Once more, our three (3) World-Class beauties were gathered together for a cover shoot that stamps the class of our Queens both regionally and around the globe. Miss Universe Pia Wurtzbach, Miss World Megan Young and Miss International Kylie Verzosa were shot by my photographer-friend Filbert D. Kung for Harper’s Bazaar Vietnam.
Pong Niu, Gery Penaso and Anton Patdu did the make-up, with the ladies wearing Bea Valdes.
It is interesting to note that our Queens spent the New Year in different parts of the Globe – either with family or boyfriend or friends.
Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach flew to Zurich, Switzerland with boyfriend Marlon Stockinger where they spent quality time in the 10th safest city in the World (and 3rd safest in Europe) according to The Economist Intelligence Unit.
Miss Universe Philippines 2017 Rachel Peters and boyfriend Migz Villafuerte spent the New Year in freezing temperature while enjoying the beauty of Winter Wonderland in Niseko (ニセコ町, Niseko-chō), a town located in Shiribeshi Subprefecture of Hokkaido, Japan.
Miss Universe Philippines 2016 Maxine Medina (2nd from left) with her mom Marife and siblings Mathew, Marx & Ferica alongside niece Liofel were pictured in Beaverton, Oregon where they spent the Holidays.
Meanwhile, Bb. Pilipinas Supranational 2017 Chanel Olive Thomas headed back to the summer-y weather of Cairns, Australia where she donned her swimwear and enjoyed the sparkling waters of her home city Down Under.
Happy New Year to all of you, ladies!
Since Christmas is just a few winks away, let me share with you two (2) web episodes of “The Beautiful Kitchen” with Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach where she whips up a Filipino version of the Paella plus the well-loved Arroz Caldo (done the overload way) – comfort meals amidst the bountiful dining table spreads for the Holidays, I must add.
This show is produced by EmpireTV and you can subscribe/follow their channel on YouTube.
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Their reigns are not yet finished, but Miss Universe Philippines 2017 Rachel Peters and Bb. Pilipinas International 2017 Mariel de Leon are definitely showbiz-bound. In fact, the latter’s first leading lady project will already come out on Christmas Day with the modern Female of “Ang Panday” starring Coco Martin.
As for Rachel, I’m not sure yet what peg she will slip into once offers start pouring in. I could see her as a TV travel/magazine segment host for now. But let’s leave the planning to ABS-CBN or its sister networks.
Speaking of movies, Miss International 2016 Kylie Verzosa will also appear – in her first high-profile project – as a fairy of sorts, also in “Ang Panday”, just as Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach will be in “The Revenger Squad” as a superheroine, with Ara Arida and Bianca Guidotti playing villainess cameos.
Thank you, Frontrow Philippines for gathering the three Miss Universe titleholders for their Holiday Tour here and for making the country the first overseas stop of the new Queen – Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters – for her reign. Thank you as well to the Department of Tourism – Philippines for showing the ladies our scenic wonders.
Looking forward to a sparkling 2018 for Manila, Philippines!
”We’re still on a #FrontrowUniverse high so, we are sharing some BTS pics from the very special shoot of our #MissUniverse Queens Demi Leigh Nel Peters, Iris Mittenaere and Pia Wurtzbach for #Frontrow 👑
Thank you to the shoot’s stylist, Perry Tabora, for these shots ❤️We’re still on a #FrontrowUniverse high so, we are sharing some BTS pics from the very special shoot of our #MissUniverse Queens Demi Leigh Nel Peters, Iris Mittenaere and Pia Wurtzbach for #Frontrow 👑
Thank you to the shoot’s stylist, Perry Tabora, for these shots” ❤️
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.
Last night at the Eclipse Bar of Solaire Resort and Casino, the Welcome Dinner for Miss Universe titleholders Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters and Iris Mittenaere – plus the thirteen national titleholders who took part in Miss Universe 2017 – was held with selected guests and members of the media in attendance. It was quite the relaxed get-together where most everyone got the chance to have photos taken with the ladies and do some small talks in the process.
It was also the birthday of Miss Universe Organization President Paula Shugart and the three titleholders – Pia, Iris and Demi-Leigh – LED everyone in singing her a Happy Birthday song (watch video below).
Tonight, an invitational fashion show – as organized by Frontrow International with RS Francisco and Sam Verzosa at the held – will be held at the Grand Ballroom of Solaire where the visiting guests will walk the runway wearing creations of different local designers. And tomorrow, they will start enjoying the different tourist spots in the Philippines from Batanes to Vigan to CamSur and Boracay, all the way to Siargao. I hope they can keep up with the hectic but enjoyable trips!