Eight of the Philippines’ finest in Miss Universe during last night’s Tribute Concert. No wonder the country is the envy of every pageant-loving country in the Universe:
Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray
Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach
Miss Universe 2013 3rd Runner-Up Ara Arida
Miss Universe 2011 3rd Runner-Up Shamcey Supsup-Lee
Miss Universe 2010 4th Runner-Up Venus Raj
Miss Universe 2016 Top 6 Maxine Medina
Miss Universe 2017 Top 10 Rachel Peters and
Miss Universe 2014 Top 10 MJ Lastimosa
How I wish Miss Universe 2012 1st Runner-Up Janine Tugonon flew in from the US to join the eight others.
Four beauties for #ShadesOfBragais:
Miss Universe Philippines 2017 Rachel Peters | Miss Earth Philippines 2018 Celeste Cortesi | Miss Universe 2010 4th Runner-Up Venus Raj and Miss Supranational 2013 Mutya Johanna Datul
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Miss Universe 2010 4th Runner-Up Venus Raj and Miss Universe 2018 Top 5 Finisher H’Hen Niê of Vietnam together and were photographed wearing the traditional Maria Clara of the Philippines.
Both ladies had the same fate during their respective Miss Universe stints, although the specific Top 5 placement of the Vietnamese was not officially announced during the finals in Bangkok last December.
It was a long process but we all had a good time pre-judging the forty (40) Official Candidates of Miss Millennial Philippines 2018 on the daily noontime show “Eat Bulaga” of GMA-7. Along with MU2010 4th Runner-Up Venus Raj, Bb. Pilipinas Universe 1997 Abbygale Arenas, Popular Vlogger Dwaine Woolley, PAL’s Cezanne Villafuerte and PotenCee’s Ayne Rili, I really enjoyed the more than 3 hours spent assessing the young ladies.
Hopefully, the best of the group will zoom ahead to the Top 10 come Finals Day on Saturday, October 27 at the Kia Theater Araneta Center.
Good luck to everyone!
Below is the full video of the Pre-Judging.
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.