Miss Universe Philippines 2020 Rabiya Mateo, her court Bella Ysmael, Michele Gumabao, Pauline Amelinckx and Billie Hakenson – along with Paula Madarieta Ortega of Albay and Maria Isabela Galeria of Sorsogon – joined hands in packing relief goods for our brothers and sisters in Bicol for #FrontrowCares.
Thank you to Frontrow’s Raymond Francisco and Sam Verzosa for organizing this activity.
Look: BTS in the filming of the Miss Universe Philippines 2020 Preliminary Q&A that will be shown in its entirety on October 21 in the #RingLightSeries.
If memory serves me right, this will be the #FirstTime in a national pageant that the crucial Preliminary Interviews will be open to the public to watch and help in completing their full assessment of the candidates who are likely to advance to the semifinals.
Photo grid above shows Paula Madarieta Ortega of Albay and Cole Silvernale of Angeles City in action.
I have always called her #Señorita Paula Madarieta Ortega.
And for good reasons at that.
First of all, it is a title or form of address used of or to a Spanish-speaking unmarried woman, corresponding to Miss.
Secondly, she does exude the spirit of a Señorita – fiery yet warm in nature.
Lastly, a Filipina Señorita from Albay implies that her heart is in the right place all the time.
Designer: Renee Magtibay Salud
Wardrobe Stylist: Andrew Palma
Master Make Up Artist : Jim Ryan Ros assisted by: Bhorj Bautista
Hair Stylist : Jericho Valenzuela
Lens man and Video Producer : Gervin Calina
Creative Direction and Photography : Red Punzalan
As a pageant blogger, I’m supposed to come up with my new hot picks for Miss Universe Philippines 2020 by now. But I am still sticking to a good number of these #PhenomenalWomen because each one of them deserve to be seen and heard. The efforts they give in sustaining visibility in social media and other digital platforms – along with the APs and glam teams – are commendable.
So let me present my running Top 25 favorites – or the upper half of the 50 Official Candidates.
Please support each one of them in the competition’s #RingLightSeries.
Christelle Abello, Paula Ortega, Christine Nicole Silvernale, Bea Maynigo, Skelly Ivy Florida, Pauline Amelinckx, Dianella Loya, Kia Moreno, Sigrid Grace Flores, Billie Hakenson, Tracy Maureen Perez, Apriel Smith, Alaiza Malinao, Rabiya Mateo, Kim Crizaldo, Chiara Lynn Markwalder, Lou Dominique Piczon, Adee Hitomi Akiyama, Patricia Mae Santos, Bella Ysmael, Zandra Sta. Maria, Riana Pangindian, Michele Gumabao, Maria Isabela Galeria and Sandra Lemonon
Pleased to share with you the video of the 5th episode of Pageantry Norms that tackled Miss Universe Philippines Branding of the Phenomenal Women.
I am also tickled pink that we also had our highest number of live views for one episode to date.
Here is Batch 1 of the Miss Universe Philippines 2020 Candidates and their Passions that never fade for Downy Philippines.
They encapsulate in ten seconds what I have been individually blogging about them for the past two months.
At first glance, you might think that this Miss Universe Philippines 2020 candidate is a tall, young socialite who walks in malls on her stilleto heels and does lunch with other ladies of privileged lifestyles. But don’t be fooled. Paula Madarieta Ortega of Albay is as down-to-earth as she can be – with the fusion of Spanish and Bicolano accent the moment she speaks.
Interesting fact: Paula loved Biology and Genetics so much that she studied to become a Medical Laboratory Technician first. She successfully became one. But after realizing that being stuck inside a lab is not her idea of a fulfilling work, she enrolled at the University of Barcelona and took up Nursing. Caring for and interacting with people is how she feels accomplished. And it is from here where the roots of her advocacy started growing. Universal healthcare is the model she believes in, and what the world should aim for.
Doing volunteer work at BRTTH in Albay
With the current COVID19 health crisis, Paula realized how the country’s health system is not ready yet. And this is why she volunteered her services at the Bicol Regional Training and Teaching Hospital and other hospitals in Albay prior to the strict lockdown in Manila. She wants people to know that she is a Nurse and to be seen giving support in medical facilities.
This photo was taken just days before the ECQ in Manila
“Besides being a spokesperson and caretaker for Healthcare, I want to emphasize that healthcare is not only about access to hospitals when you are sick. My plan is to promote correct practices to be healthy so not to get sick easily. My wish is for people to have a full life with less physical or mental limitations. That is why simple actions like teaching or reminding people how to have correct hygiene at home, correct cleaning protocols, understanding what is healthy nutrition for children, or the practice of physical exercise for everyone, are all part of my advocacy as well. Basic health practices are the foundation of a healthy society.” said Paula
If only Paula is a Registered Nurse in the Philippines, she knows that she could have done a lot more in this pandemic crisis. She found ways of collaborating with the healthcare system through online platforms. She has been helping her province – through the initiative of Jojo Bragais – that provided materials (such as alcohol, masks, gloves and other PPEs) to the frontliners in Albay. Using personal savings, she also donated through the online platform “Go Get Funding” and other causes she supports like “Meals for covid-19 healthcare frontliners”, “Caritas Philippines” and “JCI Greenfield Philippines”.
“I will be honest and not brag or lie about being a frontliner by profession, as I did not have the means or chance to practice it this time. I really had a hard time accepting this, as many times I felt frustrated and anxious because it is part of my inner core to help others. I really do mean this, -I have reached out to people I know, suggesting to volunteer in the hospitals in Bicol, as I could stay in our family house there, but the lockdown is strict and I was trapped in Manila.”
Screenshot from her proper hand washing vid
noun: harbinger; plural noun: harbingers
a person or thing that announces or signals the approach of another.
Big word. But for the ladies of Miss Universe Philippines, no word is big enough to encapsulate their individual missions in the pageant and beyond:
And that is what makes them #Phenomenal.
Here are some of them with the new description attached to their individual portraits.
After yesterday’s release of the Filbert Kung Official Glamshots for Miss Universe Philippines 2020, normannorman.com is posting its 2nd Round of 24 Picks for the competition. In alphabetical order according to the provinces/cities they represent now:
Christelle Abello – Aklan
Paula Madarieta Ortega – Albay
Bea Maynigo – Baguio City
Skelly Ivy Florida – Biliran
Pauline Amelinckx – Bohol
Kia Moreno – Camarines Sur
Sigrid Grace Flores – Catanduanes
Billie Hakenson – Cavite
Tracy Maureen Perez – Cebu City
Apriel Smith – Cebu Province
Alaiza Malinao – Davao City
Rabiya Mateo – Iloilo City
Kim Crizaldo – Iloilo Province
Trizha Ocampo – La Union
Chiara Lyn Markwalder – Leyte
Alexandra Abdon – Manila
Lou Dominique Piczon – Mandaue
Caroline Veronilla – Misamis Oriental
Bella Ysmael – Parañaque
Riana Pangindian – Pasig City
Michele Theresa Gumabao – Quezon City
Maria Fee Tajaran – Romblon
Maria Isabela Galeria – Sorsogon
Sandra Lemonon – Taguig
See you all in tomorrow’s Runway Challenge at the Uptown Bonifacio!
#missuniversephilippines2020 #sustainabletourism #beautifultransformations #inspiringwomenwithaction #beyondthecoastlines #onephilippines #teamphilippines
As part of the competition, a good number of the Miss Universe Philippines 2020 Official Candidates have taken the opportunity last weekend to do the video shoot of their promotional tourism clips that will be used to endorse the provinces they represent.
In this entry are BTS shots from the activities of both Paula Madarieta Ortega and Sigrid Grace Flores who went to their hometowns – the former focusing on Legazpi, with the latter going to the fishing village of Maculiw in Panganiban where she grew up.