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. 🙂
Angelica Alita’s look during the Mega Millennial Ball courtesy of Carissa Cielo Medved
When photos of Bb. Pilipinas 2016 1st Runner-Up Angelica Alita before and during the recently-concluded Mega Millennial Ball came out, I just had to stop and think of a blog entry dedicated to her. She is, quite simply, blooming in all aspects. Her face is always radiant whenever we see each other, just as her public appearances always elicit oohs and aahs from curious individuals who can’t help but gaze at her glowing presence.
And this leads me to the heart of this post – Angel’s planned 2nd foray into the nationals by way of Bb. Pilipinas 2018. She intentionally skipped the recent edition in order to fulfill all her responsibilities to BPCI and complete the 18-month contract before finally jockeying up for position in next year’s beauty derby. And the timing couldn’t be more perfect. She is ready to shine and finally own up a title lock, stock and barrel. The risks will always be there, but she has calculated her next moves to make sure that the future will be perfect. 😉
Angel wearing Rau Uson Ablaza during the Mega Millennial Ball
Watch out for this beauty in 2018!
courtesy of ABS-CBN
Bb. Pilipinas 2016 winners and runners-up
Your blogger and Maxine Medina
On a 0-100 scale, that is the final mark that I am giving to the collective performance of our six (6) Bb. Pilipinas 2016 titleholders. Using the grade point system of my alma mater – the University of Santo Tomas – the percentage is equivalent to 2.0 or Good. Not bad.
Their individual grades are as follows:
Maxine Medina – 93.02% for placing in the Top 6 of the 65th Miss Universe which had 86 candidates
Kylie Verzosa – 100% for winning Miss International 2016
Jennifer Hammond – 76.19% for placing in the Top 15 of Miss Intercontinental 2016 which had 63 candidates
Joanna Eden – 71.83% for placing in the Top 20 of Miss Supranational 2016 which had 71 candidates
Nicole Cordoves – 97.36% for placing 1st Runner-Up in Miss Grand International 2016 which had 76 candidates
Nichole Manalo – 92% for placing 3rd Runner-Up in The Miss Globe 2016 which had 50 candidates
Honestly, 88.401% won’t be a hard mark to surpass on my performance tally for the next batch of winners. And with the continuous strong showings of our delegates internationally, I am confident that it can be achieved. But that’s getting far ahead of what 2017 has in store for our new Queens.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank Maxine, Kylie, Jennifer, Joanna, Nicole and Nichole for showing the best of the World-Class Filipinas in the global pageant stage. This is no major tribute but a simple way of showing my appreciation for all your efforts in solidifying the noteworthy performances of the Bb. Pilipinas titleholders.
Mabuhay kayong lahat! 😀