Hannah C. Arnold is the very first to file her Bb. Pilipinas 2019 application at the BPCI Office in Araneta Center. If all initial requirements are in order, then she will be the first in line for the screening that should happen after the March 15 deadline.
Hannah’s good timing allowed her to get a photo op with Esther Swan of the MUO who was on her way to nearby Shopwise at the time to buy some stuff.
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Miss Universe on January 25?
Consider me baffled a bit. Why is it that everyone else is announcing the date of the next Miss Universe save for Miss Universe Organization (MUO) itself?
Now it’s NBC.com that has already stated in its website – and in bold letters at that – that Miss Universe (without any year indicated) will be shown on January 25, 2015.
Is Donald Trump preparing for a much-awaited big reveal? Or are we all just tired of hoping, waiting and expecting?
They better act fast. The pageant is starting to lose its luster.
(L-R): Miss Universe 2014 Gabriela Isler, Miss Teen USA 2014 K. Lee Graham and Miss USA 2014 Nia Sanchez
There’s a new kid on the block. Her name is K. Lee Graham from South Carolina. And she was just named Miss Teen USA 2014 at the Atlantis in the Bahamas Saturday night.
According to an article posted by E Online, below are six (6) things you might not know about the new Miss Teen USA. And that includes the explanation behind her single-lettered first name. Read on the screenshot below and discover how interesting a 17 year-old teen K. Lee Graham is.
Welcome to the sisterhood, K. Lee! 😀
MUO President Paula Shugart with MU2013 Maria Gabriela Isler while judging BBP2014 last week. (Photo credit: OPMB Worldwide)
When Miss Universe 2013 Maria Gabriela Isler visited the Philippines for Bb. Pilipinas 2014, Miss Universe Organization President Paula Shugart was always by her side, much like the way MWO Head Julia Morley stands by and even holds hands with Miss World 2013 Megan Young in almost all her appearances.
So when the two of them attended the finals last Sunday night, it was evident how Paula would constantly attend to the needs or questions of Molly while judging was ongoing. Was the former guiding the latter on how to score the Binibinis or was Paula simply asking Molly if she needs anything at all?
Whatever the answer to the question is, MJ Lastimosa is already the new Miss Universe Philippines. If she was indeed handpicked by MUO to represent the country in Miss Universe 2014, then it only means that our bet has already earned two thumbs up from the important people who matter. 😉
MUO President Paula Shugart (right) with Miss Universe Philippines 2013 Ariella Arida in Moscow last year.
The buzz is loud and clear.
According to reports in pageant sites and message boards everywhere here, a planned welcome dinner is being scheduled for Miss Universe Organization (MUO) President Paula M. Shugart who will be flying in from New York to be a VIP Guest of Bb. Pilipinas 2014.
Now that’s the world-renowned hospitality of the Filipinos at work. But wait. During the same event, I was told that only eighteen (18) of the forty (40) Official Candidates of Bb. Pilipinas 2014 will be in attendance and wearing eye-catching traditional attires no less.
Now here’s a bit of a nagging factor for me. What will be the basis of short-listing the 18 attendees? Have they been pre-selected by BPCI? Or were they chosen by Paula herself to gain a more up close and personal encounter with the lucky ones? What will now happen to the 22 (twenty-two) remaining ladies who are just as excited to be part of the same? It’ll be one heck of a missed golden opportunity for the uninvited.
Oh how I wish all forty OCs will take part in the same. Fair-and-square, right? 😉
Emin is coming over! (Screenshot from Rappler.com)
The Coronation Night of Bb. Pilipinas 2014 just got bigger and more globally-appealing with the confirmation from Rappler.com that Russian Pop Star Emin will indeed be the Guest Performer.
This is further proof that Miss Universe Organization (MUO) is making its presence felt heavily in our national pageant. Donald Trump’s group is definitely in. First, there is MU2013 Maria Gabriela Isler arriving to judge and help crown the winners. And then, we also have the attendance of MUO President Paula Shugart as VIP Guest during the finals. And now this.
I was floored. Literally.
The 40 candidates must be so excited about this. 😀
Just to refresh your memory, below is the music video of Emin that featured some of the Miss Universe 2013 candidates which included our very own Ariella Arida.
courtesy of eminmusicofficial
Miss Universe 2011 Leila Lopes (in right photo) handed the award of Miss Photogenic to Miss Kosovo Diana Avdiu during the Trump Holiday Party.
I think MUO made the right choice in naming Diana Avdiu of Kosovo as this year’s Miss Photogenic. While there are a lot of other possible winners of this award (like Croatia, Czech Republic, Georgia and even Serbia who should have gotten the fancy of Donald Trump by now), the Catherine Zeta-Jones deadringer was clearly the camera-friendliest, and in various moods and poses at that. Good thing the award is no longer voted upon online. Otherwise, it would have robbed the rightful winner of the special recognition. 😉
Shamcey Supsup as shown on the Miss Universe website
For those who doubted, below is the Press Release from MUO:
Miss Universe 2011 Third Runner-Up Shamcey Supsup must’ve left a good impression to the people behind the organization that she has been signed up this year as host of “On The Scene” – a look into all behind-the-scene activities of the delegates with exclusive video clips that you can only watch online in the pageant’s YouTube website.
Look out for her starting next week. I assume that she will be covering the host city and pageant venue, plus must-watch interviews with the candidates.
Did I say how proud I am of our dear Shamcey? This is such an excellent opportunity for her. 😉
Miss USA 2012 Olivia Culpo
The last time an American won Miss Universe was way back 1997 when Brook Mahealani Lee stole everyone’s hearts and topped the competition. This year, pageant followers are saying that the US has another excellent fighting chance to win the title in the person of Rhode Island’s Pride Olivia Culpo.
Olivia has one of the most beautiful (and untouched) faces in the roster of delegates this year and I won’t be surprised if she becomes a permanent fixture in the list of favorites among many pageant fans. And being the host delegate, she will enjoy the opportunity of showing off Las Vegas to her new sisters. While she may be one of the shorter ones, I think that she can effortlessly stand tall knowing that the other ladies would love to have their pictures taken with her.
Will Olivia become the next Miss Universe and do a Wenxia Yu or Ikumi Hashimatsu? Or will she conveniently land 2nd and follow the route taken by Stephany Stefanowitz? It’s still hidden among the stars as of the moment.
In the meantime, I can already hear her repeated shouts of “Welcome to Las Vegas!”
MUO President Paula Shugart in front of Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas.
To which MUO (Miss Universe Organization) President Paula Shugart will – quite excitedly quip – “Welcome to Miss Universe 2012!” 😀
courtesy of MissUniverse
Have you already booked your flights to Vegas? If not, then start doing it now because the airfare won’t be cheap, regardless of where you’re coming from. Try American Airlines or JetBlue or Expedia. From Manila, the most convenient flight segments can be booked with either Philippine Airlines or Delta. On the other hand, the cheapest would be China Southern (via Guangzhou). No Chinese visa needed if transit time is within 24 hours of arrival.
Map courtesy of LasVegas.com
Have you already reserved a room at Planet Hollywood
? If not, then boo-hoo! The promo codes may have already been fully used up by the early birds who took advantage of the super-discounted US$40.12/night weekday rate being offered right around the time MUO made the announcement online. Paris Las Vegas
may be nearby, but there’s nothing like staying in the same hotel where the delegates will be billeted.
Have you already filed your vacation leave for the all-important date of December 19 (or the week/s surrounding it for those traveling to the US)? If not, then drop by the HR department pronto. You’ll be surprised how many other co-workers have jumped the gun on you and secured approval for theirs.
Now, if you have all areas covered by now, keep in mind that Las Vegas during December can be very cold. Pack your thermal undergarments as soon as you take out the luggage from its hiding place. And add up a few party attires as well. The strip is the place to spend hip, cool and fun-filled all-nighters.
Miss Universe 2012 is definitely on and what better time to witness this beauty spectacle than during the merriest season of the year! 😀