Who wants her back?
Vickie Marie Rushton is too gorgeous to slip away quietly.
Crown-worthy, she is.
Be it BBP or one of the titles with MWPO.
When Vickie Rushton cornered six (6) of ten Sponsors’ Special Awards last night, it was becoming clear that the way is being paved for her to win one of the crowns – if not the highest title of Miss Universe Philippines. After all, any major sponsor would always pre-select a brand ambassador who has the highest probability of ending up victorious in the finals.
There’s really no use complicating the reason/s behind her downfall. Vickie’s performance during the Q&A was the culprit. And to think that she was asked a question that she could have easily nailed given her advocacy. First, she was trying to process everything in her mind when she started her reply quite nervously. But precious time was ticking. And then, she went blank and lost her train of thought midway. The bell sounded just when she was getting ready to give the meat of her answer. And from that part, everyone knew that she blew her chances of getting crowned.
Vickie turned 26 last month. In 2020, she will be fast approaching the age of 27 when Bb. Pilipinas 2020 gets underway.
Can she still give it a third try? Yes she can. But the risks are going to be greater. And we all know by now that taking part in the pageant entails a lot of sacrifices. Maybe she needs to take two steps back and evaluate things first before making another commitment. Because a third attempt is going to be the most challenging ever.
Much has been said and discussed about the updated age limit of the Miss International Beauty Pageant. So just to put the nagging questions to rest, I took the liberty of chatting with someone from the inside of the Japan-based organization who confirmed with me that – indeed – they have upped the requirement to 27 years old. But there is a condition. The representative should have turned 27 on or before November 12, 2019. So anyone who is currently 27 and turning 28 by that date (like Aya Abesamis whose birthday falls right smack on November 12) cannot be considered anymore.
Let’s go now to my #Infinity8 for Bb. Pilipinas International 2019. Bear in mind that a beautiful face is given extra premium because this is an established niche of the international competition:
Jessica Marasigan of Malabon
Martina Turner Diaz of Muntinlupa
Gazini Ganados of Talisay, Cebu
Leren Mae Bautista of Laguna
Bea Patricia Magtanong of Bataan
Hannah Arnold of Masbate
Emma Tiglao of Pampanga
Vickie Marie Rushton of Negros Occidental
With Gazini Ganados and Emma Tiglao out of the way in my Final Predictions by now, I am left with six (6) Binibinis for consideration. Now this one requires no weird science to predict. There is a clamor for Hannah Arnold to win this crown if she can’t get Miss Universe Philippines. In my heart, she is considered a strong contender here. And I won’t fall off my swivel chair if she ends up being the successor of Ahtisa Manalo.
But in my head, this honor is the perfect fit for Vickie Rushton. Her face and aura scream Miss International without sweat. And I have it in good authority as well that she is one of the few (I won’t name the other two anymore) being eyed by Miss International in their wish-list. If she ends up being Bb. Pilipinas International, then it will be like a ringless three-point shot in basketball – smooth and sweet.
Hence, my final answer is Vickie Marie Rushton of Negros Occidental!
The Ten Finalists for Best in National Costume of Bb. Pilipinas 2019 are encouraging you to vote for them to win the special award. Head on to bbpilipinas.com. It would be a great boost for their respective designers as well.
Official photos below by JR Noses
Here are the Top 10 Finalists for the Best in National Costume Award announced at the end of the event held at New Frontier Theater.
Leren Mae M. Bautista, Laguna
Maria Andrea Aya Abesamis, Pasig City
Vickie Marie Rushton, Negros Occidental
Hannah Arnold, Masbate
Samantha Bernardo, Palawan
Cassandra Chan, Bacolod
Samantha Lo, Cebu
Jessarie Dumaguing, Puerto Princesa
Resham Ramirez Saeed, Maguindanao
Emma Tiglao, Pampanga
Voting starts tomorrow at http://www.bbpilipinas.com
Unlike last year when the highest crown was a lock for Catriona Gray since Day 1, the competition for this year’s Miss Universe Philippines alone is like a tight basketball playoff among eight (8) teams wanting to win the championship trophy. I say eight (8) because it symbolizes infinity where the movement is unending. Nobody has an idea where it will stop until the buzzer (or announcement of winners for that matter) finally sounds off on the night of June 9.
Of course, the organizers of Miss Universe Philippines and Binibining Pilipinas may already have clearer choices on who they would be happy to see winning among the forty (40) Official Candidates. But those preferences remain as such. They can still be upended by the Board of Judges during deliberation. The important thing is to make it to the eight-highest spots to be part of the winning circle from where the six (6) titleholders and two (2) runners-up will emerge.
This time around, I am taking a different approach in handing out my predictions for Miss Universe Philippines | Bb. Pilipinas 2019. Instead of just one collective blog entry two days before the Coronation Night, I will share with you my individual shortlists for the six (6) crowns at stake (read: six separate blogs) before zeroing in on who should win and who could win in my humble opinion.
But before starting off with my dedicated posts on who Miss Universe Philippines, Bb. Pilipinas International, Bb. Pilipinas Intercontinental, Bb. Pilipinas Supranational, Bb. Pilipinas Grand International and Bb. Pilipinas Globe could be, allow me to list down the names of the Binibinis who made it to the upper half of my choices – the Top 20, that is.
These twenty (20) ladies will – in one way or another – be part of the #Infinity8 for each of the titles. In the order of their assigned numbers now:
1. Jessica Marasigan of Malabon
2. Martina Turner Diaz of Muntinlupa
3. Sigrid Grace Flores of Iloilo
4. Marianne Marquez of Marikina
5. Gazini Ganados of Talisay, Cebu
6. Maria Andrea Abesamis of Pasig
7. Leren Mae Bautista of Laguna
8. Maria Isabela Galeria of Sorsogon
9. Denise Omorog of Baras, Catanduanes
10. Bea Patricia Magtanong of Bataan
11. Hannah Arnold of Masbate
12. Ilene de Vera of Mandaue City, Cebu
13. Julia Saubier of Daraga, Albay
14. Nicole Guerrero of Ilocos Sur
15. Samantha Lo of Cebu City
16. Emma Tiglao of Pampanga
17. Samantha Bernardo of Palawan
18. Resham Ramirez Saeed of Maguindanao
19. Vickie Marie Rushton of Negros Occidental
20. Joanna Tolledo of Caloocan
Gut-feel is telling me that all the winners will come from the above group.
Next stop: Who could be the next Bb. Pilipinas Globe?