Parul Shah and Katrina Dimaranan: Bb. Pilipinas titleholders who never got to wear the Philippine sash overseas
The Bb. Pilipinas Tourism crown
Time was when getting a Bb. Pilipinas crown of any shape, size or title brought out the ecstatic side of any lucky Binibini. It still is, except for the Tourism honor that has become more of a consolation than a 100% source of overflowing excitement.
You see, there is always pride in being proclaimed a national winner. But the more motivating factor for any beauty queen is to actually wear the Philippine sash in an international pageant – be it hosted abroad or locally.
In the case of Parul Shah (2014) and Katrina Dimaranan (2012), their Bb. Pilipinas Tourism victories opened doors of opportunity they never imagined before. One door remains locked, though. And it is that one important passage that they would love more than anything else to pass through and negotiate.
Will their ever be hope for the Tourism title? Or is it high time to rest its inclusion in the annual roster and replaced with a brand-new franchise – however low-tier in status – but with a guaranteed chance of competing for the country?
I say yes, without batting an eyelash. 😉
Jonas Gaffud (3rd from left) with (l-r) Cindy Miranda, Ara Arida, Bea Santiago, Mutya Datul and Pia Wurtzbach (Photo credit: Jonas Gaffud)
During yesterday’s photo session of the Bb. Pilipinas Gold winners, Aces & Queens’ Jonas Gaffud was around to coach the ladies on how to properly pose and project themselves in front of the camera. It was a happy day for everyone at the studio, moreso for the beauty queen-maker who is always at his best elements when molding the national winners into international-worthy representatives for the Philippines. His track record can no longer be questioned. So let’s see how this year’s batch will fare in their respective pageant missions abroad. 😉
Heard from the grapevine that newly-crowned Bb. Pilipinas Tourism Katrina Dimaranan may not be sent to the Miss Tourism Queen International competition due to some franchise concerns with the Chinese organizers. As a result, she just might be fielded in Miss Supranational instead. Your thoughts about this new development if confirmed to be true?
And since we’re in the subject of international representation, who do you think has the greatest chance of bringing home a crown among our three queens? Is Nicole Schmitz a sure winner given her almost perfect fit for Miss International? Or can Janine Tugonon continue the placement streak of the Philippines in Miss Universe and reach Top 5 just like her two immediate predecessors? Or Katrina Dimaranan perhaps, since her exotic features will be better appreciated in Central Europe if ever?
Whatever fate awaits this troika, all I’m hoping for at the moment is that they be fully prepared for their trips abroad so that the beauty of the Filipina continues to shine through. 🙂