“ I did not come out. I certainly did not come out on the Miss Universe Philippines stage. I simply reiterated my truth.
I am bisexual. While who I love, and have loved, does not define the core of my being, I am a proud member of the LGBTQIA+ community.
This journey is dedicated to every single person who has been pigeonholed, discriminated, or dehumanized for their gender identity, gender expression, or sexual orientation. May we no longer be silenced by fear, but empowered by our truth and the support of our allies.
Photo: Noel Benjamin Fernandez
Suit : Oscar James
HMUA : Bernadeth A. Agbo
Creative Director : Rabie Ian Biongcog Pogoy
Assisted by : Michelle Joy Padayhag
I reviewed my favorite interviews three times (reason why I lost some sleep doing so), and double-checked on one or two I might have overlooked. And this is what I came up with.
normannorman.com Pageantry Norms’ Top 15 for the Miss Universe Philippines Preliminary Q&A:
1. Bella Ysmael of Parañaque
2. Michele Gumabao of Quezon City
3. Billie Hakenson of Cavite
4. Pauline Amelinckx of Bohol
5. Adee Hitomi Akiyama of Oriental Mindoro
6. Zandra Nicole Sta Maria of Pasay
7. Jan Alexis Elcano of Batanes
8. Maricres Valdez Castro of Muntinlupa
9. Caroline Veronilla of Misamis Oriental
10. Skelly Ivy Florida of Biliran
11. Alaiza Malinao of Davao City
12. Rabiya Mateo of Iloilo City
13. Niña Soriano of Pangasinan
14. Tracy Maureen Perez of Cebu City
15. Christelle Abello of Aklan
There were only ten (10) ladies in Part 2 of “Game Changer” for the Miss Universe Philippines #RingLightSeries – from Catanduanes to Iloilo Province.
I must say that I’m on the fence in picking my Top 3 in this group because – from where I watched – only Billie Hakenson of Cavite acquitted herself most convincingly. She speaks with full conviction and her focus was unstinting.
But that’s not saying less of the outputs shown by the nine others. Perhaps, it’s like summarizing that the rest are on equal footing. Nobody disappointed me.
Now if my basis would be selecting two more ladies who gave answers worth remembering by, I would go for Alaiza Malinao of Davao City and Rabiya Mateo of Iloilo City. The Davaoeña was delightfully unapologetic with her small nuances, while the Ilongga delivered herself with relative authority.
Kudos to Sigrid Grace Flores, Tracy Maureen Perez,Apriel Smith, Weam Ronquillo Ahmed, Mariel Joyce Pascua, Adelma Krissel Palomares Benicta and Kim Crizaldo for giving their best.
Now don’t ask me yet what time Part 3 will be uploaded. I will just patiently wait for the next batch to appear on the Empire.ph website.
#NextAttraction on the Miss Universe Philippines #RingLightSeries:
#Episode6: Game Changer
Featuring one of the most challenging and exciting phases of the competition, this episode will feature a five-minute challenge for each of our girls, taped as live, with no edits. Judges will score them based on substance, delivery, and personality.
This episode has been entirely shot in Baguio.
Watch the teaser below. Don’t fail to catch the last few seconds where #phenomenalwoman Billie Hakenson of Cavite introduces herself as a proud Bisexual.
First batch to Baguio: Here are some of the Miss Universe Philippines 2020 candidates who took the first official bus to the City of Pines. Photos were taken inside the bus and at the Strawberry Farm, La Trinidad, Benguet:
Paula Madarieta Ortega of Albay
Pauline Amelinckx of Bohol
Billie Hakenson of Cavite
Apriel Smith of Cebu Province
Adelma Krissel Palomares Benicta of Ilocos Sur
Mariel Joyce Pascua of General Santos City
Dianella Peralta Loya of Bulacan and
Kim Crizaldo of Iloilo Province
Sharing with you the episode of Tim Yap Live where he guested his ten favorite Miss Universe Philippines 2020 candidates:
Michelle Gumabao | Alaiza Malinao | Bella Ysmael | Pauline Amelincx | Billie Hakenson | Sigrid Grace Flores | Christelle Abello | Paula Ortega | Apriel Smith and Sandra Lemonon
“I do take advantage of, you know, feeling sensual and feeling sexy. And I think that is tremendously empowering and is not diminishing in any way. I feel that any woman who is in control, who is in touch with her femininity and sensuality, is a woman that is empowered.”- Shakira
Miss Universe Philippines 2020 candidate Billie Hakenson of Cavite is masterful in her captured moves for the Red Vogue series of photographer Jon Unson.
Hmua | Chady Pantaleon Hair and Make up
Shutter Models & Talent Management
As a pageant blogger, I’m supposed to come up with my new hot picks for Miss Universe Philippines 2020 by now. But I am still sticking to a good number of these #PhenomenalWomen because each one of them deserve to be seen and heard. The efforts they give in sustaining visibility in social media and other digital platforms – along with the APs and glam teams – are commendable.
So let me present my running Top 25 favorites – or the upper half of the 50 Official Candidates.
Please support each one of them in the competition’s #RingLightSeries.
Christelle Abello, Paula Ortega, Christine Nicole Silvernale, Bea Maynigo, Skelly Ivy Florida, Pauline Amelinckx, Dianella Loya, Kia Moreno, Sigrid Grace Flores, Billie Hakenson, Tracy Maureen Perez, Apriel Smith, Alaiza Malinao, Rabiya Mateo, Kim Crizaldo, Chiara Lynn Markwalder, Lou Dominique Piczon, Adee Hitomi Akiyama, Patricia Mae Santos, Bella Ysmael, Zandra Sta. Maria, Riana Pangindian, Michele Gumabao, Maria Isabela Galeria and Sandra Lemonon
They come in threes, the “pasabogs” if you will.
Let us make it a troika of surprises for tonight with Miss Universe Philippines 2020 candidate Billie Hakenson of Cavite in sizzling photos from her photoshoot at The REEF Mactan.
Photo | Erwin T. Lim
Locale | The REEF Mactan
Skin 911 Facial and Slimming Centre | Shutter Models & Talent Management
Kudos to the APs and glam teams of the Miss Universe Philippines 2020 candidates for coming up with exciting new photoshoots of the #phenomenalwomen! Loving the surprises they give me everytime I check on my news feed.
Below are samples of shots from their latest pictorials.
Kia Moreno of Camarines Sur
Kim Crizaldo of Iloilo Province
Sigrid Grace Flores of Catanduanes
Nina Macalino of Marinduque
Chiara Lyn Markwalder of Leyte
Ericka Evangelista of Rizal Province
Skelly Ivy Florida of Biliran
Billie Hakenson of Cavite
Adelma Krissel Benicta of Ilocos Sur
Lou Dominique Piczon of Mandaue City