Thursday, September 6, 2018

Catriona Gray for Sherri Hill

Miss Universe Philippines 2018 Catriona Gray for Sherri Hill. 

The girl who had just been body-shamed last week for being 'fat' is now slaying the runways in New York, USA. Catriona Gray is by far the only Miss Universe candidate this year (apart from Miss USA of course) who was invited to walk for Sherri Hill, a renowned brand of designer gowns and a major sponsor of Miss Universe. 

You can't blame Sherri Hill for inviting her. The girl is simply MARKETABLE and gorgeous. No amount of bashing can put her down.

She will be gracing the event together with the reigning Miss Universe 2017 Demi Leigh Peters and Miss USA 2018 Sarah Rose Summers.  

Keep slayin' Catriona! Good Karma is working on your favor. 










Friday, August 31, 2018

What I Would Like To See in Miss Earth 2018?

Photo credit: gettyimages 

Photo credit: Miss Earth
We knew what happened last year. The Miss Earth 2017 pageant started off with a bang - a month-long preliminary activities which no other major or minor pageant so to speak could easily duplicate in a yearly basis, a classy coronation venue in the Mall of Asia Arena, a warrior-themed opening number which had mesmerised the fans, an awesome, energetic host, and a diverse selection of semi-finalists with a twist. Everyone was awed and seemingly enamoured by how the events had turned up in its first few segments however quite unfortunately, it ended up in a rather disappointing scene that has upset the international pageant community, even up to the present days. Carousel and MEO had crowned once again its own girl in its own turf for the third time in its 17-year history, whose win was not accepted by the majority, whose victory has divided the pageant's followers and fans, whose triumph has caused a massive outburst of negativity and cursing online and whose unconventional beauty has become the constant source of mockery and ridicule among the pageant's perennial bashers and non-believers. As what you have noticed, I have not shared here any photos of the winner's actual coronation since I couldn't find even a single one that is actually pleasing before the eyes of the 'beauty-conscious' international pageant aficionados. The same is true in this year's Miss Earth trailer in which the photos or even a video of the winner's actual coronation has not been included in the ad. And you know the reason why. 
Photo credit: Miss Earth 
We're hoping that this year would be different. We're hoping that the end result of Miss Earth 2018, the debut edition of the pageant will not be that stressful for both the fans and the bashers whose endless bickering online had somehow ripped some part of their humanity and had failed to realize that a pageant was meant for international camaraderie and unity and not just for plain 'business' or profit. We're hoping that soon the Carousel and the Miss Earth Organization, like the legendary Phoenix could somehow rise gorgeously from the ashes of uncertainty and despair brought about by last year's controversial fiasco. 

So from the fan's point of view, here are my Top 5 Wish-list which I would like to see in the stretch of the most relevant, environment-focused pageant in the universe, the earth rather. 

1. Nature-themed Glamshots. Seriously. This has been the never-ending request of the pageant fans which has not been consistently granted by the organisation. Given the pool of talents we have in the Philippines, I bet there are a lot of interested and masterful photographers out there who can efficiently deliver the 'goods' with world-class quality. Quality glamshots are actually beneficial for the pageant itself since fans and even the bashers can't wait to share and spread the message in the Social Media. It will definitely add to the popularity of the pageant especially if the 'marketing team' of the organisation knows how to use them. 

2. A better venue for the preliminaries. It doesn't have to be glamorous and expensive. But please, hold it in a place where it is not crowded and where there is more space for the delegates to move around and strutt their respective performances which they have been arduously preparing for months just to impress the judges. You can make the venue simple yet 'presentable'. 

3. Superb Coronation Night production. Last year was by far the best. It was at par with the world's best. Just remind the camera man though to focus on the delegates. The rest was impressive! Keep it up!

4. International jury of well-experienced judges. The judges should have a reputable background in the entertainment and fashion industry because they know exactly how to choose someone who has a 'superstar' quality who could not only further the causes of the organisation but also has the natural ability and the charm to attract more people towards the organisation. Please enough of those ambassadors and politicians who knew nothing about pageantry! More often than not, they choose the wrong girl for the crown. As much as possible get rid of Filipino judges as well to avoid accusations of being biased towards the Pinay delegate. You know, reputation and integrity are incredibly important and priceless!

5. A GODDESS winner in every sense of the word. The winner is the face of the pageant organisation so it is just fitting and logical that she should be BEAUTIFUL in and out. Not just a mere beauty who is only appreciated by a certain group of people but rather one who is 'universally' appealing, one who is liked and has the support of the majority, one who has the 'charm' that by just 'seeing' her, people are already convinced and mesmerised. So that by the time that she opens her mouth and speaks, people are interested to listen to her. Because as a beauty queen, how can you attract people to pay attention to your advocacies if you don't have the charisma? How can you convince people if they don't want to listen to you in the first place? 

So this is very crucial. The organisation needs to step in and crown the right girl fitted for the crown. 

In this connection, I would like to present some gorgeous nominees for the Miss Earth 2018 crown, who I believe that with their God-given gift of beauty and wisdom, they would be able to do the job of a Miss Earth titleholder exceedingly well. These are my early favorites and the list can change especially that other countries have not announced their bets yet. 






Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Special Feature: The Asian Miss Universe Winners (1959 - 2015)


The Asian Miss Universe winners (19

*This blogpost was published last June 7, 2016.

Since the birth of Miss Universe in 1952, only a few Asians have managed to win and wear its most prestigious crown. Now let's take a look at some of the best women in Asia who were able to conquer and were once named, the most beautiful  in the universe. Let's start with Akiko Kujima of Japan. 

Note: I have excluded Israel and Lebanon in the group. 

Akiko Kujima - Miss Universe 1959

1. Miss Universe 1959 - Akiko Kojima of Japan - She is legendary for being the first Japanese and the first Asian to win the title of Miss Universe in 1959. Standing at 5'7'' tall, Akiko who was 22 years-old that time, bested 33 other contestants during the 8th edition of Miss Universe staged in Long Beach, California, USA. She was crowned by the outgoing titleholder, Luz Marina Zuluaga of Colombia. Akiko settled into a quiet married life after her reign. She is now 80 years old and presently lives in Tokyo, Japan. 


Apasra Hongsakula - Miss Universe 1965 

2. Miss Universe 1965 - Apasra Hongsakula of Thailand - She is the first Thai national who won the coveted Miss Universe crown contested in Miami Beach, Florida, USA. Apasra outshined 56 other delegates from around the world and succeeded Corinna Tsopei of Greece. 

She was raised in Bangkok, but was sent to learn English at a girls' secondary school in Penang, Malaysia. After her reign as Miss Universe, Apasra married a first cousin of Her Majesty Queen Sirikit by whom she has a son. The marriage ended long ago in divorce, but she remains a revered social figure in the country. 

Apasra is now 69 years old, and currently manages her own spa - Apasra Beauty and Slimming Spa. 


Gloria Diaz - Miss Universe 1969 

3. Miss Universe 1969 - Gloria Diaz of Philippines - She is the first titleholder of the three Filipino Miss Universe winners to date. She is legendary for her wit and natural humor especially in answering nerve-racking questions, which many believed to be her edge in winning the Miss Universe crown in 1969 defeating 50 other international beauty delegates in Miami Beach, Florida, USA. 

Shortly after her reign as Miss Universe ended, Diaz pursued an acting career in the Philippines, and for several decades now, she's been considered a brilliant actress within the world of Philippine cinema and television. She has starred in numerous movies as well as soap operas and has won quite a number of prestigious acting awards.

Diaz is now 65 years old and is happily residing in the Philippines. 


Margarita Moran - Miss Universe 1973 

4. Miss Universe 1973 - Margarita Moran of Philippines - Four years after the Philippines won its first Miss Universe crown, the country has captured its second win when Margarita Moran (the grand daughter of the Philippines' former President Manuel Roxas) was hailed as the winner during the 22nd edition of Miss Universe held in Athens, Greece. 

Two years after her reign, she married and managed to finish her Business Administration degree at Maryknoll College and Boston University, and took her masters at the University of London. Moran is also notable for her social and civic works especially for promoting peace and livelihood projects as part of the Mindanao Commission on Women Organization and recently as an ambassador-trustee of Habitat for Humanity Philippines. 

Her passion and experience as a dancer at the age of 18, prompt her to promote arts and culture with Southern Philippines Foundation for Arts, Culture and Ecology. She is now busy running the over-all operations of Ballet Philippines. 



Porntip Nakhirunkanok - Miss Universe 1988 

5. Miss Universe 1988 - Porntip Nakhirunkanok of Thailand - Porntip is the second and so far the last Thai woman to have won the Miss Universe crown in 1988. The 1988 pageant was notable for the fact that four of the top 5 finalists were Asians with Porntip as the winner, followed Korea, Mexico, Japan and Hongkong. Raised and educated in the USA, Porntip is fluent in the English language and her communication skills were commendable. She impressed the judges so much during the interview portion that she swept the competition, becoming the clear winner of the evening. 

Porntip is well known in Thailand for her charity work, especially her effort to help the victims of the 2004 Tsunami where she built 100 new homes, a fleet of boats and new schools. Her Charity is known as Angels Wings Foundation which aims to build and fund schools and orphanages as well as supply healthcare and other support for the underprivileged children in Thailand.



Sushmita Sen - Miss Universe 1994 

6. Miss Universe 1994 - Sushmita Sen of India - She made history as the first Indian woman who won Miss Universe since the pageant's inception. She wasn't the early favorite to win during her time, however when the final's night came, she impressed the judges with her elegant grace and stature and eventually outshone all her competitors with her wit and intelligence during the nerve-racking question-and-answer portion. She edged out 76 other delegates from around the world and was rightfully crowned the winner during the 1994 edition of Miss Universe held in Manila, Philippines. That same year, her fellow beauty queen Aishwarya Rai won Miss World 1994.

After she completed her reign, Sush as she's fondly called, went to pursue Bollywood and rose to stardom. 

Miss Universe 2000 - Lara Dutta 

7. Miss Universe 2000 - Lara Dutta of India - Barely 6 years after the victory of Sushmita Sen, another Indian beauty conquered the universe in the person of Lara Dutta and has only been the delegate from India to win the crown since. Before competing Miss Universe in 2000, Lara had her first taste of triumph in the world of pageantry overseas when she clinched the title of Miss Intercontinental in 1997, a minor international beauty pageant held annually. 

At Miss Universe 2000 in Cyprus, Lara achieved the highest score in the swimsuit competition and her finalist interview score was the highest individual score in any category in the history of the Miss Universe contest, as her interview saw a majority of the judges giving her the maximum 9.99 mark. In the same year, Priyanka Chopra and Dia Mirza won their respective Miss World and Miss Asia-Pacific titles which gave India a rare triple victory in beauty pageants. 


Riyo Mori - Miss Universe 2007 

8. Miss Universe 2007 - Riyo Mori of Japan - She is the second Japanese to win the title of Miss Universe after Akiko Kujima first clinched the title in 1959. In the last round during the competition, Riyo was asked by Elle magazine fashion director and Project Runway judge Nina Garcia to speak about the one lesson she learned as a child that still affects her life. Mori said that since childhood she has been dancing and hence she was constantly surrounded by students and teachers. Due to the interactions with them, she has learned to become always happy, patient and positive in her life. She also expressed her desire to teach these principles to the next generation. 

Riyo was the third Japanese to place in the top five at Miss Universe in the past decade. Miyako Miyazaki placed fourth runner-up at Miss Universe 2003 and Riyo's predecessor Kurara Chibana was first runner-up in 2006. Riyo aims to use her success and popularity as a springboard into humanitarian causes. "I think I have a samurai soul, I'm very patient, and I can serve others." 


Pia Wurtzbach - Miss Universe 2015 

9. Miss Universe 2015 - Pia Wurtzback of Philippines - She is the reigning Miss Universe and currently the third Filipina to be named Miss Universe, after a four-year consecutive top five finish of her predecessors since 2010. Her unconventional win became a world-wide trend when the host Steve Harvey mistakenly announced Pia's first runner-up as the winner.

It was also that same year when three other Filipinas have also won their respective beauty pageants overseas which give the Philippines the rarest multiple victory in pageantry. Angelia Ong became the third Filipina to be crowned Miss Earth during the Miss Earth 2015 edition in Vienna Austria. Ann Colis bagged the Miss Globe 2015 crown in Canada while Leren Mae Bautista won the main title of Miss Tourism Queen of the Year 2015 in Malaysia. 

Pia is set to relinquish her crown in Manila, Philippines where the 65th edition of Miss Universe beauty pageant will be contested on January 29, 2017 (January 30 in Manila). Will there be an Asian domination again this time? Well, let's see. 





Thursday, March 29, 2018

Catriona Gray: Miss World's Loss is Miss Universe's Gain

Miss Universe Philippines 2018 Catriona Gray wearing the iconic three-stars-and-a-sun ear cuff by Tessera Jewelry and Mak Tumang gown during the Binibining Pilipinas 2018
grand coronation night.  Photo credit to the owner.

And if indeed, Cat will win in Miss Universe, the less popular Miss World will be pushed further down the bin. Or do people still even care about Miss World at all? 


Catriona Gray crowned as Miss Universe Philippines 2018
Photo credit to the owner. 
Catriona Gray's triumph at the recently-concluded Binibining Pilipinas 2018 has elated an innumerable throng of Filipino pageant aficionados here and abroad especially those who have supported the statuesque model-turned-beauty queen the moment she dipped her toes in the pageantry pool. Cat as she's fondly called by her fans made history as the very first Filipina since the pageants' inception to have won the two elusive national titles in the country- Miss World and Miss Universe Philippines. 

Cat's victory in winning the top plum in Binibining Pilipinas is a dream come true to all her avid fans and supporters who wished and dreamed for Cat to represent the Philippines in the most celebrated beauty derby in the Universe after a dismal result in Miss World 2016. 

With Cat's win as Miss Universe Philippines 2018 the fans felt partially vindicated. With the kind of caliber that she has possessed, Cat will do extremely well in Miss Universe where we can expect a more reasonable and credible assessment of the contenders. 

I can just imagine now how exciting the Miss Universe 2018 edition will be. Perhaps, Cat's loss in Miss World was a blessing in disguise for her. The 'world' seems small for a beauty contender like her. Let's admit it. Miss World isn't that prestigious anymore especially with the manner on how the pageant is conducted. It's glitz and glamour has gone. Yes, there was 'noise' when Megan Young won but its relevance and prestige have slowly faded into oblivion especially after its 2016 edition. You couldn't see any real competition in the coronation night. The basis of selecting the finalists are just too vague which leaves the fans frustrated and bored. The national directors sitting in the judging panel are also distasteful and very unethical to say the least. A lot of pageant fans have lost interest for Miss Word, they have once revered and adored.

So it is a good thing that Cat has veered away from Julia Morley's pageant and has successfully clinched the rights to banner the sash of the Philippines in Miss Universe. She deserves nothing but the whole Universe where she can have the opportunity to shine even much brighter and can have the best possible platform for her humanitarian projects. I am certain that come Miss Universe season, Cat will fight not only for her dreams and for her country but also for her adoring fans and advocacy dearest to her heart. She will definitely make us proud once more. 

With a massive following and 'hyperactive' fans, Miss Universe 2018 will be the most talked about pageant edition  ever! Can't wait!


Photo credit to the owner. 

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Can Stella Marquez Araneta Take the Bashing if Catriona Gray Won't Win MUP 2018?

Binibini 20, Catriona Gray. 


Stella Marquez Araneta, chairperson of Binibining Pilipinas
2018 with Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach
As the chairperson of the Binibining Pilipinas Inc., Madame Stella Marquez Araneta, has the immense power to assign the crowns to the Binibinis who will emerge victorious come coronation night of Binibining Pilipinas 2018 beauty pageant. The fate of the contenders primarily lies on the hands of the panel of Judges and that includes the Colombian matriarch. They will choose who will represent the Philippines in the most prestigious Miss Universe pageant.  

It is no secret that Catriona Gray, Binibini 20 is this year's mega favourite to win the coveted crown. The former Miss World Philippines titleholder is the top choice of the pageant enthusiasts to banner the sash of the Philippines in Miss Universe. And it doesn't take a rocket Science to rationalize why an overwhelming majority of pageant aficionados are rooting for her. Catriona has it ALL. She is superior in almost all aspects - communication skills, intelligence, talent, character, personality, advocacy and her physical beauty is way miles ahead from the rest of her competitors. She'll rock the universe for sure with her superb qualities!



Fans and netizens are anticipating for Catriona being crowned Miss Universe Philippines 2018. She is a total performer on stage and she's a bomb in the make or break question and answer portion. So the possibility of not clinching the Top Plum is very nil. She is indeed The One, unless, there will be a major blunder on her part come finals. But, I am certain that she will never fail her millions of adoring fans and well-wishers and that she will give her utmost best to win and clinch The Crown. 

I am hoping that the final judging process will be fair and square. The viewers and the fans these days are already intelligent enough to be fooled. Stella Marquez should take a queue from Julia Morley of Miss World from the ruthless bashings that she and her organization got when Catriona was unfairly left out after a splendid performance. The bashing from the Filipino fans is something that Stella, in her sunset years should evade. The fans spewing mean words and hatred wouldn't be triggered if there are no valid reasons in the first place. However I believe that the elder head honcho is aware of Catriona's gargantuan fan following and that she will be extra careful and will take every precaution in selecting the winners. 

Catriona's win as MUP 2018 will be greatly beneficial to Stella and her organization. Catriona, who is already a massive hit will be attracting so many sponsors and being an independent candidate herself would mean that her victory in the universe wouldn't be credited to any beauty camps but directly to Stella and the Binibining Pilipinas organization itself. 














Sunday, March 4, 2018

Binibining Pilipinas 2018: My Ultimate Choice for the Crown

Binibining Pilipinas 2018 favorites. 


The most prestigious beauty derby in the country is kicking off with its coronation finale slated on March 18 at the Araneta Coliseum, Manila, Philippines. Forty gorgeous and accomplished Filipinas are vying for the six titles of Binibining Pilipinas 2018 (but let's be honest here, it is only the UNIVERSE that the ladies are highly interested with). But nonetheless, there can only be one who will wear the Miss Philippines Universe 2018 crown, and the other five crowns are still worth to be won for and conquer just in case, the coveted Universe crown will slip from their grasps. Anyhow, the INTERNATIONAL title is another major pageant aside from the Universe which gives prestige to the Filipina who will be victorious in it, so winning the said title is still a sought-after affair for the 40 Binibinis. 

So in this connection, I will be highlighting only the two major beauty pageant titles - Miss Universe and Miss International where two of our beautiful Binibinis will be lucky enough to experience the glamour, adoration, and the excitement of representing the Philippines in two of the Big Four elite pageants. 

Rounding up my Top 15 for the coveted titles are as follows (in no particular order):  






























My Top 6 contenders for the crowns are as follows: Vicki Marie Rushton, Maria Andrea Abesamis, Jehza Huelar, Michelle Gumabao, Eva Patalinghug and Catriona Gray. Trailing behind are Karen Gallman, Muriel Orais and Sandra Lemonon.  



Now, there can only be two beauties who will earn the rights to banner the sash of the Philippines in Miss International and Miss Universe. My top choices are Eva Psychee Patalinjug for Miss International 2018 and Catriona Gray for Miss Universe 2018. That means, that the other four of the Top six contenders which I have mentioned here can win any of the remaining four crowns. 

Why Eva for Miss International and Catriona for Miss Universe?




Eva has the serene beauty and delicate Asian features which the Japanese organizers of Miss International would love. Eva's personality and form is well-fitted for the Japan-based beauty derby. Kagandahang Flores, the beauty camp where she belongs is also an expert in transforming beauties into a Miss International crown contender. 


On the other hand, Catriona Gray deserves nothing but the Universe crown. It's Miss Universe or nothing! It will be a de-service for the country if she will be assigned to lesser known pageants. She has the massive potential to win the Philippines' fourth Miss Universe crown! Aside from the physical beauty and the global pageant experience, she has the wit, intellect and confidence to tackle the nerve-racking Q&A with excellence. Communication skills wouldn't be a problem for she can discuss anything under the sun with beauty and substance. Advocacy-wise, Catriona has it in the bag. Under IMG, being Miss Universe isn't just all about glamour and physical beauty. The winner should be able to walk the talk and has the X factor which the people can easily relate to and be inspired of. 



Above all the outstanding qualities that Catriona Gray has, she has an enormous herd of fans and avid supporters among the contenders and is well-loved by many. I am hoping that she won't be 'politicized' and that the spirit of fairness would reign supreme in the coronation finale. Otherwise, Stella Marquez Araneta will surely be bashed by the netizens if indeed politics will become so obvious in choosing the winners (Stella can ask Julia Morley of Miss World from the bashings that she got from the Filipinos). However, with Stella's age and experience, I doubt if she would do something terrible that could ultimately destroy her legacy from the Filipino pageant aficionados. The fans and supporters of Catriona are too rabid and dangerous to be played for. So I hope Madame Stella will be more objective, after all, Catriona is 'campless' and that means if she wins Miss Universe 2018, a bigger chunk of credit won't go anywhere else but to Stella as Catriona's national director. And needless to say, Catriona will be a huge asset to the Binibining Pilipinas Organization (hello sponsors!). 



Binibini 20 Catriona Gray is my ultimate pick for the Miss Universe Philippines 2018 crown.