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Beauty Queens without Make-up: Ara Arida, Mariel De Leon or Pia Wurtzbach


Ara AridaMariel de Leon and Pia Wurtzbach were among the guests of Jonas Gaffud in his birthday party. He treated his guests to a day full of pampering as it was held in a spa. Of course, the  Binibining Pilipinas 2013 girls were snapped with-out make-up as they were getting ready for the spa party :) Who among these fresh-faced beauties looked even better “au naturale” ?

Photo Credits: Sir Jerry and Missosology

Photo Credits: Sir Jerry and Missosology

My vote goes to Mariel as she looks DIVINE here! She is still sporting that awkward smile that I hate but YES, she is way better than 2013. The “twins” are also conspicuously displayed, adding some spice to the photo. She is so ready for Binibining Pilipinas 2015 :)

How about you? Who’s your favorite/s here?

–Kattera–

Beautiful Binibinis


As I was checking-out some updates over Facebook, I saw a post from the FB page of Mary Jean Lastimosa. Then I realized how I miss writing about the Binibining Pilipinas 2014 queens.

Today, I would like to share with you a photo collage shared by MJ. It features the queens in their Filipiniana and crowns – Bianca Guidotti, Parul Shah, Kris Tiffany Janson, Yvethe Marie Santiago and MJ Lastimosa. Oh, how I missed these  ladies and I just can’t wait to see them compete.

Photo Credits: Binibining Pilipinas & FB Page of MJ Lastimosa

Photo Credits: Binibining Pilipinas & FB Page of MJ Lastimosa

What happened to my favorite Kris Janson?!? Bad photo, I suppose.

I think Yvethe looks best here!

–Kattera–

Beyond Beauty Camps…


This should put off all rumors that there was a bit of animosity between Jennifer Barrientos and MJ Lastimosa which allegedly stemmed from the fact that MJ jump shipped from Aces & Queen to Kagandahang Flores for Binibining Pilipinas 2014. Jennifer (as we all know) is a proud member of Aces & Queens.

Photo Credits: Maricar Lastimosa's FB Page

Photo Credits: Maricar Lastimosa’s FB Page

The bottom pics on this collage are saying that these are still friends and it looks like there is no trouble in the beauty queen paradise. At the end of the day, both are Binibinis and will surely be seeing each other in events and soiree of BPCI. I really believe that the photo is genuine as this was taken in Hong Kong during the girls’ vacation. Since they are outside of the country, they could have chosen to ignore or avoid each other if there is really something between them.

MJ and Jennifer are seen here with fellow Binibinis - Shamcey Supsup and Elaine Kay Moll.

What do you think guys?

–Kattera–

It is not always Glamorous :)


When we hear the word “beauty queen”, we immediately think of crowns, make-up and gowns. We think of a well-lighted stage, spotlights and a yelling crowd. However, behind the glitz and glamour of the beauty pageant stage is a whole lot of sacrifices and a bunch of good old hard work from our beauty queens.

Photo Credits: Angelo Mendez

Kris in Pink shirt and MJ in Blue shirt

Despite the fact that there pageants are not yet set, MJ Lastimosa and Kris Tiffany Janson are already in the middle of intense work out session to make sure that they are on their best form during the competition. Lastimosa will compete in Miss Universe 2014 while Janson will represent Philippines in Miss Intercontinental 2014.

The best of luck for Kris and MJ…

I am sure that all these hard work will be worth it in the end :)

–Kattera–

Good Morning Universe!


The whole universe is a much better place to live in now… Just imagine that all of us will wake up to this beauty of Mary Jean Lastimosa courtesy of the artistic eye of Raymond Saldana.

MJPhoto Credits: Raymond Saldana

I can’t wait to see MJ on the Miss Universe 2014 stage!

–Kattera–

The Binibining Pilipinas 2014 Queens in Raymond Saldana’s Eyes


Raymond Saldana is one of the few beauty pageant photographers that I look up to. When most beauty pageant photographers just capture the moment, Raymond has the ability to capture what lies beneath. Thus, I am always excited to see Binibini glam shots captured by him. Imagine my disappointment when I failed to compile the complete set of glam shots by Raymond for Binibining Pilipinas 2014. Thank Heavens, he decided to post the glam shot photos of the 2014 queens on his Facebook page! Now, I am sharing these photos with you hoping that it will make you smile just before you hit the bed… Thanks again Raymond for sharing your views to us!

Photo Credits: Raymond Saldana Photography

Hannah Ruth Sison (2nd Runner-up)

This photo smashes the skeptics with enough proof that this lady deserves the placement. She looks extremely radiant! Oh, that heartwarming smile…

Laura Lehman (1st Runner-up)

What did you do to Laura? The person who decided to contour Laura’s face this way and the one who chose that eye shadow should submit a 3-page explanation behind their actions… She looks funny here!

Parul Shah (Bb. Pilipinas Tourism)

I am a bit lost in her eyes but this should give you a clear definition on what RAVISHING is :)

Yvethe Marie Santiago (Bb. Pilipinas Supranational)

And Yvethe here is how you define GLOWING :)

Kris Tiffany Janson (Bb. Pilipinas Intercontinental)

Kris deserves the Miss Photogenic award and this photo is one of a million reasons why :)

Bianca Guidotti (Bb. Pilipinas International)

This is not Bianca’s best photo. I terribly miss the personality that shines through in every picture of Bianca!

Mary Jean Lastimosa (Miss Universe Philippines)

I am bothered by the intense eye liner but all in all, I feel that MJ is so ready to conquer the Universe!

Who are your favorites?!?

My Top Three would be in this order:

Kris, Parul & Yvethe

How about you?

–Kattera–

Gabriela Isler’s Visit to the Philippines (In Photos)


The last time that a reigning Miss Universe was in the Philippines was when Miss Universe 1993 Dayanara Torres of Puerto Rico attended the Miss Universe 1994 here in Manila. Filipinos are known to be the best pageant fans and we sure know how to love our queens. Dayanara appeared in movies and television shows in the country. Just imagine the news, when it was announced that the reigning Miss Universe 2013 Gabriela Isler of Venezuela will be attending the coronation night of Binibining Pilipinas 2014. Fans got crazy and speculations floated around on the real reason behind the visit. BPCI prepared one of the biggest production ever. And fans who are based in other cities (like me) flocked to Manila to see The Queen LIVE :)

Gabriela’s schedule during her 5-day visit to the country was a bit hectic as she had to attend to several interviews, functions with BPCI and Binibini candidates, a visit to Yolanda-affected island in Palawan (which I will cover separately) and of course, attending the coronation night. Here are some beautiful photos for us to enjoy chronicling Gabriela’s stay in the country!

Photo Credits: Miss Universe

Gabriela is seen here with Paula Shugart (Miss Universe Organization President) and Mdm. Stella Araneta (Chairperson, BPCI). The photo was taken during the arrival press conference. By the way, I saw Paula Shugart in person and she was just radiant!

Gabriela posing for photographers in between interviews with members of the press. Ms. Joyce Burton of Adventures of a Beauty Queen shared the same sentiment – Gabriela looked way more beautiful in person than in photos!

Gabriela with the candidates of Binibining Pilipinas 2014. This was taken on her first night in the country when 18 candidates presented their national costume through a mini-fashion show. I can’t help but notice Yvethe Marie Santiago here!

Gabriela poses with the Chairman of ABS-CBN Corporation, the media giant partner of BPCI, Gabby Lopez

Such a rare moment… Three of the reigning queens in the world in one photo op! Gabriela is seen her with Bea Santiago (Miss International 2013) and Mutya Datul (Miss Supranational 2013). Joining in are Ara Arida & Venus Raj!

Gabriela is enjoying the infamous sunset of Manila

Gabriela is all smiles in this photo with 4 of the most beautiful Filipinas who made history by consecutively placing in the Top 5 of their respective Miss Universe pageants - Venus Raj, Ara Arida, Shamcey Supsup Janine Tugonon. I must admit that Janine was my favorite on that night.

Judging duties… Gabriela poses with her boss – MUO President – Paula Shugart! Even Paula looked exquisite that evening. That neck piece was a true statement.

Latina represent… Mdm. Stella who hails from Colombia and Gabriela – a proud citizen of Venezuela – surely had a lot to talk to :)

I fell in love more with Gabriela when I saw her in person.

I hope that she enjoyed her stay in the Philippines!

–Kattera–

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