When Sirene Sutton joined Bb. Pilipinas 2017 and came out of it without a title to be proud of, she was disappointed to say the least. She thought she gave it her best at the time. Months after the summer journey, she remained uncertain whether a second attempt in the nationals is worth reconsidering. Personally, though, I have always told her to give it one more shot because she has what it takes to become a big league winner.
I am aware that she has been training with Aces & Queens. Flag bearer of the beauty camp or not she has the goods and the preparation to make it. Let’s see if she will see through the edition this year and become a second-time Binibini and – fingers crossed – a titleholder this time around.
Bb. Pilipinas Intercontinental 2018 Karen Gallman checks in at the Official Residence of the 47th Miss Intercontinental – Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila.
Game face on!
Photos from the Official Send-Off hosted by Bb. Pilipinas for Miss Intercontinental Philippines 2018 Karen J. Gallman as she soon embarks on her mission for the country in the 47th Miss Intercontinental Pageant happening right here in the Philippines from January 8-27, 2019.
Among the six Queens, Karen has the most convenient arrangement because her international pageant is happening right here in the country. The bigger pressure, however, is becoming the first Filipina to win the Miss Intercontinental crown – with the tricky homecourt advantage at that.
Photo credit: Joy Arguil
We continue now with our #BinibiniWishList2019: Samantha Mae Bernardo
It has been observed in the annual Bb. Pilipinas that the runners-up would almost always return with a vengeance the following year or two. After all, getting so close to a big win is enough motivation to try again.
Last year’s 2nd Runner-Up is no exception. And I won’t be surprised to see Samantha going through the process of becoming a Binibini once more. She has the looks, the moves, the talent and the engaging personality to move up and wear one of the crowns.
Will 2019 be this Palaweña’s more victorious bid in the nationals?
More than two years ago today – the 22nd of November 2016 to be exact – Catriona Gray, who was then the reigning Miss World Philippines, was given her official sendoff to Miss World 2016 at the C3 Events Place Greenhills. I was able to corner her to sing a few lines in Tagalog (or Filipino if you will). Watch the first video above.
Now if you click the second video below, she gave her greetings to the readers of normannorman.com.
Just imagine, had Catriona won Miss World 2016, then the right photos of her as Miss Universe 2018 (courtesy of The Nation Bangkok and PentyDynamics) would not happen and there just might be no BIG reason for the Philippines’ major celebration in pageantry.
Below is the introductory video of Miss Intercontinental Philippines 2018 Karen Gallman, on whose shoulders rest the mission to win the country’s first-ever Miss Intercontinental crown.
Is it too early to say that Miss Philippines Catriona Gray is my #1 pick to win Miss Universe 2018 on Monday morning in Bangkok?
I think not.
Because with what she has shown all throughout the competition so far, our #kittycat is in a league entirely her own. Yes, you can shout other countries who could block her way to the crown. But it would be unimaginable for the seven (7) judges to deny the fact that she is leading the pack. Her consistency cannot be ignored.
Top 20 is a given, and I trust that she will be summoned to centerstage in the Asia-Pacific/Africa grouping without a doubt. Personality interviews with host Steve Harvey will determine the cut to the Top 10, so I can confidently push it further by stating that she will be part of the group to take part in the Swimsuit and Evening Gown portions.
Top 5 comes next. And I need not go out on a limb in saying that she will be part of the quintet – possibly with the likes of South Africa, Puerto Rico, Spain and host delegate Thailand keeping her company. Spoilers could stem from the appearance of Great Britain or Australia or Canada or even Colombia at this juncture. But this is the formal Q&A. And you know how our Queen Cat loves articulating herself in an ear-friendly manner that is far from being rehearsed or redundant.
The Final 3 will seal the deal once she steps up to the remaining markers onstage.
What follows next could be a new pageant history in the making. A history told three times in the past.
They say that the third time is a charm. Well, I will put one over that line and add that the fourth time is a must. I simply cannot see it happening any other way.