Welcome back, Rachel!
Rachel with Gines of BPCI
Home is really where the heart is, and Miss Universe Philippines 2017 Rachel Peters is back home after finishing in the Top 10 of Miss Universe 2017 in Las Vegas. She was seen at NAIA Terminal 2 by BPCI Officials, friends and supporters who showered her with congratulatory messages for doing us proud and continuing the country’s placement streak in our favorite beauty pageant.
This week will be super busy for everyone. And we’ll keep you on the loop with all the upcoming Miss Universe-related activities. Have a great week ahead, dear readers!
Madame Stella Marquez de Araneta and I
During the contract signing of BPCI and Smart/Voyager earlier in the day, I was able to get pictures taken with Madame Stella Marquez de Araneta herself who was gracious enough to pose with all the media representatives in attendance. And she was such in high spirits after the event with the first-of-its-kind fan votes being implemented in a Bb. Pilipinas finals to automatically fast-track one Binibini to the Top 15 – a first in the pageant’s 54 year history.
Before the start of the busier days leading to the finals at Araneta Coliseum this coming Sunday, April 30, let me take this opportunity to publicly thank Madame SMA and Bb. Pilipinas Charities Inc. (Gines Enriquez and company) for the trust given to normannorman.com. Our formal accreditation papers will be handed over on Friday along with our official IDs as media partners. This makes my coverage partner and I filled with glee. It will be like our badge for all BPCI events from now on. 🙂
Rehearsals in full swing for the finals
These are the days spent inside the Araneta Coliseum rehearsing for the Bb. Pilipinas 2017 Coronation Night on Sunday, April 30. Dressed in loose workout attires and sleeveless tops, the Binibinis are being choreographed to perfection. According to Gines Enriquez of BPCI, this is going to be the grandest opening number for any edition. Ever. And I believe him because ABS-CBN is deep into perfecting everything to achieve seamless proceedings during the live and TV telecast.
By the way, the finals will be hosted by Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach and actor Xian Lim, with Venus Raj as commentator. If you haven’t bought your tickets yet, then please head on to ticketnet.com.ph or at the Araneta Coliseum box-office.
Just a quick sneak into the opening outfits with focus on the shiny golden Bragais shoes they will be wearing
Below is a BTS video of their dance rehearsals in Subic.
courtesy of EPC Events
The Binibinis in a group shot in Camayan Beach Resort in Subic Bay (Photo credit: Alco Guerrero)
Jennifer, Angelica, Joanna and Nichole joined the Binibinis
Late last week, the Binibinis of Bb. Pilipinas 2017 went to Subic Bay for teambuilding and the shoot of the pageant primer (by ABS-CBN). They were joined by reigning Queens Jennifer Hammond, Joanna Eden, Nichole Manalo and Angelica Alita (left photo
). It was a great time for everyone to know each other better and eventually build a sisterhood for this batch. Above is the group photo as shot by Alco Guerrero. Below is the video taken by BPCI’s Gines Enriquez showing the ladies enjoying Camayan Beach Resort.
courtesy of Gines Enriquez
Miss Philippines Maxine Medina upon check-in at Conrad Manila
Inside the van before arriving
And Miss Philippines Maxine Medina has finally arrived. At Conrad Manila, that is. At around 3pm earlier, she checked in at the Official Residence accompanied by BPCI Chair Madame Stella Marquez de Araneta and Executive Gines Enriquez (who was kind enough to share the above photos with normannorman.com after my coverage partner Joy Arguil was prevented by security to take a snapshot of our bet while going inside the hotel and around the lobby
Maxine’s journey has finally started. It’s going to be a steady climb from hereon after.
Best of luck on your journey, Maxine!
Joanna Eden by Raymond Saldaña
Miss Supranational Philippines 2016 Joanna Eden
Photography I Raymond Saldaña
Styling I Patrick Henry
MUA I Andrew Jardenil
Hair | Donver Belza
Designer I Manny Manny Halasan
Nichole Manalo with Gines Enriquez of BPCI
The quote in the title of this blog post came from Bb. Pilipinas Supranational 2016 Joanna Eden herself. And indeed, the twin official send-offs for her and Bb. Pilipinas-Globe 2016 Nichole Manalo will happen next week. I can’t wait to see both ladies get their respective missions in motion. We all know that they are the two (2) KF titleholders in Bb. Pilipinas 2016, and I sure would like to see them do very well internationally.
Nichole will go to Tirana, Albania, while Joanna is luckier – destination-wise – as she will be visiting two countries for the whole stretch of the contest – Slovakia and Poland.
More updates on the two beauties as their dates with destiny get closer and closer! 😉
A BTS screenshot of the photoshoot with Raymond Saldaña
BPCI’s Gines Enriquez – who is getting so good at doing the BTS videography of our Bb. Pilipinas Queens – has this, his latest vid which shows the behind-the-scenes of the photoshoot conducted by Raymond Saldaña atop Novotel Manila Araneta Center.
The shots should come out very soon! But for now, be happy with these footages from the said pictorial. 🙂
courtesy of Gines Enriquez