The hosting of the 47th Miss Intercontinental in the Philippines from January 9-26, 2019 is already a sealed deal with the finals scheduled to take place at the Mall of Asia Arena. And as Bb. Pilipinas Intercontinental 2018, Karen Gallman has the double assignment of being a most gracious and hospitable host delegate as well as winning the country’s first-ever crown in the said competition. It is not an easy task honestly, but neither is it a tall order the way I see it.
A hometown decision is always met with resistance by all other participating countries. But our representative is dead serious in claiming the victory that has been “robbed” from us at least twice. The 2nd Runner-Up finish of Kris Tiffany Janson last 2015 was a close call and we know the controversy surrounding the results at the time. The 1st Runner-Up placement of Christi McGarry last 2016 should have already earned for us the much-awaited win. And the identical rank of Katarina Rodriguez last January in Egypt was such a major source of complaint from Filipino pageant fans who could not accept the decision. That was supposed to be our big moment finally.
So here comes the Philippines hosting Miss Intercontinental for the first time. Will we finally get the well-deserved #1 position?
What do you think, dear readers?
Since Missosology already made an official post about the 47th Miss Intercontinental to be hosted in the country come January, 2019, the question in the mind of some pageant followers is this: will the chance of Bb. Pilipinas Intercontinental 2018 Karen Gallman winning the crown be lessened because of this development? We are tired of being perennial runners-up in the competition. And as Host Delegate, Karen might end up getting the same placement like that of Katarina Rodriguez or Christi McGarry or Kris Tiffany Janson.
Your thoughts, dear readers?
Ena, Jehza and Karen for Bb. Pilipinas Intercontinental 2018?
Bb. Pilipinas Intercontinental isn’t exactly the crowd-pleaser of a crown compared to the other titles being handed out in the nationals. Perhaps, the 1st Runner-Up placement of Katarina Rodriguez last January is still fresh in the memory of Filipino pageant fans and how we all felt “cheated” in a way for not getting the title that our bet rightfully deserved. Or collectively as well, the pageant doesn’t get a resounding round of applause from us because the organizers have always been giving us runner-up placements at best, but never a #1 finish.
Be that as it may, Bb. Pilipinas Intercontinental is still up for grabs, and it is possible that the three Binibinis below are being queued for the honor of succeeding Katja:
#Binibini23 Ena Louis Velasco gets mixed reactions from almost every corner. It’s either they don’t like the over-all look and appeal she gives out, or the fact that being a Medical Doctor is giving her the kind of advantage that no other candidate can come forward with. And getting into the good grace of BPCI in the process. In fairness to this Bacolod lass-by-way-of-Cebu, she is competing with marked consistency in person. While this may not translate to what you are looking for in photos, then we will all know on March 18 if her diligent efforts will not be put to waste.
#Binibini31 Jehza Mae Huelar is on her 3rd and final try for a crown. Some observers are noting that she gets into that intermittent lackluster mode from time to time. But don’t get her wrong. She is dead-set in making her curtain call in the nationals her best one yet.
And then there is Karen Gallman, another comeback beauty. She with the face that reminds you of a couple of Hollywood actresses. And she doesn’t stop at just having the advantage of having gorgeousness written all over her external facade. Her height may be middling, but she goes full steam ahead in other departments. Just like Jehza, it’s title or bust in this – her second wind in BBP.
So where do you stand among the three? Team Ena, Team Jehza or Team Karen?
Prior to the actual National Costume Presentation of Bb. Pilipinas 2018, the forty (40) Binibinis walked the stage in Jag Jeans and showed their fiercer and sexier side while showing off their curves in the latest collection of the denim brand. Reigning titleholders Rachel Peters, Mariel de Leon, Chanel Olive Thomas, Elizabeth Clenci, Nelda Ibe and Katarina Rodriguez led the group. Here are some photos from the said segment of the fashion show held last Saturday night.
Bb. Pilipinas Intercontinental 2017 and Miss Intercontinental 2017 1st Runner-Up Katarina Rodriguez is back in the Philippines. And boy, did she really enjoy the extended stay in Egypt. The time allowed her to process all the events leading to the finals night of her pageant. Yes, she gained weight. But she can lose the same in time for the Bb. Pilipinas 2018 Finals on March 18 for sure.
Welcome home, Katja!
I am posting the message (verbatim) of Bb. Pilipinas Intercontinental 2017 and now Miss Intercontinental 1017 1st Runner-Up Katarina Rodriguez about how her participation in the said competition changed her life dramatically.
Here is the EXACT moment where I turned FULLY into a woman. Congratulations to Miss Mexico @veritosalasvallejo the new Miss Intercontinental 2017! You are a vision, truly. I came to Egypt for one thing and one thing only: the Miss Intercontinental crown. This crown to me represented my becoming a real woman. Myself, and DOZENS of people behind me dedicated so much time and effort to ensure I would win. I cannot say I would have done anything differently because I was very aware from the moment I stepped into the NAIA airport of every action and word I produced. I can tell you that after rewatching the coronation last night I can confidently say I was FLAWLESS. Never had I been more ready for anything in my life. I had hundreds of thousands of people right behind me and each of you were the gas to my fire. It was not about me anymore it was about YOU.
Here is the thing though, a queen does not necessarily have to be flawless. The Intercontinental crown did fall off Miss Mexico’s head when she was crowned and YES, I did have to pick it up and hand it to her. How could I not say it was such a painful thing for me to do? But when giving the crown to her I swear to you there was this energy that went through her and straight to me and this is where I knew I am no longer a child but a woman. Seeing her beautiful face while handing it back to her, well, I felt PROUD for her, and no pain at all. It was the lightest feeling I have felt in weeks. That crown was never mine and somehow always her’s. I don’t want to read any comments talking superstitions or anything hurtful especially from my Filipinos. Vero is a queen and she is MY queen, MY Miss Intercontinental 2017. She is a sweetheart and very much deserving. She taught me grace by her energy and warmth in a matter of seconds and only a true queen could empower another woman in such a manner. Let us keep that grace Philippines, for this is only the beginning. Viva Mexico, Viva Pilipinas.
Miss Intercontinental 2017 Veronica Salas of Mexico
The Top 3
Veronica Salas Vallejo of Mexico is the new Miss Intercontinental after she defeated 64 other contenders for the title. Our very own Katarina Rodriguez is 1st Runner-Up, with Cathelijne Heppenhuis of the Netherlands getting 2nd Runner-Up. All three ladies were also awarded as the best in their respective continents.
Watch a video of their post-Coronation interview as (a teary-eyed) Miss Philippines Katarina Rodriguez expressed her #real feelings about placing so heartbreakingly close to becoming the country’s first winner in the competition. You would really wonder why she was specifically asked to speak in Filipino – perhaps to express her true sentiments? (Her placement brings back memories of 2015 when Christi McGarry also finished 1st Runner-Up in the same pageant).
Now watch how Katarina nailed the Q&A