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In this entry are some photos from last night’s private dinner hosted by my friend Louie Heredia for Miss Universe Philippines 2021 Beatrice Luigi Gomez at the Summer Palace – Edsa Shangrila Hotel.
The attendees include Jonas A. Gaffud, Shamcey S. Lee, Albert Andrada, Voltaire Tayag, Lloyd Lee, Francis Libiran, Nat Manilag, Mikee Andrei, Rick Sotelo, Arsi Baltazar and Dyan Castillejo.
Only National Director Shamcey Supsup-Lee (with husband Lloyd), Creative Director Jonas Gaffud, Style Council Head Albert Andrada and Director for Communications Voltaire Tayag will accompany Bea to Israel.
Bea’s send off is scheduled for November 17.
More details as they are made available.
Having just finished watching the Swimsuit and Evening Gown Preliminaries of Miss Universe Philippines 2021, I came up with three constants. These are the three Finalists who – in my eyes – performed best in both segments. They are Beatrice Luigi Gomez of Cebu City, Izabella Jasmine Umali of Manila and Katrina Dimaranan of Taguig. In swimsuits, the quartet is completed by Mirjan Hipolito of Angeles. And in evening gowns, Leren Mae Bautista of Laguna fills the last quadrant.
My Top 4 in Swimsuits
My Top 4 in Evening Gowns
The turns given by Beatrice Luigi in Furne Amato Izabella Jasmine Umali in Nat Manilag and Katrina Dimaranan in Martin Bautista were memorable.
Overall, I give kudos as well to Chella Falconer, Maureen Wroblewitz, Victoria Velasquez Vincent, Steffi Aberasturi and Janela Cuaton.
Meanwhile, below is Miss World Philippines 2019 Michelle Dee during Day 4 of Miss World 2019. She attended the Grand Order of the Water Rats Charity Ball wearing an uber elegant gown by Nat Manilag as styled by Francis Chee. The formal event was held at the JW Marriott Grosvenor House London.
The Top 10 Bb. Pilipinas 2018 National Costumes are:
#Binibini20 Catriona Gray in Jearson Demavivas
#Binibini11 Aya Abesamis in Chico Estiva
#Binibini4 Ana Patricia Asturias in Dave Ocampo
#Binibini18 Rosantonette Mendoza in Rau Uson-Ablaza
#Binibini Michele Theresa Imperial Gumabao in Nat Manilag
#Binibini29 Samantha Avestruz in Nick Guarino
#Binibini30 Sarah Margarette Joson in Jay-r Gamboa Flores
#Binibini31 Jehza Huelar in Neil Patrick Jimlani
#Binibini33 Stephanie Joy G. Abellanida in Archie Castillo
#Binibini35 Sandra Lemonon in Edwin Uy
Here are their individual photos.
I know that the hardworking Designers who created the fabulous National Costumes for the Binibinis of Bb. Pilipinas 2017 toiled on their respective works so it is but fitting that we give credit to each one of them.
Let’s continue with Binibinis 31-40 dressed up by Francis Libiran, Pablo Mendez III, Julius Ornum, Nat Manilag, Arnu Camay, Manny Halasan, Marco&Oyama, Dave Ocampo, Benj Leguiab IV and Rian Fernandez as officially photographed by Raymond Saldaña below.
Katarina Rodriguez in Francis Libiran
Charmaine Elima in Pablo Mendez III
Kristie Rose Cequeña in Julius Ornum
Gabriela Ortega in Nat Manilag
Thoreen Halvorsen in Arnu Camay
Gillian Eliza Colcol in Manny Halasan
Sammie Anne Legaspi in Marco&Oyama Filipiniana
Ana Patricia Asturias in Dave Ocampo
Elizabeth Clenci in Benj Leguiab IV
Kristel Guelos in Rian Fernandez
Bb. Pilipinas Intercontinental 2016 Jennifer Hammond and Designer Nat Manilag
When Bb. Pilipinas Intercontinental 2016 Jennifer Hammond departs for Miss Intercontinental 2016 in Colombo, Sri Lanka by late next month, she will have inside her luggage the National Costume and Evening Gown that Designer Nat Manilag will create exclusively for his dear friend.
The photo above shows the two discussing the color choices and designs that will be finalized. This is subject for the approval of BPCI, but I know that they are already aware of the specifications to be followed.
As we all know by now that Jen is like a muse for the said designer, the decision was mutual in having each other’s back for the pageant mission abroad. I love the aesthetics of Nat so we should be ready to see two exciting masterpieces that our Queen will effortlessly showcase in the Sri Lankan capital.
Jennifer in Nat Manilag (take note that this is NOT the gown she will be wearing in Colombo)
Can’t wait to see the end results! 😉
True to the promise of BPCI, Filipino designers were given the spotlight during the finals last Sunday night. And prior to that, the National Costume Competition also showcased their creativity. So allow me to feature a photo blog of fifteen of the evening gowns, including the new titleholders, runners-up and the rest of the Binibinis in the Top 15.
Miss Universe Philippines 2016 Maxine Medina in Rhett Eala
Bb. Pilipinas International 2016 Kylie Verzosa in Francis Libiran
Bb. Pilipinas Supranational 2016 Joanna Eden in Mark Bumgarner
Bb. Pilipinas Intercontinental 2016 Jennifer Hammond in Nat Manilag
Bb. Pilipinas Grand International 2016 Nicole Cordoves in Edwin Tan
Bb. Pilipinas Globe 2016 Nichole Manalo in Leo Almodal
1st Runner-Up Angelica Alita in Hannah Kong
2nd Runner-Up Jehza Huelar in Xioti Chiu
Top 15 placer Vina Openiano in Chico Estiva
Top 15 placer Dindi Pajares in Edwin Tan
Top 15 placer Apriel Smith in Dino Lloren
Top 15 placer Riana Pangindian in Pablo Mendez
Top 15 placer Edjelyn Joy Gamboa in Bessie Besana
Top 15 placer Kimberle Mae Penchon in Louis Pangilinan
All images courtesy of Joy Arguil for normannorman.com
Top 15 placer Roshiela Tobias in Rex Nicdao
During this trip to Canada of Miss Globe 2015 Ann Colis, she made sure that her luggage is full of creations from Filipino designers. If that’s not enough, all her shoes are from Casadei, a Bench Global Brand.
Ann in Anthony Ramirez when she watched the Stephan Caras Fall/Winter Collection 2016 for Toronto Fashion Week. Shoes by Casadei.
And when Ann attended the Stephan Caras Fall/Winter 2016 Collection for Toronto Fashion Week, she slipped into a black Anthony Ramirez original which showed her fierce aura complete with killer Casadei heels.
Ann in Nat Manilag with shoes by Casadei
During her visit to the Toronto Courts to witness a live hearing and learn more about the Canadian Justice System, she sported a Nat Manilag suit that brought out her dreams of becomimg a Lawyer someday.
Ann in Avel Bacudio during the Welcome Dinner of the Fil-Canadian Community. Shoes by Casadei
Avel Bacudio, on the other hand, was highlighted during the Welcome Dinner of the Fil-Canadian Community at the Toula Restaurant inside Westin Harbour Castle. It was a very exciting event for Ann in her pink number. She was surrounded by Consuls from Burundi and Albania plus a number of important Canadian Officials.
And it won’t stop there. Ann is headed to Montreal soon. She will definitely be wearing more Filipino designs – proudly all the time! 🙂
Miss Globe 2015 Ann Colis with pageant organizers and guests during the Welcome Dinner