Recognizing the Beauty of Almost Everything…


I was in Dumaguete City for work over the weekend. Despite my busy schedule, I was able to go around the city and met really interesting people. I hope to write an article about my trip soon :)

Here is a quick update on our Miss World 2013 poll. What is interesting is the strength of support received by the candidate in the lead position. She already received more than half of the total votes that we received. The number is impressive :D Congratulations to her fans!

South Africa (Marilyn Ramos) – 63.84%

South Africa

Photo Credits: Missosology

Philippines (Megan Young) – 13.73%

Turkey (Ruveyda Oksuz) – 13.34%

Belize (Idolly Louise Saldivar) – 1.99%

Lithuania (Ruta Elzbieta Mazureviciute) – 1.47%

 Continue voting for your favorite candidate!

Click THIS to VOTE for your favorite Miss World 2013 candidate!

–Kattera–


It is official… Miss International 2013 will be on December 17, 2013 in Japan!

Miss International

Photo Credits: FB Fan Page of Miss International

This is good news indeed…

–Kattera–


A queen surely knows how to enjoy :D

Just recently, Miss Universe 2012 – Olivia Culpo, was in Bahamas for some queenly duties. Since Bahamas is a tropical paradise, our queen took a side trip and enjoyed a day at the beach! Sharing to you some photos and check-out how a queen goes for a swim :D

Photo Credits: FB Fan Page of Miss Universe

Only a beauty queen brings her heels to the beach!

It looks to me (from this angle) that Olivia gained a bit of weight!

But she still looks gorgeous!!!

I love her sunnies! I would love to have a pair (just wishing)

It was good seeing our queen enjoying! She deserves a break with all her hardwork!

Yes, Bahamas is paradise!

–Kattera–


Yesterday, I shared with you the idea behind what Miss World 2013 as the Challenge Events. You can access the article HERE. Now, I want all of our focus to the very first challenge event in the pageant this year - the Beach Fashion. You will know that this challenge is a major event for me! I want you to remember the names of the finalists because I bet that most of these names will be called as semifinalists.

Click THIS to VOTE for your favorite Miss World 2013 candidate!

The Beach Fashion event this year is a bit different. I discussed HERE that there will be no swimsuits this year. Thus, for the event, all of the candidates paraded wearing sarong! It is conservative, i know, but it is also important to respect the culture and tradition of your hosts :D Out of the 100+ candidates, 32 were chosen as semifinalists. Actually, the official website of Miss World announced 33 but if you will count the names, it is only 32. A bit weird!!!

Semi-Finalists of the Beach Fashion event of Miss World 2013

Albania (Ersela Kurti)

Aruba (Larisa Leeuwe)

Bahamas (De’Andra Bannister)

Bulgaria (Nansi Karaboycheva)

Chile (Camila Andrade)

Cote D’Ivoire (Aissata Dia)

Curacao (Xafira Urselita)

Czech Republic (Lucie Kovandova)

Denmark (Malene Riis Sorensen)

Ecuador (Laritza Parraga)

England (Kirsty Heslewood)

Ethiopia (Genet Tsegay Tesfay)

Guyana (Ruqayyah Boyer)

Japan (Michiko Tanaka)

Kyrgyzstan (Zhibek Nukeyeva)

Martinique (Julie Lebrasseur)

Russia (Elmira Abdrazakova)

Slovakia (Karolina Chomistekova)

South Sudan (Modong Manuela Mogga)

US Virgin Islands (Petra Cabrera-Badia)

Venezuela (Karen Soto)

And after another elimination, here are the candidates who were called as finalists. These lucky ladies will join a very special photoshoot to determine the winner of the challenge event!

Photo Credits: FB Fan Page of Miss World

Brazil (Sancler Frantz Konzen)

China PR (Wei Wei Yu)

France (Marine Lorphelin)

Ghana (Carranzar Naa Shooter)

Indonesia (Vania Larissa)

Italy (Sarah Baderna)

Jamaica (Gina Hargitay)

Moldova (Valeriya Tsurkan)

Philippines (Megan Young)

Spain (Elena Ibarbia Jimenez)

Ukraine (Anna Zaiachkivska)

Who do you think will win this event?!?

I have my favorites but I will not tell you hahaha!

I can confidently say though that at least 8 of the 11 finalists will surely be semifinalists in the finale!

–Kattera–


These two will forever be bonded by Binibining Pilipinas and Miss Supranational

POTDKayMutya

Photo Credits: FB Page of Kay

This photo was taken in Hong Kong airport. Mutya Datul was in transit going home after her success in Miss Supranational 2013. Elaine Kay Moll - who represented Philippines in Miss Supranational 2012, was waiting for her flight to New York. The two took time to bond and take a “double selfie” in the airport!

–Kattera–


Before I talk about the results of several challenge events of Miss World 2013, let me give you a quick introduction these events. This is especially helpful to those who are not familiar on how Miss World works. Challenge events for this year include the staple Beach Fashion/Beach Beauty, Top Model, Talent, Sports, Beauty with a Purpose and Multimedia which started just last year. Prior to Miss World 2011, winners of these challenges were automatically qualify as semifinalists. It was named fast track event before because of the automatic qualification. Since 2011, winners are no longer automatically included in the finale but instead all finalists of the challenge event get a point that will be added up. The ladies with the highest points from these challenge events qualify to enter as semifinalists. Despite not being automatic, a candidate will aim to enter and place in as many challenge events as possible to accumulate more points.  Almost always, winners of Miss World pageants since 2003 won/made it into these challenge events. Here are the facts:

Miss World 2003: Rosanna Davison
Beach Beauty Winner
Talent Top 21

Miss World 2004: Maju Mantilla
Sports 2nd Runner-up
Talent Top 25

Miss World 2005: Unnur Birna
Beach Beauty Top 5
Talent Top 16

Miss World 2006: Tatiana Kucharova
Beach Beauty 1st Runner-up

Miss World 2007: Zhang Zilin
Beach Beauty 2nd Runner-up
Top Model Winner

Miss World 2008: Ksenia Sukhinova
Beach Beauty 2nd Runner-up
Top Model Winner

Miss World 2009: Kaiane Aldorino
Sports Top 12
Talent Top 22
Beach Beauty Winner

Miss World 2010: Alexandria Mills
Beach Beauty 1st Runner-up
Top Model 2nd Runner-up

Miss World 2011: Ivian Sarcos
Beach Beauty 3rd Runner-up
Top Model Top 10

Miss World 2012: Wenxia Yu
Beach Fashion 2nd Runner-up
Talent Winner
Top Model Top 10

Now, with the facts above, I am sure that you will understand why the girls are working hard to be included as finalist in these challenge events. If you will ask me though, what matters to me are only three challenge events: Top Model, Beach Fashion and Beauty with a Purpose. The first two are actually a very good gauge on who will place and the latter for being the soul of Miss World pageant.

If you will be making your own favelist, you know where to start!

–Kattera–


My Throwback Thursday entry for today gives tribute to two unforgettable Filipinas who brought us closest to the Miss World crown.

Evangeline Pascual – Miss World 1973 1st Runner-up

MW1973

Photo Credits: Adventures of a Beauty Queen

Evangeline (2nd from Right) is pictured her with the rest of the finalists of Miss World 1973. A controversy that year resulted to the dethronement of the reigning queen. However, based on some unverified reports, Evangeline ended up not getting the crown. I would love to hear the story!

Gwendoline Ruais – Miss World 2011 1st Runner-up

MW2011

Photo Credits: Ace Showbiz

Gwendoline (leftmost) is seen here after the coronation of Miss World 2011. She was the first Filipina representative to Miss World after the license was awarded to Ms. Cory Quirino. I would have loved seeing the blue crown on Gwen but Ivian Sarcos (the eventual winner) was really unstoppable.

Will this trend continue this year with Megan Young?

or will this be the year for the Philippines?

We will know on September 28!

–Kattera–

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