“When you get a groove going, time flies.”
– Donald Fagen
That quote couldn’t be truer than in my years as a pageant blogger. It took a message greeting from WordPress.com to remind me that I started normannorman.com twelve (12) years ago – July 9, 2009 to be exact. While I consciously avoided mixing my personal life into the same, a lot has happened since then. And I wouldn’t trade a thing. The ups outnumber the downs by a mile.
I have learned the art of handling bashers and unpleasant criticisms, and have mellowed me in the process. After all, positivity is bliss. I consider myself married to pageantry. It is one marriage that withstood the test of time (and pandemic), and where divorce is and will never be an option.
My biggest gratitude to all the readers who have come, stayed, left, returned and became loyal followers.
Cheers to 12 years of blogging! 🥂
PS. Pageantry Norms is my love child. 😊
#Shoutout to our Miss Universe Philippines National Director Shamcey S. Lee:
I wonder what your birthday wish will be. 😊
But whatever that is, it will come true. 👸🏻
Enjoy your special day in Florida!
Photo by Jai Murcillo
Styling by Mikee Andrei
Outfit by Mara Chua
Makeup by Carissa Cielo Medved
Hair by Mark Ibarrola / Culture Salon MNL
Shoes by Jose Joaquin Bragais
Now since we are still in the topic of Miss Universe…
Tonight at 7:30pm on The Philippine Pageantry and its YouTube channel:
Pageantry Norms will have a one-hour Season Break Special on the 69th Miss Universe where your blogger will reveal his Final Predictions for the Finals.
We will also have a special guest who will share her thoughts about the competition and one of the issues that affects the delegates on social media.
Tune in later!
Three seasons and (almost) eight months ago, #PageantryNorms premiered as an attempt to fill the void of an online pageant talk show giving the spotlight to several guests per episode. It was a pandemic challenge that I willingly took inspite of initial trepidations.
One-on-one (or even One-on-Two) interviews are easy peasy. But throw in two, three or four more guests and the entire mix becomes a test of spontaneity and quick thinking – a pair of characteristics I enjoy exercising to the fullest. Imagine if you’re familiar with The Graham Norton Show in the UK. That is the peg I constantly try to achieve. 😊
This coming February 28, Pageantry Norms Season 4 will be back in harness. With ten (10) brand new episodes and a long string of guests, the program will liven up your Sunday afternoons once again. It will be exciting, informative and all-around fun.
After all, this is #TheNOWNormal.
Watch out for it!
Pageantry Norms is produced by Tristan Francisco of The Philippine Pageantry, with my Technical Director Gerard Ruivivar.
It would be an understatement to say that I really enjoyed the #Upcoming Episode 7 of #PageantryNorms Season 3 with Mr Global Philippines 2019 Ricky Gumera and Charles Nathan of Bragais Shoes fame.
This has got to be my naughtiest one yet.
Watch out for their movie #AnakNgMachoDancer and its digital premiere on KTX.ph on January 30, 9pm.
What started out as a suggestion from (my Direk) Tristan Francisco of The Philippine Pageantry – which I agreed to with some reluctance – #PageantryNorms has become a Sunday afternoon online habit for your blogger and the loyal viewers who have watched the show since Season 1 Episode 1 last June 28, 2020.
It is never easy to sustain a weekly talk show, let alone finding/scheduling guests to keep me company every Sunday afternoon at 4pm. There were times when I had to plan 3-4 weeks ahead just to ensure continuous live broadcast without scrambling to find content. While there was a week or two when I had only a few days to finalize an episode, it became less difficult to actually do line-ups in advance as the first two seasons were successfully completed.
Now that my Technical Director Gerard Ruivivar and I are on a one-week break from Season 3 to give us time to recharge, we promise to resume on January 10 with S3 E6 – an episode that excites me just thinking about the four individuals whom I have been able to convince as special guests. And just so you know, all the remaining episodes of Season 3 after January 10 have already been set. 😊
From the bottom of my heart, thank you so much for being part of Pageantry Norms. Maraming salamat rin sa lahat ng mga nagpa-unlak na maging mga panauhin sa aming programa. After 25 episodes and 2 1/2 seasons, Year 2021 promises to be more fun-filled and fulfilling.
Mabuhay ang Pageantry – isang industriya na nananatiling matatag sa gitna ng pandemya!
This was our Christmas Eve family photo from 2019
Truth be told, we’ve all had better Christmas celebrations in the past. But this year, the one adjective that would make the observance special is #intimate.
No big gatherings, no lavish buffet spreads, no games, no noisy banterings and no flooding of gifts. Just pure, simple and heartfelt togetherness of lockdown companions or the closest of family members.
After all, an intimate Christmas will allow us to focus on the true Celebrant and not just our personal happiness.
#MerryChristmas, everyone! May the true spirit of the Holiday Season embrace our hearts so that we can give back tenfold of the love and let the pure joy of giving become a part of our lives.
On the second episode of #PageantryNormsSeason2:
Join us on a virtual road trip that will start with the country’s Culinary Capital, then move to the Financial Center of the Philippines and finish in the birth province of our National Hero, Jose Rizal. And who better to keep us company than the phenomenal women of Miss Universe Philippines 2020 representing these places – Patricia Pineda Santos of Pampanga, Ivanna Kamil Pacis of Makati and Jo-Ann Dela Torre Flores of Laguna.
We will make this interactive episode worth your while this coming Sunday, 4pm on TPPTV via The Philippine Pageantry.
Sharing with you the Season 2 Premiere of Pageantry Norms with my first solo guest – Miss Universe Philippines 2020 candidate – Michele Gumabao of Quezon City.
The first four episodes for the second season of Pageantry Norms are all set as early as now.
But let’s focus on the #Season2Premiere of #PageantryNorms this coming Sunday, September 13, 4pm.
I must admit the challenge in doing this Vogue-inspired theme. But I trust Michele to pull through with flying colors.
Catch her on TPPTV via The Philippine Pageantry soon. And join in the interactive discussion.
Photo credit: Charvin Valdez Torne