Someone very dear to me will finally hang her pageant heels for good and become a beautiful bride and a love-filled wife before the year ends. And I am truly happy for her.
Much as I still want to see this lovely lady give the nationals another try, Bb. Pilipinas 2016 1st Runner-Up Angelica Alita has decided to pursue a different path – this time as the future better half of Jolo Revilla, son of Senator/Actor Bong Revilla and Lani Mercado.
More updates on her big day as the date nears!
#BinibiniWishList2019: Apriel Smith
2016 – #Binibini22 and Top 15 of Bb. Pilipinas
2017 – the first ever Binibining CEBU
2019 – Back to Bb. Pilipinas?
Will her journey back to the Araneta Coliseum resume this year?
I know that Apriel has told me before that she is eyeing 2020 as her possible return to the nationals. And yes, timing is important. But what if 2019 is when she is really destined to make that important step?
She is ready and has always been ready for a comeback. And I will be one of the first to cheer her all the way from Day 1 to the Finals.
What say you, dear readers?
Photo credit: Nico Liu
Gown by: Janice T. Warner
Dear readers, I need not give all of you a long list of credentials or heavy introduction on your Binibini 31 Jehza Huelar. As 2nd Runner-Up last 2016, she returned last year and reached Top 15.
For her third and final attempt, Jehza is once more at it before finally closing the chapters of her pageant career in the nationals.
“Tito Norman, sorry if I was quiet all this time. I fasted from social media during the last three days of submission for Bb. Pilipinas.”
So what really led to the decision?
“It was Sunday, January 7, when PJ (her boyfriend PBA player Nonoy Simon) and I discussed about the Bb. Pilipinas 2018 application. There was no drama or anything that would have lengthened the talk. When he gave me the blessing to join this year, I took the opportunity to apply the following day — which happens to be the final day of submission. I went to BPCI around lunchtime.
God’s plan for me really works mysteriously… it is not my plan to join this year…it is His plans…..and I believe in that.”
Short and sweet. Yes, your Binibini 31 Jehza Huelar is now committed to boyfriend PJ Simon (right photo). But it doesn’t mean that she can no longer aspire to become a Bb. Pilipinas Queen.
Consider the two as each other’s happy pill!
During yesterday afternoon’s Presentation Show of Aces & Queens for its Class of 2018, one of the ladies who stood out was Edjelyn Joy Gamboa of Oriental Mindoro – your Binibini 12 during Bb. Pilipinas 2016. She is definitely more stunning now compared to the first time that she joined. The almost two year-rest has given her a more solid foundation for this return, aside from earning the life experience of being a Flight Attendant with Philippine Airlines.
For 2018, Edjelyn is hoping that she will be able to fulfill the long-time dream of being a national beauty queen. The will and determination are in place. All she needs right now is a healthy dose of good luck that will prompt her lucky stars to align.
But first, she needs to qualify as one of this year’s Binibini first. And that is what she is focusing on more than anything else between now and January 15.
Best of luck, Edj!
One thing is for sure. Bb. Pilipinas 2016 1st Runner-Up Angelica Alita will be rejoining the nationals. The question is – which year?
You see, I have been egging her on signing up once again. This year was too soon for her as she wanted to finish her 18-month contract with BPCI first. Next month she might not be 100% ready to do the plunge right away. The girl wants to reinvent herself (a lot more differently, I reckon) compared to the last.
Hence, 2019 should be the right time to do it. And methinks she feels the same way.
There is a cool competition going on in the first-ever search for Binibining Cebu. There may be fifty-four (54) candidates vying for the crown, but all eyes are focused on two former Binibinis of Bb. Pilipinas on opposite sides once more – Apriel Smith representing Badian and Maria Gigante bannering Bantayan.-
Maria representing Bantayan
Apriel representing Badian
This is not the first time that both ladies are facing-off in a high-profile pageant. Last year, they already did during the nationals with the former gaining the edge after making it to the Top 15.
How will their respective destinies unfold in Binibining Cebu 2017? The finals won’t be until October 28 at the Waterfront Hotel, but it should be pure viewing pleasure seeing both ladies goes head-to-head in the Queen City of the South.
Of course, the 52 other competitors are not handing the Top 2 slots to Apriel and Maria that easily. So we’ll see how everything pans out in the weeks to come. 🙂
Team normannorman.com with the beautiful Jehza Huelar
Andrew Wolff joined us as well
During last Sunday night’s finals of Miss Tourism Philippines 2017, Bb. Pilipinas 2016 2nd Runner-Up Jehza Huelar was in the audience. My coverage partner Joy Arguil quickly pulled her aside to the sidelines where I was stationed. And boy oh boy, I didn’t recognize her at first with those full bangs and all. Slimmer and with a more stress-free aura nowadays, she and I had a very happy talk where she gave me updates on the latest about the things she is preoccupied with and just a tiny bit about her lovelife. Here’s a short video for all of you to watch.
Jehza with her inspiration, TJ Simon
And who is keeping Jehza more inspired at the moment? PBA Basketball player TJ Simon of Star Margarine Hotshots that’s who. The two are presently on an exclusively-dating status, and definitely in a happy place in terms of a progressing relationship.
I’m proud of how this beautiful Dabawenya has moved on from her life in pageantry. She definitely gave it a good go, and is pleased that she has improved for the better as a person overall. 🙂