Allow me to share a documentary by Raphael Bosano shown on ABSCBN in the late night #NoFilter. It is about the journey of an aspiring beauty queen from scratch until her training at KF. Gezza Avila, newly-crowned Miss Universal Ambassadress Philippines 2019, was featured in the same, along with Rodgil Flores.
Earlier in the day, Ilene de Vera of Mandaue City, Cebu faced members of the pageant media during an intimate gathering held at the Tribu Babaylan in Quezon City. She was at her most relaxed throughout the afternoon affair as she gamely answered all fielded questions without a trace of stress or pressure that would usually be evident in #Binibinis who have just a little over a week before the Grand Coronation Night.
Ilene is ready for whatever fate has in store for her. She knows that the coming week would be more tough as judgment day draws nearer and nearer. But the renewed sense of empowerment in her has given a great source of emotional strength.
Watch my one-on-one with Ilene below.
Ilene with Rodgil Flores of KF and Miss Tourism International 2017 Jannie Alipoon
“I lived in Cebu my whole life and it has been a part of me — the people, the culture, the food and there’s nothing I want more than to represent my city, Mandaue City, my province,” shares by the beach and lechon lover. The towering Cebuana lass was a BA Mass Communication graduate from University of the Philippines Cebu. She was an active youth advocate then and a campus queen too. From being Miss UP 2015, she tried her first national pageant. She joined Mutya ng Pilipinas 2017 and bagged the major crown. She represented the Philippines and competed with global candidates for Miss Asia Pacific International 2017. A pre-pageant favorite, she finished 4th Runner-up in the international pageant.
“It has been an amazing experience that I wish I could live it all over again,” shares by the print and ramp model under the Models Association of Cebu. “All of this has taught me to never give up on my dreams no matter what other people say. I share my success to the people who have been with me from the very beginning”.
Ilene is also a marketing executive in a real estate company. “This world is a jungle. You either fight or run forever”. A woman with substance, she is compelling her pageant competency to the whole new level as one of the finest contenders in Binibining Pilipinas 2019. “To be Miss Universe Pilippines, one must be strong-willed, dauntless and limitless”.
“Thank you to everyone who are supporting me on this journey. You’re the reason for this big smile on my face,” quips by our dear #BB19. Raised by a single mom, the inspiration behind her advocacy to support women especially solo-parent.
Just hours earlier, your blogger met up with #Binibini39 Dia Nicole Magno and her mentor Rodgil Flores for an afternoon merienda where we discussed about her Bb. Pilipinas 2019 journey and how extremely excited she is about the whole journey.
I took the opportunity to interview this 24 year-old lady who will represent Butuan City in the competition with her advocacy geared towards sports and women empowerment. And below is my brief one-on-one with her.
Dia Nicole Magno with her mentor Rodgil Flores of KF
The video production above made by Gelbert Aplal for Rodgil Flores Production is the commemorative special for the 50th Mutya ng Pilipinas which also cooncided with the launch of the coffee table book “Mutya” that happened during the Homecoming of previous titleholders last Wednesday night at the Ascott BGC.
Below are some photos from the said event where past Queens united/reunited for an evening of glam, reminiscing and sisterhood bonding. The current batch of candidates also took part in the momentous occasion.
A toast to 50 Glorious Years of Mutya ng Pilipinas!
#MutyaGold #Mutya50th #MutyaNgPilipinas2018
By now, the heat of competition in the 50th Mutya ng Pilipinas is nearing its peak. Early next week, the important Preliminary Competitions will be underway before the much-awaited finals on September 16 at the MOA Arena.
For now, watch the video above to see the 50 lovely girls enjoying a fun day at Sol Y Viento Mountain Resort in Laguna where the Talent Competition and OBB shoot was held. The production was headed by Rodin Gilbert B. Flores and Gelbert Aplal with the cooperation of Sol Y Viento and the assistance of Khoi Totengco, Jan Kevin Geli and Adney Vital. The video was produced by Kier Bulseco, Christian S Aral, Rustin del Rosario and Andrew Cabras.
Below are some photos of the ladies inside the resort.
Marseilaise Perkins of East Coast Canada
Jade Roberts of Australia
Hulda Margret Sigurdardottir of Iceland
Richelle Pailden of General Santos City
I am very pleased to be part of this documentary video – “It Takes A Village to make a Beauty Queen” by QueenMaker Philippines – for the 50th Mutya Ng Pilipinas.
Watch me below as I share my thoughts alongside pageant experts/personalities like Arnold Mercado of Aces & Queens, Rodgil Flores of Kagandahang Flores Beauty Camp, Jontie Martinez of Galatea, Shandy Montecarlo Lim, Noel Garrovillo, Makoy Manlapaz and Mark Arthur Payumo Abalos.
The docu-video was shot at the Globe Studios of Globe Iconic BHS and during the Final Screening of Mutya ng Pilipinas at Ascott Makati.
In what is considered the most unique three-way pageant with a cause, the Press Launch of Lhive Free Redvocates | The 2018 Search for the HIV/AIDS Advocacy Ambassadors was held at the Penthouse of West Avenue Suites with the presence of Miss International 2016 Kylie Verzosa, Beauty Queen Maker Rodgil Flores, Dr. Jose Gerard Belimac of DOH and Ms Marionne Callo-Briones of ICI Asia to explain more about this brand-new endeavor spearheaded by the Department of Health Philippines.
There will be three (3) categories: Male, Female and Transgender Women that effectively means having three (3) top winners during the finals set for September 28 at the SMX Convention Center Manila.
This tri-pageant aims to find the most committed individuals who will speak for the HIV/AIDS Awareness campaign of the DOH. But it will still run the usual course of a pageant, with a marked focus on the ability of each candidate to become creative influencers to different sectors of the society.
“The Lhive Free Redvocates is a search for exemplary individuals who are willing to be champions of this campaign. Just like Ms. Verzosa, they will help spread information about HIV and AIDS and promote safe sex with the goal of preventing new cases.” said Health Secretary Francisco T. Duque III.
As a three-way pageant, men, women and transgender women are free to join LHIVE FREE Redvocates. It is open to individuals aged 20-26 years old who have good communication skills and are passionate about the campaign’s cause.
To know more about LHIVE FREE or to join LHIVE FREE REDVOCATES, please visit http://www.redvocatespageant.com