In photos: Bb. Pilipinas Grand International 2016 and Miss Grand International 2016 1st Runner-Up Nicole Cordoves during her coaching session with Bb. Pilipinas Grand International 2020 Samantha Bernardo. Having been a candidate, placer and – ultimately – host of the pageant finals – the former knows more than a few tips and tricks on how to play the MGI game and get on the good side of Nawatt Itsaragrisil in the process. So it really helps that the two spent quality time together before the latter departs for Thailand on February 24.
Our bet will arrive in the Land of Smiles days before the bulk of this year’s delegates will check-in by February 28/March 1.
Good luck, Sam!
Quite a number of pageant fans are encouraging Bb. Pilipinas Grand International 2016 and Miss Grand International 2016 1st Runner-Up Nicole Cordoves to join Miss Universe Philippines 2020. And for good reasons at that. She has the command of communication that can comfortably blend with the new direction the Miss Universe Organization is heading to after the victory of Zozibini Tunzi last month. On top of having a mind of her own, she can also be a physical standout, having already proven herself during the international competition held in Las Vegas.
The questions are: 1) Will she do it? and 2) Is she still qualified to join?
1) Given that Nicole has already built a lucrative hosting career on TV and in an assortment of beauty pageants both national and provincial (not to mention her pageant coaching gigs), giving them up temporarily might prove difficult. You see, joining a national competition that could run for a minimum of 2-3 months would mean turning down offers to do hosting/mentoring (unless she wants to moonlight as such while fulfilling the demands of being an Official Candidate once more).
2) The age limit of the Miss Universe Organization states that “Miss Universe contestants must be at least 18 years of age and under 28 years of age on the date the National Pageant competition commenced.”. Technically, she will be cutting it close to the end numbers. She will turn 28 this coming April 15.
Now a second clarification is: which date is the MUO referring to as the “date the National Pageant competition commenced”? Will it be the time the Official Candidates are announced or the date of the Grand Finals? If my sources are true, the finals of MUP2020 is tentatively set for May 17, or more than a month after her 28th Birthday. But if the former is to be followed, then she’s still in. We should know who the contenders are by February.
I would be thrilled seeing her compete for Miss Universe Philippines 2020. Nicole and I have bonded more than a few times in the past. And I know that she has the goods to impress everyone. She can be a worthy Miss Universe representative under the right circumstances.
We all know former Bb. Pilipinas Grand International Nicole Cordoves as part of the tandem (along with Caloy Buendia) behind The Silver Linings Academy. On her own, she has started a YouTube channel where she shares her expertise in Q&A mentoring and pageant preparations.
Below are her first three instructional videos on the subject matter.
Bb. Pilipinas Grand International 2016 Nicole Cordoves sits for the painters
It was the turn of Bb. Pilipinas Grand International 2016 Nicole Cordoves to sit for the members of the Filipino Portrait Artists Guild. Wearing the gorgeous Mak Tumang Filipiniana she used during the National Costume Competition of Bb. Pilipinas 2016, she patiently sat through the long session, kept her poise and charm all throughout and was rewarded with a collection of portraits that anyone can be truly proud of.
Nicole is one happy Queen! 🙂
One of the finished works of art
Nicole with boss Finance Secretary Cesar Purisima
Everyone knows that, before becoming Bb. Pilipinas Grand International 2016, Nicole Cordoves was working as a Speech Writer for Secretary Cesar Purisima of the Departmet of Finance. It was the kind of work that our Queen was committed to as she embraced government service before her sights were re-directed to a far more different job – and that is to assume the responsibility of representing the Philippines in an international beauty competition. She wanted this. She trained hard for this. She focused her sights on winning.
And now that Nicole has a national crown in the bag, she will need to bid her work at the DOF goodbye, at least for the next year and a few months. Will she miss the FUN-ance in Finance work? You bet she will. But is she 100% dedicated as Bb. Pilipinas Grand International and #ForThePhilippines? You bet she is. Does she want to win Miss Grand International 2016? You bet she wants. 🙂
Best of friends Maxine and Nicole clown around for the camera
Even before they became beauty queens, Miss Universe Philippines 2016 Maxine Medina and Bb. Pilipinas Grand International 2016 Nicole Cordoves have already become the best of friends. They simply click like halves of a heart-shaped locket being discovered in each other’s necks. Completing each other’s sentences would be a nice way of describing their level of sisterly bonding. And you can’t help but ride along with their kookiness when not in the prying eyes of the pageant-following public. Their individual quirks also blend well, and if pageant assignments abroad are to be considered, it’s looking more and more like both beauties will be Vegas-bound later this year.
Maxine and Nicole by Joy Arguil
Meanwhile, their schedules are mercifully more bearable nowadays. And that’s because their intensive trainings will start very soon! 🙂
More lady-like now, Maxine and Nicole
Nicole Cordoves in her AdMU graduation picture and as Bb. Pilipinas Grand International 2016
Nicole (center) with Grade 1 students of Makati Hope Christian School
A proud banner from her high school alma mater
You all know by now that, before being crowned Bb. Pilipinas Grand International 2016, Nicole Cordoves graduated with a degree in Economics from the Ateneo de Manila University last 2013 and worked as a Speech Writer and Executive Assistant at the Department of Finance under Secretary Purisima.
But did you also know that she is a proud graduate of Makati Hope Christian School (MHCS) during her secondary years where she was part of its successful championship-winning debate team? A picture above shows her bonding with the Grade 1 students of said school during a visit last September, 2014 when she was still Miss Chinatown Philippines. And the whole institution is mighty proud of her achievements. I actually passed by MHCS late last week and saw a big banner outside congratulating her and all.
A really wayback 2008 photo of Nicole (in blue) with other members of the then winning debate team of MHCS (Photo credit: Lio Carreon)
Such a fruitful journey for one of our new Queens who has successfully hurdled all her academic challenges as a student and is now ready to face a mightier mission for the country in Miss Grand International 2016 later this year.
Nicole as photographed by Dookie Ducay