I extend my deepest sympathies to the family of beauty queen April Love Jordan who succumbed to liver cancer last Friday, June 21. She is 31. May her soul be at peace with our Heavenly Father.
You will all remember April Love as part of several national beauty pageants such as Mutya ng Pilipinas, Bb. Pilipinas, Miss Philippines Earth and Miss World Philippines. She brougjt honor to the country by winning the title “Beauty of the World” last 2009.
In this entry are official photos of Miss Universe Catriona Gray when she spent precious time with the kids of Young Focus Philippines. She is truly committed to this organization, echoing the final answer she gave during the Finals in Bangkok, Thailand when she promised to dedicate her time to the underprivileged children of Manila.
Photo credit: Bb. Pilipinas (Official)
Watch “Raise Your Flag for Catriona Gray”, the grand homecoming of Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray live at the Smart Araneta Coliseum on February 24, 2019. Joining the grand tribute for the Philippines’ fourth Miss Universe titleholder are Bamboo, Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach, Jed Madela, Kz Tandingan, Morisette Amon, TNT boys, Maymay Entrata & Vice Ganda together with the ABS-CBN Philharmonic Orchestra and other surprise guests!
Admission is FREE! Please see mechanics below:
1) A separate ticket is required upon entry. Free upper box and general admission tickets will be released to the public from February 21 until February 24 or until supplies last.
2) Claiming of free tickets is from 10 AM to 8 PM only at the Ticketnet Box Office located at the yellow gate of Smart Araneta Coliseum.
3) Please be reminded that ONLY TWO (2) tickets will be given per person.
For other inquiries, you may call TicketNet at (02) 911 5555.
This event is made possible by PLDT Home Fibr, Jollibee, Novotel Manila Araneta Center, Philippine Airlines, Manila Bulletin.
Please be guided accordingly for the parade routes for Miss Universe Catriona Gray on February 21 and 23 in Pasay|Manila|Makati and Araneta Center, respectively. On February 24, it will be “Raise Your Flag For Catriona Gray” at the Smart Araneta Coliseum starting at 7pm.
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The first quarter of a new year is usually the launching period for national beauty contests in the country like Bb. Pilipinas and Miss Earth Philippines. And in the US, the search has likewise started for their annual Miss Philippines US – the most prestigious Filipino-American pageant in the USA – which seeks to crown the lady who will both epitomize a woman of substance and prove that she is beyond beautiful.
Miss Philippines US 2018 Janet Lyn Hammond
The mission of the organizers is to develop the finest Ambassadors of Goodwill and role models for the Filipino-American community. Just like reigning titleholder Janet Lyn Hammond (sister of Bb. Pilipinas Intercontinental 2016 Jennifer Hammond
) who continues to be primed for the task of advocating for its several causes like the Breast Cancer Walk, Historic Filipinotown Festival & 5K Run and ABS-CBN Foundation among others.
I encourage you, young and beautiful Fil-Ams to step up and go for this experience of a lifetime. Previous winners Nicole Guerrero (left photo, who has been staying here in the Philippines to fulfill her residency requirements for our nationals) and Jazlynn Dizon have only the best things to say about their respective turns and how life-changing the entire journey can become.
Visit the pageant’s website to download the application form or click HERE.
You will learn more about Miss Philippines US soon, and how this year’s edition (which is scheduled to have its finals on July 19) promises to be its biggest one yet!
Catriona and MUO President Paula Shugart
I wanted so much to end 2018 with a big bang. If only clarity on the issue of whether the Miss Universe franchise remains with BPCI or crosses over to LCS has been settled in the last few days, then it would make for an explosive year-end blog entry. But then again, that would be asking for way too much confirmation during the uber busy Holiday Season.
Pageants fans and followers are divided on the matter. But I reckon that – if we play by percentages – there would be a lot more who are in favor of the franchise staying put with Bb. Pilipinas to maintain the prestige of the country’s biggest national pageant as well as to preserve its glorious place on top of the pedestal in full hierarchial view of the entire Philippines. Besides, the record of the leadership of Madame Stella Marquez de Araneta is something that other National Directors can only hope to achieve in their lifetime.
On the other side of the coin, there is this side of business that doesn’t give much premium on sentimentality or loyalty or time-honored tradition. As the line goes, “…the only thing constant is change.” And with the ties that bind the Miss Universe Organization (MUO) and the LCS Group of Companies, the partnership could only move to a logical next step of having the franchise be placed under the latter’s care. That way, both MUO and IMG will have a more direct hand in controlling/advising how the brand is managed and sustained with progressive exclusivity.
This is me in the middle. Having grown up with Bb. Pilipinas, I would love to see MU stay with BPCI. But I’d also like to see how MU will grow nationally as a stand-alone pageant. I won’t take sides now. I will just let destiny speak for itself. Because with what I have been hearing, it could be a done deal – unless some kind of a unique arrangement can be finalized in the coming month or two.
Artwork by Henry Nicholson Labajo
Since the issue has not been settled yet, let me end 2018 with lyrics from the song written/composed by Prince and made more famous by Sinéad O’Connor because I personally feel that some of the lines simply fit:
Nothing Compares 2 U
It’s been seven hours and fifteen days
Since you took your love away
I go out every night and sleep all day
Since you took your love away
Since you been gone I can do whatever I want
I can see whomever I choose
I can eat my dinner in a fancy restaurant
I said nothing can take away these blues
‘Cause nothing compares
Nothing compares to you
It’s been so lonely without you here
Like a bird without a song
Nothing can stop these lonely tears from falling
Tell me baby where did I go wrong…