The Classy Miss Elizabeth Clenci

Binibining Pilipinas Grand International Elizabeth Clenci is a masterclass of chic and elegance. To call her classy Clenci is an understatement!

Elizabeth’s wardrobe in Miss Grand International is worth blogging about. Working in the fashion industry for a little over a decade now, I can honestly say that this is how a pageant wardrobe should be like. Liz is masterfully nailing every event with her choice of wardrobe. She has been very hands-on in the selection of her dresses and gowns to which she says, “I know what works for my body”. This is translated with very subdued but ultra-chic  styles. She chose silhouettes that complimented her body without overpowering her.

The wardrobe that she brought to Vietnam is truly enviable. Hopefully,  all our Binibini girls has taken a page from her strategy and that is to never an outfit that you cannot master…. and Liz does quite master her outfits with lots of class.

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Ms. Earth versus Ms. Grand International: The Rivalry

With the recent Miss Earth and Miss Grand International pageants having overlapping schedules, pageant fans of each competition are at each others’ throats once again. Why is this bitter rivalry still wouldn’t put to rest? Here are comparisons that brings the two at odds…

The Question of Each Others’ Advocacy – In terms of relevant advocacies, both pageant are now at an equal standing. Miss Earth with global warming becoming an international issue that more and more countries are realizing, becomes stronger each year. But nowadays with war, terrorism and domestic violence being on the forefront of every news channel, the MGI peace advocacy has begun to become more socially relevant. So neither of these pageant can claim that theirs is more relevant than the other. The only part that would differentiate is how they implement their advocacy plans. Something that ME enjoys being the older among the two.
The Better Production – in terms of finals night production, both are at par with each other. ME did struggle a bit in past editions in terms of production consistency though they have delivered well in recent years. The only weak point of the ME finals are the dizzying camera panning that is more appropriate for noontime variety programs. MGI couldn’t be denied that this seemed to be their forte: Showmanship with consistency year after year. Though there are times when choreography and contestant intros go overboard, that these become memes on soc-med.

The Glamour Factor – hands down MGI wins this round, simply because ME has always been unapologetic in its mission. ME is far more focused in tree planting activities, environmental seminars and the like to be bothered with regular photoshoots of the girls. Not that ME has zero glamour but rather MGI has bigger proportion on it. This is something that MGI has mastery of. Let’s face it and be true to ourselves, glitz and glamour is perhaps a huge portion of the reason we all love pageants. All ME has to do to address that is to get more exposure for their winners in glammed up events. 
The Bitter Fan Rivalries – Let’s face it, the rivalry between the pageant is mainly fueled by each of their fans. The only difference is that Filipino fans of ME is seen to be more vocal and loud on all social media outlets, plus the advantage of being bi-lingual able to communicate in English. Thai fans of MGI are just as capable of generating noise on social media though not as strong in other forms of soc-med (mainly via Twitter). nevertheless, these two countries are the biggest consumer of pageants in Asia.

Which is the better pageant? Truthfully, both pageants have areas of improvement that needs to be addressed before we can collectively validate which pageant is superior. While Miss Earth may have slight advantage in terms of social media noise and history, Miss Grand International is hot on its heels by improving leaps and bounds. ME cannot be complacent in its status as an Alpha Pageant, because MGI alongside MS are just around the corner continuously improving. It is likely that these pageants could be the next in line to the Alpha status that ME, MI, MU and MW currently enjoys (at least just for now).
The question of who is the better pageant between Miss Earth and Miss Grand International will not likely be answered now but in years to come…

PhotoCollage of the Day: Bb. Pilipinas 2017 Winners for HIV-AIDS Awareness

The fight against HIV is a multi-disciplinary effort rooted in compassion, love, and a genuine desire to help others. The ever changing face of the epidemic demands a dynamism that can only be achieved with different sectors of society working together and the merging of various disciplines. Together, we can stand and make a difference. – The Red Whistle, @theredwhistle

In the spirit of love and acceptance, let us give our unwavering support to all those who are fighting the battle of HIV and those in the frontline of dealing with the crisis brought about by the epidemic. – Maria Angelica de Leon
In our commitment to forming a society free from barrier and stigma, let us encourage each other to take the bold step to make the right choices towards getting tested and finding out one’s HIV status. – Katarina Rodriguez
We shall empower each other to make the right choices – choices made in the spirit of love and acceptance for oneself, radiating towards love and acceptance for others. Empower others to know their HIV status so that more lives will be saved. – Chanel Olive Thomas

We shall tear down barriers and fight discrimination in all its forms and build a culture of acceptance of the diversity of the community. Acceptance will break the stigma of HIV and bring us closer to resolving the ever worsening crisis brought about by the epidemic. – Nelda Ibe
Let us commit our resolve in winning the battle against the HIV epidemic the Philippines is facing. Let us commit our efforts towards mitigating the spread of the epidemic and towards reconstructing the lives of those affected by it. – Elizabeth Clenci

Let us have open minds. Let us listen to each other’s hearts. Let us grow together, as a community, in love. With love, barriers collapse and authenticity is borne, and from here people can work together in synergy and achieve greatness. With love, we can solve the crisis of the HIV epidemic together. – Rachel Peters

Miss Earth 2017: The Strongest from NORTH AMERICA & the CARIBBEAN

I only have three girls in this list and yet all of them are strong contenders in the Miss Earth 2017 pageant. In all honesty, I see one of this girls potentially could win the title.
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* USA, Andreia Gibau – 5’10 1/2″, 22 years old, Public Relations Graduate & a Self-Development Coach. I would say, she is the girl to beat among the candidates this year. Watching her Eco-video amazes me on how well spoken she is, understandably as she is a PR graduate and not just a model. Could she be the first ebony-skinned woman to win the title? I can honestly say, that she could be.
* Puerto Rico, Karla Victoria Aponte – 5’9″, 19 years old, Finance student. Hers is a story that needs to be told, after her country managed to survive two huge super-typhoons. The blonde beauty is one of the early talked about girls for a good reason. She is absolutely gorgeous when she smiles and looks actually much better with minimal make up. I can easily see her in the top8 this year. 
* US Virgin Islands, Kaylee Carlberg – 5’8″, 25 years old, Community Support Professional. In my opinion, she lost some steam she had after competing in Miss Earth USA. But I am glad to see her compete in ME this year as I see someone who is a fierce competitor in the pageant. I am hoping that she gains more momentum leading into the finals.

Miss Earth 2017 Sashes&Scripts 2nd Leaderboard

We are already mid-way into the Miss Earth competition and we are clearly seeing several girls starting to pull away from the rest of the competition. While nothing is yet set in stone, we list down the girls who are steadily gaining momentum and steam in the pageant…

16. Eucharia Akani,  Nigeria

15. Kaylee Carlberg, US Virgin Islands
14. Michelle Alriani,  Indonesia
13. Angele Kossinda, Cameroon *new
12. Nina Robertson, Australia *new
11.  Karen Bustos, Mexico
10. Erika Parker, Panama *new
9. Le Thi Ha Thu,  Vietnam
8. Emerlinda de Matos,  Angola
7. Ninoska Vasquez,  Venezuela
6. Andreia Gibau,  USA
5. Juliana Franco,  Colombia
4. Karen Ibasco, Philippines
3. Faith Landman,  Netherlands
2. Lessie Giler, Ecuador
1. Paweensuda ‘Fahsai’ Drouin, Thailand 

Chanelle, Bruna, Diana & Patricija: Crossover Beauties in Miss International 2017

Looks like the Miss International 2017  will be bringing in a number of pageant crossovers from other Alpha pageants. As of writing Patricija Belousova, Chanelle de Lau, Bruna Zanardo and Diana Croce are the expected crossover beauties in this years edition.

Bruna Zanardo – Brazil, was Miss Earth Fire before being dethroned of her title. Having not completed her year before competing again in a pageant, she is actually following the footsteps of Punika Kulsoonrut  who was stripped of her ME-Water title in 2013. Despite failing to get a state title to be able to compete in Miss Brazil this year, Bruna is a welcome addition to the MI pageant. I do have some reservations for her winning MI this year, hopefully the Japanese judges & organizers would find her beauty suitable for their pageant.
Chanelle de Lau – Curacao, competed in Miss Universe 2016 in Manila. She was a personal favorite who wowed the crowd during the final dress rehearsals. With her wit and public speaking skills, I see her advancing into the semis and could possibly nail a spot in the top 5 this year. Chanelle would be a great rep for the MI organization should she win and could usher more spotlight to the Caribbean girls in the Tokyo-based contest.

Patricija Belousova – Lithuania, participated in Miss Universe 2014. The blue-eyed ash blonde beauty was one of the facially strong candidates in MU that year. She stunned in her white national costume but wore a forgettable gray evening gown. Hopefully she won’t make the same fashion mistakes in Miss International as she is a shoo-in for the semis and even the Miss Photogenic award. 
Diana Croce – Venezuela, was her country’s rep to Miss World in 2016. She was styled to look like past MW winners from her country: Astrid Carolina Herrera, Ninibeth Leal & Jacqueline Aguilera. That is probably why she failed to make the cut despite being of the facially strongest girls in that batch. Her participating in MI this year could be her redemption as I could see her romp away with the title. Hopefully she is styled more naturally this time.

Happy Birthday Queen Rachel!

Today we are extending birthday greetings to Miss Universe Philippines Rachel Peters! Wishing you all you desire in the Universe!

Fresh from the recent announcement that the Miss Universe tickets are now available online is the special day of Miss Universe Philippines Rachel Peters. Rachel, who is currently finalizing her trip to Las Vegas, turns another year older today. She has also been taking social media at a frenzy lately with the release of several pictures from her photoshoots… and proving naysayers that she is on tip-top shape for the upcoming pageant in November.

Good news to readers of the blog as well as I am part of the Sash Factor coverage team going to Las Vegas for the MU pageant! So we will be bringing you closer to the MU competition and watch out for our coverage!