When Sirene Sutton joined Bb. Pilipinas 2017 and came out of it without a title to be proud of, she was disappointed to say the least. She thought she gave it her best at the time. Months after the summer journey, she remained uncertain whether a second attempt in the nationals is worth reconsidering. Personally, though, I have always told her to give it one more shot because she has what it takes to become a big league winner.
I am aware that she has been training with Aces & Queens. Flag bearer of the beauty camp or not she has the goods and the preparation to make it. Let’s see if she will see through the edition this year and become a second-time Binibini and – fingers crossed – a titleholder this time around.
Yesterday, the 39th Flores de Mayo presented by SM Mall of Asia and Congregacion del Santisimo Nombre del Niño Jesus yielded four grand winners with their respective designers and escorts, as follows:
Rosa Mistica – Leren Mae M. Bautista escorted by John Adajar in Chico Estiva;
Reina de las Flores – Sammie Anne Legaspi escorted by Prince Noor Masud in Ole’ Morabe;
La Flor de Manila – Sirene Sutton escorted by Ricardo De Jesus in Paulo Blanco;
La Flor de Pasay – Kitkat Yu Ekey escorted by Jhudiel Gilbert Amier in Pepe Quitco
Applause to all the winners and Director Ogee Atos for an outstanding staging of this year’s edition of the said event.
Photo credits: Edmund Ong Chua of Fabmanilaph
Here are the latest photos of the uber alluring Sirene Sutton as taken by Fashion Photographer Raphael Yu. This mesmerizingly statuesque beauty is totally in her elements in these photos. She is really back in her comfort zone. But I have not totally given up on her prospects of giving pageantry another try.
Bb. Pilipinas 2018?
What say you, dear readers?
Could you be any more gorgeous, Sirene Sutton?
Above, she explodes in Gathercole X Bragais.
We mean passion and no to be left out in the dust. Here, we leverage the opportunity to drive photography to even greater heights. Lussu Photography in scale and strengthening a high fashion shoot at Rocky Gathercole Atelier – the Philippines’ Top Avant Garde Fashion Designer and Jojo Bragais – Exquisite Pageant Shoe Designer.
Photographer: Erik Esperat
Designer: Rocky Gathercole
Shoes by: Jojo Bragais
Styled by: Patrick Henry Mergano
Make up by: Grynne Bejarin
Hair by: Arci Sonio Barcenas
Model: Sirene Sutton
Assistant Photographer: Fas Famas
Sirene Sutton is always in her finest elements as a fashion model. And for Rocky Gahercole, she aces all her moves. The image above is just a teaser for the photoshoot handled by Erik Esperat for Lussu Photography. Shoes provided by Jojo Bragais.
Since everyone is talking about whatever is going on inside BPCI, and I still cannot blog about that subject matter until everything is finally on the record, might as well make a post about Sirene Sutton who is getting all sorts of punches left and right for what happened during her Bb. Pilipinas 2017 Q&A.
You have to cut her some slack because the girl should not get all the pointing fingers at this point. It’s not easy answering a question when the horns and noisemakers of different pageant groups are simultaneously distracting whoever is answering onstage, let alone do it in front of a big audience. And I know for a fact that Sirene can easily answer about the responsibility of giving back to the parents for raising her up. After all, she is the family breadwinner and her life somehow parallels the situation.
Yes, nerves got into Sirene. No doubt about that. She had mental block. No excuses about that. She wasn’t sure if she heard the question properly because of the loud noise. Now she could have asked for the question a 3rd time but that would be pushing her luck too far and the clock is ticking. She ran out of time. End of story.
Who is to blame for the unfortunate turn of events on her part? Is she the only one deserving of the bashings because of being the focal point of the failed Q&A performance? Or could it also be a shortcoming of whoever trained her in this regard? IMO, there’s really no fool-proof way of escaping the claws and the flaws of publicly answering a question, unless she has been conditioned by trainers to go outside of memorizing answers and speaking from the heart instead. It’s not as easy as picking a question from the fish bowl and checking/correcting on what and how she would answer something. Rehearsed answers are not always the best option. And as I have told mentored pageant participants in the past, you do Q&A/interviews to express and not to impress. Expression is digging deep inside and saying something that is uniquely yours, not based on the experiences or thoughts of another individual.
So back to Sirene. Let us not push the girl too much because she has already cried over the lost opportunity. She is trying to pick up the pieces. And adding harsh words to an emotionally affected individual won’t help her get back into the groove and move on.
During yesterday afternoon’s formal opening of the Ice N Cream by Novotel | Carmen’s Best at the Ground Floor of Novotel Manila Araneta Center, I was able to corner the popular photographer who always shoots the Binibinis in their official pictorials and will definitely be the one in-charge of the photoshoot of the Bb. Pilipinas 2017 winners a day or two after April 30.
From a lensman’s point of view, he singled out five (5) names among the forty (40) ladies after asking him who his favorite subjects are. Without the need to think long, he immediately mentioned the names of Sirene Sutton (just as I had expected) and Mariel de Leon, followed in succession by Charmaine Elima, Larah Grace Lacap and Jehza Huelar. He also included Rachel Peters and Elizabeth Clenci. Except for your #Binibini16 and #Binibini39, the rest are all expected to do well on Coronation Night.
Let us see if Raymond’s preferences will go well with the actual winners. Who knows, he might have found something special in Larah’s and Elizabeth’s photographic faces that we still haven’t seen through his lens. 🙂
Raymond Saldaña (foreground) accidentally shot by your blogger during yesterday’s Ice N Cream opening at Novotel