According to reports, Miss Grand International 2020 will be hosted for a second time in Caracas, Venezuela this coming October with the finals happening on the 25th of that month. And with Aya Abesamis positioned as Bb. Pilipinas Grand International 2019 after taking over Samantha Lo, it is but expected that she will suit up for that upcoming competition.
Now just to spice things up a bit, I received word from Deliart Association – the organizers of The Miss Globe Beauty Pageant – that they would be very much open to having Aya represent the Philippines in its 2020 edition that will happen in Albania and Montenegro from October 27-November 15.
Naturally, Miss Grand International would have the first option to have Aya since she carries the Philippine title. But to have another international pageant welcoming her as the country’s rep can be a beautiful dilemma.
Either way, BPCI will need to send a representative to both pageants in order to avoid any potential franchise concerns. Thing is, there should be two different ladies doing the job because the competition dates are way too close to each other. By the time MGI wraps up in Caracas on October 25, The Miss Globe will start checking in their contestants by October 27 in Tirana.
What are your thoughts on this, dear readers?
Bb. Pilipinas is still keeping it as a surprise. But Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray and Miss Grand International 2016 1st Runner-Up Nicole Cordoves will be part of it.
Was it the final Q&A delivered in Spanish that convinced the judges to crown a Filipina last 2016 as Miss United Continents or Miss Continentes Unidos? Or did Jeslyn Santos present herself most consistently all throughout the competition? I believe it was destiny and all of the above. To actually participate in a Latina-dominated pageant in Guayaquil, Ecuador can already pose a big challenge for any Miss Filipinas. But just like Teresita Ssen Marquez who proved unstoppable in Bolivia on her way to the Reina Hispanoamericana title a year after, this lovely Bulakenya defied all odds and rose to the occasion to become the first Filipina winner of the title. Below are highlights of her performance in the finals.
Jeslyn paid her pageant dues with much hardwork and patience from the very first time that mentor John dela Vega started fielding her in Bb. Pilipinas. They also joined forces for the country’s participation in Miss World Peace 2015 held in Hong Kong. And unbeknownst to the two of them, it would still be their unbreakable duo that will pave the way for the trip to Ecuador for the international pageant. Miss United Continents is one pageant franchise that the latter firmly held on through the years.
What a glorious achievement indeed for this lady whose roots are from the same municipality your blogger comes from – Hagonoy.
Jeslyn flanked by her mentor John dela Vega (left) and now Bulacan Governor Daniel Fernando
The crowns of Miss Supranational (top) and Miss Grand International
Miss Supranational (which started in 2009) and Miss Grand International (which had its inaugural pageant last 2013) are – in comparison – the two youngest international beauty competitions that have been recognized by many. Nationally, these two franchises have been picked up by BPCI. And from the time they became part of the titles at stake in Bb. Pilipinas, their relative popularity soon followed.
The Philippines did not participate during the first and second stagings of Miss Supranational. It was only during the third outing when a Filipina representative – Lourenz Grace Remetillo – was part of the roster, albeit with less funfare or media mileage. But when BPCI started to field delegates in 2012, the blossoming partnership began with Elaine Kay Moll placing 3rd Runner-Up. It got even better the following year when Mutya Datul was crowned winner. From there, all the Bb. Pilipinas Supranational titleholders went to Central/Eastern Europe and placed either in the Top 10 or Top 20/25 in alternating fashion – from 2014 to 2019. Quite a respectable record, I must add.
2011 unplaced Lourenz Grace Remetillo
2012 Third Runner-Up – Elaine Kay Moll
2013 Winner – Mutya Johanna Datul
2014 Top 20 – Yvethe Santiago
2015 Top 20 – Rogelie Catacutan
2016 Top 25 – Joanna Eden
2017 Top 10 – Chanel Olive Thomas
2018 Top 10 – Jehza Mae Huelar
2019 Top 25 – Resham Ramirez Saeed
Below is a video of the full show in Minsk, Belarus when our very own Mutya Johanna Datul was crowned Miss Supranational 2013 – the first Filipina and first Asian to achieve the honor.
Miss Grand International
The Philippines’ relationship with Miss Grand International can be compared to a “love-hate” affair of sorts. We all know that its first two editions were still under John dela Vega who was able to prepare Ali Forbes all the way to a very good finish during the inaugural edition. It was only in 2015 when BPCI sent its first appointed delegate in the person of Parul Shah who placed 3rd Runner-Up. That started Top 5 placements that would stretch to 2016 with Nicole Cordoves getting 1st Runner-Up and 2017 when Elizabeth Clenci sustained a 2nd Runner-Up finish. After that, something turned sweetly sour. In the process, the missions of both Eva Psychee Patalinjug and Samantha Ashley Lo can be considered fleeting to say the least. But to be fair, our participation last year was saddled with a number of controversies that cannot be directly blamed to pageant owner Nawatt Itsiragrisil.
2013 3rd Runner-Up Ali Forbes
2014 unplaced Kimberly Karlsson
2015 3rd Runner-Up Parul Shah
2016 1st Runner-Up Nicole Cordoves
2017 2nd Runner-Up Elizabeth Clenci
2018 unplaced Eva Patalinjug
2019 unplaced Samantha Lo
Below is a video of our best performance courtesy of Nicole Cordoves who placed 1st Runner-Up during the 2016 edition held in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
How about you, dear readers? What are your personal assessments of our participation in both pageants?
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A good friend of mine (who’s also into pageantry and whose name I am keeping in confidence for now) asked me this question. For a long while after, I got stumped for a definitive reply:
“…alam mo, given how things are, cancelling the entire 2020 pageant season isn’t a bad idea. the olympics are being moved. what’s your thought? kasi even if they come up with the cure, the economic and social aftermath still haven’t been felt…”
Now I am asking your take on this, dear readers. As far as I’m concerned, I believe it is inevitable. The cancellation, that is.
While you’re processing your mind on this, do watch the music video below where our music artists from different networks plus the stage and even a few frontliners have collaborated on.
The Bb. Pilipinas theme song – how well-loved this tune is. In this entry, check out its evolution through several decades of the annual beauty pageant.
Below is how composer Nonong Pedero originally envisioned the musical arrangement and interpretation of the iconic theme song of Bb. Pilipinas with all-female vocals.
This is the version with Apo Hiking Society as interpreters.
This was the version arranged by Ryan Cayabyab during Bb. Pilipinas 2000.
This was how the theme song was sung and arranged during the Ruby Year of Bb. Pilipinas back in 2003.
Below is the Bb. Pilipinas 2009 version of the theme song.
If you watch the entire clip below especially during the latter part, you can hear the version of the Bb. Pilipinas theme song back in 2010 – the last year that GMA-7 handled the production before it moved to ABS-CBN the following year.
This was the arrangement of the theme song during Bb. Pilipinas Gold as interpreted by Martin Nievera
This is already one of the modern versions of the same.
In the ongoing screenings for Century Tuna Superbods 2020 (which will have its Final Callback tomorrow), there are three interesting names and faces who joined in the auditions. And I bet that they are all shoo-ins to become Official Candidates:
1) Joanna Eden – the former Bb. Pilipinas Supranational
2) Kathleen Paton – the former Miss Teen International and Miss Manila who was being originally wooed to join Bb. Pilipinas 2020.
3) Samantha Lo – the resigned Bb. Pilipinas Grand International 2019
Your thoughts, dear readers?
Kathleen Paton (leftmost)
Joanna Eden (middle)
While all of us are engrossed with the simultaneous goings-on at Bb. Pilipinas 2020 and Miss Universe Philippines 2020, the search for this year’s environmental advocates has been progressing at its normal pace with some of the Official Candidates already introduced in posts and updates in the pageant’s Facebook page. Meet some of the Earth Angels for 2020 who are likely to be familiar names and faces for most of you:
First on the list is Sherry Anne Tormes who was part of Bb. Pilipinas twice in the past. Originally, though, she was part of a previous edition of MPE. This is like her return to the competition that could bring her the crowning glory she has been aiming for.
And then we have Patrixia Sherly Santos whose pageant career brought instant recall to the “x” in her first name. She was also a Binibini in the past, aside from taking part in Miss World Philippines, Ambassadress of the World Philippines and the Redvocates Search for AIDS Ambassadors in the country.
Gianna Margarita Llanes was an Official Candidate of Miss World Philippines two years back. Her national pageantry experience brought the confidence in joining other smaller tilts where she was able to shine more strongly. In particular, she made it as 1st Runner-Up during Miss Mandaluyong 2019.
Roxie Baeyens may be the youngest among the six, but she is the one who has already represented the country in an international beauty competition. She emerged 1st Runner-Up during Miss Tourism and Culture Universe 2019 after being named Face of Tourism 2019. She is from Baguio City.
Justiene Ortega is one lady who was able to juggle time between her pageant conquests and gainful employment. It does help when the field of work is in sales and marketing. She was a contender in past stagings of both Miss World Philippines and Miss Tourism Philippines.
Finally, we have Hannah Bithiah Merino – a proud Lagunense who worked as Flight Attendant of Philippine Airlines. This tall lady was crowned Mutya ng Pilipinas Calabarzon before qualifying as one of the fifty lovelies who made the Golden Edition of Mutya ng Pilipinas more colorful.
These six Earth Angels will be joined by other contestants from different parts of the country in Miss Philippines Earth 2020. Watch out for them soon!
Sandra Lemonon – of the “build, build, build” fame of sorts that made her Bb. Pilipinas 2018 participation a more unforgettable turn – has closed that viral episode of her life. She was able to make something good of it. And now it’s time to get down to more forward-looking decisions in life. Last year, she was reported to have auditioned for and passed the screenings for Pinoy Big Brother. That opportunity, though, was not realized for reasons personal (and perhaps network-related) in nature.
The video below was when Sandra tried for ABS-CBN’s Star Hunt.
Now at 24-going-25, Sandra is at the crossroad of her young life, and an age that is most suited to join or re-join a national pageant. I want to see this sweet Pinay-French go back to pageantry and focus on accomplishing an unfinished business of winning a crown to her name.
This is the continuity I am hoping that she will embark on in 2020. And with more fruitful results to reap. Her “Lemonades” (pageant fan group) is just waiting for the go-signal from her end!