Maxine Medina and Janine Tugonon bond in L.A.
Miss Universe Philippines 2016 Maxine Medina flew to Los Angeles last week for a vacation that was somehow a visual assignment as well. When Miss USA 2016 was staged at the T-Mobile Arena last Sunday night, I could already sense that she was also in the audience watching the entire proceedings. And this is a good thing because that would give our bet a pretty good idea of how the pageant works. After all, it will be the same team that will handle Miss Universe come December. So it all makes sense to watch and learn.
Meanwhile, back in L.A., Maxine got the chance to spend some time with Miss Universe 2012 1st Runner-Up Janine Tugonon. The latter must have given her more useful tips on how to handle the inner workings of Miss Universe.
And while she’s still in the City of Angels, Maxine was also feted to a warm get-together with her friends and #Maxinatics supporters alongside Jonas Gaffud, Angela Fernando and sister Ferica (see photo below).
Get-together in L.A. with the Maxinatics and other supporters
So now, I leave you with a photo from the fashion editorial Maxine did for Slice Magazine. It happens to be one of her favorite shoots actually. Good night while I catch up on much-needed sleep.
Maxine in one of her favorite editorials for Slice Magazine
Janine Tugonon’s latest from Raymond Saldaña
Today’s Senti feature is on Miss Universe 2015 1st Runner-Up Janine Mari Tugonon who is a recent Manila visitor. Proof is the latest photoshoot she had with ace photographer Raymond Saldaña (see photo above
) which has just been uploaded awhile back.
Tomorrow morning in Manila, Miss Universe 2015 will be crowned. Will Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach be the one? Hard to make a solid answer for now.
In the meantime, let us watch the video by Anthony M Gomes which is a tribute of sorts to the Binibini who very narrowly missed the crown against eventual winner Olivia Culpo also in Las Vegas exactly three years ago today.
courtesy of Anthony M Gomes
Jonas Gaffud (2nd from right) with left to right: Ara Arida, Venus Raj and Shamcey Supsup-Lee
Look who’s going to be a fellow pageant blogger. Jonas Gaffud, that’s who.
The Beauty Queen-Maker has shared the upcoming endeavor in his Facebook account: “Starting my blog soon about my journey into the world of beauty pageants etc.”
And following the same thread, it is likely that his blog will go live starting Tuesday, September 1. It’s coming real soon. And it should be filled with a lot of highlights and sidelights from all the beauty pageants he has fielded his winning national and international Queens in, and more. Juicier than juicy tidbits, I reckon?
I can’t wait to read the first entry!😀
Our Bb. Pilipinas 2014 Queens in a grid of their later/latest photos
MJ and Janine take selfies in Sta. Monica Beach, CA
Miss Universe Philippines 2014 MJ Lastimosa was just on vacation in Los Angeles after attending the Bachelorette Party of Miss USA 2014 Nia Sanchez in Las Vegas. She also found time to reunite with Miss Universe 2012 1st Runner-Up. Bb. Pilipinas International 2014 Bianca Guidotti is still into her NGO commitments after hosting her friend Miss Grand Netherlands 2015 Shauny Bult who was here on a one-month vacation. Bb. Pilipinas Intercontinental 2014 Kris Tiffany Janson is back in Manila after her London and Paris sojourn (photo above was taken during her day trip to Paris Disneyland
). Bb. Pilipinas Supranational 2014 Yvethe Santiago is spending precious time in Albay with family and friends. Bb. Pilipinas Tourism 2014 Parul Shah is doing pictorials to build up her portfolio and accepting out of town pageant judging invites. 1st Runner-Up Laura Lehmann is busy with her studies at Ateneo de Manila University while accepting occasional modeling shoots (like the photo above which appeared on the Philippine Daily Inquirer yesterday
). And just very recently, 2nd Runner-Up Hannah Ruth Sison (who continues to be part of the 2015 Queens
) proudly celebrated her 27th birthday.
These are just quick updates on our 2014 Bb. Pilipinas Queens for our Sunday lookback. The group photo below gives me such fond memories of this batch.😉
Our Bb. Pilipinas 2014 Queens during their victory night in Araneta Coliseum last year (Photo from pinoyambisyoso.com)
Left-to-right: Janine Tugonon, Ara Arida and Venus Raj shopping in L.A.
Ara (left) and Venus meet renowned Filipino designer Oliver Tolentino
Ara walking the street adorned with a large chandelier
Jonas Gaffud (2nd from left) with 3 of his 4-Peat Queens (Photo credit: Jonas Gaffud)
Vacationing in Los Angeles at the moment, Jonas Gaffud made sure that US-based Miss Universe 2012 1st Runner-Up Janine Tugonon found time to reunite with friends and fellow MU placers 2013 3rd Runner-Up Ara Arida and 2010 4th Runner-Up Venus Raj. And the three ladies spent a day hanging out and going shopping like young girls out on a break from their pageant activities.
Also, renowned Filipino designer Oliver Tolentino hosted a sumptuous Pinoy dinner for everyone in the group. It was definitely a night of fun and endless chats.
It would have been complete had Miss Universe 2011 3rd Runner-Up Shamcey Supsup-Lee joined the trip. But with her pregnancy and the busy daily routines at Pedro ‘n Coi, it just could no longer be accommodated.😉
Jojo Bragais in Boracay
Following yesterday’s post about the latest pageant heels of Jojo Bragais for BRAGAIS™, here now is the 2nd part of that new collection named this time around after the Four (4) Filipinas who gave us the Miss Universe Top 5 winning streak from 2010-2013 – Venus Raj, Shamcey Supsup-Lee, Janine Tugonon and Ariella Arida.
As Jojo himself stated, “I will start my day again by giving tribute to the beautiful Filipinas who conquered the UNIVERSE!
The WINNING STREAK and the 4-PEAT WIN that proves that Filipinas are one among the most beautiful girls in the world!”
Named after Miss Universe 2010 4th Runner-Up Venus Raj
Named after Miss Universe 2011 3rd Runner-Up Shamcey Supsup-Lee
Named after Miss Universe 2012 1st Runner-Up Janine Tugonon
Named after Miss Universe 2013 3rd Runner-Up Ariella Arida
Which style do you like best, dear readers?
Personally, the Ariela style could work for me.
Janine Tugonon is fiery hot on the pages of GEV Magazine
Suddenly, here’s Miss Universe 2012 1st Runner-Up Janine Tugonon wowing us all again with her latest pictorial for GEV (Gastronomique En Vogue) Magazine
. In these photographs, she is seen wearing the designs of Calvin Klein, Michael Kors, Anna Cecilia Ortega and Trina Turk for H&M.
This pictorial is proof that Janine is indeed doing well in the US. Her portfolio is literally getting filled up from end to end. And I couldn’t wait to see what her next surprise will be.
More shots of Janine in designer labels
An enlarged photo of Janine in Michael Kors
Keep up the good work, Janine!😀
All photos of Janine Tugonon were shared by Fab Philippines.