Catriona Understands Why She Didn’t Win a Title Before Miss Universe

Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray now understands why she didn’t win a major international title before Miss Universe…

Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray now has a better and a deeper understanding of why she had to go through all the heartbreaks and setbacks that took place in her young life. “Yeah, I believe everything happens for a reason in God’s perfect timing.” says Catriona in her interview with
The 25-year-old beauty queen adds that while these experiences were painful, she knows that they were necessary.
I wouldn’t have had the same outlook or the same life experience or the same character had I not gone through all of those things even since childhood. Everything led me up to this point,” she says. “I’m definitely a believer that everything happens for a reason.”
Catriona didn’t identify what those setbacks are, but one can safely assume that those include her loss at Miss World 2016. At the 66th edition of the Miss World pageant, Catriona was heavily favored to win the crown. Pageant aficionados say that she had a big chance of taking home the crown especially after she gave a strong and convincing answer in the final Q&A round.
Two years later, the Universe made things right again.

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Catriona, who came close to turning her back on beauty pageants, became the fourth Filipina to win the coveted Miss Universe crown in Bangkok, Thailand. Fans couldn’t agree more with the way things turned out for Catriona. That’s why on top of being happy (and relieved that the competition is over), Catriona is excited to prove that she’s the right woman for the job.
I’m really ready to work. I’m ready to be flung into the midst of the media [interviews] and all of my duties. It’s not exhausting at all. The only thing is jet lag, but I’m almost over it na.
Admittedly, Catriona is just beginning to grasp the scale or extent of the Miss Universe job. “I’m starting to experience it now and actually, I’m enjoying what I’m doing. The last two days have been the official activities of Miss Universe and I’m just really, really enjoying it. It’s a little bit challenging knowing that I have such a wide audience now and that so many people are listening to what I have to say, but it’s something I’m really enjoying talaga.
Nevertheless, she’s looking forward to taking on her responsibilities and making the most of her Miss Universe experience.

Catriona Gray’s heart is filled with gratitude. “This is what I’ve always dreamed about, this is what I’ve always aimed for, and now that I am able to live my dream I’m so, so happy and so, so grateful.
The Universe, indeed, has brought this beautiful young woman to her destination.

This blogpost is a colection of snippets from an article written by Gabby Reyes Libarios last January 16, 2019 for
You can read the full, unedited article on this link


What’s with the Silence, Miss Universe Org?

What’s with all this ‘cloak and dagger’ secrecy surrounding Miss Universe Catriona Gray? What is the Miss Universe organization trying to hide?
First was the very quiet post crowning activities that culminated in a hushed trip to New York. Then the uncanny quiet news (or lack thereof) on the transfer of the Miss Universe Philippines franchise. And now the secret arrival of Catriona last February 15th in Manila. With these things seemingly being hidden by the MUOrg, we are wondering what is the MUOrg  trying to hide from Filipino pageant fans?

Right after the crowning of Catriona Gray in Thailand, she immediately flew to Manila for a charity event that was devoid of news on the issues that were flying around; mainly the Miss Universe Philippines franchise transfer. There seemed to be a gag order not to talk about that, thus we understand the hushed atmosphere that surrounded even Catriona’s flight to New York earlier in January. The MUOrg may already have arrived on the decision on the MUP franchise then but had probably backtracked in making announcements upon seeing how loyal the Filipino fans are to the Binibining Pilipinas pageant. Making an announcement then that the franchise has been transferred would not have been beneficial to a newly crowned MU. It would have definitely taken the spotlight away from the newly crowned Miss Universe.

But in doing so, there hasn’t been a massive impact on Catriona’s win that is supposed to rival that of Pia Wurtzbach’s phenomenal crowning. After her media tour, which lasted for a couple of weeks, there hasn’t been much of media talk around Catriona except for several public appearances (and let’s not talk about the flak that happened around several of the styling choices that didn’t go well with some fans). If the MUOrg doesn’t make any announcement soon, it would only give the impression that they are indeed hiding something. If the transfer of the franchise is the reason for this silence, then it means that they might have miscalculated in giving LCS the MUP franchise (if we are to believe that Chavit has already ‘purchased’ the franchise).

The Miss Universe Org  may choose to run from these hounding questions but Sashes&Scripts doubts that they could hide away from it for so long. And that there is something that will eclipse even Catriona’s coming home, this facade of sorts is to hide the real question that pageant fans wants answered. Despite this jubilant celebration of her upcoming homecoming parade, pageant fans are more curious in knowing only one thing: Who between BPCI and LCS now owns the MUP franchise? And that is a question which either a yes or no answer will have consequences to all…

Bb. Pilipinas 2019 Wish List: Alaiza Malinao

The Pinay Glamazon! Dusky, full of personality and heart, amazingly tall with perfect bone structure and proportions, blessed with a gorgeous Filipina looks that translate internationally, and a force to reckon with on the runway. That, ladies and gentlemen, is Alaiza Malinao.

Alaiza has been one of my faves during the Binibining Pilipinas 2015 pageant. She is one of the ladies that you know will stand out in any line up of equally gorgeous gals. Mere presence alone, Alaiza has it in spades. Not to mention that she comes with a great story that has molded her to the independent spirit that she is. Yet despite that there is a certain softness to her that catches you unexpectedly. She is also the type of gal you’d want to be friends with but at the same time you would look up to.

After several mestiza beauties being sent to Miss Universe, I believe it is time once more to send a Filipina goddess to the competition – one that has piercing dark brown eyes and personality to boot. Alaiza is definitely just that…

Catriona Gray is Now in Manila!

Newsflash! Miss Universe Catriona Gray has arrived in Manila as confirmed by Robert R. Requintina of the Manila Bulletin!

Here is the article published on the website of the newspaper:
Miss Universe Catriona Gray arrived in Manila Friday night for her homecoming parades and other related activities which will kick off on Wednesday, Feb. 20.
Gray arrived past 9 p.m. at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (Naia) Terminal 3 in Paranaque City aboard Qatar Airways Flight No. QR-928, according to a report by “State of the Nation” news program on GMA News TV hosted by award-winning broadcast journalist Jessica Soho. Wearing simple white tops, jeans, and sneakers, Gray was accompanied by staff members from the Miss Universe Organization.
From the passengers’ tube, Gray rode the electric cart as she waved at the people at the airport. The beauty queen did not grant any interviews upon arrival. The same news program said that media men covering the airport were also barred from taking pictures of the beauty queen. It also reported that Gray’s arrival was kept from the media and they were initially told that she was not coming.
However, media men waited at the airport and finally saw her coming out of the VIP exit of the premiere airport. Organizers did not say where Gray would be staying prior to her press conference and homecoming parade next week.

Binibining Pilipinas Trivia, Part 3

The Binibning Pilipinas pageant is undoubtedly the pinnacle of national pageants in the Philippines. As it celebrates is 56th year, Sashes&Scripts is honoring the pageant’s history with BBP/ BPCI trivia posts every Saturdays of the month!
More ‘firsts’ as we continue the Binibining Pilipinas trivia today!

* In the year 1973, the Bb. Pilipinas pageant sent its first Bb. Pilipinas Maja to the Miss Maja Internacional pageant with Maria Nanette Prodigalidad who was initially Bb. Pilipinas 1st runner up. The succeeding year, the four official titles would become Binibining Pilipinas Universe, international, Maja and Miss Young Pilipinas, a tradition that will only stop in 1985 when the Miss Young International was dropped. 1974 also scored the first, and only, Filipina Miss Photogenic winner to win Miss Universe with Margie Moran.

* Rosemarie “Chiqui” Brosas was the first recipient of the Best in Swimsuit special award in Binibining Pilipinas. She is the first of 21 best in swimsuit recipients to later win the top title at the BBP pageant, the Bb. Pilipinas Universe crown. Did you know that the terno she wore for the national costume segment of the Miss Universe pageant was turned into a gown she wore for the finals? She took out the butterfly sleeves and made it into her evening gown. She ended up as 3rd runner up in MU 1975.

* Lizbeth de Padua – the first summa cum laude Bb. Pilipinas Universe winner in 1976. She was 19-year-old was a graduate of BS Biology of the University of the Philippines Los Banos and the first one with a full college degree to ever win a Binibining Pilipinas title. She later completed her medical degree and is a neurologist in the US.

* The year 1978 was the first year that all Bb. Pilipinas winners did not place in their international competitions. The years that all national winners failed to make first cut in their international competitions were: 1978, 1982, 1988, 1990, 1992, 2000, 2001, 2006 and 2007.
* Maria Cristina Alberto – was the first Bb. Pilipinas winner to voluntarily withdraw from an international pageant. Nicknamed Pinky, she voluntarily left and flew back to Manila 10 days before the Miss International 1977 finals in Tokyo due to some irregularities in pre-pageant events. So far she is the only BBP winner to do so.
* Crowned in their Evening Gowns – since its inception in 1964, the winners of the pageant were traditionally crowned in their swimsuits. 1988 marked the first year when the winners were crowned wearing their evening gowns instead.

* Anjanette Abayari – became the first woman to be dethroned of her BBP title for failing to meet residency and/or citizenship requirement. She later found fame as an actress and became famous for her role as the iconic Pinay superhero, Darna. Tisha Silang resigned her title upon failing to provide a Philippine passport in 1998 (she was a Canadian citizen), and Janelle Bautista was dethroned upon investigation that her Philippine passport was a tampered one. Venus Raj was the only Bb. Pilipinas winner who was stripped off her title but reinstated after being able to secure a Philippine passport.

* Sharmaine “Ruffa” Rama Guttierez – the first and only Bb. Pilipinas to crown her successor and be crowned with a Bb. Pilipinas title on the same night. A year prior she was handpicked to represent the Philippines in Elite Model Look 1992, then competed and won Bb. Pilipinas World 1993. She was also the first Bb. Pilipinas titleholder to pass on her national title even before competing in her international competition. She had to pass on her BBP-World title to Caroline Subijano during BBP94 (held in October 1993) to prepare for the coming Miss Universe 1994 pageant in the Philippines.
This isn’t the last of the series as we still have part 4 coming soon!
For those that missed the earlier posts, here are the links for the BBP Trivia Part 1 and Part 2. Go check them out now!

Binibining Pilipinas FAQs (AKA Everything You Need to Know)

With each turn of the year, Filipino pageant fans are eagerly awaiting the start of the Binibining Pilipinas applications period. This marks the annual pageant frenzy that culminates with the crowning of a new set of Bb. Pilipinas winners.
So Sashes&Scripts thought about writing about topics regarding some Frequently Asked Questions about the pageant.

NOTE: This is a long read, hence be patient…
What is the  Binibining Pilipinas Charities, Incorporated? 
The annual Binibining Pilipinas Beauty Pageant is a project of Binibining Pilipinas Charities, Incorporated (BPCI), a non-stock, non-profit organization founded by its chair, Stella Márquez Araneta. The pageant, BPCI’s primary instrument as it pursues its mission of spreading peace and love across the nation, is a fund-raising activity for projects that would benefit orphans, indigent families and other less fortunate members of Philippine society.
When was the pageant launched?
Launched in 1964, the yearly quest has become the biggest and most anticipated beauty event participated in by hundreds of aspirants from all over the country. After a rigorous selection process, the exceptional ladies who exemplify the true Filipina beauty, whose innate poise, grace and intelligence set them apart from the rest, is crowned Binibining Pilipinas winners.
Maria Myrna Panlilio was the first Bb. Pilipinas winner who competed in Miss Universe and Nenita “Nini” Ramos (aunt to Bb. Pilipinas winners and sisters Bianca, Katherine and Nichole Manalo) was the first Miss Philippines International fielded by BPCI in Miss International in 1968. Since 1969 both reps for MI and MU are selected in the Bb. Pilipinas pageant.

What are the international pageant franchises that the BBP handles?
The Binibining Pilipinas pageant acquired the Miss Universe franchise since 1964 and the Miss International franchise since 1968. Though in 1968, a separate pageant was held to select the Philippine rep to MI. Only in 1969 that both reps are selected in the annual BBP pageant.
Current franchise include the Miss Supranational (since 2012), Miss Intercontinental (since 2014), Miss Grand International (since 2015), and the Miss Globe (since 2015) pageants.
Past franchises include:
Miss World (1992–2010)
Miss Tourism Queen International (2011–2015)
Miss Tourism (as a special title) (1987–1990; 1993–1994; 2005)
Miss Maja International (1972–1992; 1995)
Miss Young International (1970–1985)
What are the charities that BPCI supports?
BPCI donates all its earnings to a string of orphanages in Metro Manila including daycare centers, in cooperation with the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD). In times of calamities, it is committed to contribute aid to relief operations whenever and wherever such calamities occur. One of the most memorable relief operations that involved BPCI was when Central Luzon was immensely affected by the eruption of Mt. Pinatubo in 1991. Binibining Pilipinas past and then current titleholders trudged through the ash-laden town of Porac, the Tent City in Pampanga, and other refugee camps, to distribute food, medicines and other basic needs to the affected helpless residents that included ethnic tribes that lived on the volcano slopes. The institution also contributed to the global effort of aiding the Tsunami Victims when it made its donation during the MTV Asia Aid Event at the Araneta Center in 2005.
Other more recent fulfilling endeavors undertaken were regular children’s welfare programs at the Barangay Soccoro Day Care Center and the Philippine General Hospital Pediatric Cancer Unit, helping build houses for the poor as volunteers for Habitat for Humanity, bringing relief and inspiration to our wounded soldiers at the AFP Medical Center, and bringing Christmas cheer to indigent children by hosting them during the Disney On Ice Charity Show every December.
Who comprises the BPCI Executive Committee?
The BPCI Executive Committee includes Chairperson Stella Marquez Araneta, Vice Chairperson Conchitina Sevilla Bernardo, Betsy Westendorp Brias, and Raymond Villanueva. Fashion Czar, Jose “Pitoy” Moreno (1925-2018) served as part of the BPCI executive committee and was active until 5 years before his demise.
What is the age requirements to join the Bb. Pilipinas pageant?
Applicant should be from 17 to 26 years of age at the time of the pageant according to the pageant’s website. However since 2018, the pageant has increased the age limits to 27 years old.
What is the height requirements to join Bb. Pilipinas?
Minimum height requirement for Bb. Pilipinas is at 5’6″ and the delegate numbering are systematically assigned in pyramidal order (as posted previously on their website). Recent years have relaxed to allow those 5’5″ in height to be able to participate in the pageant.

What documents should applicants prepare for the pageant?
Applicants should provide original copies + one photocopy
* Proof of citizenship
– For natural-born citizen, Born in the Philippines – birth certificate and Philippine passport, if applicable.
– Balikbayan Who Re-Acquired Philippine Citizenship Under R.A. 9225 – Birth Certificate or Report of Birth; and Identification certificate issued by the Bureau of Immigration.
– Natural-Born Citizen Born Outside the Philippines – Report of Birth issued by the Philippine Consulate in the country of Birth; or NSO certificate stating that birth was reported by the Philippine consulate and recorded in the Philippines.
* Proof of Residency
– Valid ID showing residency in the Philippines for those who have not resided outside the country.
– For those who have resided outside the Philippines, valid ID showing Philippine address plus any of the following : Philippine Passport, Foreign Passport; or Certificate from Bureau of Immigration stating date of entry into the Philippines.
* College or High School Diploma.
* Medical Certificate for both physical and Mental health and well-being.
* Certificate of Good Moral Character given by your School, Church or Professional Organization.
* Two (2) photographs – One close up and one full body shot.
* Parent’s consent if below 18 years old.
Where can hopefuls get the BBP application forms?
You can download the form on the BPCI website or personally go to BPCI Office upon application. Applicants will have to fill up the form at the BPCI office. 
Here is a sample BBP application form.
What is the Decency Clause in the Bb. Pilipinas application?
Usually a cause of disqualification among pageant candidates, the decency clause in the application form states the following reminders:
* I am of good moral character;
* I have never participated in any bold/burlesque shows, plays, movies, publications or activities, or such show, play, movie, publication or activity, which, in the sole opinion and discretion of BPCI, is inconsistent with my application with the Pageant, run counter against the social and moral principles upon which the Pageant is founded upon, and/or bring disrepute or embarrassment to BPCI or any of its sponsors;
* I have not engaged in prostitution or any such act which can be deemed as similar or related thereto
Where is the BPCI Headquarters located?
Address: General Roxas Avenue, Cubao, Quezon City, 1109 Metro Manila
The BPCI Main Office is located at Uniprom Inc., near Red Gate of Smart Araneta Coliseum.
What should applicants wear when submitting their forms?
As per tradition, all Binibining Pilipinas applicants are required to dress their best when submitting their applications. Applicants are usually asked to be in makeup and dresses upon dropping their forms at the BPCI office.

How many candidates does the Bb. Pilipinas pageant gets for the yearly pageant?
That usually depends to the organization and their broadcast partner. Since the 2000’s the number of candidates would range from 24 to 50. However since 2016, 40 candidates are picked for the pageant.
What are the Criteria of Judging?
Beauty of Face – 50%
Beauty of Figure – 30%
Poise & Personality – 10%
Intelligence – 10%
What activities should the Bb. Pilipinas candidates pay attention to?
There is a general dispute amongst pageant insiders on which activities should candidates pay attention to. According to pageant insiders, pageant camp mentors and pageant historians, these activities include the following:
1. Binibining Pilipinas press presentation
2. Parade of Beauties around the Araneta Center
3. The Jag Fashion show and
4. National Costume Presentation
What is the Bb.Pilipinas motto?
“Once a Binibini, Always a Binibini”
Who are notable Binibining Pilipinas winners?
Winners of the celebrated beauty titles serve as official Philippine representatives to the three most renowned international pageants. They will be joining Gloria Diaz, Miss Universe 1969; Aurora Pijuan, Miss International 1970; Margie Moran, Miss Universe 1973; Melanie Marquez, Miss International 1979; Ruffa Gutierrez, Miss World 2nd Princess 1993; Miriam Quiambao, Miss Universe 1st Runner-up 1999; Precious Lara Quigaman, Miss International 2005; Bea Rose Santiago, Miss International 2013; Pia Wurtzbach, Miss Universe 2015; Kylie Verzosa, Miss International 2016 and Catriona Gray, Miss Universe 2018, in an impressive roster of beauty queens that the illustrious pageant has produced.


Ilene Astrid de Vera: Another Cebuana Eyes Miss Universe Philippines Crown

Another Cebuana beauty sets her eyes on the Miss Universe Philippines crown! Mutya ng Pilipinas 2017 and a Miss Asia-Pacific International runner up, Ilene Astrid de Vera is setting her eyes on the top crown of the Binibining Pilipinas pageant this year.

A Kagandahang Flores Cebu ward under Jonas Borces (who gave us Kris Tiffany Janson, Rogelie Catacutan, Cynthia Thomalla and Eva Patalinjug) is preparing for the prestigious national pageant. This 5’9″ Mass Communication graduate of the University of the Philippines Cebu would only be joining pageants for the 3rd time. Her first foray into pageantry during her Mutya ng Pilipinas she admitted that she felt like a freshman in a batch of seniors. This time around she’ll be bringing in more pageant experience for the finals and we are hoping for a more polished, more physically fit and more confident version of her.
This time around, I want to be 101 percent ready. I want to be ready in all aspects: physically, mentally, emotionally, financially and spiritually. It’s a really big help that I already have built wide and stable connection here in Manila ever since I decided to move here last 2017,” she said in an interview with Cebu Daily News.


Bb. Pilipinas 2019 Wish List: Teresita ‘Wynwin’ Marquez

Teresita Ssen Marquez, a name that has proven her worth in the international pageant arena. But there is still clamor for her to join the Binibining Pilipinas 2019 pageant. Question is, will she?

At age 26, she’s turning 27 this May, she is still eligible for a number of titles should she join BBP 2019. While some people might say that she will be risking being Reina HispanoAmericana 2017 for another shot at a Bb. Pilipinas title, I believe that she should give it at least a thought. Agree that height might be a factor against her, but height seems no longer to be might in the international arena. Some may also argue that no multiple crossover (BBP to MWP back to BBP) has ever won in the Araneta-based pageant, I can only say that a thing is only impossible until someone does the impossible. Who knows, luck may be on her side this time around in BBP?

IMHO, I’d rather put bets on one who has pageant experience like her over a newbie. With the way she is looking more and more gorgeous nowadays, I believe she could have a good shot in BBP should she give it another try.

Binibining Pilipinas Trivia, Part 2

The Binibining Pilipinas trivia continues today! On this blogpost we will be discussing the many “firsts” of the Bb. Pilipinas pageant.

The first pageant was held in July of 1964 with just 15 finalists chosen from 30 applicants. The first Bb. Pilipinas Coronation Night was postponed from July 3 to July 5 due to Typhoon Dading, a standby generator was in place in case of power outage. Ma. Myrna Elizabeth Panlilio won the first Bb. Pilipinas title and was crowned by Miss Universe 3rd runner up 1963, Lalaine Bennett. Lalaine is the first Filipina to ever make top 5 in Miss Universe, though she wasn’t a product of BBP, she was nevertheless asked to crown the first Binibining Pilipinas winner. The winner was sent to the Miss Universe pageant that same year, finals on August 1st.

* The first Bb Pilipinas winner to “wear” Miss Universe crown is not Gloria Diaz. That distinction belongs to the first Binibining Pilipinas winner, Myrna Panlilio, who tried on the MU crown in 1964.Myrna was also one of 5 candidates who were given the priviledge to meet Walt Disney in person (alongside Misses Sri Lanka, Japan, Ceylon, Malaysia and Australia).

* In 1968 the BPCI acquired the franchise of the Miss International pageant and a separate pageant was held to choose the country’s rep. Nenita “Nini” Ramos won the title of Miss Philippines and was a semi-finalist in MI (she’s the aunt of Bb. Pilipinas sisters Katherine, Bianca & Nichole Manalo).

* It was in 1969 that the two pageants were combined into one competition. The winners were named Miss Philippines (who competed in Miss International) and Binibining Pilipinas (who competed in Miss Universe). Margaret Rose Montinola and Gloria Diaz won the top titles respectively. It was also the first year that the BBP pageant produced 2 international winners with Gloria as MU and BBP 1st runner up Nelia Sancho as Queen of the Pacific 1969 (she was hand-picked to compete).

The first televised edition of the pageant was held in 1970. Binibining Pilipinas winner Simonette delos Reyes was sister to Miss Philippines 1955 Yvonne delos Reyes, making them the first Filipina sisters to both represent the Philippines in Miss Universe. Miss Philippines 1970 was Aurora Pijuan who later became Miss International. Aurora also started the 4 consecutive top 5 placement in MI.
Three winners were crowned the 1971 pageant: Bb. Pilipinas, Miss Philippines and Miss Young Pilipinas. 1st runner up Milagros Guttierez was later named Miss Charming Philippines making it the first national pageant to have 4 national titles. All 4 winners didn’t end empty handed in their respective international competitions, Vida Doria was voted Miss Photogenic by the press, Evelyn Camus was 2nd runner up in MI, Maricar Zaldarriaga won Miss Photogenic and entered the top 15 in Miss Young International, and Milagros Gutierrez was 3rd runner up in Miss Charming International 1971.

* During the year 1972, the titles were officially changed to Miss Philippines Universe and Miss Philippines International(Bb. Pilipinas Universe and Bb. Pilipinas International). This was the first time that the pageant titles reflected the name of the founding organization. Bb. Pilipinas International Yolanda Dominguez scored the first back-to-back runner up finish in any pageant under BBP (she was 2nd  runner up in MI).

More Binibining Pilipinas firsts in the next part of this series!
Visit the first part of the Binibining Pilipinas trivia here

What Are the National and International Pageant Seasons?

Do you know what is considered to be the pageant seasons? Which month comprises these seasons? What is the pageant off-peak?
All of those questions will be answered in  today’s blogpost!

The National Pageant Season
The nationals pageant season is usually marked with the beginning of applications for the Binibining Pilipinas and Miss Earth Philippines pageants. The BBP pageant usually announces the application period by the end of December or by January. The MEP on the other hand starts the application period around January to March and very occasionally April. The Miss World Philippines is the outlier among the three pageants that selects reps for the 4 Alpha with its pageant that is usually held closer to the international pageant season. MWP usually selects their winners between the months of September to November. Mutya ng Pilipinas has in recent years scheduled their finals between August to December. A far cry from the usual May finals it used to have back in the 90’s.
The International Pageant Season
For the four biggest international pageants, they are usually held in the months of October to December. This marks the most activity on social media when it comes to pageantry. The international pageant season is usually opened with the Miss Earth pageant followed by the Miss International competition in Tokyo. Traditionally either Miss World or Miss Universe will close the pageant season during the end of November or mid-December. Misses Globe, Asia-Pacific International, Supranational, and other host of lesser popular pageants would schedule their finals between the months of October to December.

However other  international pageants would have their schedules between October until February or March of the following year. The Miss Intercontinental pageant has been held in the month of January for this last 2 years, effectively skipping the 2017 edition. Other international pageant that holds finals during the 1st quarter of the year are Miss Eco International and Miss Multinational.
Pageant Season Off-Peak
Interest in pageants usually die down in the months of April to September. This is why most male pageants would scheduled their finals on these dates. No male pageant (national or international competitions) would have a fighting chance in terms of social media buzz if it overlaps with either the national or international pageant season for females.
This is perhaps one of the reasons why the initial scheduled Mister World competition in January was postponed to June of 2019. It will clash with the Miss Intercontinental pageant also held in January as well as the general fan interest Binibining Pilipinas come February to April. This is one of the lessons learned when the Mister World Philippines was postponed due to terrible weather conditions to October last year which buried interest in the contest as it conflicted with the then on-going Miss Earth activities.