Demi Leigh Nel-Peters in Indonesia!

Miss Universe 2017 Demi Leigh Nel-Peters is at Labuhan Bajo, Indonesia shooting a vitamin drink commercial! Labuhan Bajo is on one of the Flores group of islands in Indonesia, a tourist hotspot/ destination…

Demi is scheduled for her homecoming in South Africa later on January 24th…


Memorable Faces of Binibining Pilipinas 2018

If I were to choose 10 of the most beautiful and memorable faces that left a strong impression among the Binibining Pilipinas 2018, my list would comprise of the following ladies…

Vickie Marie Rushton – they didn’t just place her at #1 for nothing. The 5’6″ mestiza looker was strategically placed first to give a good first impression of the batch. She is undeniably one of the best faces of the pageant.
Muriel Orais – the former MPE elemental queen has tons of charm and has a face made for product endorsements. She reminds me former Bb. Pilipinas International Patricia Fernandez with how bubbly her energy is. Watch out for her as she is a threat for the crown.
Ana Patricia Asturias – one of the less popular girls form her camp but should be given more attention to. She is actually more gorgeous than some of the perceived frontrunners in the competition.

Sigrid Grace Flores – a girl can go from sweet to sultry with just a swish of a make up brush. The 5’7 1/2″ beauty could give several frontrunners a run for their money in terms of the “beauty of face” criteria alone.
Samantha Bernardo – not the prettiest face but definitely a sultry beauty. She has a strong presence that you can spot her without effort in a line up of 40 girls.
Catriona Gray – her vacation in Oz surely tanned her enough to amazing results. Though the lighting inside the Kia Theater didn’t flatter her new tan that much, she nevertheless still manages to capture attention
Edgelyn Gamboa – despite a weak energy emanating from her, she still has one of the best faces in the batch. She photographs well but she does need to learn how to stand out in a line up of equally pretty ladies.

Wynonah Buot – a former Miss Cebu that needs giving more attention to. She has the “hispanic alta” vibes with her strong facial features, and that is her biggest asset. Pump up the fierce because that works for her…
Eva Psychee Patalinjug – one of the girls with a universally appealing faces. One that is easily meant for any of the top 3 titles in BBP. She has one of the most undeniably “winnable” faces among the batch.
Karen Gallman – pack up girls ‘coz I think Karen has the Miss Photogenic award in her bag… Kidding aside, Karen would be deserving to win this award yet again. She knows how to work best her angles with her Kendall Jenner-ish beauty.
Did I miss any of your favorites? List them down on the comments below and I will try to pay more attention to them in the next Bb. Pilipinas activity…

Demi Leigh’s Homecoming!

Rejoice South Africa as your universal queen is coming home! Two months after her Miss Universe 2017 win in Las Vegas, Demi Leigh Nel-Peters is set to come home to her country.

22 year-old Demi will be coming home to her official welcome celebration on January 24th and is set to visit Johannesburg, Cape Town and Sedgefield. The Miss South Africa organization has officially announced that Demi will be at the Cell C Connect Centre, Waterfall Campus on 24 January from 16:00 to 17:30 (4pm to 5;30pm).
She is also said to be hosting workshops under her advocacy named Unbreakable. The Unbreakable campaign “aims to empower women through self-defence by training them on how to handle a variety of situations including assault, domestic violence and sexual harassment”.


Sigrid Grace Flores, An Introductory Profile

RL’s Angels is back in Binibining Pilipinas this year and they are fielding a beautiful lass in the name of Sigrid Flores.  Let’s get to know a little bit more on this lovely lass, this year’s Binibini #7…

Sigrid during the application period…

Full Name: Sigrid Grace Flores
Age: 25 years old
Height: 5’7 ½”
Province: Born in Cavite, grew up in Catanduanes and Iloilo
Profession: Motivational Speaker, Missionary/ Philanthropist, co-Founder of Sons & Daughters in 2013 (a non-profit organization/ movement devoted to loving on people. The heart of this group is to love the entire world one movement at a time. They do activities like counseling for the depressed and emotionally unstable, hospital visits,  and feeding programs in slums.)
Educational Achievement:
* Consistent honor student, Valedictorian of her class since grade school
* AB Political Science, University of the Philippines, Visayas before shifting and finishing Mass Communications at the Central Philippine University in Iloilo

And that is just the tip of the iceberg as we will be getting to know more of this lady. She is one of the girls with a very interesting backstories in the competition this year. Not to mention her work as a host/motivational speaker as well as a co-founder of Sons & Daughters.
Beauty, grit plus intelligence, she is a combination of such and we hope to get to know more of her backstory as the weeks progresses.

S/S 2018 Fashion Trend Series: Fabrics and Embellishments Pt.2

Continuing our scheduled #FashionFridays in this 3rd Friday of January is the 2nd part of the fabrics and prints portion of the series.
This coming Spring/ Summer 2018 expect a lot of glitters to come out of everyone’s wardrobe. And show a little (or a lot) of skin as we go into the hot summer months.

* Disco Redux – Sequins as resistance, how about that? At Paco Rabanne, Julien Dossena responded to the terror of the world by looking to Paris’s discotheques for inspiration, sending out catsuits and minidresses dripping with sequins.

* Lamé – Sparkles, sequins in gold and silver shine brightly with a resolutely contemporary energy, reflecting a desire for a dazzling elegance, made all the more magnificent when worn as a full look.

Tulle – It’s festive, it’s glamorous and it’s sheer! Tulle was the fabric of preference at the Milan shows.

Satin and Shine – Satin was the dominant fabric during the London shows for two great reasons. First, its sheen instantly elevates any silhouette; second, its inherent fluidity and lightness makes it comfortable to wear all night long.


What Happens During the Bb. Pilipinas Official Numbering

So I was very lucky to have been one of the few press people to get inside Kia Theater during numbering the official Binibining Pilipinas candidates. Here are the things that I thought the pageant fans should know about the process…

* The pyramid line up is enforced once again this year. This means that the tallest girls are placed at the center with the shorter girls at the left and right sides. The girls are asked to remove their shoes and were asked to line up according to height. This was the more accurate way of lining them up in height as some of the girls wore really tall shoes.
* All press were instructed not to take photographs of the girls without their shoes on.

* During the numbering for Binibini 20 and 21, Catriona Gray and Anjame Magbitang were deadlocked in the middle of the girls. But who gets 20 and 21? So they were asked to stand back against each other to see their head heights and we saw that they were both 5’10” each. Their difference was Catriona had longer neck while Anjame had longer legs which made her look taller.
* It doesn’t mean that if you are assigned Binibini #3 or #6 you are taller than #1. It just so happens that all 5’6″ girls were grouped together at the first set and last set of 5 girls. Because in each group, ABS-CBN would re-arrange the girls so that no two morenas or mestizas or chinitas as side by side each other. This would have to do with how they would look evenly distributed on camera when filmed or photographed together.

* When asked if any of the girls had questions after their numbers were almost finalized, Samantha Bernardo spoke up and said that she and Samantha Avestruz are numbered one after the other at 28 and 29. So in order for both girls to have a stronger recall, they were separated and Samantha Bernardo was moved to #14.
* After the numbering, the press was asked to take photos for about 20 minutes before we were asked to leave the premises. The girls were given some additional instructions from ABS-CBN and BPCI. What followed after that would be the photo taking of the girls with their official numbers which was later posted on the Bb. Pilipinas Facebook page.

* After their respective shoots, we were able to catch some of the candidates as they left Kia Theater. There were girls who really looked better in person such as Agatha Romero, Ena Velasco and Juliana Kapeundl. Those that stood out with really gorgeous faces were Eva Patalinjug, Muriel Orais, Sigrid Grace Flores, Ana Patricia Asturias, Vickie Rushton and Karen Gallman. Sarah Joson and Angelie Aubrey Asuncion seemed to be the girls full of personality. I found Aya Abesamis a bit on the quiet side with an unassuming personality. Edjelyn Gamboa and Ahtisa Manalo also look good up close. Anjame Magbitang forces you to take a second look because despite being raw she has the potential to be transformed into a winner. Wynonah Buot and Sandra Lemonon are the ones having strong aura emanating from them.

#Nostalgia: Miss International 1998 Lia Victoria Borrero

If one door closes, somewhere is an open window… or so that saying goes. But for Senorita Panama 1996, Lia Voctoria Borrero, she found a floodgate…

Standing at 5’9″, Lia was crowned Señorita Panamá 1996 on September of that year. Later in May of 1997, she found herself competing in Miss Universe in Miami, Florida. She was the second highest overall scorer during the preliminaries behind Verna Vasquez of Curacao. But luck didn’t shine for her during the finals as she only ended up as one of the top 6 finalist that year.

Lia with her Miss International runners up…

In 1998 though she would find redemption in Miss International. Lia bested top favorites for the MI title which included 1st runner up Daniela Kosan of Venezuela (who won Miss Photogenic) and Adriana Hurtado of Colombia (who won Best in National Costume).

As Miss International, she worked for the International Culture Association (ICA) during her year-long reign, helping the One Love Fund, a foundation that gives donations to people who suffer from natural disasters, through the creation of goodwill activities.
After her reign she opted for a quiet life away from the limelight. She then became a sales manager and had a family of her own with her husband and son. Several years ago, she was honored by the Señorita Panama for her achievements in Miss Universe and Miss International.