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
Happily married couple Miriam Quiambao and Ardy Roberto
After Janina San Miguel, here comes another beauty queen tying the knot and realizing that love is indeed the real thing when you finally decide to commit yourself to that one person you can wake up next to every single morning of your life.
Bb. Pilipinas Universe 1999 and Miss Universe 1999 1st Runner-Up Miriam Quiambao, 38, has taken the plunge with her fiance and will now be henceforth known as Mrs. Ardy Roberto, Jr. The secret ceremony took place at Villa Sommet in Tagaytay yesterday.
Actually, this is already the 2nd for Miriam after a not-so-pleasant first marriage with Italian national Claudio Rondinelli. But never giving up on love, she took the time in searching for the guy who will fit the bill of an ideal husband. Luckily, she found 2nd-timer groom Ardy – a businessman whose first wife passed away last year. They have been engaged since October, 2013.
Miriam wore a Francis Libiran during the wedding (Photo credit: Philippine News)
Congratulations to the newly-weds! May this be the start of something more blissful in the years to come. 🙂
Bb. Pilipinas 2012 candidate #27 Golda Mae Soller (Photo credit: Melvin Sia/OPMB Worldwide)
The girl who sparked some controversial exchange of words/replies after I posted her first feature in this blog, 25 year-old 5’5″ Golda Mae Soller is stepping out of her medical attire to take into four-inch heels & sequinned gowns and proving to all and sundry that there is more to being a doctor than treating the sick and sewing up sutures. One of the two prides of the province of Isabela (the one being Jill Urbina) in this year’s batch, Golda Mae is coming into the pageant with strong professional credentials and tons of fans & supporters. Getting mixed reactions from pageant enthusiasts, she either gets branded as an unorthodox beauty whose charm may take awhile to grow on you or as a smart lady who can ace interviews & conversations to give her competitors a stiff fight till the end. Regardless of the opinion, she is not taking things lightly or with an easily-defeated spirit.
Photo credit: Jory Rivera/OPMB Worldwide
It would be interesting to see Golda Mae do an Apisamai Srirangsan (Miss Thailand Universe 1999 – a Doctor of Psychiatry – who represented her country in Trinidad & Tobago against our own Miriam Quiambao). But can she do it?
Find out more about Golda Mae Soller as she takes on the tough challenge of winning Bb. Pilipinas 2012. 😉
Bb. Pilipinas-Universe 1994 and Miss Universe 1994 finalist Charlene Gonzalez
Miss International 2005 Precious Lara Quigaman
Bb. Pilipinas-Universe 1999 and Miss Universe 1999 1st Runner-Up Miriam Quiambao
Come April 10’s coronation night of Bb. Pilipinas 2011, three beautiful Filipinas – all of whom made their marks in their international pageant participations – will host the national finals. First of the troika is Bb. Pilipinas-Universe 1994 Charlene Gonzalez who represented us when the Philippines hosted Miss Universe 1994 (won by Sushmita Sen of India) and placed in the Top 6. And then there is Bb. Pilipinas-Universe 1999 Miriam Quiambao who almost made history when she landed 1st Runner-Up to Miss Universe 1999 Mpule Kwelagobe of Botswana in Trinidad & Tobago. Completing the list is the most victorious of Bb. Pilipinas winners in recent years, i.e., Miss International 2005 Precious Lara Quigaman, who has already made peace with BPCI Head Stella Marquez de Araneta after putting up a separate competition (Miss Turismo Pilipina) which produced only one winner (Sherilyn Sustiguer) and folded afterwards.
This early, many people are saying that this year’s edition will be the grandest of all – not only because ABS-CBN is the new home of Bb. Pilipinas but to further strengthen its hold as the premier beauty pageant of the country after losing the Miss World franchise which will hold a Miss World Philippines 2011 finals come August over at GMA-7 which, according to rumors, might be hosted by Miss World 1993 2nd Princess Ruffa Gutierrez.