The morning after when it has all sunk in. With the crown and sash of Miss Intercontinental 2021, Cindy Obeñita is ready to begin a reign she once thought was just a dream.
Styled by Odelon Simpao
Hair and Makeup | Maja Blanka Makeup Artistry
Dress | Zyrill Jane Jacinto
Earrings | FARAH ABU
Shoes | BRAGAIS SHOES
Hers is a story that can only be aptly described as “magical”.
With practically all the elements of the well-loved fiction – save the presence of the wicked stepmother and stepsisters – she was crowned at almost half past midnight (Egypt time) and had her Prince Charming in the audience incessantly cheering her on.
By no means is this parallel to that “life is stranger than fiction” line. Instead, the beautiful inspirations are all there;
1. Her name says it all – “Cinderella”.
2. Truth be told, she almost did not win the national crown if not for the wildcard opportunity that allowed her to shine on her own merits. The glass shoes really fit.
3. She has not one but two Fairy Godmothers. The first one is Madame Stella Marquez de Araneta of BPCI. And the second one is Atty Jeffrey Saclot (her direct boss at the Misamis Oriental Provincial Tourism Office) who made sure that her journey to Egypt was smooth and problem-free.
4. She has a team of friends who stayed with her all the way through. Call them a glam team or the footmen and coachman. But they supported all her needs from start to finish – Michael Villamor, Odelon Simpao and Maja Blanka.
5. She has her real-life Prince Charming – Henri Lopez – who stood by her, rallied everyone and claimed the crown as early as the day she won BbPilipinas.
This is such a wonderfully victorious journey for Cinderella Faye Obeñita whose success in pageantry is written in the stars. It does not happen to everyone. But then again, she has Lady Luck by her side and worked hard to achieve the win.
Mabuhay ka, Cindy!
Miss Intercontinental 2021 Cinderella Faye “Cindy” Obeñita as photographed by Raymond Saldaña
Behold your #Binibini15 Cindy Obeñita of Cagayan de Oro, Misamis Oriental in her Bb. Pilipinas National Costume created by Odelon Simpao.
Belleza de Oro
(Notes from the designer)
Legend has it that Cagayan de Oro is resting on the back of a giant goldfish, with its head right under the Cathedral. This is the mythical inspiration of my national costume, a fitting tribute to the Oro, as a gentle creature. On top of the piece is a crown, a homage to Birhen sa Kota who protected the city from invading Moros.
We call this costume Belleza del Oro, beauty of gold.
The whole piece is composed of over 10,000 glittery pieces with dominant circular bangles, representing the golden coconut called kuyamis, abundant in Misamis Oriental and the namesake of its annual festival that celebrates good harvest.
To this day, the legend of the Oro is told and retold. The spirit of the Oro magnifies in the heart of every Kagay-anon, exuding genuine friendship to anyone he/she meets, thus the moniker, City of Golden Friendship.
I take immense pride here at the Binibining Pilipinas to make my beloved Cagayan de Oro City, Misamis Oriental, shine like gold in the eyes of the world.
Photography: Raymond Saldaña
Set Design: Henry Reyes HGR Events and Sabrosas
Last night at the Grand Ballroom of Solaire Resort and Casino, the Miss Universe Charity Fashion Gala was held in cooperation with Frontrow Cares and Hope for Change Foundation. Our visiting Miss Universe titleholders Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters and Iris Mittenaere – along with our very own Pia Wurtzbach walked the runway for a good cause. Wearing creations by our top designers like Francis Libiran and Rajo Laurel, they were joined by the Miss Universe 2017 national winners who also displayed their taste and elegance in gowns made by the likes of Mark Bumgarner, Frederick Peralta, Edwin Uy, Val Taguba, Rocky Gathercole, Cherry Samuya Veric, Ofelia Simpao and more.
What added special glitter to the event was the presence of six of our Miss Universe Philippines winners – Bianca Manalo, Venus Raj, Shamcey Supsup, Ara Arida, MJ Lastimosa and Maxine Medina – who also participated in the fashion show and presented onstage in chronological order of their years in competition.
Six of our Miss Universe Philippines titleholders from Bianca Manalo to Maxine Medina
Here are some video clips from the show itself.
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The ladies wore red, white and blue representing the colors of the Philippine flag
Albert Andrada dressed up Gloria Diaz and Margie Moran
Last night, the final ancillary event of the 65th Miss Universe was held at Conrad Manila. It was the well-attended National Gift Auction which followed the much-anticipated Designers Showcase where our talented designers took the spotlight where their creations were worn on the runway by the contestants.
As leader-of-the-pack Albert Andrada puts it, “I am so happy and fulfilled to have talked to 87 Filipino fashion designers and to unite them in one of the major ancillary events of the Miss Universe Competition. January 23 will be a night of gift giving, empowered women and a fashion gala of Filipino designers. This is a very rare evening wherein one can witness the Miss Universe’s official candidates wearing the creations of our country’s pride in the fashion industry. To my colleagues in the fashion industry, THANK YOU SO MUCH for your support!!! Mabuhay!” #united #filipinofashiondesigners #missuniverse2017
Here are samples of some of the creations last night with their respective wearers.
Maxine in Odelon Simpao, Miss Barbados Shannon Harris in Bessie Besana and Miss Colombia Andrea Tovar in Edgar San Diego
Miss Russia Yuliana Korolkova in Patty Ang, Miss Thailand Chalita Suansane in Richie Bondoc and Miss Indonesia Kezia Warouw in Johnjohn Ditching
Miss Myanmar Htet Htet Htun in Mak Tumang, Miss Belgium Stephanie Geldhof in Bing Cristobal and Miss Switzerland Dijana Cvijetic in Philip Rodriguez
Miss Turkey Sila Çakir in Rocky Gathercole, Miss Iceland Hildur Leifsdottir in Joel Escober and Miss Bulgaria Violina Ancheva in Claiza Bihasa
Binibini 17 Diana Arevalo in an Odelon Simpao creation. (Photo credit: Bruce Casanova for Bb. Pilipinas)
The photo above of Binibini 17 Diana Arevalo during the National Costume Competition of Bb. Pilipinas 2014 says it all. She wants to win a crown. And she’s working hard to get it.
The Mindoro native is confident that she has what it takes to finally get her long overdue victory this year. And how sweet it can be if she is finally given the chance to represent the Philippines internationally.
She has paid her dues and had to go through two disappointing losses in the past. Can she turn the tide this time around? This blogger hopes that she does. 😉