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
Candy del Castillo
Marah Olivan Muñoz
Sarah Margarette Joson
John dela Vega (or JDV) has also fielded ladies for Miss World Philippines 2016 – a first for him. He enlisted four beauties – three of whom may already be quite familiar to you.
There is Candy del Castillo who was Binibini 6 during Bb. Pilipinas 2016. Second in line is Marah Olivan Muñoz who participated during Mutya ng Pilipinas 2016. She is followed by Sarah Margarette Joson who was a candidate during Jewel of the Philippines 2016. And completing the four is Jan Villanueva from PBQA Season 2.
I was told that the organizers are trying to hit at least 25 Official Candidates (28 if it can be stretched to that number) with the tentative finals night date for September 25 at the Manila Hotel.
Let’s see which ones will finally step it up to complete the line-up. 😉
Jeslyn Santos for Miss United Continents 2016
Look who’s bound for Guayaquil, Ecuador this coming September. It’s Bb. Pilipinas 2016 Official Candidate Jeslyn Santos who will soon be announced as Miss United Continents Philippines 2016 on the FB page of Miss United Continents
. This is the big actualization of her search for another international pageant representation and the fruits of her patience will finally be put once more in a mission in South America. She effectively succeeds Anabel Christine Tia who was our entry in 2015.
Here’s wishing Jeslyn the best for this pageant mission! 🙂
Jeslyn during Bb. Pilipinas 2016 (Photo credit: Joy Arguil)