Last night during the Fashion Show For a Cause hosted by ICSM Infinity Pageants – Philippine Global Queens at the Grand Ballroom of Shangrila at the Fort in BGC, members of the media were surprised that one of the two finale runway models of Designer Val Taguba (left photo with Celeste) is the beautiful Celeste Cortesi who resurfaced in the public eye after missing for so long during the past number of months- especially during the entire competition period of Miss Philippines Earth 2019 when she was supposed to crown her successor as the reigning titleholder. I could not claim that she was officially dethroned by Carousel Productions owing to a lack of official announcement about the real status of her absence.
Be that as it may, Celeste remains as gorgeous as the first day she landed on Philippine shores to take on a pageant career as the representative of the Filipino Community in Italy. And in my understanding, she is eyeing a next move that will bring her to Bb. Pilipinas 2020.
Any thoughts, dear readers?
Photo credit: Edmund Chua
The reigning titleholders of Miss Philippines Earth
From a reliable source, it looks like two of the five winners from last year’s Miss Philippines Earth won’t be around to crown their successors this afternoon at The Cove in Okada Manila.
First, there is Miss Philippines Ecotourism 2018 Halimatu Yushawu who – midway during her term – went back to her hometown in Titay, Zamboanga Sibugay and never returned to the disappointment of the organizers. Efforts were made to make her return to Manila and fulfill her duties and responsibilities. But to no avail. I was told that she realized what she has done belatedly, but was no longer allowed to return to the fold after incurring the ire of Carousel Productions.
And now, reigning Miss Philippines Earth Celeste Cortesi will reportedly be a no-show later as well. She allegedly failed to fulfill her duties and responsibilities, just like Halimatu. A dethronement would have been automatic. But the pageant owners must’ve decided not to make a big deal of the situation anymore. It is likely that one of our former Miss Earth winners (or perhaps the duo of Ramon Monzon and Lorraine Schuck) will crown the new titleholder.
Somehow, I already felt this coming with Celeste shortly after she represented us in Miss Earth 2018. There were less-than-pleasant reports sounded off to me. The Fil-Italian girl is very sweet and charming. But the answer lies in that statement – she is just a girl whose lifestyle, cultural upbringing and preferences might not be in sync with what is expected of a Miss Philippines Earth Winner.
Let’s see if a surprise appearance will still happen later. After all, she was not openly stripped of her title. Yet.
There’s really something to be said about a person’s determination, especially for someone like Noelle Fuentes Uy-Tuazon. As Miss Scuba Philippines 2018, she is finally living out one of her biggest dreams – to represent the country in an international pageant. And how much more apt could this opportunity have been to someone who is an advanced open water diver in real life? She actually has the marine credentials to back her up, aside from being a Forensic Anthropologist.
Noelle has come a long way from her days as a Miss World Philippines 2017 Candidate to suiting up for the environmental requisites of Miss Philippines Earth 2018. She even tried her luck with Miss Universe Guam 2018. Her destined calling has finally materialized in Miss Scuba International 2018 where she is gunning for the big win come November 17 in Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia.
Noelle (2nd from right) with the other candidates of Miss Scuba International 2018
Best of luck from all of us here at normannorman.com. I will continue to cheer you on till the big night when – fingers crossed – you will become the Philippines’ 2nd big winner in the annual competition.
During the Beauty of Figure Pre-Judging of Miss Philippines Earth 2018 held at the F1 Hotel Manila in BGC, the veils were no longer there. And in its place, hats and big shades took over – an improvement I might add. It would have been better though if the venue was similar to previous years.
Watch the video clip below.
I have known this sweet young lady for quite some time now. She really prepared hard for her first big national beauty pageant and is getting the full support of the entire Provincial Government of Misamis Oriental through Governor Bambi Emano. She is their biggest pride in Miss Philippines Earth 2018. Now here is a quick bio on Berjayneth Chee.
Balingasag, Misamis Oriental
Dyosa ng Dalampasigan
Age & Profession/Education: 18, Incoming College Student
Height: 5 feet 8 inches
Measurements: 34 inches – 25 inches – 34 inches
What is your environmental advocacy and why did you choose this?
My environmental advocacy is to educate people, especially in costal areas to become “bantay dagat” or sea guardians for them to help enforce marine protection policies.
Why do you want to be Miss Philippines Earth 2018?
I want to be Miss Philippines Earth 2018 because I would like to pursue on a national scale my advocacy of educating people, especially in costal areas to become sea guardians, and thus, help in protecting and preserving our marine life. I want to make use of this title and the influence it carries to serve as an example of good deeds for our environment.
“Dyosa ng Inang Kalikasan” (Goddess of Mother Earth) is the theme for Miss Philippines Earth 2018. And starting April 21, the Pre-Pageant events will begin with the Resort Wear Competition to be held at Laus Event Center in Pampanga. From there, a succession of carefully-planned activities will follow one after another leading to the May 10 Press Presentation at Diamond Hotel Manila and the May 19 Coronation Night to be held at the SM Mall of Asia Arena.
Here are some of this year’s Earth Warriors (including Naomie White of Fil-Comm Sydney on the left photo above) who will compete along with the other ladies to complete a roster of forty:
Hot on the heels of Bb. Pilipinas 2018 is Miss Philippines Earth 2018 which has already started to assemble its roster of Official Candidates for this year’s edition. There are a few familiar faces like Noelle Uy-Tuazon, Zarah Bianca Saldua and Jean Nicole de Jesus. The majority, though, are fresh faces in the national level who are taking their big leaps into the big pageant stage. Names like Berjayneth Chee, Liz Mabao, Brazzirie Yanson, Theressa Martinez, Gabrielle Camille Badiang and Naomie White don’t ring a bell yet. But they will soon!
Pre-pageant activities will go into full swing after the Lenten Season all the way to the Finals Night at the SM Mall of Asia Arena on May 19.
Here are some of the 2018 Earth Warriors for your initial consideration.