Can 2013 be repeated this year?
I don’t remember making any kind of birthday wishes last August when I celebrated mine. And I’m really not in the conscious habit of making an annual list of wishes for our world-class Beauty Queens. But with the win of Kylie Verzosa as Miss International 2016, the promising chances of the beautiful Joanna Eden in Miss Supranational 2016 and the even more promising possibility of the uber gorgeous Catriona Gray grabbing Miss World 2016, I simply cannot pass up on elevating my positivity and wishing for a repeat of what happened last 2013.
One-third of the equation has already been successfully covered. We shall see if the second puzzle piece will fit on December 2 in Poland and the last one completes the picture on December 18 in National Harbor, Maryland.
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Oooohhh, I am just so loving the potential scenario. If Bea Rose Santiago, Mutya Datul and Megan Young were able to do it three years ago, I don’t see why Joanna and Catriona can add up to Kylie’s victory and pull off a 2013 all over again. And let’s sweeten it up even more. Why don’t we add the potential win of Mutya ng Pilipinas Justine Mae San Jose in Miss Tourism International 2016 just like Angela Dione Gomez in Kuala Lumpur during the same period.
The dates are approaching very near. Joanna will be leaving next week for Slovakia to start with her assignment, while Catriona will go to the US on November 24. Time to buckle up soon!
Have a good Sunday rest, dear readers! 😉
P.S. I already relayed your request for Cat to record a song in Tagalog. Here’s her reply:
“Hi Tito Norman!! Hope you’re well also!! I’ll see if I can fit in a recording session because I’m hectic right now with preparations leading up to the 24th 😘💕”
Our six Miss International winners
It was the shortest wait of the Philippines for a Miss International crown – three (3) years or even a little less than that period because Bea Rose Santiago was elected Miss International 2013 on December 17 back during her time. And wow, was the thrill of getting our sixth big victory in the 56 year-old pageant all worth the loud cheers and edge-of-the-seat suspense that led to that moment when the host finally announced “Miss Philippines!” as the winner.
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And Kylie deserves all the glory because she really prepared herself for this (did you even notice how perfectly-timed her bows are during the speech and in acknowledging the Japanese audience?). We all know that she wanted to win a different crown during Bb. Pilipinas 2016. But fate has a way of telling things in circumstances that do not parallel what one’s personal aspirations are focused on. She is meant for the Mikimoto crown.
What a joyous return and homecoming parade awaits Kylie soon. And before anyone starts shouting “We should go for our 7th!” in 2017, let us allow ourselves to savor our latest achievement in the global pageant stage for now. The Philippines is spoiled with numerous victories internationally. Let us be humble and thankful enough to acknowledge the positive congratulatory messages from different countries. We know our strengths. Take pride in them. And be glad that we are truly blessed with such world-class Filipinas who bring boundless happiness in our hearts.
Mabuhay ka, Kylie Verzosa! 🇵🇭👑
This batch of winners produced a Miss Universe, a Miss International, a Miss Supranational and a Miss Universe 3rd Runner-Up
courtesy of The Emerald
Ever since Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach won our 3rd Miss Universe crown, it makes any Throwback Thursday post for Bb. Pilipinas Gold even sweeter. The five winners contributed separately to the equivalent of a golden haul of victories with one Miss Universe, one Miss International and one Miss Supranational. Add to that a 3rd Runner-Up finish at Miss Universe and a Top 10 placement in Miss Tourism International Queen and the values become even greater.
It makes you think about the positive benefits of re-joining because experience and maturity really add up to the more progressive disposition of a determined candidate. Nowadays, being 25 is the most ideal age to want to win Miss Universe Philippines.
It was a successful fashion event last night at B Hotel in Quezon City when Designer Kim Gan unveiled her latest collection of Gakuya/Seishun which is very Japanese-inspired but filled with a lot of unique touches only she can come up with.
Beauty Queens/Kings and Professional Models walked the ramp, including Miss Universe Philippines 2014 MJ Lastimosa, Bb. Pilipinas International 2014 and 2015 Bianca Guidotti & Janicel Lubina, Bb. Pilipinas Supranational 2014 and 2015 Yvethe Santiago & Rogelie Catacutan, Mister World Philippines 2015 Sam Ajdani, Miss World Philippines 1st Runner-Up Cassandra Naidas, Kim Ross delos Santos, Alaiza Malinao and more.
With shoes by Jojo Bragais, take a look at the photos taken by my partner-in-coverage Joy Arguil:
Kim Ross delos Santos
Kim Ross delos Santos
Designer Kim Gan (left) and shoemaker Jojo Bragais
Jojo Bragais made the shoes for Kim Gan
Your blogger has been invited by Kim Gan herself to this event
Just the other day, I had the pleasure of receiving an invite from chic Designer Kim Gan to her fashion event this coming April 28. What made the exclusive invitation more special was the fact that the lady behind Gakuya herself transmitted the same to me. And with Miss International 2013 Bea Rose Santiago and Bb. Pilipinas International 2014 Bianca Guidotti as lead models, of course, I will be there!
Here’s the pitch:
SEISHUN – Prêt-à-Couture – GAKUYA by Kim Gan on April 28,2016
Photography – Mj Suayan,
Assisted by Philippe Escalambre
Creative Direction – Rom Mel
Designer – Kim Gan
Models- Miss International 2013 Bea Rose Santiago Binibining Pilipinas International 2014 Bianca Guidotti and more
Styling – Sonia Agbayani, Assisted by – Mac Mendoza
Maquillage – Carmi David and Megu Melindres Villarosa
Hairstyle – Bianca Anne Dixon
Producer – Nona Clemente. #gakuya #kimgan #GakuyaByKimGan #Seishun #BHotelQC #VelvetEventsPH
#gakuyabykimgan #manilachic #fashion #couture #teamgakuya #BHotelQC #philippines
Ready for a fresh new learning approach about one of our favorite subject matters? Well then, join the beeline to Room 207 of Palma Hall inside University of the Philippines-Diliman this coming Thursday, March 31 from 1-4pm. Here’s the pitch:
Faces and Spaces: An Alternative Classroom Learning Experience (ACLE) about The Geography of Beauty Pageants, a geographic forum organized by the Geographic Society of the University of the Philippines (GSUP). The event will be on March 31, 2015 (Thursday) from 1-4 pm at Palma Hall (PH) Room 207, University of the Philippines Diliman, Quezon City. Open to the public.
My friend and long-time pageant “fellow”, Professor Wendell Capili Ph.D. of the UP Department of English and Comparative Literature, will lead the learning forum discussions along with Jonas Gaffud of Aces & Queens, designer Bessie Besana also of Aces & Queens and Miss Global Philippines 2015 Candice Ramos.
This should be very interesting. Thanks to the Geographic Society of the University of the Philippines (GSUP) for organizing.
Attend if you’re available. It’s open to the public. 🙂
The Bb. Pilipinas 2013 winners produced a Miss Universe, a Miss International, a Miss Supranational, a Miss Universe runner-up and a Top 10 MTQI finisher!
Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach was the only winner in the Top 5 of Bb. Pilipinas 2013 who was not issued crown jewels being the sole runner-up. But it must have been written in the stars that she will eventually win and wear the best one after two years – the Miss Universe DIC art deco-inspired gems itself.
But there is more to Pia’s win that made the titleholders of Bb. Pilipinas Gold more special. It produced our 5th Miss International (Bea Rose Santiago), our first Miss Supranational (Mutya Johanna Datul) and a Miss Universe runner-up (Ariella Arida). In addition, this batch had the last recorded Philippine paricipant in Miss Tourism Queen International with Cindy Miranda placing in the Top 10. Tally-wise, this quintet edged out the equally-successful 2012 counterpart simply because it had more victories than top placements. It also eclipsed the reigning group in terms of collection.
Let us now reminisce on the crowning moments of Bb. Pilipinas Gold more than two years ago. 🙂
courtesy of ABS-CBN News