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: www.mgo-ost.de
The Logo of Miss Intercontinental
Photo Credits: http://www.mgo-ost.de

 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!