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.
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