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.
What’s your take on the two, dear readers?
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.
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.
Watch out for Yssa!
With forty (40) Binibinis vying for only six (6) titles at stake, any pageant fan or follower would be at a loss as to how to properly distribute the wins to way less than 1/4 of them. And so, the reason why I am doing a second round of articles for the ladies is so that you will get to know them even more. After all, pageant sites/blogs should give them all the equal exposure that the big networks and publications would not go into on an individual basis.
I give you back #Binibini29 Samantha Avestruz from the Province of Leyte who always strikes me as a far more outstanding (and underrated) delegate the minute you get to spend quality minutes with her. Bb. Pilipinas is her very first national pageant, and making it as an Official Candidate in her first try is already considered a big achievement.
Here are eight (8) facts about Sam that you may not be aware of yet:
1. Graduating Student of Political Science from the University of Santo Tomas
2. Spearheaded a project in her University entitled seminART: The Role of Visual Arts in Shaping Philippine Politics
3. She was a Literary Writer and Cartoonist for her School Newspaper
4. She was an Intern at the Senate of the Philippines
5. Started modeling at the age of 13 and was Miss Teen Leyte 1st runner -up and Miss Leyte Pintados runner-up.
6. She advocates raising political and social awareness through visual arts
7. Runs a personal blog where she showcases her poetry and writing
8. Skilled in photo shop and adobe illustrator, designing brochure for NGOs and other organizations
So what do you think of Sam, dear readers?
Credits for Sam’s topmost and third photos:
Photography / Ross Paris
Creatives/ It’s all about Fashion
Styling/ Yul Avestruz
Your #Binibini38 is what other pageant fans would describe as a “silent killer”. Karen J. Gallman may look pensive and mysterious most of the time, but once you get to sit down and talk with her, a more relaxed side starts to appear. And from there, she becomes both expressive and engaging. A delightful Aussie accent adds a flavor of charm in every word that comes out of her mouth.
Karen is not the type of beauty one would fall for easily if the requirements are leaned on superficial small talks. She can be quite a skillful conversationalist if the right questions are asked.
While she may have tentative plans of traveling to London mid-2018, she may need to postpone the trip if she wins one of the Bb. Pilipinas crowns this year. What do you think, dear readers?
Pat with mom Jovita
Earlier in the day, pageant media friends and I attended the birthday lunch hosted by Belmere Skin Care Centre for its Marketing & Promotions Head Jovita Laureola (#Binibini15 during the 1987 Bb. Pilipinas edition) who also happens to be the mother of your #Binibini37 Patrizia Mariah “Pat” L. Garcia in Bb. Pilipinas 2018.
I took the opportunity to interview Pat about her ongoing journey in the nationals and how she looks at the competition. She also answered a question on whether she is ready to go full steam ahead in the fight now that the Press Presentation is nearing. Below are clips from our talk in between shots taken by Joy Arguil for normannorman.com.
How are you sizing up the life of a Binibini now that you have experienced it so far
“It’s pretty tough, Tito Norman. But I’ve been learning a lot. And I’m seeing so much improvement in my character that I want to continue pushing myself further. It’s been a big struggle since I know so little about actually being in pageants, but I think I’m keeping up and doing better po.
Do you believe that your academic and professional credentials significantly matter in the competition?
“Yes. I believe so. Beauty pageants today have evolved into showcasing ladies with not just pretty faces and nice bodies. They have become a platform for women of substance. I know that each of the girls I’m with have something to show and stories to tell. And each one of us possesses something that inspires other people. For me, being a scholastic achiever, a CPA, a teacher, a future lawyer and a beauty queen will inspire people to dream more and to strive more for those dreams.”
What can we expect from Jerelleen between now and March 18?
“Between now and March 18, expect a Jerelleen with the greater fire to win a crown. I started from nothing and throughout my journey, so far, I have seen my supporters and loved ones who have given so much for me and believed in me. It goes both ways that when I receive messages from people on how much i inspire them, I get inspired myself. This one is for all the individuals who continue to have faith in me.”