While I am still waiting for Part 2 of Episode 6 – Game Changer – on the Ring Light Series, this is how I sized up the first dozen.
After finishing 6.1 – or the first of four parts of the Miss Universe Philippines Preliminary Q&A (which runs 1.5 hours) from Aklan to Camarines Sur – I am pleased overall.
I love eleven of the twelve ladies who were interviewed in the first batch. Practically everyone articulated themselves well. But I have to share my Top 3 in terms of clarity of thoughts, delivery and an overall impactful performance in front of the judges. They are:
1) Pauline Amelinckx of Bohol – commanding; her background as events host worked well in her favor. She communicated with the panel as if they were just having tea and scones on a rainy afternoon.
2) Jan Alexis Elcano of Batanes – nervous all throughout but she took a grip on her emotions and came up with solid answers to all questions asked. Her story on the cargo vessel she took from Batanes to Manila was icing on the cake, and something that the judges listened to with much interest.
3) Skelly Ivy Florida of Biliran – charming and sincere, but with a bite. This was her edge over my 4th-ranked (Aklan). She spoke with honesty and never relied on projecting a sweet image to the judges. She knew what she was talking about.
These are just my personal opinions. To sit through Episode 6.1 is already like watching one full movie. And with the ten questions ringing in my ear and multiplying by 12 can be really challenging. So at the end of it all, the ones who stood out for me are the ladies with truly #MemorableAnswers.
P.S. If you want my Top 5, then I will definitely add Aklan and Cagayan Province. Weakest link for me was Batangas.
Here is Batch 3 of the Miss Universe Philippines 2020 Candidates and their Passions that never fade for Downy Philippines.
They encapsulate in ten seconds what I have been individually blogging about them for the past two months.
Miss Surigao del Norte Carissa Quiza was unfortunately in the Province during the filming of this campaign
Miss Universe Philippines 2020 candidate Mari Danica Reynes of Cagayan Province has been singing almost all her life. I wouldn’t even be surprised if her first cry at birth sounded close to being melodious. Hence, from then till now, music has always been close to her heart. It has a calming quality that alleviates depression and reduces stress. What’s more, listening to it is beneficial to our mental health. Especially now in this time of pandemic, we need something to uplift our spirits. Music heals.
Danica wants to promote this, especially to the younger generation. If they focus in honing their talents or skills, be it music or other arts, it will help them turn away from the bad influences in life.
“In this time of quarantine, I made sure to be still productive and be of help in my own little way. I initiated an online fundraiser for my friend and his colleagues who are all medical frontliners. The funds will be used to provide them with PPE as they are in dire need of it – gogetfunding.com/loveinthetimeofcorona
I have been practicing yoga which is great for physical and mental health. Also I’m fond of languages because of my travels. I’m learning Italian recently. And I have been editing my travel vlogs as well, hoping it would somehow spark positivity amidst the tragic news we hear daily.
I also did a video collaboration with other music artists in singing Heal the World”
Danica’s natural talent in singing is a great source of her advocacy in the healing power of music. And the authenticity has been in place for many years now, both as a professional vocalist and a pageant candidate.
Good luck to you, the Pride of Cagayan Province!
In shots taken by Mark Neto Diaz with Creative Direction and Styling by Vhee Co plus swimwear by Bench Body, here are the 40 Beach Beauties of Miss World Philippines 2018.
By the way, they did their own makeups using BYS Cosmetics PH.
Be vertically challenged now with Official Candidates 1-40. Then share your personal favorites below: