I reviewed my favorite interviews three times (reason why I lost some sleep doing so), and double-checked on one or two I might have overlooked. And this is what I came up with.
normannorman.com Pageantry Norms’ Top 15 for the Miss Universe Philippines Preliminary Q&A:
1. Bella Ysmael of Parañaque
2. Michele Gumabao of Quezon City
3. Billie Hakenson of Cavite
4. Pauline Amelinckx of Bohol
5. Adee Hitomi Akiyama of Oriental Mindoro
6. Zandra Nicole Sta Maria of Pasay
7. Jan Alexis Elcano of Batanes
8. Maricres Valdez Castro of Muntinlupa
9. Caroline Veronilla of Misamis Oriental
10. Skelly Ivy Florida of Biliran
11. Alaiza Malinao of Davao City
12. Rabiya Mateo of Iloilo City
13. Niña Soriano of Pangasinan
14. Tracy Maureen Perez of Cebu City
15. Christelle Abello of Aklan
There were only ten (10) ladies in Part 2 of “Game Changer” for the Miss Universe Philippines #RingLightSeries – from Catanduanes to Iloilo Province.
I must say that I’m on the fence in picking my Top 3 in this group because – from where I watched – only Billie Hakenson of Cavite acquitted herself most convincingly. She speaks with full conviction and her focus was unstinting.
But that’s not saying less of the outputs shown by the nine others. Perhaps, it’s like summarizing that the rest are on equal footing. Nobody disappointed me.
Now if my basis would be selecting two more ladies who gave answers worth remembering by, I would go for Alaiza Malinao of Davao City and Rabiya Mateo of Iloilo City. The Davaoeña was delightfully unapologetic with her small nuances, while the Ilongga delivered herself with relative authority.
Kudos to Sigrid Grace Flores, Tracy Maureen Perez,Apriel Smith, Weam Ronquillo Ahmed, Mariel Joyce Pascua, Adelma Krissel Palomares Benicta and Kim Crizaldo for giving their best.
Now don’t ask me yet what time Part 3 will be uploaded. I will just patiently wait for the next batch to appear on the Empire.ph website.
Presenting above: The Miss Universe Philippines Swimsuit Photo Challenge winner
Tracy Maureen Perez of Cebu City
And here are the rest of the #phenomenalwomen of Miss Universe Philippines 2020 in their swimwear photos for the competition.
“A smart woman fixes her own crown and does not dethrone other women from their own glory. For she knows on her own, she is strong.” – Gift Gugu Mona
Miss Universe Philippines 2020 candidate Tracy Maureen Perez of Cebu City is in fighting form. And she is ready to draw first blood the minute she gets to throw a virtual punch.
This girl could spring a surprise just when it matters most. She is really getting some solid attention among the three candidates from Cebu.
PH : Jon Unson
V : Cliff Rigor
Curator / C. Director : Edward James Castro
D : Jeanom Ursua
MUA : Nicko Dela Peña
H : Nino John Solis
L : Studio Republic
Miss Universe Philippines 2020 candidate Ivanna Kamil Pacis of Makati City will always spring a surprise just when you thought you haven’t seen much of her.
Creative Director: @jactookit @jaclizada
Team Ivanna: @jylcalalang, @roiii.ph, Kay PDV, Atty. PY Caunan
“Don’t ask me to cut my ponytail.” -Roberto Baggio
Miss Universe Philippines 2020 candidate Tracy Maureen Perez of Cebu City is both fiery and playful in this Jon Unson shot.
“Orange strengthens your emotional body, encouraging a general feeling of joy, well-being, and cheerfulness.” – Tae Yun Kim
Miss Universe Philippines 2020 candidate Perlyn Yamuta Cayona of Zamboanga del Sur exudes confidence – be it in the happy color of orange or any other hue she slips into.
Photo: JC Photography
“I want to be different. If everyone is wearing black, I want to be wearing red.” – Maria Sharapova
Miss Universe Philippines 2020 candidate Adelma Krissel Palomares Benicta of Ilocos Sur shows us how to do it – stand out in red and be beautifully striking.
📷: Josh Aguinir
Direction: Izan Ignacio
HMUA: Clong Gie Dave John Paz
As a pageant blogger, I’m supposed to come up with my new hot picks for Miss Universe Philippines 2020 by now. But I am still sticking to a good number of these #PhenomenalWomen because each one of them deserve to be seen and heard. The efforts they give in sustaining visibility in social media and other digital platforms – along with the APs and glam teams – are commendable.
So let me present my running Top 25 favorites – or the upper half of the 50 Official Candidates.
Please support each one of them in the competition’s #RingLightSeries.
Christelle Abello, Paula Ortega, Christine Nicole Silvernale, Bea Maynigo, Skelly Ivy Florida, Pauline Amelinckx, Dianella Loya, Kia Moreno, Sigrid Grace Flores, Billie Hakenson, Tracy Maureen Perez, Apriel Smith, Alaiza Malinao, Rabiya Mateo, Kim Crizaldo, Chiara Lynn Markwalder, Lou Dominique Piczon, Adee Hitomi Akiyama, Patricia Mae Santos, Bella Ysmael, Zandra Sta. Maria, Riana Pangindian, Michele Gumabao, Maria Isabela Galeria and Sandra Lemonon
Sharing with you last night’s live chat of the Ashties with Miss Universe Philippines 2020 candidates Apriel Smith, Lou Dominique Piczon and Tracy Maureen Perez – representing Cebu Province, Mandaue City and Cebu City respectively.
When majority of the “Beyond the Coastlines” videos of the Miss Universe Philippines 2020 candidates were uploaded at the beginning of the quarantine period and during, there were still some whose outputs did not make it on time for the scheduled editing and posting.
Here are more of their outputs:
Don’t forget to watch Pasay entirely! It is the most creatively engaging among them.
Aklan – Christelle Abello
Cebu City – Tracy Maureen Perez
Kalinga – Noreen Mangawit
Pasay – Zandra Nicole Sta. Maria
Here is Batch 2 of the Miss Universe Philippines 2020 Candidates and their Passions that never fade for Downy Philippines.
They encapsulate in ten seconds what I have been individually blogging about them for the past two months.
Miss Universe Philippines 2020 candidate Tracy Maureen Perez of Cebu City considers herself a miracle baby. She was extreme preterm – born at just six months – that she could easily fit in a shoe box.
Her mom was diagnosed as unable to bear a child and will only live until 30. But interestingly, she delivered Tracy at the age of 32.
Her late mom lived until 49.
There were times when Tracy would question herself why she was born and what greater purpose she has in this world. She found one during her growing-up years – to be an instrument for others in living better lives.
Tracy advocates for equal access to quality education. Ever since she was a kid, she has always valued and enjoyed learning. It gives her a sense of fulfillment knowing that she is skillful and knowledgeable about something. This she equates with being recognized as someone successful in the future. Having grown up in Mindanao and moving to a province in Cebu during High School, education was not that expensive. They were happy with simple living and managed to get by. During college, she was lucky enough to be supported and sent to the best university in Cebu. However, she was only 17 when her mom passed away. Uncertainties followed as to the direction of her academic plans.
But with the help of relatives, she graduated as an Industrial Engineer. Without receiving their help, it would have been close to impossible to even finish school. From then on, she promised to work hard so she can be the same person to others – someone who helps them finish their education and reach for their dreams.
As for her usefulness during quarantine, Tracy flew home to Cebu days before the lockdown in Manila. When her province was also placed on ECQ soon after, she spent her time working online for a US company. Family togetherness was at its peak as well inspite of financial constraints in weekly budget. Inspite of that, she was still able to do volunteer work from home – as a backliner for Bayanihan Mission which aims to help neighbors to stay off the streets by providing them food supplies and necessities.
The past two months were reflective periods for Tracy. And this gave her an extra kick of motivation to push more for her cause as soon as the new normal is in place.