Miss Universe 2016 (10th Update): A Miss Universe Reunion?!?


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Armi Kuusela (Miss Universe 1952)

Gloria Diaz (Miss Universe 1969)

Margie Moran (Miss Universe 1973)

Porntip Bui Simon (Miss Universe 1988)

Lupita Jones (Miss Universe 1991)

Dayanara Torres (Miss Universe 1993)

Sushmita Sen (Miss Universe 1994)

Jennifer Hawkins (Miss Universe 2004)

Riyo Mori (Miss Universe 2007)

Dayana Mendoza (Miss Universe 2008)

Olivia Culpo (Miss Universe 2012)

Gabriela Isler (Miss Universe 2013)

My head is spinning with the news from Latin Times that former Miss Universe queens will sit as judges in this year’s Miss Universe competition. As if a show of force, 12 Miss Universe titleholders are rumored to be participating. Yes, I am considering this as a rumor unless confirmed by the Miss Universe Organization.  Add here Pia Wurtzbach and you will have 13 Queens under one roof! Amazing!

I am a bit hesitant with this news as Lupita Jones remains to be the National Director for Mexico and should not be allowed to judge. However, five of the 12 are confirmed to be attending – Dayanara, Gloria, Margie, Riyo and Sushmita.

I am fervently praying to all the beauty pageant fairies that this will be true!


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Miss Universe 2016 Poll (January 25 Update)

5 days before the coronation and we have a war of fan favorites in our Miss Universe 2016 PollThailand and Philippines are two of the countries with the most engaged beauty pageant fans. Thus, it is not surprising to see both countries compete for the top spot. Here is a quick update for our poll:

Thailand (Chalita Suansane) – 39.37%

Philippines (Maxine Medina) – 25.20%

Bulgaria (Violina Ancheva) – 8.66%

Reminding everyone that this poll will be closed on January 29 at 3PM Manila Time!

So, keep on voting!

Click THIS to VOTE for your favorite Miss Universe 2016 candidate!


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Miss Universe 2016 (9th Update): The Global Fan VOTE


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Do you want to help your favorite Miss Universe 2016 candidate secure a Top 12 spot?!? The Global Fan Vote is the answer! Read through the official advisory below:

Starting today through January 28, the voting window is open for fans to vote for their favorite contestant and help her earn a spot in the Top 12. Fans are able to vote up to 10 times per day per registered account via vote.missuniverse.com, the official MISS U APP, on Twitter by using #MissUniverse and the country specific hashtag found on the voting site, or by downloading the new mobile messaging app, Vodi.

Additionally, fans will have the opportunity to continue voting during the telecast. For each round of the competition, viewers will have 10 votes to distribute amongst the semi-finalists ultimately allowing them to help choose the winner of Miss Universe.

This year’s three-hour MISS UNIVERSE® special programming event is giving fans more opportunities to get to know the contestants. For the first time ever, the semi-finalists will be grouped into a Top 12, 9, 6, and 3, allowing viewers to learn more about the contestant’s accomplishments, interests, and objectives as Miss Universe.

For the complete details of the Global Fan VOTE, you may visit THIS! Please continue voting for your fave delegate!


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Miss Universe 2016 (8th Update): 12-9-6-3 Format


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We are on the last week of Miss Universe 2016 and I can’t believe how the days came and went! Today, I am pleased to share with you the official pageant format that will be followed on the grand coronation night next week.

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The Top 12 Semifinalists

The 86 candidates will all participate in the Preliminary Competition that will run for three days – January 25 to 27. They will go through a closed-door interview, swimsuit and evening gown competitions. 11 candidates with the highest scores combining all pre-pageant competitions will earn a spot as a semifinalist and 1 candidate earns her spot via the Global Fan Vote. All 12 semifinalists will participate in the Swimsuit Competition during the grand finale.

Click THIS to VOTE for your favorite Miss Universe 2016 candidate!

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The Lucky 9

Basing on the swimsuit competition performance of the 12 semifinalists, 9 ladies will advance to the Evening Gown competition.

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Your Top 6

The 6 delegates with highest Evening Gown competition scores will move forward. They are the delegates who will be lucky enough to go through the “Final Question”.

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The Top 3 Finalists

The ladies with the highest scores in the “Final Question” segment will participate in the “Final Look” part. It is simply just walking down the Miss Universe 2016 stage and (I think) being judged on how confident the candidate is! Finding that delegate who embodies the “Confidently Beautiful” slogan is the main objective of this section.

So, who do you think will constitute this year’s Top 12 semifinalists?!?


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Maxine Medina’s “Q&A Problem”

Maxine Medina is in for a once-in-a-lifetime experience as she represents the  Philippines in Miss Universe 2016. Representing a country that is now considered as a “Beauty Pageant Powerhouse” surely comes with a certain level of pressure. However, Maxine is a no ordinary Miss Universe candidate.

Credits for Photos Below: Maxine’s FB Account

She is being compared to 6 exemplary Filipina queens who, year after year, placed as a semifinalist/finalist in the biggest and most prestigious international beauty pageant. She is being compared to the most recent Filipina queen who, with sheer hard work, brought home the Miss Universe crown. She is being scrutinized as if she is under a microscope – from the way she speaks her thoughts to how she moves. She needs to impress not only the Miss Universe judges and the Miss Universe Organization but also the entire Filipino nation, as the pageant is staged right in front of our very eyes! That is too much pressure if you’ll ask me and if this is not a genuine test of one’s character, I don’t know what is. And if this will not convince you of Maxine’s strength, I am sure that nothing will ever be.

I have been asked countless times on my opinion about Maxine’s ability to express herself using English. Filipino “netizens” were quick to crucify Maxine when her sentence construction was not on point during the Q&A portion of her send off. I was not surprised on how these “netizens” reacted as I have seen and heard the same reaction in the past. Let this be my reply to the Filipino fans who continue to bash Maxine because of her communication skills 

  • This is a Beauty Pageant! Everyone should remember that. Beauty encompasses a lot of things – physical beauty (face and physique), inner beauty (strength of character, attitude and confidence) and brains (comprehension and ability to think on her feet). There is more to Miss Universe than just Q&A.
  • The format of the competition encourages the ladies to excel in everything. Ladies need to have a healthy physique and confidence on stage to excel in the swimsuit round. Elegance and grace is required in the evening gown round. Ability to comprehend and sincerity are two things that judges will look for during the Final Question. Do not fret, you need to pass the swimsuit and evening gown hurdle first before getting a chance to answer that final question.  
  • The Question & Answer portion is an important part of the competition but judges are not focusing on the candidate’s sentence construction. They will look for sincerity, ability to organize her thoughts (despite the time constraint) and how she is informed on issues that affect the world. Maxine doesn’t need a perfect English sentence construction to win the Final Round because if it is really the basis then Shamcey Supsup (Philippines, Miss Universe 2011) and Kaci Fennell (Jamaica, Miss Universe 2014) should have placed higher.
  • Maxine is not perfect but I am 100% sure that she prepared for this as if her life depends on it.
  • Maxine is a product of Aces & Queens and this is the camp that gave us Pia Wurtzbach, Megan Young and Kylie Verzosa. I am sure that A&Q was with Maxine every step of the way, ensuring that she prepares well for this battle. Ara Arida and Venus Raj received the same reaction because of their communication skills but they ended up with titles. So again, do not fret!
  • Lastly, I’d love to see Maxine win the 4th Miss Universe crown BUT any placement for me is already an achievement. 

If you continue to bash Maxine after this, I challenge you to join Binibining Pilipinas 2017 and show us how things should be done!

To Maxine, enjoy the remaining days of the competition. Relax, majority of Filipino pageant fans are behind you on this. You are already making us proud! Mabuhay ka Maxine!!!


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Binibining Pilipinas 2017 (2nd Update): Binibini Wish List – Part 1


While all of us are in beauty pageant heaven because of Miss Universe 2016 being staged in the Philippines, I set my sight on to Binibining Pilipinas 2017 as BPCI opens its screening for interested Filipinas. I can’t wait to meet the ladies who will officially become Binibini-aspirants and will have a fair chance to win one of the coveted titles in the country.

I can’t wait to see the Shamcey Supsup of this year – that fresh-faced lady who was courageous enough to join a national pageant despite the fact that she doesn’t have any pageant experience, but will end up winning the top plum simply because of her beauty, confidence, attitude and determination. Also, I am looking forward to see the Pia Wurtzbach of this year – that familiar face who was once a Binibini aspirant, did not get the crown but is determined to give her dream another chance.

Taking a queue from Pia, I would love to see the following ladies in action this year and give Binibini another chance.

Mariel De Leon


Photo Credits: Mariel’s IG account

Mariel is an alumna of Binibining Pilipinas 2013. It is one of the most competitive and most successful Binibini batches so I can only expect the best coming from Mariel. She was one of the most bashed candidate on that year because of her body being considered as “not pageant ready” and fans getting nervous of her getting a special treatment because of her celebrity dad. She ended up as a semifinalist and ended her Binibini stint gracefully.

After a short hiatus, Mariel was on track to prove her bashers wrong. She transformed into an elegant queen. Those bashers turned into fans and they themselves are now screaming for Mariel to make a Binibini come back. It is not helping that Mariel is a staple in every Aces & Queens coverage and was seen with the A&Q Miss World Philippines 2016 candidates. What a story!!! I can’t wait to see Mariel in action.

Emma Mary Tiglao


Photo Credits: Emma’s IG Account

Kagandahang Flores fielded this Kapampangan beauty in Binibining Pilipinas 2014. It was a year full of fan favorites, with MJ LastimosaKris Janson and Pia Wurtzbach leading the pack. She had to start from the bottom as she was establishing her name with the pageant fans. Emma had one of the best performance that year and peaked just in time for the coronation. Though not a front runner, every major blog and beauty pageant site included her as a favorite.

Emma ended up as a semifinalist and fans were quick to point out that she needed to work on her Q&A performance. She joined Miss World Philippines 2015 but came up short, only placing as 4th runner-up. For me, Emma should take it as a sign that she is destined to be in Araneta and I hope that her 1 year hiatus prepared her for this herculean task.

Charmaine Elima


Photo Credits: Maine’s FB Account

Now, here is someone very interesting! Maine was fielded by the Kagandahang Flores camp to join the 50th Binibining Pilipinas edition in 2013 – again, one of the most competitive Binibinin batches. She was one of the early favorites, one of KF’s best bet and one of my favorites. The night ended with Maine reaching only the Top 15. Some would say that it was her styling, her lackluster performance on the night itself and some even said that she was just overshadowed by other candidates. I would say a little mixture of all three.

Maine went on to become a flight attendant. She traveled because of work and I can only hope that her experience taught her valuable lessons and molded her into a mature and confident lady. I am sure that if she is due for a Binibini come back, we will see a whole different Maine!

So what is interesting with Maine’s come back (of course other than the fact that she is rumored to be coming back)?!? I’ve been hearing consistently that if Maine will give Binibini another try, she will be joining the Aces & Queens camp! Now, that is interesting!

Feel free to share your wish list for Binibining Pilipinas 2017 in the comment section below!


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Miss Universe 2016 Poll (January 19 Update)


Here is a quick Miss Universe 2016 Poll update for you. I encourage you to continue voting for your favorite Miss Universe 2016 candidate. Click THIS to VOTE!

Bulgaria (Violina Ancheva) – 26.19%

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Philippines (Maxine Medina) – 26.19%

Thailand (Chalita Suansane) – 9.52%

Great Britain (Jaime-Lee Faulkner) – 7.14%

What are you waiting for?!? VOTE NOW!!!


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