#ThrowbackThursdays: Which Country Ruled the 90’s: Venezuela or India?

Over the years, pageant fans have asked what country dominated pageantry in the 1990’s. Some are quick to say that it is India who holds this distinction but I am here to fact check to see whether or not India or Venezuela who dominated that decade…

India

Miss Universe 1994, Sushmita Sen
Miss World 1994, Aishwarya Rai
Miss World 1997, Diana Hayden
Miss World 1999, Yukta Mookhey
Venezuela
Miss World 1991, Ninibeth Leal
Miss World 1995, Jacqueline Aguilera
Miss Universe 1996, Alicia Machado
Miss International 1997, Consuelo Adler

In terms of number of crowns won, both countries equaled each other. So we look into the runner up placement to break the tie and we see that Venezuela leads with 8 runner up placements to India’s 4.
Venezuela
Sharon Luengo, 2nd runner up MW1990
Francis Gago, 2nd runner up MW1992
Irene Ferreira, 2nd runner up MW1994
Ana Maria Amorer, 1st runner up MI1995
Marena Bencomo, 1st runner up MU1997
Verushka Ramirez, 1st runner up MU1998
Daniela Kosan, 1st runner up MI1998
Martina Thorogood, 1st runner up MW1999

India
Madhu Sapre, 2nd runner up MU1992
Manpreet Brar, 1st runner up MU1995
Diya Abraham, 1st runner up MI1997
Shvetha Jaishankar,  2nd runner up MI1998

Despite this, it is safe to say that the 1990’s belonged to both India and Venezuela. Pageantry in that decade was always a hot contest between the two powerhouses… and when people thought of pageantry in the 90’s, they only remember those two.
PS: This list covers only the Alpha pageants MU, MI and MW as ME was only conceived in 2000.

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Miss Earth 2017: The Strongest from AFRICA

We have yet to see a Miss Earth coming from Africa, and this year might be that year. I see three girls with the potential to make it into the finals of the pageant this year, and even possibly one of the elemental crowns…

* Angola, Ermelinda de Matos – 5’9 3/4″, 22 years old, Law Graduate. She is perhaps the strongest candidate coming from her continent this year. Being her country’s first ME rep also puts her at an advantage in terms of publicity. Her law background can also serve her well just like the reigning ME winner, Katherine Espin. I have high hopes that she could place among the top 4 this year.
* Nigeria, Eucharia Akani – 5’11 3/4″, 19 years old, Theatre Arts student. Arguably the most photogenic in her continent this year with a really gorgeous facial features. I only see her youth as her only weak point going into the competition, but I see lots of potential in her. I am hoping to see her in the semis this year.
* Uganda, Josephine Mutesi Nabirye – 5’9″, 24 years old, Pharmacy Graduate. I believe that she is a darkhorse from her continent and that people should pay a little more attention to her. With proper styling and wardrobe, she can actually be transformed into a real strong competitor. Hopefully she came in prepared with the month-long rigorous schedule of the pageant.

Miss Globe 2017 Schedule of Activities

Check out the schedule of activities that our Binibining Pilipinas GLobe Nelda Ibe will be having Albania for Miss Globe 2017…

OCTOBER 22 – 23 – 24

* Contestant arrivals in Tirana, Albania
* Accommodations at the Fafa Resort – Golem
* National costume photoshoot for the Miss Globe magazine
OCTOBER 25
* Day tour around the 84 Karstic Lake of Belsh, including a bike tour
* 1st Talent show and then dinner in Divjaka
OCTOBER 26 – 27
* Courtesy call with the Mayor of Divjaka
* A visit to the National Park of Divjaka
* Tourism visit in Lin Mosaic, Royal Graves of Selce, Drilon National Park & National Park of Prespa
* 2nd Talent show & Disco Queen Show
OCTOBER 28 – 29
* Promotional tour in the Municipality of Kamez & courtesy call with the Mayor of Kamez
* Sampling of traditional food for lunch
* Final show for Miss Talent
OCTOBER 30
* Fishing tour at the Lalzi Gulf
* Miss Bikini Show (swimsuit show)
OCTOBER 31
* Visit to Dajti Mountain via cable car
* Visit to the Automaster Albania Showroom
* Day Tour in the Dajti National Park
* Night tour of the city

NOVEMBER 01 – 02
* Final night rehearsals
NOVEMBER 03
* Pageant’s Final Show at the Parku Olimpik, Tirane
* Miss Globe 2017 Victory After Party

 

Teresita Winwyn Marquez for Reina HispanoAmericana

They say you can spot a winner by looking in their eyes… and what I see whenever I see photos of Reina HispanoAmericana-Filipinas Teresita Winwyn Marquez is a fighter.

Despite backlash over the Philippines joining the Hispanic-country centered pageant, Winwyn looks more than ready to compete this year in Bolivia. She will be the first and only Asian candidate to participate in the pageant, owing to the Philippines being a colony of Spain for a little over three centuries. The 5’5″ beauty has recently revealed that the international pageant organizer offered help via a translator to facilitate her communicate with the organization, fellow candidates and pageant fans in the South American host country. She also revealed in an interview with Pep.ph that she only had a month’s worth of preparations for the international competition. However, we shouldn’t worry as she is capable of doing her own hair and make-up.
Winwyn will be boarding a 26 hour flight from Manila to Bolivia and she would be needing your support in the competition. So let’s cheer her up as this Pinay beauty is a fighter and is gonna fight until she win(wyn)s…

Kylie Verzosa: Redefined What A Miss International Winner Is

I can’t believe that it is almost time for another Miss International winner to be crowned. It only seems like just a month ago we saw Kylie Verzosa get crowned as winner. And yet in that amount of time, Kylie has redefined a new kind of Miss International.

Prior to her time, most MI winners only get to travel Japan and visit places unique to the Land of the Samurais and Geishas. Not with Kylie. She has traveled to around 10 countries as Miss International, the most number of countries visited by any recent winner of the title. She has been to Brunei, Myanmar, Indonesia, Brazil,  Paraguay, Belgium and France among her travels. She has been to more countries than 5 of her past predecessors as the reigning winner. She not only promoted the the pageant’s visibility to the rest of the world but also did more in terms of her advocacy.

We all know that her biggest achievement as a winner is her Mental Health advocacy. From the time she won Binibining Pilipinas International, she tried her best to shed light to depression and mental health awareness. She created the Mental Health Matters by Kylie Verzosa Facebook page and a Facebook group where people suffering can share their stories and be in the company of those that understand their plight. She has made countless public appearances for her advocacy as well. Below is a recent guesting on CNN Philippines’ The Source…

I have previously mentioned that Filipina beauty queens are far from the usual mold of pageant girls. They make something of the crown that is placed on their heads. They create lasting value and Kylie is no different. Her reign might come to a close come November, but her lasting impression will linger on.

Multiple Alpha Pageant wins in a Single Year

Did you know that every decade since the 1950’s there is at least one country that has won two of the Alpha pageants in the same year? And did you know that only 7 countries has managed to achieve that remarkable feat? If you are curious as to which countries has managed to achieve that feat, then look no further as we list them out for you…

France, 1953 – Miss Universe Christiane Martel & Miss World Denise Perrier, the country to first achieve this enviable feat. 
Brazil, 1968 – Miss Universe Martha Vasconcellos & Miss International Maria da Glória Carvalho

Australia, 1972 – Miss Universe Kerry Anne Wells & Miss World Belinda Green
Venezuela, 1981 – Miss Universe Irene Saez & Miss World Pilin Leon

India, 1994 – Miss Universe Sushmita Sen & Miss World Aiswarya Rai
India, 2000 – Miss Universe Lara Dutta & Miss World Priyanka Chopra

Ecuador, 2011 – Miss Earth Olga Alava & Miss International Fernanda Cornejo
Venezuela, 2013 – Miss Universe Gabriela Isler & Miss Earth Alyz Henrich

Philippines, 2013 – Miss International Bea Rose Santiago & Miss World Megan Young 
Philippines, 2015 – Miss Universe Pia Wurtzbach & Miss Earth Angelia Ong
Among these countries that has achieved this feat, only three countries are able to do it twice: Venezuela, India and the Philippines. It is no wonder that these countries are among the pageant powerhouses there is. 

Opinion: Elizabeth as Miss Grand International & Paweensuda as Miss Earth?

The Miss Earth and Miss Grand International pageants are having overlapping schedules this year. Not withstanding the steaming rivalry between the two pageants, their finals night will be highly anticipated as to which lady is gonna run home with the titles. At this point, I can say I already have formed several favorites for the Miss Earth and Miss Grand International titles. But for this post let’s focus on just two: Elizabeth Clenci and Paweensuda Drouin.

If Elizabeth Clenci wins the Miss Grand International title (finals on October 26, 2017), this would be a huge win for the Bangkok-based pageant. Filipinos love to rally behind their queens and it would be a great way to reconcile Pinoy pageant fans with MGI. There would be a huge wave of support for Liz as the winner which would benefit the pageant. Elizabeth is nailing the fashion game spot-on and she knows how to command attention without asking for it. Add to that is her ability to win you over with her winsome personality, something that the Vietnamese fans are seeing as of late.
If Paweensuda Drouin Saetan or Fahsai wins Miss Earth? That would be to the delight of Thai fans as Fahsai is perhaps the strongest girl they have sent to ME in ages. No disrespect to the gorgeous Punika Kulsoontornrut, but Fahsai is far more ME winner material. Of course Fahsai’s win could usher more Thai fans for ME, also a win-win for the Manila-based pageant. Fahsai seems to be genuinely sympathetic to the ME cause. Add to her resume, public speaking skills, impressive face and tall stature, she seems to be quite a perfect candidate for the ME title. Miss Earth finals will be on November  4, 2017.

Don’t you think that this scenario could easily play out? That both Fahsai and Liz can be the bridge to bring the ME and MGI fans together? Or that it would benefit the ME & MGI pageants in the long term? 
Your thoughts, dear readers…