Last night during dinner (and after the Miss World Philippines 2019 Final Screening, I bumped into Rodgil Flores of Kagandahang Flores. I wasted no time in asking him about the supposed “collaboration” in the training and preparations of Miss Universe Philippines 2019 Gazini Ganados for Miss Universe 2019.
“I want to call it more as cooperation rather than collaboration.” said Tito Rodgil
“Actually, Gazini has already been training with us ever since she won the title. And with her upcoming stint in Miss Universe for the Philippines, it was just right to cooperate and make sure that she will be more than 100% ready for the back-to-back challenge. I am planning to have a private audience with BPCI about the set-up. If our busy schedule permits, I might also meet with Jonas Gaffud to see what inputs he has. This is all for the Philippines.”
Allow me to share a documentary by Raphael Bosano shown on ABSCBN in the late night #NoFilter. It is about the journey of an aspiring beauty queen from scratch until her training at KF. Gezza Avila, newly-crowned Miss Universal Ambassadress Philippines 2019, was featured in the same, along with Rodgil Flores.
Is it just me or is the rivalry of beauty camps not as pronounced in this year’s edition of Bb. Pilipinas compared to the past number of years? Truth be told, it was only now in the homestretch of the competition that I am blogging about this subject matter when it was usually just a day or two of the announcement of Official Candidates that I would do so.
There are those who quip that beauty camps are divisive. But in a pageant-crazy nation like the Philippines, they are already embedded in the fabric of national beauty pageants. They are the crucial support system of the ladies in all the preparations, just as much as being the source of moral and emotional guidance as secondary parents of sorts. I believe that they are here to stay for good.
And then there are the brave Independents who weathered the ups and downs of the journey since Day 1. They have their allies here and there, but nothing that would equate to strength in numbers.
In tomorrow night’s Grand Coronation, expect the camp wars to still be felt, but not to stormy proportions. After all, half of the indies are still in the thick of the fight as front-runners. And if the breaks come their way, I won’t be surprised if they can successfully follow Catriona’s trail in 2018 when she decided to go through the entire thing as one.
Just to formalize now, below are the photo grids of the Binibinis from Kagandahang Flores (KF) Camp and Team Aces&Queens, plus the quartet of Independents in Bb. Pilipinas 2019.
As it is right now, the raging battle in Miss World Philippines is shaping up to be a toss between the flag-bearers of the two beauty camps – Katarina Rodriguez for Aces & Queens and Alyssa Muhlach Alvarez for Kagandahang Flores.
Both ladies are strongly stepping it up in the competition. They performed excellently during the Beach Beauty/Swimsuit Competition in El Nido, Palawan where they made it to the Top 7 Finalists in the challenge. And where the singer in Alyssa proved mightier in Talent (she is one of the 7 Finalists), Katarina scored it even by making it to the Sports Challenge activity.
Alyssa and Katarina (3rd and 5th from left) during the announcement of the Swimsuit Competition Top 7
The entire Blue Team won and each member made it as Finalists for the Sports Challenge
Both Katarina and Alyssa are dead serious in winning the highest crown. But only one will prevail in the end, and the other with a title that won’t be as prestigious as the one for Miss World.
Now comes Micaella Alyssa Muhlach Alvarez who was one of the attention-grabbing aspirants during yesterday’s Miss World Philippines 2018 screening. Her face is hard to miss, especially that kibitzers would take interest in the beautiful daughter of actress Almira Muhlach and former PBA cager Paul Alvarez, plus niece of popular actor Aga Muhlach.
But more than the instant showbiz/celebrity connection, this lady has already started making a niche for herself in the entertainment industry as an acoustic singer who has a Gold Record Award to her name and a nomination during the 24th Awit Awards for Best Performance by a New Female Recording Artist with her song “Solo”.
She has entered a world not entirely different to where she came from. The on-cam demands are different, though. And this 22 year-old – trained by KF – is all set to be glammed up for a national crown.
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