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.
Emma Mary Tiglao of Pampanga struggled to earn her stripes during the first three major national pageants – Mutya ng Pilipinas 2012, Bb. Pilipinas 2014 and Miss World Philippines 2015 – that she took part in. She was either a runner-up or finalist but never the crowned titleholder. She even took the risk of joining a lesser-known contest last year – Miss Midori Clark – where she placed 1st Runner-Up.
But not the type who would bow down to one defeat or two, she constantly stood up, reinvented her image and presented renewed versions of herself every single time. She has definitely paid her dues in national pageantry and it was only a matter of time before she would collect a handsome reward in the form of a Bb. Pilipinas Intercontinental crown which she claimed last Sunday night.
Emma has grown in front of our pageant-loving eyes. And what she has shown all throughout the Bb. Pilipinas 2019 competition is that she can do all things with a lot of grace and patience. She never lost footing every step of the way. Maybe she wasn’t the choice of many for the highest title of Miss Universe Philippines, but definitely a deserving recipient of any of the five other crowns at stake.
This Kapampangan beauty will have the tough assignment of preparing for one of two back-to-back victory missions for the Philippines. But with Karen Gallman as the reigning Miss Intercontinental, she will receive all the precious advices and support in order to conquer the 48th Miss Intercontinental with the heart of a fighter.
Those cat-like eyes are Emma’s most unique assets
Emma (2nd from left) as 1st Runner-Up of Mutya ng Pilipinas 2012.
Back in Mutya ng Pilipinas 2012, this young lady (she was 17 at the time) got me hook, line and sinker with those cat-like eyes that never fail to capture my attention. I wanted her so much to win one of the two titles (along with Rizzini Alexis Gomez who actually got the one where she is most suited to) because I had a feeling she will do well in Miss Intercontinental. But as fate would have it, she was called 1st Runner-Up and that was it for Emma Mary Tiglao’s stint with the pageant.
Now 19 and raring to prove her worth in the big league, she equipped herself with the right training and development to push her bid for a spot in Bb. Pilipinas 2014. She is all set to submit her application anytime soon.
Will we see her as the next crossover candidate? I think so. She deserves that spot at the very least. 😉
Mutya Johanna Datul is distinctly local, while Krisma Pascual is Latina-styled. (Photo credit: OPMB Worldwide)
Now here’s an interesting pair of Versus ladies. And correct me if I’m wrong, but they come from the same handlers who do are not identified among A&Q, KF or Team JDV. And whoever is responsible for their training is definitely showing loads of potentials in beauty polishing Both Mutya Johanna Datul and Ma. Cristina Ann ‘Krisma’ Pascual are, simply put, gorgeous in two different – but completely likeable – ways.
Mutya has always been one magnetic looker ever since her Mutya ng Pilipinas 2012 stint. And because she surprisingly failed to snatch one of the titles there, it paved the way for her to quickly jump ship and swim her way to Bb. Pilipinas shores. And now, she is quite leisurely cruising her journey to become an Official Candidate en route to a possible crown or major placement. Will she succeed? Gut feel tells me that this 5’8″ eye candy will shine well in the pageant. She could be a solid pick for Miss International representation. Problem is, her training ‘sister’ is likewise a good peg for the same competition. So what happens now to………
Krisma Pascual? The girl who jolted a healthy number among us when she was first featured here as the former Miss PSBA (QC) with a very Latina vibe. Just stare at her two photos in this post and you can easily mistake her for a candidate in either Belleza Mexico or Colombia. And up to now, I could not verify what her true lineage is. Is she half-this or half-that? But for sure, she has this foreign mix running in her blood. And that’s the reason why she is a possibility for the Japan-based competition. There is a hint of Melody Gersbach (+) and Nicole Schmitz in her aura. I can’t vouch for her speaking abilities yet. But if she turns out to be a complete package, then watch out, frontrunners!
Bottomline for Mutya and Krisma? I’d say one of them is going to be a firm favorite. For now, I’m going for Mutya. 😉
Mutya Johanna Datul during Bb. Pilipinas 2013 screenings (L) and in two-piece swimwear. (Photo credit: Jory Rivera/OPMB)
One of the more refreshing standouts in the ongoing Bb. Pilipinas 2013 screenings is Mutya Johanna Datul who joined and lost in last year’s Mutya ng Pilipinas. Her aura, helped by a youthful face and lean shapely frame, can’t be ignored. And once she lets out that warm, sunny smile, any onlooker will be fixated on how charming she actually is in person.
Binibini has all to gain in getting this lady on their side. Definitely a loss for Mutya ng Pilipinas, I must say.
Will she be blessed with better fortune and become an Official Candidate very soon? 😉
Kariza de Guzman: another crossover beauty, i.e., from Mutya to Binibini.
Kariza de Guzman during last year’s Mutya ng Pilipinas. (Photo credit: OPMB Worldwide)
Here’s another Bulakenya
for you, and her name is Kariza de Guzman. While JDV ladies are identified with Central Luzon candidates, this one is said to be part of Kagandahang Flores
. A native of Pulilan residing in Makati City, she participated in Mutya ng Pilipinas 2012. She did not win a title during the finals, but her level of confidence has definitely grown throughout the same.
This beautiful young lady (she just turned 19 last month) is a Tourism major at the University of the East. She stands 5’6 and measures 34-24-35. I’m pretty sure Rodgil Flores is preparing her well for the screenings.
Can Kariza charm her way from the first to the final callback of Bb. Pilipinas 2013?
Mutya Johanna Datul: a crack at Binibini this time around?
In Mutya ng Pilipinas 2012, the pageant’s namesake – Mutya Datul, that is – made some waves and was shortlisted as a strong possibility for one of the two major crowns at stake. But after the dust settled, her best was only good enough for Top 10, apart from winning four special awards from the press and sponsors.
The girl is definitely deserving of another opportunity to show her beauty and poise, and with the Binibining Pilipinas 2013 deadline for applications ending at midnight tonight, will we see her crossing over and giving the bigger competition a try? Well, this Isabelan better up her gameplan if she does. I was told that 50 (fifty) Official Candidates will be selected for this batch (to match with the 50th Anniversary), so there’s a pretty good chance of her making it through the intensive screening procedures. 😉