For the past two weeks and a half now, the organizers of Miss Philippines Earth have been live-streaming the initial interviews of their short-listed applicants to become Official Candidates this year. Your blogger was even part of the panel during the first batch. By next week, they will most likely announce the official lineup that will become this year’s Earth Warriors.
Among them is a quartet of ladies who are crossovers from other national pageants.
Last year’s phenomenal woman of Oriental Mindoro in Miss Universe Philippines will now be the Earth Warrior of San Pablo, Laguna for MPE2021. Dr. Adee Hitomi Akiyama is more confident that she can do this competition given the combination of medical and environmental advocacies she is pushing for.
Louise Theunis was initially an Official Candidate of Miss World Philippines last 2018 before she joined Miss Bikini Philippines 2019 – a title she won just before the global pandemic took its toll on everyone. She is now ready to represent Carrascal, Surigao del Sur in MPE2021 and is certain that taking the risk of vying for another crown is worth it. Keep in mind that she was also National Director of Miss FIT Philippines.
Angelie Aubrey Asuncion was Binibini 40 during the Bb. Pilipinas 2018 batch. She is also a very good acoustic singer who did well during the Talent Competition that time. After keeping it low-key for the past two years, she is back with a more refreshing look and styling – something that will make her stand out in MPE2021.
On the other hand, Gail Ventic was Binibini 1 during Bb. Pilipinas 2016. Like Angelie above, she was fielded in the competition by Kagandahang Flores. Right after her first national pageant experience, she returned to her job as Flight Attendant of Air Asia. She is bringing back maturity this year. And MPE2021 is the right pageant to be part of her return.
How successful will the four ladies above do in Miss Philippines Earth 2021? I am positive they will do well. I know that there are also a lot of promising ladies from the rest of the aspirants who are still relative unknowns. But I trust that the best will shine in due time to become the successor of Roxie Baeyens.
Pleased to share with you Episode 8 of Pageantry Norms Season 4 where the special guest was Miss World Philippines 2018, Bb. Pilipinas Intercontinental 2017 and Miss Intercontinental 2017 1st Runner-Up Katarina Rodriguez along with my good friend Voltaire Tayag.
You can watch the video below.
Angeline Mae Santos is an independent candidate who signed up for Bb. Pilipinas 2020 last week. She hails from Trece Martires, Cavite and is a licensed Civil Engineer by profession. She is 25 years old, stands 5’7” and – for those who can’t seem to place the pageant she was last seen in – a former Official Candidate of Miss World Philippines 2018.
Angeline is currently taking up her Masteral studies in Engineering Management, major in Construction Management at the Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila. She also works as Civil Engineer II with the Department of Public Works and Highways.
Below is Angeline’s talent performance during the Charity Gala of MWP2018.
A gender and development focal person at DPWH, Angeline is a member of the Philippine Technological Council Women Engineers Network and Lifetime Member of the Road Engineers Association of Philippines. It’s kind of hard to imagine her wearing a hard hat everyday on the job, but that’s who she really is – a woman who enjoys excelling in a male-dominated industry.
Is there room for her as one of the Binibinis during the final screening of Bb. Pilipinas 2020?
My last teaser for the year 2019 isn’t much of a tease. It can be called an ultimate seduction – a one big final thrust, if you will.
While she may not be saying it outright, Katarina Rodriguez has been leaving hints here and there about the possibility of extending her colorful pageant career to the fullest. You simply need to read between the lines to sense what kind of future plans are being considered. And at her age of 27 now, time is not giving much of an extension beyond 2020 if she is serious about giving it one final go.
Her advocacies are already intact – being a Peace Hero for Teach Peace Build Peace Movement and a Children’s Right Activist (and Ambassador) for Save The Children. On top of that, she can think on her feet and express her meaningful thoughts well.
Having two national titles tucked under her belt, Katja should have moved on from pageantry by now. But the build up from Miss Intercontinental 2017 to Miss World 2018 is like assembling a totem pole where the topmost part is still missing an important piece. And if she pushes through with Miss Universe Philippines 2020, then it will be like the 3rd part of a trilogy where the last chapter will have all the exciting elements of a long story waiting for one big epilogue.
Twelve (12) ladies comprise the shortlist from where eight final choices will be fielded by Aces & Queens for Miss World Philippines 2019.
Nine of them are pictured above during the private screening held by the beauty camp. Here are hints on their identity:
1) a Fil British beauty, 2) a model and TV actress, 3) a runner up in a national pageant, 4) a speech pathologist, 5) a Balikbayan beauty, 6) a reigning queen and 7) a runner-up of a local pageant plus 8)the daughter of a beauty queen. The other beauties are first timers in beauty pageants.
Care to guess who they are?
Photo and hint credit: @gerryd16 #missworldphilippines2019 #acesandqueens
From PMAP to BPCI:
#BinibiniWishList2019: Marianne Marquez
She is a professional model and a member of the new board of the Professional Models Association of the Philippines (PMAP). She is no newbie to the world of pageantry, though. She wore pin #23 during the very competitive Miss World Philippines 2018 and finished in the Top 10.
Since then, Maan has been steadily preparing herself to take the bolder step of joining the bigger nationals – Bb. Pilipinas.
“I’m doing my own homework. I want to be in a good mental headspace and have my game face on going in…I think it’s also a disrespect to other women and fans of the pageant if a girl just breezes through it or treats it like a silly game.”
This smart and lovely woman looks up to Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray as inspiration:
“I just look up to Cat because she was so focused, driven, and well prepared. I aspire to be like that…”
So I guess we can all look forward to seeing more of Maan this 2019!
Maan (2nd from left) is a member of the new PMAP Board
Please watch the entire #BeautyWithAPurpose video featuring Miss World Philippines Katarina Rodriguez below and be touched with her project for the devastated City of Marawi.
But before you click, here are just a few sidelights that went into the filming of the same:
1) The part in the beginning where Katja is walking is ground zero of the Marawi Crisis. It is not safe until now since inside those houses and buildings are mines that still remain unexploded.
2) The church shown on Day 3 is the established fortress of ISIS which has an underground dwelling.
3) Katja wrote the script all by herself with just a few edits from Benj Gabitan because of the sheer length of her writings.
4) Katja thought of this even before winning Miss World Philippines. Last year, she already started raising funds from Katarina’s Closet and Bazaar which was donated to “Save The Children for Marawi”.
Below is the video of the Group 4 Head-to-Head Challenge for Miss World 2018 with Miss Philippines Katarina Rodriguez and the delegates from Equatorial Guinea, Iceland, Senegal, Norway and Guyana.
Now here is how you can help Katja advance to Round 2 in this segment of the competition.
Remember, November 28 (6pm Sanya time) is the deadline for voting through the four ways stated above.
Today, November 20, is the schedule of the Miss World 2018 Top Model Challenge in Sanya, China. We know how Miss World Philippines Katarina Rodgirz prepared for all the important segments of the competition. Amd this one is no exception. Still, she leaves this message for all her followers and supporters:
Hello Philippines, Hello World! I am asking for your prayers and support for today’s #MissWorld2018 Top Model Competition. I promise to make you proud my beloved country, I will do my best to win it. Maraming salamat sa inyong pagmamahal. ❤
Katarina Sonja Rodriguez
Miss World Philippines 2018
So have you supported our Miss World Philippines 2018 Katarina Rodriguez today? Just download the MobStar app and start showing your love for our Queen!
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And while we’re at it, watch Katja’s Miss World 2018 introduction video below