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
Below is the interview made by Rappler with Miss Intercontinental 2018 Karen Gallman as conducted by my friend and colleague Voltaire Tayag.
So did you catch the Season Premiere of “The People’s Queen” on the TFC Channel (if you’re overseas) or either the Lifetime or MYX TV Channels (on Skycable)? It’s a very entertaining reality series following two (2) pageant experts (Cece Asuncion and Voltaire Tayag) – who also happen to be my friends – take in five beautiful ladies into one big house for a series of trainings and personality improvements (including a generous dash of confessions from each one of them).
I’m pretty sure you are familiar with most of the five recruits: newly-crowned Miss World Philippines 2018 Katarina Rodriguez, newly-appointed Miss Supranational USA 2018 Katrina Dimaranan, former Mutya ng Pilipinas Overseas Communities titleholder Michelle Thorlund, Blasian beauty Nikita McElroy and Jenny Levy.
Watch videos of the show’s teaser below, plus the TFC interview with Cece Asuncion and Katrina Dimaranan.
If you missed watching the first episode last October 24, it will run from the start once more this coming November on the Metro Channel.
When the new pictorial of Reina Hispanoamericana 2017 landed in my inbox (thanks to my dear friend Voltaire Tayag of Rappler), I immediately thought of using the popular phrase “…a rose by any other name…” from William Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet as inspiration for this blog entry. This wonderful lady – who is always a joy to work with – decided to use Teresita as her public name right before, during and after her successful stint in Bolivia. But somehow, the showbiz affiliation is so strong that the popular nickname of “Win-Wyn” just could not be erased that easily from the minds of everyone.
Call her Teresita. Or call her Win-Wyn. She will always be our Reina Hispanoamericana 2017.
This latest photoshoot was a special one because our Queen herself had a say in every shot taken. The overall atmosphere, though, was fun and relaxed that everyone in the studio enjoyed doing all the layouts and did not mind the time at all.
Below are the other stills from the said shoot. Here are the credits first:
Photographer: Jose Dyowi Contreras
Make-up: Carissa Cielo Medved
Hair: Dave Grona
Creative director/styling: Voltaire Tayag
Black gown, Floral Dress and Top by: Rhett Eala
White gown: Mikee Andrei