April May Short of Zamboanga City was one of the pleasant surprises during the Grand Coronation Night of Miss Universe Philippines | Bb. Pilipinas 2019 when she managed to reach Top 15 and even gave a good answer during her Q&A with the judges. She was actually one of my fresh picks during the early days of the competition. But somehow, I felt that she was not rising to my expectations as the weeks and months progressed.
Now we are all aware that this tall and pretty Zamboangueña sported long dark hair all throughout the pre-pageant. But on the night of June 9, she suddenly appeared onstage with cropped hair that gave her a modelesque look beneath that sweet exterior. I was told that her trusted team (which included my friend, HMUA Lei Ponce) made the decision to cut the long tresses around 3:00am of Sunday. And the strategy worked because the judges were convinced to score her swimsuit and evening gown presentations high enough to reach the second round.
April May with Patricia Sy, organizer of Miss Zamboanga
Supporters and followers from Zamboanga were earnestly hoping that April May would at least get a runner-up position. But I told one of them that she is still young with a bright future ahead in pageantry. Being part of Bb. Pilipinas 2019 is a good learning experience from where she can draw the strength and improvements for a second attempt in 2020 or 2021.
Looking forward to seeing more of April May Short in future pageants!
Mr Gay World 2016 2nd Runner-Up Christian Lacsamana and MGWP2016 Top 5 Finisher Lei Ponce
It’s true. You don’t go searching for love and end up with slim pickings in the process. You wait for love to find you and the first encounter might just develop into something more meaningful and worth entering into a relationship.
Mr. Gay World 2016 2nd Runner-Up Christian Lacsamana and Mr Gay World Philippines 2016 Top 5 Finisher Leo Andrew “Lei” Ponce knew each other prior to the national competition that culminated in the Grand Finals last Sunday at the UP Theater. But their closeness got stronger as they coasted along the highway of love in the weeks that preceded the pre-pageant activities and all.
Christian knew that he could not publicly declare their relationship in volumes yet so as not to cast a shadow of doubt on his intentions – he being the reigning titleholder and Lei being one of the contenders for his title.
But now that Mr Gay World Philippines is finally over, Christian and Lei do not mind coming out with their relationship status more proudly. In fact, I met up with the two right after the show and were discussing in jest what title I would give this blog post just to make it more sweet and love-filled.
I am a hopeless romantic underneath and came up with a play on their names, specifically Lei’s because he is like a colorful garland of orchids that can be placed around the heart (not the neck this time around) of Christian to signify the bond that has leveled up. They truly love each other, regardless of individual quirkiness, shortcomings and the like.
After all, an imperfect relationship provides the needed learning curve to make things work to near perfection, if at all possible. Christian and Lei are ready for the hurdles and sandtraps along the way. And so, the love story continues as they return to the reality of their personal and professional lives.
Your blogger being sandwiched by the two lovebirds
Keep the love burning alive, lovebirds! 😉
Mr. Fahrenheit 2016
Mr. Fahrenheit 2016 Lei Ponce with pageant owner Wilbert Tolentino
was named last Saturday night at F Philippines. He is Lei Ponce, a 31 year-old from Nasugbu, Batangas who is a topnotch make-up artist by profession (jumping all the way from the corporate world
). He stands 5’11” and is now seeded as Official Candidate for Mr. Gay World Philippines
Here is the 411 on Lei:
Lei Ponce is the eldest child of Manuel and Milet Ponce.
He used to worked as a Financial Market Data Analyst for one of the top financial intelligence providers in the world prior to engaging into Make Up Artistry.
He obtained his international certification in make up artistry from Lasalle College International and Puspita Martha Tilaar in Indonesia. He won numerous awards in the field such as 1st runner up avant garde in Cosmetology 2011, Indonesia Beauty Gading Awards Best Country in 2012, ETC’s reality show Mega Fashion Crew season 2 Best Make-Up Artist and was recently nominated for last year’s Metro Manila Film Festival as Best Festival Make-Up Artist.
Lei has also worked with top magazines in the Philippines as well as known personalities in the field of Fashion, Showbiz, Business and Lifestyle.
With his active lifestyle, Lei was part of PDBF Triton Dragonboat team as Bow Paddler. He also loves cooking, dancing and painting.
He is currently one of the brand ambassadors of MAKE UP FOR EVER.
Congratulations Lei! And good luck with Mr. Gay World Philippines 2017! 🙂
Lei is now a respected make-up artist