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!
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.