The New Miss Philippine Earth 2016, Kiara Giel Gregorio

Finally! We have a new Miss Earth Philippines with Kiara Giel Gregorio!

Following the voluntary resignation of Imelda Schweghart, Kiara automatically ascends to the vacated title. In a news report by ABS-CBN, “organizers of Miss Earth and Miss Philippines Earth accepted her voluntary resignation at 5:52 p.m. Monday. The decision came after Schweighart and her mother Annabeth Bautista met with Lorraine Schuck, executive vice president of Carousel Productions, which runs the pageant.
Kiara was one of my top 2 choices for the Miss Philippines Earth title but ended up winning Miss Philippines Air earlier this year. This London-bred Filipina has been a personal favorite since she competed in Miss World Philippines last year. This 19-year old pre-law student stands 5’7” and comes from a family of nurses.

Wishing the best of luck to Kiara and may her reign be a fruitful and meaningful one!

Thoughts on Imelda Schweighart’s Latest Controversy

When the video of reigning Miss Philippines Earth Imelda Schweighart surfaced calling out the new Miss Earth Katherine Espin ‘fake’, I thought she crossed the line.

Despite having multiple controversies since her coronation to the Miss Earth 2016 competition proper, I believed she still deserved the respect afforded being a bearer of the Philippine sash. However her latest antics have shown behavior unbecoming of a beauty queen… a far cry from her predecessor Angelia Ong who was the epitome of decorum and grace. Imelda’s fans or otherwise may agree or disagree with me, but in the pageant world, be it a humble baranggay competition or a grandiose Miss Universe, Schweighart’s conduct, by any standard, is the last thing that you would expect from a national title holder.
I understand if most pageant fans would withdraw their support for the beauty queen… with her latest controversy I believe that Imelda is not the best representation of the Filipino people. This is not the best that the Philippines can offer to the Earth, perhaps I was right to have supported back then Kiara Giel Gregorio or Melanie Mader as the better woman for the Miss Philippines Earth title. I hope that in time Imelda would find maturity and enlightenment, so that she could show that beneath the beautiful face, there lays a pure and beautiful heart.

PhotoCollage of the Day: Aldo Esparza in Black&White

It has been a while since I posted something on my fave Mister World bet, Aldo Esparza of Mexico. So here are several hot black and white pics of the Mister World 2nd runner up by photographer Eric Piza…

Miss Earth 2016: Latina Domination

It was a Latina domination in the Miss Earth 2016 pageant… all four of the four elemental winners come from Latin America!

Miss Earth 2016, Ecuador – Katherine Espin
Miss Air, Colombia – Michelle Gomez
Miss Water, Venezuela – Stephanie de Zorzi
Miss Fire, Brazil – Bruna Zanardo

I was quite elated with this year’s batch of winners having seen two of my personal favorites making it in the top 4. I was able to predict Colombia’s exact Miss Air placement and placed Venezuela on the 4th spot (a shy away from her eventual Water element title). Katherine’s win makes the 2nd time her country Ecuador winning the title. Coincidentally, she was crowned by an Asian winner (Angelia Ong from the Philippines) just like Olga Alava in 2011 (crowned by Nicole Faria).

Below is the continental distribution of the Miss Earth semifinalists this year:
Americas – 6
Europe – 5
Asia & Oceania – 4
Africa – 1

Mariam Habach to MU, Diana Croce to MW

It’s official! The Miss Venezuela Organazation finally announced that Mariam Habach will continue to be their rep to Miss Universe this year. On the same note, Diana Croce, Miss Venezuela 2016 1st runner up will be sent to compete in Miss World on December.

This announcement comes after numerous speculations that Mariam could not compete due to the new rules imposed by MU-owners, IMG|WME. Diana was handpicked to compete in Miss World, who is still under the MVOrg after rumors floated that they no longer hold the franchise. 

Olivia Jordan and The Luck she Brings to the Philippines

Olivia Jordan, Miss USA 2015, is truly a bringer of good luck to Filipina queens. On her turn in competing in Miss World 2013 and Miss Universe 2015, Megan Young and Pia Wurtzbach ended up with the title. Then came Kylie Verzosa who recently won Miss International in Tokyo. It can be remembered that it was the gorgeous blonde that asked Kylie her final question in the pageant.

This was her post when Kylie won Miss International 2016:
It was the greatest honor to judge the prestigious #binibiningpilipinas pageant earlier this year.✨ I’m overjoyed to hear of how successful the candidates have been since coronation!!! Huge CONGRATS to @kylieverzosa on being crowned @missinternationalofficial 🙌🏼👑 I wish you the best of luck this year as you represent the #philippines internationally! Go help inspire the world to be confidently beautiful with a heart!💞 #congratulations #gorgeous #kylieverzosa #proud #pageant #judge

Olivia has cemented her status as a true queen loved by Filipinos like their own…

Congratulations Angelia Ong!

This is a shoutout post for reigning Miss Earth Angelia Ong, who will be turning over her crown tonight. The lovely Eco-Warrior queen graduates today with a degree in Marketing Management (Bachelor of Business Administration) in De La Salle College of St. Benilde.

She also posted this message on her new website:
This day marks the beginning of a new phase of my life. I do not exactly know what to expect but I would dedicate the coming years to further my career and personality. It won’t be easy but I am excited for what the future holds. Just like everyone else, I’m scared too. I’m scared of the uncertainty as the 2 most certain things in my life, I’m about to let go. But that’s just life, and it’s full of adventures. More than being scared, I am more excited. I’m excited to what my next endeavor will be and I’m now ready and equipped for my next adventure as long as I have faith and as long as I have God who I owe everything to.
Join me as I turn a new page in my career and personal life. Together, let’s dream big and work our way to get there!

Check out her newly launched website at

The Last Pinay Standing in Miss Earth 2016?

I just had to do this post.
After the dust has settled among pageant websites and their predictions are out. It seems that Cloie Skarne will be the only candidate of Filipina blood that is favored to make it into the Miss Earth semi-finalists. Could this be a precursor of what may come finals night?

Cloie is representing Sweden in this year’s edition but she is Filipina by blood thru her biological parents, she is half-sister to actress KC Concepcion. The sweet natured lass has been lying low throughout the pageant activities but some sources say that she did quite well during the closed door interviews to make it easily into the semis. 

In this year’s competition, she could be a major spoiler and can possibly end up as an elemental queen. Who knows the back3back Filipina winner might be courtesy of a Miss Earth Sweden.

Making the Final SashPicks Banner for Miss Earth 2016

I had volunteered to do the banner for the Miss Earth 2016 final Sashpicks after a lengthy deliberation that spanned 600 messages between the group’s international correspondents. And aside from the deliberations that took quite some time to finish, the artwork was even more complicated. It just have to be awesome to make it worthy of the Alpha pageant that is Miss Earth.

In this banner we are pioneering the widescreen banner format for the SashPicks to introduce something new to our followers. And soon others will follow suit.

My Favorites for Miss Earth 2016

If I were to become a judge for the Miss Earth pageant here is how I would place the ladies in my list.

Miss Earth 2016: Klaudia Parsberg of Denmark – drop dead gorgeous and smart, she reminds me of Tereza Faijksova and Catharina Svensson rolled into one. She will definitely make a mark in the ‘no-makeup’ rounds of the competition as well as the closed door interview. She has an unassuming beauty that would work wonders for the organization.
Miss Air: Michelle Gomez of Colombia – Allison Harvard is that you? This brunette bombshell is possibly one of the strongest girls from South America. My instinct tells me that she is a major crown spoiler and could battle it out for the title with the 4 girls in this top list.
Miss Water: Grace Wanene of Kenya – yes my African queen and I believe to be a major player come closed-door interviews. She is the strongest lady from Africa this year and I would be shocked not to see her advance into the semis. Grace is poised to make an upset victory over the favorites in the competition.
Miss Fire: Stephanie de Zorzi of Venezuela – a redhead for the Fire title? Had she joined in 2013, this would have a walk in the park for her. Now she faces tough competition among a bevy of strong beauties, nevertheless Stephanie is a threat to the crown. Do I see her as the next Miss Earth, yes I do, and all she needs to do is play her cards well.

Yes, my crown-favorites are a bit more diverse and eccentric than usual and why shouldn’t it be? After all we have to remember that the Miss Earth pageant loves to give recognition to “non-sash factor countries”. Plus attitude and a pleasing personality is quite important to the organization in order to continue the hard work made by the reigning Miss Earth, Angelia Ong.

Possible Elemental queen spoilers and completing my 8 favorites are:
My WildCard Pick: Cloie Skarne of Sweden – sweet and easy on the eyes, Cloie has flown pretty much under the radar. But don’t underestimate her chances of winning as Cloie has the smarts to make it at least as an elemental queen.
Nguyen Thi Le Nam Em of Vietnam – this Asian charmer is lovely to behold. It would be refreshing to see an unassuming but energetic girl making it into the top of the list.
Alexandra Cherepanova of Russia – fresh faced and absolutely pretty, it would impossible if she fails the ‘no-makeup round’. While her interview skills are still yet to be gauged, she can easily make the winners circle on beauty alone.
Corrin Stellakis of the United States – this girl is a monster when she is given the mic. The multi-cultural Corrin can out-converse any girl in the competition and I would not be surprised to see her do well. The US has been doing quite well in the past several years of the pageant and this year is no exception.

Miss Earth Karla 2008 Henry calls out Imelda Schweighart!

The controversy just won’t stop with Miss Philippines Earth Imelda Schweighart…this time around with former Miss Earth Karla Henry.
Posted below are screencaptures of the post of both beauty queens taken from

This isn’t the first time that the Puerto Princesa beauty queen is involved in a controversy. Earlier, she was involved in having candidates eat raw rambutan seeds, which are toxic if eaten raw.


New Sash Factor Banner for Alpha Pageant Winners

Check out this new banner art for Sash Factor’s Facebook page…

Miss Earth 2015 – Angelia Ong
Miss International 2016 – Kylie Verzosa
Miss Universe 2015 – Pia Wurtzbach
Miss World 2015 – Mireia Lalaguna

Miss Earth England, Luissa Burton

ENGLAND, Luissa Burton
Age: 26
Height: 176 cm
Measurements: 89 cm – 60 cm – 89 cm
Hometown: Worcestershire
Profession: Model

My Hair Recommendation: I strongly recommend her to go back to being blonde. But since the brown hair is already there, the best she can do is to pull her hair up to give more focus on her face. A hairdo ala Julia Roberts (when she won an Academy award in vintage Valentino) would be the bomb come finals night for her. But for swimsuits, I recommend a high ponytail with straight hair.
My Makeup Recommendation: light makeup seems to work best on her. But I would like if she tries to bring out her cheekbones a bit thru contouring. 
My Assessment: I am a bit on the fence with her chances for the main title but a sure top 4 or 8 is highly possible. I have heard that she really wants the title and I just hope that her over-eagerness would not work against her. At the end of the day, I know she will do quite well in the competition.