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!
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
Kelsey Alaine Merritt on the cover of Ilustrado Magazine's latest issue
Now this one is pure wishful thinking on my part. I chanced upon the latest issue of Ilustrado Magazine and saw her face bannering the glossy cover.
Kelsey Alaine Merritt is a Filipino- American Communications Sophomore of Ateneo de Manila University who has been doing a number of runway/pictorial gigs as junior member of the Professional Models Association of the Philippines (PMAP). She is young (under 20), tall (5’8″) and registers very well in photos (just as she looks beautiful in person).
While I don’t see her scrambling to join a beauty competition anytime soon, there is always the possibility of that all-important encounter with a well-appointed pageant scout that could spell the difference.
Kelsey, the Fashion Model
What do you think about Kelsey, dear readers? She is full of potentials, right? 😉
Can you see Binibini potentials in this 5’10” Supermodel?
Back in 2012 when I first featured Samantha Lewis as a possibility for Bb. Pilipinas, she was still a fresh eye candy with PMAP (Professional Models Association of the Philippines). Now that she has achieved senior status with the organization with a strong portfolio that clinches her high-end gigs during go-sees, will the 5’10” Fil-British catwalk diva be ready to explore a different avenue in front of the spotlight?
Some of us know by now that PMAP is fiercely protective of their members, and will never be the ones to push any one of them to join beauty pageants if there is nagging reluctance brewing within. In fact, they might have secretly heaved a sigh of relief last year when Maxine Medina was disqualified due to contractual concerns.
But will any of the camps pluck Samantha this time around? What’s your guess? 😉
Bb. Pilipinas 2012 Candidate #12 Maria Mika Maxine Medina (Photo credit: Melvin Sia/OPMB Worldwide)
For the weekend, I am re-introducing one of the early dark horses for Bb. Pilipinas 2012. She is the 21 year-old lady with the 4M initials – Maria Mika Maxine Medina – who is actually a part of Aces & Queens’ “Dazzling Dozen“. Her very Asian features lead people into thinking that she could be part-Korean or part-Japanese. But the pure Pinay with a squarish jawline is one versatile beauty whose looks can be transformed into a variety of representations. A Junior Model with PMAP (Professional Models Association of the Philippines), Maxine has appeared in an assortment of print ads (see photo below), magazine photoshoots and runway shows where she dutifully mastered her posing and catwalk skills. Simultaneously, she was taken under Jonas Gaffud’s wings to polish her style and projection for pageant purposes.
Maxine in her Celeteque print ad
According to PMAP’s Maxine Medina-dedicated page, the perky young lass measures 34-25-35 evenly distributed in her 5’8″ frame. Not bad. Not bad at all.
Watch Maxine in the next eight weeks as she competes for Bb. Pilipinas 2012! 😉
Jacqueline Milner is no stranger to the modeling world. She has been gliding the ramp in couture and designer wear for several years now, and is a proud member of PMAP (Professional Models Association of the Philippines). Armed with her statuesque presence, an intriguing breed of Filipino-American and the distinct body of a fashion model, she can own the catwalk without much of an effort to do so, while going through an assortment of photoshoots with the least amount of predictability.
The pageant stage, while not strictly within her comfort zones, is not far-fetched from the narrower runways she is used to. The Trumpwalk can be mastered in a jiffy if need be. In the same light, joining a beauty contest is not a remote possibility.
So if you see Jackie walking down the street leading to the final screening of Bb. Pilipinas 2012 on February 7 (expected to be an all-day and all-nighter of an event), don’t be surprised. Because if she makes it as an Official Candidate, then she might just continuously stamp her class and gameplan advantage all throughout this year’s edition.