THE BINIBINING PILIPINAS & ITS CROWNS | MISS INTERNATIONAL
Did you know that the first Miss International title holder is Madame Stella Marquez-Araneta, the chairman of Binibining Pilipinas Organization? And today, she deserves the spotlight.
MARÍA STELLA MÁRQUEZ-ARANETA,
the First Miss International Title Holder
At age 23, she competed in the first Miss International pageant held in Long Beach, California in 1960, becoming the first Miss International, and also the first Latin American titleholder in that line of pageants.
Miss International is a Japanese-based international beauty pageant organized by The International Culture Association. The pageant advocacy is to achieve a world where women can live with positivity, inner strength and individuality. The slogan of Miss International is to “correct understanding of Japan in the international community” and “the realization of world peace through mutual understanding”. The Miss International Organization has opened doors to 6 Filipinas, making Philippines the second country to win the most number of Miss International titles.
Today, Mrs. Araneta is working as the chairman of the Binibining Pilipinas Charities Incorporated for more than 5 decades. BPCI is the organization that gave the Philippines pride and honor in the world of pageantry.
BINIBINING PILIPINAS 2022
BB 40 | SAN PABLO, LAGUNA
Director & Editor | Elishua Balinton
Designer | Alison Castro
Stylist | Roman RS Sebastian
Photographer | Ren Gabriel Lucas Buluran
Makeup Artist | Raffy Prieto Francisco
Hair Stylist | Morris Caisip Elunio
Accessories | Christopher E Munar
Whenever I chat with our Binibining Pilipinas International Hannah Arnold, she always lets her hair down. But her photo below for Cream Silk Philippines is a real scene-stealer.
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With the recent tweet of the Miss International Organization stressing that they are not open to holding a virtual pageant, rumors are strong that the Japan-based competition might be postponed due to the pandemic. Perhaps, they have learned their lessons from the Tokyo Olympics hosting. Instead of creating problems, it won’t come as a surprise if a 2022 playdate will take over. But since no formal announcement has been made, there is still a glimmer of hope of a delay but still within the year.
As for the other Queens of Binibining Pilipinas, Cindy Obeñita is a go for Miss Intercontinental in Sharm El-Sheik, Egypt come late October and Maureen Montagne is preparing for an early November staging of The Miss Globe in Albania.
Meanwhile in Thailand, Miss Grand International is still keeping mum about details on whether to push through with the original plan of a December schedule for its 2021 edition. The civil unrest has affected the country and violence is alarming everyone that even reigning titleholder Abena Appiah (right) took to writing the United Nations to help intervene and restore peace. Interestingly, the core value of MGI will be put to test in this situation. Let’s see what happens next.
Pageant followers of Bb. Pilipinas 2021 are saying that the fight for the Bb. Pilipinas International crown is likely to be between Maureen Montagne and Hannah Arnold. And I tend to agree.
These two ladies represent two different kinds of tenderness that could suit up for the taste of the Miss International Organizers in Japan.
Maureen could be packaged in the mold of Bea Rose Santiago, while Hannah is seen as lite versions of Lara Quigaman-cum-Kylie Verzosa.
I feel that the level of sweetness should be there – not in excess but with the right balance that would fit the formula of success.
Of course, I cannot discount someone like Gabrielle Basiano just yet because she simply has one of the most beautiful faces among the 34 Binibinis. But I am seeing this tall beauty from Borongan as hitting the template of Miss Grand International more closely.
The buzz is that the Finals of Bb. Pilipinas 2021 may possibly happen this coming June – either early or later part of the sixth month. Let’s just wait for BPCI to confirm the specifics.
Credits for Maureen:
Makeup Shone Zendon Hair Dan Forro
Styling Oli Sara Gown Job Dacon
Credits for Hannah:
Makeup Jessie Maghuyop Hair Jan Jonas Lucas
Gown Louis Pangilinan
TOKYO, JAPAN – NOVEMBER 12: Sireethorn Leearamwat of Thailand (center) is crowned Miss International 2019 during the 59th Miss International Beauty Pageant at Tokyo Dome City Hall on November 12, 2019 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Jun Sato/WireImage)
Now it can be told.
There will be no Miss International in 2020.
The organizers have decided to postpone its 60th edition and have it staged in 2021 after the Tokyo Olympics.
Reigning titleholder Sireethorn Leearamwat of Thailand will now be the longest-reigning titleholder of the pageant.
Visit the URL below to read more. My media colleague Armin Adina reports on the cancellation.
Sometimes, I can’t help but wonder why a woman as beautiful as Vickie Marie Rushton has not won a Bb. Pilipinas crown until now. Perhaps, it’s the effect of her latest photos here that sets me up to thinking about her pageant fate.
In the past, hurdles have certainly stood in the way of nailing a good crown. And the bumps happened so fast. One minute, she already has a win within arm’s reach. Then the next minute, it slipped her grasp that all we can do is feel sad for the circumstances.
Vickie turned 28 last month. With Bb. Pilipinas 2020 indefinitely postponed, the chances of getting a targeted title are getting slimmer as each pandemic moment eats up the days, weeks and months leading towards the end of the year and into the next.
Miss International has a ceiling age of 28 (at the time of national crowning and throughout the bigger competition in Japan). Now she can certainly hope to still make it to the other Bb. Pilipinas titles at stake. But we all know that she is a perfect fit for MI. Anything other than that would be a risk. And a crown of lesser prestige at that.
How about you, dear readers? How are you sizing up the pageant fate of Vickie Rushton amidst the global pandemic and the age factor joining forces to make it even more tricky at this point?
A period of 25 years is a “generation” – the time from birth to someone having a child of their own and starting the next generation. For beauty camp Kagandahang Flores, 2020 marks the year of its Silver Jubilee. And Rodgil Flores must be beaming with pride, alongside his cousin Gio Flores, in what their initial efforts have transformed into the past two and a half decades.
It all started from humble beginnings. Back in the mid-90s, the group fielded a sole candidate – Sonia Santiago – for Bb. Pilipinas 1996. In between, more beautiful Filipinas started undergoing training and polish for bigger beauty competitions. And in the process, a good number of the ladies started winning national titles left and right, until their successes were justly rewarded when Precious Lara Quigaman was crowned Miss International 2005 – their very first claim to grand slam fame.
Below is a rundown of the KF alumni who went on to win their international pageants, either here or abroad:
Miss International 2005 Precious Lara Quigaman
Miss International 2013 Bea Rose Santiago
Miss Earth 2008 Karla Henry
Miss Earth 2014 Jamie Herrell
Miss Earth 2015 Angelia Ong
Miss Earth 2017 Karen Ibasco
Miss Intercontinental 2018 Karen Gallman
Miss Asia Pacific International 2018 Sharifa Akeel
Miss Tourism International 2012/13 Rizzini Alexis Gomez
Miss Tourism International 2013/14 Angeli Dione Gomez
Mr Gay World 2017 John Raspado
Mr Gay World 2019 Janjep Carlos
Mister Tourism Ambassador World 2018 Kerr Cruz
I won’t make a separate list of their winners in Bb. Pilipinas, Miss World Philippines, Miss Philippines Earth, Mutya ng Pilipinas/Mutya Pilipinas and even in Mr World Philippines or Misters of Filipinas anymore because this entry will get very long.
Rodgil during one of his training sessions with Miss Universe Philippines 2019 Gazini Ganados
Some of the core members of Team KF
In essence, Team KF discovers and teaches potential women and men to become successful pageant titleholders. The series of training and level workshops are focused on Personality Development, Visual Poise, Fitness, Pageant Question and Answer, Pageant Hair & Make-Up styling and Pageant Catwalk and Projection – all tailored fit for the biggest national pageants for both genders in the Philippines.
KF is now established as one of two most prominent beauty camps as well as internationally sought-after pageant training groups in the country. It’s no secret that beauty queens from other countries have also given their trust to them. And I am not surprised at the progressive move. If at any, that is already expected. Just like the last two Miss Earth winners Phuong Khanh Nguyen of Vietnam and Nellys Pimentel of Puerto Rico. They were both prepared (or perfected, if you will) at KF before their respective competitions.
Rodgil and his 28 Binibinis for Bb. Pilipinas 2020
I can remember during one of his past interviews (watch below) for Assignment Asia of the China Global Television Network (CGTN) how Rodgil called beauty aspirants – “beauty athletes” – because all the learnings are continuously practiced in their individual lives outside the confines of the camp itself. I could not think of a more appropriate term that could better that.
Congratulations to your 25th Anniversary, Kagandahang Flores! Here’s a toast to the passion and unstinting efforts to train a generation of Beautiful Filipinas!
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