Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Can You Guess The Top 5 Countries In Big 4 Alpha Pageants?

The Big 4 Alpha pageant winners in Miss Universe, Miss Earth, Miss International and Miss World

As recognised by the biggest names in the global mainstream media such as The Wall Street Journal, BBC News, CNN, Xinhua News Agency, Agence France-Presse and Reuters, the Big Four comprised of the four major international beauty pageants for women and they are none other than the Miss Universe, Miss Earth, Miss International and Miss World

These Big 4 Alpha pageants don't have to self-proclaim itself as a top pageant nor they speak ill of the other pageants that have long existed before them. They just simply let the world, the earth or the universe rather to recognise and praise them as the best and most prestigious beauty derbies. 

And among of the hundreds of countries which take part in the Big 4 Alpha pageants annually, there are 5 of them which stood out exceedingly and have managed to achieve the highest number of wins. 

Let's begin with Puerto Rico in the 5th Place. 

5. Puerto Rico - 9 Crowns, 11 Runners-Up

Puerto Rico's latest victors in Big 4 Alpha pageants. 

Puerto Rico might be one of the smallest territories in the world but this Caribbean archipelago certainly boasts an impressive 5 Miss Universe wins apart from Miss International and Miss World in which they have scored 2 victories each. They have yet to win however a Miss Earth crown to complete their Big 4 Alpha titles. 

Puerto Rico only needs one more Alpha crown to knock-out India in the fourth place. 

4. India - 9 Crowns, 15 Runners-Up

India's latest victors in Big 4 Alpha pageants.  

India is the only country so far to have won both the Miss Universe and the Miss World title in a single year and it happened not only once, but twice! (1994 and 2000).

India also ties up with Venezuela with the most number of wins in Miss World with a total of 6 crowns. Unfortunately though, India has yet to produce a Miss International winner to compete their Big 4 Alpha Queens. 

3. USA - 14 Crowns, 59 Runners-Up

USA's most recent Big 4 Alpa Queens. 

Who can beat USA's 8 Miss Universe crowns? MU's country of birth and where the pageant is based at has amassed the highest number of wins in the most prestigious beauty derby. It has also managed to win 3 Miss International and 3 Miss World titles respectively. 

It is only a matter of one Alpha victory to dislodge the Philippines in the second place. If they can win Miss Earth soon, then they would as well complete their set of Big 4 victories.

2. Philippines - 15 Crowns, 22 Runners-Up

Philippines' beautiful victors in Big 4 Alpha pageants. 

The Pearl of the Orient Seas currently holds the record as the country with the longest winning streak in the Big 4 Alpha pageants. The Philippines has been winning at least one Alpha crown year after year since 2013. 

Along with Venezuela, the Philippines was also able to complete the Big 4 Alpha crowns with multiple wins in at least a single year. It has won both Miss World and Miss International in 2013 as well as Miss Universe and Miss Earth in 2015. 

1. Venezuela - 23 Crowns, 45 Runners-Up

Venezuela's latest victors in Big 4 Alpha pageants. 

Venezuela is the undisputed powerhouse in pageantry with an amazing 23 Alpha crowns as of this writing! 

The beauty superpower has 8 Miss International titleholders, 7 Miss Universe victors, 6 Miss World and 2 Miss Earth titles!

The Philippines or the USA needs 9 more Alpha wins to kick out Venezuela in its current lead which is quite an impossible feat to achieve in just the shortest period of time. 

It is noteworthy mentioning that Venezuela, Philippines and India are legendary with their back-t0-back victories in the Big 4 Alpha pageants. 

Rounding up the Top 10 are as follows:

6. Australia - 7 Crowns and 25 Runners-Up 

7. Great Britain - 7 Crowns and 20 Runners-Up

8. Brazil - 6 Crowns and 35 Runners-Up

9. Sweden - 6 Crowns and 14 Runners-Up

10. Colombia - 5 Crowns and 27 Runners-Up 

Monday, January 28, 2019

Meet The Big 4 Alpha Pageant Queens of 2018

The 2018 Big 4 Alpha Pageant Queens: Catriona Gray (Miss Universe), Phuong Khanh (Miss Earth), Mariem Velazco (Miss International) and Vanessa Ponce (Miss World) 

This year's Big 4 winners are equally dominated by Asians and the Latinas. Catriona Gray of the Philippines and Phuong Khanh of Vietnam are the reigning queens of Miss Universe and Miss Earth who are both representing Asia while Mariem Velazco of Venezuela and Vanessa Ponce of Mexico are the Latina victors of Miss International and Miss World respectively. 

Don't get confused. There are only four major international beauty pageants recognized by the mainstream media. And they are Miss Universe, Miss Earth, Miss International and Miss World, first dubbed as Big 4 by the largest pageant website Missosology and coined as Alpha pageants by Sash Factor. These four pageants are the most highly participated beauty derbies with its own national pageant franchises worldwide, televised by renowned tv channels in different countries and not only broadcasted through Facebook and Youtube. Miss Universe and Miss Earth finale nights are both shown in FOX Life, a cable tv channel with a global audience.

Apart from its mainstream media partners and the number of participating delegates, the Big 4 pageants have each own distinct advocacies that anchor their respective organisations. Miss Universe is championing for HIV awareness, Miss Earth is advocating for the preservation of the environment while Miss International is promoting for cultural understanding and Miss World for children's education and welfare. 

But among the four Alpha pageants, it is only Miss World which has no reputable licensed auditing firm that tabulate the delegates' scores given by the judges. Miss Universe and Miss Earth have both the highly respected Ernst and Young. Results can be easily manipulated and rigged without a third-party auditing firm. 

Sunday, January 27, 2019

Philippines Wins First Miss Intercontinental Crown

After the fourth glorious victory of the Philippines in the recently-concluded Miss Universe 2018 courtesy of Catriona Gray, another Pinay-Aussie stunner bagged an international pageant crown just last night. And she's none other than Karen Juanita Gallman.

Karen who is Catriona's Binibini batchmate bested more than 80 beauties from around the world and went on clinching the Philippines' first ever Miss Intercontinental crown and title in its 47th-year history edition.

Philippines had an excellent track record in Miss Intercontinental during the last 5 years but it is only now that it had finally won the crown. Christi McGarry and Katarina Rodriguez almost succeeded in bringing home the crown when they both finished as First Runner-up in 2015 and 2017. While strong contenders Kris Janson and Koreen Medina achieved Second and Third Runner-up honors in 2013 and 2014 respectively. 

It is interesting to note that the year 2018 saw three Filipinas winning international beauty pageant titles. Catriona Gray was crowned Miss Universe which we all know is the superbowl of all pageants while Sharifa Akeel and Karen Gallman won the 2018 editions of second-tier pageants - Miss Asia Pacific and Miss Intercontinental. 

Miss Intercontinental 2018 was hosted by a Japanese organization with the pageant staged at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City, Philippines. 

Watch Karen Gallman's overall Miss Intercotinental performance. Video courtesy of Beauty Pageant Powerhouse Philippines.

All photos courtesy of Binibining Pilipinas. 

Friday, December 14, 2018

Predictions: Who Will Win Miss Universe 2018?

The coronation night of the most prestigious beauty pageant in the universe will be happening in the kingdom of Bangkok, Thailand three days from now (December 17, Monday, 8am Manila time). After the preliminary competition staged last night and considering their respective communication skills in the close-door interview, background stories, intelligence and advocacies, here are my Top 20 picks: 

20. Great Britain
19. Denmark
18. Belgium
17. Cambodia
16. Russia
15. Thailand
14. Vietnam
13. Albania
12. Kenya
11. Ecuador
10. Venezuela
9. Puerto Rico
8. India
7. Curacao
6. Namibia
5. Mexico
4. Nigeria
3. South Africa
2. Canada
1. Philippines

Catriona Gray of the Philippines is my predicted winner. She's the one to beat even before the actual pageant has started and she successfully lived up to the hype and expectations of many pageant fans. Catriona is definitely in a league of her own and she is by far the most formidable beauty candidate in any major pageants that I have seen in many years. No one comes close. 

If she will be crowned Miss Universe 2018, we can expect that she will take Miss Universe to a whole new level and with her skills and brilliance, she will be the organisation's greatest weapon not only in catapulting its status as the most revered and loved beauty pageant in the universe but also in spearheading its charitable causes and missions. I can see a very successful and productive reign as Catriona takes the helm as IMG's queen. The return of investment will be incredible!

The only thing that may prevent her from winning is when there will be internal politics as well as if the rumoured 'continental crowning' will be pushed through by IMG for the sake of distributing the crowns and victories in different continents and countries. But I hope that the MUO and IMG will crown the girl who rightfully deserves the title and the one who shines the brightest in the finale regardless of the country that she represents. Otherwise, their credibility will be put into question and they will lose a lot of following. 

Aside from the Top 20 mentioned above, other girls who might surprise us in the coronation night will be the delegates from Jamaica, Nepal, Malaysia, Japan, Brazil, Chile, Dominican Republic and Spain being the first transgender. Spain will surely make headlines if ever she makes the cut and we know how IMG craves media mileage. 

The El Tocuyo awardees might be the girls from the USA, Colombia and Australia. El Tocuyo is the term coined for those girls perceived as front-runners in the competition with strong sash factors but because of their rude 'behaviour' during the competition, they are left out in the semi-final cut and ended up clapping in the background. El Tocuyo is a city in Venezuela, represented by Mariam Habach when she competed in Miss Universe 2016. 

USA's Sarah Rose Summers is all over the news for her condescending gestures and rude remarks about Cambodia and Vietnam's inability to speak the English language fluently. And this happened during their Facebook 'Live' for their fans. You can check the instagram of diet prada, a renowned fashion site for the said video. It has also been reported in major international news outlets worldwide. 

All photos courtesy of Miss Universe. 

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Miss Earth 2018 Graces Harper's Bazaar VN

You will know that an international pageant is a major one when its queen graces the glossy cover of a world-renowned fashion magazine. Such is the case of the reigning Miss Earth 2018 Phuong Khanh who will be the featured VIP in the Christmas edition of Harper's Bazaar VN. 

The Miss Earth Organization has chosen a rightful ambassadress for its causes. Phuong Khanh is not only well-spoken and dedicated to further MEO's environmental advocacies, she also has that universal beauty and charm that can attract people and even the elite, legit sponsors who would be willing to invest for the Miss Earth brand. 

Indeed, 'beauty' is such an essential, strong component that a pageant queen should have to make the brand more successful and popular in a positive way. So aside from a year-long reign of international travels, expect an influx of endorsements and offers with an Alpha beauty queen like Phuong Khanh at the helm. 

*All photos courtesy from Harper's Bazaar VN.

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Miss Universe 2018 Pre-Arrival Top 16 Favorites

Miss Universe 2018 Pre-arrival Top 16 favorites. Photos 
from Miss Universe. 

It's Miss Universe season! Let's get to know the current top favorites before their expected arrival next week in Bangkok, Thailand. 

12. Thailand. Sophida Kanchanarin. I understand why she doesn't have the kind of support from the avid Thai fans which Maria and Chalita had during their years. Sophida wasn't the favorite to win in the national finals. But considering the fact that she's well-educated in the USA with honors, she might be conversant enough to excel in the interviews and continue Thailand's placement streak since 2015.

11. Mexico. Andrea Toscano. She has this Alta kind of beauty -  classic and expensive yet quite delicate. Mexico hasn't been so great in penetrating the Top 5 since their win in 2010. Can they make it this year with Andrea? 

10. Vietnam. H'Hen Nie. She has an interesting story to tell to the world being a maid to becoming a popular model and a beauty queen that she is now. What I am worried though is the preliminary interview. Is she well-spoken enough to secure a spot in the finals? 

9. Malta. Francesca Mifsud. I like her profile photo. An exotic, Mulatta beauty who exudes elegance with a dramatic flair of confidence. I am hoping she is this gorgeous in the actual competition. Francesca is currently taking a Masters in Law with the goal of becoming a Criminal Prosecutor. 

8. USA. Sarah Rose Summers. A Cum laude graduate with two separate degrees. What actually makes her a standout isn't about her physical beauty nor her excellent academic record. She has this vibrant, sunny personality which can be her edge to charm the judges.  

7. India. Nehal Chudasama. India hasn't been a major contender in the last few years in Miss Universe however with Nehal's arrival, things might be different. She might put an end with India's non-placement in the most prestigious beauty derby. 

6. Venezuela. Sthefany Gutierrez. I am not quite feeling her at the moment but we just could not be complacent in a pageant especially from a girl coming from Venezuela. I am sure her mentors had prepared her well with the necessary goods to secure Venezuela's 8th Miss Universe win. 

5. Lebanon. Maria Reaidy is a pharmacy student who can speak four languages - French, Russian, Arabic and English. She is actually the prettiest Lebanese to date being sent in the Miss Universe stage and if indeed, she is well-trained, Maria can definitely give her competitors a run for their money. 

4. Colombia. Valeria Morales. The Colombian beauties were able to figure out well in the Top 3 since 2014 and Valeria has the innate qualities to continue the feat and even succeed. Will she finally snatch their country's third MU crown? 

3. South Africa. Tamaryn Green is a medical student. She is actually stronger than her predecessor who is also the reigning Miss Universe in terms of physical beauty, stature and resume. Although it's a near-insurmountable task, who knows she might end up duplicating the Venezuelan back-to-back feat in 2008 and 2009? 

2. Canada. Marta Magdalena Stepien. A mixed-race, multilingual Canadian who is taking a degree in Biomedical Engineering Technology with a current gpa of 3.96. Aside from her impressive scholastic background, this gorgeous beauty is coming strong with her commendable stage presence. 

1. Philippines. Catriona Elisa Gray. She is presently the girl to beat in the competition. Cat as she's fondly called by her fans has all the qualities Miss Universe is looking for in a winner. A pageant genius that she is, Cat is expected to exceed expectations with tons of surprises up her sleeves in the upcoming events leading to the coronation finale. IMG and MUO could never go wrong with a Catriona Gray!

Rounding up the Top 16 spots are Angola, Ecuador, Curacao and Costa Rica. 

Let's see if these contenders can sustain the momentum in the actual competition. 

Sunday, November 11, 2018

A Homecoming Fit for a Queen

Miss Earth 2018 Phuong Khanh of Vietnam

A throng of Vietnamese supporters and media personnel welcome their
newly-crowned Queen. 

A happy Miss Earth Queen arrives in her
The newly-crowned Miss Earth 2018 Phuong Khanh was swamped with a welcoming throng of supporters and media personnel as she arrived in Vietnam earlier this afternoon, fresh from her victorious month-long stint in the successful edition of Miss Earth pageant held in Manila Philippines. 

The Vietnamese beauty queen is glowing and conspicuously unperturbed amidst the controversies that rocked the pageant these past few days. The said controversies made her win even more popular as it catches a mileage of publicity worldwide. 

Phuong is the very first Vietnamese who was able to clinch an Alpha crown from one of the three elite major pageants. She is scheduled to have her Press Conference tomorrow afternoon at 2:00 PM (VN time) at the White Palace Convention Center. 

A whole-year round of international travels and environment-related public appearances await the new Miss Earth queen. 

Friday, November 9, 2018

Miss Earth Should File a Legal Case Against its Slanderers.

Miss Earth Canada 2018 Jaime Yvonne Vandenburg and Miss Earth England 2018
Abbey Anne-Gyles Brown. Photo courtesy from Miss Earth. 

With the recent rants of Miss Earth Canada Jaime Yvonne Vandenberg and England's Abbey Anne-Gyles Brown in social media with their allegations of sexual harassment, it seems that they're putting all the blame on Miss Earth Organization and Carousel for all the unfortunate situations that they had allegedly experienced while in the competition of the recently-concluded Miss Earth 2018. 

It was very unfair for the Miss Earth Organization to receive all the bashing and the blame when in fact it should have been Amado Cruz, the alleged function sponsor who should be made to answer and be grilled for his purported indecent proposals, allegedly asking sexual favours from Misses Canada, England and Guam. 

The Miss Earth Organization has clearly stated (read Miss Earth's Official Statement) that they are ready to support the two in any action they may have wished to take against the individual who offended them. But instead of coordinating with the Miss Earth Organization for legal actions, Jamie Vandenberg and Abbey Brown had chosen to rant in the social media and worst disparage the organization who have taken care of them and the other 86 delegates for their month-long stay in the Philippines. It appears that they're bitter with the fact that they are pageant losers and clappers and had opted to deprecate the pageant to cover up their losses. With their libellous claims, it also appears that those ladies who made it as finalists and eventually won had accepted sexual favours from sponsors in exchange for the crown. 

The Miss Earth Organization should file legal charges against the slanderers Jaime Vandenberg and Abbey Brown for defaming them. Along with the alleged sexual predator, the two should also be made liable for all their claims and allegations. This is important so the organization can finally make and set things straight and clear out their name. If the organization will let this thing pass, more and more girls like them could easily tarnish the organization's hard-earned reputation in the next Miss Earth editions. People can just easily make stories against the organization to discredit and destroy what they have built in decades. Emotionally-weak girls joining the Miss Earth pageant in the future who don't have the capacity and the ability to hurdle the pageant's energy-depleting challenges and mentally-straining obstacles could easily throw mud and dirt against the organizers when the results seem not to favor them.

While sexual harassment in any form shouldn't be condoned and tolerated, it is important to tell only the 'truths'. It is downright disrespectful to spread rumors about other people and the organization especially when the apparent 'facts' claimed are indeed very far from the actual truth. 

Saturday, November 3, 2018

Vietnam Wins Miss Earth 2018

Phuong Khanh Nguyen of Vietnam is Miss Earth 2018 

And we have a new set of Earth Warriors who will continue the legacy of spreading environmental awareness. 

Phuong Khanh Nguyen of Vietnam has just been proclaimed a couple of minutes ago as Miss Earth 2018. She is 23 years old and a marketing student who bested a bevy of 86 international delegates in this year's goddess-themed edition of Miss Earth. She was crowned by last year's winner Karen Ibasco of the Philippines. It is interesting to note that Phuong is the very first Vietnamese major pageant titleholder from her country.

Completing the Elemental Court were Melanie Mader of Austria (Air), Valeria Ayos of Colombia (Water), and Melissa Flores of Mexico (Fire). 

This year's edition had been participated by 87 delegates from around the world. The coronation night was staged at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City, Philippines, broadcasted 'live' by 9 broadcast partners including Foxlife Asia and was seen by millions of people worldwide. There is also a delayed telecast by GMA network. 

Congratulations Vietnam! A well-deserved victory! 

Outgoing titleholder Karen Ibasco crowns her successor Phuong Khanh Nguyen as Miss Earth 2018. Photo credit: Norman's blog. 

Saturday, October 27, 2018

5 Reasons Why BPCI Should Only Have Two Crowned Winners

I am hoping that Madame Stella Marquez Araneta, the reigning head honcho of the country's most prestigious Binibining Pilipinas Charities Inc. (BPCI) will only crown two main winners for the next Binibini editions. The bets for the minor pageants should not and should never be crowned as winners. It will be a great idea if BPCI can just handpick from the roster of finalists the reps for those minor pageants in which they are currently affiliated with. 

As of the moment, the BPCI is the country's franchise holder which sends yearly delegates to Miss Universe and Miss International, two of the renowned Big Four major pageants together with Miss World and Miss Earth which are handled by different organisations and are not under BPCI's supervision. 

Elite Pageants with reputable auditing firms and broadcast partners: Miss Universe, Miss Earth and Miss International. 

Here are 5 reasons why it will be very beneficial for BPCI and the country as a whole if they would only have two crowned Binibini titleholders in its yearly edition :

1. More money will be saved by the organization. 

If there are only two main winners instead of six, the BPCI wouldn't have to shell out large amount of cash as its reward for the other four crowned minor pageant titleholders. The money saved, will be used instead for other worthwhile charitable purposes. This way, the organization will be a huge channel of blessing especially to the less fortunate ones who will be the beneficiary. 

2. High-caliber Filipina beauties won't be wasted.

Let's get real. The Binibini candidates only join the pageant because they want to be Miss Universe or perhaps Miss International. They would never aspire for lesser known pageants with dubious credibility. Unfortunately, if the girl will be crowned as a delegate to some minor pageants, she would lose that chance to compete again in the next edition of Binibining Pilipinas, thereby losing the opportunity to have that once in a lifetime experience to be the country's representative for Miss Universe and win it.

Come to think of it. If Pia Wurtzbach and Kylie Verzosa were crowned (and relegated for minor pageants) in their first and second attempts in Binibining Pilipinas, the Philippines would not have seen its third Miss Universe and sixth Miss International winners. 

3. BPCI can focus more on legit pageants that matter.

The minor pageants which have no clear advocacy and social relevance are just simply distractions and a waste of time and money. With only two main winners, the organization would be able to give more attention on our bets who will be competing for the major pageants that are worthy of our time and energy. 

4. Having 6 crowned Binibini winners are too crowded on stage. 

It is indeed an undesirable sight to behold having too many winners on stage. The viewers who are not into pageants will be utterly confused who is the real winner. Having these irrelevant minor titles side by side with the real ones somehow lessen the prestige of the organization. 

5. Binibinis won't be trapped 'forever' in the useless minor pageants and irrelevant beauty titles. 

It is every Binibini's dream to represent the country in the world's most prestigious Miss Universe. Pinay beauties with so much potential to win in Miss Universe in the near future but just relegated to the minor pageants which they never aspired for, would ultimately lose their chance to live their dreams. 

Minor pageants are just merely for entertainment purposes with no worthwhile advocacies that could benefit society. We can still participate but it will be good if the BPCI can just handpick the Binibini. It will definitely be a win-win situation for the girls and the organization considering the reasons mentioned above. 

Only Big 4: Miss Universe, Miss Earth, Miss International and Miss World. 

Friday, October 5, 2018

Philippines Wins its 5th Miss Asia Pacific International Crown

Francielly Ouriques of Brazil crowns her successor Sharifa Areef Mohammad Omar Akeel of the Philippines, Miss Asia Pacific International 2018. Photo credit: Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News. 

Photo credit:

After 25 years, the Philippines had finally won again another Miss Asia Pacific International crown. 

Sharifa Areef Mohammad Omar Akeel, a Muslim Filipina beauty from Sultan Kudarat outshined 49 beauties from around the world and emerged as the winner of Miss Asia Pacific International 2018 during a four-hour coronation finale staged at the Newport Performing Arts Theatre in Pasay City. 

Rounding up Sharifa's court were as follows: Gabriel Palma of Brazil (1st Runner-Up), Melania Gonzales of Costa Rica (2nd Runner-Up), Misheelt Narmandakh of Mongolia (3rd Runner-Up) and Mariani Nataly Chacon Angarita of Venezuela (4th Runner-Up). 

In its 5oth edition, Sharifa joins the roster of other Filipinas who won the said title. She is the fifth Filipina winner after Michelle Aldana (1993), Lorna Legaspi (1989), Gloria Dimayacyac (1983) and Ines Zaragoza (1982) won in their respective years. 

Click the video below to watch Sharifa's full performance. 

                                               Video credit: El Rińcon De La Belleza

Philippines' 5 wins in Miss Asia Pacific International since its inception in 1968.
Photo credit to the owner. 

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.