Last night, your blogger – along with Gerry Diaz of Aces & Queens and MU1999 1st Runner-Up Miriam Quiambao (via Skype) – guested on the CNN Philippines program “On the Record” with host Pia Hontiveros-Pagkalinawan. The topic was Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray and the seriously rumored takeover of the Miss Universe Philippines franchise by the group of Gov. Chavit Singson.
Miss Grand Philippines Eva Patalinjug tripped on her evening gown during the Preliminaries of Miss Grand International 2018. It was neither as slight as that of Pia Wurtzbach’s when she was approaching centerstage during MU2015 nor as floor-reaching as Miriam Quiambao’s during MU1999. She quickly recovered as expected.
How are you reading into it, guys?
Gown by Roy Erwin Tuazon of Cebu
Earrings: Felizo by Jerome Navarro
With husband Ardy Roberto
Bb. Pilipinas Universe 1999 and Miss Universe 1999 1st Runner-Up Miriam Quiambao-Roberto is a fitting subject for this Maundy Throwback Thursday entry because she has already evolved right in front of our eyes from beauty queen to TV host to teleserye performer to film character actress to wife and now, an inspirational speaker along with husband Ardy Roberto who is a bestselling author. The two of them travel to different places around the Philippines and other countries to speak in front of our kababayans about the Word of God while lifting their spirits up while working overseas away from their loved ones.
Watch the testimony of Miriam on 700Club Asia:
Now here is a TV interview of Miriam (and husband Ardy) on GMA-7’s Powerhouse almost three years ago.
Let us look back now at the pageant peaks of Miriam during Bb. Pilipinas 1999 and the Miss Universe edition the same year.
So as a last video, here is the audio interview of Miriam on The Tao of Self-Confidence last year. This one makes her an appropriate source of inspiration in this – the midst of Holy Week.
Miss Universe 1999 Mpule Kwelagobe (middle) and her court (including 1st Runner-Up Miriam Quiambao)
Mpule Kwelagobe being crowned by Wendy Fitzwilliam
Miriam Quiambao and guest performer Julio Iglesias Jr
In my mind, Miss Universe 1999 will always be worth remembering, not only because our very own Miriam Quiambao placed 1st Runner-Up and could have been our 3rd Miss U more than 16 years ago. Rumor has it that Donald Trump already approved of her winning provided that the final answer in the Final 3 will be handled well. Sadly, it wasn’t meant to be. I sat glued to the set like a leech, missing lunch and disappointed that the final results were so close to our favor but still not there.
At any rate, the atmosphere of that edition will long be remembered for having such an all-around festive atmosphere that was both festive and pulsating. The music, the performers, the limbo dancing, the candidates, the swimsuits, the gowns, the judges, the then-popular host (Jack Wagner) – everything contributed to a finals night that will always be looked back upon as evoking the authentic spirit of the Carribean and everything that comes with the colorful flavor of Trinidad & Tobago.
Watch now and reminisce.
courtesy of Bellezas Mexicanas
Catch her at National Bookstore Glorietta tomorrow, March 21
While the book may have already been released last year, “He Can Catch You When You Fall
” is getting a second wind with a book signing activity tomorrow at National Bookstore in Glorietta.
Catch Miss Universe 1999 1st Runner-Up Miriam Quiambao and get a chance to have your copy of the book signed by her. And while you’re at it, have a quick photo op with her as well.
It’s all happening mid-afternoon of March 21. So if you’re a fan and still don’t have the book, head off to the activity and maybe get to ask a question or two. 😉
Many thanks to GMA Network News for coming up with the above graphic
MJ Lastimosa during her homecoming presscon
As we close another complete chapter of international pageantry with the crowning of the 63rd Miss Universe Paulina Vega a week ago, allow me to reminisce on the Philippine participation in the same, with focus on the achievements we have made.
Yesterday, I gathered from reliable sources that Miss Universe Philippines 2014 Mary Jean ‘MJ’ Lastimosa actually finished 6th overall (how heartbreaking!) in the competition. She lost by a mere 0.625 of a point to Yasmin Verheijen of the Netherlands going into the Top 5.
Now if only she entered the magic circle and notched 2nd Runner-up at least in Miami, then the country would’ve already conquered all possible placements in our favorite beauty pageant.
Watch the video below showing our Miss Universe reps from 1952 to the 63rd edition.
courtesy of MyBeauty Official
Julio Iglesias, Jr. (left) and Enrique Iglesias will be the guest performers for the 63rd Miss Universe Pageant in Doral Miami
Miss Universe 2013 Gabriela Isler
For the January 25 finals of the 63rd Miss Universe Pageant in Doral Miami, there will be two international guest performers – brothers at that. Enrique Iglesias and Julio Iglesias, Jr. will be coming to entertain the worldwide audience as well as sing to the ladies during their separate spot numbers.
You will all remember Julio Jr. as the singer during the 1999 Miss Universe Pageant in Trinidad and Tobago when our very own Miriam Quiambao made it all the way to the Top 3 and clinched 1st Runner-Up to Mpule Kwelagobe. Will he bring good luck to our MJ Lastimosa? And will the luck be even greater with Enrique around?
I can already visualize a highly entertaining show at the FIU Arena. And it is possible that the more popular Enrique will perform the English version of his song “Bailando” as shown in the video below.
courtesy of EnriqueIglesiasVEVO