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Miss Supranational 2014 (1st Update): It is Official…

We all saw Mutya Datul arrived in Poland for some activities related to Miss Supranational 2014 :)  Her visit was to help announce the official city host and finals date of the pageant this year.

Photo Credits: Miss Supranational

Photo Credits: Miss Supranational

In a glittering event earlier this week, it was announced that the 6th edition of Miss Supranational will be held on December 5  at the Hall of Sports in Krynica-Zdroj, Poland. This will be 5th time that Poland will host the pageant but this will be the first hosting responsibility for the town famous for its spas. The town is also a popular winter sport destination. Miss Supranational 2014 candidates – including our very own Yvethe Marie Santiago – should prepare for a very intense competition in a cold environment.

During the announcement party in Poland, Mutya was joined by former Miss Supranational titleholders. Miss Supranational 2010 – Karina Pinilla of Panama – and Miss Supranational 2011 – Monika Lewczuk of Poland joined in the fun!

Photo Credits: Miss Supranational

Photo Credits: Miss Supranational

I am not a fan of Monika’s styling and make-up. I prefer Karina’s exotic aura :) Good to see Mutya enjoying her time with her Supranational sisters!


Mutya Datul in Poland

Mutya Datul – arrived in Poland yesterday to fulfill some of her Miss Supranational 2013 duties :) It was announced recently that Miss Supranational 2014 will be held on December 5 in Poland.

I am excited to see photos from this trip of Mutya as I expect for her to tour the country. Poland is on my bucket list because of its beautiful history. I already promised myself that I will visit Poland one day :)

Photo Credits: Miss Supranational FB Page

Photo Credits: Miss Supranational FB Page

Mutya looks exquisite here (as always). I feel that Mutya is much more beautiful with no make-up on :)


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!


All About Miss Intercontinental!

So what really is Miss Intercontinental? And why am I hearing about this pageant just now?

These are two of the most common questions I received from friends and readers who followed the recently concluded Binibining Pilipinas 2014. The pageant is really something new to the ears of those who are not keen followers of beauty pageants. Thus, I am writing this post so that more readers will be aware of the pageant :) This is to make sure that we will be much more passionate in supporting Kris Tiffany Janson in her bid for the Miss Intercontinental 2014 title.

The Logo of Miss Intercontinental Photo Credits:

The Logo of Miss Intercontinental
Photo Credits:

 Miss Intercontinental is a beauty pageant owned by World Beauty Organization. The Panama-based corporation is also the owner of Top Model of the World pageant. The pageant traces its roots to Aruba in 1971. It started as a teen pageant and as a promotional tourism event for the country. The pageant went on until 1984 when it stopped for the next 10 years. Finally in 1993, the German organization took over and the pageant has been staged in Germany 13 times since it was “resurrected” in 1993. In the 42-year history of Miss Intercontinental, it has given 5 crowns to Venezuela and another 5 crowns to USA. 5 crowns were awarded to Asian countries – 2 crowns each for India Lebanon and a crown won by Iran. One of the notable winners of the pageant is Lara Dutta who won the crown in 1997 and ended winning the Miss Universe 2000 title as well :)

The Philippines participated in the pageant several times already. Unfortunately, I can’t confirm the exact number as there no enough data available. I can confirm though that we have sent delegates to the pageant every year since 2004 except 2007 & 2008. Recently, the local franchise for Miss Intercontinental was with Mutya ng Pilipinas. It is noted that the country has 6 placements already :) The highest placement we received is the 3rd Runner-up finish of Koreen Medina last year. This year, it was a big news for me that BPCI will now be sending the delegate to the international competition! I am really wondering why this happened!

Let me share with you a “rumor” that I heard last Sunday. Note that this is merely a “hearsay” that the Miss Intercontinental management offered the local franchise to BPCI without any franchise fee. This is because the organization was amazed on the support and popularity that Miss Supranational gained after BPCI had the franchise and after Mutya Datul‘s win. This sounds like it is a very realistic scenario BUT this will remain as a rumor unless confirmed :)

If the rumor is true then  I am extra excited for Kris Janson. Check out my reaction to her Intercontinental win HERE!

I hope that you learned more about Miss Intercontinental with this post!


A Beautiful Morning Greetings from your BBP2013 Queens!

What will you do if you wake up greeted by this beautiful sight?


Photo Credits: Fashion Pulis

I saw this photo on Fashion Pulis blog. Our 2013 Queens – Cindy Miranda, Ara Arida, Bea Santiago and Mutya Datul - look heavenly in this beach photo. Bea still has the best body among the reigning queens.

Who among the candidates of Binibining Pilipinas 2014 will inherit the crowns of Cindy, Ara, Bea and Mutya?

Good morning!


Binibining Pilipinas (29th Update): Feeling the Vibe

The delegates of Binibining Pilipinas 2014 were in Bataan recently to shoot for the Binibining Pilipinas 2014 Special that will air on March 23 over ABS-CBN. The ladies were shot in their swimsuits while dancing and feeling the festive beat. I have some clips here for you :) Please make sure to watch The Road to the Crown TV Special on March 23.

Last year’s Road to the Crown TV special was the “shining” moment of Mutya Datul after she cried while sharing her family’s condition. She surely captured the hearts of a lot of fans that night. Who will shine next Sunday?


The Travelling Queens

Winning the title and the crown means a year-long reign filled with activities promoting the causes of the organization. For other queens, promoting these causes requires them to travel to other places. Think of it as perks of the job :) Our 2013 queens are enjoying their reigns and some of them were already asked to travel.

Megan Young – Miss World 2013

Probably the most travelled 2013 queen, Megan was able to visit GB, France, USA and a lot more. Just recently, she was in Russia to help crown Miss Russia 2014.


Photo Credits: Miss World

Gabriela Isler – Miss Universe 2013

Gabriela had her fair share of travels both international and local. She met Megan in Russia for the Miss Russia 2014. She was also in Indonesia for the national pageant and is scheduled to visit the Philippines this month. Locally, Gabriela enjoyed the New York Fashion Week and was recently in Miami, Florida for a Trump event.


Photo Credits: Miss Universe

Alyz Henrich – Miss Earth 2013

Alyz was just crowned last November but she is already starting her tour campaigning for Mother Earth. She is currently in Egypt attending a forum about the environment!


Photo Credits: Miss Earth

Mutya Datul Miss Supranational 2013

Mutya is very active in the Philippines, attending charity and corporate events and representing both Miss Supranational organization and BPCI. Last year, Mutya was invited to Gabon to grace their national pageant.


Photo Credits: Miss Supranational

Visiting these places is surely an enriching experience. It is not often that one is given a chance to travel and do it for free, probably even getting paid doing it. However, it requires so much effort from the queen as well. Of course they have to look good ALWAYS so the queen needs to plan out her outfit, hairstyle and make-up. They have to study the culture of the country that they are visiting to make-sure that they know how to respond. These sacrifices though are just part and parcel of their responsibility to be the best queen to represent the title and the crown!


Throwback Thursday (02.27.14): When Emma Tiglao was a runner-up…

Our Throwback Thursday photo for today brings us 2 years ago to Mutya ng Pilipinas 2012. The pageant special because it was the very first national pageant of my favorite Mutya Datul and surely helped her prepare for her Binibini stint. Our TBT involves another Mutya turned Binibini beauty queen though.


Photo Credits: Emerson Cebanico

Friends, I would like to introduce to you Emma Mary Tiglao during her coronation as the first runner-up of Mutya ng Pilipinas 2012. Emma is slowly transforming herself into a serious contender for the Binibining Pilipinas 2014 crowns. And I am happy to share with you a secret, she is (for sure) one of my favorites this year! I can only wish the best for Emma!

If you are like me and you are a big fan of Emma, vote for her in our Binibining Pilipinas 2014 poll. Click THIS to VOTE!


Binibining Pilipinas 2014 (17th Update): The Pageant Camps…

After the hullabaloo with the announcement of the official candidates of Binibining Pilipinas 2014, we now have the 40 lucky ladies who were presented to the public yesterday. It is interesting to note that 33 of the 40 candidates were fielded by established beauty pageant camps in the Philippines. I would like to take this opportunity to take a closer look at these camps and their numbers this year. Currently, the country has 3 major beauty pageant camps (Aces & QueensHouse of JDV and Kagandahang Flores) and at least 2 up and coming minor camps (RL’s Angels and Team Macoy). These camps are actually a group of individuals who train candidates for the national pageants in the Philippines. Classifying them as a major or minor camp is solely based on the number of years  that these camps have fielded candidates to national pageants in the country. The major camps have been fielding candidates for at least 5 years already while the minor camps just became active (at least based on what I know) just for the past 2-3 years. Let us try to know each of these camps:

Click THIS to VOTE for your favorite Binibining Pilipinas 2014 candidate!

Aces & Queens

The A&Q camp is headed by Jonas Gaffud! This is the camp behind the four consecutive Top 5 placement of the country in Miss Universe since 2010. However, the camp’s biggest achievement so far is the historic win of Megan Young – bringing the first Miss World crown to the country.


Photo Credits: FB Page of Aces & Queens

12 of the Aces & Queens ladies were considered as official candidates this year out of 20 ladies that they fielded, which is a success rate of 60%. They are:

Gabrielle Erika Ti Lo Kani
Zahara Mae Soriano
Krischelle Halili
Hanna Mariz Dela Guerra
Mary Ainjey Manalo
Carla Lizardo
Kimverlyn Suiza
Laura Lehman
Bianca Guidotti
Yvethe Marie Santiago
Pia Wurtzbach
Diana Arevalo


A&Q managed to bag 3 placements in the Top 5 of Binibining Pilipinas 2013 including the top plum (Miss Universe Philippines title) which the camp has been snatching since 2010. With 12 official delegates this year (and a sizeable number of strong delegates) and with their 4 consecutive Miss Universe Top 5 placements, my gut feel is that BPCI will still award the title to an A&Q lady.

House of JDV

The House of JDV is the youngest among the three major camps. It is headed by John dela Vega who I believe knows the “Filipina” beauty. The team is consistent in sending the “Pinay” beauty prototype :) The camp won it’s very first title when Czarina Gatbonton won the ticket to Miss World 2010.


Photo Credits: John Dela Vega’s FB Page

The House of JDV had a very successful binibini year as 9 out of the 11 (82%) candidates that they fielded were considered as official candidates. They are:

Sarah Jireh Asido
Vessica Sambo
Jeslyn Santos
Shauna Indra Sazina Curran
Leonalyn Dela Cruz
Joy Antonette Diaz
Racquel Kabigting
Krystal Alonday
Kenneth Santiago


The House of JDV is strong this year :) I am positive that more than at least two of these 9 will place as semifinalist and a crown is not a far-fetched possibility!

Kagandahang Flores

Kagandahang Flores camp boasts three grand slam crowns under its belt – Miss International 2005, Miss Earth 2008 and Miss International 2013! Rodgil Flores is the big guy behind the camp.


Photo Credits: Kagandahang Flores FB

If I am not mistaken, Kagandahang Flores fielded 21 candidates this year and 12 of them made it as official candidates. This is a 57% success rate this year! These girls are:

Kris Tiffany Janson
Ladylyn Riva
Mae Liezel Ramos
Parul Shah
Janine Asanion
Hanna Ruth Sison
Emma Mary Tiglao
Julian Aurine Flores
Nichole Marie Manalo
Joana Angelica Romero
MJ Lastimosa
Ednornance Agustin


Unlike last year, I have a feeling that Kagandahang Flores camp will be winning at least two crowns this year and one of which is the International title :)

RL’s Angels  and Team Macoy

Here are two up-and-coming beauty pageant camps in the country. RL’s Angels is headed by RL Lacanienta, a photographer by profession. He is the man behind one of my favorite Filipina beauty queens – Patricia Ejercitado. Team Macoy is the name that I am giving to the camp headed by Macoy Manlapaz. I don’t have that much information on Macoy but he is best known to be the man behind Mutya Datul. Each camp has two representatives this year and they are:

RL’s Angels

Aiza Faeldonia
Angelique de Leon

Team Macoy

Hannah Sheena Manuel
Joy Marie Gangan


At this stage of the competition, it is too early to predict the performance of both camps. However, I have this feeling that one camp will go empty handed while the other will have a semifinalist. Again, just my gut feel :)

Everyone should understand that most people behind these camps are working for free and are helping these ladies achieve their dreams because of sheer love of beauty pageants. I admire them a lot! I can only hope that I will be able to make a difference on the lives of the ladies like what these handlers/trainers are doing :)

We have covered 37 ladies already and the remaining three are considered as Independents! They are not connected to any of the camps mentioned above. They probably have a handler or a manager but nothing as big to be considered as a camp. Here, we have the following:

Anabel Christine Tia
Ellore Noelle Punzalan
Vanessa Saliba


[UPDATE] As per our reader Chynnah, Anabel Tia is already with Kagandahang Flores. I will be confirming this information with the team :)

The next question is: who among these camps will reign supreme on March 30?


Photo of the Day (01.26.14): Once a Binibini, Always a Binibini

Once a Binibini, Always a Binibini! 

I have heard this line several times for the past year as BPCI celebrated the 50th anniversary of Binibining Pilipinas. It was very smart for BPCI to use this line as it is very catchy. It truly brings out the pride of being a Binibini beauty queen. During the screening for Binibining Pilipinas 2014, Binibinis were again in full force to help pick-out the official candidates. I am not sure if all of them sat as panelists but at the very least, these Binibinis were there to lend their support living up to the now infamous line – Once a Binibini, Always a Binibini!


From L-R: Patricia Fernandez, Mutya Datul, Czarina Gatbonton, Ali Forbes & Cindy Miranda
Photo Credits: FB Page of Binibining Pilipinas

I am just baffled seeing Ali Forbes in the said photo. I am not sure if she joined the panel of former beauty queens who helped in the screening. It’s just that her sister is in the competition and it would be better for everyone if she will not be seen in the area. I am sure Mdm Stella Araneta will understand!


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