Honestly, dear readers, did you expect the catfight to unravel like the rivalry between Binibinis 11 and 20 in the days leading to the Grand Coronation Night of Bb. Pilipinas 2018 this coming Sunday night? There has never been a match so heated as to incite such overwhelming acceptance, resistance or confusion. On one corner is the top favorite right from the start. On the other end, the fiercest opponent has peaked in the eyes of many. Does her pageant pedigree alone measure up to the “Versus” marquee?
In a Catriona-less edition, Ma. Andrea “Aya” Abesamis can swimmingly reach for the Miss Universe Philippines crown. But that isn’t meant to happen because this could be her first and only try in the nationals. And while those who are not on her side continue to throw potshots at her direction, she is simply taking things with queenly poise and a naturally friendly self to take all the punches standing up and not hitting the floor.
We could be in for a lot of suspense-filled moments (and possibly a surprise or two) on March 18. Ready or not, we will come. The stage is set for Bb. Pilipinas 2018!
Nobody can contest that – during the Bb. Pilipinas 2018 Press Presentation yesterday after lunch – the most applauded lady is #Binibini11 Andrea “Aya” Abesamis. It helps that a big chunk of the audience is made up of former Bb. Pilipinas titleholders who support her with such enthusiasm. It cannot be denied as well that the cheers are alluded to her being the daughter of Miss Universe 1984 3rd Runner-Up Desiree Verdadero Abesamis. Makes you want to think what the chances are of a mother-daughter tandem holding the same title – something that was never realized with Gloria Diaz and Isabelle Daza.
Desiree during the 30th Anniversary Bash of PMAP
Desiree with husband JB Abesamis
Since Ma. Andrea “Aya” Abesamis is taking part in the Final Screening of Bb. Pilipinas 2018 tomorrow at the Kia Theater, I thought it would be interesting to feature her mom Desiree who brought pride and honor to the country as 3rd Runner-Up during Miss Universe 1984 held in Miami, Florida, USA.
But first, let us watch a clip of the Top 5 and crowning moment that year.
courtesy of tpageant
Desiree has always kept her presence in the limelight – albeit in a relatively low-key manner – since she has maintained strong ties with close pageant contemporaries in doing several charity projects through the years. While she has never hollered about such involvements, pageant fans and followers have always been keen in knowing about her whereabouts or whatever keeps her busy. And she never disappoints because the image she has kept since then is one of grace and positivity.
Now that her lovely daughter Aya (right photo) is on the verge of following her footsteps in the pageant world, you would expect the equally lovely mother to hug the spotlight just as well. But no. If not for this Senti Feature, she would rather just stay in the background and watch the unfolding of scenes before her eyes.
I always have sentimental memories of her Miss Universe 1984 stint and I will never get tired of watching video clips from her successful mission as Bb. Pilipinas Universe 1984.
courtesy of TheOnesBeautiful
Don’t expect her to make a grand entrance like how Catriona Gray breezed through the crowds waiting outside the BPCI Office at Araneta Coliseum. Instead, just wait for her to quietly storm the screenings of Bb. Pilipinas 2018 and stamp her class amongst the remaining aspirants (as of now, only eighty ladies are left standing) for the forty (40) Binibini slots this coming Monday, January 15.
Jonas Gaffud of Aces & Queens has confirmed that Aya Abesamis – daughter of Bb. Pilipinas Universe 1984 and Miss Universe 1984 3rd Runner-Up Desiree Verdadero – has finally landed. Her application has already been submitted prior, and the interview with the BPCI legal team has already been conducted. All that is left to do is show up at the Kia Theater for the no-holds barred final selection.
Are you ready for Aya?
Watch Aya in the video below as one of the models in the Preva Promotional Clip.
courtesy of Lanz Santos
Aya Abesamis and I finally met last Friday night
Desiree Verdadero (leftmost) when she placed 3rd Runner-Up during Miss Universe 1984
Last Friday night, I finally met Aya Abesamis face-to-face during the birthday party of Miss Universe Philippines 2016 Maxine Medina. And I can honestly say that it is already high time for the daughter of Bb. Pilipinas Universe 1984 and Miss Universe 1984 3rd Runner-Up Desiree Verdadero Abesamis to hit the pageant because the next year will see this 5’9″ PMAP-member model at her ripest.
Aya, who describes herself as an eclectic artist and pastry maker,
is now 24, turning 25 later this year. And should she finally say yes to the constant convincings of pageant scouts, it won’t be just her mom who will heave a sigh of relief that her eldest will trace the footsteps from which she made a name for herself.
Aya as photographed by Charisma Lico
The question is, will she bite? My hunch is that she is close to giving her thumbs up to the commitment. If her nuances and reactions last Friday night were to be used as indicators, the probability of becoming a Binibini come 2017 is getting brighter by the day.
Let’s see. I will watch over her next moves with eagle-eyed interest. 😉