These photos of Patricia Tumulak – in a bronzed version of her beauty – by Photographer Edward “Red” Keeler inspired me to make a blog entry about this once-pageant-favorite-turned-showbiz-personality.
There was a time when – during the height of her national beauty pageant attempts – Patricia Tumulak had hordes of fans and followers who continuously encouraged and pushed her to squeeze all the opportunities she could lay her hands on just to win a Bb. Pilipinas crown last 2011. She did. But as fate would have it, her career path was not really cut out to become a Queen.
Now, she is more comfortably niched in the four walls of local showbiz as a TV host, entertainment news anchor and teleserye character actress (she is currently being seen on the afternoon soap “Contessa”).
I am quite happy with how her career on GMA-7 is moving along quite nicely. There were speed bumps along the way (such as when she exited as co-host of Eat Bulaga), but nothing that stopped her from shining even more on the small screen – regardless of the meatiness of the role or project.
I have lost count of all the provincial/regional beauty pageants I have judged the past few years. But it’s quite easy to recall one or two that really stood out in terms of production values, over-all stage design and direction plus the entire concept of the whole show. The recently-concluded Miss Ilocos Norte is one of them. Aside from a comfortable venue (Centennial Arena Laoag City) that would closely rival the inside seating capacity of a MOA Arena or Araneta Coliseum, the house was packed to the rafters with supporters coming in busloads from all over the province. What’s more, the well thought-of stage design was proudly inspired by the local fabric “Inabel” that accentuated the total look and feel of the proceedings.
Paolo Bediones (himself an Ilocano from San Nicolas) navigated everything seamlessly and made sure that his hosting was as professionally conducted as possible. If that wasn’t enough, the panel of judges included a good mix of individuals coming from pageantry (Rachel Peters, Ina Adina – a former Miss Ilocos Norte titleholder – and yours truly), fashion (Designers Joji Loren and Vittorio Barba), TV (Patricia Tumulak), politics and local achievers (like recent bar topnotcher Dave Camarao).
Throughout it all, the strongest favorite – Dianne Lacayanga of Paoay – held on to the lead from start to finish, while a come-from-behind 1st Runner-Up pleasantly surprised the decision-makers when Keena Madamba of San Nicolas edged out the other front-runners to come close to winning the crown.
Kudos to all the organizers, especially Aian Raquel of the Ilocos Norte Tourism Office (including Kristian Ranjo, Xavier Ruiz, Khrisian Pedro and Clyde Panlaque) for continuing with the annual province-wide beauty pageant that keeps getting every year.
And many thanks for inviting yours truly to judge and for normannorman.com to cover the big event.
Till Miss Ilocos Norte 2018! 🙂
Here are videos from the finals courtesy of Raymond Valera.
A new career on TV is making Patricia more popular among the masses
Patricia Tumulak, Eat Bulaga’s HBD Girl
Patricia Tumulak has beautifully moved on. She is done with pageantry – be it Bb. Pilipinas or her withdrawn participation in Miss Multiverse. She is now on TV and how. Her popularity is gradually soaring. Thanks in big part to her becoming the HBD (Happy Birthday) girl of the long-time hit noontime show “Eat Bulaga” on GMA-7. She is capturing the heart of the masses and is in fact being regularly thrown in the company of the famous Yaya Dub (or Maine Mendoza) who shares the same March 3 birthdate with her.
Methinks she will really find her niche on the small screen. And hosting fits her well.
Watch her dance performance during Eat Bulaga Pa More now.
courtesy of AlDub Nation
Meanwhile, watch Patricia’s TV interview on Tonight With Arnold Clacio (videos courtesy of JHonline TV
From Miss Philippines Earth 2013, Angelee is now Miss Multiverse Philippines 2015
Miss Multiverse 2015 will take place in Angola
Angelee is raring to go to Congo for the competition
Miss Philippines Earth 2013 Angelee Claudett delos Reyes has a new title. She is now Miss Multiverse Philippines 2015 and will prepare for the international reality-based beauty pageant in the Republic of the Congo this coming July.
Most of you will wonder whatever happened to the supposed participation of Patricia Tumulak in this competition. Unfortunately, she is not in the best physical shape at the moment and had to beg off from the commitment in order to fully recover from a reported sickness.
As a result, possible replacements were sounded off to the franchise holder, and Angelee was the one appointed (with the help of her mentor Rodgil Flores) because of her beauty, communication skills and lively personality. You see, Miss Multiverse 2015 will be structured like a reality-based search to be aired on TV (not including the Philippines, of course) so it is a must that the person is comfortable and delightfully spontaneous while cameras follow her every move during the entire run of the program. This is one challenge that the former will apear
While everyone thought that the initial news about Patricia Tumulak representing the Philippines in Miss Multiverse was all hype, the recent posting of her latest pictures on the Facebook Page of the competition should dispel talks about her participation not pushing through.
While I cannot make any final confirmation of the exact dates of competition in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, this should be somewhat of an encouraging news and that all of Pat’s preparations did not go to waste.
I will keep you updated on additional details as soon as they are made available. 😉
Patricia Tumulak will wear the Philippine sash. Finally!
Remember Patricia G. Tumulak, Bb. Pilipinas Candidate of years back? She is now realizing her dreams of representing the Philippines in an international beauty competition. And it will happen in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic on November 24 when she will try to win the title of Miss Multiverse International 2014 against delegates from different countries around the globe.
Let us all wish her the best of luck in this pageant endeavor. May she finally vindicate herself here! 🙂
I say ‘fearfully fearless’ because I can’t remember the last time I had this much difficulty deciding on who to forecast as winners of Bb. Pilipinas 2011 tomorrow night. Almost every year for the past decade alone, predicting the Bb. Pilipinas-Universe titleholder was accurately targetted going into the homestretch. There were surprises, but not for the top plum.
Before anything else, here is a short video of my favorites for the pageant before I made my final analysis…
This year, losing a 3rd major title to predict a winner for makes it even more challenging. You see, pageant experts will agree with me when I say that there is already a traditional mold for each of the three competitions abroad – Goddess/Catwalk Diva mode for Miss Universe, Doll-like but Sensuous Beauty for Miss International and Beauty-Brains-Talent combo for Miss World. Losing one of the three leaves us with two templates to fit possible beauty queens in. And given the highly competitive batch of 2011 delegates, there is a very good probability of missing the mark in terms of predicting the eventual victors. Thus, I am not absolutely putting my name on the line here. Several factors can affect the results – foremost of which is the Q&A that can quickly topple frontrunner/s to runner-up positions.
With that in mind, here are my calculated guesses divided into four categories:
Gut-feel tells me that Isabella Manjon and Diana Arevalo will get themselves crowned as Bb. Pilipinas-Universe and Bb. Pilipinas-International. I did not say ‘respectively’ because they are interchangeable. Isabella, inarguably the girl with the prettiest face among the 40, can qualify for either the Miss Universe or Miss International competitions. She is highly trainable and with a charming personality to boot. The global contests are still many months away so whatever shortcomings can still be improved. Her fluency in Spanish – on top of being rumored as Madame Stella Marquez de Araneta’s personal favorite – is icing on the cake.
On the other hand, Diana – the lady who learned her lessons well from a failed first bid two years ago – can make wonders in either of the two aforementioned pageants as well, given more sharp training and polishing. I know that she can improve on whatever her limitations are and maximize her strengths to the fullest. Hence, she should be able to stand tall in the midst of international delegates. She knows how to hype herself up in a subtle but effective way and that is something hard to implant in a person with just plain training.
Owing to the loss of the Miss World franchise, Binibining Pilipinas will most likely hand out a third title but a minor one – perhaps Bb. Pilipinas-Tourism – which equals the level of the old Miss Maja Pilipinas complete with crown and sash but sans big cash prize. This could be where Dianne Necio enters the picture. Having finished 1st Runner-Up last year, she ran the big risk of either wiining or losing for 2011. On a leaner year, she could have easily zoomed to the top. Sadly, this batch is not. Nonetheless, in the event that she gets to represent the Philippines in one of the minor beauty tilts abroad – like Miss Globe – then her efforts did not go to waste.
When someone pulls the rug from right under your nose, it means that you’ve been had or defeated. ‘In the Courts’ are the runners-up who came close to winning the crown and yet, fell short during the final deliberation of the judges. These are ladies who are also capable of getting a title. But due to the fact that there are only two being offered, they have to make do with being part of the court. If good fortune does not hold in favor of Isabella or Diana or both, then one (or two) of these three beauties can end up hugging the limelight even brighter.
Shamcey is the perennial favorite to win the Bb. Pilipinas-Universe crown. But as the weeks have passed since the Press Presentation, her star has started to fade, not necessarily losing steam but getting eclipsed by other competitors whose drive to win has been anything but complacent. Her main edge is intelligence. She scores high on beauty of face as well. But these qualities could be put to waste if she does not show the extra oomph in the battlefield of fierceness. There remains an unmistakable old-fashion appeal from time to time and this won’t augur well for the Miss Universe Pageant which evolves and updates itself just like the latest apps on Apple and Android. I can still see her going to Brazil, but right now, the e-ticket has slipped her grasp.
How about Mary Jean or MJ? The lady with the killer body and ultra-exotic skin color (due to her half-Middle Eastern descent) is everyone’s idea of a deadly Miss Universe bet if only she is blessed with a few more inches in height. Her catwalk skills are a joy to watch as each glide and turn is punctuated by eye-popping body movements built with cuts in the right places. Add to that her abs and you get a crowd-drawing albeit petite contender. Her communication skills tend to be middling but she won’t be a letdown in this part. Unfortunately, I don’t see a crown on her head tonight. She will fight tooth and nail, but a runner-up position should not demoralize her. If she springs a surprise, then I say….good for her!
And that leaves me with Patricia whose aim is to make fierce waves in her first attempt at a BB. Pilipinas win. I want her on top, actually. But I have a nagging feeling that she might not be able to lift herself up to the big time. I couldn’t put a finger on that one factor that I find amiss but off-guard, there are still inconsistencies in her personal style. Just like MJ, I won’t fall off my seat if she ends up victorious. For her supporters, just hope her lucky stars align between now and tomorrow night.
These are the candidates who could make it to the semifinals. One or two of them may pull off a surprise by placing higher, but I’m not counting on it 100%. At any rate, excellent Q&A can catapult anyone to the Top 5 so fast that all we can do is be impressed and charge it all to random serendipity. For the record, I can set aside Sabrinne Al-Tawil, Jenette Noguchi and Kathleen Subijano as the ones with the brightest prospects of doing so.
In summary, there are all sorts of combinations that can be made for the set of winners for 2011. Guessing (or second-guessing) the right combination is open to less hits and more misses. All things being equal, we should be happy that the group of wannabes this year is an outstanding one, definitely no slim pickings here. And to whoever the surprise semifinalist or runner-up or (heaven forbid) winner will be, my hope is that it won’t be pure luck working in her favor but qualities we all have never been aware of as armchair judges or personal appearance spectators.
Truth be told, it is hard to trim down the girls to just the Top 15 so I opted to add a few more to make it a Top 20. Let’s compare notes tomorrow night as Bb. Pilipinas 2011 The Pageant culminates at the Araneta Coliseum with a slight delayed airing on ABS-CBN after Pilipinas Got Talent.
After votes were casted for my unofficial poll started last March 20, 2011, here are the final results. I decided to close the voting yesterday morning to give way for the tally to be posted before the finals night this coming Sunday, April 10).
Based on the 1,383 votes casted, here are the 15 ladies with the highest numbers (with corresponding percentages). Of course, it goes without saying the #1 on the list is your choice to win the top crown:
Shamcey Supsup - my blog readers' choice to win Bb. Pilipinas-Universe after garnering 15.62% of the votes.
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