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!
Flashback to 2018 during the Preliminary Competition of Binibining Cebu when I got the chance to have a chit-chat with Apriel Smith (still the reigning titleholder then). I asked her right away if she will return to the nationals after serving her contract with the regional organization. She quickly answered “not yet, Tito”. “Perhaps in two years?”, I asked. And she gave a meaningful smile.
So I skipped on nagging Apriel about the matter for a period of one year. And it is only now that I am blogging about her. 2020 is barely two weeks away. Applications for Miss Universe Philippines are now open. And I reckon that this is the time she is waiting for.
I want Apriel to join not just because she will definitely be a physical standout. She has also matured a lot from the first time she joined Bb. Pilipinas up to her triumph as the first Binibining Cebu. She has the right mind set plus a more open heart that can withstand the rigors and demands of the same. Pressure is part and parcel of everything. The grace to handle the same is now in place.
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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