Full steam ahead for your #Binibini15 Mariel de Leon!
Unlike last year when the Miss Universe Philippines title is being strongly tossed between two ladies – Maxine Medina and Kylie Verzosa – the battle for 2017 is shaping up to be a race among 3-4 (even more) ladies for the highest honor. One of those in strong contention is your #Binibini15 Maria Angelica “Mariel” de Leon who is definitely eyeing the biggest prize in the nationals. She wants to be Miss Philippines in the 66th Miss Universe which still remains unclear as to when and where it will be hosted.
I tracked down Mariel to answer two questions for this 2nd round of features for the ladies. Here are her answers:
1) Pageant fans have installed you as one of the favorites for this year’s titles. But still, you cannot do away with the doubters. What can they expect from you within the next few weeks to erase their reservations and become Mariel converts?
“The people who doubt me can expect the fire within me to grow and grow more as the days in Binibini go by. I can really feel in my heart that I will win a crown this year. That fire and passion within me will show through my hard work and perseverance. Those doubters will then see how much I want it and how much I’m willing to work for it and that would erase all their reservations about me.”
2) In just a little over a month from now, a new set of Bb. Pilipinas titleholders will be crowned. Why should you be one of them?
“I believe I should be one of the Bb Pilipinas title holders because I can show people a different kind of beauty queen if I win. A kind that isn’t afraid to voice her opinions even if it may not be the popular and safe opinion. A kind that isn’t afraid to get her hands and feet dirty in order to help others. A kind that isn’t afraid to really be herself and teach others to love and accept themselves first before anything else.”
Mariel is dead serious about winning a Bb. Pilipinas crown
The Q&A above may be brief, but you can already sense the iron-clad determination in Mariel to go for a clear victory. She will not let herself slack down during unguarded moments, and the might will grow even strong in the weeks to come.
Let’s see how the first half of April will unfold for your #Binibini15 Mariel de Leon. In the meantime, keep supporting her in the Miss Photogenic voting of Bb. Pilipinas 2017 on the FB page of the pageant or via Choicely.
Bb. Pilipinas (Official)’s poster announcing the April 30 Finals
When the FB page of Bb. Pilipinas (Official)
uploaded their latest cover photo announcing the April 30 finals night of Bb. Pilipinas 2017, you will notice the strategic placement of the photos of the six (6) reigning titleholders. With that alone, anyone can surmise that the new ranking of the titles will be as follows:
1) Miss Universe Philippines
2) Bb. Pilipinas International
3) Bb. Pilipinas Grand International
4) Bb. Pilipinas Supranational
5) Bb. Pilipinas Intercontinental
6) Miss Globe Philippines
This could only mean that Miss Grand International has already earned sufficient stripes to move up the ladder. Thanks in part to the commendable staging of the last edition in Las Vegas and the near-win of Nicole Cordoves in the same.
Of course, the old line that says all titles are of equal ranking no longer applies. Only the crowns of Maxine Medina and Kylie Verzosa are being equally classified on top. And this points to previous talks that the format of the finals will be so different that the last two women standing will literally pass through the eye of a needle before knowing who gets what pageant assignment for 2017.
How the reigning winners were positioned onstage last year (Photo credit: Joy Arguil)
Philippines’ Next Top Model is coming Soon on TV5
Miss International 2016 herself will be the model mentor
Guess who’s going to be part of Philippines Next Top Model | High Street
as Model Mentor and part of the PNTM Fashion Council? It’s Miss International 2016 Kylie Verzosa herself. Our lovely queen will be in the newest show on TV5 to serve as a role model/inspiration/adviser to all the officially aspiring young ladies who want to become famous on the runway, editorials and/or photoshoots and showbiz perhaps.
Watch out for more announcements about the show very soon!
Catch it on TV5 soon!
The Search will definitely be starting soon!
This is neither an official announcement nor the official poster
So since today is already the first day of February, allow me to start the ball rolling or fan the flames of excitement for the upcoming search that will officially unreel soon. This. Is. Binibining Pilipinas. 2017.
The 65th Miss Universe is now over. The fond memories are starting to creep back inside my head, but pageant life goes on. And this year’s screenings for the national successors of Miss Universe Philippines 2016 Maxine Medina, Miss International 2016 Kylie Verzosa, Bb. Pilipinas Intercontinental 2016 Jennifer Hammond, Bb. Pilipinas Supranational 2016 Joanna Eden, Miss Grand International 1st Runner-Up Nicole Cordoves and The Miss Globe 2016 3rd Runner-Up Nichole Manalo will be tougher than all previous editions combined. Why? Because right from the get-go (or scheduled screening dates if you will), a grill-worthy Q&A will be conducted in order to add a more in-depth assessment of interested ladies who will sign up.
So you think you can become the next Bb. Pilipinas? Watch out for the formal announcement soon. And get into your beauty-and-brains mode faster than you can say “Binibini!” 🙂
PS. Early talks are saying that the repeaters and crossovers will lord it over this year. We’ll see about that. 😉
Maxine Medina sees no reason why a back-to-back is out of reach
Earlier during a rainy send-off hosted by Bb. Pilipinas Charities Inc. at the Versailles Tent of the Novotel Manila Araneta Center, Miss Universe Philippines Maxine Medina was showered with all the warm wishes and positive thoughts that will set her up for the 65th Miss Universe on the right note. Our Queen is brimming with beauty and confidence that one can’t help but think that – indeed – a back-to-back win is not at all impossible. When asked to name at least two contestants who could be thorns in her path to victory, she simply answered “no one” because she is visualizing herself as the successor of Miss Universe Pia Wurtzbach come January 30. You might think that she may have gone overconfident. But no, she delivered her answer in such a tempered manner that you can feel the sincerity stemming from within.
Maxine with her Bb. Pilipinas sisters and BPCI Chair Stella Marquez de Araneta
Designer Rhett Eala will do the EG and NC of Maxine
Maxine shared that her training has been comprehensive and the only thing she asks for are prayers from all Filipinos to guide and see her through each step of the way. There is no doubt that she will forge ahead and prove to all and sundry that the host delegate deserves to be the next. She has done her homework and would not want nothing more than to give the Filipinos the gift of victory right before our very eyes.
Here is Miss International Kylie Verzosa’s message to Maxine.
Now here is Maxine’s younger sister Ferica with the heartfelt message she is sending to her “Ate“.
And here is boyfriend Marx Topacio with his message for Maxine.
Shots taken by my Asst Photographer Joseph Gerard Jose
From all of us here at normannorman.com, achieve the back-to-back dream Maxine! You can do this one #ForThePhilippines!
Four Bb. Pilipinas 2016 BQs for Family Feud
Kylie, Jenn, Nicole and Jehza guest on ABS-CBN’s Family Feud
A groupie during the taping
Wanna watch the Bb. Pilipinas 2016 Queens play “Family Feud” on national TV? Then tune in to ABS-CBN at around 5:00PM-ish later this afternoon to catch Miss International 2016 Kylie Verzosa, Bb. Pilipinas Intercontinental 2016 Jennifer Hammond, Miss Grand International 1st Runner-Up Nicole Cordoves and 2nd Runner-Up Jehza Huelar compete with another popular group – the DLSU Green Archers star players – for the special New Year’s Eve episode of the weekend game show hosted by Luis Manzano.
Here’s the teaser:
courtesy of ABS-CBN
If this holds water soon, then I would really be genuinely thrilled
Unlike my previous blog post, the initiative on holding Miss International 2017 in Manila is something that started from small talks that allegedly originated from the country’s Department of Tourism. And 15 hours before Christmas, I am telling you now that if everything goes beyond loose lip service and a Philippine delegation flies to Tokyo, Japan to make formal negotiations, then I would be genuinely thrilled for the dream event becoming a reality.
The now extinct Miss Young International competition has been held in the Philippines twice and consecutively from 1980 to 1981. Wouldn’t it just be more exciting to see the surviving Japan-based pageant (that has honored the Filipina six times now) to finally land on our shores? And with Kylie Verzosa as the reigning titleholder, crowning her successor here would be the real icing on the cake.
Start your comments now, dear readers. And Merry Christmas as well! My December 25 feature will be truly image-filled! 😉