Recognizing the Beauty of Almost Everything…

My exercise routine got disrupted when I transferred to Iloilo last year. Now, I am trying to get back to jogging and yoga but putting those rubber shoes seems like an herculean task. Then I saw this video of Pia Wurtzbach in my timeline reminding me that I should get my arse off and start moving.

Video Credits: noypijokes of YouTube

This squat routine engages the core! Pia, for sure, is preparing for a swimsuit battle royale by making sure that those abs of hers are ready for Miss Universe 2015!

It is all HARD WORK ladies!


Miss World 1994 – Aishwarya Rai – is in France right now, attending the Cannes Film Festival. Known as one of the most beautiful beauty queens ever, Aishwarya delivered the needed glamor required by a Cannes red carpet proving to us mere mortals that she is still a Goddess 21 years after she was crowned!

That face…

Those eyes…



Who will inherit Jamie Herrell‘s crown?

Who will represent the country at Miss Earth 2015 later this year?

One of these ladies will try to do just that…

Presenting the 41 official candidates of
Miss Philippines Earth 2015

Photo Credits: Miss Philippines Earth

National Capital Region

Makati City – Kimberly Anne Sarreal

Manila City – Angelia Gabrena Ong

Marikina City – Donna Libre

Muntinlupa City – Danica Ebrada

Paranaque City – Danica Cagas

Pasig City – Patrizia Garcia

Quezon City – Chezka Carandang

San Juan City – Darlene Hipolito

Flag bearer for this group for me is Angelia Ong of Manila City. She comes with a Binibining Pilipinas experience to rely on. Another stand-out for me is the fresh-faced Chezka Carandang of Quezon City.

North Luzon

Baguio City – Sofia Loren Deliu

Bamban, Tarlac – Alvie Shame Lacson

Cabanatuan City – Diana Mackey

Cainta, Rizal – Seika Santos

Dinalupihan, Bataan – Myle Alexis Reyes

Marilao, Bulacan – Stephany Gerona

Moncada, Tarlac – Meryl Joy Yandan

San Antonio, Nueva Ecija – Chanel Olive Thomas

Villasis, Pangasinan – Alyssa Ashley Calimlim

9 beauties from North and Central Luzon descended into the Metro. Of them, I feel that Sofia Deliu (Baguio City), Diana Mackey (Cabanatuan City) and Chanel Olive Thomas (San Antonio, Nueva Ecija) are the stand-outs. Sofia is gaining grounds with the hype of her being a member of the country’s police force.

South Luzon

Bula, Camarines Sur – Jhelie Habana

Guinobatan, Albay – Jian Cayla Salazar

Lipa City – Paris Adele Silva

Pagsanjan, Laguna – Joyce Ann Acelajado

San Pedro City – Mira Libiano

Santa Cruz, Laguna – Alyanna Cagandahan

Siniloan, Laguna – Carla Valderrama

The group from South Luzon is my favorite :) Represented by just 7 delegates, the ladies are proving that sometimes it is more than just the numbers. Alyanna Cagandahan (Santa Cruz, Laguna) and Carla Valderrama (Siniloan, Laguna) are flag bearers. Just in case both will fail to deliver, Jian Cayla Salazar (Guinobatan, Albay) and Paris Adele Silva of Lipa City will be the welcome reserves.


Badian, Cebu – Aiko Rachelle Caraan

Bago City – Catherine Joy Marin

Calape, Bohol – Gayle Suzette Yu

Iloilo City – Jona Sweett

Lapu-Lapu City – Shanette Delalamon

Mandaue City – Mhon Theress Menaling

Medellin, Cebu – Kristille Mae Atinen

Ormoc City – Darlene Pepito

Sogod, Southern Leyte – Lhiben Louriza Basco

Visayas is well represented with 9 beautiful delegates. It came full force after last year’s Cebuana delegate won the national and international Miss Earth titles. The other delegates should not take the group for granted as Mhon Theress Menaling (Mandaue City) and Darlene Pepito (Ormoc City) are poised to slay some competition.


Cagayan de Oro City – Beatrice Alvarez

Davao City – Merry Cris Dela Cruz

Iligan City – Jocehl Cristoria

Ipil, Zamboanga-Sibugay – Maria Loraine Grengia

Kidapawan City – Dyan Oniola

Misamis Oriental – Mitsume Aguilar

Pagadian City – Parisada Galicinao

Zamboanga City – Jane Aguillon

8 candidates are in representing Mindanao. Sadly, all of them failed to excite me! If there are ladies who might just push for a placement, I will give it to Beatrice Alvarez of Cagayan de Oro City and Zamboanga City’s Jane Aguillon.

Don’t fret as of yet. This is just the beginning and I am sure that there will be more in store for us in the next few days!

Who’s your bet?!?


I did not follow the activities of Binibining Pilipinas 2015 thus this list is more of personal choices rather than a prediction. Before I share with you my fave list, let me share the things that I am looking forward tonight:

1. I can’t wait to see my 2014 Binibining Pilipinas fave queens – Kris Janson and Mary Jean Lastimosa – in their farewell walk. These two made our country very proud. I wish them well with their future plans.

2. I look forward to the results to know who will reign supreme – will it be the repeaters (Wurtzbach, Sison, Hipolito and Ejercitado) or the Binibini freshies (Lubina, Colis, McGarry or Versoza).


3. I am anxious to know which camp will bring home with the Miss Universe Philippines title. Just a brief background, Jonas Gaffud’s Aces & Queens had the title year after year since 2010 and his candidates placed in the Miss Universe Top 5 every single year. That streak was cut after the title went to Kagandahang Flores of Rodgil Flores last year but we ended in the Top 10 only. Will this be enough reason to bring back the title to Jonas’ camp?

Pretty exciting if you will ask me…

And before I reveal the list, here is the criteria for judging tonight as reported by TV Patrol. I consider this as a game changer!


Here is my list of favorites:

Miss Universe Philippines: Janicel Lubina*
Bb. International: Christi Lynn McGarry
Bb. Supranational: Nancy Leonard
Bb. Intercontinental: Pia Wurtzbach
Bb. Tourism: Hannah Ruth Sison
1st RU: Ann Colis*
2nd RU: Teresita Sen Marquez

I want either Colis or Lubina for the MUP title. Whoever gets the title, I am hoping that the other one will be assigned a runner-up post for her to be eligible to join again next year.

(Based on their Pins)

Toni Alyessa Hipolito
Kimverlyn Suiza
Kylie Versoza
Princess Joy Camu
Brenna Gamboa
Alaiza Flor Malinao
Rogelie Catacutan
Patricia Ejercitado

I am excited!!! Good luck ladies :)


Gabriela Isler “ruled” the Universe for more than a year. She was the epitome of grace and sophistication as she toured the world for various activities of the Miss Universe Organization.

As she prepares to pass on her crown, I would like to take this opportunity to thank Gabriela for her hard work and for inspiring and touching the lives of millions of people worldwide.

She will forever me remembered by her Filipino fans for visiting the country last year to spearhead activities for the victims of Typhoon Yolanda and for gracing Bb. Pilipinas 2014.

Thank you very much Gabriela! I wish you success in all of your future endeavors.

Dear MJ!

As you compete in your biggest battle ever, please expect the prayers of millions of Filipinos!

We are all behind you.. Cheering for you..

We trust that you have prepared enough for this.

The best of luck to you!


I just can’t get enough of Miss Universe… It seems that it is always short and fast…

Now that the 2014 season is about to end, I am already looking forward for the 2015 pageant :)

Here are my favorite candidates to win the Miss Universe 2014 title!


Australia (Tegan Martin)

Dominican Republic (Kimberly Castillo)

Canada (Chanel Beckenlehner)

Italy (Valentina Bonariva)

Slovak Republic (Silvia Prochadzkova)

Semi – Finalists

15th: Czech Republic (Gabriela Frankova)

14th: Argentina (Valentina Ferrer)

13th: Costa Rica (Karina Ramos)

12th: Serbia (Andjelka Tomasevic)

11th: Brazil (Melissa Gurgel)

10th: Russia (Yulia Alipova) 

9th: India (Noyonita Lodh)

8th: Ukraine (Diana Harkusha)

7th: Jamaica (Kaci Fennell)

6th: Venezuela (Migbelis Castellanos)


4th Runner-up: USA (Nia Sanchez)

3rd Runner-up: Spain (Desire Cordero)

2nd Runner-up: Colombia (Paulina Vega)

1st Runner-up: Philippines (Mary Jean Lastimosa)

Miss Universe 2014: Mexico (Josselyn Garciglia)

Photo Credits: Miss Universe

I noticed her the day she stepped foot in Doral.
I fell in love with her when I heard her speak!
And her preliminary performance was just perfect that it confirmed my admiration for her:)

The best of luck to all the delegates!


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