The host delegate is ready to face the Universe!
Who else for our 15th feature on this blog’s 65th Miss Universe Watch just hours before the exit of 2016 and a Happy New Year of 2017 enters? Our host delegate, of course! And trust me, Miss Philippines Maxine Medina is not leaving anything to chance when she starts battling the arriving beauties in Manila by the 2nd week of January.
Maxine is sashaying through every aspect of her training with the positivity and enthusiasm that is expected from a Filipina with a target mark on her back. Aside from welcoming everyone, she is also setting aside a hospitable self once the competition starts to enter “to-each-her-own” mode.
Host delegate or not, Miss Philippines will deliver. Promise!
I know that – for some – it feels a bit odd for the host delegate to take her gameplan all the way to the top and win in her own backyard. But if it is in Maxine’s fate to achieve a back-to-back, then who are we to oppose the possibility? If she proves to be the best, them why deny her the glory? There’s still a lot of secret corners you haven’t yet seen in her preparations. They are called her “rabbits-pulled-from-a-hat” or “pigeons-flying-out-of-a-crumpled-handkerchief”. Truth be told, there is no magic in what she has been up to these past few months. There is a science – a quantifiable and accurate approach to unleashing her readiness to conquer the Universe. And this is what you and me are not always privy to. And Aces & Queens is making sure of that. It will be worth the wait.
The stakes are high. And the figures add up to a sum of all the detailed preparations Maxine has been taking in since September.
courtesy of PowerhousePH
Four Bb. Pilipinas 2016 BQs for Family Feud
Kylie, Jenn, Nicole and Jehza guest on ABS-CBN’s Family Feud
A groupie during the taping
Wanna watch the Bb. Pilipinas 2016 Queens play “Family Feud” on national TV? Then tune in to ABS-CBN at around 5:00PM-ish later this afternoon to catch Miss International 2016 Kylie Verzosa, Bb. Pilipinas Intercontinental 2016 Jennifer Hammond, Miss Grand International 1st Runner-Up Nicole Cordoves and 2nd Runner-Up Jehza Huelar compete with another popular group – the DLSU Green Archers star players – for the special New Year’s Eve episode of the weekend game show hosted by Luis Manzano.
Here’s the teaser:
courtesy of ABS-CBN
Take a good look at the crown of Jennifer Hammond then and last Friday
When Bb. Pilipinas Intercontinental 2016 Jennifer Hammomd joined the Homecoming Celebration of Miss International 2016 Kylie Verzosa around the Food Park of the Araneta Center last Friday, not only a few noticed that she was already a new version of her crown – better fitting, with a larger circumference and definitely resting on her head more forgiveably well as compared the old one which was smaller and with an aluminum-like bridge crossing the inside center area that prevents it from giving the top of her head a more snug fit. Yes, it does tend to look loose or just a wee bit oversized for her crowning glory. But at least, it gives her a head adornment that doesn’t give way to something that curiously “tiptoes” on top and appears like more of a small angel’s golden halo than a Queen’s symbolic emblem.
Are you liking the new one, dear readers? 🙂
All photos courtesy of Joy Arguil for normannorman.com
Jennifer with the new version of her crown
Sissel Ria Rabajante is now a full-fledged FA of PAL
Sissel Ria Rabajante is going full circle. After going through the national pageant route at least a few times, she has now trained and successfully pinned with the wings of Philippines Airlines. As part of the latest graduating class of Flight Attendants for the nation’s flag carrier, she will serve you with the charm and beauty that has been her trademark in both Bb. Pilipinas and Miss World Philippines.
Watch out for Ria in one of your future PAL flights. Who knows, you might catch her along the aisles with that sweet and engaging smile of hers.
Best of luck in your new career, Ria! 🙂
Fly with PAL and you might catch Ria in one of them
Later this month, The Miss Globe 2015 Ann Colis will return to Tirana, Albania to crown her successor from among the 2016 contenders which include Bb. Pilipinas Globe 2016 Nichole Manalo. But where will the end of that journey find her going to after?
Actually, I had a phone chat with Ann when she arrived in Manila earlier this week. She just came from Los Angeles and New York where she got booked for a string of hosting and modeling gigs that should open up doors for a promising career in the US. This sounds like a move that parallels that of Miss Universe 2012 1st Runner-Up Janine Tugonon who is already based there.
And Ann is keeping her fingers crossed that the opportunities will keep coming as she embarks on a new chapter of her post-pageant adventures as a professional onstage – be it on the runway or as an events host.
Best of luck, my dear Ann! I know that the strong determination within will bring you places. Keep doing us proud. 🙂
Alaiza (center) with co-candidates
Alaiza Malinao spent a good part of last month representing the Philippines in the Elite Model Look Asia-Pacific hosted in Shanghai, China. She may not have gotten what she wanted to achieve in the modeling competition, but she learned so much that it didn’t require a lot to move on from the experience.
Below is Alaiza’s personal account of the whole challenge:
Back in the Philippines! Sorry I was gone for quite a bit. No social media in China. 😂
Elite Model look. Hmmmm. Well, it wasn’t really what I expected it to be. 😂 It was a completely different experience but I learned a lot from it. I even got better with sign language cause most of the participants are Chinese and couldn’t speak English. I had to do some weird actions to be able to communicate! Pak! #MasterOfCharades na ako! 😂 haha but srsly, The Elite Model Look Asia was more of like a boot camp for models. Which I think is even better cause I gained a new perspective about modeling. It was real modeling where we have to go to castings and do different walk depending on what the designer wants. Also, I gained new friends (by the way, in this pic is the Non-China or Asia Pacific team) and I get to travel for free! Overall, it was a great experience! Being a part of competition, gives me an opportunity to challenge all aspects of me as a human being. It allows me to connect to other people and learn from each other. It keeps me growing. 🤘🏾I’m grateful for this opportunity cause this experience is relevant to my road map. I’m building up my character for a future battle… I may not have won any from this competition, but I trust in God’s perfect timing! 😉 I always do! All the Glory to him! #Lokalokal #Superblessed
P.S. I recommend this competition to someone who is younger than 20 years old, over 175cm, fair skin and with chinky eyes. 😊
I’m wondering what that future battle Alaiza is preparing herself for. A return to the pageant scene? Why not?
The credits first:
PAULA RICH DELGADO
Raymond Saldaña Photography
MUA : Angelo Tacadena
Hair by : Corazon Arguelles
Styled by : Patrick Henry
Designer : Daniel Manila
Paula in her Roy Aquino NatCos
Currently in the thick of competition in Shenzhen, China right now is former Bb. Pilipinas Official Candidate Paula Rich Bartolome who is one of the candidates vying for the 28th Miss Model of the World International which will have its finals this coming November 7. She is Miss Model of the World Philippines 2016.
Paula Rich knows too well the rigors and demands of a tough beauty competition, having been part of two editions of Bb. Pilipinas – 2015 and 2016. And with the opportunity given to her by Ovette Ricalde to represent our country in the big pageant stage, she will not let the opportunity to shine slip past her grasp. Her overall look has been changed to fit the modelesque peg that the contest calls for. And with a statuesque frame (she stands just a shade under 5’10”), svelte figure and expressive face, I see no reason why she won’t make heads turn in Shenzhen. She is giving it her 100% best and hopefully add another achievement in the long list of wins and placements of World-Class Filipinas this year.
Let us all wish Paula Rich the best. She is doing this #ForThePhilippines. While China is not the most giving host country for our bets when it comes to pageantry, I still know that she will stand out when it matters most.