During the original announcement of the Bb. Pilipinas 2011 Official Candidates (Photo credit: Melvin Sia for OPMB Worldwide)
This is the Bb. Pilipinas batch that had the most number of memorable joiners and original qualifiers. I stress on the word ‘original’ because there was a couple of disqualifications/withdrawals along the way that spoiled the forty (40) Official Candidates like Grendel Alvarado and Roxanne Cabañero. At any rate, consider these names who went on to greater heights (or otherwise) after the edition was over. Outside the titleholders Shamcey Supsup, Dianne Necio and Isabella Manjon, there are:
1) Janine Tugonon who went on to win Miss Universe Philippines the following year and claimed 1st Runner-Up honors in Miss Universe 2012 held in Las Vegas.
2) MJ Lastimosa who went on to win Miss Universe Philippines three years later and will now represent us in the 63rd Miss Universe Pageant in Doral Miami.
3) Queenie Rehman who went on to join and win Miss World Philippines 2012 and placed in the Top 15 of Miss World 2012 in Ordos.
4) Zephora Mayon who already won Mutya ng Pilipinas 2007 but abdicated her title, and took a risk by resurfacing in this batch with less success.
5) Glennifer Perido who went on to join and win Mutya ng Pilipinas Tourism International 2014 and is now in Kuala Lumpur representing us in Miss Tourism International 2014/15.
6) Patricia Tumulak who never won Bb. Pilipinas despite being a heavy crowd favorite, and is now looking at taking part in Miss Multiverse 2015 scheduled in the Dominican Republic a few months from now.
7) Suzette Hernandez who, after failures in nailing a Bb. Pilipinas title, joined Mutya ng Pilipinas, got Runner-Up placement, migrated to Canada and became that country’s rep to Miss Supranational 2013 won by Mutya Datul.
8) Samantha Purvor who found her calling in Miss Philippines Earth where she captured one of the national elements last 2012.
9) Chloe McCully who took part in Miss World Philippines 2011 afterwards and became 2nd Princess to Gwen Ruais.
10) Bernadette Aguirre and Monique Manuel who had somewhat similar destinies when they joined separate editions of Miss Philippines Earth and won the same title of Miss Eco-Tourism.
11) Angelia Ong who found relative success as 2nd Runner-Up in Miss Manila 2014 won by KC Halili.
12) Tina Marasigan who gave up on pageantry and focused on TV hosting and Courtside reporting where she is doing fairly well up to now.
13) Sabrinne Al-Tawil and Luzelle Felipe, two beautiful candidates who never re-joined and embarked on different career paths where they got assurances of better income.
14) Wendy Lucas who became our rep in a smaller international beauty pageant (Miss Tourism Intercontinental 2010) before joining this edition.
15) Krystle Ann Grant who was Miss Philippines Air 2007 but joined in 2011 as Krystle Ann Dizon. Her tracks were stopped at this point and she was set back from a previous success.
16) Bianca Paz who was never a winner here, but made the rounds of different national competitions, got runner-up wins in two batches of Miss World Philippines and another runner-up spot in the last Miss Philippines Earth.
17) And of course, who can forget Diana Arevalo who has less than fortunate participations in three (3) Bb. Pilipinas competitions (including this one).
Care to add more memorable insights on the remaining ladies in this group? 😉
Luzelle’s selfie while working as a StarWorld Ambassador at StarWorld Macau.
When Luzelle Fernando Felipe joined Bb. Pilipinas 2011, everyone got so excited with this beautiful Bulakenya who was tagged as the ‘tricycle girl who wanted to become a beauty queen’. People couldn’t get enough of her potentials such that she is being eyed as a strong possibility for Bb. Pilipinas 2014 – three years after her first attempt.
Of course, the girl needs to earn a living. So when the opportunity to work as a StarWorld Ambassador (just like Shan Apuad) for StarWorld Macau came, she didn’t think twice about accepting the same. So the bigger question is whether she is willing to give it up for the second chance to become a Binibini. A good source of income can never be taken for granted nowadays.
If you ask me, the girl is ready for another try. But if she prefers to linger a little longer in Macau, there is still Bb. Pilipinas 2015 to look forward to.
Well, I have nothing earth-shaking to tell about her just yet. But this much I can say – the girl is constantly improving and getting the continuous polish under Jonas Gaffud’s Mercator Artist and Model Management. She is most definitely in good hands.
Can I daresay that we might see more of her in Bb. Pilipinas 2013? Or should she wait longer and get prepped up for 2014 instead? 🙂
How would you like to see the above photo of Luzelle Felipe become a reality in Bb. Pilipinas 2013? Well, it was a Santacruzan image alright, but who knows what fate awaits the lady who is taking a shine from BPCI. With more training and polishing (paging Carnegie!), this beautiful Bulakena should be ready to step up to the plate a 2nd time and hopefully show the real stuff she is made of.
Another lady for your viewing consideration. Her name is Melanie Angeles, and she hails from the province of Bulacan (a provincemate of mine, just like last year’s Luzelle Felipe). The girl, who stands a tad taller than 5’8″, is all of 20 years old.
Just like the rest, Melanie is setting her sights on joining Binibining Pilipinas 2012, and is also deep into training with one of the country’s top beauty handlers.
I actually like her unsmiling in photographs. She exudes a more intriguing aura that way – a tinge of sensuality here and a dash of innocence there. A promising lass, I reckon. 🙂
During Binibining Pilipinas 2011, Luzelle Felipe was one girl who made heads turn and ended up on many armchair judges’ shortlist as a strong possibility for one of the titles. True enough, she made it to the semifinals. Her Q&A left much to be desired, but not to the point of getting potshots from everyone. Many pageant supporters (including myself) were not disappointed when she lost. Instead, she was looked at as someone who can be perfectly groomed for future editions of the competition.
Now that everyone is getting hyped up for Binibining Pilipinas 2012, do you think that this Bulakenya is ready to join again? Or should she wait for 2013, by which time she has already armed herself with more than enough pluses to compliment the kind of beauty she is naturally endowed with?
Methinks Luzelle should stretch her patience a little longer. 2013 could be her year. If she joins the current one, some shortcomings might still show.
Hopefully, we can see a fully-prepared candidate in her a year from now. 🙂
After many, many weeks of waiting and anticipating, the winners of Bb. Pilipinas 2011 were finally crowned last night in a dazzling pageant production at Araneta Coliseum that saw the country’s premiere beauty competition evolve into an uber-modern concept (fantastic stage and over-all production!) courtesy of ABS-CBN.
WINNERS ALL (L-R): Mary Jean Lastimosa, 2nd Runner-Up; Isabella Manjon, Bb. Pilipinas-Tourism; Shamcey Supsup, Bb. Pilipinas-Universe; Dianne Necio, Bb. Pilipinas-International and Janine Tugonon, 1st Runner-Up (Photo credit: Jory Rivera of OPMB Worldwide)
The Queens of 2011:
Shamcey Supsup (R) being crowned Bb. Pilipinas-Universe by last year's winner and Miss Universe 2010 4th Runner-Up Venus Raj (Photo credit: Jory Rivera of OPMB Worldwide)
Bb. Pilipinas 2011 2nd Runner-Up Mary Jean Lastimosa
MARY JEAN LASTIMOSA #34
The rest of the Top 15 finalists:
Patricia Tumulak #6
Kristina Marasigan #8
Diana Arevalo #11
Queenie Rehman #13
Sabrinne Al-Tawil #16
Wendy Lucas #19
Luzelle Felipe #23
Kathleen Subijano #30
Jenn-Roe Gubat #32
Sarah Clenci #37
The Special Awardees:
Best in Swimsuit – #13 Queenie Rehman
Best in Long Gown – #23 Luzelle Felipe
Face of Bb. Pilipinas – #7 Angelia Ong
Miss Friendship – #31 Samantha Purvor
Miss Creamsilk – #26 Shamcey Supsup
Miss Philippine Airlines – #26 Shamcey Supsup
Manila Bulletin Readers’ Choice – #23 Luzelle Felipe
Best in Talent – #26 Shamcey Supsup
Are you happy or surprised with the outcome? Share your thoughts.
Anyways, the grand event was hosted by hunk actor (and a one-time Bb. Pilipinas host in the early 90s) Derek Ramsay, actress KC Concepcion, plus previous winners Miriam Quiambao (Bb. Pilipinas-Universe 1999 and Miss Universe 1999 1st Runner-Up) and Precious Lara Quigaman (Miss International 2005).
Congratulations, ladies!!! 😉
All individual photos of the ladies are courtesy of Bruce Casanova of OPMB Worldwide.
I say ‘fearfully fearless’ because I can’t remember the last time I had this much difficulty deciding on who to forecast as winners of Bb. Pilipinas 2011 tomorrow night. Almost every year for the past decade alone, predicting the Bb. Pilipinas-Universe titleholder was accurately targetted going into the homestretch. There were surprises, but not for the top plum.
Before anything else, here is a short video of my favorites for the pageant before I made my final analysis…
This year, losing a 3rd major title to predict a winner for makes it even more challenging. You see, pageant experts will agree with me when I say that there is already a traditional mold for each of the three competitions abroad – Goddess/Catwalk Diva mode for Miss Universe, Doll-like but Sensuous Beauty for Miss International and Beauty-Brains-Talent combo for Miss World. Losing one of the three leaves us with two templates to fit possible beauty queens in. And given the highly competitive batch of 2011 delegates, there is a very good probability of missing the mark in terms of predicting the eventual victors. Thus, I am not absolutely putting my name on the line here. Several factors can affect the results – foremost of which is the Q&A that can quickly topple frontrunner/s to runner-up positions.
With that in mind, here are my calculated guesses divided into four categories:
Gut-feel tells me that Isabella Manjon and Diana Arevalo will get themselves crowned as Bb. Pilipinas-Universe and Bb. Pilipinas-International. I did not say ‘respectively’ because they are interchangeable. Isabella, inarguably the girl with the prettiest face among the 40, can qualify for either the Miss Universe or Miss International competitions. She is highly trainable and with a charming personality to boot. The global contests are still many months away so whatever shortcomings can still be improved. Her fluency in Spanish – on top of being rumored as Madame Stella Marquez de Araneta’s personal favorite – is icing on the cake.
On the other hand, Diana – the lady who learned her lessons well from a failed first bid two years ago – can make wonders in either of the two aforementioned pageants as well, given more sharp training and polishing. I know that she can improve on whatever her limitations are and maximize her strengths to the fullest. Hence, she should be able to stand tall in the midst of international delegates. She knows how to hype herself up in a subtle but effective way and that is something hard to implant in a person with just plain training.
Owing to the loss of the Miss World franchise, Binibining Pilipinas will most likely hand out a third title but a minor one – perhaps Bb. Pilipinas-Tourism – which equals the level of the old Miss Maja Pilipinas complete with crown and sash but sans big cash prize. This could be where Dianne Necio enters the picture. Having finished 1st Runner-Up last year, she ran the big risk of either wiining or losing for 2011. On a leaner year, she could have easily zoomed to the top. Sadly, this batch is not. Nonetheless, in the event that she gets to represent the Philippines in one of the minor beauty tilts abroad – like Miss Globe – then her efforts did not go to waste.
When someone pulls the rug from right under your nose, it means that you’ve been had or defeated. ‘In the Courts’ are the runners-up who came close to winning the crown and yet, fell short during the final deliberation of the judges. These are ladies who are also capable of getting a title. But due to the fact that there are only two being offered, they have to make do with being part of the court. If good fortune does not hold in favor of Isabella or Diana or both, then one (or two) of these three beauties can end up hugging the limelight even brighter.
Shamcey is the perennial favorite to win the Bb. Pilipinas-Universe crown. But as the weeks have passed since the Press Presentation, her star has started to fade, not necessarily losing steam but getting eclipsed by other competitors whose drive to win has been anything but complacent. Her main edge is intelligence. She scores high on beauty of face as well. But these qualities could be put to waste if she does not show the extra oomph in the battlefield of fierceness. There remains an unmistakable old-fashion appeal from time to time and this won’t augur well for the Miss Universe Pageant which evolves and updates itself just like the latest apps on Apple and Android. I can still see her going to Brazil, but right now, the e-ticket has slipped her grasp.
How about Mary Jean or MJ? The lady with the killer body and ultra-exotic skin color (due to her half-Middle Eastern descent) is everyone’s idea of a deadly Miss Universe bet if only she is blessed with a few more inches in height. Her catwalk skills are a joy to watch as each glide and turn is punctuated by eye-popping body movements built with cuts in the right places. Add to that her abs and you get a crowd-drawing albeit petite contender. Her communication skills tend to be middling but she won’t be a letdown in this part. Unfortunately, I don’t see a crown on her head tonight. She will fight tooth and nail, but a runner-up position should not demoralize her. If she springs a surprise, then I say….good for her!
And that leaves me with Patricia whose aim is to make fierce waves in her first attempt at a BB. Pilipinas win. I want her on top, actually. But I have a nagging feeling that she might not be able to lift herself up to the big time. I couldn’t put a finger on that one factor that I find amiss but off-guard, there are still inconsistencies in her personal style. Just like MJ, I won’t fall off my seat if she ends up victorious. For her supporters, just hope her lucky stars align between now and tomorrow night.
These are the candidates who could make it to the semifinals. One or two of them may pull off a surprise by placing higher, but I’m not counting on it 100%. At any rate, excellent Q&A can catapult anyone to the Top 5 so fast that all we can do is be impressed and charge it all to random serendipity. For the record, I can set aside Sabrinne Al-Tawil, Jenette Noguchi and Kathleen Subijano as the ones with the brightest prospects of doing so.
In summary, there are all sorts of combinations that can be made for the set of winners for 2011. Guessing (or second-guessing) the right combination is open to less hits and more misses. All things being equal, we should be happy that the group of wannabes this year is an outstanding one, definitely no slim pickings here. And to whoever the surprise semifinalist or runner-up or (heaven forbid) winner will be, my hope is that it won’t be pure luck working in her favor but qualities we all have never been aware of as armchair judges or personal appearance spectators.
Truth be told, it is hard to trim down the girls to just the Top 15 so I opted to add a few more to make it a Top 20. Let’s compare notes tomorrow night as Bb. Pilipinas 2011 The Pageant culminates at the Araneta Coliseum with a slight delayed airing on ABS-CBN after Pilipinas Got Talent.
After votes were casted for my unofficial poll started last March 20, 2011, here are the final results. I decided to close the voting yesterday morning to give way for the tally to be posted before the finals night this coming Sunday, April 10).
Based on the 1,383 votes casted, here are the 15 ladies with the highest numbers (with corresponding percentages). Of course, it goes without saying the #1 on the list is your choice to win the top crown:
Shamcey Supsup - my blog readers' choice to win Bb. Pilipinas-Universe after garnering 15.62% of the votes.
Luzelle Felipe in her traditional terno (with a sadly oversized upper body) during the Bb. Pilipinas 2011 Primer. (Photo credit: Boyet Blas of Mabuhay Beauties)
Luzelle Felipe is the so-called “tricycle girl” of Bb. Pilipinas 2011 because there was a point in her young life when she actually worked part-time as a tricycle driver in her province of Malolos, Bulacan just to earn some extra income. Nothing wrong with that, I reckon. In fact, it adds some color to her background, albeit straight Tagalog-speaking she is all the time. Watch the video below and try to see if she is still raw or if she may just surprise pageant followers with a semifinal appearance on the coronation night come April 10. Many thanks to OPMB Worldwide for the video.
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