Could 2017 be the Year Laura Lehmann is waiting for?
Laura hosting the Smart/PLDT event for the 65th Miss Universe
Last night, Arnold Mercado of Aces & Queens posted a teaser of a Facebook update where his only caption of the photo of Laura Lehmann went like: “Are you ready for @iamlauralehmann?
“. It was something that was immediately lapped up by all fans and followers of the Bb. Pilipinas 2014 1st Runner-Up as an encouraging indication that she is indeed seriously contemplating on whether to greenlight her joining this year.
Prior to the above, Laura posted a photo in her Instagram account – the one where she was awarded 1st Runner-Up last April 2014 with the caption: “Missing Pageants”.
Will we finally see the return of Laura Victoria Lehmann in the nationals? I bet a lot of you will agree that she will make this batch more competitive. All throughout her low-key pageant years, she has honed her skills in hosting and public speaking. This should prepare her well for the upcoming screenings.
So has the search for Laura Lehmann 2.0 finally ended? Your guess is as good as mine! 😀
BTS shot from Laura’s first international pictorial in Australia for AffinageXDavidsSalon
Miss Universe Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach during the Presentation of A&Q Candidates for Bb. Pilipinas 2014 last January 12, 2014
My selfie with Pia during that day
Since the Search for Bb. Pilipinas 2017 is now officially open, let me do a Sunday Senti Special feature that will bring you back to January 12, 2014. That was the date when Aces & Queens presented their trained candidates for Bb. Pilipinas 2014 – a very promising list which included Laura Lehmann (who went on to become 1st Runner-Up
), Yvethe Santiago (who bagged the Bb. Pilipinas Supranational plum
) and Bianca Guidotti (who was crowned Bb. Pilipinas International
). Other ladies who formed part of that group were KC Halili (who became Miss Manila
) and Hannah dela Guerra (who is now a Star Magic talent for ABS-CBN
This was Pia Wurtzbach 2.0 – her sophomore effort to win the Miss Universe Philippines sash which went to MJ Lastimosa instead, and the finals night that would go down memory lane as the saddest for now Miss Universe 2015 who crowned the 65th less than a week ago. Such is the test of faith and determination that befell her shoulders three years earlier. Who would have thought that her patience was just being tested, and that more than a year after – in her 3.0 and final Bb. Pilipinas-bound version – that she would finally nail the title of her dreams and become the country’s 3rd Miss Universe in the process.
Pia (rightmost) with Laura Lehmann and Yvethe Santiago
I used these old photos for this senti feature because we will be flooded with repeaters and crossovers for the 2017 edition. In fact, I have only posted one fresh face so far – Patricia Magtanong – so let’s see which other first-timers will find it in their heart and guts to battle it out with the relatively more polished and experienced ones. 🙂
Go find Laura’s billboard along EDSA
If you happen to be passing along EDSA and chanced upon this billboard of Folded & Hung with the huge photo of a gorgeous girl getting your attention, then that’s Laura Lehmann alright, our dear Bb. Pilipinas 2014 1st Runner-Up who is doing the clothing brand’s Disney line.
Of course, we have been constantly egging her to rejoin Bb. Pilipinas. And hopefully, the request won’t come to naught come 2017. She will be really prepared by then.
In the meantime, watch this video of Laura taken at The Farm in Masinloc. She remains always beautiful and crown-worthy. 😉
courtesy of dffarmmasinloc
Could 2016 be the right time Bb. Pilipinas for Laura Lehmann?
One of my blog’s regular readers engaged me in a chat that really piqued my curiosity. I must admit that I still haven’t looked at the connection right away, and even considered it a remote advantage in a way. But you all know that my favorite girl Laura Victoria Lehmann is half-American. And that part of her lineage is actually Jewish. And the new owner of Miss Universe – WME/IMG’s Ari Emmanuel – is Jewish. So logic dictates that sending someone like Laura could be advantageous in terms of going for a back-to-back win in Miss Universe.
Crazy idea? I’ll take the potshot alright. But if you really try to look at things from that standpoint, it doesn’t sound far-fetched at all. Of course, someone would oppose by saying that the next Miss Israel could even be 100% Jewish so why not favor her? Hmmmm.
Anyways, regardless of the connection, I always see Laura as having the right ingredient to win big in the nationals should she try joining for a 2nd time. After placing 1st Runner-Up last year, she could be ripe for the picking for 2016. And more polished, I might add. She is now a trained Sports Commentator so the natural elements of speaking in front of the camera are already in place. And besides, the natural charm has never been lost. It got stronger even.
So Team Lehmann for Bb. Pilipinas 2016? 🙂
Will Laura’s Jewish connection by blood be an advantage for Miss Universe Philippines?
One of the latest shots of Bb. Pilipinas 2014 1st Runner-Up Laura Lehmann
I can remember last year when – after winning 1st Runner-Up during Bb. Pilipinas 2014 – Laura Victoria Lehmann moved on quite fast, enrolled for her university studies at Ateneo de Manila and was taken in by ABS-CBN Sports as one of the UAAP Courtside Reporters for her school. She was tailor-made for the job. Aside from being beautiful (inside and out), she always had this sporty vibe that endeared her to basketball fans all over.
Now that a new set of replacements have taken over for UAAP’s latest season, let us look back at one of the memorable crowd checks she did for a game that showed her rallying her fellow Ateneans with such fire and fervor.
Watch the video now.
courtesy of ABS-CBN Sports
Our Bb. Pilipinas 2014 Queens in a grid of their later/latest photos
MJ and Janine take selfies in Sta. Monica Beach, CA
Miss Universe Philippines 2014 MJ Lastimosa was just on vacation in Los Angeles after attending the Bachelorette Party of Miss USA 2014 Nia Sanchez in Las Vegas. She also found time to reunite with Miss Universe 2012 1st Runner-Up. Bb. Pilipinas International 2014 Bianca Guidotti is still into her NGO commitments after hosting her friend Miss Grand Netherlands 2015 Shauny Bult who was here on a one-month vacation. Bb. Pilipinas Intercontinental 2014 Kris Tiffany Janson is back in Manila after her London and Paris sojourn (photo above was taken during her day trip to Paris Disneyland
). Bb. Pilipinas Supranational 2014 Yvethe Santiago is spending precious time in Albay with family and friends. Bb. Pilipinas Tourism 2014 Parul Shah is doing pictorials to build up her portfolio and accepting out of town pageant judging invites. 1st Runner-Up Laura Lehmann is busy with her studies at Ateneo de Manila University while accepting occasional modeling shoots (like the photo above which appeared on the Philippine Daily Inquirer yesterday
). And just very recently, 2nd Runner-Up Hannah Ruth Sison (who continues to be part of the 2015 Queens
) proudly celebrated her 27th birthday.
These are just quick updates on our 2014 Bb. Pilipinas Queens for our Sunday lookback. The group photo below gives me such fond memories of this batch. 😉
Our Bb. Pilipinas 2014 Queens during their victory night in Araneta Coliseum last year (Photo from pinoyambisyoso.com)
Laura Lehmann's latest studio shots
First off, I never hid my admiration for Laura Victoria Lehmann – she who placed 1st Runner-Up during Bb. Pilipinas 2014 and who I expected to rejoin last March for Bb. Pilipinas 2015. I was always hoping that I would see her become an Official Candidate once more. But then again, her studies at Ateneo de Manila University took the steering wheel and became top priority. Perfectly understandable.
And since we have already started featuring potential joiners for Bb. Pilipinas 2016, my wish for Laura flickered once more.
Let us now watch her performance in a video collage during Bb. Pilipinas 2014. 🙂
courtesy of The Emerald
Laura showing off her Ateneo de Manila U ID
But with the new school year, it’s looking like my favorite girl is going into study mode full time once more. Lest I be tagged as a selfish individual, I will just let her decide on things when the right time comes. 😉