Who will Ali Forbes crown tomorrow night? (Photo credit: JR Noses)
Tomorrow night at the GT-Toyota Asian Cultural Center in Diliman, Miss Grand Philippines 2014 will be crowned by last year’s Ali Forbes. The winner will also have one month to prepare before leaving for Bangkok to join the other delegates who will take part in Miss Grand International 2014.
With nineteen (19) hopefuls, I opted to just come up with a Top 5 forecast instead of a Top 10 which will leave only nine of them un-mentioned. And it comes as no surprise that the ladies I have been eyeing on from the start have maintained the momentum until the tail-end of pre-pageant activities.
And so, my top choice is Kimberly Karlsson, the Fil-Swedish Equestrian from Oriental Mindoro.
My #1 Pick: Kimberly Karlsson (Photo credit: Edmund Chua for OPMB Worldwide)
My #2 Pick: Rosevemme Marie Fajardo (Photo credit: Edmund Chua/OPMB Worldwide)
My #3 Pick: Mary Theresa Erna Gomez (Photo credit: Edmund Chua/OPMB Worldwide)
There is no question that Kimberly is the most prepared and polished among them. While that may not be saying much by way of comparison, it still shows in the way she walks, projects and styles herself. It also helps that her communication skills are better than reliable.
Now if the organizers only had the luxury of time to intensively transform their winner, then my second pick would be a nice fit. #7 Rosevemme Marie Fajardo of Surigao del Sur definitely has the pretty face (that won’t go unnoticed in Bangkok if ever) and potential to bloom into a strong contender. But at this point, she still needs loads of sharpening and improvement to upgrade the budding strenghts inherent in this Erich Gonzales deadringer. The rawness is unmistakeable, but not impossible to work on.
My #4 and #5 Picks are: Kathleen Matillano (left) and Jean Marie Feliciano, respectively (Photo credit: Edmund Chua/OPMB Worldwide)
The same applies to the third-in-line among my choices. #15 Mary Theresa Erna Gomez – the ballerina from Tarlac – has all the important basics laid down strong for initial consideration. While she may possess a middling height, her brightly-lit face shines everytime she takes her spot onstage. She also speaks with confidence. But with barely thirty days to make an improved competitor out of the titleholder, she might still need at least an extra month to get her in good international stead.
Now for my 4th and 5th picks, height is might. #10 Kathleen Matillano of Bacolod City and #11 Jean Marie Feliciano of La Union are both standing in the 5’9″ range. But it doesn’t just stop there. They possess their own unique charms, even if facial features do not have an instant grab to the more discerning pageant armchair judge.
There are at least three other delegates (Edlean Sierra, Hyra Desiree Betito and Kristine Lozano) who have the chance to register well, but I am sticking it out with the quintet above. They are the ones I can visualize as the successor of Ali Forbes.
Good luck, ladies! 😀