Janicel and her special someone James
“When I first met you, I honestly didn’t know you were going to be this important to me. Now, everything I’ve never done I want to do it with you..l love you my chubby.”Those are the words straight out of Bb. Pilipinas International 2015 Janicel Lubina when she started posting photos about her vacation in the US at the moment. And the timing couldn’t be more apt since she celebrated her birthday (April 2) in the arms of her special someone James Valera, a Fil-Am based in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Janicel deserves to be this happy with her love life. We all know the responsibilities she had to shoulder for the longest time being the breadwinner of the family back in Palawan. And now that her brother Dante has already graduated, she can ease up on the duties to focus on romantic matters of the heart.
Janicel as a “sagala” for Sony Boy Mindo during Flores de Mayo 2016 (Photo credit: Joy Arguil)
Her reign as Bb. Pilipinas International 2015 may be over, but Janicel Lubina is moving ahead according to her own working pace. She is picking up all the opportunities that come knocking at her door with a grateful heart. And knowing how hardworking she is as an individual, the chances of getting offers from different corners are bright. It could be pageant judging, personal appearances, TV guesting or, just like last night, as “sagala” (flower maiden
) of Designer Sony Boy Mindo for the 37th Flores de Mayo 2016 at the SM Mall of Asia. The possibilities are just there for the picking.
Janicel may no longer have the chance to pursue any other pageant channels (the risks far outweigh the potential benefits), but she is looking beyond the crown and taking all the options with an open mind and a generous (to her family in Palawan) heart.
Janicel during yesterday’s Flores de Mayo (Photo credit: Joy Arguil)
Good luck in all your future plans, my dear Janicel! 🙂
It was a 2-in-1 affair for Janicel Lubina and Rogelie Catacutan (Photo credit: Bruce Casanova for Bb. Pilipinas)
Janicel and Rogelie with Ann and Christi
It was a special 2-in-1 affair at the Gateway Mall earlier in the afternoon as the send-off for Bb. Pilipinas Supranational 2015 Rogelie Catacutan and welcome back event for Bb. Pilipinas International 2015 Janicel Lubina took place with various members of the media covering the happy occasion.
Both Rogelie and Janicel were misty-eyed as they were given words of encouragement and approval from everyone. As we all know by now, the latter made it to the Top 10 of Miss International 2015 and was awarded Miss Best Dresser during the finals last November 5. On the other hand, our pretty Cebuana will be departing for Poland soon to start with her quest for the Miss Supranational 2015 crown and hopefully become the country’s 2nd big winner of the title.
From all of us here at normannorman.com, welcome back, Janicel! And to our dear Rogelie, may you have the best experience in Poland, while working hard to get the crown for the Philippines. Do us proud! 🙂
Left-to-right: Ann Colis, Rogelie Catacutan, Madam Stella Marquez de Araneta, Janicel Lubina and Christi Lynn McGarry (Photo credit: Bruce Casanova for Bb. Pilipinas)
Bb. Pilipinas International 2015 Janicel Lubina before departing for Tokyo, Japan earlier
Bb. Pilipinas International 2015 Janicel Lubina left for Tokyo, Japan aboard Philippine Airlines earlier in the day. And our consistently gorgeous representative has fully conditioned her mind for the tough competition ahead even before she checked in for her flight.
Janicel will be arriving with a lot of hype and anticipation surrounding her, the Japanese pageant followers in particular. The latter waited long for this day to finally see what our bet has to offer as first actual first impressions. And I’m pretty sure the first order is to shine with her warmest and friendliest self. The other foreign delegates will also check her out closely.
Let’s hope Janicel will gear up for all the pre-arrival excitement and meet the expectations of everyone. I’m sure she will. 😉
Bb. Pilipinas International 2015 Janicel Lubina and your blogger (Photo credit: Joy Arguil)
Janicel (leftmost) with three of her Bb. Pilipinas 2015 sisters Pia, Rogelie and Christi
During the open forum with Bb. Pilipinas International 2015 Janicel Lubina at the send-off yesterday afternoon at the Gateway Mall, our Queen was very honest in admitting that she got both happy and nervous all over after learning that Ann Colis won Miss Globe 2015. She was so happy that her sister won, but she was also nervous thinking that she should also do well in Miss International 2015. And that pretty much sums up the kind of motivation burning inside of our bet nowadays. More than ever, she wants to do all of the Filipinos just as proud.
The four faces of Bb. Pilipinas International 2015 Janicel Lubina while answering questions from the Press during her send-off
And Miss Universe Philippines 2015 Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach added a small anecdote that gave everyone an idea as to how simple and kind-hearted Janicel is. She said that every payday, their youngest would always disappear for a little longer than a while. And when others would query about her whereabouts, one of them would tell that she just went to the nearest “money padala
” center to remit part of her salary to Palawan so her mother and siblings would have the means to buy food and other basic items at home.
But enough of the small drama. Janicel also displayed her learned phrases and statements in Nihongo. She wants to show the Japanese locals her efforts at communicating in their language even if she might flub a pronunciation or two in the process. The innate charm is always intact. And I reckon that she will get into the hearts sooner than anyone can say “Arigato gozaimasu!”
You can do us proud, Janicel! Go get that crown! 😀
Best of luck in Tokyo, Janicel Lubina! (Photo credit: Joy Arguil)
Bb. Pilipinas International 2015 Janicel Lubina
Janicel with her sisters Pia, Rogelie and Christi
Earlier in the afternoon at the Activity Center of Gateway Mall, Bb. Pilipinas International 2015 Janicel Lubina was given her send-off to Miss International 2015. The choice of the venue was an interesting one, as compared to the usual Gloriamaris or Balay. In fact, this activity had the look and feel of a public event to herald the upcoming departure of our Queen for the Land of the Rising Sun on Saturday, October 17. And the openness of the area actually allowed more people to witness the whole thing.
Janicel was at her most radiant when she finally stepped out to take her spot onstage. Motivated by the recent win of Ann Colis as Miss Globe 2015 and the ongoing fight of Parul Shah for Miss Grand International 2015 in Thailand, she is all pumped up and ready to face her opponents for the Mikimoto crown. And by all counts, she is dead set on claiming our 6th.
While our Queen knows that she has been hyped by the Japanese Press several months back, Janicel knows that she can never rely on old publicity. Instead, she wants to show them her fully-transformed self and face up to the challenge with her beautiful game face on.
From all of us here at normannorman.com, we wish you safe travels, Janicel! Give it your best and bring on your A-game every single day of the pageant duration. 😀
Tearful ladies giving their words of encouragement for Janicel
Bb. Pilipinas International 2015 Janicel Lubina on the contestants’ gallery of Miss International 2015
Janicel’s latest makeup training
Today is the scheduled official send-off for Bb. Pilipinas International 2015 Janicel Lubina who will leave for Tokyo, Japan this coming Saturday (October 17) to start with her pageant mission – the quest for a 6th Miss International crown for the Philippines.
In the image above, you can see our beautiful Janicel as pictured on the contestants gallery of the Miss International 2015 website. And on the left photo grid, she is shown in various makeup styles during her latest session with KF’s Gio Lazaro Flores.
Our representative is ready. Her wardrobe is also complete. And her National Costume (she reportedly got assigned to Frederick Peralta who did the Top 5-placing terno during Bb. Pilipinas 2015 but might wear a Leo Almodal instead) has also been perfectly fitted.
All I can say now is, see you at the send-off, Janicel! 😀