Almost immediately after the release of the latest Raymond Saldaña photo of Bb. Pilipinas Supranational 2017 Chanel Olive Thomas above, it was posted on the Facebook page of Miss Supranational itself (see image below).
The organizers of the competition are very well aware of how the Philippines orchestrates the building-up of noise for its candidates. And this is the start of campaign. Trust that there will be more to come as the official BPCI send-offs start happening one after the next soon.
Chanel on the Miss Supranational FB Page
Last Sunday afternoon, the Happy Grandparents’ Day event of Gateway Mall was held with the presence of Bb. Pilipinas International 2017 Mariel de Leon and Bb. Pilipinas Grand International Elizabeth Clenci giving more excitement to the #LOLDAY for our special senior elders who took the spotlight.
The two queens shared their talent with Mariel rendering a song, accompanied by Liz on the guitar. Afterwards, they were gifted coffee paintings of their respective grandparents as tokens of appreciation.
Below are more photos from the activity as taken by Joy Arguil for normannorman.com.
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. 🙂
Bb. Pilipinas 2017 1st Runner-Up Charmaine Elima promoting Skinny Juicery PH on her IG account
Ever since Charmaine Elima was named Bb. Pilipinas 2017 1st Runner-Up last April and got temporarily stressed days after when the whole controversy behind Katarina Rodriguez allegedly dilly-dallying with her commitment to the Bb. Pilipinas Intercontinental crown dragged on for a bit with her name being tagged as potential alternate, the next time she became “slightly” visible was when she had her long tresses cut off. Since then, it was only last night when she uploaded two new photos on her IG account promoting The Skinny Juicery PH.
Now I am not one to pry into private details about Maine’s current whereabouts. If she wants to keep her personal life from a safe distance, then I respect that choice. It’s just that she has not yet joined the titleholders in any of our covered public appearances and inquisitive individuals never stopped asking me. It’s good that 2nd Runner-Up Kristel Guelos already did during the victory lunch hosted by David’s Salon. But I am really missing her a lot.
I am keeping my fingers crossed that she accompanies the Queens during the scheduled visit to the wounded soldiers from the Marawi City crisis this week. That would be a good opportunity to show up – short hair and all – for everyone at BPCI so that the cast will be complete. 🙂
From London to the Philippines to El Gouna, Christa Borja is now a Philippine sash wearer
You used to tag her as Binibini20 of Bb. Pilipinas 2017 and a proud Top 15 finisher. Now, Christa Borja is in El Gouna, Red Sea, Egypt wearing the Philippine sash as our representative in the 24th Edition of Top Model of the World which will have its finals on July 14. And at the moment, the tall Londoner is having the time of her life, making friends with new ladies from all over the globe and putting her best foot forward to hopefully add another achievement to the performance of Filipinas in international competitions.
Christa is on Cloud 9 and optimistic. She knows that the contest is looking for a potential winner who can rule the catwalk (something she revels in doing) and can bring to the table a new face that will make the organization evolve into a more sought-after search in years to come.
Below are more early photos of Christa in the competition.
To give you an idea of how the 23rd edition unfolded last year, below is a video you can watch courtesy of Detlev Helmerich.
Four of the Bb. Pilipinas 2017 titleholders VS the Puteri Indonesia 2017 crown-wearers
As my last blog post for the month of June (barring any blog-worthy topic that might still make it for the month
), I am giving way to this interesting post that should invite most of you to pitch in your say on the matter.
I did use the two-lettered “VS” (versus) to make the title of this post more enticing. However, I am not really into creating a good catfight between two national beauty pageants of the same stature, but just a friendly comparison of the winners who will be fielded in the same competitions abroad.
Since Puteri Indonesia has only four titles – Universe, International, Supranational and Grand International – I opted to not include both Bb. Pilipinas Intercontinental Katarina Rodriguez and Bb. Pilipinas Globe Nelda Ibe in the mix to strike a balance.
Now instead of me injecting personal judgments right away, I chose to let you – my dear readers – to fill in your inputs first. Now after a few days – and hopefully a substantial number of comments to tally “objective” preferences from – I will put in my running picks in the four (4) matches below:
UNIVERSE: Rachel Peters VS Bunga Jelitha
INTERNATIONAL: Mariel de Leon VS Kevin Lilliana
SUPRANATIONAL: Chanel Olive Thomas VS Karina Nadila
GRAND INTERNATIONAL: Elizabeth Clenci VS Dea Goesti Rizkita
By the way, watching the videos below might help your personal comparisons as well.
courtesy of ABS-CBN News
courtesy of Indonesian Pageants