Who says that beauty queens cannot be tough? Just look at former Binibining Pilipinas World Maggie Wilson -Consunji.
After winning the top prize in Amazing Race Asia with Miss Grant International 3rd runner up and former Binibining Pilipinas Tourism Parul Shah, the ever young looking Maggie completed another milestone by becoming the first Filipina to complete a full marathon in the freezing cold of Antartica. Here is what the beauty queen had to poston her Instagram account on her feat:
“-20 degrees, strong winds and snow. It was a constant battle with my mind and body. I survived without getting frostbite and hypothermia in one of the most remote locations in the world. I may not be considered a “full” Filipino at times but I stand at the finish holding the Philippine flag as the first Filipina woman to complete a full marathon on Antartica.” 💙 #ProudToBePinoy #Antarctica #HusbandIsLuckyIDidntKillHimForMakingMeDoThisMarathon #GoodNewsWeAreStillMarried #GuessImOfficiallyAsNutsAsHeIs
Now you know the kind of mental toughness that Filipina queens are made of. Even if Maggie wasn’t able to bring home the Miss World crown almost a decade ago, she continues to be a victor in other aspects of life.
A lot of pageant friends and acquaintances have been asking me the same questions: Is Catriona Gray joining Binibining Pilipinas 2018? Even when I was covering Miss Universe in Las Vegas, I still get that question by pageant fans… And I give them the same thing I have said over and over again: I am not sure but perhaps in 2019.
I say that in hopeful longing because if she is indeed has plans, then we would have heard some news from her camp Aces & Queens about any murmurs of joining. From what I have heard in Las Vegas, the heads of the camp is trying to convince her to join Binibini but with not much updates if they were successful in doing so.
In fact, there is a prevalent rumor that she is about to switch camps to Kagandahang Flores. Not a bad move considering that among the Binibining Pilipinas queens of 2017, KF trained girls managed to snatch 1st runner up in Miss Globe, 2nd Runner up in Miss Grand International and a top 10 finalist in Miss Universe. This is in contrast to the top 10 finish of A&Q in Miss Supranational and a non-placement in Miss International (our bet in Miss Intercontinental is yet to compete come January due to postponement of the pageant). If indeed Catriona jumps ship, there wouldn’t be anything wrong with that as pageant girls have been noted to change camps every now and then.
And these would just be another rumor until Catriona would finally shut down speculations by a confirmation. She had the busiest reign as Miss World Philippines with public appearances left and right. She earned a break, both from her tirelessly working schedules and even from pageants. As fans, we should allow her that time to decongest. She is just 24 years old and she can always return to pageants and give Binibining Pilipinas a try when she’s 25. After all some of the oldest Miss Universe winners Pia Wurtzbach and Brooke Mahaelani Lee were 26 when they sought the title of Miss Universe.
For now, let’s just wait for her to be ready mentally and physically. Do you think I might get to talk to her and convince her to join in BBP2018? #HopeSpringsEternal… Who knows, if I get to chat with her again in the future I might be able to ask her to put the final nail to the question: 2018 or 2019?
If there is one pageant camp that dominated 2017, it would be Kagandahang Flores. Sir Rodgil Flores should be extremely proud of what his wards are able to achieve this year…
If 2016 was for Aces & Queens girls, 2017 is for KF-trained gals. On the international arena, Kagandahang Flores managed to score major wins in 2017. KF was able to get hold of two Alpha titles courtesy of Karen Ibasco in Miss Earth and Indonesia’s Kevin Liliana for Miss International.
In addition, Elizabeth Clenci snagged the 2nd runner up win in Miss Grand International, Nelda Iba was 1st runner up in Miss Globe, Ilene de Vera is 4th runner up in Miss Asia Pacific International, Sherlyn Doloriel was 3rd runner up in Miss Scuba International, Sammie Anne Legaspi was 1st runner up in the Miss Lumiere International pageant, etc… Even foreign girls who trained under KF became runners up with Natsuki Tsutsui of Japan placing as 4th runner up in Miss International and Nina Robertson representing Australia becoming Miss Earth-Air… At the national level, they dominated the Binibining Pilipinas winning the Miss Universe title with Rachel Peters who then placed in the top 10 of Miss Universe held in Las Vegas. They also have won countless other minor national titles that is too many to list down.
Will they be able to maintain their position on top come 2018? We’ll have to wait and see at the quality of girls that they will field at the nationals. If the rumored KF girls that I have been hearing of, then we have something to be excited about for KF in 2018…
After the dust has settled and all the major pageants has finished, we can now say that the Philippines continues its winning streak in the 4 most relevant pageants in the world. Since 2013, the Philippines has been winning one crown after another in Miss Universe, Miss World, Miss International and Miss Earth (arranged according to date of establishment).
Every year since 2013, we have been winning one title after another.
2013 – Miss International Bea Rose Santiago & Miss World Megan Young
2014 – Miss Earth Jamie Herrell
2015 – Miss Universe Pia Wurtzbach & Miss Earth Angelia Gabrena Ong
2016 – Miss International Kylie Verzosa
2017 – Miss Earth Karen Ibasco
The latest addition to the list is Miss Earth Karen Ibasco who allowed the Philippines its 7th Alpha pageant win in 5 consecutive years. The medical physicist wowed the judges with her gift of gab and earning the 4th Miss Earth title for the country. She brought in a sandwich victory after Angelia Ong’s back-to-back win with Jamie Herrell.
With 7 wins in 5 years, will we be seeing another Filipina winner come 2018?
At the heat of the debate regarding Rachel Peters’ top 10 finish, I have refrained from posting my own thoughts and feelings on the said outcome. Now that I have had more than enough time to ponder thru it, here are my thoughts on the matter…
Despite a strong performance during the finals (swimsuit and evening gown) what we should have to consider is that the judges are all briefed on what the Miss Universe organization is looking for in a winner. So it is unfair to solely blame Pia Wurtzbach alone on the outcome as all the judges are briefed accordingly by the org. By the time the judges were introduced, they may already have a winner picked in their minds and they probably stuck through their favorites throughout the telecast. Not to mention that the highest and lowest scores by the judges are cancelled to get the median scores.
We should also consider that the judging panel is heavily comprised of Americans and that their perception of beauty may be different from ours. Their perception on the girls could have easily been influenced by the sexual harassment issue enveloping the US right now and hence they chose someone like Demi who was speaking in behalf of self-defense for women.
We cannot fault the gown as well since Rachel’s Val Taguba gown was immaculate onstage. Because if we fault the gown, then how can we explain Jamaica’s yellow gown that didn’t look very chic onstage. Personally, the Val Taguba powder blue confection is the best evening gown that a Miss Universe Philippines worn on the MU stage since 2010. Rachel carried the gown with an elegance and she didn’t have to over-do her facial expressions (yes I’m looking at you Laura, even Shandy Finnessey called you out on it). Here are several recorded videos of Rachel during the Miss Universe from Instagram… and I couldn’t see a flaw on Rachel’s overall performance.
IMHO, I still believe that Rachel deserved a top 5 spot during the Miss Universe finals. She could have given the Philippines at least another runner up placement in the pageant. Too bad that the judges didn’t see her as Miss Universe potential as we did… I believe that it all boiled down to luck. Former Miss Universe Gloria Diaz once summarized it briefly saying that winning is a matter of luck, of being in the right place at the right time with the right judges.