Remember Linda Backlund? She’s the half-Filipina, half-Swedish Bicolana who made some splash on reality TV when she joined Pinoy Big Brother Teen Edition back in 2008. She wasn’t successful in that one. Neither was she given by ABS-CBN the grooming for stardom (the breaks went to Ejay Falcon and Robi Domingo instead).
Two years later, she enlisted for the Miss Bicolandia competition and was well on her way to topping the same, until she mangled her Q&A during the finals. She finished fifth (or 4th Runner-Up) to the disappointment of all her supporters.
Now at 20, Linda should be ready to conquer the pageant scene once again. Her handlers must have seen the potentials and buckled her down to intensive training…..I hope. The baby fats are now gone. The plus-size profile is now reduced to a more svelte figure in her 5’9″ frame. There’s only one more thing I’m concerned with – her communication skills. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that she received extra polishing in this regard. Because if all bases are meticulously covered, she’ll be more than ready to step up to the Bb. Pilipinas 2012 plate and wow us all.
How about you, dear readers? How do you size up Linda Backlund? 🙂
(Photo credit: Jerome Sajise)
Name: Valerie Clacio Weigmann
Work: Print and Commercial Model; ex-Pinoy Big Brother Teen Edition 2008 housemate
The excitement for Binibining Pilipinas 2012 is really starting to heat up. And why not? Coming from the impressive performance of our beauty queens this year, there is particular interest in the 2012 edition because the Philippines has to sustain the placement record.
In comes Valerie Weigmann. You may remember her as one of the housemates in ABS-CBN’s Pinoy Big Brother Teen Edition last 2008. She did not win that one, but was given by the network a string of small TV projects. Unfortunately, her star did not shine bright enough to become a celebrity of major reckoning. She went into modelling. And this is where her beautiful face started to get noticed by advertisers. What followed were TV commercials for C2 Green Tea and Myra Vita-White, with more to come.
courtesy of migslugs
Given Valerie’s nicely-tempered Fil-German mix and good height, will she step up to the plate for Binibining Pilipinas 2012? And if she does, do you think she has what it takes to win one of the crowns? I think she has great potentials that can be enhanced with further training and polish. My first of two worries (if this can indeed be considered as one) is her previous photoshoot (watch video above) with Rogue Magazine where she posed topless (although only her bare back was facing the camera) on the cover. And here’s my bigger worry…and this could be the nail in the coffin so to speak. She is a contracted endorser of Century Properties – something that would spell conflict of interest against the centerpiece property development – Manhattan Garden City – of the Aranetas.
And don’t go suggesting that she tries her luck in Miss World Philippines instead because there will be another problem. SM Development Corporation is a major backer of the pageant.
So there… 😦