I have watched the thirty-nine (39) Bb. Pilipinas 2014 Web Interviews (I couldn’t find Vanessa Saliba’s) at least twice for each one. And while I would have preferred that the organizers focused on answerable questions instead of acting-out or singing their takes, there were still a couple who managed to render themselves well in the process of doing anything but straight-talk answers.
Here now are my twelve (12) picks, divided into top tier and 2nd tier:
My Top Tier group
If only Yvethe Santiago was asked to give out a solid reply to her question instead of reacting to a win without any audible sound coming out of her lips, then I would put her at very close striking distance to Bianca Guidotti who – in my opinion gave out one that closely hues to the videos we favorably react to during Miss Universe season. While the former is absolutely stunning and very charming during the 10-second intro, the latter has such smiling eyes coupled with small nuances that make for a more relaxed ‘thinking-on-her-feet‘ vibe – much like the Marianne I personally know even before she finally committed to joining the pageant. Her style must be to come up with an impromptu rejoinder than bother memorizing tried-and-tested lines.
And upon further review, Laura Lehmann, Kim Suiza, Shauna Curran and Kris Janson held on to their top tier ranks. Individually, they have their respective strengths that could turn into gold during crunch time.
My 2nd Tier group
I love the way MJ Lastimosa peppered her answers with such fine-tuned hand gestures and segue lines like ‘let me tell you why’. But then again, the love got lost somewhere between meeting a pre-determined time limit to explain and over-extending her praise and adoration for chocolates. She could have edited herself out while filming and the reply would come out more manageably clarified. On the other hand, I was pleasantly surprised with Leona dela Cruz who was more straightforward and succinct with hers. And the girl registers well on video, I tell you. Hannah Mariz dela Guerra still remains among my selection, although Carla Jenina Lizardo eked out an edge with the latter unleashing a more commanding delivery of herself.
Angelique also impressed me by turning all spontaneous right at the moment she realized that her question was too serious for her own crazy personality. She never went crazy, but the more personal play of thoughts came out stronger in my opinion. This is what Ja missed out on doing well in her vid. But at least, she still managed to show us a decent slice of her down-to-earth ways.
I would add two (2) more names for citation purposes. These ladies also managed to give a positive reflection of themselves inspite of being given relatively lame questions to act out/sing than think of a more convincing exhange of views. They are Krischelle KC Halili and Anabel Christine Tia.
So that makes fourteen (14) all in all. 😉
P.S. as for Hannah Sison, I want to like this girl and the way she speaks. But when she started doing a slightly disturbing rendition of that Whitney Houston song, all the love I’ve saved for her went down the drain. 😦