Larah Grace Lacap was the host Binibini of sorts during her last two Bb. Pilipinas outings, being a bonafide resident of Quezon City. We saw her in both the 2017 and 2019 editions, aside from the long-forgotten stints she had as an 18 year-old pageant beginner last 2012 during Miss World Philippines and as 2nd Runner-Up of Mutya Ng Pilipinas the same year.
This girl has the beauty, height and charisma that could have made her win a title in either of her two Binibini journeys – she was Top 15 in 2017 and Top 25 last year. Something must still be missing.
But now at the age of 26, Larah could be finally doing the right decision of joining Bb. Pilipinas 2020. She has nothing to lose and everything to gain if ever she makes that one last pursuit of glory by going through the entire experience a third time. She has paid her dues. And she has more than sufficiently proven the right attitude to harness in hitting it all the way to the top.
I have a good feeling 2020 will be her winning year.
Rufaida Babudin during MWP2012 (left) and Miss Bikini Philippines 2016
Remember this tall lady from the tribe of Molbog in Palawan who was considered a potential – albeit diamond in the rough – contender during Miss World Philippines 2012 (won by Queenierich Rehman
)? She was only 20 years-old then. And while most every pageant watcher saw her as taking the whole ride just for the experience, there were also those who tagged her as possibly the next big thing to step out of her province after Janicel Lubina.
Close to four years have passed and it was only now that the new version of Rufaida Babudin emerged from out of relative anonymity. As a Slimmers World Miss Bikini Philippines 2016 candidate, she has definitely trimmed down and with more confidence onstage. The speaking voice still needs more coaching to enable her to put across statements clearly. Other than that, you can see her seriousness to do better this time around.
Rufaida (leftmost) stood proud and tall during the pageant’s Evening Gown segment (Photo credit: Edmund Chua for Fabmanilaph)
Will Rufaida Babudin finally get what she is aiming for? I hope so. 🙂
After MPE2011, MWP2012 and BBP2015, Brenna Cassandra Gamboa is giving Mutya ng Pilipinas 2015 a try (Photo credit: Fabmanilaph)
Brenna during her three previous pageants
Brenna Cassandra Gamboa is a woman on a pageant mission. And she doesn’t mind even if some beauty contest followers would throw potshots at her frequent cross-overs. The more important thing is to give it a try because you’ll never know if this could be her best attempt to date.
You see, Brenna has now qualified as a Mutya ng Pilipinas 2015 Official Candidate – her fourth in the nationals. After reaching the semifinals during Miss Philippines Earth 2011, clinching 4th Princess honors to Miss World Philippines 2012 and wearing pin #17 in last (early) summer’s Bb. Pilipinas 2015, this could be the competition earmarked for her potential top victory.
Towering at 5’10”, Brenna is definitely one of the tallest in this batch, if not the tallest pending the arrival of the candidates from Filipino Communities abroad. And given all her past experiences, she could gain a good advantage once the pre-pageant activities commence and judgment sessions take place.
Brenna (6th from left in black dress) towers above the nineteen (19) other beauties who qualified as Mutya ng Pilipinas 2015 Official Candidates (Photo credit: Edmund Chua for Fabmanilaph)
I’d really like to see Brenna do well in what could be her final stab for a good crown. Let’s see how well she will fit in Mutya ng Pilipinas 2015.
Best of luck, girl! 😀
Queenie as Miss World Philippines 2012 (Photo credit: OPMB Worldwide)
Beat boxing during the talent competition of Miss World 2012 in Ordos
2012 was the year Queenie Rehman represented the Philippines in Miss World. And it was during the time in Ordos when the country’s rep presented a most unique skill that catapulted her to a Top 5 finish in the Talent competition (eventually won by Miss World 2012 Wenxia Yu with her classical singing
Let us now re-watch Queenie’s beatboxing number during Miss World 2012 when she performed the song “Rocketeer” made famous by the group Far East Movement.
courtesy of Bryan Otadoy
Queenie's latest pic when she walked the runway for designer Boyet Dysangco during Philippine Fashion Week Holiday 2015 (Photo credit: John Co)
Of late, Queenie has been busy with modeling gigs during the Philippine Fashion Week Holiday 2015. But I bet she can still perform a mean beatboxing number on any given Sunday. 😉
How would you like to see Mary Anne Ross Misa (left) and Anthea Murfet in Miss World Philippines 2014? (Photo credit: Paul Frederick Chiongson)
Ross (right) and Anthea during their recent Boracay photoshoot
Two tall ladies. 5’10” Mary Anne Ross Misa and 5’9″ Anthea Theresa Murfet.
One is a Miss World Philippines 2012 1st Princess. The other a Miss Resorts World Manila 2nd Runner-Up.
Vivacious Vixens. Are they bound for Miss World Philippines 2014?
Or do you prefer someone else with a more noble-sounding resume?
For Ross, it could be a big risk. But then again, she backed out in what could’ve been her final attempt at Bb. Pilipinas 2014. And having already made inroads with the MWP competition in the past, she could be at a better advantage.
As for Anthea, she hasn’t really taken part in any of the big-league national pageants. MWP could be a first.
Who do you like between Ross and Anthea? (Photo credit: Paul Frederick Chiongson)
Carla for Bb. Pilipinas 2014
Carla Jenina Lizardo had her first taste of pageantry back in 2010 when she joined Mutya ng Pilipinas and ran away with the Intercontinental sash. She was unable to represent the country abroad, though.
Two years later, she enlisted for Miss World Philippines 2012 where fellow camp sister Queenie Rehman was crowned winner.
Since then, she has been more visible on TV as a host of Government network PTV-4. But buoyed by the successes of Filipinas in the international stage last year, Aces & Queens was able to convince her to give it another go.
The 5’7″ fair-skinned lovely already filed her application for Bb. Pilipinas 2014.
Will she be successful here as she was in Mutya? 🙂
Me and MWP2012 1st Princess Ross Misa
During my post-birthday lunch for employees at the office last Monday, I got a surprise visit from MWP2012 1st Princess Mary Anne Ross Misa who joined us for the simple buffet brought in by our regular caterer.
Ross and I spent a good amount of time talking about a variety of subject matters, including the ongoing Miss World Philippines and her tentative plans for next year. It was more like sisterly bonding that stretched till way after the food was demolished by everyone at work.
Notes from our conversation:
– She is now happy with the batch of MWP2013. Back during the pre-final screenings at Solaire, she had reservations with the low turnout/quality of joiners, but was pleasantly surprised by the set of ladies presented to the Press last July 31.
– Although she prefers not to share her final favorites, the names of two particularly special candidates came out of her mouth (my lips are still sealed, though).
– She is supposed to re-join MWP this year, but had an understandable change of heart at the last minute.
– She was sounded off on possibly getting appointed as the Philippine bet to Miss United Continent 2013 in Guayaquil, Ecuador. The negotiations did not prosper, though.
– She is contemplating hard on which national pageant to join in 2014. That will be her last hurrah, and it’s between Bb. Pilipinas 2014 or Miss Philippines Earth for now.
– She is still keen on wearing the country’s sash abroad. If she doesn’t get it by way of pageants, a slightly different avenue of representation is being seriously considered.
The girl is a great big bundle of joy to make chika with. She is frank but very pleasant. Plus, she is still gorgeous and remains to be one of the true-blue barefoot 5’11” beauty candidates we have around.
Good luck in all your future plans, Ross! 😉