Pleased to share with you the happy episode 6 of Pageantry Norms Season 3 with my guests Rachel Peters, Arnold Mercado and Ms Cory Quirino.
This afternoon on Episode 6 of Pageantry Norms Season 3, catch me and my three guests in a discussion that focuses on “Favorite Pageant Personalities”.
Miss Universe Philippines 2017 Rachel Peters, Miss World Philippines Organization General Manager Arnold Mercado and Mutya Pilipinas President Cory Quirino are three of the several individuals I would personally consider as favorites in this crazy world of pageantry.
Know why later.
The program starts at 4pm on The Philippine Pageantry and its YouTube channel.
PS. Raymond Villanueva of BPCI would have completed the quartet of guests but last-minute (originally unscheduled) technical rehearsals for his online show tonight got in the way.
A hard decision has been made.
Mutya Pilipinas cancels its 2020 pageant to ensure the health and safety of the community. The Board of Directors of Mutya ng Pilipinas Inc (MNPI) headed by Chairman Fred Yuson and President Cory Quirino will instead focus on humanitarian efforts in support of the frontliners and communities in need, particularly the street children.
Please read the entire official statement above.
#MutyaPilipinas #BeautyInGiving #MutyaCares #OnePhilippines
“Let’s adapt, let’s evolve. This is the digital revolution…” – Fred Yuson, Chairman of Mutya Pilipinas
This was a quotable quote during the FB live held earlier when Mutya President Cory Quirino asked “her boss” about the direction the pageant will be headed this 2020.
Mr. Yuson remains optimistic despite the pandemic crisis. Changes may be implemented because of the “new normal” and some of it may look “anti-social”, but he reasoned that it will all make sense eventually. After all, everything happens for a reason. And in keeping with the digital age, Mutya Pilipinas will still definitely be green-and-go.
“Hindi pa tayo laos (we are not obsolete), we have the right people and we will show them that we are still a cut above the rest…” added Mr Yuson.
In what was the first breakaway title from Bb. Pilipinas, the franchise of Miss World had a changing of guards after the 2010 edition (which left Bb. Pilipinas World 2010 Czarina Gatbonton with no actual successor to crown during Bb. Pilipinas 2011) where a dedicated national pageant was staged at the PICC for Miss World Philippines. It was a momentous inaugural edition under Cory Quirino which saw the winner getting a cool million pesos, a condominium unit from SMDC, a GMA7 management contract and the right to represent the country in London for Miss World 2011. Gwendoline Ruais was an unstoppable force in that batch. Aside from a statuesque height, she articulated herself well and possessed the X-factor that could be the winning formula in getting the blue crown. And she almost did after placing 1st Runner-Up to Ivian Sarcos of Venezuela. It won’t be for another two years before the country won its first Miss World crown, but that is topic for another entry during this throwback-filled home quarantine period.
I know that there is a lot more to be monetized with vlogging than blogging. But why do I still continue to blog more and vlog less?
There are monthly revenues while blogging here at wordpress. And those are the WordAds you can see – usually centered on the latest three entries and scattered on one or two posts which continue to have engagement/s. Hence, it really helps me a lot if you click on those ads (you should know that by now). The US dollar earnings vary in amount based on ad impressions. While they do not compare to what someone like mimiyuh or Alex Gonzaga would earn on Youtube, I have no false ambitions of achieving their level of popularity. I have a YouTube channel – normannormandotcom – but it’s really more of a depository for videos I’d like to share here. Directly uploading them will mean eating up on my precious allowable space as a premium user. Now some may quip, “but the potential of earning a lot more is already at your beck and call!”. True, but I like working as a one-man band. When I was doing full-time corporate work in the Human Resource industry, I always have a hard time finding a trustworthy and dependable assistant. And I end up doing almost everything if nobody can measure up to my sense of urgency and standards of work output.
So back to the question. Why do I blog more and vlog less? Well, I consider this site as an online diary of sorts. And I love putting all my passion in pageantry here. I may not have the consistency of writing a 200-word article all the time – as one PR practitioner tactfully asked me once in the past – but the speed by which I churn out a post or two on a daily basis is something that even WordPress commended me about. In vlogging, I will need to set up a lot of things in motion before I can finally consider myself as one. I am not camera-shy. But to actually (and frequently) dress up for the part (from the waist up at least) and have someone do my face to look decent on videos is something that will significantly drag my train of thoughts and spoil the spontaneity. Or maybe I’m just too lazy to go through all that. I enjoy moving at my own pace – which is quite speedy compared to most – and blogging allows me the independent leisure.
As for the core value/s I exercise as a pageant media and blogger, I keep matters simple. My two favorite English words are “humility” and “serendipity”.
Humility is something which has kept me and continues to keep me grounded all these years. I have never felt the need to rub in any feelings of entitlement because I was never raised counting all my achievements and brandishing them around like bling-blings around my neck. My pride is always full, but it is something that I exercise with caution. Just like when BPCI decided to stop inviting me to all their events after certain unintentional oversights that you should already know by now. I bowed down and accepted the sanction. But I still continue to support their pageant regardless.
I treasure my relationship with all the other national pageant organizations like Miss Universe Philippines, Miss World Philippines, Miss Philippines Earth and Mutya Pilipinas. And it’s not in the sense of doing everything squeaky clean and beneficial in their eyes. There is this sense of belongingness when Jonas Gaffud, the two Arnolds (Vegafria and Mercado), Lorraine Schuck/Peachy Veneracion and Cory Quirino would instinctively send me signals that they value my presence. Or perhaps, I already know how to relate well because of the direct access. And perhaps too, it was something that I did not cultivate hard enough with the Aranetas or their trusted officials (save for Raymond Villanueva who has always been dear to me and vice-versa).
Let’s go to serendipity. It is one word which describes how I feel whenever I get to be invited as a judge or mentor or media in beauty pageants around the country. I have never enjoyed local tourism before 2015. But after that, the trips I made from as far north as Pagudpud to as deep south as General Santos City and Sarangani (with Ilocos Norte, Ilocos Sur, Tuguegarao, La Union, Aurora, Pangasinan, Tarlac, Pampanga, Laguna, Batangas, Quezon Province, Camarines Sur, Oriental Mindoro, Aklan, Cebu, Iloilo, Bohol, Negros Occidental, Tacloban, Leyte, Misamis Oriental, Cagayan de Oro, Davao and Cotabato City in between) were all special. And income-earning as well!
In this period of COVID-19, I suddenly found myself with a lot of time to reflect on what I do. And hopefully, this will just be the first of a few. With my blogging chair getting occupied longer than usual, I should find the inspiration to write more about stuff you don’t usually get to read here. And when I say blogging chair, it literally is an actual comfortable seat I relax on – with a cup of brewed coffee to keep me company. All in the protective confines of a house I share with my mom. But that is subject for another curious side of my life that may or may not interest you. Insulin and all.
Photos from the Victory and Sendoff Presscon for Mutya Pilipinas Queens April May Short – who placed in the Top 12 and won a scholarship from World Top Model to be pursued in Milan, Italy – and Tyra Goldman who is scheduled to depart for Egypt to represent the country in Top Model of the World 2020.
Mutya President Cory Quirino and Mutya Pageant Director Arlene Florentino presided over the twin event.
As for the #big announcement everyone is expecting to hear by now, hold on to your seats first and things will unfold soon! Some important agreements need to be finalized ahead of any public statement.
#mutyapilipinas #topmodeloftheworld #tyragoldman #aprilshort
Who else is loving this new look of Mutya Pilipinas World Top Model 2019 April May Short? Her international modeling competition is coming very soon! World Top Model will hit Monte Carlo later this week.
Photography/ Alain Lababit
Creative Direction/ Shandy Montecarlo Lim
Make-up/ Jessie M Maghuyop
If the crown is really meant for you, then it will land on your head no matter what the circumstances are.
As 1st Runner-Up of Mutya Pilipinas 2019, Cyrille Payumo was perfectly happy with the placement. It was her first national beauty pageant, after all. But it didn’t take long for her to ascend to one of the major titles when the original winner for Mutya Tourism International – Tyra Goldman – had to be replaced as per the strict rules of the Malaysia-based organization.
So off to Malaysia this beautiful and statuesque Kapampangan went. She did everything possible to represent the country well. No stones were left unturned, including the online voting where she placed a strong 2nd in the final tally.
During the finals, Cyrille grabbed just one special award – Best in National Costume – while the representatives of other ASEAN, Asian and European nations kept on receiving one subsidiary title after the next.
It cannot be denied, though, that our bet was a stand-out in more ways than one. And when the winners in the magic circle were being announced, her country name was not being called. That is, up until the biggest one when Tan Sri Datuk Danny Ooi finally revealed that “Miss Tourism Philippines” is the winner of Miss Tourism International 2019/2020.
Congratulations, Cyrille! Savor the victory and be gloriously happy that you will return to the country with a 5th BIG win in this competition.
Mutya Pilipinas recently announced that – due to the new policy of the Miss Tourism International Pageant in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia – and in compliance with their latest rule, being “naturally-born in the country the candidate represents and no-dual citizenship”, Miss Cyrille Payumo, First Runner Up will replace Miss Tyra Goldman in the November 2019 Competition.
“We respect the rules of the Organization and assure them of our 100% compliance“ said Cory Quirino, President of Mutya Pilipinas after her telephone conversation with Tan Sri Datuk Danny Ooi, President of the Miss Tourism International Pageant.
“However, so as not to deprive Ms. Goldman of her opportunity to compete, we are presently studying possible options for her in other respectable international competitions. She is a gem of a beauty queen who can proudly and ably represent the Philippines”, stressed Quirino.