A dozen of our national beauty titleholders (plus runners-up and a Canadian-Pinay BQ) who posed on the cover of FHM Philippines
Filipina by heart, Priscilla Meirelles-Estrada was on the cover of FHM back in 2010
Posing for a magazine like FHM is a curse to beautiful Filipinas aspiring to become beauty queens, but not after becoming or placing in one years after the reign. And this is exactly what these ladies bravely decided to go into when the risks were no longer high.
Bb. Pilipinas titleholders Maggie Wilson, Carlene Aguilar, Bianca Manalo, Nina Ricci Alagao, Joanne Santos, Danielle Castano and Alice Dixson. Miss Philippines Earth 2002 April Ross Perez. Bb. Pilipinas runners-up Rich Asuncion (aka Richelle Angalot) and Wendy Valdez. Miss World Philippines 2nd Princess Chloe Dauden (aka Chloe McCully). Fil-Canadian rep of Canada to Miss Universe, Miss World and Miss Earth Riza Santos. And one-time Bb. Pilipinas Official Candidate Francine Prieto (aka Anna Marie Falcon). And let’s also add Miss Earth 2004 Priscilla Meirelles who, while Brazilian, remains Filipino by heart on top of being married to local actor John Estrada.
Bb. Pilipinas Universe Joanne Santos (with Jackie Forster) on FHM
Truth be told, I don’t have anything against beauty queen-wannabes who decided to pose for magazines like FHM prior to signing up for national pageants. For as long as their pictorials were done tastefully, go ahead. But then again, that’s just my own take. And I’m not the one running the pageant, after all.
Below is a video showing behind-the-scenes of the FHM shoot of Bb. Pilipinas Unìverse 2009 Bianca Manalo
courtesy of FHM Philippines
Chanel Beckenlehner (left in red) won Miss Universe Canada 2014 with Kesiah Papasin (in black) placing 1st Runner-Up (Photo credit: Edgar Sulit)
It was almost – but not quite – a back-to-back win for a Filipina in Miss Universe 2014. When the dust settled, Chanel Beckenlehner nosed out Fil-Canadian Kesiah Papasin for the title and had to be contend with a 1st Runner-Up placement.
Up to the last seconds prior to announcement, the big win was still up in the air as anyone among the last two women standing could top the field and get the crown from last year’s Riza Santos. It was simply Chanel’s night after that. At any rate, Kesiah (who trained with KF here two years ago) was more than happy for her.
Chanel is now looking at Miss Universe 2014 and should meet up with our very own MJ Lastimosa later this year.
Kesiah Papasin for Canada Philippine Fashion Week. Will she make it a back-to-back for a Filipina in Miss Universe Canada 2014?
Kesiah on the Miss Universe Canada website
Back in 2012, Kesiah Kathleen Liane Papasin took part in her first Miss Universe Canada nationals where she landed 4th Runner-Up to Sahar Biniaz (who was eventually replaced by Adwoa Yamoah in Las Vegas after suffering a foot injury). This year, she is back with a vengeance and wants to do better than ever. What’s more, she could be looking at making a back-to-back win for a Filipina in the pageant with the reigning winner (Riza Santos) being another full-blooded Pinay.
The Etobicoke native may have been born and raised in Ontario, but her parents made sure that the Filipino values remain intact. She can speak and understand a bit of Tagalog, but that did not prevent her from establishing good ties with the Filipino community in Canada and its varied activities.
She hopes to win Miss Universe Canada this time around and bring pride to all Pinoys worldwide. 😉
Roomies Riza and Ariella
Miss Universe 2013 roommates Miss Philippines Ariella Arida and Miss Canada Riza Santos are practically over the honeymoon stage of their sharing a hotel room together. So are they getting along well?
If we go by the text message Ariella sent to A&Q’s Arnold Mercado last night, she claims that everything’s alright between the two of them. It really helped that they got to know each other during the short period that Riza trained locally prior to arriving in Moscow. While their individual preferences would be to spread themselves among the other delegates to gain more friends, they still talk at the end of the day to share experiences/impressions – both good and not-so-good.
Hopefully, they continue to do swimmingly well inspite of the increasing pressure in the competition. 😉
Philippines, Canada and Guam in one shot.
So the latest tweet of Miss Philippines Ariella Arida (@araarida) confirms that there is indeed a third Miss Universe 2013 candidate with Filipino blood. Part-Pinay Alixes Scott of Guam is that girl and she has been seriously bonding with Ariella and Riza since Day 1.
And I really hope that A.R.A. (Ariella, Riza and Alixes) continue to maintain the closeness so that they can stand behind each other’s back as the competition further heats up. Having such moral support within the close confines of this year’s batch is a precious thing. 😉
Ariella and Riza: in one room together until November 10.
After learning that Misses Philippines and Canada will be rooming together for the entirety of Miss Universe 2013, several thoughts played in my mind. With two (2) 100% full-blooded Filipinas sharing a room, it led me into contemplating about the advantages and disadvantages of the same.
Ariella (L) and Riza upon their respective arrivals at the airport in Moscow.
– their common roots should help in communicating and understanding each other more easily
– Riza will benefit from the several photo ops with Ariella and vice versa
– Riza will also have some share in the popularity of Ariella. I don’t mean that Miss Canada has no support. It’s just that Filipinos are distinctively more demonstrative and all-out in cheering for Ariella.
– Ariella could learn a thing or two from Riza without the element of competition hanging over their heads all the time.
– they both speak Tagalog
– the competition could take a toll in the mid-term, especially when one of them is zooming ahead of the other. Of course, it is a natural occurrence among roommates, but with two Filipinas, the effect could be more sharp in a way.
– there were reports in the past that Riza is not the type who would vie for Miss Congeniality. And that she can be kind of difficult at times. But hopefully, Ariella’s humility and good nature will rub off on her.
– I read somewhere the first impressions of Riza (by someone who tried greeting her at the airport) being snobbish. I don’t want to read too much into this, so make your own small conclusions.
Weighed together, the pluses should still take the upper hand. And all things being equal, both ladies are expected to be proud of their origins inspite of representing two different nations.
Here’s hoping that Ariella and Riza will blend well, regardless of my fleeting reservations. 😉
Courtesy of nicevisions
Miss Universe Canada 2013 Riza Santos
After watching the video above showing highlights of the performance of Riza Santos during the actual finals of Miss Universe Canada 2013, how do you assess her chances of pulling a major placement – if not a big win – in Miss Universe 2013? While the global Pinoy
pageant community is rooting for her and Ara Arida to leave their marks on the judges in Moscow, we should also evaluate her individual takes and look at what areas need to be improved.
For starters, Riza would greatly benefit from having her own gym and nutrition trainer like John Cuay so she can still shape up and tone her body en route to a more competitive swimsuit presentation. Actually, her physique is almost similar to Ara’s (who has already lost a lot of weight by now). Secondly, her communication skills – while already articulated fluidly in English – will do well with a bit of editing in order to drive at a point more evenly. She doesn’t need to clutter her thoughts with a string of positive-sounding words just to make her project an over-aspirational image. Lastly, her catwalk needs to be further enhanced to veer away from the ordinary. There is still a tentative quality in the way she manages the stage.
I’m pretty sure Miss Universe Canada 2013 is not relying solely on herself to achieve the improvements. And should she reach the desired level of competitiveness by October, I can only surmise that she will prove herself worthy of representing the second largest country in the world. 😉