MISS UNIVERSE IN COVID HOTSPOT MIAMI?

How confident are we to have the Miss Universe pageant in one of the Covid hotspot states?

Former Miss International Daniela Di Giacomo said that the Miss Universe will be in Miami in an IG Story. The former beauty queen is one of the respected bloggers in Latin America with her celebrity status. Her announcement has sent pageant pages a flurry since it has been talked about that the pageant is to be held in Miami since June of last year.

This has also caused speculation that the Miss Universe organization might be looking for a Latina winner arise among pageant fans. After all the last Latina to win the title was crowned in Doral, Miami.

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Samantha Bernardo’s 20-Day Prep for MGI

From the time she is announced as the new Binibining Pilipinas Grand International to her departure today, Samantha Bernardo only have around 20 days to prepare for the pageant.

Whilst she might have had some heads-up earlier on at the last couple of weeks of January, she is full steam ahead from the February 5 official announcement to her departure today. Prior to her confirmation she and her team (from stylist Sir KennethR, Tito Rodgil Flores and her camp) Samantha is already able to film her intro video, prep for a new wardrobe, train with her mentors on catwalk, make-up and hairstyling, etc…

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ABSCBN and Binibining Pilipinas 2021!

This year’s Binibining Pilipinas pageant is officially for the year 2021 and will be in partnership with ABSCBN!

While the Binibining Pilipinas Charities Incorporated is still to issue an official statement in partnership with the network, it is safe to say the the pageant will be telecast live with the Kapamilya network. Alco Guerrero (son of ABSCBN head Chit Guerrero?) is tapped to direct the national finals for April 17, 2021 at the Araneta Coliseum. On the creative side of the pageant, Maribeth Bichara is tapped to do choreography.

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MI And MGI: A Question of Age

During the heat of the Miss International age controversy several weeks ago, Sashes&Scripts has been at the crux of our controversial stand to freeze age requirements during the pandemic. In those times we specifically refused to drop names that would be affected by it, but now after things have cooled down considerably, we’ll explain the wisdom in our stance.

Because of the after effects of the global halt in live events caused by the pandemic, most pageant fans seem to believe that the world-wide vaccination roll out would be easy-peasy. That is quite far from the stark reality that the scenario of a global vaccination is most likely achieved around the end of the year 2022 or in 2023. That will cause pageants to be continuously in a state of postponements and delays. Hence it would have been more humane and compassionate to have had international competitions freeze their age requirements until the next set of winners are crowned.

That would have been a great gift to Vickie Marie Rushton who is currently 28 years old and would be eligible only to one pageant franchise under the Binibining Pilipinas pageant. This would also have benefitted Miss International Romania Bianca Paduraru, who had to be replaced due to the Miss International organization rescinding their previous announcement of allowing those within the eligible age in 2020 to compete in 2021.

Of course we also know now the heart-breaking situation of Binibining Pilipinas Grand International 2019, Aya Abesamis who would also been perfect for the Miss Grand International pageant only if the organization allowed her to compete despite being 29 years old. Aya, who was elevated to the MGI crown after Samantha Lo resigned, was the 1st runner up in the 2019 pageant. Since Aya was no longer eligible to compete, 2019 Bb. Pilipinas 2nd runner up Samantha Bernardo is then tapped to assume the title of Binibining Pilipinas Grand International 2020.

While we respect the “their pageant, their rules” philosophy, it does not hurt to act humanely like the Miss Universe pageant did in 2014, when the pageant was postponed to January of 2015. This delay would have meant that Mary Jean Lastimosa wouldn’t be allowed to compete due to age restrictions back then. However, the Miss Universe organization froze their age rules as the pageant postponement wasn’t within the control of the candidates. That same analogy should have been also applicable to these two Binibinis. Most specially when a global pandemic is the cause.

BLOGGER’S NOTE: the Miss Universe pageant issued an update recently to their age requirements. It now stated that “MISS UNIVERSE delegates must be at least 18 years of age and under 28 years of age on the date the National competition commenced.” Hence, candidates who turn 29 this year are eligible as long as they were crowned/ appointed at age 28 during their respective national pageants/ appointments.

It is also quite ironic that the pageant fans who reacted violently when we strongly worded a critique on MIO (using the shock of the surprise attack on Pearl Harbor) arguing that pageant orgs have their own rules, are also the same fans who were clamouring for Aya be allowed to compete by the MGIOrg. Suddenly their reasoning that pageant organizations are independent entities able to make their own decisions are tossed out of the window simply because that narrative no longer serve their purpose.

This is where we had the foresight that if an Alpha pageant like the Miss International organization would be unbending when it announced the change in age eligibility, other pageant organizations are like to follow their lead. We weren’t pushing only for MI to be compassionate, we wanted that had they been flexible, it would have been easier for other organizations to be convinced to do the same. That would mean that Vickie would have a shot at the Binibining Pilipinas International crown and Aya would be sent to the 2020 edition of the MGI pageant. And everything would have been all right in the pageant world…

Binibining Pilipinas Goes Digital with Augmented Reality

When we mentioned on our Instagram Stories that this year’s Binibining Pilipinas pageant will be one pasavogue after another, we weren’t kidding.

We are thrilled to share with you that the Binibining Pilipinas 2020 National Costume is now available in an Augmented Reality (AR) where one can view a preview on how the candidates will carry their outfits before the Grand Coronation Night on April 17. Check out a short compilation video below of the augmented reality vids after you scan the QR code above…

Manila, Philippines - View this year's Binibining Pilipinas national costume photos in a more interactive and fun way!

Experience the Binibining Pilipinas national costumes via augmented reality (AR) and get to see more of the Binibinis in their intricate and colorful outfits.

Fans will love more the Binibining Pilipinas national costumes as each photo comes alive on every smartphone device.

To enjoy this feature:
- scan the QR code found at the Ali Mall photo exhibit or on the Binibining Pilipinas online pages.

- point your mobile phone camera to the photo of your favorite candidate (whether in the exhibit, or posted online); and

- wait for the video that will appear on your smartphone screen.


Through this digital feature, fans will get a closer look at the details of each marvelously-designed national costume.

This serves as a preview of what the public would expect when the candidates showcase their unique outfits in the National Costume show happening before the grand coronation night on April 17, 2021.

Get the best Binibining Pilipinas national costume AR experience at the photo exhibit located on the Ground Floor of Ali Mall, Araneta City.


For more news on Binibining Pilipinas, visit www.bbpilipinas.com. Like the Binibining Pilipinas official Facebook page www.facebook.com/realbbpilipinas and follow @bbpilipinasofficial on Instagram.

Check out how to access it through your mobile phones on the instructions below:

  • scan the QR code found at the Ali Mall photo exhibit or on the Binibining Pilipinas online pages.
  • point your mobile phone camera to the photo of your favorite candidate (whether in the exhibit, or posted online); and
  • wait for the video that will appear on your smartphone screen.

2020 Bb. Pilipinas Grand, Samantha Bernardo

When the announcement that Samantha Bernardo is the official Philippine candidate for the Miss Grand International pageant this March, we were hardly surprised.

You see, we were already clued in with Samantha’s appointment about a week prior to her announcement last February 5th. One of our insider pageant friends (IPF)have clued us in that the  Miss Grand International pageant might have been emboldened by the Miss International pageant’s rescinding of their previous age limits. Of course that was a rumor still, but when IPF said that the age issue is a contention in the talks our gut told us that the talks probably is going downhill.

Then came a second IPF telling us that the Facebook screenshot of Samantha “shopping around” for travel insurance. That was when I was able to put together pieces of the puzzle. And this was just last January 30th. It also doesn’t hurt that we have common acquaintances inside BPCI who has all but verbally confirmed our suspicions by February 1st. So when we messaged Samantha’s main stylist, Sir Kenneth, we kind of knew that the announcement is about to happen within the first week of February. During our conversation, Sir asked me to keep whatever I knew a secret for the time being. And just for everyone’s information, Sir Kenneth was very tight lipped and didn’t confirm or deny what I knew. Such a professional. And so wait, we did.

Then the confirmation came. Samantha is named Miss Grand Philippines 2020.

Her appointment didn’t come without some fan confusion. First to come is the question why Samantha and not Aya Abesamis? Was this announcement with the blessing of the Binibining Pilipinas Charities Inc.?

As mentioned, age became the deciding factor in the eventual appointment of Samantha. It seemed that the MGIOrg was adamant about their age eligibility rules and no matter how hard negotiations were, Aya was simply not eligible because of her age. This meant that the BPCI would have to offer the title to the next eligible queen (yes, you heard that right, it has to be a winner not a candidate) who ticks all the box. Samantha being the 2019 Binibining Pilipinas 2nd runner up is the only other eligible queen to ascend. While she may have relinquished her runner up post to be able to compete again, it is possible that talks were made to settle out their contracts which meant that Sam would have to give up her current BBP candidacy. Now, doesn’t that make better sense?

While it may have taken days for BPCI to put forth an official statement, it is not unlikely for the organization to have any public statements be reviewed first by their legal team before posting anything on social media. What they did instead was to share the official MGI announcement on their social media accounts instead to quench the public’s interest and queries. Sashes&Scripts also posted on our Instagram Stories the clarification from the org that Samantha has the blessing of the BPCI. This dispelled any doubts of her ascension to the throne. Once an official statement has been approved, it is then posted on their official channels.

This is what we admire about the BPCI organization, they may be at times too “by the book” but such measures have kept them out of trouble in their 60+ years of existence. Official communications have to go through the proper channels for approval and is announced officially in their official social media channels (and not through a Facebook Live chat).

Every pageant fans knows Samantha is a penultimate pageant performer, so we are without a doubt sure that this lady from Palawan will deliver her best come pageant finals. She has the face, the body, the height (she’s actually around 5’8 1/2″) and the wits to accompany her drive to always perform. Win, Lose or Draw, expect that the Binibining Pilipinas 3-timer would always be on top of her game specially this time. An opportunity like this doesn’t come easy and we are sure that Samantha would not take on representing the Philippines lightly. Samantha is going to perform. Period.

So, do we see the first MGI win for the Philippines? We wouldn’t want to jinx it so we say, we are 100% positive that Samantha will give everyone in the competition a run for their money and will give the MGI organization a freakin’ helluva show…

A “National” Binibining Pilipinas Title

Will pageant fans ever be open to a Binibining Pilipinas title with no international pageant to compete in?

This has been one of the ideas that Sashes&Scripts have been mulling since the middle of 2020, but one that we kept to ourselves as the pageant itself is on hold at that time. But now that the Binibining Pilipinas pageant is back in full swing, we thought it is timely to put this discussion in the table.

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2021, A Repeat of Pageant Postponements of 2020?

The world thought that with the availability of the Corona virus vaccine, everything would get back to normal this 2021 like it was prior to the global pandemic. But it is likely that these assumptions are wrong.

With vaccine roll out and distribution still on the early stages, we might not be seeing live events like pageants return within the first three quarters of this year. It is most likely that international pageants are to resume towards the end of 2021 and early 2022.

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