Suzette from Canada, Marie from Norway, Mutya from the Philippines: three different countries with one common factor.
When you’re in an extremely foreign land where there could only be the smallest of Pinoy expat or OFW population around, what would be the next closest thing to find some sort of sisterly comfort? Bond with fellow candidates who share your roots!
In the city of Minsk, Mutya Datul, Suzette Hernandez and Marie Peter find warmth in each other’s company. They may represent three different countries, but are tied together by their Filipino origins.
The presence of many other contestants can help lessen the homesickness. But there’s nothing like good old kababayan spirit that can temporarily replace the absence of family ties. This despite the fact that the Miss Supranational 2013 is still a competition and all three of them will be on opposite sides of the pole once the battle for the crown continues.
The ladies posing in the bountiful fields of Brest, Belarus.
For now, just enjoy the time in Belarus. You still have around 12 days remaining in the calendar of events before packing your bags for home, unless one ends up winning or placing in the Top 5 (which means an extension of stay). 😉
The Philippines, Canada and Norway have one Supranational thing in common.
Mutya is starting to shine in Belarus.
Official welcome for the ladies
Reigning winner Katsiaryna Buraya
was around to welcome the ladies.
Amidst the non-stop rains flooding Metro Manila and tropical storm Maring adding more damage to an already super bad weather affecting a good part of Luzon, I just want to share the initial photographs of our Mutya Datul a couple of days after safely arriving in Minsk, Belarus for Miss Supranational 2013.
During one of the pre-pageant gatherings where all candidates were introduced to some members of the Press, Miss Philippines debuted her appearance wearing a black dress, simply made-up and with full smile on her face. It’s not hard for her to stand out, given a fresh and charming disposition that keeps her in good stead. And while this is still a competition where outshining each other is the usual norm, the natural warmth of our entry is evident.
Of course, we also know by now that there are two other ladies with Pinoy connections participating in the same. Full-blooded Filipina Suzette Hernandez is representing Canada, while half-Filipina Marie Molo Peter is wearing Norway’s sash. I’m pretty sure the three have already started bonding, and should get closer as the weeks progress.
Stay tuned for more updates from Belarus in the days to come! All photos courtesy of dengi.onliner.by 😉
P.S. Mutya’s roommate is Nancy Marcus of Malaysia.
Suzette is now Miss Supranational Canada 2013.
Remember this girl who took part in Mutya ng Pilipinas 2010 (and placed 1st Runner-Up), Bb. Pilipinas 2011 (unplaced) and Miss Universe Canada 2012 (Top 12)? Well just at the nick of time (since she is already more than halfway through as a 26 year-old), the Vancouver-based Filipina finally made it to a national title that would allow her to represent Canada in the global stage.
Suzette Hernandez is officially Miss Supranational Canada 2013 and will fly to Minsk, Belarus for the competition. This only means that our very own Mutya Datul won’t be by her lonesome in a strange foreign land. That’s supposed to be good news right? They will somehow take strength from each other’s company.
But back to Suzette, what do you think are her chances? She may not hold a flickering candle to our bet, face-wise. Still, she has that exotic vibe that could be appreciated by the locals come September. And the girl has a more fluent command of English by now.
I’m still with the sweet and lovely Mutya, though. 😉
Before anything else, let me greet everyone a ‘Happy Easter’ and may you be productively spending the long break which continues until tomorrow.
For today, let’s continue with an interesting discussion about something that has been bugging not only myself, but most everyone else following Bb. Pilipinas 2012 – the matter of height reporting. Truth be told, the issue has been constantly floating in national pageant limbo for a number of years now. I do believe, however, that it needs to be clarified once and for all by the organizers – be it BPCI, Carousel, MWP or Mutya.
Let’s start by looking at the photo above and use #15 Elaine Kay Moll’s height of 5’10” for comparison. It would seem right to conclude that #14 Gina Joy Howell, #16 Liezl Alcantara and #17 Anna Czarinah Buenviaje stand 5’9″, while #18 Janine Tugonon looks approximately 5’8″ or close to it. Agree? So why does Janine’s candidate profile state 5’9″ instead? You see, an inch of difference from the actual cannot be taken lightly unless we’re all willing to turn a blind eye to the same.
In my more than three decades of pageant craziness, the rule of thumb has and will always be measuring one’s height from the tip of the skull to the sole of the bare feet planted firmly on the ground. If the measurer(s) is not eagle-eyed, then anyone can ever-so-slightly tiptoe to alter what’s real. Or it’s also possible that the same measurer(s) is fond of selectively rounding up numbers upwards like a 5’4 3/4″ becoming 5’5″ or worse, a 5’6 1/4″ ending up as 5’7″.
Suzette Hernandez, as shown on the Miss Universe Canada website being 5'9" instead of 5'6 1/2"
Am I making such a big deal out of something that is not peculiar to local beauty contests? Other countries can also be pointed at as practicing the same. Take for example the current Miss Universe Canada candidates. One of them, the 100% Pinay Miss Vancouver Suzette Hernandez – who took part in Mutya ng Pilipinas 2010 and Bb. Pilipinas 2011 – is reported in their website as 5’9″ when previous stats showed that she is at least two and a half inches shorter than that.
Anyways, tell me your thoughts about the whole deceiving subject of height reporting while I go egg-hunting (for real!) 🙂
#27 - Janine Tugonon
#28 - Ma. Paula Bianca Paz
#29 - Krystle Ann Grant
#30 - Kathleen Subijano
#31 - Samantha Purvor
#32 - Jenn-Roe Gubat
#33 - Dianne Necio
#34 - Mary Jean Lastimosa
#35 Suzette Hernandez
#36 - Camille Alexis Baltazar
#37 Sarah Clenci
#38 - Ladylyn Riva
#39 - Glennifer Perido
#40 - Monique Manuel
The third and last batch of Official Candidates for Bb. Pilipinas 2011 is also a very strong group. I can definitely see at least one titleholder here. The quality of contenders is high.
My choices? #34 Mary Jean Lastimosa, #33 Dianne Necio, #37 Sarah Clenci, #29 Krystle Ann Grant, #30 Kathleen Subijano #38 Ladylyn Riva and #28 Ma. Paula Bianca Paz. Whew! It’s hard to trim them down!
Who are your picks for the third group? 😉
Mutya 2010 Winners: (L-R) Suzette Hernandez, 2nd Runner-Up; Carla Lizardo, Mutya ng Pilipinas-Intercontinental 2010; Barbie Salvador, Mutya ng Pilipinas-Tourism International 2010; Christi Lynn McGarry, Mutya ng Pilipinas-Asia Pacific; and Sharon Grace Angel, 2nd Runner-Up (Photo credit: Bruce Casanova of OPMB Worldwide)
The Mutya ng Pilipinas 2010 winners were crowned during the glittering finals held at Resorts World Manila last Saturday, August 28. Three Filipinas were awarded with major beauty titles. Leading the way is Barbie Salvador (of Pangasinan) who was named Mutya ng Pilipinas-Tourism International, followed by Carla Lizardo (of Bicol) as Mutya ng Pilipinas-Intercontinental and Christi Lynn McGarry (of the Fil. Community – East Coast USA) as Mutya ng Pilipinas-Asia Pacific. Completing the Top 5 are 1st Runner-Up Suzette Hernandez (of Batangas) and 2nd Runner-Up Sharon Grace Angel (of Lapu-Lapu City).
Mutya ng Pilipinas-Tourism International 2010 Barbie Salvador: after failing to win in the Binibining Pilipinas, she achieved triumph as Mutya. (Photo credit: Bruce Casanova of OPMB Worldwide)
Mutya ng Pilipinas-Intercontinental 2010 Carla Lizardo: first-time lucky indeed since the Mutya is her first-ever national beauty pageant. (Photo credit: Bruce Casanova of OPMB Worlwide)
Mutya ng Pilipinas-Asia Pacific 2010 Christi Lynn McGarry: the pride of the Filipino Community of the US East Coast is now a full-pledged Mutya. (Photo credit: Briuce Casanova of OPMB Worldwide)
If you remember the blog I posted last Saturday morning about my fearless forecast of the Mutya ng Pilipinas 2010 outcome, I actually got 4 of the Top 5 correctly, with Barbie Salvador on top. I just ended up switching the other ladies and missed Suzette Hernandez who is in my Top 10.
Many thanks to Mr. Will Hsu (Executive Director of Monsters Centaur Production Inc. which organized this year’s pageant) and Mr. Sam dela Cruz for the constant coordination and invites.
The Mutya ng Pilipinas 2010 winners doing the wave of victory. (Photo credit: OPMB Worldwide)
Congratulations to all the winners! 😉
Tonight will be the crowning of Mutya ng Pilipinas 2010 at Resorts World Manila. I have decided to rank them according to who I feel will be the winners tonight so as to make this more of a fearless forecast than anything else.
MY TOP 5
My pick for Mutya ng Pilipinas-International: #19 Barbie Salvador
My pick for Mutya ng Pilipinas-Tourism: #11 Sharon Grace Angel
My pick for Mutya ng Pilipinas-Overseas Communities (and possibly the Miss Intercontinental slot): #8 Christi Lynn McGarry
My pick for Mutya ng Pilipinas-1st Runner-Up: #2 Carla Lizardo
My pick for Mutya ng Pilipinas 2nd Runner-Up: #6 Shihan Go (she reminds me of Kim Chiu!)
MY TOP 10
#23 Kim de Guzman
#15 Ronalyn Raymundo
#1 Suzette Hernandez
#13 Cheenie Sy
#20 Cheysen Capuno
From the 10 above, I pick Barbie Salvador to take it all the way. If the main winner will be sent to Miss Asia-Pacific International (hopefully, one will be organized this year), she is the one best prepared, having previously joined Binibining Pilipinas. And should this contest be hosted in the Asian region once again, all the more that she is the best fit to represent the Philippines with her delicate blend of morena features and bubbly personal style. As for Christi Lynn McGarry, she is – hands down – the best from the overseas communities so this one is anti-climactic. She could also be tailor-made for the Miss Intercontinental competition in Europe after representing us in the Top Model of the World 2010. Sharon Grace Angel for the Tourism title for me is a close decision because I’ve been dilly-dallying between her and Carla Lizardo, who ended as my 1st Runner-Up. I awarded the title to Sharon because she exudes the more queenly and statuesque aura that should benefit the Philippines better in the Miss Tourism International tilt. On the other hand, Shihan Go is my 2nd Runner-Up and rightfully so. This Fil-Chinese charmer – who is a deadringer for teen star Kim Chiu – has bright potentials to win but still relatively unpolished in some areas.
If we look at the rest of the 10, I would pick any one of them as possible spoilers, especially Suzette Hernandez and Kim de Guzman.
Let’s see who will take home the crown/s tonight! 😉