My favorite shoemaker Jojo Bragais and his tribute heels to Madame SMA of BPCI
When Jojo Bragais of Bragais™ brought up the idea of making tribute heels for Madame Stella Marquez de Araneta (SMA) during one of our chats last January, I immediately supported the planned effort because I know that it served as both a challenge and fulfillment for my favorite shoemaker.
And no sooner than I can scream “Binibini!”, he showed me the work in progress. We spoke about colors, accents and height of the heels. I even suggested that he should come up with a wedge-style of the design so that SMA can wear one comfortably and regularly during future Bb. Pilipinas activities.
Below is a quick vid of the pair during the time that Stella by Bragais™ was already nearing its completion.
Now that Stella by Bragais™ has already been launched and publicly viewed by many, the next step is to hopefully arrange a formal presentation to the very person after whom the pair was named. And with Jojo being the official shoe supplier of Bb. Pilipinas 2016, that shouldn’t be such a hard feat to accomplish.
I am hopeful that Madame SMA will be pleased with the tribute heels which represent everything that she is to our Binibinis and Bb. Pilipinas titleholders – the person who commands the metamorphosis of our beauty queens into world-class Filipinas.
MTQI2015 will happen starting this week in Wenzhou, China
The tagline is pregnant with interpretations – “We Just Decided To”. You complete the sentence. Let me give it a few tries.
“We Just Decided To” – resurrect Miss Tourism Queen International just for this year.
“We Just Decided To” – hold the pageant for 2015 because the organization has the funds to bring MTQI back to life.
“We Just Decided To” – simply because Bb. Pilipinas has already removed the Tourism title in their website.
So many possibilities. And the PR handlers of the pageant are definitely making pageant followers curious. Just what do they really mean with that tagline?
Let me give it one more go.
“We Just Decided To” – surprise everyone. We are back for good.
Consider me doubtful. That last one is a weak option in my opinion.😉
P.S. I’m not even sure who the Philippine bet is!
Bianca, MJ and Yvethe were like big sisters to the kids
The kids sang and cheered for MJ
Prior to the send-off given in honor of Miss Universe Philippines 2014 MJ Lastimosa, a Charity Event was also held inside Balay as sponsored by Dairy Queen and Pizza Hut. With DQ endorsers MJ, Bb. Pilipinas International 2014 Bianca Guidotti and Bb. Pilipinas Supranational 2014 Yvethe Santiago, they led the Christmas Party for BPCI’s Adopted Community – the underprivileged kids of the Diocese of Novaliches. Games were played, face paintings were applied, balloons were everywhere, pizzas/blizzards/spaghetti/fried chicken were feasted upon and all the young ones simply had a fun time with their big sisters.
At the end of the activity, everyone sang and cheered for MJ. Photo ops followed and the kids took turns in hugging the ladies.
It was definitely a fun pre-event for the much awaited send-off that immediately followed.😀
Okay, so with the new logo out, the next edition is still branded as the 63rd Miss Universe. It makes sense that I keep on avoiding calling (and tagging) it Miss Universe 2014.
And the ladies scheduled to leave for Doral Miami are all giggly excited about the upcoming event finally coming to reality.
For example, Miss Universe Philippines 2014 MJ Lastimosa’s Official Send-Off will take place tomorrow, December 18. And to make the event more festive like a Christmas Party, there will be a Charity Treat given to the Adopted Community of BPCI and Dairy Queen. I can see fun games galore and gift-giving all around. Yay!😀
Your bloggers’ exclusive invite for MJ’s send-off tomorrow.
courtesy of Detlev Helmerich
Miss Philippines Kris Tiffany Janson (middle) in her NatCos with Misses India (left) and Portugal
Kris with (left to right) Misses England, Ecuador, Cuba and Hungary
So now that you have seen the traditional attire (see photo above
) Miss Philippines Kris Tiffany Janson paraded during the National Costume Show of Miss Intercontinental 2014 several hours earlier, what are your thoughts? I’m sure some of you will give less than pleasant reactions considering that everyone was expecting a Cary Santiago creation. Others might simply say that it will do.
Personally, I was expecting to be wowed, so I am at a loss for words right now. But there’s only so much we can do when the competition is already ongoing. This is the only time that we got to check out what BPCI packed in her luggage for this segment of the contest.
Top 5 in National Costume are (left to tight): Ghana, Panama, Puerto Rico, Costa Rica & Indonesia (Photo credit: Missosology)
I sincerely hope that we can look forward to something positively encouraging in her evening gown. Sincerely.
Make-up by Emi Ayag and Mariell Hernandez/Photo by Henry Chua and Dan Douglas Ong
You might have noticed the frequent features on Bb. Pilipinas Intercontinental 2014 Kris Tiffany Janson of late. Because she is the first Bb. Pilipinas 2014 Queen to wage battle abroad, it is important to update you on the active preparations for her trip to Tala Bay in Aqaba, Jordan. The latest portraits above and on the left will show you how she is being intensively polished by a team of trainers/handlers from Cebu and Manila.
Wardrobe-wise, she is also looking at using more than just the provided gowns/dresses by BPCI. And that is definitely music to our ears because the work of some of our local designers will be proudly displayed in the intercontinental stage. Watch out for more posts about this lovely Binibini who promises to make us proud with her overseas stint.😀
1970 Miss International Aurora McKenny Pijuan during her victory in Osaka, Japan
Aurora Pijuan circa 1970
Aurora Pijuan circa 2012
Aurora Pijuan appeared in only two movies in her short showbiz career
Interesting trivia about 1970 Miss International Aurora McKenny Pijuan: She only appeared in two movies in a short-lived showbiz career. Her introductory role came in 1973 via the trilogy flick “Si Popeye Atbp
” where she played Olive Oyl to Ariel Ureta’s Popeye in the first episode. The following year, she was casted as one of the leading ladies opposite then action star Ramon Revilla Sr. in the Spanish-American war movie titled “Sunugin ang Samar
” (Burn Samar).
Thereafter, Aurora soon married businessman/golfer Tomas “Tommy” Manotoc to whom she bore two kids: Mavis and Tomas Jr. However, the union didn’t last that long. There was even some controversy after Tommy got involved with and eventually married then Presidential daughter Imee Marcos. The intrigues lasted till the 1984 Parliamentary Elections.
Au – who is considered the first official Miss International of Bb. Pilipinas – plunged into her 2nd marriage with American businessman Bob Cleveland. It was another failed relationship by her own account. From that point, she firmly decided not to look for a 3rd husband anymore. Instead, she opted to work on several charitable causes, while raising her two offsprings. She is now a proud Grandmother (to her three grandchildren) with active affiliations in Gawad Kalinga projects and the like.
courtesy of TheOnesBeautiful