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.
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?
Hi! Norman here. When I'm not working, I spend most of my free time planning on daily blogs. If you will notice, I always make sure that a fresh topic comes out everyday - not an easy thing to do but it's all good. Thanks for dropping by and enjoy the visit!
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