FYI, the Bb. Pilipinas 2021 Coronation Night has now been moved to June 27.
Safety is the priority of BPCI.
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.
Earlier today at the Empire Studios inside Uptown Mall in BGC, the much awaited Miss Universe Philippines Press Conference was held with a jampacked attendance from members of the quadri-media. The #pillars of the organization – along with Frontrow representatives – sat in the panel and engaged in a long discussion where they answered several questions from the Press.
National Director Shamcey Supsup-Lee, Creative Director Jonas Gaffud, Head of Legal Affairs Atty Nad Bronce, Head of Women Empowerment & Charity Lia Andrea Ramos, Design Council Head Albert Andrada and Business Development/Marketing Head Mario Garcia – with Frontrow President RS Francisco and CEO Sam Verzosa – took turns in answering questions and explaining their participation in the entire pageant exercise.
How was the group formed?
In a few nutshells, here are some of the important details worth citing:
1) Finals Night will be on May 3 at the Mall of Asia Arena (no details yet on their network partner)
2) The number of Official Candidates could be as many as the number of their accredited partners in the provinces and highly-urbanized cities of the country. Hence, it is not impossible to have 114 contenders for as long as each one of them pass the standards set by the organization. It could be less but at this point, prepare for a high number. I am seeing a minimum of 50 if my hunch is right.
3) The format? Let Jonas and Albert explain below.
4) The Official Candidates will have a 2-month pre-pageant duration from February 20 to the end of April. The first week of May will be earmarked for rehearsals.
5) During the pre-pageant period, the ladies will be afforded the chance to earn compensation by way of the digital business tie-ups being finalized by Mario Garcia. In it, social media savvy will be crucial. The more influential a candidate is, the better.
6) Atty Nad Bronce is coming up with a more improved method of training the candidates in Q&A and communication. I am pleased to tell you that he has asked your blogger’s assistance in this part which should happen around March.
7) Lia Ramos will endeavor to make good leaders out of the candidates by providing them with a useful platform/s in building yo their respective advocacies and the sustainable tourism efforts of the organization.8) For walk-in applicants who make the grade, they will be endorsed to accredited partners with no representative, provided that they have reasonable geographical affiliation, or if a province or city expresses its intent in “adopting” the candidate.
9) Non-performing or abusive accredited partners can have their certificate/s revoked if found in violation of organizational rules and policies in due diligence and transactions.
Now for an interesting concern that Shamcey responded to, please watch below. She spoke about her relationship with BPCI and Jorge and Stella Araneta and how she plans to make things smooth, especially that the couple are Principal Sponsors during her wedding to Lloyd Lee.
Watch out for more updates soon!
Last night during dinner (and after the Miss World Philippines 2019 Final Screening, I bumped into Rodgil Flores of Kagandahang Flores. I wasted no time in asking him about the supposed “collaboration” in the training and preparations of Miss Universe Philippines 2019 Gazini Ganados for Miss Universe 2019.
“I want to call it more as cooperation rather than collaboration.” said Tito Rodgil
“Actually, Gazini has already been training with us ever since she won the title. And with her upcoming stint in Miss Universe for the Philippines, it was just right to cooperate and make sure that she will be more than 100% ready for the back-to-back challenge. I am planning to have a private audience with BPCI about the set-up. If our busy schedule permits, I might also meet with Jonas Gaffud to see what inputs he has. This is all for the Philippines.”
The towering April May Short filed her application for Bb. Pilipinas 2019 yesterday and will return for her next interview today – the deadline for submission when many of the more familiar names and faces are expected to register.
She is definitely the #PrideOfZamboanga! Those long legs alone stretch like forever! Aces & Queens must be really proud of this national pageant newbie.
In an article posted by Robert Requintina on Manila Bulletin, he confirmed that the Miss Universe franchise in the Philippines will stay with BPCI according to a statement sent to the publication by the MUO.
It was also mentioned that Bb. Pilipinas 2019 will be held this coming June.
You can read it here:
Photo credit: Fadil Berisha Photography