You’ve waited for this!
Binibining Pilipinas officially withdraws from Miss Grand International.
You’ve waited for this!
Binibining Pilipinas officially withdraws from Miss Grand International.
As part of its mission of being active in nation-building, the Binibining Pilipinas Charities Incorporated (BPCI) revived its partnership with the Makati Medical Center (MMC) Foundation and brought joy to soldiers at the AFP Medical Center – V. Luna General Hospital.
On September 1, BPCI and MMC Foundation spent time with around 150 soldiers as they celebrated the hospital’s 85th anniversary. Binibining Pilipinas Intercontinental 2022 Gabrielle Basiano, Binibining Pilipinas Globe 2022 Chelsea Fernandez, Binibinibing Pilipinas 2022 2nd Runner Up Stacey Gabriel, and BPCI officials joined the soldiers in a talent show organized for the celebration.
The Binibini queens delivered inspirational speeches to uplift the spirit of the soldiers. They also expressed gratitude for the soldiers’ service to the country by distributing giftpacks with products from Ever Bilena, Blackwater, and Casino Ethyl Alcohol. The ladies also joined the soldiers as they enjoyed the meals provided by Pizza Hut and JAG Jeans.
“With the ease of the health protocol restrictions, we will be continuing our plans in visiting and providing mission works and workshops to our soldiers,” said BPCI head Gines Enriquez.
It has been a tradition of BPCI to assist MMC Foundation in offering relief assistance and inspiration to wounded soldiers at the AFP Medical Center through the Binibini candidates and queens.
“Kami sa Makati Medical Foundation, ang turing po namin sa inyo ay you are part of our family. Know that you have a family in Makati Medical Center Foundation, and in our partners in Binibining Pilipinas Charities, Incorporated. I would like to express my gratitude to the Binibining Pilipinas queens, that despite of their busy schedule preparing for their competitions, they made time to spend the afternoon with our heroes,” said Marge Macasaet-Barro, MMC Foundation executive director.
You’ve waited for this!
The search is on for Binibining Pilipinas 2022!
Binibining Pilipinas officially opens its search for beautiful and inspiring Filipinas who will continue the legacy of the country’s premier and most prestigious pageant.
This year’s edition of Binibining Pilipinas is set to crown a new batch of young and empowered queens who will promote beauty and advocacy on the beauty pageant stage. Considered one of the most anticipated beauty events in the world, Binibining Pilipinas aims to produce new titleholders who will replicate the country’s success in international pageants.
Binibini queens currently hold the titles of Miss Intercontinental and The Miss Globe, and have shown stellar performances in pageants such as Miss International and Miss Grand International — all reinforcing the Philippines’ status as an international pageant powerhouse.
Other than the crowns, exciting activities await the new batch of Binibining Pilipinas ladies. This year’s edition is expected to bring back the pre-pandemic festive and highly-anticipated pageant activities that gather fans and supporters in Araneta City.
Interested Filipinas who wish to join can now download the 2022 SEARCH IS ON application form on the website at https://www.bbpilipinas.com/ and to be submitted until April 8, 2022.
#iamFilipina #iamBinibini #BinibiningPilipinas2022
When the announcement by Miss World Philippines Organization was made hours before the reveal during the FB Virtual Press Conference of Samantha Bernardo that the Bb. Pilipinas 2021 (and Miss World Philippines 2021) Finals will take place on the same date – July 11, 2021, a lot of media people could only scratch their heads and ask why?
You see, Miss World Philippines penciled July 11 following the previous announcement by BPCI that their finals will be June 27. The former did not want to have it immediately a week after, hence, July 11.
The funny thing is that someone inside BPCI was already “sounded off” ahead of time that Miss World Philippines will happen July 11. But still…
Knowing MWPO, they definitely don’t want the unnecessary clash and would opt to likely move two weeks after. Case (almost) closed.
FYI, the Bb. Pilipinas 2021 Coronation Night has now been moved to June 27.
Safety is the priority of BPCI.
And now, an Official Announcement from Bb. Pilipinas about Samantha Bernardo and her confirmation as the Philippine representative to Miss Grand International. It also includes a statement regarding Aya Abesamis.
According to reports, Miss Grand International 2020 will be hosted for a second time in Caracas, Venezuela this coming October with the finals happening on the 25th of that month. And with Aya Abesamis positioned as Bb. Pilipinas Grand International 2019 after taking over Samantha Lo, it is but expected that she will suit up for that upcoming competition.
Now just to spice things up a bit, I received word from Deliart Association – the organizers of The Miss Globe Beauty Pageant – that they would be very much open to having Aya represent the Philippines in its 2020 edition that will happen in Albania and Montenegro from October 27-November 15.
Naturally, Miss Grand International would have the first option to have Aya since she carries the Philippine title. But to have another international pageant welcoming her as the country’s rep can be a beautiful dilemma.
Either way, BPCI will need to send a representative to both pageants in order to avoid any potential franchise concerns. Thing is, there should be two different ladies doing the job because the competition dates are way too close to each other. By the time MGI wraps up in Caracas on October 25, The Miss Globe will start checking in their contestants by October 27 in Tirana.
What are your thoughts on this, dear readers?
An important message from BPCI:
Bb. Pilipinas 2020 is postponed indefinitely.
Let’s see which national pageant organization will make an official statement next.
Miss Supranational (which started in 2009) and Miss Grand International (which had its inaugural pageant last 2013) are – in comparison – the two youngest international beauty competitions that have been recognized by many. Nationally, these two franchises have been picked up by BPCI. And from the time they became part of the titles at stake in Bb. Pilipinas, their relative popularity soon followed.
The Philippines did not participate during the first and second stagings of Miss Supranational. It was only during the third outing when a Filipina representative – Lourenz Grace Remetillo – was part of the roster, albeit with less funfare or media mileage. But when BPCI started to field delegates in 2012, the blossoming partnership began with Elaine Kay Moll placing 3rd Runner-Up. It got even better the following year when Mutya Datul was crowned winner. From there, all the Bb. Pilipinas Supranational titleholders went to Central/Eastern Europe and placed either in the Top 10 or Top 20/25 in alternating fashion – from 2014 to 2019. Quite a respectable record, I must add.
2011 unplaced Lourenz Grace Remetillo
2012 Third Runner-Up – Elaine Kay Moll
2013 Winner – Mutya Johanna Datul
2014 Top 20 – Yvethe Santiago
2015 Top 20 – Rogelie Catacutan
2016 Top 25 – Joanna Eden
2017 Top 10 – Chanel Olive Thomas
2018 Top 10 – Jehza Mae Huelar
2019 Top 25 – Resham Ramirez Saeed
Below is a video of the full show in Minsk, Belarus when our very own Mutya Johanna Datul was crowned Miss Supranational 2013 – the first Filipina and first Asian to achieve the honor.
Miss Grand International
The Philippines’ relationship with Miss Grand International can be compared to a “love-hate” affair of sorts. We all know that its first two editions were still under John dela Vega who was able to prepare Ali Forbes all the way to a very good finish during the inaugural edition. It was only in 2015 when BPCI sent its first appointed delegate in the person of Parul Shah who placed 3rd Runner-Up. That started Top 5 placements that would stretch to 2016 with Nicole Cordoves getting 1st Runner-Up and 2017 when Elizabeth Clenci sustained a 2nd Runner-Up finish. After that, something turned sweetly sour. In the process, the missions of both Eva Psychee Patalinjug and Samantha Ashley Lo can be considered fleeting to say the least. But to be fair, our participation last year was saddled with a number of controversies that cannot be directly blamed to pageant owner Nawatt Itsiragrisil.
2013 3rd Runner-Up Ali Forbes
2014 unplaced Kimberly Karlsson
2015 3rd Runner-Up Parul Shah
2016 1st Runner-Up Nicole Cordoves
2017 2nd Runner-Up Elizabeth Clenci
2018 unplaced Eva Patalinjug
2019 unplaced Samantha Lo
Below is a video of our best performance courtesy of Nicole Cordoves who placed 1st Runner-Up during the 2016 edition held in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
How about you, dear readers? What are your personal assessments of our participation in both pageants?
I know that there is a lot more to be monetized with vlogging than blogging. But why do I still continue to blog more and vlog less?
There are monthly revenues while blogging here at wordpress. And those are the WordAds you can see – usually centered on the latest three entries and scattered on one or two posts which continue to have engagement/s. Hence, it really helps me a lot if you click on those ads (you should know that by now). The US dollar earnings vary in amount based on ad impressions. While they do not compare to what someone like mimiyuh or Alex Gonzaga would earn on Youtube, I have no false ambitions of achieving their level of popularity. I have a YouTube channel – normannormandotcom – but it’s really more of a depository for videos I’d like to share here. Directly uploading them will mean eating up on my precious allowable space as a premium user. Now some may quip, “but the potential of earning a lot more is already at your beck and call!”. True, but I like working as a one-man band. When I was doing full-time corporate work in the Human Resource industry, I always have a hard time finding a trustworthy and dependable assistant. And I end up doing almost everything if nobody can measure up to my sense of urgency and standards of work output.
So back to the question. Why do I blog more and vlog less? Well, I consider this site as an online diary of sorts. And I love putting all my passion in pageantry here. I may not have the consistency of writing a 200-word article all the time – as one PR practitioner tactfully asked me once in the past – but the speed by which I churn out a post or two on a daily basis is something that even WordPress commended me about. In vlogging, I will need to set up a lot of things in motion before I can finally consider myself as one. I am not camera-shy. But to actually (and frequently) dress up for the part (from the waist up at least) and have someone do my face to look decent on videos is something that will significantly drag my train of thoughts and spoil the spontaneity. Or maybe I’m just too lazy to go through all that. I enjoy moving at my own pace – which is quite speedy compared to most – and blogging allows me the independent leisure.
As for the core value/s I exercise as a pageant media and blogger, I keep matters simple. My two favorite English words are “humility” and “serendipity”.
Humility is something which has kept me and continues to keep me grounded all these years. I have never felt the need to rub in any feelings of entitlement because I was never raised counting all my achievements and brandishing them around like bling-blings around my neck. My pride is always full, but it is something that I exercise with caution. Just like when BPCI decided to stop inviting me to all their events after certain unintentional oversights that you should already know by now. I bowed down and accepted the sanction. But I still continue to support their pageant regardless.
I treasure my relationship with all the other national pageant organizations like Miss Universe Philippines, Miss World Philippines, Miss Philippines Earth and Mutya Pilipinas. And it’s not in the sense of doing everything squeaky clean and beneficial in their eyes. There is this sense of belongingness when Jonas Gaffud, the two Arnolds (Vegafria and Mercado), Lorraine Schuck/Peachy Veneracion and Cory Quirino would instinctively send me signals that they value my presence. Or perhaps, I already know how to relate well because of the direct access. And perhaps too, it was something that I did not cultivate hard enough with the Aranetas or their trusted officials (save for Raymond Villanueva who has always been dear to me and vice-versa).
Let’s go to serendipity. It is one word which describes how I feel whenever I get to be invited as a judge or mentor or media in beauty pageants around the country. I have never enjoyed local tourism before 2015. But after that, the trips I made from as far north as Pagudpud to as deep south as General Santos City and Sarangani (with Ilocos Norte, Ilocos Sur, Tuguegarao, La Union, Aurora, Pangasinan, Tarlac, Pampanga, Laguna, Batangas, Quezon Province, Camarines Sur, Oriental Mindoro, Aklan, Cebu, Iloilo, Bohol, Negros Occidental, Tacloban, Leyte, Misamis Oriental, Cagayan de Oro, Davao and Cotabato City in between) were all special. And income-earning as well!
In this period of COVID-19, I suddenly found myself with a lot of time to reflect on what I do. And hopefully, this will just be the first of a few. With my blogging chair getting occupied longer than usual, I should find the inspiration to write more about stuff you don’t usually get to read here. And when I say blogging chair, it literally is an actual comfortable seat I relax on – with a cup of brewed coffee to keep me company. All in the protective confines of a house I share with my mom. But that is subject for another curious side of my life that may or may not interest you. Insulin and all.