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
Miss Philippines Rachel Peters is at her happiest when surrounded by family, friends and supporters. This photo was taken during the Thanksgiving Dinner hosted in the house of our representative’s aunt in Vegas this week.
Photo credit: Voltaire Tayag
Can you see the smiling glow in the face of Miss Philippines Rachel Peters? A big chunk of the reason for the happiness is the fact that all her loved ones are already in Las Vegas to support her. Mom, Dad, Brother, Mentor, Best Friend – you name it!
Photo credit: Voltaire Tayag
By the way, Rachel is wearing a Rhett Eala above.
Left to right: Miss Ghana Ruth Quashie, Miss Indonesia Bunga Jelitha , Miss Philippines Rachel Peters @rachelpetersx and Miss USA Kára McCullough. Immediately, your eyes will be transfixed to the boots and legs of Rachel!
The two most important individual’s in the life of Miss Philippines Mariel de Leon are already in Tokyo, Japan to give their all-out support in her bid for the Miss International 2017 crown. Celebrity parents Christopher de Leon and Sandy Andolong were tightly hugged by their daughter upon seeing each other at Tokyo Dome Hotel. And the scene was captured in photos by my friend Voltaire Tayag.
Also in Tokyo are Aces & Queens mentors Jonas Gaffud and Nad Bronce who are so happy to see their “anak” in high spirits.
Mariel is in a very happy place right now, most especially that she was able to display her Talent in Classical Singing during the formal dinner with some VIP guests and MI organizers in attendance.
Styled by: Voltaire Tayag
Photographer: Dyowi Contreras
Designer: Rhett Eala
Make-up: Donver Belza
Hair: Andrew Jardenil
Mariel’s date with destiny – just like the other Bb. Pilipinas 2017 Queens – is slowly approaching. We’re nearing the last month of this quarter. And by mid-October, she will be in a beehive of activities in final preparations for her trip to Japan where the finals of Miss International 2017 is set for (tentatively) November 14.
In the meantime, enjoy her latest images. Be ready for the ultimate transformation for her mission within the next two months.