Handpicked Filipina Reps for 2020 International Pageants?

In the event that the NCov-19 pandemic in the Philippines doesn’t get resolved by the months of May or June, we believe that national pageant organizations should hand-pick reps for the 2020 pageant season.

Having a pre-selected set of Filipina representatives for the 2020 international pageant season can be a good solution in case that the postponed national pageants should be pushed back further. And this also opens the gates for having us crown 2021 reps with the current set of national candidates, paving the way for a longer prep time like Colombia, Venezuela and other Latin countries do in the 90’s to mid-2010’s.

SASHES&SCRIPTS’ APPOINTED CHOICES FOR 2020 INTERNATIONAL COMPETITIONS

A short disclaimer: Each of our handpicked ladies is based on this blogger’s observations on who might be a great fit for the international competitions as of this moment. They are not yet our final picks but rather possible representatives to some of the international pageants. Also with over a dozen international pageants, we only focused on only 5. This is already a long read with just 5 and adding more pageants to discuss would be exhausting for you to read. Continue reading “Handpicked Filipina Reps for 2020 International Pageants?”

Miss International Winners and Placers from the Philippines

Of the Alpha pageants (the four major international beauty pageants) – Miss Universe, Miss International, Miss World, Miss Earth – the Philippines produced the most number of winners in the Japan-based Miss International. The country has six titleholders, the most for any Asian, European or African country (only Venezuela, with eight Miss International winners, is ahead of the Philippines).


To honor the highest title in the Binibining Pilipinas 2020 pageant, we are featuring the six Filipina winners and the 27 Filipina placers of the Miss International pageant.

NOTE: This is going to be a long read, so we urge our beloved readers to be patient. 

The Filipinas Who Won Miss International

  • 1964 – Gemma Teresa Guerrero Cruz
    Gemma Cruz was 21 years old when she won as Miss International Beauty on Aug. 14, 1964 in Long Beach, California. She was the daughter of journalist Carmen Guerrero Nakpil and a descendant of National Hero Dr. Jose P. Rizal. The 5’10” beauty donated her $10,000 cash prize as Miss International to Boys Town and Girls Home in Marikina City. She would later serve as the director of the National Museum under the Marcos administration and as Secretary of Tourism under the Estrada administration. After her reign she authored several book on Philippine history.
  • 1970 –  Aurora McKenney Pijuan
    Aurora is from Bacolod, one of the 12 children of Marcelo Pijuan and Lucielle Mckenney. The then 20-year old Aurora nabbed the title among a field of 47 delegates. With her statuesque height of 5’8″ she later became a sought after ramp and commercial model endorsing PAL, Eskinol, Pepsi, Star Margarine and a bevy of other products. Aurora had a short stint in showbiz, her most memorable films being “Si Popeye Atbp,” where she played Olive Oyl to Ariel Ureta’s Popeye; and “Sunugin and Samar.” She is currently an active member of Gawad Kalinga, a movement that helps poor families in rural areas.
  • 1979 – Mimilanie Marquez
    Nicknamed Melanie, she is the youngest winner of Miss International  in history at the age of 15 when she competed in 1979. During the finals held in Tokyo she won the Best in National Costume award. The 5’11” Melanie was not a popular choice to win the national title but celebrity judges Miss Universe 1969 Gloria Diaz and actor Ramon Revilla Sr. believed in her and fought for her. True enough, just as they predicted, she won our country’s third Mikimoto crown…

  • 2005 – Precious Lara Quigaman
    The 5’6″ beauty from Biñan is the eldest of four children and a freelance web writer. Lara is a graduate of NVQ Media Production and Communications at Filton College in the United Kingdom. She also took up Bachelor of Arts in Childhood and Youth Studies at Bristol UK. Her victory came as a surprise as there was a prevalent rumor that no Filipina rep will ever win as long as socialite Dewi Sukarno sits as a judge. Lara is also one of the shortest Miss International winners.
  • 2013 – Bea Rose Monterde Santiago
    A commanding beauty standing at 5’9″ tall, this Mutya ng Pilipinas alum became the 5th Filipina to win the MI crown. The Masbate-born international model bested 66 other contestants in the competition’s 53rd edition, held at Shinagawa Prince Hotel Hall in Tokyo. She studied Communications at York University in Canada and became a model under Elite Model Management.
  • 2016 – Kylie Fausto Verzosa
    In the 27th of October Kylie Fausto Versoza nailed the country’s sixth Miss International crown in Tokyo, Japan. Her victory fortified the Philippines’ position as the top Asian country in the international tilt that was inaugurated in Long Beach, California in 1960. The 5’8″ doe-eyed lass from Baguio was the top fan favorite during the Binibining Pilipinas 2016 title.

 


The Miss International Runners Up
– the country boasts of 4 runner up placements in the pageant with a string of wins from 1970 to 1973. This is a bit surprising considering that the Philippines has been a powerhouse in the MI titl. Aurora Pijuan started an avalanche of top 5 placements that culminated with a 4th runner up finish in 1973.

  • 1971 – Evelyn Camus, 2nd runner up
  • 1972 – Yolanda ‘Yogie’ Dominguez, 2nd runner up
  • 1973 – Elena Ojeda, 4th runner up
  • 2018 – Ahtisa Manalo, 1st runner up

The Miss International Semifinalists – the Philippines boasts of the most stellar record among Asian countries in terms of achievement in the MI pageant. It has 33 placements (including wins) and counting. Currently the Philippines holds 23 semi-finalist & finalist placements.

  • 1960 – Edita Vital
  • 1963 – Monina Yllana
  • 1968 – Nenita “Nini” Ramos
  • 1969 – Margaret Rose “Binky” Montinola
  • 1975 – Jaye Murphy
  • 1976 – Dolores Ascalon
  • 1980 – Diana Chiong
  • 1981 – Alice Sacasas
  • 1986 – Jessie Alice Dixson
  • 1991 – Patricia Betita
  • 1993 – Alma Concepcion
  • 1994 – Gladys Andre Dueñas
  • 1995 – Yedda Marie Mendoza Kittilstvedt
  • 1996 – Susan Jane Ritter
  • 1997 – Colette Centeno Glazer
  • 2004 – Margaret Ann Bayot
  • 2008 – Patricia Fernandez
  • 2009 – Melody Gersbach
  • 2010 – Krista Kleiner
  • 2011 – Dianne Necio
  • 2012 – Nicole Schmitz
  • 2015 – Janicel Lubina
  • 2019 – Bea Patricia Magtanong

Pageant Candidates and Social Media at the Time of Covid-19 Pandemic

What can our pageant girls do during these times of quiet and quarantine period? Here are some of our suggestions…

Pageant girls can make use of this time to get their names out on social media when pageant activities are on hold. The great thing about this is that all pageant hopefuls have equal opportunity to ‘seen and heard’ on social media. There are no frontrunners or underdogs during this time every pageant hopeful has equal opportunities to be on every pageant fan’s and pages’ feed. Each pageant girl also has the creative control on the message she wants to send across. This pageant break is an opportunity to reach out to fans with regular social content that is timely, informative and useful.

Girls, this is the time where you should be out there creating content/ posts on your social media that will make fans remember you. Got nothing to say? Easy-peasy! Here is a list of things that you can post on your Instagram and Facebook feed: Continue reading “Pageant Candidates and Social Media at the Time of Covid-19 Pandemic”

Andrea, Sophie & Stephanie: Crossing Over to Miss Universe

Three former Miss World runners up are now crossing over to the Miss Universe pageant!

Andrea Meza, Sophie Moulds and Stephanie Hill are competing for their respective national pageants for the chance to compete in the Miss Universe 2020 pageant. All three former Miss World princesses are eyed as frontrunners in the Mexicana Universal and Miss Universe Great Britain pageants. Continue reading “Andrea, Sophie & Stephanie: Crossing Over to Miss Universe”

Should Pageant Organizations Skip the 2020 Pageant Season?

With the pageant season being delayed due to the NCov-19 global pandemic, one of the possible scenarios is to cancel altogether both national and international competitions. Which leaves the question are pageant organizations willing to do so?

Here are some of our thoughts on this matter…

CANCELLATION OF LOCAL AND INTERNATIONAL PAGEANTS

This may be the most drastic option but it may be the safest course of action to take.

We cannot predict when this global pandemic will end and it isn’t worth the risk to continue and have people spread the virus. Pageant organizations must need to evaluate their priorities when countries are safe-guarding its citizens from the Corona virus. Countries may even implement lockdowns and travel bans during these period and it will definitely put a dent on a pageant’s activities and live finals.

Pageants are festive activities that cannot thrive without audiences and with mass gatherings being avoided; pageants would need to rethink should they proceed… Continue reading “Should Pageant Organizations Skip the 2020 Pageant Season?”

The Top 5 Misconceptions about Madame Stella Marquez-Araneta

There have been some hate that Binibining Pilipinas Charities Inc. Chair person Madame Stella Marquez-Araneta had to endure over the last couple of decades from a number of pageant fans.
Today, we will try to shed some light on a woman who have championed the Filipina beauty queens for more than 50 years. A woman who calls herself a Filipina. A woman who despite the tremendous power she yields in the pageant, has never defended herself publicly. A woman who had to make tough choices for her organization, yet is mired with numerous misconceptions on her persona…

1. She is a Cheapskate – just because she knows what areas she has to spend on and where she doesn’t need to pour money on does not make her cheap. She forgoes those expenses that aren’t of major importance or does not forward the interests of the organization or the BBP pageant. We cannot imagine her not having allotted budgets to pay for franchise that would cost about 5-6 figures in US dollars. What is the point of having new crowns if she isn’t able to pay for the yearly annual fees of the international pageants she sends our BBP winners to? Granted that there is a need to change crowns, but those don’t come easy or cheap. This is just a simple case of prioritizing on SMA on what matters the most to the BBP winners and the org.
2. She is too “Alta” or she is ‘Matapobre’ – she is far from that as she would be very accommodating to pageant fans. This is illustrated on how she would accommodate a number of Filipinos during the Miss Universe pageant to be able to get in the rehearsals of the girls. Of course pageant fans have to understand that when you are meeting a person of position you would want to look your best and not appear as someone who would be begging for scraps under her table. No one would take you seriously if you would look scrappy or untidy. Nobody would like to get too close with one with unpleasant smell either.
3. She gets a cut from the girls’ winnings – this would be an flat-out lie as some of winners have mentioned in interviews that their international winnings are their own. The only time that BPCI gets a cut from the girls’ fees are from public engagements they do under BBP (meaning they go as Bb. Pilipinas winners officially with their sash and/or crown). This is also perhaps the reason why the winners’ contracts are actually 18 months long. It allows BPCI to squeeze in possible revenues from the girls’ official public appearances.

4. She has all the money to spend – this is actually false. The BPCI gets much of its annual budget from the sponsorships they get during the BBP pageant season. Whatever income they get, they spend back on the pageant, on the franchise fees, training and wardrobe, etc… BPCI is not funded by the government and it is a non-profit organization which means that SMA has to self-sustain her organization thru its own income generators. Pageant franchises amount to several tens of thousand dollars. So imagine the scenario of having to earn your main paycheck only once in a year and you have to make sure that paycheck will allow you to survive the entire 12 months. That is actually how it is for most pageants out there.
5. She hates Filipino Designers – this one is a fallacy for the books. When SMA instituted the restrictions on pageant gowns in the late 90’s this came from terrible experiences with local designers in the past. There were those designers who would feud regarding the girls in the pageant. Then there was the straw that broke the camel’s back (so to speak). When one of our MU reps switched her gown to a local designer when SMA bought a supposed designer gown (it was said to be an expensive Bob Mackie designer label) for the prelims. MUOrg reps talked to her and was rumored to have said that she sent a gorgeous girl but was given a horrendous gown. Said girl had scores that placed her among the top 16-18 that year.

The (unconfirmed) Franchise Fee estimates of the Alpha Four Pageants…

There is a lot of flak that SMA has been receiving in the past years from Pinoy pageant fans. If she is so bad at her job then how did  SMA navigated the pageant through highs and lows in over 50 years of BPCI?
Pageant fans rarely have the chance to meet Madame Stella Marquez-Araneta in person and get to interact with her. And it is that unfamiliarity that causes them to pass quick judgement without getting the overall scene. What they usually see is a microscopic view of how a pageant is managed. Hopefully there would be less hate and a lot more respect to go around after this post…

Wide & Diverse Backgrounds for Binibining Pilipinas 2020

There is always something impressive in the yearly batch of Binibining Pilipinas candidates, and this year is no exception. This year, the batch doesn’t only boast of models and actresses, but a wide scope of professions and professionals.

Ana Thea Cenarosa, Philippine Netball athlete to the 2019 SEA Games – a former student athlete playing women’s basketball, she is one of the tallest candidate this year. She says that her greatest achievement so far was to represent the country in the South-east Asian Games held in the Philippines. She’s a sports advocate believing that sports should not be based on race, gender or age, and that it must be treated on the basis of equality.

Alexangela Salvador, Businesswoman/ CEO – this BS Management undergraduate form the Ateneo de Manila University put up an interior design & construction company at age 19, had a restaurant chain business at age 24 and built a realty development company that develops lots into commercial and residential spaces. Not to mention that she also wowed us during her Talent Night presentation with a very unconventional talent of doing welding and woodwork.

Lois Anne Badando, Registered Pharmacist – hailing from Marikina, this fresh faced beauty is a registered Pharmacist who graduated from the Centro Escolar University. She holds the title of Miss Marikina 2018 and also works to promote CLEAGO making her city a clean environment.

Lesley Anne Ticaro, Public School Teacher – Lesley graduated at the University of Southeastern Philippines with a degree in Bachelor of Secondary Education, Major in English. She currently works as a Public School Teacher at the Sto. Niño National High School in the Talaingod District, Division of Davao del Norte.

Rowena Salusuya, Public School Teacher & Language Tutor – Rowena, or Rowee for short, is a LET board passer who works as a Business Development & Accounts Manager and Social Media Director for a couple of companies. She is also affiliated with Le Premier Language (which offer Asian and European languages training and foreign language related services) and A-HA! Learning Center (a free tutoring center for public school kids).

Alexandra Faith Garcia, Entrepreneur and Operations Head – She is a 26 year old Tourism Management graduate, and now working as the Operations Head of RED Sports PH, a sporting-event company under RED Entertainment. This triathlete also competed in and laded landed in the top 5 of the Century Tuna Superbods 2018. She joined her first triathlon event back in 2014 and got her first podium finish in the 2015 Century Tuna Ironman 70.3, a race consisting of a gruelling 1.9Km swim, 90Km bike and a 21Km run, where she finished second overall in her age group. Faith earned her first triathlon title in 2016 when she won the female 18-24 age group category of the Aboitiz Triathlon in Nasugbu, Batangas.

Ma. Ruth Erika Quin, Doctor of Veterinary Medicine – she is a graduate of the CLSU College of Veterinary Science and Medicine. A certified vet, it goes hand in hand that her advocacy is for animal welfare. She has worked with the Philippine Veterinary Medical Association and Love Vets Nature Veterinarians together with veterinary offices in many towns and cities, giving free medical and surgical attention to rescues, strays and household pets for the community.

Samantha Alexandra Panlilio, Senior Consultant – works for the family company, Boulevard Holdings Inc., specializing in land development, hotels and resorts. Samantha graduated with a degree in Business and Computer Science from the University of California, Irvine. Her previous work experience is also on the business-end of the company with CRM sytems and lead management, digital marketing and business development.

With that being said, you can gauge how diverse the backgrounds of the ladies are in the competition.

Miss Venezuela Postpones 2020 Pageant

It is not only the Philippines that is postponing its national pageant season! Pageant Powerhouse Venezuela has communicated through it’s official social media channels that the Miss Venezuela 2020 pageant is being postponed to a yet unspecified date due to the threat of the NCov-19 pandemic.

Below is the full translated press statement from the Miss Venezuela organization…

Miss Venezuela, committed to the health and well-being of all the participants, as well as the staff in charge and the multidisciplinary team of collaborators who are an integral part of the contest, has decided to temporarily suspend face-to-face activities related to the 2020 Beauty Season.
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"In Miss Venezuela we have decided to stick to the prevention measures that are being taken worldwide due to the corona-virus pandemic, and that is why we will be adjusting the different activities of formation of the Misses to advance with their preparation remotely until we can return to La Quinta " announced Gabriela Isler, Director of Communications and Training.
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The Executive Committee appreciates the understanding of all those involved, and invites each one of the fans of the pageant not only to be very attentive to the digital platforms of Miss Venezuela, but to carefully follow the basic personal care recommendations that have been extended to avoid taking unnecessary health risks and to help reduce the spread of the virus.


Beauty Pageant Season 2020

"The representative of Venezuela who will attend the Miss World will be chosen in an exclusive contest called Miss Venezuela World 2020 that will have the participation of the 24 candidates and in which the same qualities that this franchise has evaluated promoted throughout the years ", as revealed by Gabriela Isler through Portada´s by Venevisión.

Gabriela Isler also explained that the queens who will represent us in the Miss Universe and the Miss International will be chosen in the Miss Venezuela 2020, a contest that will be held later with the other 23 young applicants.

The official presentation and imposition of bands will take place the same as last year. "The birth status of the majority of the candidates, or of their affections, personal and family will be respected; and in cases in which it is not possible to make this association, it will be done by lottery," he said.

Miss Universe Philippines Moved to June 14th

NEWSFLASH! MISS UNIVERSE PHILIPPINES  MOVED TO JUNE 14TH!
 
Miss Universe Philippines (MUPh) is postponing it’s finals date due to the outbreak of the NCov-19 outbreak in Metro-Manila. 
According to it’s press release on its official Facebook page:
Pageant activities will be suspended with immediate effect to ensure the health and safety of our contestants, and for fans and production teams to focus on responding to the National Government’s recently implemented community quarantine. The Finals will now take place on 14 June 2020, Sunday. MUPh remains committed to taking Philippine pageantry to amazing new heights. Measured adjustments to the competition schedule and delivery of new and exciting events are being finalized and will be announced in the coming days and weeks.

Samantha & Vickie: Third Time’s a Charm

Samantha Mae Bernardo and Vickie Marie Rushton have dedicated three years of their life to the Binibining Pilipinas pageant. Would this year be the year that they finally find themselves with a crown?

Ever since Maricar Balagtas and Mary Jean Lastimosa pioneered joining the Binibining Pilipinas pageant three times before securing a crown, a number of ladies seem to have followed their footsteps. Most famous of them is Miss Universe 2015 Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach who joined the competition form 2013 to 2015. So competing three times in a row is nothing new.

2018 was the year that we first saw Samantha and Vickie in the Binibining Pilipinas pageant. We knew then that the two ladies would be possible titleholders but why hasn’t they been crowned yet? These are our thoughts…

Continue reading “Samantha & Vickie: Third Time’s a Charm”

Pageantry and Covid-19

With the news of several new cases of Covid-19 found, how will that affect the national pageant season?

The Covid-19 virus scare is a hot topic in the news nowadays. No one can escape it on the news and even on social media. With this global epidemic becoming more widespread, we fear that this may affect the national pageant season and more so the international pageant season come 3rd-4th quarter of 2020.

First to postpone their inaugural pageant is the Miss Charm International pageant that is supposed to happen in Vietnam this month of March. It has made public that due to the continued spreading of the said virus, they are postponing their pageant towards the latter end of the year.

Another pageant that has made changes in their finals night is the Binibining Pilipinas pageant whose April 26th coronation night is moved to May 31st. Insider rumors are saying that the said move was due to the Covid-19 virus, although no confirmation is yet available. One thing is for certain, the events and public appearances of the Binibinis for this week have been postponed for safety reasons.
One of the latest cases of the Covid-19 infection discovered in the Philippines is an employee of Deloitte Philippines in Bonifacio Global City in Taguig. Taguig is currently the headquarters and base of operations for the Miss Universe Philippines pageant. It was earlier reported that the MUPh activities are postponed in light of this new development. It is also likely that even pageant fans are to take up more precaution and avoid the infected locations altogether.

Two of the countries gravely affected by the Corona virus is the United States, which is the headquarters of the Miss Universe org, and the Miss International pageant, which holds the annual Miss International pageant. It is likely that these countries would be very cautious in holding these pageants. It is also likely that the Miss Earth pageant may take necessary precautions in holding the pageant in the Philippines.

The Corona virus outbreak IMHO will pose a serious blow to tourism everywhere and it will severely affect both national an international pageants. What we can hope for is that this epidemic would have treatment options before it gets any worse…

The FrontRow Controversy

FrontRow made a huge splash starting several years back. This MLM company has made an even bigger news in the world of pageantry when it was one of the sponsors of the Miss Universe 2016 pageant in Manila and the main sponsor of the Miss Universe Philippines franchise in the country.

So it was a shock when a former member cast the company under a bad light. Former member Dave Villanueva reveals several labor issues and illegal practices with the company in his complaint on Raffy Tulfo’s program. These are the videos from Raffy Tulfo’s YouTube channel.

In the interest of fair reporting we are including the official statement that  FrontRow posted on their official Instagram account regarding this matter. They have opted to keep silent on the issue and let their legal team handle it properly.

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It is yet unclear how will this affect the Miss Universe Philippines franchise or the pageant organization itself. We all have to wait and see how this controversy will pan out…

Let us know your thoughts on this matter on the comment section below.

Binibining Pilipinas 2020 Celebrates Women Empowerment Month

March 8 is International Women’s Day and the whole month of March is National Women’s Month!
And the Binibining Pilipinas Charities incorporated is showing its support for this initiative with a couple of events for its candidates and reigning queens. For this year, BPCI is adopting the theme “#EachforEqual: An Equal World in an Enabled World” for our events.

Couple of days ago, last March 6th, all 40 Binibini candidates attended a gender sensitivity and women empowerment seminar. And later today, reigning Binibining Pilipinas International Bea Patricia Magtanong, Binibining Pilipinas Supranational Resham Saeed and Binibining Pilipinas Grand International Aya Abesamis will provide inspirational talks at the Women Empowerment Program, on 2:00 pm at the Gateway Mall Activity Area.

March 8 was named International Women’s Day back around the year 1914.  It is a focal point in the movement for women’s rights. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating women’s equality. In the Philippines, the National Women’s Month was first observed in 1988 through Proclamation No. 224 s. 198 and Republic Act (RA) 6949 s. 1990.

The Binibining Pilipinas Charities Incorporated (BPCI) teams up with the Samahan ng mga Pilipino para sa Reporma at Kaunlaran (SPARK!) Philippines for an early celebration of this year's International Women's Day.

Two days ahead of the worldwide celebration, the candidates of Binibining Pilipinas 2020 actively took part in an Empowering Women Seminar on March 6 at the Cyber Park Tower 1 in Araneta City. 

The girls engaged in a fun and insightful lecture by SPARK! Philippines Senior Program Manager Hans Madanguit on topics such as gender and sex, gender sensitivity and responsiveness, gender and developments concepts, and roles of socializing institutions.

At the end of the seminar, the Binibinis learned how they can be an active, effective, and productive part of the society as a woman and as future beauty queens. 

*SPARK! Philippines is a non-government organization that focuses on the protection of women’s rights, promotion of gender equality, and advancement of women’s economic and political roles. Founded in 2012, it partners with other organizations to address women’s needs and advocate for women’s issues.

Best Miss Universe Philippines 2020 Headshots

All 51 headshots are in!

The headshot photos of the 51 candidates of the Miss Universe Philippines are a huge improvement from the gown portraits.  Shot by photographer Dookie Ducay, these new images had the candidates set up in a neutral gray background which resulted with better images than those shot with a gold backgdrop. And these 10 are our picks of the best headshot photos.

1. Michele Gumabao
2. Pauline Amelinckx
3. Alaiza Malinao
4.  Rabiya Mateo
5. Skelly Ivy Florida
6. Isabela Galeria
7. Christine Nicole Silvernale
8. Christelle Abello
9. Jo-Ann Flores
10. Sandra Lemonon

Undeniably, Michele stole best photo in this batch. I do however, needed to point out that her image stood out as well for having a stronger color contrast as compared to all the photos. Her pic also reminded us of Miss Universe Catriona Gray’s pic, which probably also contributed to it being a good photo overall. Pauline did well although she looked a bit washed out (too pale) in her picture. Alaiza comes in 3rd although she could have been easily our #2 pick with her very modern looking headshot, no fuss, just straightforward beauty. Rabiya and Skelly completes our top 5 fave headshots and we do have to commend Skelly for going full on smile on her pic as it made it look like a Dove commercial. Rabiya would have looked better had her tan looked more prominent. Isabela have a great 3/4 shot here with her strong jawline and high cheekbones.

Which of the 51 headshots is your favorite? Let us know on the comment below…

Catriona Gray: Like She Never Passed Her Miss Universe Title

If there is something to be wowed about 2018 Miss Universe Catriona Gray it is that she’s more active nowadays after her reign.

Three months after passing her crown, Catriona Gray is doing public appearances left and right. This is something that pageant fans would have wanted during her reign as Miss Universe. Free from her contract with Endeavor, Catriona is gobbling up one opportunity after another.

  1. Book Deal – one of the first things that was announced was her book deal with ABSCBN publishing that will detail her Miss Universe experience. What people will surely be looking at is her life in NYC and what was it like to be a Miss Universe titleholder. Catriona’s reign was marked with product endorsements and a litany of public appearances for charity that isn’t talked about by most pageant fans. Surely there will be a huge anticipation over the release of this book.
  2. Product Endorsement – if rumors are true that a endorsement as the reigning Miss Universe would cost somewhere to the tune of PHP 3.5 million, then surely some brands are lining up now that she is free from her Endeavor contracts. Catriona is still a Samsung endorser and just got another commercial with Creamsilk. And we won’t be surprised if later we see her endorsing Belo skincare products…
  3. TV Appearances and digital magazine covers – she’s had guestings in a couple of ABSCBN shows as well as a spread on Metro.style which is packed into her tight schedule. On the widely popular It’s Showtime, she was a guest for a week. Then we saw her duet with veteran songstress Regine Velasquez, dubbed as Asia’s Songbird, in ASAP Official. Surely there will be more magazine covers in the months to come…

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  4. Public Appearances – everyone got excited to see her being invited at the Milan Fashion Week. Unlike the NYFW, the Milan Fashion Week and Paris Fashion Week are considered the home of the biggest luxury brands in the world. Catriona was seen in the shows of luxury brands Versace and Prada, brands that are considered at the pinnacle of fashion. She’s also invited to speak at ALP Summit 2020 and as a guest in Binibining Cebu.
  5. Cultural Ambassadress – one of the cultural legacies that Catriona has left in pageantry is promotion of Philippine culture and textiles in her bid for the Miss Universe pageant.  Since her participation, pageant girls and national titleholders have followed suit in incorporating traditional Philippine weaves into their wardrobe. It is no surprise that she was named National Commission for Culture and the Arts ambassador.
  6. Charity Work – when Catriona was named as the newest Global Ambassador of Smile Train, pageant fans knew that she is being true to her reasons in joining pageants: her advocacies. During her birthday celebration she was able to raise PHP 388,200 from her “Catriona Gives A Smile” fundraiser, which will support cleft care treatment for at least 30 Filipino babies born with a cleft.

These are some of the things that Filipino pageant fans were hoping to see during her reign. Thankfully, these are the things that pageant fans are seeing her do now. And that’s just 3 months after relinquishing her title…