Yesterday was placed as rest day for the 65th Miss Universe contestants. But it wasn’t really like that as rehearsals got underway with Runway Coach Lu Sierra doing her motivational talk and training of the girls.
Today will be the closed-door Preliminary Interviews – a nerve-wracking but much-awaited part of the competition. And setting aside first the results of the same (which will be held in secrecy), the Preliminaries will take place at the MOA Arena tomorrow night.
And what are my expectations? Just as I have mentioned before, there will be two (2) main lists on my personal judging – the Untouchables and the Desirables. I added a third – the Noticeables who will comprise the ladies who could spoil things up for the perceived strong contenders.
The six (6) ladies in the Untouchables list remain unchanged. For the purpose of the Preliminary Competition, they are the ones who are expected to deliver like thoroughbreds, and I am ranking them now as follows: Miss Thailand Chalita Suansane, Miss Brazil Raissa Santana, Miss Philippines Maxine Medina, Miss Colombia Andrea Tovar, Miss Venezuela Mariam Habach and Miss Indonesia Kezia Warouw. The rankings are there for the purpose of classifying their stand. But truthfully, the scores would be very close if I had to key in numbers. So regardless of the order by which I stated their names above, there could be different combos among the six of them on who should be #1 of #6.As we go to my Desirables category, the number suddenly jumped from six (6) to nine (9). I reviewed them more meaningfully. It would be a shame not to include every single country name on my strong expectations list because they are also showing firepower, maybe not as intense as the six (6) in the first list, but still more than enough to observe their individual presentations with eagle eyes.
I am ranking my Desirables as follows: Miss Australia Caris Tiivel, Miss Dominican Republic Sal Garcia, Miss Argentina Estefania Bernal, Miss Barbados Shannon Harris, Miss Turkey Sila Çakir, Miss Aruba Charlene Leslie, Miss Belgium Stephanie Geldhof, Miss Guatemala Virginia Argueta and Miss Puerto Rico Brenda Jimenez Azaria. It’s really up to them to either deliver or deliver very well in both swimsuit and evening gown.And how about my Noticeables? They are the ones who are ready to jump ferociously once the opportunity to shine presents itself willingly. They are still in the zone, and would do everything possible to inch their way up the ladder no matter what the odds are. I have six (6) to put here: Miss Netherlands Zoey Ivory, Miss Nicaragua Marina Jacoby, Miss Sierra Leone Hawa Kamara, Miss USA Deshauna Barber, Miss Mexico Cristal Silva and Miss Great Britain Jaime-lee Faulkner.
Honestly, I will focus on the performance of my Desirables and Noticeables during the Preliminary Competition. That should give me a good idea as to which dozen deserves the make the cut to the Top 12 for my Final Predictions which will come out Sunday morning. 😉
The 65th Miss Universe Global Fan Vote has already started and here is where you can help your favorite contestant make it to Top 12 on January 30, like our very own Miss Philippines Maxine Medina (check out the accepted Twitter hashtags on the left).
Here is the Press Release Advisory:
Starting today through January 28, the voting window is open for fans to vote for their favorite contestant and help her earn a spot in the Top 12. Fans are able to vote up to 10 times per day per registered account via vote.missuniverse.com, the official MISS U APP, on Twitter by using #MissUniverse and the country specific hashtag found on the voting site, or by downloading the new mobile messaging app, Vodi.
Additionally, fans will have the opportunity to continue voting during the telecast. For each round of the competition, viewers will have 10 votes to distribute amongst the semi-finalists ultimately allowing them to help choose the winner of Miss Universe.
This year’s three-hour MISS UNIVERSE® special programming event is giving fans more opportunities to get to know the contestants. For the first time ever, the semi-finalists will be grouped into a Top 12, 9, 6, and 3, allowing viewers to learn more about the contestant’s accomplishments, interests, and objectives as Miss Universe.
Last night, the final ancillary event of the 65th Miss Universe was held at Conrad Manila. It was the well-attended National Gift Auction which followed the much-anticipated Designers Showcase where our talented designers took the spotlight where their creations were worn on the runway by the contestants.
As leader-of-the-pack Albert Andrada puts it, “I am so happy and fulfilled to have talked to 87 Filipino fashion designers and to unite them in one of the major ancillary events of the Miss Universe Competition. January 23 will be a night of gift giving, empowered women and a fashion gala of Filipino designers. This is a very rare evening wherein one can witness the Miss Universe’s official candidates wearing the creations of our country’s pride in the fashion industry. To my colleagues in the fashion industry, THANK YOU SO MUCH for your support!!! Mabuhay!” #united #filipinofashiondesigners #missuniverse2017
Here are samples of some of the creations last night with their respective wearers.
The famous bee just got a little more popular yesterday when the 65th Miss Universe contestants visited the Jollibee branch at Bluebay Walk for a Charity Event with the kids. It was a bee-utiful affair indeed as each of the ladies got assigned to kids for some quality time of fun and bonding and eating the best-selling meals at the international fast food chain.
And more than any kiddie parties, this was the afternoon that meant the most to the Official Mascot as he escorted Miss Philippines Maxine Medina at the end of the activity, along with the other delegates who were each given stuffed toys and Swatch watches and party favors handed over by the kids. Miss Indonesia Kezia Warouw even had a take-out of Chickenjoy!
It was fun for everyone, even if my coverage partner Joy Arguil had to muscle her way through the sea of media photographers just to get all these images for you. 🙂
Another group went to Davao today as they boarded a privately-chartered flight that brought the ladies to the south. From the airport (where they were warmly welcomed), the beautiful guests were given a tour of Eden Nature Park and Resort up until lunchtime. They were then off to Park Inn to freshen up and attend rehearsals for the night’s event.
The fashion show featured local designers where our very own Maxine Medina wore a creation by the Czar of Davao Fashion Boy Guino-o. Special Sponsor Awards were also handed out by Phoenix Petroleum as the fuel company selected Miss Venezuela Mariam Habach as Miss Phoenix Petroleum, Miss Philippines Maxine Medina as Hiyas ng Petroleum and Miss Indonesia Kezia Warouw as Phoenix Best Smile.
All in all, it was a very tiring day for the girls. And it won’t stop just yet. Friday will mean more activities.
Good night, dear readers!
This post is a bit belated since the Governor’s Ball already happened last night and the 65th Miss Universe updates are fiercely at top speed.
At any rate, click on the videos below to see the candidates during their red-carpet entrance at the SMX Convention Center.
There are small nuances among the ladies that you can see if you watch more keenly.
All videos uploaded by Abbie Real