PS. Your blogger is currently in the middle of an Eastern European vacation with the family where he is traveling from Bratislava to Budapest and Prague en route to Munich, Salzburg and Vienna. Apologies for the shortcut blogs in the next ten days.
Here are photos of the reuniting Miss Universe 2014 beauties when they stayed at the vacation-worthy paradise in Panglao, Alona Tropical Beach Resort. The ladies were extended the warmest welcome and hospitality led by its ever-reliable Deo Guden who really prepared for their much-anticipated visit.
Photo credit: TJ Medrana Photography
The strong friendship started during Miss Universe 2014 held in Doral, Florida, U.S.A. when a large group of candidates forged a sisterhood that has stood the test of time even if we are just talking of an edition held more than three years ago. They’ve had reunions held in recent years, the last one being in Costa Rica around this time last year.
This year, and based on the latest IG post of Miss Universe Philippines 2014 MJ Lastimosa, thirty (30) of the ladies who participated in the Doral edition will be coming over to the country for their annual reunion around middle of next month. MJ, obviously, will be hosting them.
And with the fresh confirmation I received today from a good friend, Bohol Province will be one of the several pit stops in their vacation along with Cebu, Palawan and more. According to him, the visiting beauties will be accomodated at Alona Beach Resort, Amorita, Henann and Bellevue from August 19-21. The other details outside of Bohol are still unconfirmed, but the 3D/2N stay in Panglao alone is a guarantee of their arrival.
So expect ladies like Nia Sanchez of the U.S.A., Migbelis Castellanos of Venezuela and Kaci Fennell of Jamaica to be Philippine-bound soon!
Below are photos taken from the Meet-and-Greet activity with Miss USA 2014 Nia Sanchez and Miss Australia 2014 Tegan Martin organized by PLDT Home and Smart Communications, Inc. where the two have been signed up as endorsers. Venue was Bondi&Bourke in Bonifacio Global City.
Photo credit: Joy Arguil for normannorman.com
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At around 4am this morning, Miss Universe 2015 2nd Runner-Up Olivia Jordan and Miss Universe 2014 1st Runner-Up Nia Sanchez will be landing in Manila as Special Guests of PLDT and Smart for the 65th Miss Universe. Here is the Press Release Advisory:
Miss Universe 2015 Second Runner-up Olivia Jordan and Miss Universe 2014 First Runner-up Nia Sanchez will be visiting the Philippines to watch the 65th Miss Universe on January 30, 2017. The two beauty queens will be arriving tomorrow, January 23, 2017, on board a Philippine Airlines flight from Los Angeles. The two Miss USA will be in the Philippines as special guests of PLDT and Smart Communications, Inc.
Olivia and Nia are both excited to attend the 65th Miss Universe to support outgoing Miss Universe 2015 Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach and to cheer for Miss USA Deshauna Barber who will be competing with 85 other candidates from all over the world for the Miss Universe 2016 crown.
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Miss USA 2014 and 63rd Miss Universe 1st Runner-Up Nia Sanchez will be getting married soon. And before that special day arrives, her best friends have organized a Bachelorette Party in Las Vegas where some of the invitees are the honoree’s fellow candidates during the competition in Doral Miami who have grown close to her.
Included in the guest list are Kimberly Castillo of the Dominican Republic, Julia Furdea of Austria, Elvira Devinamira of Indonesia, Anissa Blondin of Belgium, Diana Garkusha of Ukraine and our very own MJ Lastimosa.Very soon, Nia Sanchez will walk down the aisle with actor Daniel Booko. They have known each other for many years now and waited for just the right time to make public their engagement (which was announced October last year) and plan the eventual wedding after the bride-to-be finished serving her term as Miss USA.
Congratulations will be in order for Daniel and Nia! 🙂
Since Miss USA 2015 will be chosen in Baton Rouge, Louisiana Sunday night (Morning in Manila), I thought of doing a Senti feature on the part-Filipino Miss North Dakota 2014 who gave Nia Sanchez one tough competition during last year’s finals and ended up getting 1st Runner-Up honors.
When Audra Mari competed during Miss USA 2014, she wasn’t really one of the hottest favorites to make it. At the onset, that is. But as weeks progressed, pre-pageant watchers started to take notice of this girl from Fargo who is slowly becoming a solid performer. And the minute she took her stage turns during Preliminaries, everyone is in agreement that she is definitely a major contender.
Watch her Hot Seat interview during the competition now.
courtesy of Miss USAIt was no secret that Audra had that all-important Filipino connection that made her all the more interesting to Fil-Ams and Filipino pageant fans everywhere. She is particularly fond of her grandfather Justo (right photo), a retired surgeon originally from Alaminos, Pangasinan.
To know Audra behind the state crown and all the pageant works, here is a video to watch about her life in Fargo, North Dakota. She spent the day with Siri Joy Freeh (a former Miss Minnesota) where she detailed most of her life over burgers, go-karts and laser tag.
courtesy of Siri Freeh
Let’s all wait and see if things will go in the favor of Miss Arizona.
Predicting this year’s winner of Miss USA could be a tricky proposition considering the events these past few weeks. There are those who would say outright that a Latina state rep has the weakest chance of winning as Donald Trump would not want to glorify one of them given all the public backlash he has been getting as a result of attacking Mexican immigrants. And another camp would push for the idea that an Asian-American’s time has come to finally take it all the way. Yet, a third party would also counter with a theory that this is the year where an All-American beauty will reclaim her rightful ownership of the title. Attached to that, the African-Americans will be just as intense that a woman of color is the most deserving victor among the candidates.
Below are three (3) photo grids showing my Top 15, Top 10 and Top 5 in succession.The Top 5 was actually arrived at based on my personal judging. I did not assemble the quintet to come up with a token Latina, Asian-American, African-American or All-American and satisfy the cravings of different groups clamoring for their respective bets to win. I simply thought that these five ladies have what it takes to enter the magic circle.
Miss Vermont Jackie Croft is the girl I feel who would follow the trail of last year’s Miss North Dakota Audra Mari who became 1st Runner-Up to Nia Sanchez. So with that placement settled, I would pick one among Miss Alabama Madison Guthrie, Miss Arizona Maureen Montagne and Miss Rhode Island Anea Garcia as potential successor. My hunch is that Miss Maryland Mame Adjei would be either 3rd or 4th Runner-Up. So if I would rank them in order, Alabama-Vermont-Arizona-Rhode Island-Maryland could be the winning combination.
Of course, having that very definitive order of placement is way too risky. But I don’t mind putting my name on the line. After all, that’s where the excitement of predictions comes from. Nobody among us can ever predict what answers will come out of their thinking minds to secure better or lower finishes, so I choose to anticipate that they will do me proud in the end.
Good luck, ladies! 🙂
Now that final question you might want to ask Miss USA is definitely pointing us to the direction of the raging controversies surrounding the Miss Universe Organization. And I’d like to think that the people behind the pageant would like more than anything else to get a juicy one that would further stir the cauldron, so to speak. And I’m pretty sure the pageant owner won’t mind because he would love the thrill of getting more media mileage even if at the risk of putting him in a dark light (after all, he’s the one who started the whole ruckus).
What would be your final question, dear readers? Share and then post the same on the Facebook page of Miss USA as well. Don’t forget the hashtag #AskMissUSA. 🙂
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Now it’s the turn of Miss USA 2014 Nia Sanchez to pitch in her message to save Miss USA and Miss Universe.
I know that this girl is in such an awkward position right now. Her roots are definitely putting things in an ultra-tight push-and-pull scenario on whether to sympathize with her boss (Donald Trump) or side with the Latinos. Behind the camera, I reckon that she could be at a loss. What advice will you give her, if given a chance?