It was a whirlwind but satisfying 26 hours in Iloilo when I flew to the City of Love yesterday morning and returned just a few hours back today. As part of the judging panel for the Miss Iloilo Dinagyang Finals 2018 last night, I helped in selecting Demi Patria R. Jainga as the golden girl of the pageant which celebrated its 50th Edition at the University of San Agustin Gym.
I was in the company of beauty queens Bea Rose Santiago, Shamcey Supsup, Maxine Media and Rachel Peters and we were all pleasantly surprised at the level of articulation that most of the candidates displayed in both casual and Top 5 Q&A. Former Binibini Ruffa Nava clinched the 3rd highest title of Miss Iloilo Dinagyang IDFI 2018.
And earlier just after breakfast, I was picked up at Hotel del Rio and brought to Bombo Radyo Iloilo for a personal radio guesting in the program “Good Morning Philippines” with Bombo Ian Gajate to discuss about the said pageant plus the ladies of Bb. Pilipinas 2018.
All in all, I am so happy with this quick trip. Now I can fully agree why Iloilo is one of the world’s most livable cities – from the refreshingly modern airport to the uber clean streets and all.
Kudos to Miss Iloilo Dinagyang Executive Director Alex G. Soncio for making his farewell involvement with the competition the grandest in all of the seven years that he spearheaded the annual project.
I will be back!
Catriona and Shamcey during the MPE event at Hannah’s
Last Friday night, Miss Universe 2011 3rd Runner-up Shamcey Supsup-Lee and Miss World 2016 3rd Runner-up Catriona Gray shared the limelight as beauty queen-judges during the Miss Earth Philippines Hannah’s 2017 Special Event of Miss Philippines Earth 2017 held at Hannah’s Beach Resort and Convention Center in Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte. The two beautiful ladies bonded fast as they spent two nights in the lovely venue to assess the ladies who participated in the side activity for the environment-themed pageant. And as expected, their personalities are an easy fit. No diva attitude whatsoever as they gamely went through the pre-judging and main events even if the flight from Manila to Laoag was seriously delayed and pushed all the night schedules into the weekend hours of the morning.
All photos by Joy Arguil for normannorman.com.
A love-filled baby shower for mother-to-be Shamcey Supsup Lee
As I have blogged before, Miss Universe Philippines 2011 and Miss Universe 2011 3rd Runner-Up Shamcey Supsup-Lee will become a mother soon. And because of the very nearing date of delivery, a love-filled baby shower was thrown on her behalf. Loving husband Lloyd was always around to support his heavily-pregnant wife. Her mentors from Aces & Queens led by Jonas Gaffud, Arnold Mercado and Bessie Besana were around. And of course, her fellow pageant queens also graced the affair, led by Miss Universe 2010 4th Runner-Up Venus Raj, Miss Universe Philippines 2014 MJ Lastimosa, Miss Earth 2015 Angelia Ong, Bb. Pilipinas Supranational 2014 Yvethe Santiago, Bb. Pilipinas Tourism 2011 Isabella Manjon and Bb. Pilipinas International 2011 Dianne Necio.
Watch out for the arrival of Baby Nyke! 🙂
A quote for dear Shamcey:
“Pregnancy seems designed to prepare you for life as a mother. You start making sacrifices nine months before the child is born, so by the time they put in an appearance you are used to giving things up for them.”
― Brett Kiellerop
A very pregnant Shamcey Supsup-Lee: she will become a mother very soon! (Photo credit: Jonas Gaffud)
Very soon, Miss Universe Philippines 2011 and Miss Universe 2011 3rd Runner-Up Shamcey Supsup-Lee will become a mother. She is expected to deliver her firstborn anytime within the month. I’m pretty sure her excitement is overflowing, especially with husband Lloyd around to share in the responsibility of raising the child.
So for now, I guess her days at work will be put aside for the next few months so Shamcey can focus on becoming an all-around nurturing mom first. Lloyd will have to go solo running things at Pedro ‘n Coi Restaurant, while hosting tasks at CNN Philippines will need to be relieved temporarily just as her job at Grid Asia (an architectural services firm) will be.
So let me end by saying that if Miss Universe 2015 Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach is confidently beautiful with a heart, then Shamcey is confidently beautiful with a baby coming soon!
God bless, Shamcey! 🙂
Shamcey (center) with her colleagues at Grid Asia
Pinay Beauty Queen Grand International 2015 to be crowned September 15!
24 Pinays are vying for the crown
Season 2 of Pinay Beauty Queen Academy is still continuously airing on GMA News TV every weekends. But this early, the Coronation Night has already been set for September 15 at the Newport Performing Arts Theater of Resorts World Manila where one of the twenty-four (24) contenders will be named Pinay Beauty Queen Grand International 2015 and become the country’s representative to Miss Grand International 2015 happening in Bangkok, Thailand on October 26.
Who will take it all the way? A girl from Team Bea? Team Shamcey? Team Priscilla? Or Team Nina?
The winner of PBQA Season 2 will go to Bangkok, Thailand for Miss Grand International 2015
If you missed watching the reality-based pageant’s first three (3) episodes, below are the installments in proper order.
All videos courtesy of Pinay Beauty Queen Academy
Please continue watching Pinay Beauty Queen Academy Season 2 on GMA News TV Saturdays and Sundays at 5:30pm.
Jojo Bragais in Boracay
Following yesterday’s post about the latest pageant heels of Jojo Bragais for BRAGAIS™, here now is the 2nd part of that new collection named this time around after the Four (4) Filipinas who gave us the Miss Universe Top 5 winning streak from 2010-2013 – Venus Raj, Shamcey Supsup-Lee, Janine Tugonon and Ariella Arida.
As Jojo himself stated, “I will start my day again by giving tribute to the beautiful Filipinas who conquered the UNIVERSE!
The WINNING STREAK and the 4-PEAT WIN that proves that Filipinas are one among the most beautiful girls in the world!”
Named after Miss Universe 2010 4th Runner-Up Venus Raj
Named after Miss Universe 2011 3rd Runner-Up Shamcey Supsup-Lee
Named after Miss Universe 2012 1st Runner-Up Janine Tugonon
Named after Miss Universe 2013 3rd Runner-Up Ariella Arida
Which style do you like best, dear readers?
Personally, the Ariela style could work for me. 🙂
Left to right: Actresses Angel Aquino and Eula Valdez, model Katarina Rodriguez and TV Host Daiana Menezes
Beauty queen Ferina de Paz
Shoe wizard Nere Ku is represented by an assortment of women – actresses, models, beauty queens, TV personalities, socialites and those who simply love wearing his dazzling creations.
In this post, you can see six of them in editorial shoots that leave the reader in awe of Nere’s finished pieces. There is Miss Universe 2011 3rd Runner-Up Shamcey Suspsup-Lee (photo below), Miss Asean 2014 1st Runner-Up Ferina de Paz (lefr) and in the photo grid above – character luminaries on film and TV Angel Aquino & Eula Valdez with model Katarina Rodriguez and Brazilian endorser Daiana Menezes.
These six ladies are proud of representing the familiar women’s faces of Nere Ku.
Miss Universe 2011 3rd Runner-Up Shamcey Supsup-Lee
A sample of one he made for a male client
But don’t worry, guys and gays. He also makes fab footwear for you. In fact, one of my wishes right now is to own an original and wear the pair proudly during the events that I cover.
Now if you want your custom-made Nere Ku, just message him on Facebook and I’m sure he can arrange an appointment and take your feet specifications.
Do it now before he becomes more busy and famous. 😉