Vanessa Saliba, barely 21 and a Bb. Pilipinas second-timer
You remember Vanessa Saliba, right? She was Binibini 37 during Bb. Pilipinas 2014 who surprised pageant watchers when – at 18 and still an independent applicant – made it to that year’s roster. That was more than a handful of experience for this young lass who just celebrated her debut months before going into the nationals.
Fast forward to 2017, and Vanessa returns to the field – more mature and stunningly beautiful at 21. As part of Aces & Queens Class of 2017, she was singled out by many during the Presentation Show as possessing one of the loveliest faces in the group. It amuses me to recall that a group of straight guys who watched the mock pageant unanimously picked her as one of their top choices. And I couldn’t agree more because she is indeed a refreshing presence especially when I approached her for some small talk then.
Vanessa will join the beeline for BPCI before Friday, along with her camp sisters. And I am positive that she will have a second serving of Bb. Pilipinas on her plate very soon! 🙂
Will 2nd time be a charm for Vanessa in Bb. Pilipinas?
Wanna see a return of Angelique de Leon to the Bb. Pilipinas stage?
At 26, Angelique Celine de Leon has only up to Bb. Pilipinas 2017 as her one final attempt to achieve the pageant glory that has escaped her grasp in 2014 and last year. And this lovely and articulate lady is being talked about as making the big move to a new camp – from RL to KF, I was told. Are you ready to see her third appearance at the Smart Araneta Coliseum this summer?
I’m game for Angelique de Leon 3.0. She has definitely leveled up from the first to the second. And this year could be her best ever.
Watch out, dear readers!
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
Remember Kenneth Santiago from Bb. Pilipinas 2014?
Remember tall and lovely Kenneth Rivera Santiago who was Binibini 20 during Bb. Pilipinas 2014 and who made the cut to the Top 15 Finalists (the only JDV entry in that edition who got a placement
)? Well, talk is that she will be returning to the BPCI Office at the Araneta Coliseum for a second attempt at winning a national crown.
This 24-going-25 year-old 5’11” lady from San Leonardo, Nueva Ecija is looking a lot more fresh nowadays (check out one of her recent selfies in the photo on the left above). Initially, I was intimated that she still could not make the final decision to say yes because of commitments to an overseas job. But recent turn of events must have made it possible to get a go-signal from her employers. Methinks that she is one of the bets being prepped up by JDV for 2017. And I can’t wait to see her new transformation.
Just to refresh your memory, here was Kenneth’s web interview last 2014.
courtesy of Pageant Guru
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! 🙂