Photographer Dix Perez took charge of shooting the successful group that brought us the Philippines’ 3rd Miss Universe and 1st Miss World crowns
As far back as I can remember, Aces & Queens has never had a pictorial of the whole team that was as properly set up as this. So when the lovely photographs taken by Dix Perez started showing up in the Facebook accounts of both Jonas Gaffud and Arnold Mercado, I said “Finally!” It could perhaps be the best time to do so after the camp has successfully helped in getting the 3rd Miss Universe crown (via Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach
) for the country that matched well with our 1st Miss World victory (courtesy of Megan Young
) for which they also got significant credits for.
So without further ado, let me just give you a quick rundown of the members in their grouped and family portraits.
The starting pillars of Aces&Queens (left-to-right): Arnold Mercado, Jonas Gaffud and Atty. Nad Bronce
From wardrobe to styling to fitness to scheduling (left-to-right): Bessie Besana, John Cuay and Pao Baysa
The Wisdom of the Senior Advisers (left-to-right): Cesar Evangelista, Boyet Blas and Gerry Diaz
The hair and makeup artists/stylists (left-to-right): Gery Penaso, Carissa Cielo Medved, Jim Ryan Ros and Raymond Galang
Note: There were four important members who missed the photoshoot so let me just cite the following individuals as well: Carlos Buendia, Jr. (for wardrobe/dancing/choreography), Yuventus Albert Kurniawan (for make-up), Dave Grona (for hair) and Film Director Jeffrey Jeturian (Senior Adviser)
An almost complete family portrait for Aces&Queens
I doff my hat to all of you! 🙂
The costume above is a final sketch of what MWP2014 Valerie Weigmann will wear for Dances of the World. It is co-designed by Koronadal Couturier Ivan Raborar and Jakarta-based Jesson Capuchino
Kadal Heroyon - The Dance of Flirtation
” is the national dance that will be contributed by the Philippines to Dances of the World in Miss World 2014, and to be performed by our bet, Valerie Weigmann.
But just to familiarize everyone, what is “Kadal Heroyon“? According to the Hiyas Philippine Folk Dance Company, ” Kadal Heroyon (Lake Sebu, South Cotabato) translates to “dance of flirtation.” It is commonly performed by young adolescent T’boli girls eligible for marriage proposal. Gestures imitate high flying birds along with acts of beautification, which is of high importance to the T’boli.”
Below is a video showing a short sample dance demo of the “Kadal Heroyon“.
courtesy of Sayysa31
As for the costume, handler Caloy Buendia stated that “Valerie Weigmann of the Philippines will be wearing a modernized T’boli inspired national costume that is worn by the regal T’boli women from the Land of the Dreamweavers which represents the vibrant culture that can be found in this cultural paradise. The graphic and vibrant patterns that are hand embroidered by the T’boli women represents a culture where images and abstraction tell the stories of life.”
So can you already visualize Valerie dancing something similar to what the video above is showing? Given that it is a dance of flirtation, there should be elements in the performance that would make it stand out and be short-listed for the finals night. Did you notice the strategic winking that is part of the routine? What do you think, dear readers? 😀
Singkil: the Royal Muslim Dance
Megan (R) with Carlos Buendia Jr. who trained her in Singkil.
Dances of the World is a unique portion of Miss World. And this year won’t be any different.
Our Megan was given a crash course in Singkil (a Muslim Royal Dance) which she will perform during the auditions for the ladies who will be given solo spots during the live presentation of this segment come finals night.
At the same time, the National Costume should also be inspired by the dance, so expect her to wear something close to the drawn image above, complete with huge fans and an elaborate headdress for the final look. I’m just not certain with the color yet.
Do you like it? 😉