I corresponded with a representative of The Miss Globe Beauty Pageant regarding their announcement that Rowena Lucero (or #Binibini2 Rowena Sasuluya, if you will) will represent the Philippines in The Miss Globe 2020 scheduled next month in Albania.
Here are the essential points:
1) BPCI informed The Miss Globe that they will not be able to send an official candidate due to the pandemic situation.
2) The Miss Globe – with the help of Rodgil Flores and Gio Flores of Kagandahang Flores – checked out potential ladies to fill in the representation. They selected #Binibini2 Rowee Lucero as the one who can meet the last-minute requirements needed. Let me reiterate this: BPCI had no hand in the choice.
3) BPCI will still keep the franchise of The Miss Globe for 2021.
Now for the question if Rowee can still compete in the postponed edition of Bb. Pilipinas, only BPCI can answer that.
A period of 25 years is a “generation” – the time from birth to someone having a child of their own and starting the next generation. For beauty camp Kagandahang Flores, 2020 marks the year of its Silver Jubilee. And Rodgil Flores must be beaming with pride, alongside his cousin Gio Flores, in what their initial efforts have transformed into the past two and a half decades.
It all started from humble beginnings. Back in the mid-90s, the group fielded a sole candidate – Sonia Santiago – for Bb. Pilipinas 1996. In between, more beautiful Filipinas started undergoing training and polish for bigger beauty competitions. And in the process, a good number of the ladies started winning national titles left and right, until their successes were justly rewarded when Precious Lara Quigaman was crowned Miss International 2005 – their very first claim to grand slam fame.
Below is a rundown of the KF alumni who went on to win their international pageants, either here or abroad:
Miss International 2005 Precious Lara Quigaman
Miss International 2013 Bea Rose Santiago
Miss Earth 2008 Karla Henry
Miss Earth 2014 Jamie Herrell
Miss Earth 2015 Angelia Ong
Miss Earth 2017 Karen Ibasco
Miss Intercontinental 2018 Karen Gallman
Miss Asia Pacific International 2018 Sharifa Akeel
Miss Tourism International 2012/13 Rizzini Alexis Gomez
Miss Tourism International 2013/14 Angeli Dione Gomez
Mr Gay World 2017 John Raspado
Mr Gay World 2019 Janjep Carlos
Mister Tourism Ambassador World 2018 Kerr Cruz
I won’t make a separate list of their winners in Bb. Pilipinas, Miss World Philippines, Miss Philippines Earth, Mutya ng Pilipinas/Mutya Pilipinas and even in Mr World Philippines or Misters of Filipinas anymore because this entry will get very long.
Rodgil during one of his training sessions with Miss Universe Philippines 2019 Gazini Ganados
Some of the core members of Team KF
In essence, Team KF discovers and teaches potential women and men to become successful pageant titleholders. The series of training and level workshops are focused on Personality Development, Visual Poise, Fitness, Pageant Question and Answer, Pageant Hair & Make-Up styling and Pageant Catwalk and Projection – all tailored fit for the biggest national pageants for both genders in the Philippines.
KF is now established as one of two most prominent beauty camps as well as internationally sought-after pageant training groups in the country. It’s no secret that beauty queens from other countries have also given their trust to them. And I am not surprised at the progressive move. If at any, that is already expected. Just like the last two Miss Earth winners Phuong Khanh Nguyen of Vietnam and Nellys Pimentel of Puerto Rico. They were both prepared (or perfected, if you will) at KF before their respective competitions.
Rodgil and his 28 Binibinis for Bb. Pilipinas 2020
I can remember during one of his past interviews (watch below) for Assignment Asia of the China Global Television Network (CGTN) how Rodgil called beauty aspirants – “beauty athletes” – because all the learnings are continuously practiced in their individual lives outside the confines of the camp itself. I could not think of a more appropriate term that could better that.
Congratulations to your 25th Anniversary, Kagandahang Flores! Here’s a toast to the passion and unstinting efforts to train a generation of Beautiful Filipinas!
Imelda Bautista Schweighart will go down memory lane as the most controversial national beauty queen in modern Philippine Pageant history. After all the wild social media frenzy that has happened the past number of days, the only way out of the mess is – quite clearly – to resign as Miss Philippines Earth 2016. And this she did after a closed door meeting with the executives of Carousel Productions together with Imelda’s mother.
Let me fill you in first on something that has nagged me after I posted the blog article yesterday on my personal assessment of our subject. Contrary to what others would say that her beauty camp – Kagandahang Flores – was amiss in instilling discipline amd giving reprimands on Imelda’s behavior, the group actually took care of her like a real daughter as far back as early 2013 when she was fielded for Bb. Pilipinas 2013. At times, she was spoiled but not to the point of letting her get away with a good number of mistakes and shortcomings. Corrective measures were always thrown her way, what with the eagle-eyed guidance of the likes of Rodgil Flores, Gio Flores and Georgette Garrido constantly watching over her decisions and actuations. But then again, there’s only so much three or more concerned people can do to straighten out the wrinkles and prevent the behavioral lapses in between. There is no such thing as 24/7 guarding in this case because it just doesn’t make sense to an independent-minded person like her.
Imelda still has a life of her own. And this she took seriously regardless of the big and small missteps in the process of coming out of her shell. And when she finally took the spotlight this year, she still could not hide her true colors. From the infamous Facebook Live video to the rambutan seed in Palawan to the equally infamous recording of her comments against Miss Earth 2016 Katherine Espin to the TV interview about the controversial Leo Almodal gown she was supposed to wear during Saturday night’s finals that landed on Miss Ecuador’s back – she did not hide her real sentiments or opinions. And that is why she got her comeuppance from virtually everyone. The girl is left to apologize for everything, pick up the pieces of a shattered image and try to make sense of how she can move on from all of these.
Soon, Imelda will be flying to New Zealand with her mother to make a fresh start. That is the ideal plan for now. I know that it will do her good, without a doubt. But between November 1 and that fateful day of departure, she will need the deepest and sincerest support system that only her beauty camp can provide. The pillars of KF have long served the role of surrogate parents in addition to the only big sister she has looked up to all these years – Parul Shah. She will need positive reinforcements that will firm up her self-esteem and weed out the undesirable feelings of neglect and alienation. To say that she is emotionally weak at this point would not be completely applicable. She is more like the picture of a beautiful white swan who gradually turned black in the eyes of many. She needs to propel herself back. If she has to do a million pirouettes to regain the respect of most, the girl still has the might to do it.
Imelda Schweighart by Jerkerly So Tang
Goodbye for now to the former Miss Philippines Earth 2016
Imelda Bautista Schweighart. You either question or hate her flawed guts. In my case, I never use the word hate for an individual whose only biggest mistake is to speak her mind void of any self-moderation. The lack of tact and diplomacy will never be enough reason to throw her under the bus and left to be trampled upon. But curiously, she will not be the Darling that a Gold medal during the Miss Earth 2016 Press Presentation symbolized. Call her the worst candid person. It’s just unfortunate that she had to wear the Philippine sash throughout the most controversy-laden period of her young life ever.
Miss Tourism Philippines 2016 Sharyl Diana Catchillar and her court were presented to the media during yesterday’s post-event party at the Manila Polo Club (Photo credit: Edmund Chua for Fabmanilaph)
Yesterday afternoon at the McKinley Function Room of Manila Polo Club, a post-event Thanksgiving Party was held in honor of newly-crowned Miss Tourism Philippines 2016 Sharyl Diana Catchillar and her court of beauties. Members of the pageant media were invited by the organizers and the main honoree’s Kagandahang Flores camp which trained her for competition.
Sharyl, who is studying to become a Doctor in the future, was at her loveliest as she was formally presented to the Press, along with her advocacy to promote the Province of Pangasinan (which she represented in the pageant) and be of medical service to her fellow Filipinos someday.
Congratulations again, Sharyl! 🙂
Miss Tourism Philippines 2016 Sharyl Diana Catchillar (Photo credit: Edmund Chua for Fabmanilaph)
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