This blog entry will read like a throwback within a throwback. Just like Binibining Pilipinas, Mutya ng Pilipinas has already reached its Golden Anniversary last 2018 – fairly more recent but still full of pride and glory. For a national pageant to successfully make it through five decades is an achievement that stood the test of time. And its long list of titleholders and international winners gave their share to the country’s performance record in other beauty competitions – prime of which were Miss Asia Quest-turned- Miss Asia Pacific Quest-turned-Miss Asia Pacific International, Miss Tourism International and during selected periods – Miss World, Miss Intercontinental, Miss Tourism Queen of the Year International, Miss Tourism Metropolitan International, Queen of Clubs International and Best Model of the World.
Can you still remember the less popular, but equally beautiful theme song of Mutya ng Pilipinas? Click below so you can listen to it while looking back at fifty (50) glorious years of the second-oldest national pageant in the country.
Some of its pageant-victorious pageant alumni include:
Miss Asia Quest 1982 Carines Zaragoza
Miss Asia Quest 1983 Gloria “Bong” Dimayacyac
Miss Asia Pacific Quest 1989 Lorna Legaspi
Miss Asia Pacific Quest 1993 Michelle Aldana
Miss Asia Pacific International 2018 Sharifa Akeel
Miss Tourism International 2000 Esperanza Manzano
Miss Tourism International 2012 Rizzini Gomez
Miss Tourism International 2013 Angeli Dione Gomez
Miss Tourism International 2017 Jannie Alipoon
Miss Tourism International 2019 Cyrille Payumo
Miss Tourism Queen of the Year International 1999 Racquel Uy
Miss Tourism Queen of the Year International 2015 Leren Mae Bautista
Miss Tourism Metropolitan International 2014 Glennifer Perido
Queen of the Year 1996 Sherylle Santarin
Miss Tourism Cosmopolitan International 2010 Barbara Salvador
with notable placements in Miss World and Miss Intercontinental courtesy of Sarah Jane Areza, Sherry Rose Byrne and Koreen Medina.
Below is a video made especially for Mutya Gold which featured stories of some of its past titleholders and how being a Mutya made them forever Queens.
And just to complete the throwback, allow me to share the grand opening number and crowning moments of the 50th Mutya ng Pilipinas held at the Mall of Asia Arena last September, 2018. This was a monumental effort spearheaded by then President Hemilyn Escudero-Tamayo (right photo with Joy Arguil and I) who pulled out all the stops to make the production her farewell legacy for the pageant institution.
Don’t look now, but the young lady some people are egging on to join Bb. Pilipinas 2018 is currently in Saipan, Northern Mariana Islands representing the country in The 11th Asian International Supermodel Contest which will have its finals tomorrow.
GMA-7 Contract Artist Klea Pineda – a tall looker at 1.77m – is hoping that the competition will open more opportunities for international modelling. There was supposed to be another Filipina competing there – Koreen Medina – but passport problems prevented the latter from going abroad.
Looks like the Philippine spotlight will remain solely on Klea. Let’s hope she does well so that she can be further encouraged to give the nationals a try – if not 2018, then 2019 perhaps?
Klea (2nd from right) with some of her fellow candidates
courtesy of Pageant Guru
Ekaterina Plekhova of Russia won Miss Intercontinental 2013 also in Magdeburg, Germany.
The Miss Intercontinental crown called Oriental Holy Water valued at ¥3M
Almost a year ago today (December 14, 2013
), in the same country and city (plus the same hotel venue
), Miss Intercontinental 2013 was elected. On the head of Russia’s Ekaterina Plekhova was placed the crown (Oriental Holy Water
) that organizers are claiming as the most expensive head adornment in any international pageant around the globe valued at Three million yuan (or roughly USD361,446
It was also last year when the final Mutya ng Pilipinas entry (before the franchise was transferred to BPCI) to the competition – Koreen Medina – topped all Asia & Oceania delegates and made it to the magic circle of 5. She landed 3rd Runner-Up in the end.
Watch the video of last year’s Top 5 announcement and the Q&A that followed.
courtesy of jenrofz
Now some readers might comment that this is still a relatively fresh throwback to feature. But since the finals of Miss Intercontinental 2014 will be happening starting at around 7:00PM in Magdeburg, Germany (or 2:00AM here in Manila), then we might as well relive parts of last year’s program. 🙂
P.S. Here is the LIVE STREAMING Link for the finals.
Miss Intercontinental 2013 3rd Runner-up (and Queen of Asia-Oceania) Koreen Medina during her Mutya ng Pilipinas farewell walk (Photo credit: Jory Rivera/OPMB Worldwide)
It doesn’t take a lot to speculate that after completing her reign as Mutya ng Pilipinas Asia-Pacific 2013, Koreen Medina is very likely to entertain thoughts of trying her luck with the bigger version of the nationals. And I don’t see the impossibility of such happening in the very near future, say Bb. Pilipinas 2015?
The girl still has some bright potentials to give it a good shot. With her valuable background in having represented the country in Miss Intercontinental 2013 and placing 3rd Runner-up (plus being named Queen of Asia-Oceania), the experience will serve her well should the prospects of furthering her pageant dreams solidify. Of course, she can no longer vie for the Bb. Pilipinas Intercontinental 2015 crown anymore. But hey, there are four other titles to choose from.
What say you, dear readers? 🙂
One (or hopefully two) of the thirty (30) hopefuls (watch their video invitations below) of Mutya ng Pilipinas 2014 will have a life-changing experience tonight once the winners of the beauty pageant are announced at the Grand Ballroom of Solaire Resort & Casino. With both of last year’s titleholders (Koreen Medina and Angeli Dione Gomez) around to give their farewell walk, I’m still expecting some sort of announcement about having two crowned winners with a new international competition to make up for the transfer of Miss Intercontinental to BPCI. Fingers crossed for that!
All videos courtesy of pintura14 on YouTube.
Best of luck, ladies! May the best Mutya win! 😀
The ladies who took part in the Metro Manila screenings of Mutya ng Pilipinas 2014
While the Metro Manila screening was not exactly the crowd-drawer the organizers had expected it to be, there were more than a few faces who stood out that will still make Mutya ng Pilipinas 2014 a relatively competitive beauty contest, in addition to the seeded candidates coming from the provinces. And for this year, the sole titleholder will be known as such and will represent the country in the Kuala Lumpur-hosted Miss Tourism International 2014. And this only means that Miss Tourism International 2013 Angeli Dione Gomez will have the spotlight to herself come finals night on August 8. On the other hand, I cannot confirm yet if Koreen Medina will do her farewell walk without a winner to transfer her title to.
Be that as it may, I can already specify Glennifer Perido (former Binibini and Miss Philippines Air 2012), Fil-Italian Patrizia Lucia Bosco, Cristine Cheeny Racel (former Miss Bikini Philippines runner-up), former Star Magic talent Mary Eileen Gonzales, Steffi Gerona (niece of Mutya 1985 3rd Runner-Up Regina Gerona) and Nickah dela Cruz (Miss Meycauayan City during Miss Philippines Earth 2009) as the Metro Manila screenees who will definitely add some luster to the decades-old national pageant.
The familiar faces during the Metro Manila screening of Mutya ng Pilipinas 2014
Let’s see who else will join them once all the Official Candidates of Mutya ng Pilipinas 2014 will be presented. 😉
The Metro Manila screenings will happen this June 21-22.
The Metro Manila casting call for Mutya ng Pilipinas 2014 will take place at Sequoia Hotel in Mother Ignacia Ave., Quezon City, from 1:00-4:00PM. This will be the last stop before the final NCR screenings in the same venue on June 27.
For those who will become Official Candidates, Pre-Pageant activities will be scheduled from July 18-30. Coronation night has been set for August 8 at Solaire Resort & Casino, with delayed TV telecast over GMA-7 on August 10.
Take note of the requirements
Okay, ladies, you know the drill.
If you want to try your luck in Mutya ng Pilipinas 2014, here’s another chance at seeking some fame and fortune in the local pageant world.
Top crown this year could be the Mutya ng Pilipinas-Tourism International where the reigning winner (national and international) is Angeli Dione Gomez. Now, even if the organizers have already lost the Miss Intercontinental franchise to Bb. Pilipinas, Koreen Medina will still be around to relinquish her sash since it carries the Mutya ng Pilipinas-Asia Pacific International title.
Finals night is set for August 8 at the Solaire Resort & Casino, with TV airing on GMA-7 two days later.
Keep tab of all the schedules and requirements now. 😉
Inspite of what’s written on the sash, Koreen Medina was still our Miss Intercontinental rep last year.
And so we’re down to this for the day.
If we are to go by serious talks of a 5th Bb. Pilipinas crown to be given on March 30, it only means that Mutya ng Pilipinas Asia Pacific International 2013 Koreen Medina will not be crowning the country’s next representative to Miss Intercontinental. Of course, if you read what’s stitched on the actual sash and title above, there was really no Mutya ng Pilipinas-Intercontinental 2013 and it just so happened that she was sent to Madgeburg, Germany as a replacement assignment after Miss Asia Pacific International was not held last year. So in essence, she will still be turning over her responsibility to a successor without the use of the word Intercontinental at all. It could be that Miss Asia Pacific International will finally push through in late 2014.
So going back to the still-BPCI-unconfirmed Bb. Pilipinas Intercontinental or Miss Intercontinental Philippines title, who should take the honor of winning its inaugural Binibini appearance? Some say that #28 Carla Jenina Lizardo should be a shoo-in. But I digress. We will most likely see a different face attached to the crown by month’s end.
And the unpredictable thing about Germany hosting an international beauty pageant is that they are cool with both fair-skinned and exotic Filipinas representing the country.
Watch out for my next post and see if you will agree with my choices for the same. 😉
Davao City’s Eds Agustin is giving Bb. Pilipinas 2014 her best shot
Eds Agustin (right on the middle) during Mutya ng Pilipinas 2013
You might remember Ateneo de Davao grad Ednornance Agustin sashaying to the middle of the stage during Mutya ng Pilipinas 2013 won by the pair of Koreen Medina and Angeli Dione Gomez. She represented Davao City back then. And if she is fortunate enough to enter the roster of Official Candidates for Bb. Pilipinas 2014, she won’t be alone bannering one of the most progressive cities in Mindanao.
Be that as it may, 23 year-old Eds is going full steam ahead with this new pageant mission. Helped by the Kagandahang Flores team, she is in high spirits and willing to buck all the odds in the search for one of the national crowns.
Eds during Bb. Pilipinas 2014 screenings (Photo credit: OPMB Worldwide)
I have included 5’8″ Eds among my Top 40, and I expect her to reach that spot at the very least for now. If she is ready to step up to the plate and exceed her own expectations, then I won’t be surprised with a better placement. 😉