Best Model Management Award winner Jonas Gaffud of Mercator (2nd from left) with some of his famous wards (L-R) Venus Raj, Queenie Rehman and Shamcey Supsup
As I have told Mercator head Jonas Gaffud in my congratulatory message to him last Saturday, he planted good seeds to insure a bountiful harvest. Now is the time to reap the rewards for a job well done.
Last Friday night, he was recognized at the Philippine Fashion Ball as the winner of Best Model Management Award – a precious honor symbolic of his outstanding efforts in running an artist and model management company that has grown in leaps and bounds during the past eight years. Popular for bringing us beauty queens (Venus Raj, Shamcey Supsup, Janine Tugonon and Queenie Rehman to name some) we all love and adore (via Aces & Queens), he extended his reach to the handling of some of the country’s top-notch fashion and commercial models such as Brapanese hunks Hideo Muraoka, Daniel Matsunaga, Akihiro Sato & Fabio Ide. He also continued his foray to the world of showbiz when he started landing one contract after another for his wards who are now showbiz personalities like JC Tiuseco, Mikael Daez, Benjamin Alves, Ervic Vijandre, Kerbie Zamora, Lemuelle Pelayo and the upcoming Artista Academy hopeful Benjo Leoncio.
The guy is simply unstoppable. And to think that nearly a decade ago, all of these were but dreams waiting to happen. I remember our time together when Mabuhay Beauties was still an active pageant-loving group. It never crossed our minds that he will someday be looked up to as the famous beauty and talent connoisseur he is right now. 2004 was his first turning point because that was the year Mercator Artist and Model Management was born. The rest is continuously running history.
And so, I doff my hat to the one and only Jonas Gaffud. May you continue to bring us more world-class beauty queens, more gorgeous Film/TV idols and more fierce models on the runway and glossy pages of fashion magazines. My heartfelt congratulations once more!
By the way, do check out the new website of Mercator and like its Facebook fanpage as well. 🙂
July 9 is extra special for me because Norman's Blog is officially 2 years old today!
I woke up with an extra glint in my eyes this morning. My blog is now 2 years-old! Pardon the cliche’ but I can’t believe I’ve made it this far as a blogger. Two years ago today, I had no clear commitment to doing this on a regular basis, let alone a one-blog-a-day proposition. Credit goes to Miss Universe 2009 which spurred me to start devoting part of my time to the same. The encouraging support of loyal readers and visitors continuously motivate me. The daily hits normally move on an up-and-down mode, but I am extra proud of what happened last April 11, 2011 when my blog had 34,658 views on that day alone! My topic then was about the winners of Binibining Pilipinas 2011.
From hereon, I can only move to bigger and better things. And I sincerely wish that you, my dear readers, will keep dropping by and share at least a minute or two of your time in reading or looking at my daily entries. I promise to keep my blogs as reader-friendly (short, sweet and visually appealing) as always!
By the way, let me thank TV Host/VJ/DJ KC Montero and Actress/Model/DJ Kat Alano for the free plugging of my blog in the “KC Show with Kat” (Mondays-Fridays 8am-11am on Wave 89.1), i.e., everytime I call them up in the morning (as ‘Hannibal’). Actually, I don’t need to shamelessly utter my URL anymore because KC always jumps the gun on me in shouting ‘normannorman.wordpress.com’. Special thanks as well to OPMB Worldwide, Missosology Forums and Mabuhay Beauties.
Okay, time to get back to regular programming! Onwards to Year 3! 😉
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.
courtesy of OPMBvids
Shamcey Supsup in her Filipiniana attire during the Bb. Pilipinas 2011 Primer. (Photo credit: Boyet Blas of Mabuhay Beauties)
For Shamcey Supsup fans and supporters, plus the remaining doubting Thomases and curious lurkers who have their reservations about the girl who is now a hot favorite for one of two Bb. Pilipinas 2011 crowns, here’s a brief tete-a-tete with her. Many thanks to OPMB Worldwide for the video.
courtesy of OPMBvids
Bb. Pilipinas 2011 Official Candidate Patricia Tumulak (Photo credit: Jory Rivera of OPMB Worldwide)
videos courtesy of mabuhaybeauties1
In a special interview with Mabuhay Beauties, Bb. Pilipinas 2011 Official Candidate was cornered by Noli Berioso to answer questions about her bid for a title this year. This should her give her fans and supporters a better appreciation of this beauty who happens to be one of the favorites going into the finals on April 10.
In a recent appearance of the Bb. Pilipinas 2011 Official Candidates during the Meet & Greet with PBA Champions Talk & Text Tropang Texters at the Araneta Center, the favorites are starting to make their presence felt slowly but surely. Check out the photos (courtesy of OPMB Worldwide‘s Bruce Casanova and Melvin Sia) and video (from MabuhayBeauties.com) below:
The gorgeous Shamcey Supsup
The alluring Dianne Necio
The stunning Isabella Manjon
The captivating Diana Arevalo
The sweet-smiling Cai Subijano
The va-va-voom MJ Lastimosa
The ladies with the Talk & Text Tropang Texters
The ladies on their way to the Meet & Greet
Below is a video of the said event:
video courtesy of barbielovespogi
Here are more photos of the 40 Bb. Pilipinas 2011 Official Candidates. You can definitely see the joy and exuberance in their eyes for making it this unique year where the usual 24 contenders have been stretched to 16 more. Between now and the pageant night on April 9, a lot of things can still happen (like disqualifications due to a lot of reasons or backing-out and the like) so don’t be surprised if the number goes down (hopefully not by much) after two months.
For now, let us all enjoy these ladies. You will see more candidate-dedicated blogs in the next few weeks or so. 😉
All the images above are courtesy of Mabuhay Beauties.com