1982 may not be the year of memorable pageant missions for the Bb. Pilipinas titleholders, but the national finals certainly was one of the more entertaining ones ever. Just imagine having the likes of Ms. Rita Gomez and Elvira Manahan in the panel of judges. I reckon that the duo may have helped push for the win of the controversial Maria Isabel Lopez as Bb. Pilipinas Universe. Other winners were Lisa Manibog, Nanette Cruz and Sharon Hughes. Desiree Verdadero – who eventually became Bb. Pilipinas Universe 1984 and Miss Universe 1984 3rd Runner-Up – placed 1st Runner-Up in this batch.
courtesy of Francis Calubaquib
More than three decades ago today, the finals of Bb. Pilipinas 1982 was held and it still remains to be a personal favorite. In fact, this is – I believe – the second time that I am featuring the said edition. There are just so many nostalgically memorable details to list. Here are ten for now.
1) The presence alone of the late iconic ladies Rita Gomez and Elvira Manaham in the judging panel was already worth the ticket price or watching the long TV telecast on GMA-7. Of course, the Q&A of the former with eventual Bb. Pilipinas Universe 1982 Maria Isabel Lopez is still the wittiest – or naughtiest if you will – in the history of the pageant. And the small quirkiness in their actions during the crowning moments adds up to a fonder recall of the whole event (as you can watch in the video above).
2) Brand new Mitsubishi Colt Lancers for Bb. Pilipinas Universe and Bb. Pilipinas International aside from Php 15,000.00 pesos each – this was already a big deal because we have no longer seen top winners getting cars as prizes to this day anymore.
3) I still miss Ariel Ureta as host because he has a smooth way of navigating the whole proceedings, while throwing in his well-thought of adlibs with perfect timing. He may not be suave like the late Eddie Mercado but he has a commercially appealing charm all his own.
4) I wish the Miss Young Pilipinas title would still be around. Even if the winner will have no international contest to compete in, the prestige of the crown will still be there. But then again, the modern trend is to always go for more experience nowadays so ladies in their early to mid-20s will always be favored.
5) Desiree Verdadero may not be the earliest-recorded Bb. Pilipinas returning candidate, but she is one of the most successful during that generation. She placed 1st Runner-Up in this edition, but returned two years later to successfully capture the Bb. Pilipinas Universe title with the help of her trainer/mentor Mama Renee Salud. It only goes to show that maturity really improves the performance and approach of a determined Binibini who wants to win a national crown.
6) The announcement of winners while still wearing their swimsuits is now a lingering memory that will never return or make a comeback. Nowadays, it would be unimaginable for reasons we are all aware of.
7) The sash. How can I forget the short sashes which only need to be folded-in on one end to the upper right strap of the swimsuit to keep them in place, with the other end being folded in as well on the lower left portion of the one-piece. These days, sashes are long enough to be placed over the head of the winner and/or secured by pins or velcro in the attaching portion.
8) The scepters. Gosh, I want them back. Honestly. They give the winners an added sense of royalty. And I have always been interested in seeing how the beauty queens would hold them in different ways, or how their fingers would grab them in photos.
9) The capes. Now these heavy and velvety drapes may already be lost in translation to modern pageant fans, but they sure looked good on the winners. Tying them on the back can be very trying to the outgoing Queens, though.
10) Lastly, I really wouldn’t mind seeing the winners announced from the Top 15 all over again. The element of suspense keeps watchers on the edge of their seats till the big winner is named.
Do you have any more memorable detail/s to add, dear readers? 🙂
courtesy of Debby Javier
The quotes above were lifted from the article made by Ruben V. Nepales for Inquirer.net back in 2012. That was the time when Bb. Pilipinas International 1982 Maria Adela Lisa Gingrich Manibog made news in the Fil-Am community by becoming an Emmy-winning TV Producer.
“The night of the pageant was exhilarating. The Araneta Coliseum was filled to maximum capacity. The entire arena crackled with excitement and energy. It became clear to me that no other country in the world loved pageants the way our country did. There isn’t a more loving, joyous and supportive audience than a stadium full of Filipinos!
“There was some talk of my candidacy being an issue since I was US-born. A few of the candidates’ managers questioned this. However, I had dual citizenship and Minister Greg Cendaña confirmed that my papers were valid.
“We had an amazing lineup of entertainment—Apo Hiking Society, Basil Valdez and Leo Valdez, who serenaded the candidates. Ariel Ureta was our host—a very funny man! When the time came to announce the special awards, we all held hands and waited for the names to be called out. Best Talent—I heard my name called. Lux Girl—I heard my name again. And the most prized special award, decided by the press photographers, Most Photogenic—I could not believe it, my name was called one more time! I was in heaven. What more could a girl ask for?
But let’s track back to the year 1982 when she was crowned as the Philippine rep to Miss International. It was a controversial edition with the victory of Maria Isabel Lopez as Bb. Pilipinas Universe. But the beautiful Lisa was never bothered. She had her own assignment to take care of, and went on with the preparations for the pageant which took place in Fukuoka. Her dual citizenship was a nagging issue, but somehow, things were smoothened out and was not prevailed upon to wear the country’s sash in Japan.
While her international participation was relatively uneventful (she failed to crack the semis), she went on with life back in the US after relinquishing the national crown to her successor, Flor Eden Pastrana.
Lisa’s first husband was James Lew. But it was her marriage with 2nd husband Peter Brennan where she achieved a more happy and fulfilled union.
Watch the 2012 video below when she was interviewed by TFC Balitang America.
courtesy of TFCBalitang America
Aside from work on TV, Lisa is also involved in many fund-raising events and projects that benefit a number of orphanages (including disabled children) in Asia, specifically Vietnam and the Philippines. She and her husband Peter started “The Mulligan Project” for this purpose.
This is purely wishful thinking on my part. But if Ariana Manibog Valera decides to join Bb. Pilipinas 2011, then we’re really in for a hot hot competition this year! This outstanding Fil-Am beauty is the reigning Miss Asia USA. Based in the US, she should have completed the residency requirements first before qualifying for a candidate’s slot in the national finals. But if there are things I’m not privy to and she has met the demands of BPCI, then wouldn’t she be a bombshell of a Miss Universe candidate?
If her middle name sounds familiar, that’s because she is the niece of Bb. Pilipinas-International 1982 Lisa Manibog. She is also the niece of Miss Guam World 1987 Francel Maribel Manibog Caracol.
I really wish she would be part of Bb. Pilipinas 2011. Otherwise, there will always be next year to consider.
But then again, wouldn’t it be fantastic if she’ll wear the Miss Philippines sash in Sao Paolo, Brazil? 😉