Voltaire Tayag during one of his online screening interviews
The online screenings for Miss Universe Philippines 2021 are underway. By early next week, we shall know the #Top100 who will undergo the virtual challenges of the competition. The excitement is starting to build up!
Some of the familiar names and faces who will undergo virtual interviews over the weekend are:
Leren Mae Bautista
Janela Joy Cuaton
Beatrice Luigi Gomez
Victoria Velasquez Vincent
Simone Nadine Bornilla
According to the organizers, there are around 300 applicants who submitted their forms and requirements.
Congratulations are in order for my good friend Voltaire Tayag who is now Director for Communications of Miss Universe Philippines Organization. I am so happy for you!
“The Miss Universe Philippines Organization is proud to introduce its newly-appointed Director of Communications!
Voltaire Tayag is a well-known pageant consultant and a journalist who has won several awards over the past three years including the recent 2021 Asia Pacific Luminare Award. We’re excited to see the level of expertise he’ll bring to the organization’s overall communication strategies!”
Pleased to share with you Episode 8 of Pageantry Norms Season 4 where the special guest was Miss World Philippines 2018, Bb. Pilipinas Intercontinental 2017 and Miss Intercontinental 2017 1st Runner-Up Katarina Rodriguez along with my good friend Voltaire Tayag.
You can watch the video below.
Rabiya and boyfriend Neil
It was a lovely intimate dinner last night with Miss Universe Philippines 2020 Rabiya Mateo and her boyfriend Neil and my dear friend Voltaire Tayag. Louie Heredia hosted our small gathering at the Ninyo Fusion Cuisine and Wine Lounge in Quezon City.
So nice to spend quality time with our Queen at her most relaxed mode. I truly appreciated having her in our midst as more of an ordinary individual than a titleholder. She was very receptive to all our comments and tips about how she can fine-tune her way of expression as well as differing her style of communication based on the nature of the talk. Voltaire and I focused a bit on how to make her sound less academic (read: teacher) and more spontaneous.
The presence of her boyfriend Neil also helped us to size up the dynamics in their relationship. The guy is very supportive of Rabiya in more ways than one. The pair confessed that the controversy last week regarding the Missosology interview and the Jam Magno vlogs affected them. But positively, it made them stronger and are now able to handle such issues more bravely.
You really need to see and feel the new Rabiya in person to appreciate her gradual transformation. The coming days and weeks will see her deep in training for Miss Universe and I can’t wait to give you more updates.
Before watching tonight’s Preliminary Q&A, check out these videos first when my friend and pageant colleague Voltaire Tayag of Rappler grilled the Miss Universe Philippines 2020 candidates with some tough questions. This was held just a couple of days before they departed for Baguio City last week.
This was an episode mired with technical difficulties – more from my end because Globe chose the worst time to do all their repair and maintenance work this weekend which considerably slowed down my internet connection. Be that as it may, it did not prevent the panelists from engaging in a no-holds-barred free-wheeling discussion about Philippine Pageantry from the eyes of the pageant media.
My guests included Ameer Gamama of Missosology, Adam Genato of Sash Factor, Voltaire Tayag of Rappler, Tita Lavinia of Titas of Pageantry, Edge Tenoria of Pageanthology 101 and Tristan Francisco of my host site.
I may have spilled more beans that I should but please take everything in the spirit of fun. Besides, jokes are half-meant so a part of me is just being open and unapologetic about it.
Sharing with you the second part of our video discussion with Nicole Cordoves. This time, the focus was on making hot picks, a few TOTGA (The one that got away) ladies and a pageant horror story of sorts that was thankfully edited after our host accidentally spilled a specific name that could have started another round of controversy if left as is.
Part 1 of our video collaboration with Bb. Pilipinas mentor Nicole Cordoves is here. Watch as Tita Lavinia, Voltaire Tayag and I exchange wits and pageant pet peeves with her.
The video link below has now premiered. Do watch now
Some of you have already spoken about the episode of CNA Insider about the hidden side of Philippine pageants. While a lot of the informations inside hold true to a substantial degree, there are still small details that may have been left out or unexpressed (both positive and otherwise). After all, the focus is on the dark side of things – much like a twilight zone in the industry we all love to talk about.
For those who haven’t watched it yet, here it is.
Now here’s my friend Voltaire Tayag who shared his reactions after watching the episode above. I totally agree on all points he discussed in the video below.
Here are the latest photos of Katarina Rodriguez as captured by Jan Mayo. No teasers or anything here. I just want to share her glowing beauty these days, aside from the fact that she landed a part in the ABSCBN teleserye “Make it with You” with the Liz-Quen tandem – this jumpstarting her showbiz career.
HMUA Angelo Tacadena
Styling Rick Sotelo
Overall in charge Voltaire Tayag