Last year, KF Tarlac brought us #PilotBeautyQueen Nelda Ibe who eventually won the Bb. Pilipinas Globe crown and went on to place 1st Runner-Up in The Miss Globe held in Tirana, Albania. This time around, the same group prepared an International Flight Attendant who goes by the name of Maria Samantha Celis.
Sam is no stranger to beauty pageants, especially in her province of Tarlac where she held the titles of Miss Tarlac State University 2009, Miss Teen Tarlac City 2010, Miss Tarlac City 2013 and Mutya ng Lalawigan ng Tarlac 2014. She graduated Magna cum Laude from Far Eastern University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Tourism Management. These achievements helped a lot in clinching her first job as FA in a local airline company before moving up to her current one for Saudia Airlines – something she passionately enjoys being an avid traveler.
In the public speaking department, she also had her share of the limelight in the past after having represented her university in various nationwide Academic Extemporaneous Speaking contests.
Sam is a brainy 24 year-old who stands 5’6.5” and measures 34-25-35. She will submit her Bb. Pilipinas 2018 application tomorrow – January 6 – along with some of the other #KF2018 beauties.
Now here is another Kagandahang Flores (KF) entry for Bb. Pilipinas 2018. And she is a familiar face (and person) to your blogger. After all, she is one of the endorsers of Belmeré Skin Care Centre and we have had more than a few face-to-face encounters in the recent past.
Patrizia Mariah L. Garcia – or Pat for short – is a De La Salle University graduate who now works as an Account Manager for Globe Telecoms. She stands 5’7” and is actually a morena-like beauty who can make heads turn quite easily. She has prepared long and hard for the chance to become a Binibini. And if she does qualify and starts competing, I reckon that she could be someone like last year’s 2nd Runner-Up Kristel Guelos – a surprise performer in the nationals.
Let’s see how Pat will strike you once the screenings get underway.
As promised to me by Rodgil Flores of Kagandahang Flores, I introduce you to the first of the #KF2018 ladies which the beauty camp will field for screening in next month’s start of Bb. Pilipinas.
Here we have a beauty from Bacolod who pursued and finished her Medical Studies in Cebu. And for starters, she is a Doctor of Medicine who works as Post-Graduate Intern at the Adventist Medical Center Manila.
Dear readers, meet Doc Ena.
Ena Louis L. Velasco
Vital Stats: 33-25-36 /5’9″
Highest Educational Attainment: Doctor of Medicine
Occupation: Post Graduate Intern at Adventist Medical Center Manila
Masskara Queen 2012
Miss Southwestern University 2014
Miss Mandaue 2015
How I describe myself:
I am a strong and independent woman who knows what I want in life yet humble enough to acknowledge my flaws and weaknesses with an open mind for improvement.
Why should I be the next binibining Pilipinas?
It has been my dream to help and serve others, be a holistic advocate of health far and wide specially in the far-flung areas where health seems to be neglected, and I believe that Binibining Pilipinas will be the best platform to promote that advocacy.
And also by carrying the title Binibining Pilipinas, I will try my best to be an extension of God’s hands in bringing not just healing but hope in the lives of my fellow Filipinos I touch.
I come from a simple family of five and the eldest of three children. We were raised by our grandparents during the time our parents were working abroad. We lost 11 years of our time to bond with our parents in exchange for a good future. At a very young age our grandmother, who nurtured us with love and equipped us with good morals, made us understand the reason why our parents had to leave and that was to secure our future, our education and I’m very thankful for my parents and my grandparents as well. Such experience has made me into who I am today, a vital part of my persona.
What is your greatest achievement?
By far, fulfilling my dream of becoming a doctor is one. Not because of the degree alone but by being one, I am able to find my purpose in serving others. The joy in my heart overflows whenever I see my patient’s condition improve. Most especially when they remember you for the good that you have done.
This is just the first batch of #KF2018 for BbP2018
This coming 2018, Kagandahang Flores will field a good number of trained and polished ladies who will screen for Bb. Pilipinas 2018. The photo above – showing ladies doing the mirror exercise at the KF Camp – is just the first batch of their aspirants for the nationals.
Soon, you will get to know them, see their faces and catch their names. Camp Head Rodgil Flores (shown below during his awarding as one of the Philippine Empowered Men of 2017) promised me a good sneak peek of their #KF2018 bets.
Watch out for their identities soon, dear readers!
Note: This post was uploaded with the blessings of KF’s Rodgil Flores
Now that the cat is out of the bag, there is no use pretending we don’t know what’s really happening. Above is a photo of (left to right) Miss International 2017 Kevin Lilliana, Miss Earth 2017 Karen Ibasco and Miss Grand Indonesia 2017 DEA Rizkita during their KF trainings.
There is mutual respect between Filipino and Indonesian beauty queens so we should not make it an earth-shaking (no pun intended) issue that they trained here. The latter respect our expertise in the pageant industry. And whatever they learned in our shores are not CIA-protected secrets that nobody outside the country knows. From their end, it is a kind of validation of what they already know or what they might know.
Fate also plays a big part in the mix. If they won their respective competitions abroad, then it is in their destiny to claim it.
Of course, there are other “hard-to-classify” factors nobody among us (including KF) are no longer in control of or privy to. And I won’t go discussing about matters I have no factual basis for.
The beautiful Daisha Jimenez models for Charming Charlie
Ok, let’s do the credits first for this feature which appeared in today’s issue of Inquirer Lifestyle
for the Philippine Daily Inquirer:
Photography: Jerick Sanchez
Styling: Luis Carlo San Juan
Makeup and hairstyle: Syd Helmsley
Daisha Jimenez appears in this blog post in her pictorial for the new accessories brand “Charming Charlie”. You will remember her as the young lady who was supposed to be one of the two flag-bearers (along with Rachel Peters) of beauty camp Kagandahang Flores (KF) for Bb. Pilipinas 2017. But as fate would have it, her parents’ decision on not joining the nationals prevailed. After all, she is all of 19 and still has a long & bright future ahead in pageantry. With more training and maturity, she will definitely become a stronger force to reckon with come 2018 or 2019 when she can better rock the competition.
This 5’10” lass – who many say is a deadringer for actress Liza Soberano in person – is already making heads turn even before her name broke out as a KF trainee for BBP. And I would not be surprised at all if she is pitted against the likes of Catriona Gray – who is said to be seriously mulling about joining in the next Bb. Pilipinas.
Your thoughts about Daisha in this feature, dear readers?