She originally planned to become a Bb. Pilipinas Queen first. But who would have thought that fate would bring her halfway around the world to Bolivia in South America as Reina Hispanoamericana Filipinas 2017 and eventually establish pageant history as the first Filipina (and first Asian) to win the crown of Reina Hispanoamericana 2017.
Teresita Ssen “Win-Wyn” Marquez grew up in the world of local showbusiness and politics. Her parents – actor/comedian/former City Mayor Joey Marquez and actress Alma Moreno – eventually rubbed off the excitement of being in front of the camera to this exotic beauty whose dancing prowess and love for acting were put to good use when she became a TV celebrity with GMA-7.
But the performer in Win-Wyn wanted more than just the klieg lights and endless hours on the set. So when she finally decided to go the pageant route, it was just a matter of time before she would win a national title.
Sta. Cruz, Bolivia was an entirely unique experience for our Reina. Along with brother Yeoj, she withstood the city’s tropical savanna climate where “surazos” or the cold winds from the Argentine pampas make the temperature drop considerably.
She aggressively continued with her mission and unleashed the fiery performer in her to outclass all the Latinas in her way to be crowned as the best last year.
Win-wyn is now classified as a movie actress as well. She has also become a leading lady of comedian Vhong Navarro in the movie “Unli Life” and has just finished another one where she plays the prime character opposite actor Enzo Pineda.
Tonight (or tomorrow morning in Manila), she will crown her Reina Hispanoamericana successor and will return to Manila soon after to face more showbiz commitments. I offer now a toast to the woman who has helped in making the pageant brand become more popular in this part of the world and elsewhere. You have already started building your legacy, although I know there will be more to the current purpose in life that you are planning for yourself to achieve. Politics in a few years or so, perhaps?
Salud, Teresita Ssen!
Is it just me or is Miss Filipinas Alyssa Muhlach Alvarez not creating enough impact to win over the judges in Sta. Cruz de la Sirrra, Bolivia for Reina Hispanoamericana 2018? You see, I have diligently followed the competition on social media and even the coverage of the official promotions arm of the Organizers – PGloria. Her inclusion in the events is a far cry from the way Teresita Ssen Marquez has been made part of almost everything from the minute she set foot in the host country. She missed the shortlist in the challenges unlike her predecessor who was part of all the segments.
This time, she is there alright. But any observer will need to look closely before noticing her presence. The bets of Mexico and Brazil are stepping it up big time. And while they’re doing so, the wardrobe of our bet is paling in comparison. I don’t know but she looks unhappy with the way things are unfolding.
Finals will be up soon. I hope she can at least reach a good placement so as not to fall way behind our top finish in 2017.
When I found out that Reina Hispanoamericana 2017 Teresita Ssen Marquez was going to be one of the judges during last night’s Binibining Cebu 2018 Finals at the Waterfront Hotel Cebu City, I immediately pulled her aside to give a message to Reina Hispanoamericana Filipinas 2018 Alyssa Muhlach Alvarez. You see, she missed the sendoff the other day due to a shooting schedule for her new film.
Click on the video below to watch.
This coming weekend, Reina Hispanoamericana Filipinas 2018 Alyssa Muhlach Alvarez will be departing for Sta. Cruz, Bolivia via NYC to represent the Philippines in Reina Hispanoamericana 2018 where she will have the challenging task of going for a back-to-back win in the international tilt since the reigning titleholder is Teresita Ssen Marquez. She was in high spirits all throughout the sendoff hosted by National Director Arnold Vegafria and Miss World Philippines General Manager Bessie Besana at Annabel’s Restaurant.
Aside from advocating to promote the Hispanic culture during the actual period of beauty battle (and hopefully longer if she wins the crown for the Philippines once more), Alyssa will continue to support her Gentle Hands Inc. – an organization that helps improve the lives of children who come from situations of crisis, trauma and abuse.
Alyssa was joined in the sendoff by two of her “sisters” – Miss World Philippines 2018 Katarina Rodriguez and 1st Princess Chanel Morales.
Her National Costume will be executed by Maestro John, while Designer Benj Leguiab IV will be doing her competition evening gown once more.
Alyssa will be flying to Sta. Cruz, Bolivia by her lonesome, but remains undaunted by the long-haul flight segments because she will take those opportunities to get much-needed sleep. She has barely two weeks of preparation, after all.
She has brushed up on her conversational Spanish and has prepared a medley of Spanish songs to sing during the TV Presentation of the candidates as part of the pre-pageant activities.
From all of us here at normannorman.com, buenas suerte!
When the new pictorial of Reina Hispanoamericana 2017 landed in my inbox (thanks to my dear friend Voltaire Tayag of Rappler), I immediately thought of using the popular phrase “…a rose by any other name…” from William Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet as inspiration for this blog entry. This wonderful lady – who is always a joy to work with – decided to use Teresita as her public name right before, during and after her successful stint in Bolivia. But somehow, the showbiz affiliation is so strong that the popular nickname of “Win-Wyn” just could not be erased that easily from the minds of everyone.
Call her Teresita. Or call her Win-Wyn. She will always be our Reina Hispanoamericana 2017.
This latest photoshoot was a special one because our Queen herself had a say in every shot taken. The overall atmosphere, though, was fun and relaxed that everyone in the studio enjoyed doing all the layouts and did not mind the time at all.
Below are the other stills from the said shoot. Here are the credits first:
Photographer: Jose Dyowi Contreras
Make-up: Carissa Cielo Medved
Hair: Dave Grona
Creative director/styling: Voltaire Tayag
Black gown, Floral Dress and Top by: Rhett Eala
White gown: Mikee Andrei
Just this weekend, your blogger flew to Tagbilaran, Bohol to judge the finals of Miss Bohol 2018 held at the Bohol Wisdom School Gymnasium. And aside from Ahtisa Manalo and Celeste Cortesi, our group included Reina Hispanoamericana 2017 Teresita Ssen Marquez who obliged us with an “ambush” interview during our countryside tour at Chocolate Hills in Carmen. She gamely told us what it will take to become the next Reina Hispanoamericana Filipinas and what are the important things to remember to her potential successor come October.
With Teresita as the benchmark, the challenge to duplicate her victory won’t be easy because we should send a brave and independent woman who is leaning towards being a performer and socially active representative.
Teresita also invited everyone to watch her first leading lady movie “Unli Life” which will start showing on August 15, as well as her latest teleserye on GMA-7 “Pamilya Roces” which will hit the small screen in the 3rd Quarter,
During the #MegaMillenialBall, photographer Dookie Ducay (left photo
) was given a nifty photo corner by Mega Magazine at Marquis Events Place where he shot the guests in glamorous poses that went well with the night’s affair.
Here are four of our Queens – Megan, Kylie, Teresita and Catriona – in their respective takes:
Miss World 2013 Megan Young
Miss International 2016 Kylie Verzosa
Reina Hispanoamericana 2017 Teresita Ssen Marquez
Miss Universe Philippines 2018 Catriona Gray