of someone who looks exactly like Angelique de Leon during the start of next week’s screenings, then you’ll know where she will be headed to next! 😉
Angee spotted at Araneta when she filed her application
Nichole Manalo will give Bb. Pilipinas a second try
Of course you all know beautiful Nichole Manalo. She is the younger sister of Bb. Pilipinas Universe 2009 Pamela Bianca Manalo and an Official Candidate back in Bb. Pilipinas 2014. Yesterday, she was spotted by my source filing her application for Bb. Pilipinas 2016. I already expected that part, having done my personal checking on potential joiners for this batch since late December. And I know that this girl is really planning to rejoin the nationals. What surprised me just a wee bit is that she allegedly registered herself as an independent when she was originally part of KF during the first time.
Be that as it may, I see no problem in Nichole doing so. She is, after all, a shoo-in to make it to the final screening and an eventual part of the 2016 roster. And by the looks of it, she has improved well during the past (almost) two years that she went low-profile before deciding to jump in once more.
See you in the final screening, Ms. Manalo! 🙂
Our Bb. Pilipinas 2014 Queens in a grid of their later/latest photos
MJ and Janine take selfies in Sta. Monica Beach, CA
Miss Universe Philippines 2014 MJ Lastimosa was just on vacation in Los Angeles after attending the Bachelorette Party of Miss USA 2014 Nia Sanchez in Las Vegas. She also found time to reunite with Miss Universe 2012 1st Runner-Up. Bb. Pilipinas International 2014 Bianca Guidotti is still into her NGO commitments after hosting her friend Miss Grand Netherlands 2015 Shauny Bult who was here on a one-month vacation. Bb. Pilipinas Intercontinental 2014 Kris Tiffany Janson is back in Manila after her London and Paris sojourn (photo above was taken during her day trip to Paris Disneyland
). Bb. Pilipinas Supranational 2014 Yvethe Santiago is spending precious time in Albay with family and friends. Bb. Pilipinas Tourism 2014 Parul Shah is doing pictorials to build up her portfolio and accepting out of town pageant judging invites. 1st Runner-Up Laura Lehmann is busy with her studies at Ateneo de Manila University while accepting occasional modeling shoots (like the photo above which appeared on the Philippine Daily Inquirer yesterday
). And just very recently, 2nd Runner-Up Hannah Ruth Sison (who continues to be part of the 2015 Queens
) proudly celebrated her 27th birthday.
These are just quick updates on our 2014 Bb. Pilipinas Queens for our Sunday lookback. The group photo below gives me such fond memories of this batch. 😉
Our Bb. Pilipinas 2014 Queens during their victory night in Araneta Coliseum last year (Photo from pinoyambisyoso.com)
Anabel Christine G. Tia is Guayaquil-bound
After two Bb. Pilipinas stints (2014 and 2015), Anabel Christine Tia did not get what she was looking for. She took it as a sign that one of the national crowns just wasn’t meant for her.
But dreams do happen for those who wait. And right now, the privilege of representing the Philippines in an international pageant is now in her midst. She has been appointed as the country’s entry to Miss United Continents 2015 happening on September 12 in the Ecuadorian city of Guayaquil.
I bet this positive turn of events is bringing out her excitement in heaps. And I can only wish her the best in this mission.
Bring your A-game on, Bel! 🙂
Hannah Mariz dela Guerra: From being a Bb. Pilipinas candidate to a Star Magic Angel of ABS-CBN
Hannah (seating, leftmost) with the other Star Magic Angels
Not very many people know yet that Hannah Mariz dela Guerra loves acting and performing when she was still Binibini 5 of Bb. Pilipinas 2014. Here was a pretty girl whose bio promoted her corporate work with just a small hint of theater stints as a student at Ateneo de Manila University. After all, she graduated with a degree in Information Management.
These days, Hannah is starting to fulfill one of her true passions via showbusines. After a short role in the movie “Kubot: The Aswang Chronicles 2” earlier this year, she has now been signed up by ABS-CBN as one of its Star Magic Angels and will become more visible on your TV screens as potential cast member of a teleserye or doing a production number with the other angels on ASAP.
And I can definitely see the happiness in her face. She has been waiting for this break for quite some time. And now that the opportunity has presented itself, I bet she will start rising in popularity very soon.
Hannah Mariz dela Guerra as Binibini 5 of Bb. Pilipinas 2014
Watch her guesting on Aquino and Abunda Tonight along with Aiko Climaco and Jed Monte, also of Star Magic Angels.
courtesy of ABS-CBN Entertainment
Laura Lehmann's latest studio shots
First off, I never hid my admiration for Laura Victoria Lehmann – she who placed 1st Runner-Up during Bb. Pilipinas 2014 and who I expected to rejoin last March for Bb. Pilipinas 2015. I was always hoping that I would see her become an Official Candidate once more. But then again, her studies at Ateneo de Manila University took the steering wheel and became top priority. Perfectly understandable.
And since we have already started featuring potential joiners for Bb. Pilipinas 2016, my wish for Laura flickered once more.
Let us now watch her performance in a video collage during Bb. Pilipinas 2014. 🙂
courtesy of The Emerald
Laura showing off her Ateneo de Manila U ID
But with the new school year, it’s looking like my favorite girl is going into study mode full time once more. Lest I be tagged as a selfish individual, I will just let her decide on things when the right time comes. 😉