It’s that time again Filipinas Earth Warriors! It’s time for the Miss Philippines Earth!
Calling all aspiring beauty queens, this is your chance to be the next Filipina Earth Warrior. Applications for Miss Philippines Earth is open to 18-26 year old (no older than 26 as of October 23rd of this year) Filipinas who are at least 5’4″ in height. You can download the application forms at www.missphilippines-earth.com
1 One headshot photo
1 One full body shot photo
1 One full body photo in cocktail dress
1 One full body photo in swimsuit
True to its advocacy, any interested applicant should have at least planted 16 trees and promoted environmental projects in the city or municipality she is representing. This shows how serious the pageant is on its ‘Beauties for a Cause’ advocacy.
Sashes&Scripts is excited for the next bumper crop of beauties joining the pageant…
This post is actually long overdue, I have actually written this piece last December but due to the madness that was Miss Universe I had to postpone its release until the most opportune time. So I believe that this is the right time to re-fresh this article in time with the coming pageant season ahead.
Christopher Munar was a introduced to me through our mutual friend Jian Lasala. It only goes to show that the people you should keep in life are people that should be worth keeping as they will enrich your life further. And this is what Jian did upon introducing me the work of Christopher. Apparently, I have featured countless pieces of his that I had no idea that was made by this jewelry designer. Before you say that this is a novelty to have a jewelry designer, may I remind you that he has adorned countless beauty queens and models like Angelia Ong, Valerie Weigmann, Pia Wurtzbach, Kylie Verzosa, Maxine Medina, Catriona Gray and countless others. So his work isn’t any novelty at all.
While most of his works that are usually featured are his earrings, Christopher actually has done more than that. He makes necklaces, bracelets and cuffs, body jewelry, embellished gloves and yes even nose rings. I am actually just waiting to hear that he also does crowns and other headpieces. In fact I would love to see him make new crowns for Binibining Pilipinas to add a ‘Filipino stamp’ to the local crowns that have brought pride and honor through countless international titles our ladies have won. Wouldn’t it be perfect to see the Binibini crowns being made by a Filipino artisan?
And wouldn’t it be even more perfect with the coming national of Bb Pilipinas? After all, it took only sometime before a simple wishful thinking before a featured shoe designer became the official go-to-shoe-designer of the local BBP pageant. I wish the same good fortune to befall Christopher. With his talent and hardwork, I am positively sure to see more of his work in the coming years ahead.
So let’s start where we left off previously.
At the lobby of the MOA Arena, Charmaine Elima stood for an hour taking pics with pageant fans and chatting them up. That time, she also bumped with one of the Binibining Pilipinas stalwarts near the restrooms. It was the same scenario until we had to leave as it was almost time for our next appointment.
After the 65th Miss Universe finals, it was time to leave for lunch. And we met up with an acquaintance over at Resorts World Manila for Japanese food. Little did we know that the lunch would stretch out to 4 hours of long conversations. Not to mention that Maine was still wearing her Pablo Galicia Mendez gown and those shoulder-sweeper earring for almost 10 hours! And oh, did I mention that Sir Chavit Singson and his family was having lunch as well at the table behind us?
During that time I was quite impressed with how Maine’s stint with Philippine Airlines and her numerous travels had brought out a more confident and self-assured speaker in her. She was able to carry the entire conversation single-handedly which assured my fears that the Q&A might now be a less daunting task in any pageant. I believed that it was because of Maine’s charm that we were given a special treat: free VIP passes for the Miss Universe After Party at Okada Manila!
Yep, we did go to that party even if we were not prepared for it… In fact, Maine only brought two casual dresses with her that time. I did however choose a navy knit dress as that was the only one we could jazz up. The dress was paired with a nude Jojo Bragais shoes and simple tied back hair. A couple of gold bangles, a gold waist belt and a hoop earrings also in gold completed the outfit… we have to deal with the deck we are dealt with.
At Okada Manila, a number of people thought that she was a candidate. Since we were being hurried inside, she would speak with people in Tagalog to let them know that she is a Filipina. We weren’t supposed to pass thru the red carpet but because several photogs requested some pics, Maine had to take several snaps.
Inside the VIP area, we met up with several people from the Miss Universe org and had some drinks with them. Maine was handed vodka which she switched with my Evian water. The girl didn’t even take a sip since she knows that she still had to go to work in the morning. Quite sensible of her to have that thought out. We also saw Sir Chavit in there who smile at Maine having probably noticed her earlier from lunch. And guess who is the matriarch who kept on looking over at Maine at the VIP area… I’ll leave that one out as a mystery, for now…
And when it was already 11pm, time has quickly passed… we had to graciously say goodbye to our hosts. I have a 9am flight back to Jakarta and Maine has to be at work at the same time in the morning.
Overall, I can say that Charmaine Elima is ripe for Binibining Pilipinas. Its still early to tell but I feel a major crown coming for this confidently beautiful lady.
During the 65th Miss Universe pageant in Manila, me and Sash Factor owner Brix Vera were accompanied by a gorgeous lady by the name of Charmaine Elima. And what a day it was.
One of the things that I had requested was to have Maine watch the Miss Universe finals even back in 2015. It should be noted that even as early as late 2014, there have been buzz that a number of pageant insiders are asking if Maine has plans to comeback at all. It was due to the conversations I had with her uncle Sir Larry Elima, I thought that if Maine had watched the MU pageant live she might decide if she is done with pageants once and for all. It has been discussed that she would watch the pageant with us during our coverages but it never happened in the two years we made plans but it never materialized due to her dizzying schedules with PAL. So when Manila hosted the pageant, our reasons for not to be able to watch were running out. And it finally did.
On that day, Sir Brix and I had to escort her to the MOA Arena being that we are seated together. Upon arrival at the venue, we were surprised with how people would want to take pics of her thinking that she might be one of the candidates. Several fans thought that she was Janine Tugonon or some other beauty queen. It was quite surprising that it took us over an hour just to get to our seats as she would graciously stop to have pics taken with fans. I am amazed at her patience as she would engage with anyone who would want to talk or take pics with her.
When we finally had to be on our seats, I had to pull double duty taking coverage pics and explaining the goings in and out during the pageant to her. She was very inquisitive and would ask questions about the proceedings. She would even answer each of the final six questions herself and offer her own thoughts on the subject. It was that curiosity that I found in her that made me think that she is finally ready to take on the Binibining Pilipinas pageant once again.
After the pageant, we were supposed to meet up with some pageant friends at the lobby who were seated at the VIP area. Even after the pageant, every time a fan or two would approach her for photographs she would handle the situation like a pro. No more timid and shy 2013 version. This is a 2017 confident, beautiful lady. I guess her stint with Philippine Airlines have molded her self-esteem and it is no wonder why a number of former Binibinis are now with PAL.
But that was not the end of that long day. The day didn’t actually finish until 11 in the evening. And that is another blogpost for tomorrow.
One of the girls that have been rumored to have already submitted her applications in Binibining Pilipinas 2017 is Jennyline Carla Malpaya. If it is indeed true, then this year’s pageant is truly becoming a battle of repeaters and crossovers.
Jennyline or Carla, whichever you prefer, can be remembered as one of the candidates in last year’s pageant, she was Candidate #32 behind Kylie Verzosa. The 5’6 1/2″ looker from Marilao, Bulacan is gonna give it another shot this year. At age 25, she has at least a couple more shots for the title before age requirements would prevent her to do so.
This year, I would love this dusky high-cheekboned lass to have a more memorable participation in the pageant. I would suggest for her to have some bangs added to frame her face a little better and to add an extra shot of youthfulness to her look. If you haven’t noticed anybody with bangs looks a little younger (this does not apply to a certain ginger-haired pageant owner whose comb-over looks is upstaged by that person’s Twitter posts).
Got lost a bit there, going back Jennyline, I hope that she does make a better impression this time around.
During the Miss World Philippines 2014 pageant, there was only one lady that I thought would be the biggest threat to eventual winner Valerie Weigmann and that was Rachel Peters. Tall, leggy, articulate and drop dead gorgeous, I am excited to see her finally in Binibining Pilipinas 2017.
Rachel, who oddly reminds me of Bb Pilipinas International Yedda marie Mendoza – Kittilstvedt now Romualdez, is a shoo in of one of the titles. I expect to see this lady with a major crown this time around. Who knows, she might be bringing back the Miss Universe Philippines title to KF…
In a teaser from Kagandahang Flores Facebook page, a blurred photo of the 5’10” beauty was posted with below text:
She is your typical ‘third culture kid’. She studied in Colegio San Agustin until 5th grade and then moved to Phuket, Thailand where she and her family lived for more than ten years until she graduated high school and completed her International Baccalaureate. She graduated from La Trobe University in Melbourne, Australia with a double degree in Business: Majoring in Tourism and Event Management.