There is something about a woman when she is photographed on the steps of and around a beautiful old church that gives the vibe of beauty and serenity combined.
Nicole Guerrero, Binibining Pilipinas Ilocos Sur, exudes just that in a Mikee Andrei Bride ethereal design and shot in the province’s majestic church.
Location: Santa Maria Church, Ilocos Sur
Photography: Ernie Mangoba
Post Process: Carti Jays
Logistics: Dan August Guerrero BLorraine Vaq
Hair and Makeup: Raymond Galang
What’s your tale on #Binibini24 Jean Nicole Guerrero, dear readers? I know that this lady has prepared so much for the competition. With the field wide open for any of the 40 contenders to snatch one of the six titles at stake, it really could be anyone’s ballgame at this point.
Nicole may not be as hyped as the others. But I feel like she still has strong aces up her sleeve when it matters most. I’d also like to see what kind of impact she will make on members of the media in tomorrow’s Press Presentation.
Nicole in Mikee Andrei
When the new pictorial of Reina Hispanoamericana 2017 landed in my inbox (thanks to my dear friend Voltaire Tayag of Rappler), I immediately thought of using the popular phrase “…a rose by any other name…” from William Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet as inspiration for this blog entry. This wonderful lady – who is always a joy to work with – decided to use Teresita as her public name right before, during and after her successful stint in Bolivia. But somehow, the showbiz affiliation is so strong that the popular nickname of “Win-Wyn” just could not be erased that easily from the minds of everyone.
Call her Teresita. Or call her Win-Wyn. She will always be our Reina Hispanoamericana 2017.
This latest photoshoot was a special one because our Queen herself had a say in every shot taken. The overall atmosphere, though, was fun and relaxed that everyone in the studio enjoyed doing all the layouts and did not mind the time at all.
Below are the other stills from the said shoot. Here are the credits first:
Photographer: Jose Dyowi Contreras
Make-up: Carissa Cielo Medved
Hair: Dave Grona
Creative director/styling: Voltaire Tayag
Black gown, Floral Dress and Top by: Rhett Eala
White gown: Mikee Andrei
She’s not like everyone else. Her unique personality quirks are a joy to watch such that one can’t help but find her beautifully endearing. And if that’s not enough, she has a heartwarming nature that will never go unnoticed. Truth be told, I like Pauline Amelinckx for the entirety of who she is, and not just the polished facade most everyone adopts in their best behavior.
Your Mutya ng Bohol in the 50th Mutya ng Pilipinas got her good share of ups throughout the pre-pageant competition. She was named Best in Modern Terno last Tuesday with her Mikee Andrei garb cited as one of the Top 5 creations for the event. She also copped three important Special Awards from the sponsors – Mutya ng Camera Club of the Philippines, Mutya ng Mags Clothing and one of the five Sol Y Viento Ambassadors. And people are just continuously charmed with her grace and humility that were consistently observed these past two weeks.
Now watch my ambush interview with Pauline earlier this week. You can really sense the kind quality in her character. And I can go as far as saying that she will do the entire Bohol Province, even the Visayas Region, proud this coming Sunday night.
May the stars align in her favor!
Photo credits: Mark Ryan Alvarez for the swimwear shots and Joy Arguil for the Modern Terno.
Swimwear and Styling by Mikee Andrei
Makeup by Raymond Galang
Hair by Donna Abitria
There are fifty (50) Official Candidates in the 50th Mutya ng Pilipinas. And to stand out in this large group of assembled beautiful ladies may seem to be a tall order for some. The pageant’s niche is a truly beautiful face. But to match that with brains and wit that somehow take half the place of the “X” factor quality we all are looking for, then the field gets narrowed to a more manageable number that serves the purpose of coming up with a more confident assessment of the contenders.
One such beauty for serious consideration is 23 year-old Pauline Amelinckx, Mutya ng Bohol for sash purposes and looking so gorgeous in the “Something Gold” photoshoot in this entry. This half-Filipina, half-Belgian was raised in the province and a well-loved native in the eyes of all Boholanos. Prior to winning the title of Miss Bohol last year, she was a Tourism Officer in the Municipality of Tubigon. And she is tailor-made for tasks that involve promotion of the tourist spots beyond Chocolate Hills and the Tarsiers. She articulates herself well, and in an engaging manner at that.
Credits: Mark Ryan Alvarez/Photographer, Mikee Andrei/Wardrobe&Styling, Raymond Galang/Makeup and Donna Abitria/Hair
Personally, your blogger has already spent time talking to Pauline and she is more than just a sweet lady to converse with. Her heart is in the right place and the kindness/sincerity in her overall disposition can be felt in an instant. It will only take a short time before people in the national pageant will appreciate her true beauty, inside and out.
In the upcoming Press Presentation of the 50th Mutya ng Pilipinas this September 3, I trust Pauline to be one of those who will catch the attention of many. She is a Mutya not just to serve a personal goal of winning a good crown, but also to give back pride to the Province of Bohol which has supported her every step of the way.
Wynonah Buot is another Cebuana in the Aces & Queens 2018 roster for Bb. Pilipinas 2018. And this professional model is really looking 101% ready for the final screening of the nationals later in the day. I have seen her both in motion and up close (and personal) during the Presentation Show. And the wow factor is definitely oozing from this lady. Let us give her the floor now for a more detailed introduction of herself.
“My full name is Wynonah Van Joy C. Buot. I’m 24 years old. Born in Cebu and raised in Saudi Arabia. My family migrated when I was 5 and I finished elementary and high school there. I went back to Cebu to study for college. I took up BA Mass Communication at the University of the Philippines Cebu (UP Cebu) and graduated Cum Laude last 2014. At a very young age, I was already groomed by my parents – especially my mom – to be an achiever. I graduated Valedictorian in elementary and Salutatorian in high school. I was a hall of famer in declamation and oration — joined school, interschool and even regional competitions. I would also join quiz bees and spelling bees back then. I ran as President for the student body organization (and won) and became the editor in chief of our school newsletter. In UP, I also ran as chairperson of the student council but unfortunately lost. I was part of a socio-political organization and joined Miss UP Cebu 2012 during my sophomore year (and won). I’ve been a model for 5 years now. I joined Miss Cebu 2015 at the age of 21 and won the title as well. I’ve been hosting events since then. After Miss Cebu, I landed my first ever legit job as executive assistant to Kenneth Cobonpue. I even assumed other roles such as business development officer, administration assistant and sales associate. Sadly, I had to resign from my current post to pursue Bb. Pilipinas. At present, I am being trained by Aces & Queens. I stand 5’7.5” and measure 34-24-36.
Wynonah in Mikee Andrei during the AQ Presentation Show