Six of the Miss Universe Philippines titleholders were gathered together during the Charity Fashion Gala at the Grand Ballroom of Solaire Resort and Casino last Thursday night. From the photo above, they are (left to right): MJ Lastimosa (2014), Maxine Medina (2016), Ara Arida (2013), Bianca Manalo (2009), Shamcey Supsup (2011) and Venus Raj (2010). If only Janine Tugonon (2012) was here in Manila, the ensemble would have been complete.
And in the photo below, the group got bigger when Miss Universe Philippines 2017 Rachel Peters joined them in a selfie taken by Maxine.
Thanks to Sein Gonatice for the topmost and upper left photos.
Last night at the Grand Ballroom of Solaire Resort and Casino, the Miss Universe Charity Fashion Gala was held in cooperation with Frontrow Cares and Hope for Change Foundation. Our visiting Miss Universe titleholders Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters and Iris Mittenaere – along with our very own Pia Wurtzbach walked the runway for a good cause. Wearing creations by our top designers like Francis Libiran and Rajo Laurel, they were joined by the Miss Universe 2017 national winners who also displayed their taste and elegance in gowns made by the likes of Mark Bumgarner, Frederick Peralta, Edwin Uy, Val Taguba, Rocky Gathercole, Cherry Samuya Veric, Ofelia Simpao and more.
What added special glitter to the event was the presence of six of our Miss Universe Philippines winners – Bianca Manalo, Venus Raj, Shamcey Supsup, Ara Arida, MJ Lastimosa and Maxine Medina – who also participated in the fashion show and presented onstage in chronological order of their years in competition.
Six of our Miss Universe Philippines titleholders from Bianca Manalo to Maxine Medina
Here are some video clips from the show itself.
Left to right: Kate Manalo, Binibini 28 Nichole Manalo and Bianca Manalo during the Press Presentation (Photo credit: Edmund Chua of Fabmanilaph)
When Bb. Pilipinas Universe 2009 Pamela Bianca Manalo and Bb. Pilipinas World 2002 Katherine Manalo attended the Bb. Pilipinas 2016 Press Presentation, it wasn’t only to add more to the glitter of having former titleholders present. They were there for youngest sister Nichole Marie Manalo who is in her 2nd and final attempt to win a crown in the nationals.
You see, nothing would make the sisters more pageant-fulfilled than to eventually see Binibini 28 grab one of her own. And if a good crown is in the offing, then that would make it more celebratory for the Manalo clan. For starters, the Bb. Pilipinas International title is out of the question because of age. So which honor will Nichole be fitted with?
I am not saying that a crown is already in the bag for the third pageant-prepared Manalo sibling. But she has really prepared hard for this and my hunch is that she will gain more success in 2016 compared to the last.
Your thoughts, dear readers? 🙂
Once more, the Manalo Sisters by Edmund Chua of Fabmanilaph
Will 2016 be the banner year for Nichole Manalo in Bb. Pilipinas?
It was crystal-clear in the minds of pageant fans and followers that if KF had one sure thing in Bb. Pilipinas 2016, it would be the eventual crowning of Nichole Marie Manalo as one of the new Queens this year. The younger sister of Bb. Pilipinas Universe 2009 Bianca Manalo is the camp’s installed front-runner, or best bet if you will. She has the height, the body and a beautifully transformed face that has wowed people everywhere she goes. And coupled with the additional training she got in handling interviews and Q&A, I am confident that she will sit comfortably in the first row more often than not.
There is marked interest in Nichole’s comeback. And if she pursues the crown of her dreams in a way like she has never competed before, then we just might see a shiny new title to add up to the collection of the Manalo clan (Kate Manalo’s Bb. Pilipinas World 2002 and her aunt Nini Ramos’ Bb. Pilipinas International 1968 wins included).
So who is on Team Nichole, dear readers? 😉
This photo would have been complete had Janine Tugonon been around (Photo credit: Jory Rivera)
Past and Future. Jonas with Bianca (left) and Pia (Photo credit: Jory Rivera)
The queenly celebrities in the group photo above were not the easiest to assemble. It took the birthday of Jonas Gaffud to get them together in one frame – Bb. Pilipinas Universe 2008 Jennifer Barrientos, Bb. Pilipinas Universe 2009 Bianca Manalo, Bb. Pilipinas Universe 2010 Venus Raj, Miss Universe Philippines 2011 Shamcey Supsup, Miss Universe Philippines 2013 Ara Arida and Miss Universe Philippines 2015 Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach
. It would have been a casting coup had Miss Universe Philippines 2012 Janine Tugonon flew in from the US just to attend the party. And just for old times sake, I really would be pleased to see Miss Universe Philippines 2014 MJ Lastimosa in the mix. After all, she used to be part of the group and everything should now be water under the bridge.
At least for the special celebrant. 😉
A dozen of our national beauty titleholders (plus runners-up and a Canadian-Pinay BQ) who posed on the cover of FHM Philippines
Filipina by heart, Priscilla Meirelles-Estrada was on the cover of FHM back in 2010
Posing for a magazine like FHM is a curse to beautiful Filipinas aspiring to become beauty queens, but not after becoming or placing in one years after the reign. And this is exactly what these ladies bravely decided to go into when the risks were no longer high.
Bb. Pilipinas titleholders Maggie Wilson, Carlene Aguilar, Bianca Manalo, Nina Ricci Alagao, Joanne Santos, Danielle Castano and Alice Dixson. Miss Philippines Earth 2002 April Ross Perez. Bb. Pilipinas runners-up Rich Asuncion (aka Richelle Angalot) and Wendy Valdez. Miss World Philippines 2nd Princess Chloe Dauden (aka Chloe McCully). Fil-Canadian rep of Canada to Miss Universe, Miss World and Miss Earth Riza Santos. And one-time Bb. Pilipinas Official Candidate Francine Prieto (aka Anna Marie Falcon). And let’s also add Miss Earth 2004 Priscilla Meirelles who, while Brazilian, remains Filipino by heart on top of being married to local actor John Estrada.
Bb. Pilipinas Universe Joanne Santos (with Jackie Forster) on FHM
Truth be told, I don’t have anything against beauty queen-wannabes who decided to pose for magazines like FHM prior to signing up for national pageants. For as long as their pictorials were done tastefully, go ahead. But then again, that’s just my own take. And I’m not the one running the pageant, after all.
Below is a video showing behind-the-scenes of the FHM shoot of Bb. Pilipinas Unìverse 2009 Bianca Manalo
courtesy of FHM Philippines
Our Bb. Pilipinas 2015 Queens were part of Cream Silk Portraits at The Theater of Solaire last night
Our Bb. Pilipinas 2015 Queens came in full force to be part of the #WorldClassFilipina Celebration in Cream Silk Portraits held at The Theater at Solaire Resort and Casino. They joined other beauty queens, local celebrities and significant female personalities to receive recognition. It was also the event that launched our World-Class Pride, Ms. Lea Salonga, as the newest endorser of the hair product. She now completes the quartet of Heart Evangelista, Ann Curtis and Toni Gonzaga.
Several other Bb. Pilipinas Queens joined in the star-studded affair, including Ara Arida, Yvethe Santiago and Bianca Manalo.
Below are more pictures from the same.
More shots from last night's star-studded event at The Theater at Solaire