“Gone from our sight, but never from our hearts.”
The pageant industry is deeply saddened by the recent demise of John De La Vega.
His passing will be felt by many people.
May his heart and soul find peace and comfort. 🙏🏼
PS. John’s final days were ladened with abdominal pain and fever – Cholecystolithiases (inflammation of the Gallbladder wall) and Cholecystitis (Gallstones).
Here is an update on the Official Candidates of Miss World Philippines 2018 with their respective beauty camps – Aces & Queens with twenty (20) entries and Kagandahang Flores with fourteen (14) bets.
One (1) is identified with Galatea of Jontie Martinez – Gianna Margarita Llanes
The remaining five (5) are still classified as Independent entries for now, although I was told that John dela Vega has two (2) wards among them.
John Dela Vega
Still ongoing as I blog this entry, the Press Presentation of Jewel of the Philippines 2017 is in full swing at the Madison 101 Hotel & Tower in Quezon City. Twenty (20) Official Candidates were introduced to members of the media as they will vie for the right to represent the country in Miss United Continents 2018, Miss World Peace 2017, Miss Globe International 2017, Miss Tourism World and Miss Charity Queen International. Pageant owner John dele Vega enthusiastically presented the contenders – most of whom are fresh faces save for a few like former Binibini Sarah Jireh Asido, Miss Tourism Philippines Visayas 2016 Karen Grace Atienza and former Miss Global Philippines 2017 candidate Andrea Delgado.
Achelle Joy Medrano was voted Darling of the Press during the proceedings. She was followed by Sarah Asido and Andrea Delgado.
The twenty Official Candidates are:
1. Jennifer Daguro
2. Maria Gianna Margarita Llanes
3. Czarina Totanes
4. Andrea Delgado
5. Kristine Somera
6. Michelle Carcido
7. Achelle Joy Medrano
8. Kirsten Einna Lister
9. Sarah Jireh Asido
10. Mary Rose Cajayon
11. Mary Grace Tautuan
12. Cyrhill Renn Querejero
13. Kayla Fajardo
14. Gina Faye Belmonte
15. Rhejeam Julienne Duran
16. Karen Grace Atienza
17. Ana Rose Tee
18. Kimberly Joy Asetre
19. Geraldine Dorepes
20. Trixia Anne Flores
Sarah Jireh Asido – easily the most recognizable candidate among the 20
Finals night will be held on October 7 at the UP GT Toyota Auditorium for the national competition that Philippine Culture through Education, possibly the only “Cultural Pageant” in the country right now as the candidates will undergo a battery of culture-related seminars to better equip them with the right knowledge and exposure to its advocacy.
Natasha Angela Lim Manuel for Miss ASEAN 2017
Introducing the first of two Philippine representatives (courtesy of John dela Vega
) for the Miss ASEAN 2017 to be held in Vietnam middle of this month till the 1st of July. She is Jewel of the Philippines 2016 titleholder Natasha Angela Lim Manuel, who is 21 years old, stands 5’8″ and currently employed with one of the country’s biggest commercial banks.
Here’s the pitch:
JEWEL OF THE PHILIPPINES 2016, Natasha Angela Lim Manuel is set to represent the Philippines at the MISS ASEAN PAGEANT 2017 to be held in Vietnam from June 14- July 1, 2017.
The 2017 edition of the Miss ASEAN Pageant is in celebration of the 50 golden years of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations. Vietnam is also hosting this year’s ASEAN Youth Festival, a grand event where the Ms ASEAN candidates will also be part of.
A total of 30 delegates (3 delegates per asean country) will vie for the crown to be held at Sao Mai Theatre, Tuy Hoa City, Phu Yen, Vietnam on July 1, 2017.
Good luck in Vietnam, Natasha!
John dela Vega will field in five girls for Bb. Pilipinas 2017
During the photoshoot of the ladies
You cannot put a good man down that easily, especially not if he is someone like John dela Vega. His beauty camp – JDV Girls – is in the thick of preparing five (5) beautiful ladies scheduled for filing of application with Bb. Pilipinas 2017. And trust the guy to come up with a relatively tall line-up as he has always been known to have in the past. Remember the likes of Merry Joy Respicio and Valiry Vispo who stand in the 5’10”-5’11” height range?
Anyways, more than a few pageant watchers may tend to belittle JDV’s efforts to come up with his own brand of beauty queens for the nationals. You really need to give him credit where it is due. This is true labor of love, an unending passion if you will. And with the common vision to give the Philippines world-class beauties for global pageantry, all camps deserve a salute.
Best of luck to all JDV Girls for Bb. Pilipinas 2017! 🙂
During the Q&A training of the ladies
January 15 is Vigan Day for the 65th Miss Universe
Three camps, one Universe
This coming weekend – or January 15 to be exact – all roads will lead to Plaza Burgos in Vigan, Ilocos Sur where the 65th Miss Universe Cultural Terno Show will be unveiled starting at 7pm. What makes this event more interesting is the fact that three of the main key persons running the activity represent three different beauty camps in the Philippines – Arnold Mercado from Aces & Queens for the MU organizers, Rodgil Flores of Kagandahang Flores as the Director and John dela Vega of JDV as Creative Director.
Twenty three (23) Fashion Designers have been tasked to dress up twenty (20) of the contestants plus the three (3) hosts. And the city is really pulling out all stops to make this one grand feast for the eyes.
If you are in Ilocos Sur this weekend, make sure that you watch the gathering of beauties!
PS. Keep in mind the “no-selfie” policy that will be strictly enforced to everyone! 😉
Jean is Taizhou-bound for Miss City Tourism 2017
Jean Lacsina Tumang by Andy Cayna of Sash Factor
Jean Lacsina Tumang was crowned Miss Model of the Universe Philippines 2016 during Miss Tourism Philippines earlier this year. But due to some unexpected turn of events regarding the international competition where she is supposed to compete in, Miss Model of the Universe is not pushing through.
And so, her mentor John dela Vega was fortunate enough to get the franchise for Miss City Tourism 2017 which will happen in Taizhou, China from December 27, 2016-January 19, 2017. He appointed Jean to be the Philippine representative to the same.
And tomorrow, Jean is scheduled to fly to the host city with the aim of becoming the winner of Miss City Tourism. Our best wishes to this tall and lovely lass who deserves to wear the Philippine sash abroad. 🙂
Good luck in Miss City Tourism, Jean!
October 19 was like Jeslyn Santos day in the Province of Bulacan as the newly-crowned Miss United Continents 2016 was given her well-deserved hero’s welcome and motorcade that started from the Bulacan Provincial Capitol including alma mater Bulacan State University and worked its way to the Municipality of Paombong en route to the final stop – the Municipality of Hagonoy – where our Pride was born and raised.
Jeslyn was met by Bulacan Governor Willy Sy Alvarado and Vice-Governor Daniel Fernando before the motorcade started. Then it was a big parade that reached a feverish pitch the minute the float arrived in Hagonoy where Mayor Amboy Manlapaz greeted her and gave a big reception attended by many local officials, loved ones and friends. Here are more photos from the whole day affair courtesy of the Municipality of Hagonoy.
At the Hagonoy Mayor’s Office
With Hagonoy Mayor Amboy Manlapaz
At the Office of Bulacan Governor Willy Sy Alvarado
JDV, Jeslyn and Bulacan Vice-Governor Daniel Fernando
! This is such a life-changing event for Jeslyn and life will only get brighter with more opportunities and projects in the weeks and months to come.
Congratulations once more, Miss United Continents 2016! 😀
The Return of Miss United Continents 2016 Jeslyn Santos
A close-up of the crown
With John dela Vega
Fresh from her successful conquest of the crown in Guayaquil, Ecuador, Miss United Continents 2016 Jeslyn Santos returned home to Manila amidst the warm reception given by friends and supporters plus selected members of the media. The 23 year-old Bulakenya
was visibly elated by the rousing welcome she received and was even game enough to repeat the answer she gave during the finals in Spanish (watch below).
Jeslyn will donate part of her cash winnings to Red Cross, as she herself stated. And aside from this arrival presscon, a separate Victory Party will be hosted on her behalf this coming October 1.
From all of us here at normannorman.com, let me congratulate you once more for a job well done.
Mabuhay ka, Jeslyn! 😀
Jeslyn in her Lemuel Rosos Natcos (Photo credit: Lito Caleon)
Photo credit: Lito Caleon for Fabmanilaph
Photo credit: Lito Caleon
Today, Miss United Continents Philippines 2016 Jeslyn Santos will be departing for Guayaquil, Ecuador (via Amsterdam) to represent the country in the Miss United Continents 2016 which will have its finals on September 24.
Jeslyn – my kababayan from Hagonoy, Bulacan – will have her hands full once she arrives in the Ecuadorian capital. She needs to compete well and exceed the Top 10 placement of her predecessor Anabel Christine Tia last year. But our girl is ready. She’s got all bases covered as you can read in excerpts from John dela Vega’s Press Release below:
“…To prepare for the competition, Jeslyn studied Spanish culture and language. She also underwent intensive physical training with Gold’s Gym under the supervision of Fitness Guru Mr. Angelo Mendez. For her pasarela projection, beauty queen-maker and trainer Mr. John Dela Vega who is also the National Director mand franchise holder of Miss United Continents left nothing untouched.
“Polishing and perfecting everything from head to foot was the goal and I’m happy with the result. She has an even stronger walk and gait this time. I’m confident she’ll make us proud”, says John. The entire team assembled an impeccable wardrobe for her with the help of stylist Domz Ramos and pageant trainer Jojo Mangalino. Designers Cathy Capistrano, North Paril Ortiz and Lou Vella are providing her gowns while her casual and cocktail outfits are from Julius Jaguio of Pegarro Clothing, accents by Cathy Mora Caspistrano and Alfie Jolo Desamparado. her “sinulog” national costume inspired by the country’s national flower Sampaguita and South Sea Peals is designed by Cebu based designer Lemuel Rosos.”
Best of luck, Jeslyn! Do us proud!
Jeslyn with JDV and family/supporters