#TurningPhenomenal Series No. 18
If you’re an influencer and digital content creator who’s tall, pretty and with an always engaging personality, chances are that going into pageantry is a logical option to consider.
Just like Jen Barangan from Carcar City, Cebu who made the following tiktok video go viral from zero to hero.
After losing her job as Flight Attendant at Cebu Pacific due to the pandemic, Jen went full blast with her lifestyle vlogging. She is now a certified YouTube personality with 713,000 subscribers to date. Although her presence on IG doesn’t compare in terms of numbers, she still commands a healthy 150,000 followers. On Facebook, she has 221,000 right now.
Now, can she translate the talent into a crown? Why not? She is highly relatable.
The photo on the left shows her at Kagandahang Flores camp with Rodgil Flores – a sign of her next step.
Let’s see how things go for this Cebuana go-getter from here.
Turning Phenomenal Series No. 17
After Franki Russell, here is another Pinoy Big Brother alumni being rumored as joining Miss Universe Philippines 2021.
For the more keen pageant followers, you may remember Diana Mackey as taking part in a previous edition of Miss Philippines Earth. That was way back in 2015 when Angelia Ong won (who eventually completed a back-to-back win in Miss Earth with Jamie Herrell).
This 23 year-old half Pinay-half New Zealander (again) opted to try her luck in showbiz and was able to pass all the screenings en route to being welcomed to the “Bahay Ni Kuya” during Pinoy Big Brother 8 (Adult Edition) when she was able to stay a total of 41 days inside the house before getting voted out. She finished 5th overall. Thereafter, she got casted in small roles for ABS-CBN teleseryes.
While the qualifying age limit is not yet closing in on her chances of being an Official Candidate, Diana has a few more years to mull on things. She will only turn 24 December 24 of this year.
Will she? Cabanatuan City or the Province of Nueva Ecija (which she considers home in the country) is still on the look out for its entry. She could fit in nicely and be the first official Novo Ecijana to become a Phenomenal Woman.
And I’m back!
#TurningPhenomenal Series No. 16
At first glance, you would say that she looks fresh. And then, another one would quip, “hey, I’ve seen her on TV before!”
And I would quickly answer “Yes!”
She used to be part of Pinoy Big Brother ABS-CBN in the past.
Will this Filipina-Kiwi beauty join Miss Universe Philippines 2021?
Let’s wait and see!
Oh and yeah, she is Franki Russell.
They always used to say that – in beauty pageants – height is might.
But with Miss Universe Philippines, height is an asset, but if one has a middling stance, no problem. There is no minimum requirement starting this 2021.
Some eyebrows will be raised for sure. But we live in an age of inclusivity. And it can only get better for the beautiful Filipinas who did not have the confidence to join because they fall short of the minimum height that our national pageants prescribe to joiners.
So what could that instantly mean? For starters, more applicants will file their form. The Accredited Partners will have less of a headache in selecting their representative/s.
Let’s see who will step in and step up to the call for entries. Who knows? The next Miss Universe of the Philippines might just be petite in height.
#FinalCall for Miss Universe Philippines 2021:
Apply now and be an inspiration. Show the universe your beauty, grace, and confidence.
Get the form on the MUPH app or through this link: https://bit.ly/3vJUlBo
More details about the requirements are on the official application form.
#TurningPhenomenal Series No. 15
After fifteen entries, I will take a pause on this series for a bit (read: a week or so).
Now this one is on my regular wish-list because between doing national pageantry or focusing on med school, I have a feeling she will go for the latter first and hopefully become a Dermatologist. But to join Miss Universe Philippines is definitely on her agenda. How soon, only her final decision can tell.
The name is Gabriella C. Carballo. But call her Gabbi. Aged 22 and a proud Cebuana, she holds a Nursing degree for her pre-med and is a varsity volleyball team player. She is in 2nd Year Medicine Proper at the Cebu Doctors’ University College of Medicine and does modeling on the side.
Pageant-wise, she reigned as Miss Mandaue 2018 from where she founded her own non-government, non-profit organization called The Green Wave Project.
Will we get to see her in 2021 or next? Your guess is as good as mine.
A much younger Kim with her Filipina mom Jeanette Dela Peña
#TurningPhenomenal Series No. 14
This is a pure and unadulterated “fanciful” entry into this series of potential Miss Universe Philippines 2021 for obvious reasons. But I am posting it to engage everyone in a discussion.
Kim Layne of Idaho is, of course, the Miss USA 2020 1st Runner-Up to Asya Danielle Branch. She is also half-Filipina, and proud of it.
Now there are talks that – should there be no staging of Miss USA 2021 due to lack of time – Kim might be pulled up to do the job of participating in the next Miss Universe this coming December. Otherwise, pageant fans have expressed some approval that she could be taken in by Miss Universe Philippines to vie for the national crown.
This is not a wild possibility. But I am pretty sure that resistance from different groups will be in strong play. After all, there are several Filipinas who are just as qualified to represent the country. Why import a delegate?
Our Thai neighbors have already made similar moves to that effect, but more felt in countries in Europe (or Canada) where halfies have been beautifully born and raised. We don’t want to go that route now. Or are we?
What are your thoughts, dear readers?
#TurningPhenomenal Series No. 13
Naimbag nga Aldaw!
Fresh from her crowning as Miss Ilocos Norte 2021 last May 29, Lyka Katrina Samalio is in the throes of what could possibly be the most life-changing period of her young life. At the age of 18, she has shown the smarts of a Gen Z way ahead of Millennial counterparts. With further training and polish, she could be on the road to becoming a #PhenomenalWoman soon.
It has been quite some time since an Ilocos Norte native presented herself on the national stage of pageantry. If I’m not mistaken, Sheena Dalo (from Bb. Pilipinas 2016) was the last recognizable one to do it for her province. This 2021, a young 5’7” Pagudpud charmer can do Hilagang Ilokos proud. And I trust her team and organizers to help pave the way for a noteworthy participation in Miss Universe Philippines.
Naimbag a gasat kenka!
#TurningPhenomenal Series No. 12
Her name is Gezza Avila.
Neither a newbie nor an uber familiar face for some.
She reigned as Binibining Niyogyugan 2018, competed during Mutya ng Pilipinas Gold and went on to join the Ambassadress of the World Philippines where she earned the right to represent the country in the supposed inaugural edition of Miss Universal Ambassador that somehow failed to stage an international pageant.
Late last year, Gezza was appointed to be our representative to the Miss Elite International competition in Egypt. But it appears that going the #phenomenal route is more preferred. And I can only agree.
This Candelaria native is being talked about as the entry of Quezon Province in Miss Universe Philippines 2021. And this could be the biggest challenge in her pageant career. One she is ready to face head-on.
#TurningPhenomenal Series No. 11
“…we’re all entitled to have a multitude of diverse interests, talents and pursuits. A person’s academic performance (or his performance on a single exam for that matter) is not the sole basis of his worth. There’s so much more to life than law, take it from me. Tomorrow’s results matter, but remember that there’s so much more to you than whether or not you pass the bar.” – Atty. Bea Patricia Magtanong
Several pageant sites have already removed her from wish-lists and the like after starting work in a firm. Not me. I can get stubborn when egging on someone to go for something #phenomenal that I feel could be meant for her.
Patch is familiar with some of the ladies who are likely to take part in Miss Universe Philippines 2021. As she said, “…I’m excited din to see how it plays out.”
But more importantly, is she? Or will she join the fray?
The time is right. The schedule is perfect.
Say yes to the Press!
(and the boost will soon follow)
The video below was taken a year ago.