Don’t expect her to make a grand entrance like how Catriona Gray breezed through the crowds waiting outside the BPCI Office at Araneta Coliseum. Instead, just wait for her to quietly storm the screenings of Bb. Pilipinas 2018 and stamp her class amongst the remaining aspirants (as of now, only eighty ladies are left standing) for the forty (40) Binibini slots this coming Monday, January 15.
Jonas Gaffud of Aces & Queens has confirmed that Aya Abesamis – daughter of Bb. Pilipinas Universe 1984 and Miss Universe 1984 3rd Runner-Up Desiree Verdadero – has finally landed. Her application has already been submitted prior, and the interview with the BPCI legal team has already been conducted. All that is left to do is show up at the Kia Theater for the no-holds barred final selection.
Are you ready for Aya?
Watch Aya in the video below as one of the models in the Preva Promotional Clip.
courtesy of Lanz Santos
The images were intentionally blurred so as not to preempt the presentation
Team normannorman.com is so looking forward to the #AQ2018 (Aces & Queens 2018) Presentation of its Class of 2018 ladies who will screen for Bb. Pilipinas 2018. It will all happen later in the day and we will bring you highlights of the said event as soon as possible.
I have already given you some hints as to the identities of the ladies in this group. But still, I have not included more than a few names and faces that should hopefully please you, dear readers. I am just not in a position to divulge them for now. Jonas Gaffud gave me juicy details in confidence during our last chat. But you will know very soon!
Watch out! 😉
Mariel displaying her talent in Classical Singing during the formal dinner with the other candidates
Mariel hugging parents Christopher de Leon and Sandy Andolong
With her A&Q mentors
The two most important individual’s in the life of Miss Philippines Mariel de Leon are already in Tokyo, Japan to give their all-out support in her bid for the Miss International 2017 crown. Celebrity parents Christopher de Leon and Sandy Andolong were tightly hugged by their daughter upon seeing each other at Tokyo Dome Hotel. And the scene was captured in photos by my friend Voltaire Tayag.
Also in Tokyo are Aces & Queens mentors Jonas Gaffud and Nad Bronce who are so happy to see their “anak” in high spirits.
Mariel is in a very happy place right now, most especially that she was able to display her Talent in Classical Singing during the formal dinner with some VIP guests and MI organizers in attendance.
Jonas Gaffud and Pia Wurtzbach
#EmpirePhTalents all in a row
Mister International 2014 Neil Perez, Jonas Gaffud and Manhunt Philippines 2017 Daniel Azurin
Miss Philippines USA 2017 Nicole Guerrero
At the Eclipse Bar of Solaire Resort and Casino earlier, the Grand Launch of the Empire Group of Companies was held with Jonas Gaffud at the helm. This business endeavor is made up of My Hotspot TV – a digital-only channel featuring today’s most promising personalities; T.E.A.M. (The Empire Artists Management) – a showbiz-oriented company that aims to present tomorrow’s celebrities today; A&Q Studios – offshoot of the popular Aces & Queens; G.A.M.E. (Glam Artists Management & Events), an events group that brings together today’s most popular stylists and beauty experts; and Jag Studio Lifestyle, arbiter of taste and the expert on what’s in and what’s out today.
Present during the launch are the more popular talents of the group including Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach and Daniel Matsunaga, joined by the new ones like Manhunt Philippines 2017 Daniel Azurin, Miss Philippines USA 2017 Nicole Guerrero, Mister International 2014 Neil Perez, Mister Southeast Asia International 2016 Andrea Biondo, Josh Barfuss and Eduardo Castillo.
Expect #EmpirePhTalents to soar higher than ever before with the gradual spread of these entertainment outlets.
And for the pageant fans out ther, the bigger and better Aces & Queens Studios at The Fort will surely level up the excitement and anticipation in the training of our future beauty queens.
Watch out for more about #Empireph soon!
Jonas Gaffud (back to the camera) watches each of the 50 aspirants for the Aces & Queens Class of 2018
Over the weekend at the Theatre at Solaire, the fifty (50) short-listed members of the Aces & Queens Class of 2018 were given their formal orientation where the journey towards Bb. Pilipinas 2018 continues. Camp pillars Jonas Gaffud, Arnold Mercado and Atty. Nad Bronce presided over the briefing while doing their running assessment of each of the ladies who will be trained and polishes for the nationals. Senior Adviser (Direk) Jeffrey Jeturian, along with the members of the beauty camp, were also in attendance.
The important question now is how many of the fifty (50) will survive the training. Truth be told, this is also like a mini-version of Bb. Pilipinas as aspirants will be eliminated one by one en route to building the core line-up of around 15 ladies who will be officially fielded for the country’s biggest beauty search.
I will update you with developments from time to time. In the meantime, here are more photos from the said orientation.
Jonas Gaffud, Arnold Mercado and Nad Bronce presiding over the orientation
Direk Jeffrey Jeturian joined the group
50 wide-eyed wanderers looking for a crown in 2018
Members of Team Aces & Queens pose for a group shot
And Bb. Pilipinas International 2017 Mariel de Leon is off to Tokyo, Japan to represent the country in Miss International 2017. She was seem at the airport by mentor Jonas Gaffud, father Christopher de Leon, brother Gab and selected members of the media. She will aim for a back-to-back but is not totally pressured by the prospect and wants to enjoy the entire journey – this being her first trip to the Land of the Rising Sun.
Let us give our support to Mariel in her mission for the country.
As announced in the Facebook page of Manhunt International, there is a new National Director for Manhunt International in the Philippines. He is Jonas Gaffud of Mercator Model Management Inc.
From a Beauty Queen-maker, he is all set to formally enter the world of pageantry and be also called a King-maker soon.
Here’s the announcement:
Manhunt International Organization is proud to announce that the new National Director of Manhunt Philippines is Mr. Jonas A Gaffud of Mercator Model Management Inc. You may contact them at Tel:+632 8944571 or email them at email@example.com for entry details and sponsorship details for the Philippines
We wish to thank all those who applied and sent their requests for the Manhunt Philippines Licensee Thank you for all supporters of Manhunt Philippines for your well wishes.
We move on to a new era and look forward to welcome you New Manhunt Philippines 2017 in Bangkok, Thailand this November 2017.
Your thoughts, dear readers?