Ria Rabajante: flash-in-the-pan or still a top favorite?
Ria (center) with (L-R) Yvette Mildenberger, Carmina Antonio, Carin Ramos and Nicole Donesa for Jag Jeans.
Ria Rabajante came out with a big bang, stunned everyone and won many a hard-to-please pageant fans/critics with her sensually exotic beauty and svelte figure. She impressed even more during the announcement of Official Candidates when she came out as the only qualifier wearing a tasteful one-piece swimwear instead of the usual two-piece. She got pinned as #1, and was expected to lead in the 49 others in all their pre-pageant activities. And then, somewhere in the middle, there appears to be a softening of her initially bombastic registry. There were appearances where she blended in instead of standing out. The scene-stealing moments seem to have all but lingered. And the clamor, intense at the onset, gradually weakened.
But all is not lost, I reckon. During the Jag Jeans pictorial (see photo above left) plus the swimsuit portrait, Ria has shown an anticipated return to her ‘mystique’ and must have experienced a sudden epiphany of sorts. She may still be hanging on to the fringes of a winning plan. But the clutch remains tight. Can she hang on long enough to realize her objective in the competition? The die-hards are waiting. And I’m just here to chronicle her journey. Bring it on, girl! To the max, I must add. 😉
Kagandahang Flores 2013 all (left to right): Paula Bernasor, Zandra Flores, Bea Santiago, Amanda Navasero, Hannah Ruth Sison, Carin Ramos, Kim Artugue, Carmina Antonio, Rhea Nakpil, Abby Monderin, Carmela Aquino, Imee Schweighart, Angeli Gomez, Matet Gorgonio, Parul Shah, Charmaine Elima, Aiyana Mickiewicz and Gabrielle Runnstrom.
It just dawned on me that the camp of Kagandahang Flores accounts for more than a third of the 50 Bb. Pilipinas 2013 Official Candidates. From their originally-trained bets like Charmaine Elima, Hannah Ruth Sison, Bea Santiago and the like, the group has swelled to eighteen (18) after the ‘adoption’ of additional beauties like Aiyana Mickiewicz, Anna Carmina Antonio, Gabrielle Runnstrom, Paula Bernasor and Rhea Nakpil. If sheer quantity doesn’t net Rodgil Flores at least two spots in the Top 5 come April 14, then I don’t know what will. (Quality! Silly me!)
It’s really a pity that only three official crowns (with 1st Runner-Up being just a nominal placement for our Miss Supranational rep) are being dangled for the ladies to fight for. Be that as it may, which of the ladies above do you think will bring the camp honor next month? 😉