Ria Rabajante came out with a big bang, stunned everyone and won many a hard-to-please pageant fans/critics with her sensually exotic beauty and svelte figure. She impressed even more during the announcement of Official Candidates when she came out as the only qualifier wearing a tasteful one-piece swimwear instead of the usual two-piece. She got pinned as #1, and was expected to lead in the 49 others in all their pre-pageant activities. And then, somewhere in the middle, there appears to be a softening of her initially bombastic registry. There were appearances where she blended in instead of standing out. The scene-stealing moments seem to have all but lingered. And the clamor, intense at the onset, gradually weakened.
But all is not lost, I reckon. During the Jag Jeans pictorial (see photo above left) plus the swimsuit portrait, Ria has shown an anticipated return to her ‘mystique’ and must have experienced a sudden epiphany of sorts. She may still be hanging on to the fringes of a winning plan. But the clutch remains tight. Can she hang on long enough to realize her objective in the competition? The die-hards are waiting. And I’m just here to chronicle her journey. Bring it on, girl! To the max, I must add. 😉