Designer Bessie Besana
Bessie during the 65th Miss Universe Finals inside the pit
Before Bessie Besana became known as a Fashion Designer, he was already familiar in and out of pageant circles as an Aces & Queens mainstay who became an important ally of the camp in the training and polishing of its newly-crowned/reigning/former Beauty Queens and title aspirants. We also know him as a very close friend to both Miss Universe Pia Wurtzbach and Miss World Megan Young, such that he also dressed them up on several occasions here and abroad. So I was kind of taken aback when he finally posted a Facebook update that went:
Today, I share the news with everyone that I have left my position from the pageant camp, Aces & Queens.
12 years ago, I met the wonderful trio of Mama J, Tito Nad and Mama Ru during the Binibining Pilipinas 2005 screening. I was drawn to how passionate they were with pageants and I told myself, “hindi lang pala ako nagiisa“. I knew right then that I wanted to join their group. I was then introduced to John and eventually to Albert and we formed in 2008, Aces & Queens. For several years, I will devote time, money and effort to train the crop of beauties for the pageant. It became a norm, it became a big part of my life. During those years, I would say I grew as a person and have met wonderful people along the way, most I consider good friends today. So with this decision, I feel the heaviness in my heart but optimistic of what the future holds for me.
I would like to thank the whole team, Jonas, Nad, Arnold, John, Yuventius Albert, Pao, Carlos, Carissa Cielo, Gery, Jim, Dave, Raymond, Gerry, Ces, Jeffrey, Boyet for sharing your passion and life with me. I may have left the team but our friendship remains, and will forever treasure it in my heart.
This is Bessie the “makulit“, “OA”, “madaldal“, “aligaga“, “free spirited” member now officially signing off. 👑 #Thankful #ToTheFuture #ThankYouAcesAndQueens
What could be Bessie up to next? I have a nagging clue, but it would be best for him to make an official statement on what his next step would be. I don’t want to preempt anything for now. After all, there should be full clarity soon. He promised me that at the very least.
What I am relatively certain about is that it will still be something close to his heart and passion. 🙂