By now, the floodgates of Maxine Medina images are wide open. Our Miss Universe Philippines 2016 can be seen everywhere and in shots that range from fashionable to chic to regal to mysterious to fun-loving to downright effortless. Credit goes to the photographers, HMUA and stylists, of course. But more than their actual contribution, our Queen hands in the most important key element – her beautiful face. And there is no doubt that we shall see her during Miss Universe 2016 in a wide variety of poses and projections that will definitely endear her to the likes of Fadil Berisha and other lensmen who will take her photos in pre-arrival hype and all throughout the competition.
So if you had a hand in saying what kind of packaging Maxine will benefit from the most once she arrives in Las Vegas for her date with destiny, what will your inputs be, dear readers? 🙂
Could the alleged December 18 schedule for Miss Universe 2016 be finalized soon?
After the endless talks about Miss World 2016 happening in Washington, D.C. on December 20, here comes another round of buzz. And it’s for Miss Universe 2016 now. The unconfirmed reports are saying that it will take place two days ahead of Julia Morley’s show and, as anticipated by most, will likely have T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas as venue for the finals.
So what does this mean?
Number one, it won’t be too difficult for travellers around the Mainland USA and from other parts of the globe to attend bith events. With one full day separating the two if ever, there will still be manageable time to secure a pageant trip for both.
Number two, it will be a really busy and nerve-wracking coverage as the dates will definitely overlap except for the judgment night.
Number three, it will definitely divide the followers as a big majority will go for Miss Universe more than Miss World because of pure attraction and interest.
So where are you happier going to? Sin City or D.C. or both. Better start planning now if the confirmations hapoen anytime soon! 🙂
Will Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach relinquish her crown on December 18?
DC wins its 2nd Miss USA crown via Deshauna Barber
Left to right: Miss USA Deshauna Barber, 1st Runner-Up Chelsea Hardin and 2nd Runner-Up Emanii Davis
Congratulations to Deshauna Barber for winning Miss USA 2016 in Las Vegas. She is the third candidate from the District of Columbia (after Bobbie Johnson and Shauntay Hinton) to win the national crown and will represent the US in Miss Universe 2016 which, by all indications, will also be hosted in Las Vegas.
Chelsea Hardin of Hawaii was named 1st Runner-Up, with Emanii Davis of Georgia getting 2nd Runner-Up honors.
Expect Deshauna and our Miss Universe Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach to start bonding in the weeks and months to come. 🙂
On the hot seat for dealing with the Press in a not so pleasant way
courtesy of BeautyFull
There is and will always be a tactful and diplomatic way of answering interview questions from the Press, and it is definitely not the way Miss Colombia for Miss Universe 2016 Andrea Tovar did to one.
In the news clip above, Andrea was shown answering the questions of a reporter in a way that was neither feisty nor frank. It was downright unacceptable regardless of the nature of the query. If someone asks you about your nose change (and how the results did not really compliment her face), you don’t answer that it’s none of the reporter’s business. You go around the question in a manner that will not fan the flames of intrigue. And when asked what your preparations for a pageant, you certainly don’t dodge by saying that you don’t want to comment anything about the subject and then tap the camera with your palm to cover the lens and signal that the questioning is over.
The members of the Press are powerful. And going against the grain of tactfulness is definitely not the way to go, especially not when the mission ahead is pretty much crucial following the events that ended Miss Universe 2015 which also involved another Colombian.
Miss Universe Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach in a beauty campaign shot. Makeup by Gery Penaso and MAC Cosmetics
I know of at least three countries keenly interested in hosting Miss Universe 2016. There is Ecuador (possibly for a second time since 2004). There is, of course, the Philippines which will make things more special since Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach is the reigning titleholder. And then there is the default pick – good ‘ole Las Vegas in Nevada, USA which will most likely shoulder the big weight should every available option fail to prosper.
Now, we all know that a tragic earthquake hit Ecuador just last month. This will definitely be a crucial factor for the South American country to postpone any planned hosting duties in favor of far more important matters to address.
As far as the Philippines is concerned, the allegedly required PhP750 million fund to be this year’s host is an amount that could break any financier’s bank account. And so far, no takers from the private sector are biting the bullet, so to speak. It is possible that financial advisers are not too keen in heaping solid recommendations for a potentially large return of investments because the profits may not be that enticing even to the most daring of investors.
And so, we come to everyone’s favorite – Las Vegas. If things are not solidified by June (the alleged deadline), it could be back to the Strip come December. If you ask me, I’m always happy with Sin City because the support our representatives get from Filipinos everywhere is simply enormous. Add to that the fact that this place can really factor in all the expenses without getting so dangerously in the red. It’s a high rollers’ paradise, after all, where even the regular gamblers add collectively astounding amounts of dollar to the plate.
More of Miss Universe with makeup by Gery Penaso and MAC Cosmetics
So if nothing prospers in either Ecuador or the Philippines come June, you know where to book your vacation next! 😉
On top of the Philippines’ Universe, Maxine Medina is.
Step by step crowning of Maxine by Joy Arguil
Maria Mika Maxine Medina, 25, is Miss Universe Philippines 2016. And she won the title during last night’s Bb. Pilipinas 2016 in such a hotly-contested competition that reflected a see-saw battle for the biggest crown among the other titleholders in the Top 6 spots.
Going into the announcement of winners, people at the Smart Araneta Coliseum were relatively silenced except for the supporters of Kylie Verzosa who were convinced that their idol has the #1 position already in the bag. But when she was named as the new Bb. Pilipinas International, it was already clear at that point that Maxine would get Universe.
True, Binibini 29 did okay with her Q&A but all my colleagues agreed that Binibini 31 answered in a far more confident and winning style. Methinks, though, that the judges – which included Miss USA Olivia Jordan – must have already been eyeing the former right from the start. Keep in mind that there is a strong possibility of the Miss Universe Organization having a say as to which Binibini is their choice as Pia’s national successor. While this is no longer a secret to many, my personal take on the whole pre-final scenario was already circling around the one candidate who ticks all the required boxes of the bigger competition.
I love Kylie Verzosa dearly. But my passionate heart was saying that Maxine Medina is the one with the MU Peg all conveniently sorted out for the decision-makers. And that is also the reason why I really went out on a limb for this Interior Designer who will face an uphill battle for a back-to-back in Miss Universe 2016.
For now, let us give Maxine and all the other ladies the chance to rest from all the demands and pressures of Bb. Pilipinas.
And I need to rest myself. The spirit is willing to blog more, but the body needs some good sleep. 🙂
Miss Universe Pia Wurtzbach asking Miss Universe Philippines 2016 Maxine Medina and Bb. Pilipinas International 2016 Kylie Verzosa to wave to the audience
Bb. Pilipinas 2016 Official Candidates Sheena Dalo and Apriel Smith
With the possibility of Miss Universe 2016 taking place in the country of Belize getting clearer with the news items that we get each passing day (especially with host Steve Harvey blurting it twice in his morning radio show
), do you feel that we should send a truly exotic candidate to go for a possible back-to-back win in this year’s edition?
Ok, I am not inclined to put 1 and 1 just like that. But just for the purpose of inciting a discussion among you, dear readers, how do you feel about the Philippines sending a tall and dusky representative? Top of my head would be Sheena Dalo of Ilocos Norte and Apriel Smith of Cebu. One is 5’11”, the other 5’10”, respectively. And both are very charming individuals in person. They have the qualities that – if molded the right way – could definitely give us a potentially strong pool of choices for the top crown. And wait, let me add Jennyline Carla Malpaya as a 3rd option. This sweet charmer also fits the bill very well. She may not be as tall as the other two, but she has the right physical ingredients and personal qualities to also put up a gritty fight to the finish.
Jennyline Carla Malpaya, a potential 3rd option
Time to hear your thoughts now. Stick to the best or try for someone who could make our bet stand out in the Central American/Caribbean venue? 🙂
Steve Harvey interviewed Miss Cayman Islands Monique Brooks
Do you have Soundcloud? Well get one on iTunes or the App Store. Otherwise, click on this LINK and listen to the audio of the Steve Harvey Morning Show where he has as guest Miss Cayman Island Monique Brooks.
What is interesting is the mention of the island of Belize as host of Miss Universe 2016 come December. And mind you, it was mentioned not just once, but twice!
Have you listened to it by now, dear readers?
Here is the LINK again. 🙂
Miss Universe 2015 Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach during her visit to the Philippine Consulate General in NYC (Photo credit: Boyet Loverita)
I really needed to make a post about the visit of Miss Universe 2015 Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach to the Philippine Consulate General in New York City. Aside from the significance of the event to the Fil-Am Press Club, it was also the time to reconnect with the individuals who unconditionally supported and will continue to support during her reign and stay in the Big Apple. Miss Universe Organization (MUO) President Paula Shugart also went with our Queen as she met with Consul General Mario Lopez de Leon, Jr. in the same.
Also, I really want to share the photos taken by US-based lensman Boyet Loverita of Pia’s appearance. The shot of our Queen P seating in that Philippine-made throne of a chair really reflects what she has been all along ever since setting foot in Las Vegas last month: Philippine Pride! 🙂
More photos of Pia during the Philippine Consulate visit (Photo credit: Boyet Loverita)
Entertainment Writer Ricky Lo reported this in his Philippine Star column
When the buzz about the possibility of Miss Universe being hosted here in the country for a third time made the rounds of pageant circles, it made sense considering that Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach is Miss Universe 2015 and how wonderful it would be to see the reigning winner eventually crown her successor in front of her countrymen. While taking charge of this responsibility is not for the ill-prepared – and certainly not for the most limited of budget
– it would surely add more worldwide popularity for the prestigious beauty pageant to be held in a place where the following is one of the strongest.
Of course, it would require a lot of preparations and mind-boggling logistics if and when it gets to be confirmed. The cost of hosting can really run deep in the pocket. So it would do well if a network like ABS-CBN would partner with the government important individuals to make it happen. Would 2016 be the right time to do it considering that national elections will take place this coming May and the administration will have already spent hundreds of millions of pesos in election campaign funds and the like? Or would it be more proper to have it handled exclusively by the private sector?
Well, everything is still up in the air. For now, let’s look back and watch the 1973 and 1994 Miss Universe Finals held at the Folk Arts Theater and Philippine International Convention Center, respectively.
courtesy of tttpageant
courtesy of PACO REY
1974 and 1994 editions in Manila