Photo credit: Phillip Vallespin
#TurningPhenomenal Series No. 19
If Ilocos Norte has a potential candidate for Miss Universe Philippines 2021 as I have blogged before, can Ilocos Sur be lagging behind? I don’t think so.
Welcome Ilocana beauty Kamille Alyssa Pilarca Quinola who once took part in a previous of Miss Philippines Earth before winning the crown of Miss Tourism Philippines – Queen Worldwide 2018 and representing the country in Miss Tourism Queen Worldwide 2018 where she placed 1st Runner-Up.
To her credit, this 26 year-old Registered Nurse from Caoayan, Ilocos Sur has the ability to speak fluently in Filipino, Ilocano and English with a good dash of French and Mandarin thrown in for good measure.
Will we see her taking a spot as one of the #phenomenalwomen this year?
She has conquered quite a number of beauty pageants – Reyna Ng Aliwan, Miss Philippines Earth and the pandemic-inspired Miss GCQ. This time, she is in the hunt for the Miss Bikini Philippines title. Will she succeed?
Chelsea Fernandez is always on a roll! I was expecting her to suit up for Miss World Philippines, but her handlers must’ve thought otherwise.
Photographer: Dix Perez
Studio: Pent House Studio PH
Stylist: Kenneth Ramil Yturralde/ Styled By Kenneth R.
Associates: @diosokarl @cassiemdn
Makeup: Drew Galleguez
Hair: Darryl Roxas
Hair extension: Iconic Star Hair Extensions
Fitness Coach: Angelo Mendez
I know that there is a lot more to be monetized with vlogging than blogging. But why do I still continue to blog more and vlog less?
There are monthly revenues while blogging here at wordpress. And those are the WordAds you can see – usually centered on the latest three entries and scattered on one or two posts which continue to have engagement/s. Hence, it really helps me a lot if you click on those ads (you should know that by now). The US dollar earnings vary in amount based on ad impressions. While they do not compare to what someone like mimiyuh or Alex Gonzaga would earn on Youtube, I have no false ambitions of achieving their level of popularity. I have a YouTube channel – normannormandotcom – but it’s really more of a depository for videos I’d like to share here. Directly uploading them will mean eating up on my precious allowable space as a premium user. Now some may quip, “but the potential of earning a lot more is already at your beck and call!”. True, but I like working as a one-man band. When I was doing full-time corporate work in the Human Resource industry, I always have a hard time finding a trustworthy and dependable assistant. And I end up doing almost everything if nobody can measure up to my sense of urgency and standards of work output.
So back to the question. Why do I blog more and vlog less? Well, I consider this site as an online diary of sorts. And I love putting all my passion in pageantry here. I may not have the consistency of writing a 200-word article all the time – as one PR practitioner tactfully asked me once in the past – but the speed by which I churn out a post or two on a daily basis is something that even WordPress commended me about. In vlogging, I will need to set up a lot of things in motion before I can finally consider myself as one. I am not camera-shy. But to actually (and frequently) dress up for the part (from the waist up at least) and have someone do my face to look decent on videos is something that will significantly drag my train of thoughts and spoil the spontaneity. Or maybe I’m just too lazy to go through all that. I enjoy moving at my own pace – which is quite speedy compared to most – and blogging allows me the independent leisure.
As for the core value/s I exercise as a pageant media and blogger, I keep matters simple. My two favorite English words are “humility” and “serendipity”.
Humility is something which has kept me and continues to keep me grounded all these years. I have never felt the need to rub in any feelings of entitlement because I was never raised counting all my achievements and brandishing them around like bling-blings around my neck. My pride is always full, but it is something that I exercise with caution. Just like when BPCI decided to stop inviting me to all their events after certain unintentional oversights that you should already know by now. I bowed down and accepted the sanction. But I still continue to support their pageant regardless.
I treasure my relationship with all the other national pageant organizations like Miss Universe Philippines, Miss World Philippines, Miss Philippines Earth and Mutya Pilipinas. And it’s not in the sense of doing everything squeaky clean and beneficial in their eyes. There is this sense of belongingness when Jonas Gaffud, the two Arnolds (Vegafria and Mercado), Lorraine Schuck/Peachy Veneracion and Cory Quirino would instinctively send me signals that they value my presence. Or perhaps, I already know how to relate well because of the direct access. And perhaps too, it was something that I did not cultivate hard enough with the Aranetas or their trusted officials (save for Raymond Villanueva who has always been dear to me and vice-versa).
Let’s go to serendipity. It is one word which describes how I feel whenever I get to be invited as a judge or mentor or media in beauty pageants around the country. I have never enjoyed local tourism before 2015. But after that, the trips I made from as far north as Pagudpud to as deep south as General Santos City and Sarangani (with Ilocos Norte, Ilocos Sur, Tuguegarao, La Union, Aurora, Pangasinan, Tarlac, Pampanga, Laguna, Batangas, Quezon Province, Camarines Sur, Oriental Mindoro, Aklan, Cebu, Iloilo, Bohol, Negros Occidental, Tacloban, Leyte, Misamis Oriental, Cagayan de Oro, Davao and Cotabato City in between) were all special. And income-earning as well!
In this period of COVID-19, I suddenly found myself with a lot of time to reflect on what I do. And hopefully, this will just be the first of a few. With my blogging chair getting occupied longer than usual, I should find the inspiration to write more about stuff you don’t usually get to read here. And when I say blogging chair, it literally is an actual comfortable seat I relax on – with a cup of brewed coffee to keep me company. All in the protective confines of a house I share with my mom. But that is subject for another curious side of my life that may or may not interest you. Insulin and all.
Here is a group photo of the Bb. Pilipinas 2020 Official Candidates.
Some interesting facts:
Alexandra Faith Garcia
Crossovers from Mutya Ng Pilipinas:
Arianne Deseree Viardo
Leslie Ann Ticaro
Alexandra Faith Garcia
Crossovers from Miss Philippines Earth:
Anna Thea Cenarosa
Crossovers from Miss Scuba Philippines:
Crossovers from Reyna Ng Aliwan:
Alexandra Faith Garcia
Honey Be Parrenas
Crossovers from Miss Millennial Philippines:
Crossovers from Miss World Philippines:
This Christmas, I would like to show my gratitude to different national and provincial organizations that have invited normannorman.com for various pageant judgings, mentorships and out-of-town coverage. Your trust means a whole lot to me:
Miss Kuyamis 2019, Mutia Ti Santol 2019, Ginoo at Binibining Laguna 2019, Mr & Ms Spcf 2019, Ginoo at Binibining Mayondon 2019, Mr. Gay World Philippines 2019, Reyna Ng Aliwan 2019, Miss Tacloban 2019, Ambassador & Ambassadress of the Philippines 2019, Miss Philippines Earth 2019 Talent Competition, Miss Las Liñas Waterlily Festival 2019, Mrs. Cebu – Philippines Pageant 2019, Miss Bicolandia 2019, Miss Earth 2019 in Misamis Oriental, Miss Lobo 2019, Ginoong Pilipinas 2019, Miss Bikini Philippines 2019 and Mister Teen Burauen 2019
Also, I want to give special thanks to the Miss World Philippines Organization for giving me one of a few special access for the coverage of Mr World 2019 here in the country.
And lastly, to my readers/followers/critics and friends, thank you for continuously keeping me on my toes and fanning the flames of passion in my heart for pageantry!
#MerryChristmas and may your heart be full of joy and contentment!
She may be familiar-looking to some, but in general, Gabrielle Camille Basiano still needs a bit of introduction.
This tall Taclobanon (she stands 5’9”) is a product of two national pageants – Miss Philippines Earth and the lesser-known Ambassador & Ambassadress of the Philippines where she won the Ambassadress of Tourism title that earned her the right to represent the country in the inaugural staging of Miss Friendship International in China. She bagged 1st Runner-Up honors in Chengdu where she competed against more than 50 contenders from around the globe.
I have seen this lady blossom into a relatively more trained pageant fighter, and this time around, the lure of making another trip to the nationals beckons.
Will she heed the call?
I extend my deepest sympathies to the family of beauty queen April Love Jordan who succumbed to liver cancer last Friday, June 21. She is 31. May her soul be at peace with our Heavenly Father.
You will all remember April Love as part of several national beauty pageants such as Mutya ng Pilipinas, Bb. Pilipinas, Miss Philippines Earth and Miss World Philippines. She brougjt honor to the country by winning the title “Beauty of the World” last 2009.
This year, Mutya ng Pilipinas celebrates a major milestone with its continued presence in the country’s pageant history as it turns 50. Golden. And the 2018 edition promises to be record-breaking, as in more exciting – with fifty (50) Official Candidates – and far-reaching – with more Regional and Overseas Competitions to complement its biggest assembly of beautiful Filipinas ever. The gathering of all past titleholders and even joiners who did very well in other competitions will be something to look forward to.
Here is a teaser of “The Road to 50th”.
Your blogger spoke to Mutya ng Pilipinas President Hemilyn Escudero-Tamayo (right photo with Joy & I) who is doubly enthusiastic about what’s in store for pageant fans and followers for 2018. She also shared thoughts about her inspirations in making the beauty pageant bigger than ever before.
“Madame Stella Marquez de Araneta of BPCI and Ms. Lorraine Schuck of Carousel Productions are my idols and I consider them pillars of the pageant industry. We should really be thanking them for keeping this industry alive as well as producing excellent winners. They deserve to be honored and looked up to after having earned many achievements inside and outside the country, while bringing Philippine pageantry to the highest level.”
Watch out for the 50th Edition of Mutya ng Pilipinas!
Gone are the periods when pageantry blogging and coverage is strictly seasonal. Time was when the two quarters of an incoming year are dedicated to just Bb. Pilipinas and Miss Philippines Earth, with the month of June considered to be a rest period of sorts. Now, the 3rd quarter is already earmarked for Mutya ng Pilipinas and Miss World Philippines, with short intermittent breaks in between. And by the time the last quarter chimes in, focus is directed on the international missions of our crowned national titleholders, be it here or abroad.
Now, practically every other week of the twelve months of the year is already penciled for either new pageants, rising competitions and the numerous festivals around the country which have already leveled up in terms of production and finals staging.
In 2017, normannorman.com started with the 65th Miss Universe in Manila back in January and ended with the Christmas Tour of the Miss Universe 2017 winner and national winners earlier this month. February, March and April were Bb. Pilipinas 2017 and Mister Philippines coverages, with Miss Philippines Earth 2017 activities overlapping in the tail-end leading to the mid-year Finals together with Mr & Miss Hannah’s EcoTourism Philippines. The ever-consistent Mutya ng Pilipinas 2017 immediately followed suit, with the launch of new management over at Miss World Philippines Organization starting a fresh new reboot for the once-single-titled competition into one that now offers multiple crowns at stake.
The active entry of Miss Scuba Philippines, Mr & Miss BPO & Mrs. Tourism and continuation of Miss Global Philippines and Jewel of the Philippines cornered part of our attention, while male contests tripled in number with Misters of Filipinas, Gentlemen of the Philippines and Man of the Globe earning their stripes for either the nth, 2nd or inaugural editions. Of course, we cannot forget the hosting of Miss Asia Pacific International 2017 and Miss Earth 2017 which created controversy with yet another hometown decision during the Coronation Night.
All in all, this has been a busy year. And thanks to the additional trust given to your blogger by regional pageants from Laoag and Pagudpud in Ilocos Norte to Vigan in Ilocos Sur, from Tarlac to Laguna to Quezon Province and Puerto Galera, from Tacloban City to Burauen, Leyte, from Cebu to Toledo and from Cotabato City to Cagayan de Oro.
Lastly, being awarded as one of the Philippine Empowered Men and Women of 2017 is a big icing on the cake, along with the trust given by ABS-CBN, CNN Philippines, GMA-7 and Rappler for appearances, contributions and interviews that extended my reach within and beyond our shores.
As I have always said in jest to people who ask how I fit in everything in my already hectic schedule of commitments, there should be a cloning device that would allow yours truly to be present in two simultaneous events happening in two separate venues. But I am enjoying the ride regardless.
Thank you for staying with me, dear readers. I may not be the perfect pageant blogger, but I always try and will always keep you on the loop in anything and everything significant in this industry we so love to follow despite the flaws and shortcomings that never cease to induce both critical and bashing sides of everyone’s online alter egos.
Happy New Year to all!