I reviewed my favorite interviews three times (reason why I lost some sleep doing so), and double-checked on one or two I might have overlooked. And this is what I came up with.
normannorman.com Pageantry Norms’ Top 15 for the Miss Universe Philippines Preliminary Q&A:
1. Bella Ysmael of Parañaque
2. Michele Gumabao of Quezon City
3. Billie Hakenson of Cavite
4. Pauline Amelinckx of Bohol
5. Adee Hitomi Akiyama of Oriental Mindoro
6. Zandra Nicole Sta Maria of Pasay
7. Jan Alexis Elcano of Batanes
8. Maricres Valdez Castro of Muntinlupa
9. Caroline Veronilla of Misamis Oriental
10. Skelly Ivy Florida of Biliran
11. Alaiza Malinao of Davao City
12. Rabiya Mateo of Iloilo City
13. Niña Soriano of Pangasinan
14. Tracy Maureen Perez of Cebu City
15. Christelle Abello of Aklan
While I am still waiting for Part 2 of Episode 6 – Game Changer – on the Ring Light Series, this is how I sized up the first dozen.
After finishing 6.1 – or the first of four parts of the Miss Universe Philippines Preliminary Q&A (which runs 1.5 hours) from Aklan to Camarines Sur – I am pleased overall.
I love eleven of the twelve ladies who were interviewed in the first batch. Practically everyone articulated themselves well. But I have to share my Top 3 in terms of clarity of thoughts, delivery and an overall impactful performance in front of the judges. They are:
1) Pauline Amelinckx of Bohol – commanding; her background as events host worked well in her favor. She communicated with the panel as if they were just having tea and scones on a rainy afternoon.
2) Jan Alexis Elcano of Batanes – nervous all throughout but she took a grip on her emotions and came up with solid answers to all questions asked. Her story on the cargo vessel she took from Batanes to Manila was icing on the cake, and something that the judges listened to with much interest.
3) Skelly Ivy Florida of Biliran – charming and sincere, but with a bite. This was her edge over my 4th-ranked (Aklan). She spoke with honesty and never relied on projecting a sweet image to the judges. She knew what she was talking about.
These are just my personal opinions. To sit through Episode 6.1 is already like watching one full movie. And with the ten questions ringing in my ear and multiplying by 12 can be really challenging. So at the end of it all, the ones who stood out for me are the ladies with truly #MemorableAnswers.
P.S. If you want my Top 5, then I will definitely add Aklan and Cagayan Province. Weakest link for me was Batangas.
Miss Universe Philippines sponsor Ginebra San Miguel has selected Christelle Abello of Aklan as its Calendar Girl for 2021.
While this development will not sit well with a lot of pageant fans/followers, Telle is very happy that she was the one chosen from among all the phenomenal women short-listed for the major endorsement. After all, she is following the footsteps of celebrities who got the job these past years.
For this sponsorship endorsement of Miss Universe Philippines 2020, six (6) of the phenomenal women were tapped to join in the digital commercial- Pauline Amelinckx of Bohol, Sigrid Flores of Catanduanes, Sandra Lemonon of Taguig, Ivanna Pacis of Makati, Bella Ysmael of Parañaque and Christelle Abello of Aklan.
The key word is “conditioned” which parallels with what the brand Cream Silk does to our hair.
Now this is no arrival photo of Miss Universe Philippines 2020 candidate Christelle Abello of Aklan. But I just have to share it.
This is the next level of the Aklanon beauty who is dear to me! First time I’ve seen her styled like this in a shoot.
And, by the way, she tested #negative in the swab test! On to Baguio she will be.
Photographed by @joshke_
Styled by @jannostyles
Assisted by @iamrenzallapitan
Makeup by @guillyvalenzuela
Hair by @itsjeffvalenzuela
Miss Universe Philippines 2020 for One Ginebra Nation: featuring individual clips for Luzon, Visayas, Mindanao and NCR and twelve of the #phenomenalwomen in the competition.
Camarines Sur, Ilocos Sur and Quezon Province
Aklan, Bohol and Antique
Cagayan de Oro, Davao Del Norte and Zamboanga Del Sur
Makati City, Quezon City and Taguig City
Sharing with you the episode of Tim Yap Live where he guested his ten favorite Miss Universe Philippines 2020 candidates:
Michelle Gumabao | Alaiza Malinao | Bella Ysmael | Pauline Amelincx | Billie Hakenson | Sigrid Grace Flores | Christelle Abello | Paula Ortega | Apriel Smith and Sandra Lemonon
As a pageant blogger, I’m supposed to come up with my new hot picks for Miss Universe Philippines 2020 by now. But I am still sticking to a good number of these #PhenomenalWomen because each one of them deserve to be seen and heard. The efforts they give in sustaining visibility in social media and other digital platforms – along with the APs and glam teams – are commendable.
So let me present my running Top 25 favorites – or the upper half of the 50 Official Candidates.
Please support each one of them in the competition’s #RingLightSeries.
Christelle Abello, Paula Ortega, Christine Nicole Silvernale, Bea Maynigo, Skelly Ivy Florida, Pauline Amelinckx, Dianella Loya, Kia Moreno, Sigrid Grace Flores, Billie Hakenson, Tracy Maureen Perez, Apriel Smith, Alaiza Malinao, Rabiya Mateo, Kim Crizaldo, Chiara Lynn Markwalder, Lou Dominique Piczon, Adee Hitomi Akiyama, Patricia Mae Santos, Bella Ysmael, Zandra Sta. Maria, Riana Pangindian, Michele Gumabao, Maria Isabela Galeria and Sandra Lemonon
Sharing with you now the live chat series episodes of Ashtie Nights with Miss Universe Philippines 2020 candidates Bella Ysmael, Christelle Abello from The Camp and Paula Ortega, Billie Hakenson from Aces & Queens.
When majority of the “Beyond the Coastlines” videos of the Miss Universe Philippines 2020 candidates were uploaded at the beginning of the quarantine period and during, there were still some whose outputs did not make it on time for the scheduled editing and posting.
Here are more of their outputs:
Don’t forget to watch Pasay entirely! It is the most creatively engaging among them.
Aklan – Christelle Abello
Cebu City – Tracy Maureen Perez
Kalinga – Noreen Mangawit
Pasay – Zandra Nicole Sta. Maria