Today, I am giving everyone double the teaser treats in one. Two ladies from different parts of the Philippines. And they are entirely unique to each other if compared side by side. Call them night and day or dusk till dawn. The sure thing is that both of them are looking at becoming Binibinis for 2020. Separately, they have done national competitions with marked achievements, albeit unfamiliar to some.
Kheshapornam Ramachandran is the half Filipina-half Malaysian/Indian Ilongga whose claim to national pageantry was winning one of the crowns during Mutya ng Pilipinas Gold. She won the right to represent the country in Miss Tourism Queen of the Year International. It was supposed to happen during the last quarter of 2018 or early 2019. Sadly, the organizers scrapped the staging of the international contest. Just like Pauline Amelinckx, she was left with no choice but to accept the fate of having an aborted pageant mission.
5’9” tall Khesha is now competing for Miss Iloilo 2020. Regardless if she wins this annual provincial event or not, I was told that she will still pursue the plan of signing up for Bb. Pilipinas 2020. And why not, if she was able to win a crown during the strongest batch of Mutya ng Pilipinas, then she can now take on the more pressure-laden journey of a Binibini.
Next, let’s head down to Koronadal in South Cotabato for our next potential aspirant. Alayzza Izzabelle Tolimao is the Queen of the Agten Tufi Festival that allowed her to go to Manila and take part in Reyna ng Aliwan 2019 – a national gathering of ladies representing different festivals around the country. While not initially picked as an early contender, she proved her charm and grace in front of the judges (your blogger was part of the panel) all the way to the top where she was named one of three 2nd Runners-Up that effectively included her in the Top 5.
It was a good testing ground for 19 year-old Alayyza – enough to gain the confidence in reaching out for bigger dreams in the national level. If she pursues the Bb. Pilipinas 2020 application, then it would be a giant leap, helped by the fact that – during Bb. Zamboanga Sibugay 2019 where she was named 4th Runner-Up – she was already able to hold her own against strong candidates like Malka Shaver, Kylah Sanchez and Apriel Smith.
Let us give them the chance to shine further in the national stage. Khesha and Alayyza might even surprise us when it matters most.
It is interesting to note that when actress Kim Chiu wore that Benj Leguiab IV gown (made fun of in different memes like the one above) during the recently-concluded ABS-CBN Ball 2019, she mentioned in her vlog that it was made for her by the designer only around two months ago.
Rewind to September, 2018 during the time of Mutya ng Pilipinas Gold when the candidate of the Filipino Community from Canada West Coast (Anne Nathalie Longakit) wore almost the same creation (with less details on the lower part) from the same designer in a preliminary event held at Ascott BGC.
Anne Nathalie Longakit during Mutya ng Pilipinas Gold – September, 2018
If not for that “shawarma” meme, I wouldn’t have remembered the similarities at all.
It’s our golden year!
O ikaw.. o ikaw na nga..
Ikaw na ba ang hinahanap na Mutya?
Narito na ang “Manila Screening” para sa Mutya Ng Pilipinas 2018 – ang iyong pagkakataon upang maipakita ang angkin mong ganda, talino at halina!
Maging bahagi ng ginintuang taon. Sa ika-15 ng Hulyo, taong kasalukuyan, pumunta sa Ascott Makati simula alas-dos ng hapon. Humarap nang buong ningning sa mga hurado at patunayan na ikaw ay karapat-dapat na maging isa sa mga opisyal na kandidata.
• Natural Born Female; High School Graduate. At least 18 but not more than 24 years old; with a minimum height of 5’5”;
• Must be least a high school graduate
• Must possess beauty of face and figure, has an outstanding personality, smart and witty;
• Must be single and never been married;
• Must have never been pregnant;
• Must be of Filipino ancestry, with at least one (1) grandparent in the direct paternal or maternal line possessing Filipino citizenship
• One Colored Passport size photo, one colored head shot and one Colored Full Body shot in swimsuit
• Photocopy of Birth Certificate
• Photocopy of High School Diploma, if available
• Overseas participants must submit proof of Filipino ancestry in the form of a certified true copy of the Birth Certificate of either the Filipino grandparents or parents.
Please visit our website, http://www.mutyapilipinas.com or our facebook page facebook.com/mutyangpilipinaspageant and watch out for our screening and regional competitions in your are!
Baka ikaw na nga ang natatanging Mutya!
The country’s second-oldest existing national Beauty Pageant will celebrate an important milestone in 2018.
Mutya ng Pilipinas will turn Gold next year. And this could only mean that the next edition will be its biggest ever.
For starters, the organizers – headed by its President Hemilyn Escudero-Tamayo will endeavor to assemble a total number of Fifty (50) Official Candidates coming from all over the country and the different Filipino Communities abroad. Aside from that, they will do the exceedingly demanding task of gathering all the previous titleholders, including those who previously joined but found success in other national beauty competitions.
I also reckon that there will be additional titles at stake to be formally awarded after the participation of Hannah Khayle Iglesia in the AMA Asian International Super Model Contest and Sofia Sibug in Global Beauty Queen.
This is going to be big. And normannorman.com will be there to bring it to you – being one of the accredited media partners of Mutya ng Pilipinas. Beyond quickie Facebook/Instagram posts and the like, our team will bring you the substance of its Golden Year.
And don’t get us started with the older national beauty search – the finals of which will take place earlier than the Lenten Week Observance.
Season’s Greetings from the Mutya ng Pilipinas 2017 Queens!