Queen of bECQi is Back!

ECQ is Back, so is Queen of bECQi (The Online Search for the Philippines’ Most Beautiful Beki)!

The return of ECQ has prompted Sir Wil Online Challenge to revive the virtual pageant that started it all – Queen of bECQi.

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Costa Rica could Host Miss Universe with Declaration of Tourist Interest

Without such management, the country would not have the budget to pay for the requirements of the Miss Universe pageant.

El Instituto Costarricense de Turismo (ICT) suggested to the organizers of the Miss Universe pageant request, to the Board of Directors of the institution, a declaration of interest.

This management, as indicated by the ICT, must be accompanied by documentation that justifies how this contest would promote the values ​​of the Esencial Costa Rica brand in the markets of interest and priority in the ICT marketing strategy. 

These values ​​are an image of sustainability, of a society that promotes social progress, the defense of nature, excellence, innovation and of course that promotes real equality for women.

"We consider that, if a declaration of tourist interest is obtained, the Miss Universe event would have a letter of presentation facilitating the negotiations that its represented will require to carry out with the different actors and suppliers of the private sector to pay for the goods and services described in its proposal "said the ICT in a letter addressed to Shawn C. McClain, organizer of the beauty pageant.

Without this declaration, the country could not afford all the requirements that Miss Universe asks Costa Rica to host. These requirements are as follows:

  • Have the venue of the event and the staff to attend it. 
  • Almost 6,000 hotel nights, meals, among others, for contestants, staff, crew, and judges.
  • Local transportation for the staff of the contest organizing company, the crew and the contestants, as well as air tickets for the staff and crew.
  • Shipping and air freight to and from the host city for equipment; auxiliary events, filming, taxes, fees and visas.
  • Local workforce, translators, security and host committee to assist in the production of the event.

The ICT explained in said letter that it is not possible to pay for these requirements because the budget allocated for the promotion of the country as a tourist destination in issuing markets for travelers has been significantly reduced as a result of the pandemic.

"This reality limits the margin of institutional action to pay for the goods and services described in its proposal as obligations that the host country of the Miss Universe 2021 contest must assume," says the letter signed by Carolina Trejos, ICT Marketing Deputy Manager.
For this reason, the only way that the contest will eventually take place in our country is to declare it of tourist interest.

The Miss Universe organization hopes to announce the next venue for its pageant (2021) before May 16, the date on which the 2020 pageant will be held in Miami, United States. 

This news report was originally published by Teletica.com in March 18 and was translated in this blogpost.

Bb. Pilipinas 2021 Suggestions

With no assurances that the local NCR+ bubble will lift restrictions on mass gatherings and curfews any time soon. It is quite safe to assume that the Binibining Pilipinas 2021 would be postponed to a much latter date than the announced April 17th finals.

If our assumptions and rumors are correct, then the finals might happen sometime June 6th. With that lengthy delay, there are a few more things that we believe would be great additions to the pageant activities and finals. These are suggestions that we believe would help boost the image and brand of the Bb. Pilipinas pageant and build more exposure for the remaining 34 candidates to even out the playing field.

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Rumors: Miss Universe Pay-per-View Prelims

Are you ready to part ways with your hard earned money once again?

Rumor has it that just like in 2019, the Miss Universe preliminary competition can only be watched via pay-per-view! Well that is the rumors we have been hearing. The swimsuit and evening gown prelims are said to be broadcasted on a link only accessible via the Miss Universe app on May 14th. Only those who have paid the 10 USD fee will be able to access the streaming link.

No word if the 10-dollar fee includes the Miss Universe National Costume Show like last 2019. Rumor has it that the national costume show will be on May 13th and thus possible that a separate fee might be charged.

We’ll keep you posted on developments regarding this matter when updates are available, so stay tuned.

Paid Voting Controversy in Miss Universe

April 8, 2020 | Manila – The Miss Universe voting via the LazadaPH App came live several hours before the voting on the Miss Universe App.

Confusion was raised when international pageant fans complained their difficulty in accessing the Lazada and in voting for their favorites. Other countries cannot vote or even download the app in their respective locations. It is rumored that some Miss Universe national directors cried foul over a number of points regarding the LazadaPH voting due to these issues.

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Pageant Photographs: to Filter or Not to Filter

Photographer Seven Barretto mentioned a interesting perspective on what it feels when pageant pages and accounts (like ours) edit their photographs with filters and makeup edits. He mentioned that such edits are “nakakabastos”, akin to defacing a painter’s masterpiece.

Being one of those who is guilty of making makeup edits ourself we hope to be able to touch on several points regarding this matter.

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Miss Eco International Scandal

The recent Miss Eco International scandal illustrates why pageants are seen as superficial in the face of the global coronavirus pandemic.

As Peru, Japan and Thailand have made public their withdrawal of local franchises, this Miss Earth copycat pageant has a troubled future ahead of it

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Miss Universe Parent Company Files for IPO, Again!

The Miss Universe organization, Endeavor Group Holdings, Inc., has filed earlier this month for another IPO. This would be the second time that Endeavor would file for an IPO after a failed attempt two years ago due to low investor demand.

The LA Times reported that the “IPO collapse was a rare stumble for Endeavor leader Ari Emanuel, whose ambition is to make Endeavor into a global entertainment juggernaut. The IPO was supposed to help fuel its ascent by raising cash to chip away at its $4.6-billion debt (at the time of the planned IPO) and fund future acquisitions.” And NBC stated that the “company generated sales of $3.48 billion and posted a net loss of $625.3 million last year. Revenue was more than $1 billion lower than in 2019 due to pandemic shutdowns“.

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Pageant Franchises: A Little or Too Much?

There has been too many franchise switching over the last two years, but none dared to ask when does a national pageant have too little international pageant franchise, or too much of it?

An international pageant franchise adds prestige to a national competition. But these days where pageants are a dime a dozen, local pageants are advised to be mindful of what pageant franchises they acquire.

Today’s blogpost will talk about local pageants that would benefit from having additional franchises and ones that need to evaluate if they have too much.

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Binibining Pilipinas 2021 Frontrunners

34 lovely captivating candidates, 4 Binibining Pilipinas crowns at stake.

After the long hiatus of the Binibining Pilipinas pageant brought by the global Coronavirus pandemic, the release of the official candidates’ latest headshots for this year’s pageant saw a vast improvement from the ladies. But there are a a handful of ladies that are currently standing out.

It may be too early to say that these are the ladies to watch out for in this year’s competition, but we firmly believe that we’ve got a good feeling coming off from these ladies…

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The Official Binibining Pilipinas 2021 Candidates

It’s official! We have 34 lovely candidates competing for the Binibining Pilipinas pageant this year!

The Binibining Pilipinas Charities Inc., has posted recently the glamshot portraits of the candidates on their official social media pages. The girls will be competing for four Binibining Pilipinas titles – Bb. Pilipinas International, Bb. Pilipinas Grand International, bb. Pilipinas Intercontinental and Bb. Pilipinas Globe.

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The Triumph of Samantha Bernardo

Binibining Pilipinas Grand 2020, Samantha Mae Bernardo may have ended as the Miss Grand International 1st runner-up placing 2nd to USA’s Abena Appiah, but it surely feels like winning first!

Samantha’s performance from Day 1 to the pageant’s finals can only be summed up in one word: Flawless…

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Catriona, Alaiza and Samantha | Defining a Pageant Campaign

If there are three Filipina pageant girls that have redefined what a pageant campaign should be, those would be Catriona Gray, Alaiza Malinao and Samantha Bernardo.

These are what these three ladies brought into their pageant campaigns that revolutionized how the pageant game is played…

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Samantha Bernardo’s MGI Preliminary Performance

2020 Binibining Pilipinas Grand, Samantha Bernardo was perfection on stage during the Miss Grand International preliminary competition! Held at the Show DC Hall in Bangkok, the preliminaries featured all 63 candidates performing in their swimsuit and evening gowns…

Watch Samantha’s full preliminary performance here…

For the trained eye of this pageant connoisseur, it was quite clear that Samantha’s preliminary performance is arguably the best in this year’s batch. The 5’8″ Filipina stunner delivered a consistently well executed performance from the Swimsuit press presentation, the National Costume show and now the MGI preliminaries.

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Our Favorite MGI2020 National Costumes

The eighth edition of Miss Grand International is currently ongoing in Bangkok, Thailand and they recently had their national costume show. On March 24, 2021, the 63 candidates of Miss Grand International 2020 showcased their culture and beauty in the national costume competition.

Here are our favorite costumes from last night’s live show. These are listed alphabetically:

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