Looks like it’s going to be a busy weekend ahead for me with online panel discussions about pageantry and more.
This coming Saturday, May 23 at 4:00PM, get ready for the Quezon Pageant Powerhouse (QPP) Forum – a live online discussion where the first topic will aptly be:
“Embracing the New Normal in Pageantry”
Join me along with Miss Galaxy Philippines 2019 Ma Andrea Endicio and Bb. Niyogyugan 2019 Top 10 Finalist and Founder of ABYSS Gwyneth Abarquez. Ginoo at Binibining Candelaria Creative and Marketing Director Yam Arellano will host/moderate the exciting exchange of ideas.
“The Promise of A Beauty Queen: Purpose. Substance. Inspiration.”
I will be sharing the spotlight with national beauty queens Emma Tiglao and Janelle Tee, the reigning Miss Mandaluyong Roni Meneses, Life Coach Ma Romina Gemini Brion Zabala, Q&A Coach Dr. Jace Chiong and Rodgil Flores of Kagandahang Flores.
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More than being a beauty queen is having the power to inspire others-the power to serve others and society.
Let us find out the PURPOSE DRIVEN endeavors in this heartfelt session.
Gone temporarily are the days when beauty pageants are held live in a big venue with a big audience watching and cheering for their favorites. Well, at least during this ECQ period. So when the offer came to be one of the Board of Judges for the first ever online pageant, I grabbed the opportunity right away. Truth be told, it wasn’t easy because the judging nights were long and tiring. But after one week of being involved with the whole process, the time spent was well worth it because it really rolled out like a true competition. Thanks to the Zoom app for making it easy for all of us. So without further ado, let me share our results which was followed by thousands of fans and supporters on social media.
Congratulations are in order for Mariane Crisologo (left photo) representing Nueva Ecija for winning the first-ever Queen of bECQi 2020 title. From hundreds of applicants and 130 Official Candidates at the onset, she now has the bragging rights for being the most beautiful beki in this trail-blazing online pageant, aside from being P100,000.00 richer.
Another Novo Ecijano insured a 1-2 punch in the Grand Finale when Matricamae Centino bannering Cabanatuan City captured 1st Runner-Up honors, winning P50,000.00 cash in the process.
It was a strong Top 3 indeed with another tentpole favorite Lars Pacheco of Bocaue, Bulacan being named 2nd Runner-Up that comes with P20,000.00 in cash prize. Meanwhile, Patrick Isorena of Laguna and Britney Madali of Quezon City got 3rd Runner-Up and 4th Runner-Up placements respectively to complete the winning circle.
The winners of the first ever Queen of bECQi 2020
It was a close fight for all the winners. In the end, Mariane edged out the rest with her most fluid answer during the Final Q&A.
Congratulations again to everyone and kudos to Wilbert Tolentino (right photo) for spearheading this online challenge of a pageant that allowed all participants to give their productive best during the #StayHome ECQ period. Thanks also to host Kristine Caballero-Aplal who did wonderfully in hosting all the web episodes and to my fellow judges Rodgil Flores, Ryan Soto, Gelbert Aplal, Chad Jonas and Frankendal Fabroa.
If you’re interested in watching the Grand Finale episode, please click HERE or watch below.
Some of you have already spoken about the episode of CNA Insider about the hidden side of Philippine pageants. While a lot of the informations inside hold true to a substantial degree, there are still small details that may have been left out or unexpressed (both positive and otherwise). After all, the focus is on the dark side of things – much like a twilight zone in the industry we all love to talk about.
For those who haven’t watched it yet, here it is.
Now here’s my friend Voltaire Tayag who shared his reactions after watching the episode above. I totally agree on all points he discussed in the video below.
A period of 25 years is a “generation” – the time from birth to someone having a child of their own and starting the next generation. For beauty camp Kagandahang Flores, 2020 marks the year of its Silver Jubilee. And Rodgil Flores must be beaming with pride, alongside his cousin Gio Flores, in what their initial efforts have transformed into the past two and a half decades.
It all started from humble beginnings. Back in the mid-90s, the group fielded a sole candidate – Sonia Santiago – for Bb. Pilipinas 1996. In between, more beautiful Filipinas started undergoing training and polish for bigger beauty competitions. And in the process, a good number of the ladies started winning national titles left and right, until their successes were justly rewarded when Precious Lara Quigaman was crowned Miss International 2005 – their very first claim to grand slam fame.
Below is a rundown of the KF alumni who went on to win their international pageants, either here or abroad:
Miss International 2005 Precious Lara Quigaman
Miss International 2013 Bea Rose Santiago
Miss Earth 2008 Karla Henry
Miss Earth 2014 Jamie Herrell
Miss Earth 2015 Angelia Ong
Miss Earth 2017 Karen Ibasco
Miss Intercontinental 2018 Karen Gallman
Miss Asia Pacific International 2018 Sharifa Akeel
Miss Tourism International 2012/13 Rizzini Alexis Gomez
Miss Tourism International 2013/14 Angeli Dione Gomez
Mr Gay World 2017 John Raspado
Mr Gay World 2019 Janjep Carlos
Mister Tourism Ambassador World 2018 Kerr Cruz
I won’t make a separate list of their winners in Bb. Pilipinas, Miss World Philippines, Miss Philippines Earth, Mutya ng Pilipinas/Mutya Pilipinas and even in Mr World Philippines or Misters of Filipinas anymore because this entry will get very long.
Rodgil during one of his training sessions with Miss Universe Philippines 2019 Gazini Ganados
Some of the core members of Team KF
In essence, Team KF discovers and teaches potential women and men to become successful pageant titleholders. The series of training and level workshops are focused on Personality Development, Visual Poise, Fitness, Pageant Question and Answer, Pageant Hair & Make-Up styling and Pageant Catwalk and Projection – all tailored fit for the biggest national pageants for both genders in the Philippines.
KF is now established as one of two most prominent beauty camps as well as internationally sought-after pageant training groups in the country. It’s no secret that beauty queens from other countries have also given their trust to them. And I am not surprised at the progressive move. If at any, that is already expected. Just like the last two Miss Earth winners Phuong Khanh Nguyen of Vietnam and Nellys Pimentel of Puerto Rico. They were both prepared (or perfected, if you will) at KF before their respective competitions.
Rodgil and his 28 Binibinis for Bb. Pilipinas 2020
I can remember during one of his past interviews (watch below) for Assignment Asia of the China Global Television Network (CGTN) how Rodgil called beauty aspirants – “beauty athletes” – because all the learnings are continuously practiced in their individual lives outside the confines of the camp itself. I could not think of a more appropriate term that could better that.
Congratulations to your 25th Anniversary, Kagandahang Flores! Here’s a toast to the passion and unstinting efforts to train a generation of Beautiful Filipinas!
Here are some photos and a video clip of #Binibini32 Danica Joy Peralta Acuña of Romblon during her successful meet-and-greet dinner with the pageant media last night at the Penthouse of Platinum 1000.
This Theater Arts graduate of Miriam College is as enthusiastic and as ready as she can be in proving to everyone that she has what it takes to be one of the annointed winners for Bb. Pilipinas 2020. She also has one of the more unique advocacies for a Binibini, and a very doable one at that – to use puppetry/ventriloquy to reach out more effectively to young minds about her environmental causes alongside the importance of education and preservation of core human values – much like a modern version of “Sesame Street” caravan that she will bring to the grassroots.
Danica is enjoying every minute of her journey. And if she is fated to win any Bb. Pilipinas crown, then her commitment to serve and represent the country is a given she has long thought of the day she signed up for the competition.
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