Catriona Gray as photographed by Andy Cayna
Last Sunday night, your blogger spent some personal talk time with the beautiful Catriona Gray when we were seated beside each other during the birthday celebration of Col. Ricardo Nolasco Jr PAF (Ret) of Hannah’s Beach Resort and Convention Center at Forum 1 of Solaire Resort and Casino.
Truth be told, Cat was nursing a fever that night but gamely attended the event since she is the new “World-Class Beauty” endorser of the premiere pageant destination in the country with a video launched during the proceedings.
Cat was visibly surprised and worried about all the spreading talks and rumors about transferring beauty camps which she simply dismissed as small talks from different people which got bigger but totally untrue. If at any, she is more concerned on whether she should really take the risk of joining Bb. Pilipinas. If a yes, there is even uncertainty on whether she would take part in the 2018 or 2019 edition. At 23, she still has the luxury of waiting it out for another year or two. After all, there will only be one – and only one – title she would be interested in pursuing.
Let us give Cat that extra time to mull over matters first. And I will keep you on the loop with whatever move she finally decides to take.
In the meantime, here is a video of Cat singing a Norah Jones song during the said birthday bash.
Over this weekend, a special event was held at the Premium Suites Poolside Area of Hannah’s Beach Resort and Convention Center in Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte where candidates of Miss Philippines Earth 2017 were brought to the vacation paradise called “Crown Jewel of the North” where they competed to become Miss Earth Philippines Hannah’s 2017. What added more glitter to the whole activity was the presence of Miss Universe 2011 3rd Runner-Up Shamcey Supsup-Lee, Miss World Philippines 2016 Catriona Gray, Miss Philippines Earth 2016 Loren Mar Artajos (with two members of her elemental court – Tim Alsowyed and Charinna Barro) and the visiting group of eighty-seven (87) members of the Lower House headed by Cong. Rodolfo Fariñas on a continuing inspection of tourist sites in Northern Luzon.
The candidates competed in swimsuits and evening gowns before getting grilled in the Top 10 Q&A. In the end, Shane Tormes of Mandaluyong City edged out all the beauties to win the special title. She was joined by two (2) runners-up April Rose Alegre of Davao and Mikaela Mendez of Tanza, Cavite. Interestingly, the top finishers are all present and former Miss Hannah’s Ecotourism Philippines alumni (a fact that underscores the high quality of winners in the host venue’s annual pageant).
Congratulations to all the winners! Many thanks to Col. Ricardo Nolasco Jr and Ronald Dominguez of Hannah’s for continuing to trust normannorman.com in the judging and media coverage.
Over the weekend, your blogger flew to Laoag in Ilocos Norte before taking a two-hour road trip to Pagudpud. The final destination was Hannah’s Beach Resort and Convention Center to judge the finals of Mr & Miss Hannah’s Ecotourism Philippines 2017 along with coverage partner Joy Arguil and a quartet of beauty queens – Miss World Philippines 2016 Catriona Gray, Bb. Pilipinas Intercontinental 2016 Jennifer Hammond, Mutya ng Pilipinas Tourism International 2015 Glennifer Perido and NAITAS Face of Tourism 2017 Sarah Margarette Joson. At the same time, this coverage was the second official media partnership of normannorman.com and Sash Factor (Mister Philippines 2017 being the first).
Such beautiful and warm hosts the people at Hannah’s are. With Col. Ricardo Nolasco Jr (Ret) and Ronald Dominguez always around to make all the guests feel relaxed and welcome, it felt more like a vacation than work. The preliminary and finals night judging of the competition was very engaging to say the least.
After assessing all twenty-four candidates (12 males, 12 females), the winners were unanimously chosen with Richard Angelo Adarlo of Batangas City and Mikaela Mendez of Tanza, Cavite coming out on top. Closely following them are Atenean Pre-Med Graduate Leo Lofranco and Aces&Queens-trained Charmaine Aller. Completing the magic circle are Peter Seda of Cebu and April Alegre from Davao.
Quite amusingly, the male division was almost a tie from start to finish – a very close fight between the top two finishers where the final Q&A was needed to finally break the deadlock. And the margin was so slim even after Richard and Leo battled it out for the #1 spot with their respective smarts.
All in all, I would say this is an ideal workcation. Your blogger’s mom tagged along and it made celebration of Mother’s Day more special.
Everyone stayed at the newly-appointed Premium Suites of Hannah’s Beach Resort, with the sparkling blue waters of Pagudpud are just a stone’s throw away. Hopefully, all of us will be back complete in 2018!
Next week from May 12-14 will be the final leg of this year’s search for Mr & Miss Hannah’s Ecotourism Philippines 2017 where the top winners will be crowned by a select panel of judges which include Miss World Philippines 2016 Catriona Gray, Bb. Pilipinas Intercontinental 2016 Jennifer Hammond and yours truly, among many others. The big event will be held right inside Hannah’s Beach Resort & Convention Center in Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte where the top placers will have the prime responsibility of extending the environmental causes of the host venue that will spread throughout the country.
Watch out for the report of normannorman.com where my partner Joy Arguil and I will be present to cover the entire finals proceedings. Thanks in advance to Col. Ricardo Nolasco Jr (Ret) and Ronald Dominguez for the invitation to judge and cover.
In the meantime, watch a video about the host venue – Hannah’s Beach Resort and Convention Center.
courtesy of Earlvin Llamelo
The 24 Official Candidates of Mr & Miss Hannah’s EcoTourism Philippines 2017
In a contest like Mr & Miss Hannah’s EcoTourism Philippines (now on its 4th year), one would think that it was easy judging the participants and cutting them in half just to come up with the Official Candidates. Well, not if the joiners are really promisingly beautiful and handsome – still raw for the big league but already oozing with potentials for future joining.
Last night, I spent the time selecting the young men and women who will form part of the finalists who will vie for the above-mentioned competition that has strong alliances with Miss Philippines Earth. There were 48 qualifiers for the final callback and it was the duty of the panel (which included beauty queens Jennifer Hammond, Leren Mae Bautista and Glennifer Perido along with Carousel Productions’ Peachy Veneracion, Renee Salud, yours truly and the generous owner of Hannah’s Beach Resort – (Ret) Col. Ricardo Nolasco Jr.) to choose the 24 Official Candidates. It was supposed to be just 10 males and 10 females, but the field was so strong that an exception for this year had to be made to accommodate two extra heads per division.
Anyways, the chosen ones will vie for the title come May 13 at Hannah’s Beach Resort and Convention Center in Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte. Two of them will follow the footsteps of previous titleholders who are now familiar in pageantry such as Sarah Bona, Meryl Angeline King and Karan Singhdole.
Good luck to everyone who made it! 🙂
The chosen ones as photographed by Jhosh Rodriguez
Your blogger along with fellow judges Glennifer Perido, Jennifer Hammond and Leren Mae Bautista
The names of the lucky 24