The year was 1993. And it had one of the most intrigue-laden candidates’ screenings in the pageant’s history ever after everyone waited for then upcoming actress Sharmaine Ruffa Gutierrez until very late to show up and be counted as an aspirant for the year’s batch of Binibinis. She eventually did and became the hot favorite to win the Bb. Pilipinas Universe crown. However, the less popular but equally competitive Dindi Gallardo was not to be denied the chance to gun for the highest title as well. The two of them were like the two frontrunners by a mile. Everyone else had to be happy competing for the Bb. Pilipinas International or Tourism crown which eventually went to the late Sheela Mae Santarin and Jenette Fernando. This was also the edition when the Bb. Pilipinas Look of the Year title was handed out to Ana Maria Gonzales.
It is not unusual in Bb. Pilipinas to have the top titleholder dethroned with another winner lesser in rank taking over her place. 1991 must have been one of the earlier years that set the stronger precedent when Anjanette Abayari was replaced (due to citizenship issues if memory serves me right) by Miss Maja Pilipinas Alou Gonzales who went on to represent us in Miss Universe won by Lupita Jones and which had singer Kuh Ledesma as one of the judges. I say stronger precedent because back in 1984, Miss Maja Pilipinas Bella Nachor represented us in Miss International when 24 year-old Catherine Jane Brummitt was turned down by the Japanese organizers due to age disqualification.
At any rate, I reckon that things would have turned out differently for our participation had Bb. Pilipinas International Patty Betita been sent instead. After all, she was almost confident of getting the Bb. Pilipinas Universe 1991 crown until a late-filing Abayari entered the picture, became Candidate No. 3 and spoiled things for her.
Yesterday afternoon, Bb. Pilipinas World 2008 Danielle Castano formally held the blessing of her self-named spa in Libis/Acropolis (in the same building as Gold’s Gym) – the Danielle Castaño Slimming and Wellness Spa – where some of her close friends, clients and media gathered to witness the officiating rites in the place.
The ribbon cutting was performed by TV5 actress Ritz Azul who is the spa’s celebrity endorser. In attendance were Bb. Pilipinas Tourism 1993 Jenette Fernando (the aunt of Danielle) , Bb. Pilipinas Universe 2008 Jennifer Barrientos and Bb. Pilipinas International 2014 Bianca Guidotti. Representatives from ABS-CBN, GMA-7 and TV5 were also spotted among the selected guests.
Now, if you’ll get to see the large billboards of the place along C-5 and SLEX, Designer Bessie Besana (photo below) created the attires with Raymond Saldaña doing the photography.Danielle Castaño Slimming and Wellness Spa offers a wide variety of reasonably-priced services to help make its clients look more beautiful, younger and sexier. The place is located at the Mezzanine of Suncrest Building Acropolis Center, 82 E Rodriguez Jr. Avenue, Bagumbayan Quezon City. Telephone numbers: (02) 477-9851 / 0905-5588501
Check out the place one of these days! Danielle will be more than happy to welcome you. You can also tell her that you discovered the spa through normannorman.com 😀