Was it the final Q&A delivered in Spanish that convinced the judges to crown a Filipina last 2016 as Miss United Continents or Miss Continentes Unidos? Or did Jeslyn Santos present herself most consistently all throughout the competition? I believe it was destiny and all of the above. To actually participate in a Latina-dominated pageant in Guayaquil, Ecuador can already pose a big challenge for any Miss Filipinas. But just like Teresita Ssen Marquez who proved unstoppable in Bolivia on her way to the Reina Hispanoamericana title a year after, this lovely Bulakenya defied all odds and rose to the occasion to become the first Filipina winner of the title. Below are highlights of her performance in the finals.
Jeslyn paid her pageant dues with much hardwork and patience from the very first time that mentor John dela Vega started fielding her in Bb. Pilipinas. They also joined forces for the country’s participation in Miss World Peace 2015 held in Hong Kong. And unbeknownst to the two of them, it would still be their unbreakable duo that will pave the way for the trip to Ecuador for the international pageant. Miss United Continents is one pageant franchise that the latter firmly held on through the years.
What a glorious achievement indeed for this lady whose roots are from the same municipality your blogger comes from – Hagonoy.
Jeslyn flanked by her mentor John dela Vega (left) and now Bulacan Governor Daniel Fernando
The crowns of Miss Supranational (top) and Miss Grand International
Miss Supranational (which started in 2009) and Miss Grand International (which had its inaugural pageant last 2013) are – in comparison – the two youngest international beauty competitions that have been recognized by many. Nationally, these two franchises have been picked up by BPCI. And from the time they became part of the titles at stake in Bb. Pilipinas, their relative popularity soon followed.
The Philippines did not participate during the first and second stagings of Miss Supranational. It was only during the third outing when a Filipina representative – Lourenz Grace Remetillo – was part of the roster, albeit with less funfare or media mileage. But when BPCI started to field delegates in 2012, the blossoming partnership began with Elaine Kay Moll placing 3rd Runner-Up. It got even better the following year when Mutya Datul was crowned winner. From there, all the Bb. Pilipinas Supranational titleholders went to Central/Eastern Europe and placed either in the Top 10 or Top 20/25 in alternating fashion – from 2014 to 2019. Quite a respectable record, I must add.
2011 unplaced Lourenz Grace Remetillo
2012 Third Runner-Up – Elaine Kay Moll
2013 Winner – Mutya Johanna Datul
2014 Top 20 – Yvethe Santiago
2015 Top 20 – Rogelie Catacutan
2016 Top 25 – Joanna Eden
2017 Top 10 – Chanel Olive Thomas
2018 Top 10 – Jehza Mae Huelar
2019 Top 25 – Resham Ramirez Saeed
Below is a video of the full show in Minsk, Belarus when our very own Mutya Johanna Datul was crowned Miss Supranational 2013 – the first Filipina and first Asian to achieve the honor.
Miss Grand International
The Philippines’ relationship with Miss Grand International can be compared to a “love-hate” affair of sorts. We all know that its first two editions were still under John dela Vega who was able to prepare Ali Forbes all the way to a very good finish during the inaugural edition. It was only in 2015 when BPCI sent its first appointed delegate in the person of Parul Shah who placed 3rd Runner-Up. That started Top 5 placements that would stretch to 2016 with Nicole Cordoves getting 1st Runner-Up and 2017 when Elizabeth Clenci sustained a 2nd Runner-Up finish. After that, something turned sweetly sour. In the process, the missions of both Eva Psychee Patalinjug and Samantha Ashley Lo can be considered fleeting to say the least. But to be fair, our participation last year was saddled with a number of controversies that cannot be directly blamed to pageant owner Nawatt Itsiragrisil.
2013 3rd Runner-Up Ali Forbes
2014 unplaced Kimberly Karlsson
2015 3rd Runner-Up Parul Shah
2016 1st Runner-Up Nicole Cordoves
2017 2nd Runner-Up Elizabeth Clenci
2018 unplaced Eva Patalinjug
2019 unplaced Samantha Lo
Below is a video of our best performance courtesy of Nicole Cordoves who placed 1st Runner-Up during the 2016 edition held in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
How about you, dear readers? What are your personal assessments of our participation in both pageants?
This is the moment that Sarah Jireh Cruz Asido of Bulacan has been looking forward to for the longest – the opportunity to represent the country in the international pageant stage. And as Jewel of the Philippines | Miss United Continents Philippines 2018, she will be departing on September 7 for Guayaquil, Ecuador where this year’s edition of Miss United Continents will be hosted from September 8-22.
The Port City is getting ready to receive the candidates for the Miss United Candidates.
The representatives of the countries will arrive soon in Guayaquil City this September 8 and They are going to visit different touristic locations of Ecuador, getting prepared for the Final Contest on September 22 in the Conventions Center of Guayaquil.
Everything is all set for Sarah as her mentor John dela Vega has painstakingly built her daily wardrobe and accessories and trained her in pasarela plus Miguel West who guided her on how to get away with the best amount of conversational Spanish that will serve the purpose of impressing the hosts, fellow delegates and the locals.
Will she be able to follow the footsteps of another Bulakenya – Jeslyn Santos – who was the Philippines’ first big winner in the said pageant? We’ll see!
Best of luck, Sarah!
Stylist for the photos above: EJM Styling by Emman John Mondia
Patrizia Bosco during the Mutya ng Pilipinas 2014 screening and with mentor John de la Vega (top right photo).
John de la Vega’s reason for entering Patrizia with Mutya ng Pilipinas 2014
Patrizia (right) with Renee Salud of Mutya ng Pilipinas
And so it has come to pass.
Patrizia Lucia Bosco registered and screened for Mutya ng Pilipinas 2014 instead of Miss World Philippines 2014. And John de la Vega came with his whole team to show full support to the House of JDV’s stand-out entry to the beauty contest.
Cory Quirino’s loss is Renee Saud’s gain. And if all original plans are to be followed, the 5’9″ Patrizia will be representing the Filipino Community of Italy in the national finals. And chances are that this Fil-Italian looker can go for the big titles more than just the Overseas Communities sash exclusive for imported delegates.
Let’s see if John will have a major winner in Mutya ng Pilipinas 2014. 🙂
Mark the date. June 28, 2014 – that’s next Saturday.
The 1st Callback Screening for Miss Grand Philippines 2014 will happen at The Hub@Kilometer Zero Bar & Cafe from 1:00PM-onwards.
For those who have already submitted their application forms online and directly contacted by the screening committee, this will be your chance to take part in the inaugural search that will see the winner representing our country in the prestigious Miss Grand International 2014 to be held in Bangkok, Thailand come October.
Make sure that you have all the documentary requirements on hand, plus the prescribed attires to bring. And put your best foot forward!
Be the country's representative to Miss Grand International 2014!
On August 16, this is where the inaugural search for Miss Grand Philippines 2014 will culminate.
John de la Vega wanted a pageant venue that gave the best balance of space (size), control and relative intimacy for the finals night of the inaugural search for Miss Grand Philippines 2014. And he found everything that he needed at the GT-Toyota Asian Cultural Center inside the UP Diliman campus. While the auditorium can only seat a maximum of five hundred (500) guests, it was enough to make the culminating event grand enough without spending an arm and a leg in logistics that could shoot expenses beyond budget.
Exterior of the venue from Magsaysay Ave.
Keep up the good work in covering all bases and insuring the success of Miss Grand Philippines 2014, JDV! 😉
And just to refresh your mind on the application for the contest (with a June 25 deadline), please refer to the image below.
And so, the sisterhood of national beauty pageants in the country has increased in number with the formal entry of the upcoming inaugural search for Miss Grand Philippines 2014. This will serve as a prelude to finding out who will represent the Philippines in the 2nd edition of Miss Grand International 2014 scheduled in Bangkok, Thailand later in the year.
Franchise owner and beauty queen-maker John de la Vega has started to pool all his resources to make this beauty competition a successful one. And by the early looks of it, he appears to be headed for an excellent staging with all the sponsorships he has been getting so far.
Screenings and announcement of official candidates will happen starting June, with pre-pageant activities getting underway come July leading to a scheduled finals night by August. Ali Forbes, who placed 3rd Runner-Up in MGI2013, will crown the winner.
Looks like we’ll be busy following more than two beauty contests in the coming months. Aside from Miss Grand Philippines, there will be Miss World Philippines and Mutya ng Pilipinas to keep us on our toes. 😉
P.S. If you want to know more about Miss Grand Philippines 2014, visit and like their Facebook page.
I just want to sit, rest from speed-blogging for awhile and post a feature on the three individuals who churn out beautiful Filipinas for all of us year in and year out. True, they may have their respective team experts who focus on the more detailed aspects of training, transforming and polishing the ladies. But in the end, their leadership stands out as the glue that unifies the camp – the driving force that inspires members to set aside a good chunk of free time from individual jobs to pour out their talents without expecting much by way of compensation.
Jonas Gaffud of Aces & Queens, Rodgil Flores of Kagandahang Flores and John de la Vega of Team JDV – while rivals in Philippine pageantry – share the same mission: to look for the most promising (and good-looking) Filipinas out there, bring out the best in each one of them and have them groomed for the numerous beauty pageants in the country.
It ain’t easy. The labor of love can even be thankless and intrigue-laden from time to time. But the fulfillment in seeing diamonds in the rough turn into gems of distinction is more than enough to make them shrug off the stressful days and nights. What’s more, the mere witnessing of the crowning of a small handful is an experience they will not exchange for anything in the world.
Jonas, Rodgil and John may have earned different levels of success in what they do. But we must look at them as titleholders of equal importance, much like the crowns of Bb. Pilipinas International, Bb. Pilipinas Universe and Bb. Pilipinas World during the time when all three honors were still housed under the same organization.
Thank you may not be enough. So I say, “Thank you very much!” for leading the way. 🙂
Our Miss Universe three-peat Queens (L-R): Venus Raj, Janine Tugonon and Shamcey Supsup. Shot inside the palatial abode of Madame Stella Marquez de Araneta.
2010, 2011 and 2012 are three of the most colorful and significant years of Philippine participation in the Miss Universe Pageant. It also adds extra glitter that everything came one after the other. But what does it really mean to the three beauty camps – Aces & Queens, Kagandahang Flores and Team JDV? A tiara-ful of iron-clad pressure, that’s what! Which leads me into thinking…..is Jonas Gaffud genuinely excited about getting the Miss Universe-Philippines crown for one of his wards and be continuously expected to come up with a Miss Universe four-peat? Or will his nerves of steel succumb to the extraordinary stress it will bring?
On the other side of the coin, is Rodgil Flores battle-prepared to make a Miss Universe comeback (Bianca Manalo was his last protégé to take part in Donald Trump’s roadshow) in a time when the country’s anticipations are sky-high?
Or is John dela Vega raring to debut one of his girls in the greatest beauty pageant in the Universe? Although he is still technically the original man behind Janine Tugonon when she joined the first time, there is something entirely different with guiding a girl from start to the absolute finish.
Whoever among them ends up celebrating with the top winner of Bb. Pilipinas 2013 will require a most magnanimous spirit as he will be faced with such an intense mission ahead. And as the applied saying goes, “three heads are better than one” so it is best to collectively pool their efforts for a possible record-setting Top 5 MU placement. 😉
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