5 Lessons I Learned from Billie JD Porter’s Secrets of South America – Extreme Beauty Queens Documentary

I was just browsing online when I saw a link to the BBC Documentary of Billie JD Porter. The title caught my attention as it talked about Secrets of South America – Extreme Beauty Queens.With the title capturing my curiosity, I watched the video expecting some bizarre beauty pageants in South America. When the face of The Osmel Sousa was featured, I realized that I was in for a wild beauty pageant fan ride! I don’t know but I have really high regard on Osmel and seeing him (even in videos) gives me such “fangirl” moments! Lolz.

Indeed, the next 55 minutes was about Venezuela and its beauty pageant culture. I’ve seen the video 3 times already! Every beauty queen (experienced or aspiring) and all pageant fans should take time and watch the video. It helped me understand why beauty pageants is weaved to the culture of Venezuela and on why Venezuela is the ultimate pageant powerhouse in the world.

Video Credits: TUFF JAM of YouTube

As a beauty pageant fan, here are the things I learned after watching this documentary:

  1. Preparing for a Beauty Pageant is just like Preparing for a Career – Being a beauty queen doesn’t happen in a snap. In order to become successful, an aspiring beauty queen needs to prepare hard, much like preparing for a successful career. Similar to other professions where being expert requires proper education and thousands of training hours, being a beauty queen requires the aspirant to go through hours of intensive training and learning.
  2. It is (also) about the win – There is such a saying that says “It is about the journey, not the destination.” A beauty queen learns a lot from the experience of joining beauty pageants and these experiences are priceless. However, the video tells me that it is also about the win! An aspiring beauty queen goes through hours of preparation not because she wants to be a clapper but in order to win a crown. Winning a crown opens a lot of opportunities to the candidate may it be show business or other areas of her interests.
  3. You fainted like a beauty queen, so learn how to get up like oneI believe Osmel said this in the video 🙂 Every beauty queen should take this into her heart. An aspiring queen should be reminded that there are a lot of challenges on her way to the crown. The journey is not easy! She just needs to be reminded that whenever she fall, get up and get up gracefully 🙂
  4.  Beauty should come first – A beauty queen is a lot of things – intelligent, confident, full of personality, down to earth, etc. But first and foremost, a beauty queen should be physically beautiful in order to be successful. As I talk about beauty, I want to cover two things: (a) The Standard of Beauty – I understand that beauty is in the eye of the beholder and each lady has her own natural beauty. However, since beauty pageant is show business, we aim for these girls to look good – we trim the brows and cut the hair based on the shape of the head, we dress with cuts that looks good on the body type and we wear make-up. The girls do this in order to look good and the lady who looks good the most and embodies the other characteristics wins the crown. At the end of the day, it is the lasy who is beautiful BOTH on the inside and out wins the title (b) Plastic Enhancement – with the issue of physical beauty, it is inevitable not to talk about enhancements. I don’t have anything against the girls who go under the knife and I also fully respect those who decide not to. At the end of the day, if going through the procedure will make you beautiful and will make you feel like one, then I am on board with your decision. The fact that some Venezuelan queens went through the enhancements and still won the crowns means that beauty pageants does not give that much weight to this issue.
  5. Beauty Pageant Survives – I have heard about some challenges facing the organizers of beauty pageants – ratings and viewership is down, critics are everywhere. However, the world’s largest beauty pageants (MU, MW & MI) has been around for more than 50 years already. ME survived its first 10 years and there is no sign of slowing down. We will be seeing a lot of changes in the next few years – new format, new segments, ect – but please be comforted with the thought that beauty pageant endures and beauty pageant survives.


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Binibining Pilipinas 2014 Poll (February 16 Update)

I just realized now that it has been a week since I gave you updates on our Binibining Pilipinas 2014 Poll. Looking at the results as of 5PM today, we still have the same ladies in our top 5 and each held into their position. Everyone added some points but it was Yvethe Marie Santiago who gained a lot in the past week. She needs a huge number though to reach and overtake MJ Lastimosa who is occupying the second position, but this is not impossible! On the other hand, MJ is just a stone throw away to the top position. The fans of Kris Janson should not be complacent 🙂 Here is the summary of votes as of today!

Kris Tiffany Janson – 35.09%

Photo Credits: Binibining Pilipinas

Mary Jean “MJ” Lastimosa – 30.45%

Yvethe Marie Santiago – 8.27%

Aiza Faeldonia – 6.85%

Diana Arevalo – 5.99%

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Binibining Pilipinas 2014 (20th Update): The Official Portrait Photos

This is a late post so I am assuming that you have seen a photo or two of the official portrait shots of the Binibining Pilipinas 2014 candidates! This is the official portrait in the website of Binibining Pilipinas. Nevertheless, I want us to go through each and every picture to identify how the girls performed. So how do we critique a portrait photo? If we talk about portrait shot, my expectation is that of a photo that captures the beautiful aura of the delegate. The key to a successful portrait shot is knowing the best angle that will highlight everything that is beautiful in the candidate and will downplay those that are not. The candidate is captured from the legs up so it is different from head shots. The delegate is also evaluated not just by the beauty of the face but also with the pose that was chosen which differentiates it from a beauty shot. The shoot is also a bit muted as there is no photo shoot theme thus different from a glam shot. I evaluated the girls from their ability to look good and be beautiful with her body angles and poses 🙂 Here are the official portrait photos!

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Photo Credits: Binibining Pilipinas

Binibini 1 – Julian Aurine Flores

I love the curves; Gorgeous face but disappointing pout..

Binibini 2 – Mary Ainjely Manalo

Could have been a great photo if she put more emotions into her eyes

Binibini 3 – Joana Angelica Romero

Binibini 4 – Parul Shah

I am really bothered with the shadow… Such an awful lighting! I can only wish for a swan-like neck for Parul but that face is really exotic!

Binibini 5 – Hanna Mariz Dela Guerra

Binibini 6 – Anabel Christine Tia

Great personality… She looks vibrant and energetic!

Binibini 7 – Aiza Faeldonia

OEMGEE! This is a home run for Aiza. This is sexy and dramatic!

Binibini 8 – Pia Wurtzbach

Somehow, the rebellious vibe is working for me 🙂 Even the lip color is perfect!

Binibini 9 – Joy Antonette Diaz

I ended up liking the photo of Joy despite the eye bags and the not so impressive body!

Binibini 10 – Shauna Indra Salina Curran

I like this photo neck up! The body needs more work!

Binibini 11 – Laura Lehman

I am disappointed with Laura! This is nowhere close to the top of my list.

Binibini 12 – Sarah Jireh Asido

The hair color is painful to watch!

Binibini 13 – Kris Tiffany Janson

Kris proved to us that she is one of the contender for crowns! Look at the determination and the drive 🙂 She is killing this!

Binibini 14 – Emma Mary Tiglao

This time, I am liking the photo neck down! The face looks empty to me. No emotions 😦

Binibini 15 – Kimverlyn Suiza

Kim excels in this type of shoots. That swan-like neck is to die for!

Binibini 16 – Zahara Mae Soriano

I am not a fan of that body but the face is beautiful 🙂

Binibini 17 – Diana Arevalo

Such an average performance from someone with experience 😦

Binibini 18 – Ellore Noelle Punzalan

I am actually satisfied with Ellore’s photo. I think that this is her best look so far 🙂

Binibini 19 – Mae Liezel Ramos

Ignoring the pants, I am a fan of this photo! She’s stunning…

Binibini 20 – Kenneth Santiago

This is a downgrade from her official swimsuit photo! No personality…

Binibini 21 – Racquel Kabigting

I love the browse, the eyes and even the shape of the face! Just the lips… I wonder if something can be done!

Binibini 22 – Bianca Guidotti

I am forcing myself to like this photo but the crazy eyes are bothering!

Binibini 23 – Nichole Manalo

Binibini 24 – Ednornance Agustin

LOVE this photo… I am uber happy seeing this!

Binibini 25 – Mary Jean “MJ” Lastimosa

Oh MJ! You are beautiful but the teeth…NO!

Binibini 26 – Hanna Sheena Manuel

Now, can you please fire the hairstylist?!?

Binibini 27 – Hannah Ruth Sison

FRESH… The minimal make-up look is working for me.

Binibini 28 – Carla Jenina Lizardo

Disappointed with Carla. I had bigger expectations 😦

Binibini 29 – Krischelle Halili

Always be careful not to look as if your eyes are about to sleep…

Binibini 30 – Joy Marie Gangan

She reminds me of Angeli Gomez. She looks bigger than her usual size because of the pose.

Binibini 31 – Angelique De Leon

Angelique looks different but I love the rawness of her face…

Binibini 32 – Jeslyn Santos

This is the type of photo that will make me say “blah”

Binibini 33 – Gabrielle Erika Tilokani

Too much forehead for my taste but the body is to die for 🙂

Binibini 34 – Leonalyn Dela Cruz

Binibini 35 – Yvethe Marie Santiago

I am not feeling the shade of lipstick she used but this is a good photo!

Binibini 36 – Krystal Alonday

Krystal was able to find the best angle for her nose…

Binibini 37 – Vanessa Saliba

Binibini 38 – Janine Asanion

Binibini 39 – Ladylyn Riva

Too heavy eye make-up… Such an over-kill!

Binibini 40 – Vessica Sambo

I love the over-all feel though the position of the left arm looks weird.

What do you think? Did they meet your expectations?

I will be sharing some of my favorites later…


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Happy Valentine’s Day…

Happy Heart’s Day Dearest Readers 🙂


Photo Credits: A Quirky Girl’s Blog

Nothing beats the precious feelings of loving and being loved!

And today, as we celebrate the day of our hearts, I would like to encourage everyone to take time to learn more on how we can take care of our “beating hearts”. THIS is the website of American Heart Association and I promise you, you will learn a lot about your heart:)

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Binibining Pilipinas 2014: Leader Board – Week 2

I know you’ve been waiting for this 🙂 My leader board for Week 2 is here after a successful Week 1 presentationBinibining Pilipinas 2014 is becoming an epic battle of beauties with multiple stand-outs but no sure winner! I can name at least 10 ladies who are ready to compete internationally but not one is assured of a crown.

The results of my leader board this week is largely based on the performance of the candidates during the public presentation and some public outing after the announcement of the official candidates. I heard a lot of things from my friends who were there to witness the event and were confirmed from the videos available. Of my Top 15, 12 are staying from Week 1 and 3 are new entrants. Find out the top candidates here 🙂

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15th Place: Joy Gangan

14th Place: Parul Shah

13th Place: Nichole Manalo

12th Place: Angelique De Leon

11th Place: Kris Tiffany Janson


10th Place: Pia Wurtzbach

9th Place: Yvethe Marie Santiago

8th Place: Laura Lehman

7th Place: Kenneth Santiago

6th Place: Aiza Faeldonia


5th Place: Joy Antonette Diaz

4th Place: Mae Liezel Ramos

3rd Place: Mary Jean Lastimosa

2nd Place: Emma Mary Tiglao

1st Place: Bianca Guidotti


I am guessing that with the release of the portrait photos and the series of activities in the next few days will mean that our Week 3 leader board will look totally different 🙂


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Binibining Pilipinas 2014 (19th Update): Reigning Miss Universe to Grace the Coronation

This is such a big news for Binibining Pilipinas 2014 fans 🙂 It was confirmed via an official post on the FB page of BPCI that Gabriela Isler – Miss Universe 2013 from Venezuela – will be in the Philippines to grace the coronation night on March 30 and help crown the country’s representative to Miss Universe 2014. She will be part of the panel of judges.

Photo Credits: Miss Universe Facebook Page

Gabriela will be accompanied by Paula Shugart – the President of the Miss Universe Organization. They have scheduled some activities to help rebuilding efforts in the areas badly hit by Super Typhoon Yolanda!

I am very pleased to know that Gabriela will be in the country and accommodated in her itinerary some efforts to help highlight the rebuilding efforts in areas affected by Yolanda. These rebuilding efforts badly need the “spotlight” that they can get with a visit from a reigning queen. However, I am much more thrilled to know that Paula will be with Gabriela. At the end of the day, it is Paula who has “bigger” influence if we are talking about Miss Universe affairs already. I am sure that you know what I mean 🙂 If not, just remember that Hirofumi Hashimoto was one of the judges during Binibining Pilipinas 2013. Mr. Hashimoto is the chairman of Miss International. I am not saying that Bea Santiago won the Miss International 2013 crown just because Mr. Hashimoto was one of the national judges. However, the fact that he had a hand in picking the official representative and being familiar with Bea months before the competition started surely helped Bea “gain some attention.” Just imagine if Paula will help choose the winner of the Miss Universe Philippines 2014 title. Endless possibilities…

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Binibining Pilipinas 2014 (18th Update): The Official Candidate Numbers

I have been waiting for this and they are finally here 🙂 Beautiful readers, BPCI released the official candidate numbers for Binibining Pilipinas 2014. The order of the numbering is based on the height of the candidates with the shortest candidates on both ends and the tallest are placed in the middle! We will have a chance to know who is tall and who’s not! Here are the numbers:

Photo Credits: Bruce Casanova & Binibining Pilipinas

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(1) Julian Aurine Flores
(2) Mary Ainjey Manalo
(3) Joana Angelica Romero
(4) Parul Shah
(5) Hanna Mariz Dela Guerra

(6) Anabel Christine Tia
(7) Aiza Faeldonia
(8) Pia Wurtzbach
(9) Joy Antonette Diaz
(10) Shauna Indra Salina Curran

(11) Laura Lehman
(12) Sarah Jireh Asido
(13) Kris Tiffany Janson
(14) Emma Mary Tiglao
(15) Kimverlyn Suiza

(16) Zahara Mae Soriano
(17) Diana Arevalo
(18) Ellore Noelle Punzalan
(19) Mae Liezel Ramos
(20) Kenneth Santiago

(21) Racquel Kabigting
(22) Bianca Guidotti
(23) Nichole Manalo
(24) Ednornance Agustin
(25) MJ Lastimosa

(26) Hanna Sheena Manuel
(27) Hannah Ruth Sison
(28) Carla Jenina Lizardo
(29) Krischelle Halili
(30) Joy Marie Gangan 

(31) Angelique Celine De Leon
(32) Jeslyn Santos
(33) Gabrielle Erika Tilokani
(34) Leonalyn Dela Cruz
(35) Yvethe Marie Santiago

(36) Krystal Alonday
(37) Vanessa Saliba
(38) Janine Asanion 
(39) Ladylyn Riva
(40) Vessica Sambo

Now that we have the official candidate numbers, let us check the candidate numbers of the lucky ladies who went home with crowns for the past 10 years and identify if there is a certain “lucky” number. Observe for trends 🙂

(25 contestants only)

Universe – Balagtas (Binibini 19)
World – Bautista (Binibini 10)
International – Bayot (Binibini 17)

(24 contestants only)

Universe – Cabrera (Binibini 17)
World – Aguilar (Binibini 8)
International – Quigaman (Binibini 22)

(24 contestants only)

Universe – Ramos (Binibini 17)
World – Igpit (Binibini 20)
International – Valmonte (Binibini 9)

(30 contestants only)

Universe – Licaros (Binibini 9)
World – Wilson (Binibini 11)
International – Shami (Binibini 14)

(24 contestants only)

Universe – Barrientos (Binibini 7)
World – San Miguel (Binibini 15), Castano (Binibini 8)
International – Fernandez (Binibini 2)

(24 contestants only)

Universe – Manalo (Binibini 15)
World – Umali (Binibini 17)
International – Gersbach + (Binibini 20)

(24 contestants only)

Universe – Raj (Binibini 10)
World – Gatbonton (Binibini 21)
International – Kleiner (Binibini 11)

(40 contestants only)

Universe – Supsup (Binibini 26)
International – Necio (Binibini 33)
Tourism – Manjon (Binibini 25)

(30 contestants only)

Universe – Tugonon (Binibini 18)
International – Schmitz (Binibini 8)
Tourism – Dimaranan (Binibini 13)
Supranational – Moll (Binibini 15)

(50 contestants only)

Universe -Arida (Binibini 41)
International – Santiago (Binibini 20)
Tourism – Miranda (Binibini 16)
Supranational – Datul (Binibini 39)

Well, those are the results. Let us then get the numbers that came-out at least three times: Binibini 17 appeared 4 times, Binibini 8 appeared 3 times,  Binibini 20 appeared 3 times and Binibini 15 appeared 3 times! Who among Diana Arevalo (17), Pia Wurtzbach (8), Kenneth Santiago (20) and Kimverlyn Suiza (15) will continue the trend and will win a crown? Who’s number will be considered as the luckiest this March 30? Are you excited already? Cause I really am…


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