Liza Soberano during a lull in the taping of a future MMK episode where she will play Pia Wurtzbach (she is also wearing Bragais heels)
Don’t look now, but beautiful ABS-CBN star Liza Soberano will star in an upcoming episode of “Maalaala Mo Kaya
” (MMK) where she will play the role of Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach. Of course, the story will partly revolved around Queen P’s rise to pageant superstardom, but it will also narrate details of her family life where her mother will be played by Zsa Zsa Padilla.
My favorite heels-maker, Jojo Bragais, created several custom-made pairs for Liza that resemble the exact ones Queen P wore during Bb. Pilipinas and her reign as Miss Universe.
Watch out for this episode which should air either this coming Saturday or next. 🙂
At the moment, Miss Universe Iris Mittenaere is back in Paris for a quick break from the hectic life she has been living in New York City. Days and nights have never been busier for the lovely French woman so reconnecting with her homeland is always welcome.
For starters, let us watch her first photoshoot with photographer Bruce Bernard in the video below.
courtesy of Miss Universe
So consider this kind of a State of the (Miss) Universe post. Almost four months from the day she won the 65th Miss Universe crown, has Iris done wonders to the brand? Is she keeping pace with the big strides her predecessor Pia Wurtzbach had accomplished at right about the same period last year? Or has it reached a lull in terms of sustained popularity? There is more to the title than quick public appearances and glam pictorials, as we know by now. Is WME/IMG happy with how things are moving?
Share your thoughts, dear readers. 🙂
Here’s another feather to add to the already achievement-filled life of Miss Universe 2015 Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach:
A Media Launch was held for Miss Universe 2015 Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach as The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) Goodwill Ambassador for Asia and the Pacific, Rizal Library, Ateneo de Manila University. Pia was welcomed by UN AIDS Director for Asia and the Pacific Steve Kraus and University of the Philippines Applied Mathematics alumna / former UP Diliman Student Council Chair Heart Diño.
UNAIDS’s other Goodwill Ambassadors include Aishawarya Rai, Aung Sun Su Kyi, Victoria Beckham, Naomi Watts, Crown Princess Mette Marit of Norway, and Princess Stephanie of Monaco.
The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) leads and inspires the world to achieve its shared vision of zero new HIV infections, zero discrimination and zero AIDS-related deaths.
UNAIDS unites the efforts of 11 UN organizations—UNHCR, UNICEF, WFP, UNDP, UNFPA, UNODC, UN Women, ILO, UNESCO, WHO and the World Bank—and works closely with global and national partners towards ending the AIDS epidemic by 2030 as part of the Sustainable Development Goals.
Kudos to you, Queen P! 🙂
Dindi Pajares: the complete snub last Sunday night caught everyone by surprise
Everyone inside the Araneta Coliseum was abuzz with loud whispers the minute hosts Pia Wurtzbach and Xian Lim announced the names of the Bb. Pilipinas 2017 Top 25 last Sunday night where fifteen (15) Binibinis became the first casualties in the proceedings. Why wasn’t Binibini 24 Dindi Pajares called to step up? Why was she left in tears waiting for her name to be part of the first cut when it was all down to the last qualifier and Binibini 38 Ana Patricia Asturias was summoned instead? It’s as if something unimaginable happened. What went wrong?
Well, the list of 25 names was accurate. Dindi Pajares surprisingly did not make it far enough to even participate in the swimsuit and evening gown competitions. Was she the 26th in rank or worse? That is a question that will now remain unanswered.
Since Day 1, I know that the forty (40) Binibinis have been strictly observed and assessed by BPCI like a pool of teachers and advisers (or Prefects of Discipline if you will) grading them almost on a daily basis, or at least everytime they had to report for duty and fulfill their duties as Official Candidates. You can say that all of them began with perfect scores of 100 at the onset and it’s up to the ladies on how to keep the mark perfect or sacrifice deductions along the way. This could be inclusive of attendance, punctuality, deportment and overall conformity to the house rules and regulations. Having covered beauty pageants for the longest time, I know this to be a regular practice. While I’m not specifying or confirming on any irregularities in Dindi’s accord (or lack thereof) with what BPCI prescribed and demanded, I can see no other valid reason why she would fall short of pageant performance. She deserved to make Top 25 at the very least if the sole basis would be the public and social media judgment of the line-up this year. In fact, she could have easily breezed through Top 15 just like last year when she joined for the first time.
Whatever the hard truth is behind the snub of Dindi Pajares, I will stop from further investigating into the question because this is already something beyond the parameters of my media-related business with Bb. Pilipinas. And even if I reach clarity on the matter, it would have been shared to me in confidence. Off the record, I must add.
Watch the opening number and introduction of Bb. Pilipinas 2017 now – the first and last part where Dindi got her share of the spotlight during Sunday night’s TV telecast.
courtesy of Hot Picks
Shots from the lobby of Novotel Manila Araneta Center when the 2016 Binibinis checked in last year
Miss Universe 2015 in front of Novotel
It’s Throwback Thursday time, and with the clock ticking fast in the Bb. Pilipinas 2017 Coronation Night countdown, I decided to make a feature about last year’s Binibinis when they checked-in at the Official Residence – Novotel Manila Araneta Center
– which is so conveniently located right beside Araneta Coliseum where the Big Night will happen.
I can still remember a few fun observations last year:
– eventual runners-up Angelica Alita and Jehza Huelar were inseparable as they also roomed together at the hotel;
– Miss International 2016 Kylie Verzosa got Jennyline Malpaya – who is once more in the thick of the fight for 2017 as your #Binibini7 – as her roommate;
– Miss Globe 2016 3rd Runner-Up Nichole Manalo shared the room with Dindi Pajares who continues to compete in the current batch as your #Binibini24 and;
– Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach checked-in as well and helped in formally welcoming the ladies to Novotel. We all know by now that Queen P will be hosting the finals this year.
Anyways, I reckon that the Bb. Pilipinas 2017 Official Candidates will start checking-in at Novotel tonight or early tomorrow. After all, they will all grace the formal opening of the Ice and Cream outlet at the ground floor soon!
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Rehearsals in full swing for the finals
These are the days spent inside the Araneta Coliseum rehearsing for the Bb. Pilipinas 2017 Coronation Night on Sunday, April 30. Dressed in loose workout attires and sleeveless tops, the Binibinis are being choreographed to perfection. According to Gines Enriquez of BPCI, this is going to be the grandest opening number for any edition. Ever. And I believe him because ABS-CBN is deep into perfecting everything to achieve seamless proceedings during the live and TV telecast.
By the way, the finals will be hosted by Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach and actor Xian Lim, with Venus Raj as commentator. If you haven’t bought your tickets yet, then please head on to ticketnet.com.ph or at the Araneta Coliseum box-office.
Just a quick sneak into the opening outfits with focus on the shiny golden Bragais shoes they will be wearing
Below is a BTS video of their dance rehearsals in Subic.
courtesy of EPC Events