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.
Presenting the National Costume of Jehza Huelar for Miss Supranational 2018:
Designer: Russell Yasay of Fashion Institute of the Philippines – Ortigas
The costume is a contemporary equivalent of the traditional dress of the women of T’boli tribe, the well-kown dreamweavers of the province of South Cotabato. This craft was given a touch of two of the famous Philippine fashion trademarks, the terno and the butterfly sleeves. The top is made up of a silhouette of plain T’nalak fabric embellished with premium brass bells made by the finest tribal brass casters. The palazzo pants with train, which is inspired by the “lewek tedeyung” –an authentic T’boli-woven malong, is adorned by traditional accessories “hilet lemimet” belt –that signifies royalty in the tribe. Completing this masterpiece is a “sewat” headpiece which was intricately made of beads and is known to be worn by the treasured princesses of the tribe.
The SWORD signifies BRAVERY, while the FAN shows GRACE AND BEAUTY.
And at around 8pm of December 7 in Poland (3:00am of December 8 in Manila), the finals of Miss Supranational 2018 will be live streamed on the pageant’s FB Page and YouTube channel.
Watch out for our Queen Jehza as she tries to claim the country’s 2nd crown in the said contest. She is one of the running favorites. Hopefully, she will be rewarded with a top finish.
Jehza is wearing a Yong Davalos in the photos on the right and below.
Our Queen Jehza Huelar is slaying the road leading to the crown of Miss Supranational ongoing in Poland.
In the photos here, she is wearing a beautiful creation by the everlasting Renee Salud who continuously created locally inspired pieces and putting artisanal Filipino skills on the global map.
Photos by Mark Neto Diaz
MakeUp| Christopher Fajardo
Hair Mhoy Vistan Almazan
AsstdBy| Sam Guerrero and Rrnelle Faderogao
StyledBy|StyleItPh Vhee Co/Francis Chee
Behold Miss Supranational Philippines 2018 Jehza Huelar in these swimsuit shots by Mark Neto Diaz. Styled by Vhee Co and Francis Chee, with HMUA Christopher Fajardo | Swimsuit provided by Julius Pegarro Jaguio
Our Queen will get the additional photoshoot with Official Photographer Raymond Saldaña for getting the five highest shares of her headshot for Miss Supranational 2018.
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On a sidenote, I am just pleased that Julius Pegarro Jaguio has upped his swimsuit design aesthetics. He is really evolving in his craft.
Above is Miss Philippines Jehza Huelar wearing a Yong Davalos creation for the promotional shoot of Miss Supranational 2018.
Below (and on the left) is a series of new B/W photos taken by Polish photographer Igor Drozdowski who seems to really love the beauty of our Queen that he made a second round of shoots for her.
Jehza is wearing a Rei Antoni Escario original.
Below are photos of Miss International 2018 1st Runner-Up Ma Ahtisa Manalo during her Victory Presscon hosted by Bb. Pilipinas at Novotel Manila Araneta Center earlier.
Photos taken by Joy Arguil