Screenshots of Miss Philippines Janicel Lubina in the Top 10 and when she received the Miss Best Dresser award of Miss International 2015
Many pageant fans followed the live streaming of Miss International 2015 during the afternoon-till-early-evening of November 5. While the feed was such a test of patience considering the frequent hangs, long breaks and imperfectly-timed freezes, nobody dared abandoning the entire program that lasted for practically four (4) hours. After all, Miss Philippines Janicel Lubina stood an excellent chance of winning the country’s 6th Miss International crown. And by the way she presented herself during the three major segments, there was simply no way of getting ignored by the judges.
But after the winner and four runners-up were announced, our bet was nowhere to be seen, except in the background. Sure, she made it to the Top 10. But to have no place in the magic circle at the very least was something hard to fathom for everyone glued on the online telecast.
What went wrong, Janicel Lubina?
None. At. All. Nothing went wrong with the over-all performance of Miss Philippines Janicel Lubina during the finals of Miss International 2015 yesterday afternoon till early evening. She was divine in National Costume, smoldering hot in Swimsuit and utterly elegant in the Leo Almodal Evening Gown. Even her speech – while countered by some as coming off a bit too rehearsed – still had the right of emotions and drama into it. She was, quite simply, an effortless standout in all her presentations.
The truth of the matter could be this. The judges had their eyes on Edymar Martinez of Venezuela all along. And if they had a closest pursuer in mind, it would only be 1st Runner-Up Jennifer Valle of Honduras as next option. Nothing can be done about that. Not even the most spectacular turns will make them change their minds, I reckon. They really zeroed in on Osmel Sousa’s ward even before the final results were deliberated upon.
Let’s not overthink the reasons behind Janicel’s snub in the Top 5. It is possible that the final speech could have been interpreted by the decision-makers as too melodramatic for comfort. But focusing on the real facts that made her a Cinderella story in the first place is something that can’t be helped.
I salute our representative for giving it an excellent fight. And while the Miss Best Dresser award serves as a mere consolation of sorts, it still gives the recognition to the wearer, the designer Leo Almodal and the style team which planned the pre-pageant and finals wardrobe like a well-plotted gameplan.
Janicel will return to the Philippines with head held high. She still delivered on the international pageant stage. If only the eventual winner did not have the impenetrable halo effect glowing all over her, then things might have turned out differently.
The winners during the post-coronation party