As some of you may know by now, the Final Screening of Miss World Philippines 2017 will take place this coming Saturday, July 29. I am not at liberty to share the exact venue first since it will be a closed-door activity with restricted access.
Miss World Philippines Organization General Manager Bessie Besana has already given out clues to the bullet profiles of the ladies who managed to submit their application forms before the end of the day last July 22. And one of the more obvious references is former Binibini Teresita Ssen Marquez who is classified as “actress and niece of a Miss International”. Can it get any clearer than that description?
Anyways, we all know that Wyn-Wyn is definitely aspiring to become a certified beauty queen and Miss World Philippines could be the most appropriate venue for her to do so. Will she finally show up and screen for this one?
Your thoughts, dear readers?
From Bb. Pilipinas 2015 to Miss Universe Canada 2017, Justine Felizarta has shifted gears
From being Binibini 23 of Bb. Pilipinas 2015 and making it to the Top 15 of that strong edition lorded over by now Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach, Justine Beatrice Felizarta is finally evolving into a more polished and renewed version of herself as one of the delegates for Miss Universe Canada 2017.
The Vancouver-based 23 year old will be one of the ladies vying for the national crown currently on the head of Siera Bearchell who placed in the Top 9 of the 65th Miss Universe in Manila last January. And this early, she is one of the more active contenders who is spreading her cause for Operation Smile with a benefit fundraiser (see image below) and the physical presence in the different activities of the Filipino Communities in Canada.
normannorman.com will follow Justine’s journey in Miss Universe Canada 2017. If she is fortunate enough, then we just might see a second Filipina competing in Miss Universe 2017 along with our very own Rachel Peters.
Good luck, my dear! 🙂
Justine’s benefit fundraiser for Operation Smile
Mia Hernandez Howell for Bb. Pilipinas 2017
Mia (leftmost) with Vianca Marcelo and your blogger during MWP2015
And the fencer is back! Mia Alysson Hernandez Howell will show that she has the guts and confidence more than any sable, foil or epee events sha may have mastered in the past. And this articulate beauty will turn the heat more than ever with her excellent communication skills and expressive self once the pressure to do Q&A becomes a battle of wits and reasoning.
Mia joined Bb. Pilipinas 2015 and signed up for Miss World Philippines 2015 afterwards. She has the 2nd Princess crown to be proud of. But more than a princess she dreams of herself to be. A Queen’s title is what she is aiming for. And once she sets her eyes on the prize, there’s no stopping this KF bet in making her second appearance on the Bb. Pilipinas stage more fulfilling.
In the meantime, here is Mia’s fun video from Bb. Pilipinas 2015.
courtesy of Madel Parocha
Good luck to you, Mia! 🙂
Is Mae Liezel Ramos ready for her 3rd and final attempt at Bb. Pilipinas glory?
Mae Liezel Ramos of Naga, Camarines Sur is twice the familiar face in the nationals by now. Having joined both the 2014 and 2015 editions of Bb. Pilipinas, she has learned everything important to make a 3rd and final attempt more memorable. And this time around, she is not leaving any stones unturned. At 26, she does not have time on her side anymore. It’s make-or-break mode for this beautiful Bicolana
if and when she finally joins the line of applicants at the Araneta Coliseum office of BPCI this month.
Liezel has learned to conquer whatever self-doubts she may have in making one more move. Could this be her luckiest year in Bb. Pilipinas? Lady luck’s charm should hopefully stay by her side and be headed for the pageant glory of her dreams.
Your inputs on Liezel, dear readers? 🙂
Liezel during Bb. Pilipinas 2015
Will we finally see a return of Wyn-Wyn Marquez to the Bb. Pilipinas stage?
Back in 2015, Teresita Ssen Marquez – or Wyn-Wyn Marquez if you will – almost blew the Bb. Pilipinas finals over with her fiery presentations onstage that gave the other favorites a big run for their money. She was a joy to watch in both swimsuit and evening gown as the training showed in every move and turns that punctuated her solo spotlights. Everyone inside the Araneta Coliseum then was sure that she would get one of the crowns at stake. But when announcement of winners came, her name was not included inside the sealed envelope. No use looking back to the reasons behind the same. Move on she must.
And this 2017, are we bound to see her once more in the nationals? It was earlier blogged that her cousin – Michelle Marquez Dee – is also being convinced to sign up for the screenings. Will we see a battle of the two? This should be very interesting if all things fall into place.
Back to Teresita, does she deserve a spot in the list of Binibinis for 2017, dear readers? Raise of hands please.
Watch her overall performance two years ago.
courtesy of Powerhouse Ph
Is Mariel de Leon ready to join again?
Mariel (leftmost) during a Pre-Miss Universe MAC Workshop
By now, we can start discussing about Maria Angelica de Leon aka Mariel de Leon without constantly associating the name with her showbiz parents. She deserves to have her own identity because Bb. Pilipinas 2017 could be her second foray into the nationals.
Mariel’s photos in this feature were all taken by my coverage partner Joy Arguil from the Pre-Miss Universe MAC Workshop that we attended at the cosmetic brand’s HQs at 8 Rockwell. And you can see how well MUA Gery Penaso has transformed her face into a glowing work of art. And she can only return the compliment with a smile that tells us that she is ready for a return to Araneta Coliseum.
Get ready for a whole lot of Mariel de Leon 2.0
Honestly, you need to experience Mariel as a person and in person to be able to appreciate the totality of her potentials as a beauty queen – those square-ish jawlines that distract some. Those facial moles that get mixed reviews from the rest. And the figure that prompts more than a few to suggest more fitness training with John Cuay. She will do her homework. Just you wait and see. A lot can be done in more than a month’s time (the photos here were taken last January 11
). She will show up at the BPCI Office on or before February 24.
One more time for Alaiza Malinao?
Once is really not enough, especially if you are someone like the gorgeous Alaiza Flor Malinao. And if she failed in her first bid to win one of the titles during Bb. Pilipinas 2015, failure should no longer be an option for her return. This pride of Davao (just like Jehza Huelar) has a fierce determination to work hard for something once she puts her heart and mind to it. Never mind the short-lived stint during Asia’s Next Top Model Season 4 when she prematurely bowed out of the regional modeling search and lost in Elite Model Look Asia. Such must be signs telling her that she will eventually find her place in the sun while garbed in sparkling gowns, elevated on top of platform heels and wearing a clasped candidate number that will signify her original dream of becoming a national beauty titleholder.
So are you ready for Alaiza Malinao 2.0? I’ve been ready for her since 2016, to be honest. 😉
I still believe that Alaiza has it in her to win a crown