Hannah’s Beach Resort & Male Competitions

Earlier this year, I have blogged about Hannah Beach Resort and Convention Center becoming a destination for the biggest pageants in the Philippines. Well, the premier pageant destination in the Philippines truly is living up to that name.

They have recently extended their support for national and international male pageants. Recently Mister Indonesia welcome Hannahs Beach Resort and Convention Center, as one of the official sponsors of the biggest male pageant in Indonesia. Mister Indonesia is the owner of the Mister Universal Ambassador and is also reportedly getting the local franchise for Mister Supranational and Mister World.
Also on the pipeline is the Gentlemen of the Philippines 2017 competition! The GotPh2017 is scheduled to be held on September 9th. It is expected that the field of candidates this year will be narrowed down to only 25-30 gents competing for the confirmed titles at stake.

Not to mention that Hannah’s was also the venue for the recent Mutya ng Pilipinas swimwear mini-competition. With a heavy participation of the resort in pageants, we can see what this Pagudpud resort has to offer. So the next time you plan your vacay, put Hannah’s Beach Resort in mind as you may just glance the next national and international titleholders frolicking at their beaches…

Modern Day Beauty Queens: More Diverse & Accomplished

Are we moving towards a change in the modern day beauty pageants? Are modern day beauty queens more than just surface?

Rolene Strauss (a medical student when she won) and Kylie Verzosa (a pre-school teacher and a part-time model)…

In the efforts to modernize and re-brand modern day beauty pageants, four of the biggest pageants around have updated their pageant to reflect changes in times. All four Alpha pageants have an advocacy to speak of: Miss Earth has the environment and climate change advocacy, Miss International has the Japanese Tourism Board pushing for cultural understanding among nations, Miss World has the Beauty with a Purpose ethos and Miss Universe has HIV-AIDS, Women Empowerment and various other children’s social welfare programs to support.

Deshauna Barbers (a US Army Officer) and Katherine Espin (a Lawyer)

In order to ride together with the times, each pageant has upgraded how they select their winners. Miss Earth has always had the ground breaking no-make up rounds and close door interviews, and now they have added the public transparency of judging the girls in several areas of the competition. Miss International has adapted the Women’s Forum as a gauge to see how candidates perform in public speaking. Miss World recently has adapted the head to head challenge which is much more likened to a death match between candidates. Then Miss Universe earlier this year emphasized the closed door interviews having the biggest weight to make it to semis.
With these changes, we can also see how the winners selected are evolving. The recent winners of Miss USA is proof the change as women with diverse background and meaty resumes are crowned winners: a US Army officer and a Nuclear Scientist. Miss Philippines Earth also is seen with its revolutionary winner, Karen Ibasco, who is a multi-hyphenate winner being a physicist, a medical practitioner, a Latin Honors graduate, a professor and now a beauty queen. She is aiming to succeed reigning Miss Earth Katherine Espin who is a Lawyer by profession. Binibining Pilipinas has crowned a pre-school teacher in the person of Miss International Kylie Verzosa, a strong willed, independent person who happens to also be an events manager in Rachel Peters, an opera singer in Mariel de Leon…and their list goes on. Miss World, whose winners are mostly in their early twenties and yet to achieve much career-wise, have a medical student Rolene Strauss as one of its winners in recent years.

The Scientists: Kara McCullough and Karen Ibasco

It is not enough to be just beautiful nowadays. Pageant girls who aspire to become full-fledged beauty queens has to have more weight in their resumes and achievements. Substance and surface must go hand-in-hand nowadays, and that is just fitting as pageants have to change with the times.
Beauty pageants are still viewed as archaic institutions by majority of the world. But if it is able to redefine itself through its winners to become more relevant, more modern and of more social value, then we can just see a renewed Renaissance for pageantry around the world.

Maria Poonlertlarp Ehren is Miss Universe Thailand 2017!

This blogger is on a roll… After predicting the wins of Miss Universe Philippines, Binibining Pilipinas International, Mister Global, Miss Philippines Earth this year, we have predicted Maria Poonlertlarp Ehren as Miss Universe Thailand 2017!

Early on during the screening, I have placed Maria and Fahsai as top contenders for the title. Maria will be competing in November for the Miss Universe pageant which is yet to officially announce its date and venue. While Maria romped away with the title, our secondary pick Fahsai was named 2nd runner up in the pageant. Darkhorse Supaporn Ritthipreuk was named 1st runner up. Supaporn is also Miss Earth Thailand and will be competing in Manila later this year. 

The TOP 5 court of winners are as follows:
Miss Universe Thailand 2017- Maria Poonlertlarp Ehren
1st Runner up is 38 – Supaporn Ritthipreuk
2nd runner-up is 03 – Jennifer ‘Fahsai’ Paweensuda Saetan Drouin
3rd runner-up is 21 – Suraprin Artkongharn
4th runner-up is 34 – Ratchanok Naowaset

With Maria as winner, we can surely say that team Southeast Asia is to watch out for in Miss Universe 2017!

Hawaii Won’t be Hosting Miss Universe 2017!

It was a hushed rumor among pageant insiders that aside from the Philippines, Japan, Australia and Hawaii is considered to host the Miss Universe pageant. However, hosting in Hawaii wouldn’t push through due to the concerns of the pageant regarding the Neal S. Blaisdell Arena.

“The Department of Enterprise Services was contacted by representatives of the Miss Universe Pageant in May 2017 regarding their interest in holding their next pageant, scheduled for November 2017, in the Neal S. Blaisdell Center arena. For the past two months we have worked closely with the pageant’s local and national representatives to accommodate their needs for the event and the days leading up to the actual show. As a result, we arranged for their use of the arena for two weeks and the concert hall for one week in November.
“In recent days, it was determined by the pageant that the arena’s structural capacity for suspending overhead equipment above the stage area was insufficient for the show’s needs and the Department of Enterprise Services was advised the organizers are no longer considering the arena or Honolulu for the site of the November pageant.
“However, arena weight capacity has not been a limiting factor for shows staged in that venue over recent years, for example Bruno Mars, WWE, Diana Ross, Janet Jackson, Garth Brooks, Mariah Carey and more.

The pageant being held in Hawaii would have been a sort of 20th anniversary nod to Brooke Maahaelani Lee, the first Hawaiian Miss Universe, who won in 1997.
SOURCE:
Arena concerns keep Miss Universe pageant from coming to Honolulu

#FashionFridays: Kylie Verzosa’s Pageant Style

Miss International 2016 Kylie Verzosa’s second foray at Binibining Pilipinas was marked with a blooming of sorts in terms of her personal style. In one of her recent Instagram posts, she explains the journey of her style and personal aesthetics.


I have always been against big hair and heavy looking makeup 😅 When I joined Binibini the 2nd time around I told myself, I’d go as natural as I can. No frills, no big curls, no sequined dresses, no glitter, everything that was stereotyped a beauty queen. And during Miss International I upped it up a notch, no platform shoes, no short dresses, no dangling earrings, (I only brought pair of @jewelmer studs). I wanted to breakout of the stereotypical beauty queen mold. Neither did I wave like one either lol. I went as simple and as elegant as possible, with fighting spirit of course -or made it LOOK easy and effortless haha. Find out what works for you. Sometimes, though I give it a chance, given the right occasion.” – Kylie Verzosa, Miss International 2016


From the time that she stepped into the opening/ welcome event of MI2016 in a simple but dramatic Mark Bumgarner blush cocktail dress to her Francis Libiran national costume presentation, Kylie looked in control of her personal style. This is something that everyone could emulate. If there is something to learn from her is that every pageant girl should “do you”. After all you can’t go wrong if you are authentic to yourself…

Valerio Patane, Mister Grand Italy 2017


Check out the newly inducted rep of Italy for the inaugural Mister Grand International, Valerio Patane. Valerio is a 20 year old half Filipino (Mother) and half Italian (Father) born in Giarre (CT) in the island of Sicily, Italy. This 6’2″ lad speaks Italian, Tagalog and English and is working as Commis-de-rang at Mandarin Oriental in Milan, Italy after taking his diploma from his course Hotel and Restaurant Management in his hometown. *

According to its official Facebook page, the “Mister Grand International has its identity as a pageant for men who are athletic, requiring skills to be competitive in nature, at any given sports. The main objective of this contest is to produce a winner with high morale, in the affairs of sports. As citizens of the world, it is high time that we take the lead in becoming a great example in celebrating the beauty of men through sports.“**

SOURCES: 
* https://mbpisite.wordpress.com/2017/07/20/road-to-mister-grand-international-2017/
** https://www.facebook.com/pg/RealMisterGrandInternational/about/?ref=page_internal

Sash Factor’s Miss Universe Thailand Final SashPicks

I was tasked to do the Miss Universe Thailand final SashPick artwork and here below is what I came up with. It features the candidates’ portraits in traditional glamoured up costumes set up on a background of gold filigree with Thai borders. I believe its good to set off the entire graphic layout to highlight the girls with a super-imposed border using the same glamshot… And the result is an homage to the rich cultural heritage of the Land of Smiles.

Sash Factor’s Final SashPick selection are:
1. Maria Poonlertlarp Ehren
2. Paweensuda Saetan Drouin
3. Baitong Jareerat Petsom
4. Thanaporn Soranun
5. Anna Nilson
6. Dala Naksook
7. Ratchanok Naowaset
8. Uchuta Praditponsaen
9. Sirirat Kalaboot
10. Pisoottha Nuntaworavech

Maria and Fahsai: My Bets for Miss Universe Thailand

Miss Universe Thailand 2017? Maria Poonlertlarp Ehren and Paweensuda ‘Fahsai’ Saetan Drouin… only those two girls for me.

These two girls wouldn’t be any different from each other. Despite being both Thai-halfies, Maria has a more pronounced Caucasian features while Fahsai is looking more Oriental. Both are tall and leggy, Maria is 5’11” and Fahsai is 5’10 1/2″. But the difference in their pasarela is quite remarkable. Maria glides effortlessly onstage, while Fahsai is rough around the edges. Both are articulate and well educated with good degrees.

In overall, Maria should be the better candidate for the Miss Universe Thailand title. However, her being Caucasian looking could work against her and this may cost her the judges’ nods for the crown. MUT seems to favor the more traditional Thai-looking delegates to pageants and might not be too accepting of too foreign looking halfies. This would be an advantage for Fahsai as her more native looking features would be appreciated much more. Her only fault is her pasarela which still could be addressed through rigorous training.

I have no qualms whoever among the two girls would win the Miss Universe Thailand crown. My heart favours Maria while my gut instincts tells me it probably would be Fahsai. Good luck to both girls in the competition!

Newsflash! Miss Universe Date Revealed!

Mark your calendar ladies and gentlemen as the 66th edition of the Miss Universe pageant will be on November  26th!

According to TVyNovelas, the pageant will be held in the United States during the Thanksgiving weekend which falls on November 23rd. No city has been confirmed as venue as of yet but it is speculated that Las Vegas is most likely to host.
This would mean that the pageant will coincide dates with other Alpha pageants like the Miss Earth on November 4th, Miss International on November 14th, and Miss World on November 18th. This means that countries like Russia, Namibia and South Africa would have to select separate reps to both MU and MW pageants.
SOURCE:
http://www.tvynovelas.com/co/noticias/17/07/24/miss-universo-sera-el-26-de-noviembre/

Opinion: Jessica Rose McEwen for Miss Earth New Zealand?

One of the shocking non-inclusions in the Miss Philippines Earth top 5 is Jessica Rose McEwen. After being virtually every pageant sites’ top pick, she only managed to finish among the top 10 of this year’s competition.

Why do you think she missed the cut? I have two theories. First is that her very Caucasian features wasn’t the preferred look of the finals night judges. My second theory (and most likely to have happened) is that being the first to be called out in the top 10 was the culprit. This might be a case wherein judges would underscore the first candidate in the semis while reserving their top marks for those that will come after. This is why it is more beneficial for girls to be called in the middle of the semis call-outs. While this may sound very superficial to most, this might explain what affected Jessica’s chances in the top 5.

Personally, I would want to see Jessica represent New Zealand in Miss Earth. I believe it is time for New Zealand to be represented by a strong candidate whose pageant training is done by one of the best in the business. Jessica has the goods to become Miss Earth, more so with her heart for the pageant.

Hopefully, Jessica would give Miss Earth New Zealand a try. My intuition tells me that she might find herself competing in Miss Earth if she does so…

No Miss Universe for Keysi Sayago!?!?

According to an article by tvynovelas.com, Miss Venezuela Keysi Sayago would not be competing in Miss Universe this year as MVOrg could not come up with the necessary franchise fee for her participation.

The article reads:
“For the first time since the 1952 World Beauty Fair began, Venezuela may not send a representative to it… Keysi Sayago, the current Miss Venezuela and to represent the country in Miss Universe 2017, was selected on October 6 of last year and has since been preparing for international competition.
The big problem is that so far, the Miss Venezuela Organization has not been able to pay the annual franchise fee required by the Miss Universe Organization to accept its candidate…
Sayago hopes that the money will still be collected and her dreams of representing her country in Miss Universe can be fulfilled. And is that in the history of Miss Venezuela there is a similar antecedent that had a happy ending.
In 2003 Mariangel Ruiz was informed that she would not go to the international competition because the national organization could not pay the annuity. The girl did not give up and continued with her training. At the last minute they managed to raise the $ 70,000 needed at that time and Ruiz was able to join the contest.”

While not all hopes is lost, we can only wish that some miracle will happen for Venezuela to be able to participate this year…
SOURCE:
http://www.tvynovelas.com/us/noticias/17/07/23/miss-venezuela-podria-no-competir-en-miss-universo/

#PhotoCollage of the Day: The Sizzling Hot Douglas Castro

WARNING!!! NSFW! These hot photos of Venezuelan Douglas Castro will surely turn up the temperature!


Douglas who won Mister Tourism International Venezuela in 2016, represented Margarita Island in the recently held Mister Universe Model/ Men Universe Model in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic.  The 21-year-old Industrial Engineering student finished as 5th Runner-up in the international competition.



From 1 to 10, this guy surely sizzles to a hundred…

Gentlemen of the Philippines-UK 2017

The male pageant season is starting and July marked the start of the search for the next Gentlemen of the Philippines winners. The United Kingdom has already selected its winners earlier with month with three well-deserving gentlemen.

Gentlemen of the Philippines-UK 2017 – John Alfred Bendana, Essex
1st runner up – John Berganio, Cardiff
2nd Runner up – Kit Kay, Birmingham

The Grand winner for the Gentlemen of the Philippines – UK 2017 receives the following prizes:
• Cash Prize of £500.00
• Sash • Trophy • Crown by DosPalmas Wellness Spa
• Hoxton Men’s Jewelry sponsored by Esme London
• 2 Nights/Day stay at La Carmela De Boracay from AA World Travellers
• Dinner for 2 @ Shogun Teppanyaki
• Gift Certificate from NuSkin worth £70.00

The Gentlemen of the Philippines finals will be on September 9, 2017 in Manila.

The Miss World Head-to-Head Challenge

A gamechanger is coming for Miss World. Rebranding itself from a pageant to a beauty festival, the oldest international pageant around is introducing the Head to Head Challenge”.

Below is the announcement from the official Miss World website:
The Head to Head Challenge events will all take place between October 21st and November 15th at different locations visited by the contestants during the Miss World 2017 Festival. 20 Groups of 6 Countries to go head to head for a place in the Top 40 Round (the number of countries in each group may be adjusted according to the final number of contestants). The winner of each Challenge Group will automatically qualify for the Miss World Top 40 Round.
THE CHALLENGE – ONLINE LIVE BROADCAST
1. The 6 Nations in each group with make their opening remarks followed by a presentation of themselves. This can be a combination of live presentation and pre-recorded VT. The maximum total time for each presentation (including VT) is 2 minutes.
2. After the presentations, the contestants will answer questions from the presenter and online community. This process will be part of a Group discussion and will last for approximately 8 minutes.
3. Finally, every contestant will answer the question of the day (30 to 45 seconds for each nation to answer)
HOW WILL THIS BE JUDGED?
The public will be asked to choose the winner of each Group via a free vote. The presenter will open the vote to the public after the opening presentations. Voting will remain open until the start of the next Challenge event when the winner of the previous Head to Head Challenge will be announced. 
HOW WILL THE GROUPS BE DECIDED?
A live draw will take place to decide which countries go into which groups.
WHEN WILL YOUR REPRESENTATIVE BE COMPETING?
A schedule of the exact dates and times of each Challenge event will be issued after the Miss World Group draw takes place.

HOW DOES THIS AFFECT PLACEMENT IN THE MISS WORLD FINAL?
There will be a ‘Top 40’ comprised of the following:
20 Head to Head challenge winners
5 Fast Track Event’s Winners
15 Judges selection
If a contestant does not win her Head to Head challenge,she still has a chance to be in the Top 40 by winning a fast track or through judges selections.
THIS MEANS THAT EVERY COUNTRY WILL NOW HAVE THEIR OPPORTUNITY TO BE IN THE SPOTLIGHT DURING THE MISS WORLD FESTIVAL!
THE ONLINE”DAILY”CHALLENGE SHOW WILL BE OFFERED FOR FREE, VIA MW WEBSITE, MEDIA PARTNERS AND SOCIAL MEDIA. 
ALL VOTING IS FREE VIA MISS WORLD APP OR FACEBOOK (OR A FREE EQUIVALENT IF A COUNTRY CANNOT DOWNLOAD THE APP OR DOES NOT HAVE FACEBOOK)
The organisers reserve the right to amend the format and rules as may be required for the successful running of the event. The number of countries in each group may vary or be subject to change.

This is a good new addition to the festivities as it would give equal chance to all countries participating. No mention yet however on how the 40 semi-finalists are going to be judged cutting into the top 10/ top 5/ top 3. We will be waiting for further announcement for that matter, so stay tuned!

The Miss International 2017 Early Frontrunners

The Tokyo-based Miss International pageant is scheduled to be held on November 14th at the Tokyo Dome. So far the prospects of a strong batch is still in the making. 9 girls out of the confirmed 28 candidates for Miss International 2017 makes the initial list of Sashes&Scripts’ early frontrunners.

Colombia, Vanessa Pulgarin – definitely a top 5 material. Colombia has done exceptionally well in this pageant and it is expected to do so again this year. This Gabriella Isler look-a-like might bring back the Mikimoto crown to Colombia.
France, Vaea Kealoha Ferrand – she’s the 2nd runner up to Miss France Alicia Aylies. This Tahiti-based stunner is absolutely gorgeous and could possibly win France’s 2nd MI title.
Indonesia, Kevin Liliana – after placing well in the top 5 last year, Indonesia’s rep has big shoes to fill. No doubt this pretty lass can do well in the pageant.
Philippines, Maria Angelica de Leon – hers is a tough challenge, that is to place the Philippines in the semis and win despite the Mikimoto course. She is still a top 5 caliber-contender though.
Macau, Sofia Paiva – this pretty lass with Portuguese descent is a surprise in this list. We are hoping that she would give Macau a decent placement at MI.

South Africa, Tayla Robinson – the girl everyone is buzzing about that could be the first South African to win MI. Her blonde, blue-eyed looks is certainly gonna be a hit among Japanese judges.
Sweden, Lina Ljungberg – sex appeal in the metric tons! The brunette looker can be her country’s first win in the pageant. Hopefully she would be polished well enough for the Japan-based competition.
USA, Shanel Kapri James – despite the fact that no woman of color (specifically black and/or African of origin) has yet to win the MI title, Shanel is still a lady to watch out for in the competition. 
Venezuela, Rosangelica Piscitelli – an Edymar doppelganger who is gunning for another win for her native Venezuela. This multi-lingual actress/model was Sashes&Scripts’ pick to win Miss Venezuela last year and MI could be her redemption.

While these girls are being evaluated based solely on physical attributes, Sashes&Scripts is eagerly waiting to see more of them speak. Surely that is where the wheat is separated from the chaff.