Group photo during the taping of our episode for the “Winning the Crown” Series of CNN Philippines with host Pinky Webb (center)
It would be an understatement to say that I am enjoying the opportunities that the 65th Miss Universe brings. I am loving them to be honest. Aside from doing live interview videos of the Preliminary Competition, Pre-Finals and Post-Coronation for Rappler Entertainment, I am in the middle of negotiations with TV5 to do another segment coverage of the Preliminaries which the network will exclusively air. And this. The guesting for CNN Philippines for its “On The Record” program with host Pinky Webb.
Earlier in the afternoon at the Lobby Lounge of Okada Manila, your blogger joined columnists George Sison of the Philippine Daily Inquirer, Robert Requintina of the Manila Bulletin and fellow blogger Jesson Capuchino of Sash Factor for a lively discussion about the 65th Miss Universe and just about anything related to the pageant.
Shots of the guesting from the monitor
The episode was originally set to have just a 30-minute airing, but with how the actual talks turned out, we got extended for an hour because the show’s producer will have a difficult time editing out all the juicy tidbits that the four of us shared with the host.
The subject matters went from how we individually got hooked on pageantry to how impact-ful the hosting of Miss Universe to how the next winner will be chosen all the way to our early picks to stand out in the competition.
I was also able to meet the friendly Oscar Cabrera, Asia Pacific Entertainment Head for Okada Manila
Do catch the airing of the episode this coming Saturday, January 14 at 9:30PM on CNN Philippines. Modesty aside, I know that you – my dear readers – will share in the joy that I feel for getting this chance to show how passionate I am about Miss Universe and pageantry.
PS I got an extra bonus for meeting the Asia-Pacific Entertainment Head of Okada Manila Oscar Cabrera (a Bolivian expat with the friendliest vibe). He personally invited me to attend the After Party of the 65th Miss Universe to be held at the highly-anticipated Cove Manila on the night of January 30.
More reports to come out soon! 😀