Now this post is no longer part of my #TurningPhenomenal Series because I have learned – from a reliable source – that she is indeed joining the dash for Miss Universe Philippines 2021.
Janela Joy Cuaton – a former Mutya ng Pilipinas holder – has remained low-key after taking part in Miss World Philippines 2017. This year, she plans to shine bright like never before.
Let’s welcome her back and see the beautiful transformation into a #phenomenalwoman.
Below was her profile video during MWP2017.
#TurningPhenomenal Series No. 8
Let’s go to Mindanao – Misamis Oriental to be exact – this time around.
Inspired by the Top 15 placement of Caroline Joy Veronilla during the inaugural edition of Miss Universe Philippines, the province is placing its bets this time around in another beautiful Misamisnon from the Municipality of Medina.
Chella Grace Falconer is a former Miss Kuyamis titleholder who has earned precious experiences in national pageantry via Mutya ng Pilipinas, Miss Millennial Philippines and the recently-concluded Miss Bikini Philippines where she placed 1st Runner-Up. Collectively, these stints strengthened her resolve to go for – what is considered – the most prestigious beauty competition in the country.
Show of hands. Who is ready to become a #PhenomenalWoman?
Fil-American Chella raises hers without reluctance.
#TurningPhenomenal Series No. 1:
There is always pressure when you cross over from one national pageant to another. But for this beautiful lady – Leren Mae M. Bautista – it will always be a good kind of pressure. After all, she has already collected Mutya Ng Pilipinas and Binibining Pilipinas crowns and one international title to her name. Going for a third in the nationals will certainly make her pageant career more glorious.
Age will not be a hindrance as well. She is and will still be 28 by the time Miss Universe Philippines 2021 is chosen. And might I add, a December 2021 potential playdate for the next Miss Universe is still safe. Her next birthday won’t be until January, 2022.
Mull over it. There is still time to ponder over things. No pressure even if there really is.
There are rumors in pageant circles that Bb. Pilipinas Globe 2019 Leren Mae Bautista is considering one more stab at national pageant glory via Miss World Philippines. If she indeed takes another plunge, the aim should be to win a crown better than the two already tucked under her belt (she was also Mutya ng Pilipinas years back).
Let’s see if she will make this move soon.
•Styled By| Team #StyleITPH
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•Associate Stylist| Juancho Buendia
•Beauty By| Ayen Carmona
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“All things are ready, if our mind be so” said William Shakespeare from Henry V
Former Mutya ng Pilipinas titleholder Ganiel Krishnan’s mind and heart are in harmony. And this is the time to pull out all the stops.
The World is waiting for her, and 2021 is the perfect time to do it.
MUA Shone Zendon
Hair by Mhaky Maginang
Styled by Oli Sara
Clothes by The Easy Breezy Dress
Photo by Mark Caceres
Associated by Elijah Boncay
Miss World Philippines #Wishlist:
I have been egging on this beautiful lady to make a second national pageant trip since early last year – back in the old normal.
And I hope to see her zoom again in our midst.
The photos below could only be signs that, yes, she is ready to do a second plunge after Mutya ng Pilipinas.
Styling Oli Sara
Make Up Shone Zendon
Hair Mhaki Maginang
Accessories Christopher E Munar
We all know that Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach, Bb. Pilipinas International 2014 Bianca Guidotti and Mutya ng Pilipinas (and former Binibini) have become very close friends ever since their active years participating in beauty pageants. During this quarantine period, the trio hatched the idea of coming up with a podcast that turned into a live chat with their equally beautiful guests. Below are two of the episodes where they separately invited Vickie Rushton and Alaiza Malinao in the discussion.
This blog entry will read like a throwback within a throwback. Just like Binibining Pilipinas, Mutya ng Pilipinas has already reached its Golden Anniversary last 2018 – fairly more recent but still full of pride and glory. For a national pageant to successfully make it through five decades is an achievement that stood the test of time. And its long list of titleholders and international winners gave their share to the country’s performance record in other beauty competitions – prime of which were Miss Asia Quest-turned- Miss Asia Pacific Quest-turned-Miss Asia Pacific International, Miss Tourism International and during selected periods – Miss World, Miss Intercontinental, Miss Tourism Queen of the Year International, Miss Tourism Metropolitan International, Queen of Clubs International and Best Model of the World.
Can you still remember the less popular, but equally beautiful theme song of Mutya ng Pilipinas? Click below so you can listen to it while looking back at fifty (50) glorious years of the second-oldest national pageant in the country.
Some of its pageant-victorious pageant alumni include:
Miss Asia Quest 1982 Carines Zaragoza
Miss Asia Quest 1983 Gloria “Bong” Dimayacyac
Miss Asia Pacific Quest 1989 Lorna Legaspi
Miss Asia Pacific Quest 1993 Michelle Aldana
Miss Asia Pacific International 2018 Sharifa Akeel
Miss Tourism International 2000 Esperanza Manzano
Miss Tourism International 2012 Rizzini Gomez
Miss Tourism International 2013 Angeli Dione Gomez
Miss Tourism International 2017 Jannie Alipoon
Miss Tourism International 2019 Cyrille Payumo
Miss Tourism Queen of the Year International 1999 Racquel Uy
Miss Tourism Queen of the Year International 2015 Leren Mae Bautista
Miss Tourism Metropolitan International 2014 Glennifer Perido
Queen of the Year 1996 Sherylle Santarin
Miss Tourism Cosmopolitan International 2010 Barbara Salvador
with notable placements in Miss World and Miss Intercontinental courtesy of Sarah Jane Areza, Sherry Rose Byrne and Koreen Medina.
Below is a video made especially for Mutya Gold which featured stories of some of its past titleholders and how being a Mutya made them forever Queens.
And just to complete the throwback, allow me to share the grand opening number and crowning moments of the 50th Mutya ng Pilipinas held at the Mall of Asia Arena last September, 2018. This was a monumental effort spearheaded by then President Hemilyn Escudero-Tamayo (right photo with Joy Arguil and I) who pulled out all the stops to make the production her farewell legacy for the pageant institution.
While all of us are engrossed with the simultaneous goings-on at Bb. Pilipinas 2020 and Miss Universe Philippines 2020, the search for this year’s environmental advocates has been progressing at its normal pace with some of the Official Candidates already introduced in posts and updates in the pageant’s Facebook page. Meet some of the Earth Angels for 2020 who are likely to be familiar names and faces for most of you:
First on the list is Sherry Anne Tormes who was part of Bb. Pilipinas twice in the past. Originally, though, she was part of a previous edition of MPE. This is like her return to the competition that could bring her the crowning glory she has been aiming for.
And then we have Patrixia Sherly Santos whose pageant career brought instant recall to the “x” in her first name. She was also a Binibini in the past, aside from taking part in Miss World Philippines, Ambassadress of the World Philippines and the Redvocates Search for AIDS Ambassadors in the country.
Gianna Margarita Llanes was an Official Candidate of Miss World Philippines two years back. Her national pageantry experience brought the confidence in joining other smaller tilts where she was able to shine more strongly. In particular, she made it as 1st Runner-Up during Miss Mandaluyong 2019.
Roxie Baeyens may be the youngest among the six, but she is the one who has already represented the country in an international beauty competition. She emerged 1st Runner-Up during Miss Tourism and Culture Universe 2019 after being named Face of Tourism 2019. She is from Baguio City.
Justiene Ortega is one lady who was able to juggle time between her pageant conquests and gainful employment. It does help when the field of work is in sales and marketing. She was a contender in past stagings of both Miss World Philippines and Miss Tourism Philippines.
Finally, we have Hannah Bithiah Merino – a proud Lagunense who worked as Flight Attendant of Philippine Airlines. This tall lady was crowned Mutya ng Pilipinas Calabarzon before qualifying as one of the fifty lovelies who made the Golden Edition of Mutya ng Pilipinas more colorful.
These six Earth Angels will be joined by other contestants from different parts of the country in Miss Philippines Earth 2020. Watch out for them soon!
Here is a group photo of the Bb. Pilipinas 2020 Official Candidates.
Some interesting facts:
Alexandra Faith Garcia
Crossovers from Mutya Ng Pilipinas:
Arianne Deseree Viardo
Leslie Ann Ticaro
Alexandra Faith Garcia
Crossovers from Miss Philippines Earth:
Anna Thea Cenarosa
Crossovers from Miss Scuba Philippines:
Crossovers from Reyna Ng Aliwan:
Alexandra Faith Garcia
Honey Be Parrenas
Crossovers from Miss Millennial Philippines:
Crossovers from Miss World Philippines: