Miss World Philippines 2011 will be crowned during formal pageant ceremonies at the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC) and will earn the right to represent the country in Miss World 2011 to be held in London, UK on November 6. Since we’re more than halfway through September, the winner will be immediately whisked to more trainings, makeovers and fittings because she will definitely be flying to the contest site next month.
Among the 25 contenders, I have fearlessly trimmed down the list to what I term my “Pick 7 Ladies” – the ones who I feel are best fits for the mold of a Miss World candidate. They are, in this particular order of personal preference:
#13 Gwendoline Ruais
#24 Helen Nicolette Henson
#9 Martha Chloe McCully
#17 Erin Dolores Lane
#25 Erina Ann Lightholder
#1 Samantha Nerville Purvor
#12 Elaine Kay Moll
Obviously, my pick to win is Gwendoline Ruais. I simply love this statuesque Fil-French stunner. Gut feel tells me that she will rock the Miss World stage if ever. But close on her heels is Helen Nicolette Henson who will definitely give the former stiff competition. If not for a middling height, she could easily be a shoo-in for the top spot. Let’s see if one of these two ladies will nail the title tonight!
Reigning Miss World Alexandria Mills will crown the winner. The Board of Judges will include boxer Manny Pacquiao, actress Iza Calzado, Dr. Vicki Belo and Fashion Designer/Make-up Specialist Fanny Serrano.
Who’s your pick to win? 😉
Miss World Philippines 2011 will air over GMA-7 tonight at 10pm after Protege’
National Director Cory Quirino (in red) presenting the crown together with the candidates of Miss World Philippines 2011 (Photo credit: Bruce Casanova/OPMB Worldwide)
The Press Presentation of Miss World Philippines 2011 was recently held at the Ballroom of Midas Hotel & Casino – the pageant’s official residence. National Director Cory Quirino proudly unveiled the crown to the media, while the more than two dozen candidates paraded in their swimsuits and black cocktail dresses to the delight of the audience.
The 25 ladies, with their official number assignments, are:
1 – Samantha Nerville Purvor
2 – Julian Savard
3 – Karen Joyce Peñanueva
4 – Irene Gabriel
5 – Rogelie Catacutan
6 – Richelle Therese Borja
7 – Charlotte Melissa Tyler
8 – Gaydra Rama
9 – Martha Chloe Mcculley
10 – Princess Tiffany Carbungco
11 – Mercy Malaluan
12 – Elaine Kay Moll
13 – Gwendolyn Ruais
14 – Joey Albert Short
15 – Jaysel Arrozal
16 – Loucelle de Jesus
17 – Erin Lane
18 – Donna Maricel Cardino
19 – Mica Angela Angeles
20 – Jayanne Marie Aldanese
21 – Mae Liezel Ramos
22 – Ma. Paula Bianca Paz
23 – Christine Kate Adi
24 – Helen Nicolette Henson
25 – Erina Ann Lightholder
I will give more focus on the hopefuls in the next couple of blogs. But this early, I’m keeping an eye on seven mixed-race beauties, namely, #13 Gwendolyn Ruais, #24 Nicolette Henson, #7 Charlotte Melissa Tyler, #25 Erina Lightholder, #9 Martha Chloe McCully, #22 Ma. Paula Bianca Paz (more of Fil-Am Pinay than mixed) and #17 Erin Lane. There are actually a lot of potential winners in the batch, and coming up with a Top 10 might make me leave out a few who deserve to be recognized as well.
Meanwhile, Miss World Philippines 2011 has a simultaneous promotion called VOTE & TEXT campaign wherein one lucky texter will win – hold your breath – a condo unit courtesy of SM Development Corporation! The winner will be drawn on September 17 – a day before the finals. You can view the ladies HERE so you can decide on who to vote. Here’s how:
To vote, text MWP Candidate Number/Name,Address
Send to 367 for Smart and Talk N Text or send to 2344 for Globe, TM & Sun.
Php 2.50 per vote for Smart, Talk N Text, Globe and TM and Php 2.00 per vote for Sun.
From September 7-10, the 25 candidates will fly to Puerto Princesa for the swimsuit competition. Pre-Pageant Gala Night will then be staged on September 13 at the Manila Hotel. You can check with the pageant website on how to buy tickets for this event. After that, the coronation night follows on September 18 – and telecast on GMA-7 – where one contender will win the right to represent the country in Miss World 2011 in London.
Watch out for more about Miss World Philippines 2011! 😉
The Final Screening of Miss World Philippines 2011 was conducted at the PICC where the 25 Official Candidates were selected from a list of 54 short-listed ladies who received the callbacks and originally sourced from hundreds of wannabes who applied for the same. The formal announcement and presentation of the contenders will be done next week, but just to whet your appetite, here are photos of some of the familiar girls who made it to the cut. I won’t put names anymore. If you’ve been following local pageants for the past couple of years. you should already know them by now. 😉
There’s nothing new about ladies joining and re-joining beauty contests. In fact, such attempts display their fierce determination to win and represent the country in international competitions. What makes joining Miss World-Philippines 2011 (MWP2011) a bit unique is the fact that the pageant’s franchise was just recently-booted from the roster of Binibining Pilipinas titles and previous joiners of the latter had to give up something (loyalty, for one) in the process.
Such is the case of two lovelies who have decided to jump ship and screen for MWP2011 last weekend.
Martha Chloe McCully was a favorite to figure out well in Binibining Pilipinas 2011. But such was not the case after the dust settled and the actual winners crowned. The former ABS-CBN talent (she was a member of Pilipinas Deal or No Deal’s 26K) thought better than to get stuck with the network and wait for next year or 2013 to try her luck in the same beauty contest.
And then there’s Helen Nicolette Henson who placed 2nd Runner-Up to Venus Raj in Binibining Pilipinas 2010. Having made it to the Top 5, she was asked to sign an 18-month contract with BPCI. And since there is an overlapping of dates between the expiration of the same and the scheduled screenings for Miss World Philippines 2011, she had no choice but to resign her post. Besides, she is more identified with GMA-7 (having co-hosted Party Pilipinas in the past) which has exclusivity to the new contest.
I don’t blame the two. They are both gorgeous and competitive. And since beauty queen wannabes have shorter expiration dates, they have to take advantage of the opportunity. Chloe just turned 24 (ceiling age for Miss World) and Nicolette will turn 23 later this year.
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.
The second batch of Bb. Pilipinas 2011 Official Candidates from 14-26 has all the statuesque girls, and I can go out on a limb and say that there will be at least 1 titleholder from them for sure, two even if my initial forecast holds water.
My choices here are: #26 Shamcey Supsup, #25 Isabella Manjon, #20 Jenette Mieko Noguchi, #16 Sabrinne Al-Tawil, #15 Arabella Hanesh #19 Wendy Lucas and #23 Luzelle Felipe.
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