A take from Win Wyn’s latest campaign photoshoot
For the past several weeks now, your blogger has been constantly “nagging” Teresita Ssen “Win Wyn” Marquez whether she has plans of joining Miss Universe Philippines 2020 or not. And her lone “cryptic” reply was ”Naku, Tito, if only 💜”
Not much of an answer for me to move on really.
But honestly, I took it as something that could only muddle-up her present showbiz projects and related plans. I know for a fact that she is all set to be part of the series “Beauty Queens” (right photo below) which will soon be seen over the streaming platform of ABS-CBN, iWant. In this program, she will be starring with Gloria Diáz, Maxine Medina and more.
I know this former Reina Hispanoamericana titleholder to give her 101% in any endeavor she commits herself into. Now if returning to national pageantry is going to entail sacrifices that will compromise matters she has already signed up for in recent months, then I reckon that she will not be too keen about the possibility – unless some twist of fate happens between now and the end of the month to pave the way.
Back in 2016, Riana Agatha Pangindian was still a 19 year-old pageant newbie who joined Bb. Pilipinas mainly for the experience. And what a journey she fondly relishes from that stint. An inclusion in the Top 15 was almost unexpected – given that she had to battle with the likes of Maxine Medina, Kylie Verzosa, Nicole Cordoves, Jennifer Hammond, Nichole Manalo and Joanna Eden who went home with the crowns. But she was actually part of that essential cut.
Instead of pushing herself into joining more beauty contests after that experience, Riana opted to finish her studies first. She graduated June of last year and took the board exams. She is now licensed to teach Biological Science. Her plan is to return to pageantry one more time before she finally focuses on becoming a full-time Educator. Her personal advocacy is actually inspired by her profession:
“I would like to focus on the importance of mentorship to the next generation. Growing up, I have been exposed to this process until I ventured to the field of education up to now that I am already a Professional Teacher. I learned that this is a key method to exponential wholistic growth of a person, whether young or old. So if we can invest on our current and future teachers – by supporting them emotionally, mentally, physically, and spiritually – it could help inspire and rekindle their joy and passion to teach with love and have respect for one another, moreso to the students they encounter.
This might be a huge undertaking, and I know I can’t do it on my own. So for now I’m starting small by mentoring younger women in my community which I believe is vital in their journey to adulthood. In all of these I know that I’m not alone because I have a God who is able to do far more than what I can think.”
I would really like to see the much-improved version of Riana in the coming months. And it’s looking like we can all see her return. As to which national pageant, let’s just wait and see.
Eight of the Philippines’ finest in Miss Universe during last night’s Tribute Concert. No wonder the country is the envy of every pageant-loving country in the Universe:
Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray
Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach
Miss Universe 2013 3rd Runner-Up Ara Arida
Miss Universe 2011 3rd Runner-Up Shamcey Supsup-Lee
Miss Universe 2010 4th Runner-Up Venus Raj
Miss Universe 2016 Top 6 Maxine Medina
Miss Universe 2017 Top 10 Rachel Peters and
Miss Universe 2014 Top 10 MJ Lastimosa
How I wish Miss Universe 2012 1st Runner-Up Janine Tugonon flew in from the US to join the eight others.
Here are photos of Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach and boyfriend Marlon Stockinger during the ABS-CBN Ball 2018 tonight at Makati Shangri-La, Manila. What can you say about her look and styling in that Martin Bautista gown?
And below, Miss Universe Philippines 2018 Catriona Gray, Miss Universe Philippines 2016 (& 65th Miss Universe Top 6 Finisher) Maxine Medina and Miss Universe Philippines 2013 (& Miss Universe 2013 3rd Runner-Up) Ara Arida are shown during their respective red-carpet walks during the same event.
Here now are Miss Universe Philippines 2016 Maxine Medina, Miss Universe Philippines 2018 Catriona Gray and commercial model Kelly Misa in their shoot for the Imprint book of Creations by Lourd Ramos.
Creative Director: Raymund Seranillo, Photographer: Louie Faundo, Stylist: Nio Manzano, HMUA Lourd Ramos Creations Team
Below are their individual layouts:
One more 120th Philippine Independence Day-inspired post: Miss Universe Philippines 2016 Maxine Medina wearing a Hap Dende | Geronie Labora Mascota de Zamboanga garb for Team Basilan Steel in the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League Datu Cup Opening Day at the Araneta Coliseum.
How does the Maria Clara-inspired creation strike you?
Check out today’s Super Sireyna of Eat Bulaga on the noontime show of GMA Network where I will be briefly introduced as one of the judges for the post-program #PreJudging of one of the more anticipated beauty contests on nationwide TV.
I will join Miss Universe Philippines 2016 Maxine Medina, actor Benjamin Alves and celebrity/car racer Marlon Stockinger in the panel for the Live Stream of the Pre-Judging in FB and the show’s YouTube channel.
This is going to be exciting because I have reviewed the 46 Official Candidates and they look gorgeous!
It was a whirlwind but satisfying 26 hours in Iloilo when I flew to the City of Love yesterday morning and returned just a few hours back today. As part of the judging panel for the Miss Iloilo Dinagyang Finals 2018 last night, I helped in selecting Demi Patria R. Jainga as the golden girl of the pageant which celebrated its 50th Edition at the University of San Agustin Gym.
I was in the company of beauty queens Bea Rose Santiago, Shamcey Supsup, Maxine Media and Rachel Peters and we were all pleasantly surprised at the level of articulation that most of the candidates displayed in both casual and Top 5 Q&A. Former Binibini Ruffa Nava clinched the 3rd highest title of Miss Iloilo Dinagyang IDFI 2018.
And earlier just after breakfast, I was picked up at Hotel del Rio and brought to Bombo Radyo Iloilo for a personal radio guesting in the program “Good Morning Philippines” with Bombo Ian Gajate to discuss about the said pageant plus the ladies of Bb. Pilipinas 2018.
All in all, I am so happy with this quick trip. Now I can fully agree why Iloilo is one of the world’s most livable cities – from the refreshingly modern airport to the uber clean streets and all.
Kudos to Miss Iloilo Dinagyang Executive Director Alex G. Soncio for making his farewell involvement with the competition the grandest in all of the seven years that he spearheaded the annual project.
I will be back!
This is it, Iloilo!
Today, I will be flying to Asia’s City of Love to serve as one of the judges in tonight’s finals of Miss Iloilo Dinagyang 2018 at the University of San Agustin Gym. Along with Miss International 2013 Bea Rose Santiago, Miss Universe 2011 3rd Runner-Up Shamcey Supsup, 65th Miss Universe Top 6 Finalist Maxine Medina, Miss Universe 2017 Top 10 placer Rachel Peters, Asia’s Next Top Model winner Maureen Wroblewitz, Mister Universal Ambassador 2016 2nd Runner-Up Andrea Biondo and Catwalk King Sinon Loresca, we will select the best and the brightest among the thirteen (13) ladies vying for the crown.
The Miss Iloilo Dinagyang 2018 Candidates posing in front of the Official Residence, Richmond Hotel Iloilo
And tomorrow morning, I will be guesting on Bombo Radyo Iloilo to do a wrap-up of the results of the finals above as well as discuss about Bb. Pilipinas 2018.
Watch out for my report on the results of Miss Iloilo Dinagyang 2018. Viva Señor Sto. Niño!
It is interesting to note that our Queens spent the New Year in different parts of the Globe – either with family or boyfriend or friends.
Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach flew to Zurich, Switzerland with boyfriend Marlon Stockinger where they spent quality time in the 10th safest city in the World (and 3rd safest in Europe) according to The Economist Intelligence Unit.
Miss Universe Philippines 2017 Rachel Peters and boyfriend Migz Villafuerte spent the New Year in freezing temperature while enjoying the beauty of Winter Wonderland in Niseko (ニセコ町, Niseko-chō), a town located in Shiribeshi Subprefecture of Hokkaido, Japan.
Miss Universe Philippines 2016 Maxine Medina (2nd from left) with her mom Marife and siblings Mathew, Marx & Ferica alongside niece Liofel were pictured in Beaverton, Oregon where they spent the Holidays.
Meanwhile, Bb. Pilipinas Supranational 2017 Chanel Olive Thomas headed back to the summer-y weather of Cairns, Australia where she donned her swimwear and enjoyed the sparkling waters of her home city Down Under.
Happy New Year to all of you, ladies!