Miss World Philippines 2014 (2nd Update): If we will go by the “Celebrity Prototype”…

I can’t wait for Miss World Philippines 2014 to start, that I am writing another story about it🙂 Despite the absence of updates from the official FB page of MWP and from its official website, I will keep the excitement alive with another post about this highly anticipated Philippine pageant.

Last time I wrote about the pageant, I mentioned about the possible face-off of the biggest beauty camps in the country. Today, let me continue the speculations and throw some names who are fully capable of representing us in Miss World 2014. And continuing the success of our reigning queen – Megan Young, I would love to pick-out some names from the Philippine Showbiz Scene. Here are the “celebrity” ladies who I want to try out for Miss World Philippines 2014:

Disclaimer: I am not sure if these ladies are interested in joining. I am also not sure if their age and their height will qualify them for the national pageant BUT I will certainly be happy seeing them compete…

Janine Gutierrez

Photo Credits: The Girl who wants Curly Hair
Photo Credits: The Girl who wants Curly Hair

If I will judge everything on facial beauty then Janine is the first on my list. She has this sweet and natural aura that Miss World prefers on its queens. This beautiful lady comes from a family of actors so she is expected to handle with grace the pressure being on the “spotlight”. Janine is affiliated with GMA – the media partner of MWP last year. If the partnership will continue this year, then Janine will surely benefit. Janine will be turning 25 this year so it should be now or never. I would love to think that she will show-up for the screening! And oh, did I mention that Ruffa Gutierrez is the half-sister of Janine’s dad? Which make her the “half-niece” of the Miss World 1993 2nd Princess.

Winwyn Marquez

Photo Credits: GMA Network
Photo Credits: GMA Network

Winwyn comes from a family with influence both in showbiz and politics! It was a very interesting twist that Winwyn had her sights on a different arena – beauty pageants. Yes, this 21 year-old looker has declared before her interest in joining beauty pageants! Winwyn expressed her interest in joining Bb. Pilipinas but I would also love to see her in Miss World Philippines. That authentic Filipina beauty will surely be a big hit in Miss World. I am not sure also if I remember it correctly but I read somewhere that Winwyn is connected with Aces & Queens of Jonas Gaffud. If this is indeed true, then Winwyn is in such good and capable hands! At least, Jonas can start somewhere as Winwyn is not new to the beauty pageant world. She is the niece of Miss International 1979Melanie Marquez. I’m sure she learned a lesson or two from her fabulous aunt!

So, who do you want to see on the Miss World Philippines stage?


There were so much Beauty in Binibining Pilipinas 2014

Other the main competition, one of the reasons why I am excited to watch a Binibining Pilipinas coronation night LIVE is to meet former Binibini. I feel happy seeing the ladies that I cheered for when they competed before. It is bittersweet though realizing that they are still gorgeous years after they competed. I am just envious how these ladies managed to stop the ageing clock and they looked as if they just competed yesterday.

In the finale of Binibining Pilipinas 2014 last Sunday, I was very fortunate enough to be seated in the beauty queens area. YES! I was in the left portion (facing) the stage, three or four seats away🙂 It was a very good seat location as I was able to chit-chat with some of the most beautiful Filipinas🙂

My apologies for the quality of the photos, there were really a lot of “pushing” in the red carpet that I wasn’t able to check if it was a decent shot or not! Hahahaha!

Before the pageant started, I had my dinner first expecting a loooong night with my beauty queen and beauty pageant blogger friend Joyce Burton (Bb. Pilipinas Universe 1985) of Adventures of a Beauty Queen. She was with her husband Sir Ron Titular – a very fine gentleman who I featured here! We were joined by another beauty pageant enthusiast friend of Ms. Joyce! It is always nice to see Ms. Joyce and Sir Ron. Ms. Joyce was in her usual self – beautiful and vibrant🙂

The 2002 Sisters

Karen Loren Agustin (Universe) & Katherine Anne Manalo (World)

Marie-Ann Umali (World 2009)

Marina Benipayo (Maja 1992) & Desiree Verdadero (Universe 1984)

The Queens of the Universe

Maricar Balagtas (2004) and Nina Ricci Alagao (2000)

Jennette Fernando (Runner-up, 1991), Karen Agustin, Margie Moran (Universe, 1973), Maricar Balagtas & Gionna Cabrera (Universe, 2005)

My seatmate :) Jean Saburit (Young International, 1975)

Abbygale Arenas (Universe, 1997) & Melanie Marquez (International, 1979)

It was a beautiful night indeed🙂


Throwback Thursday (08.15.13): The Youngest Miss International

Photo Credits: Yahoo & Binibining Pilipinas

Melanie Marquez of The Philippines is the youngest winner of the Miss International title. She is pictured above during the coronation! She won the Miss International 1979 title on November 12, 1979 at the age of 15.

I am not sure on the qualifications of the candidates who participate in the Miss International pageant during that time but it seems to me that the organization was aware of her age because no “dethronement” that happened. I am a bit certain though that most – if not all – international pageants already require their participants to be 18 years old during the pageant.


Bb. Pilipinas 2013 (30th Update): The Golden Road to the Crown – Primer Videos

Bb. Pilipinas 2013‘s Primer – The Golden Road to the crown – was shown in ABS-CBN last Sunday (April 7). I was expecting that the show will be an opportunity for fans like me to know more about the candidates – to know their stories, their motivations and see the real girls behind the competition. I was also expecting to see a celebration of the success of BPCI as they celebrate their 50th year. I was hoping to see some tribute to the unforgettable Binibinis who brought so much honor to the country by doing well in their international pageants. And, I was also expecting to see a glimpse of the “action” that happened during the activities – probably a prelude to the grand finale this Sunday. I was hoping for a grand production mainly because it’s their 50th edition. I’ll share with you my thoughts as we go along but I am sharing the videos here for you to understand why I consider the primer as the biggest game-changer in this year’s competition.

Video Credits: DebbyJavier of http://www.youtube.com

* Of the three reigning queens, I really think that Nicole Schmitz stayed ahead of the two. She sounded good and looked every inch of a queen in the first video.

* It was nice to see Gloria Diaz, Margie Moran and Lara Quigaman. However, it would have been better if Melanie Marquez and Aurora Pijuan were also in attendance. Though I consider Philippines as Asia’s leader in beauty pageants, I would probably disagree with Lara’s statement that we are already a powerhouse – not until we claim our first Miss World crown! (just my opinion…)

* My favorite part of the video is when Mdm. Stella Araneta introduced the lovely candidates of “Binibining Filipinas Gold”. It sounded so expensive and rich. I love love love Mdm. Araneta!

* The video started with scenes from the initial screening. Then I saw Jaysel Arrozal. So what really happened to her?

* Of the official hosts, Venus Raj sounded the best! Her work as a TV Host really helped her improve her communication skills and her presence. However, I thought that Shamcey Supsup looked beautiful😀

* They showed short interviews with the candidates who went through the screening. Mutya Datul has been a beauty to watch since Day 1 but her ability to express herself in English is a major turn-off. I thought Mariel de Leon looked amazing even with that close-up shot. Ria Rabajante and Charmaine Elima did good as well with polished answers and unforgettable faces. You will also not miss the beauty of Imelda Schweighart – such a gorgeous face!

* The candidates were introduced one by one and each candidate was given enough air time to talk about themselves. What I really hated was when the candidates started to cry and share their usual sob stories – which is usually used by other showbiz personalities to get the public’s sympathy! It became an episode of “Maalaala Mo Kaya” – a drama anthology of the country that features unique and memorable life stories. Though I wanted to know more about the candidate’s personal lives, I meant learning about their interests, motivations and dreams.

* I was impressed with the following girls: Ria Rabajante – she conversed really well and she looked amazing even with a lighter make-up, she also opened up a bit about her family but I like how she talked to the camera as if she was just talking to a friend; Bencelle Bianzon – looked relax and comfortable though I hated her styling (make-up, hair and accessories) during the interview; Ivy Gonzales spoke from her heart and i love the fact that she shared to everyone her learnings and Katherine Enriquez sounded sincere and confident, she actually looks good for a pageant neophyte.

* They featured the charitable activities of the candidates. First stop was their visit to Sta. Ana Hospital which was in partnership with Operation SmileAlaine  Bacay and Mariz Ong were both beautiful despite less make-up but Maria Sofia Mustonen‘s make-up during  the visit was just perfect that she looked divine!

* Then they visited a Gawad Kalinga community in Rizal. Mercegrace Raquel and Parul Shah stood out among those who were featured.

* The 2nd batch of candidates were introduced and these girls did well: Charmaine Elima impressed me with her very beautiful skin (i envy her skin color) Her brother looked cute (remember Camille Baltazar’s brother?); Cindy Miranda looked comfortable and at home in front of the camera but the interview had too much hair for my liking; the primer was Hannah Sison‘s shining moment! She spoke well, presented herself well and I must say she convinced me, hers was one if not the best interview of the night; I love how Bea Santiago presented herself, it was straightforward and honest; I enjoyed watching Noelle Punzalan, her energy was addicting; and Cassandra Naidas seemed timid but she is naturally beautiful and is very hard to ignore.

* Next was a feature of the Golden Reunion where we saw the past Binibinis. It was heartwarming seeing a lot beauty queens. All of them are aging gracefully –  Ms. Chiqui Brosas and Ms. Joyce Burton looked wonderful. I adore Ms. Joyce’s quirkiness🙂 On the younger queens, it was Nina Ricci Alagao and Ana Igpit who stood out for me.

* I am very interested to know what are their thoughts on our Bb. Pilipinas 2013 candidates. It would be nice to know who are their bets for this year!

* Ms. Marina Benipayo – Bb. Pilipinas Maja International 1992 – shared some tips on how to be beauty queens and gave them lessons on posture, poise and hopefully, elegance.

*  The third batch of girls were presented next. The following girls impressed me immensely: Mercegrace Raquel was brave enough to touch the issue of skin color in pageants; Matet Gorgonio sounded strong during the interview; Mariel de Leon was surprisingly shy despite her famous parents; Parul Shah also did well and I fell in love, she seemed sincere during the interview, her accent was lovely and Alaine Baccay also turned me into a fan, her interview was candid yet arresting.

* Nicole introduced the last batch of girls. The following girls impressed me with their interviews: Jacqueline Mayoralgo was impressive when she talked about how she worked hard to overcome physical challenges; Rhea Nakpil‘s candidness was refreshing; Imelda Schweighart and Amanda Navasero were telegenic; I love Amanda’s “Pak” and Krisma Pascual‘s personality came out in her interview:)

* My favorite part of the primer was the Question & Answer training with Ms. Korina Sanchez – one of Philippines’ top TV anchor. She gave much needed advice on how to ace the dreaded Q & A. She was correct when she said that a candidate doesn’t really need smart answers. They just need straightforward and honest answer which should be delivered with confidence and conviction. Even my close friend Pong (www.neuronshots.wordpress.com) regularly reminds me that the lady with the best and smartest answer ends up as a runner-up. It’s the girl who answers with confidence and charm that wins the crown!

* I think Korina was right when she advised the girls to speak in a language that they are most comfortable of!

To end the primer, the showed scenes from the Talent competition. How I wish they gave time to show some of the talents. The hosts then announced the winner of the Best in National Costume award which was awarded to Alaine Baccay!

Photo Credits: http://www.bbpilipinas.com

Over-all, there was nothing really special with the primer – except probably with the Reunion & Korina’s segment. It had the same formula with previous Bb. Pilipinas primer. I was a bit disappointed because I had expectations knowing that it was their 50th year. I am just hoping that I will not feel the same this Sunday!

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Truly Filipina – Gionna Cabrera (Bb. Pilipinas Universe 2005)

 All pageant enthusiast surely enjoyed Miss Universe 2005. Dubbed by Billy Bush as “The Superbowl of Beauty”, 81 of the most beautiful ladies in the world competed for the Miss Universe crown. The show was “perfect” – from the candidates to the production. In the end, it was Canada’s Natalie Glebova who won the much coveted title. In that year, Philippines was represented by a very beautiful and intelligent lady.  Though she was unplaced, the lady made all Filipinos proud by winning the Royal Silk and Miss Photogenic awards, as well as by placing in the Top 5 of Best in National Costume. This former contributing writer of Philippine Business Mirror, Manila Times, and Inquirer is now an entrepreneur and a fashion designer of accessories (www.gionnacabrera.com). 

Gionna in Action: National Costume (MU 2005)

Gionna in Action: Swimsuit (MU 2005)

Gionna in Action: Evening Gown (MU 2005)


Kattera is very proud to introduce this witty/creative/beautiful Bb. Pilipinas Universe 2005, Ms. Gionna Cabrera. Learn more about her by reading her answers below:

Note: Kattera is very much impressed on her answers… The best!

Wikipedia Entry:

Gionna Jimenez Cabrera (born on August 28, 1982) is a professional model and beauty pageant winner from the Philippines…. Cabrera was raised in the metropolis and studied in private schools, Miriam College and St. Paul College…. She has been travelling since four, and has been to China, Singapore, Thailand, Hong Kong, South Korea, Japan, Australia, Canada, and the United States where she was exposed to different environments and learned to adapt easily with the different cultures. 

Quick Facts

Coffee or Tea: Tea

Paris or Milan: This is the only question I can not answer! They are both fashion capitals with varied differences, I like them both as I love New York, London, and Santiago, Chile!!!

Rose or Lily: Rose

Diamond or Pearl: Diamond

Flats or Heels: definitely HEELS! I get lonely when I am not in heels.

Prada or Gucci: Gucci


Kattera (K): Who/What motivated you to join Bb. Pilipinas?

Gionna (G): Jonas Gaffud, who now is a very prominent talent handler invited me to join Bb. Pilipinas 2005 in November 2004. I was not planning this as I was finishing my majors in Advertising at the University of Asia and the Pacific, an elite business school. I wanted diversion, I suppose. I was always into fashion and style, but never into beauty pageants, so this was an opportunity I have explored and exposed a different side of my personality.

K: What was your winning answer to the question asked during Bb. Pilipinas 2005 Q&A Portion?

G: I can not be too verbatim, but from recalling it, the question was “What is the most important social issue concerning women today?” My answer was sharp and straight to the point with women’s right being trampled upon in some societies in the world – oppressors promulgating it such as the Taliban regime in Afghanistan.

K: Please describe your initial thought/reaction after the host announced your name as Bb. Pilipinas Universe 2005?

G: I was ecstatic – like it was destiny. My discipline during the process of the competition and the time i’ve spent aside from my priorities in academics have finally paid off. It was a blessing hitting two birds with one stone. Everyt5hing worked for me – the favor those sorrounding me, the media, my family and friends’ encouragement.

K: How did you prepare yourself for the international competition?

G: Mental readiness (as always), physical exercises to keep fit despite a healthy appetite, makeup sessions with top Colombian artisans.

K: During Miss Universe 2005, who were the candidates that were closest to you?

G: Miss Germany (Asli Bayram), Miss Ecuador (Ximena Zamora), Miss UK (Brooke Johnston), Miss Peru (Debora Sulca), Miss Puerto Rico (Cynthia Olavarria), and Miss Latvia. We were always laughing and exchanging trivial info about each other’s culture and personalities. Until today we are in touch and would have a reunion when everybody’s already settled.

K: Any unforgettable Miss Universe experience?

G: Being chosen by the crown princess of Thailand as Miss Royal Silk amongst the 15 ladies who were chosen to model traditional Thai couture.

K: Other than yourself, who was your other bet/s for the Miss Universe 2005 crown?

G: Miss Dominican Republic who eventually bagged the 2nd Runner-up title.

K: Despite the challenges of being an MU contestant, what/who kept you motivated to fight?

G: My belief in Filipino ideals.

K: What is keeping you busy today?

G: My business. To keep improving the systems, to expand and sustain itself. I supply my GC woodenbags in a few countries and get energized when I am most creative in coming up with new designs.

K: Do you think beauty pageants are still relevant in today’s society? Why/Why not?

G: Yes, they represent the vigor of youth, the discipline of beauty, and the passion of pursuing causes, either personal or collective. It is really all subjective. Miss Universe, being the mother of all pageants, exemplifies the dream of coveting that prestigious title.

K: Will you encourage a family/relative to join a beauty pageant? Why/Why not?

G: Yes, for additional experience. For wider perspective with life in general, psychology, and overall character. Patience is also fostered as one deals with elements that challenge one’s ability to relate and work for a higher aim rather than to just being plain dumb, useless and pretty. One has to have more than that because I believe that being beautiful is deeper than what is passing.

K: What advice can you give to Bianca Manalo – our reigning Bb. Pilipinas Universe queen?

G: To savor every moment of her reign, think of the highest good to clinch the title as Miss Universe 2009 in the upcoming Bahamas competition. I advise Bianca to avoid negative people who gossip all the time and concentrate on improving her already evident physical assets.

K: Among all Filipina beauty queens, who are your sentimental favorites?

G: Aileen Damiles (1996) and Melanie Marquez (1979) for their physical facial beauty. Aurora Pijuan for her composure and Miss Gloria Diaz for her total personality.

 K: If you will live your life again, would you still join Bb. Pilipinas? Why/Why not?

G: Yes, because opportunities are overflowing and if you use your title wisely, it will lead you closer to your aspirations, in whichever field of choice. I have a sister whom I am preparing to join in a year or two.

K: The following questions were asked in previous Miss Universe pageants. If these questions will be asked again, how will you answer it?

What is the essence of a woman?

G: Femininity is the essence of womanhood. It is the marriage of her personal qualities and characteristics that define her being a gift of nature for the propagation of God’s creations, and for the eternity of the beauty of life.

If a reigning Miss Universe will be pregnant, will you allow her to continue her reign?

G: Yes. It is natural to have a child as long as you know your future responsibilities and welcome love in your life without violating specific rules of conduct against one’s title. While reigning, you will not be prevented from fulfilling activities unless they would be physically exhausting as to endanger the queen’s health. There is no connotation of immorality as it is a choice and an incident to be embraced in all respects, foremost as a woman who celebrates life.

What makes you blush?

G: The words I want to hear from a loved one, and becoming more beautiful everyday because I am in love.

Slum-book questions:

Love is – the crowning jewel to one’s existence on Earth as it gives birth to more inspiration, and confirms the goodness of living.

My first crush was – Chris O’Donnel in “Scent of a Woman”, I was in 4th grade back then, and when I saw the movie I was like: I want to marry him!

My ideal guy is – a person of integrity – committed to causes, unwavering in faith, persistent in work, extremely attractive and personable, witty and intelligent, emotionally and financially stable with a healthy lifestyle, and at least four inches taller than me. He is already present in my life.

The last time I felt “kilig” was – when I was in high school. I honestly forgot why!

My favorite color is – the verdant glamour of emerald GREEN

My favorite movie is – Gladiator

My life’s theme song is – Building a Mystery by Sarah McLachlan

 To all Kattera readers:

Know your heart’s desires, but mind over the emotions – because we can only trust

what God wants for us. That is the ultimate discovery we all have to seek.


Gionna Cabrera = Truly Filipina


Thanks to

MU1000BC of Missosology.Org

chrisypageant of YouTube



for the info, vidz, and the pic!!!

My Most Memorable Bb. Pilipinas Q&A

Here are some of my most memorable Bb. Pilipinas Q & A. This includes those remarkably best and those hilariously unforgettable:

Teresa Licaros – Bb. Pilipinas Universe 2007

Just check the reaction of Mdm Stella and Pitoy after Tere’s answer! Kaloka diba? Galing ni Tere… She could have been a threat to Riyo if she made it to Miss Universe’s Top 5.

Marie-ann Umali – Bb. Pilipinas 2006

Literally, Marie-ann’s answer is one of the most controversial answer in Bb. Pilipinas History. Until now, pageant fans are still arguing as to the exact word she mentioned. Some would say that it is fit while others would insist that it is felt. Only Marie-ann knows… With this unforgettable answer, Marie-ann went home empty handed. However, 3 years after, she came back with a vengeance and with a better Q&A into her way of winning the Bb. Pilipinas World 2009 crown.

Jeannie Andersen – Bb. Pilipinas 2001

Kalowka si Jeannie! Parang titser kung magalit, “Quiet Please!” It took me at least 5 minutes to finish this 2 minutes and 27 seconds long video! I just can’t finish it maybe because of her “near-hyperventilation” reaction… Katakot! I do have to say that she pulled it really well! It was such an awkward situation….

Melanie Marquez – Bb. Pilipinas International 1979

Kalowka na man talaga itong si Melanie! Her answer will truly be an unforgettable one! Despite this brouhaham she had the sweetest revenge by claiming the 3rd Miss International crown of the country. She will always be one of my fave Bb. Pilipinas queens.

Janina San Miguel – Bb. Pilipinas World 2008 

Janina’s answer will surely live forever! It is unforgettable and controversial. Living in the Philippines, a country considered as one of the biggest english-speaking countries in the world, Filipinos are expected to speak english fluently. However, Janina’s performance created a stir, not really because of the thought behind her answer, but more on the question of Filipino’s capability to speak fluent english!

Lia Ramos – Bb. Pilipinas Universe 2006

To end this post in a positive note, let me show you the impeccable Q&A performance of Lia Ramos. The thought behind the answer is NOT really concise but I admire the delivery. All the ingredients of a well-done Q&A performance is there: confidence, smile, eye contact, safe entrance yet exquisite exit…. That is how you deliver your answer….


Thanks to

thatsmyboy1992, ameliavega, magnusaldous, dextroseinjection, and www.youtube.com

for the videos!