Six of the Miss Universe Philippines titleholders were gathered together during the Charity Fashion Gala at the Grand Ballroom of Solaire Resort and Casino last Thursday night. From the photo above, they are (left to right): MJ Lastimosa (2014), Maxine Medina (2016), Ara Arida (2013), Bianca Manalo (2009), Shamcey Supsup (2011) and Venus Raj (2010). If only Janine Tugonon (2012) was here in Manila, the ensemble would have been complete.
And in the photo below, the group got bigger when Miss Universe Philippines 2017 Rachel Peters joined them in a selfie taken by Maxine.
Thanks to Sein Gonatice for the topmost and upper left photos.
Last night at the Grand Ballroom of Solaire Resort and Casino, the Miss Universe Charity Fashion Gala was held in cooperation with Frontrow Cares and Hope for Change Foundation. Our visiting Miss Universe titleholders Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters and Iris Mittenaere – along with our very own Pia Wurtzbach walked the runway for a good cause. Wearing creations by our top designers like Francis Libiran and Rajo Laurel, they were joined by the Miss Universe 2017 national winners who also displayed their taste and elegance in gowns made by the likes of Mark Bumgarner, Frederick Peralta, Edwin Uy, Val Taguba, Rocky Gathercole, Cherry Samuya Veric, Ofelia Simpao and more.
What added special glitter to the event was the presence of six of our Miss Universe Philippines winners – Bianca Manalo, Venus Raj, Shamcey Supsup, Ara Arida, MJ Lastimosa and Maxine Medina – who also participated in the fashion show and presented onstage in chronological order of their years in competition.
Six of our Miss Universe Philippines titleholders from Bianca Manalo to Maxine Medina
Here are some video clips from the show itself.
The graduation photo of Venus Raj
Bb. Pilipinas Universe 2010 and Miss Universe 2010 4th Runner-Up Maria Venus Raj continues to be an inspiration inside and out of the pageant world. After getting credited for starting the placement streak of the Philippines in Miss Universe, she has achieved another milestone in life by graduating (see her graduation photo above
) from the University of the Philippines-Diliman with a Master’s Degree in Community Development. This was not the easiest task to complete, but with sheer discipline and determination, she was able to add an entirely new facet to her already colorful life as a Beauty Queen.
Venus will now be able to pursue her other “more meaningful” life objectives as she plots a career in public service, initially in her home municipality of Bato, Camarines Sur where she wants to give back in more ways than one.
I salute you, Venus.
Rehearsals in full swing for the finals
These are the days spent inside the Araneta Coliseum rehearsing for the Bb. Pilipinas 2017 Coronation Night on Sunday, April 30. Dressed in loose workout attires and sleeveless tops, the Binibinis are being choreographed to perfection. According to Gines Enriquez of BPCI, this is going to be the grandest opening number for any edition. Ever. And I believe him because ABS-CBN is deep into perfecting everything to achieve seamless proceedings during the live and TV telecast.
By the way, the finals will be hosted by Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach and actor Xian Lim, with Venus Raj as commentator. If you haven’t bought your tickets yet, then please head on to ticketnet.com.ph or at the Araneta Coliseum box-office.
Just a quick sneak into the opening outfits with focus on the shiny golden Bragais shoes they will be wearing
Below is a BTS video of their dance rehearsals in Subic.
courtesy of EPC Events
Venus Raj for Fair Magazine
I was looking for an excellent reason to blog about her once more. Good thing her photos for the latest issue of Fair Magazine got uploaded so we now have a Wayback Wednesday feature for Bb. Pilipinas Universe 2010 and Miss Universe 2010 4th Runner-Up Venus Raj. She who takes the bragging rights for starting off the placement streak of the Philippines in Miss Universe that rapturously culminated in our 3rd crown last 2015 for Pia Wurtzbach and a continuation this year when Maxine Medina claimed a Top 6 position during the 65th Miss Universe in Manila last January.
Here is a video of the full Preliminaries during the 59th Edition held in Las Vegas that eventually led to her Top 5 finish:
courtesy of Latino Vicente
Now here are videos of her latest TV guesting on “Magandang Buhay” of ABS-CBN:
And here is a video of the new house of Venus Raj in Camarines Sur:
courtesy of Pinoy News
Still as divine as the day she started the placement streak of the Philippines in Miss Universe
So as you can see, Venus has really progressed from seven years ago till now. The road after Miss Universe 2010 may have been bumpy at times, but she kept on pushing things forward and making a good accountability of herself – be it as a Bicolana, as a student of higher studies, as a former Bb. Pilipinas titleholder and even as a host.
Kudos to you, V! 🙂
Iris and Pia during the 65th Miss Universe After Party at Okada Manila
No long texts here. I’m just sharing the interview conducted by Venus Raj on two Miss Universe winners – Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach and Iris Mittenaere.
Reserve your comments after watching the whole clip. 🙂
courtesy of voice of reason
Starting tonight at 7:30pm and every Sunday thereafter, the etc cable channel will start airing a new program titled “Journey to the Crown” | A Celebration of Beauty. Here’s a Press Release from the network:
“Journey to the Crown is a reality-documentary show that features one of our passions –beauty pageants. Right at the start of our consciousness, a beauty pageant always means the Miss Universe Crown–the holy grail of all pageants. It is deeply embedded in our culture, a much-anticipated event and a source of inspiration for Filipinas who dream of bringing pride to the country by taking home the crown.
This weekly program is hosted by 2010 Miss Universe 4th Runner-up Venus Raj and 2011 Miss Universe 3rd Runner-up Shamcey Supsup-Lee. Don’t miss out on watching this amazing show and join the conversation by using the #TheCrownonETC and #FeistierETC hashtags when you post about it on social media.
Jonas Gaffud, the prime mover who worked hard on the side of the Philippines to have The 65th Miss Universe Pageant held in the country early next year, is one of the show’s producers. He is encouraging everyone to check out the premiere episode.