On this last day of 2019, allow me to thank the shows of these TV networks that invited, guested, phone-patched and interviewed me for pageant-related discussions and special segment judging:
ABS-CBN: To Umagang KayGanda for the twin appearances for their #GandangMissU spots for Miss Universe 2019 and the month-long engagement for the #BoomBAEro2019 contest in cooperation with the Bureau of Fire Protection last summer;
GMA News: To Nelson Canlas for the phone-patch interview a day before the Miss Universe 2019 finals that was included in his report for the network’s evening news;
CNN Philippines: To #TheSource of program host Pinky Webb for having me as guest for the Miss Universe and Miss Universe Philippines topic earlier this month.
Maraming salamat po!
#HappyNewYear to all my readers, visitors, regulars and everyone who added to the discussions, banters and engagements in this blog.
While 2017 was such a fulfilling year for pageant coverages at normannorman.com, Joy, Joseph and I are looking forward to a really busy 2018 starting this January with the Bb. Pilipinas 2018 submission of application deadline and screenings, the mission of Katarina Rodriguez in Hurghada, Egypt for Miss Intercontinental 2018, the mock pageants of both Aces & Queens and Kagandahang Flores and the announcement of Official Binibinis who will vie for the six titles at stake come March 18 at the Araneta Coliseum. This month, I will also personally cover the Kuyamis Festival in Cagayan de Oro City and the Dinagyang Festival in Iloilo with the crowning of their respective Queens.
The 50th Year of Mutya ng Pilipinas will also be worth looking forward to, as the organizers will have fifty (50) Official Candidates for the very first time.
But that’s getting far ahead of the year ahead. Here is a 30-second slideshow of what is in store for readers from January-June, 2018.
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And in closing, allow me to share with you the specific segment of my TV interview guesting on CNN Philippines’ Rewind: 2017 Year-Ender Report with hosts Pinky Webb and Ruth Cabal plus the added bonus of having my favorite James Deakin in the panel.
This appearance completes a memorable 2017 that saw me on ABS-CBN’s Umagang Kay Ganda (twice) and TV Patrol, GMA Network’s 24 Oras and on CNN Philippines’s The Source and On the Record. 😊
Happy New Year to all!
Mariel by Albert Kurniawan
Photo credit: CNN Philippines
Bb. Pilipinas International 2017 Mariel de Leon has no better and more tailor-made advocacy than to push for the Filipinos’ appreciation of classical music. Of course, the interest to go for the same will also be linked with a stronger return of the youth to appreciation of the arts. And during the TV interview with Pinky Webb on CNN Philippines’ The Source, she even displayed her talent to the delight of the latter.
Watch the said one-on-one now.
courtesy of Random Videos 1986
What can you say about Mariel’s interview above? Does she pass your standards, dear readers?
When Miss International 2016 Kylie Verzosa guested on CNN Philippines for “The Source” (In Focus) of host Pinky Webb, she detailed the trail that she prepared herself for in Tokyo, Japan. Her preparations were mind-boggling for an utterly lazy or simple-minded individual. And only someone with focus and great determination could deliver on what she promised to the entire nation.
Watch her interview now.
courtesy of CNN Philippines
Now that we’re done with that, I just want to remind everyone that today is the scheduled homecoming parade (see image below) of Miss International 2016 around Araneta Center. It will start at around 4:00PM from the Novotel Manila Araneta Center area and end at the Araneta Coliseum right beside it. A program will be held around the Food Park area after.
Details of the Homecoming Parade at 4pm
Don’t miss this one. Make sure that you find time to shower her with all your love and gratitude for giving us one of the best Christmas gifts ever. 🙂
Imelda during her TV interview on The Source of CNN Philippines
Imelda with host Pinky Webb
To say that it ain’t easy being Imelda Schweighart nowadays is a big understatement. She is now the former Miss Philippines Earth 2016 (replaced by Loren Mar Artajos
) who is trying to move on with life and restoring “normalcy” to the once-quiet existence she enjoyed before jumping back into the pageant scene and even stretching her presence in the international level.
In the interview with Pinky Webb on CNN Philippines’ “The Source”, you may see her as being nice and goody-two-shoes, but the honesty (however sanitized) remains evident in the way she answers and expresses her thoughts, especially about the snowballing doubts about being Miss Philippines Earth and the country’s delegate to Miss Earth.
Watch now and tell me your thoughts after, dear readers.
Miss Universe Philippines 2016 Maxine Medina on CNN Philippines’ The Source
Maxine with host Pinky Webb
To say that Miss Universe Philippines 2016 Maxine Medina is pressured right now would be an understatement. After best friend Nicole Cordoves got 1st Runner-Up during Miss Grand International 2016 and close pal Kylie Verzosa snatching the country’s 6th Miss International crown in Tokyo, the heat is on. And boy, is she really feeling the weight on her shoulders.
But trust our host delegate for The 65th Miss Universe Pageant to settle down her nerves just as easily. Her smile may tell you that going for a back-to-back is something that she will tackle with ease and precision, but deep within, the firm determination keeps getting stronger everyday. If the successes of her Bb. Pilipinas sisters are not enough to motivate her, then the loving support of her fans and followers plus the entire nation should keep her on the right track.
Watch her interview on “The Source” of CNN Philippines with host Pinky Webb and tell me your thoughts after.