I have shared with you pageant veterans and familiar faces for teasers in next year’s nationals. Now I certainly hope that you will be more receptive of fresh faces. I have blogged one just recently, and all I got were mostly comments that she is still unprepared or inexperienced for big-time national pageants like Miss Universe Philippines or Bb. Pilipinas or that she should still pay her dues and start slow in the lower rungs of contest hierarchy. Let’s keep an open mind for now, and not be absolutely swayed by the results of Miss Universe 2019. I am simply featuring potential joiners, and who knows what changing beauty trends the MUO will lean on in the 2020 edition.
Now here is one for my next entry. And she is 100% Pinay, if you will. While I was told that she is still 50/50 on the matter, she could be gently convinced to give it a shot.
Joanna Kristine Pojas is a Junior Model of the PMAP (Professional Models Association of the Philippines). She is 22 years old and stands 5’8”. A Quezon City resident, she also takes roots from Sta. Rosa, Laguna. Having already finished her BS Entrepreneurship degree from PUP Manila, she has all the time to prepare if ever she decides to apply for Miss Universe Philippines 2020.
Here are more photos of Joanna Kristine.
Photos by Mark Neto Diáz and Josh Tolentino
In this blog entry are photos taken from the well-attended Mutya Pilipinas 2019 Press Conference with the new Queens – Klyza Castro, April May Short, Tyra Rae Goldman, Cyrille Payumo and Maxinne Nicole Rangel plus Pageant President Ms Cory Quirino – held alongside a sumptuous Chinese lauriat hosted by Hai Shin Lou Restaurant in Makati City.
The Mutya Pilipinas 2019 Queens and Ms Cory Quirino pose with Ben Chiong, owner of Hai Shin Lou
Just to update you all, Mutya Pilipinas Asia-Pacific International 2019 Klyza Castro will begin her quest for a back-to-back win in Miss Asia-Pacific International 2019 here in Manila beginning September 26 all the way to the finals come October 9.
On the other hand, Mutya Pilipinas World Top Model 2019 April May Short will start her training with PMAP (Professional Models Association of the Philippines) next week before flying to France en route to Monte Carlo in the Principality of Monaco for the World top Model competition that will run from December 11-14.
Tyra Rae Goldman, Mutya Pilipinas Tourism International 2019, is gearing up for the Miss Tourism International 2019/2020 Pageant that will happen in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia from October 22 till the second week of November.
Watch out for my blogs about each one of them on normannorman.com soon!
Mutya Pilipinas has a new crown added to their titles at stake in 2019, with World Top Model Philippines as the latest. What makes this honor unique – coinciding with the acquisition of the franchise – is the newly-forged partnership with Professional Models Association of the Philippines (PMAP) who will help in training and preparing the first winner of Mutya Pilipinas- World Top Model Philippines for her international competition that will happen in Monte Carlo (in the Principality of Monaco) this coming December 14, 2019. Its inclusion has also transformed the national pageant into a hybrid competition as it welcomes aspiring models who wish to embark on a serious modeling career internationally.
Present during the contract signing are Mutya Pilipinas Chairman Fred Yuson, Mutya Pilipinas President Cory Quirino and PMAP President Anna Siddeco.
Effectively, Mutya Pilipinas 2019 (which is being re-branded without the “ng”) will have its four winners sent to Miss Asia-Pacific International, Miss Tourism International, Miss Tourism Queen of the Year International and World Top Model. The Mutya Pilipinas Overseas Communities and two runners-up will complete the honors that this year’s anticipated 40 Official Candidates will vie for.
Chairman Fred Yuson said that, “These are exciting times for Mutya Pilipinas so you can expect more positive changes in the future as it evolves.”
Watch out for the much-awaited 2019 edition of Mutya Pilipinas which will have its national finals at the MOA Arena on August 18.
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From PMAP to BPCI:
#BinibiniWishList2019: Marianne Marquez
She is a professional model and a member of the new board of the Professional Models Association of the Philippines (PMAP). She is no newbie to the world of pageantry, though. She wore pin #23 during the very competitive Miss World Philippines 2018 and finished in the Top 10.
Since then, Maan has been steadily preparing herself to take the bolder step of joining the bigger nationals – Bb. Pilipinas.
“I’m doing my own homework. I want to be in a good mental headspace and have my game face on going in…I think it’s also a disrespect to other women and fans of the pageant if a girl just breezes through it or treats it like a silly game.”
This smart and lovely woman looks up to Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray as inspiration:
“I just look up to Cat because she was so focused, driven, and well prepared. I aspire to be like that…”
So I guess we can all look forward to seeing more of Maan this 2019!
Maan (2nd from left) is a member of the new PMAP Board
#Binibini11 Aya Abesamis
Your #Binibini11 Ma. Andrea “Aya” Abesamis has long stepped out of the shadows of her pageant-famous mom – Bb. Pilipinas Universe 1984 Desiree Verdadero Abesamis – and made a decent name in the modeling world and her involvement with PMAP (Professional Models Association of the Philippines). This year, it looks like she will slide just a little back inside the wings of our Miss Universe 1984 3rd Runner-Up for the duration of Bb. Pilipinas 2018. It can’t be helped. Try as we might to separate the two, there will always be points of comparison. And I am not even including her cousin – Bb. Pilipinas World and Miss World 2003 Top 5 placer Mafae Yunon-Belasco who is helping her out in some areas of preparation. Yet.
So let’s cut Aya some slack and give her the chance to shine on her own merits. This is her personal interview video now.
Desiree during the 30th Anniversary Bash of PMAP
Desiree with husband JB Abesamis
Since Ma. Andrea “Aya” Abesamis is taking part in the Final Screening of Bb. Pilipinas 2018 tomorrow at the Kia Theater, I thought it would be interesting to feature her mom Desiree who brought pride and honor to the country as 3rd Runner-Up during Miss Universe 1984 held in Miami, Florida, USA.
But first, let us watch a clip of the Top 5 and crowning moment that year.
courtesy of tpageant
Desiree has always kept her presence in the limelight – albeit in a relatively low-key manner – since she has maintained strong ties with close pageant contemporaries in doing several charity projects through the years. While she has never hollered about such involvements, pageant fans and followers have always been keen in knowing about her whereabouts or whatever keeps her busy. And she never disappoints because the image she has kept since then is one of grace and positivity.
Now that her lovely daughter Aya (right photo) is on the verge of following her footsteps in the pageant world, you would expect the equally lovely mother to hug the spotlight just as well. But no. If not for this Senti Feature, she would rather just stay in the background and watch the unfolding of scenes before her eyes.
I always have sentimental memories of her Miss Universe 1984 stint and I will never get tired of watching video clips from her successful mission as Bb. Pilipinas Universe 1984.
courtesy of TheOnesBeautiful
Binibini 12 Kylie Verzosa
It may have taken her more than awhile to make the decision of joining Bb. Pilipinas, but the wait was all worth it. Kylie Verzosa has been egged on to take part in the annual search as far back as 2012. But it’s only now that she greenlighted the participation, and she is pinned Binibini 12 up to the tentatively-scheduled finals come mid-March.
Kylie is giving her full concentration on the competition. And Aces & Queens is not leaving amy stone/s unturned in the constant polishing of this beautiful Atenean. Her modeling gigs with PMAP (Professional Models Association of the Philippines) are on hold for now. If she wins one of the crowns at stake, then I guess she will need to turn down new offers from the group for an indefinitely long period of time, or eighteen (18) months if you will.
Here’s wishing you the best, Kylie! 😀
There’s a special quality in Kylie’s face that is downright charming