Eva Psychee Patalinjug on Profile

Emerging as one of the top winners in Binibining Pilipinas is no mean feat. More so if you belong in a loaded group like the 2018 batch. Binibining Pilipinas Grand International 2018, Eva Patalinjug captures our attention as being one of the best faces this year and possibly even in recent Bb. Pilipinas batches.

Born Eva Psychee Soroño Patalinjug, this Kagandahang Flores trained beauty hails from Cebu and is a multi-hyphenate. She is a registered nurse, a model, a host, a budding entrepreneur (she has her Psychee Cosmetics line of lipsticks and false eyelashes), a former Sanguniang Kabataan Chair, and a future lawyer. Eva is  now in her second year as a Law student in Cebu’s University of San Carlos, but have plans of moving her studies in either Ateneo de Manila or De La Salle University upon her victory in Bb. Pilipinas 2018.

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Valeria Morales: Miss Colombia 2018

She was one of our top faves to win Rumbo a Miss Universo and boy were we right to say she would win! Valeria Morales was the top faves to win the title since the beginning and she ended up with the Senorita Colombia title for 2018!

Born Valeria Morales Delgado, the 20 year old model is also a student of social communications. She has lived in Miami for five years and can speak English and Spanish. Valeria was crowned as Miss Colombia 2018 at the grand finale on 30th of September with former Miss Universe 1st runner Carolina Gomez as one of the hosts. From the beginning of the competition, Valeria took lead with a score of 9.8 points in swimsuits and 9.9 in her evening gown. Virreina nacional went to the representative of Antioquia, Isabella Atehortúa. The first runner up was Alma Díaz of Choco.
The 5’9″ brunette representing Valle is to have the most short-lived crown in the history of the pageant as the Senorita Colombia for 2019 will be crowned later this November. The hazel-eyed beauty will also have the shortest preparation time before competing in Miss Universe with only 2 months compared to the usual 12…

She caused an earlier buzz on social media with her stance against transgenders joining the Miss Universe pageant. Valeria said in  an interview for the television channel RCN,  that “the reign of beauty (beauty pageants) for Miss Universe is for women who are born women, and I think that for her would also be a disadvantage, so that’s why I respect the idea, but not share it.” While this may cause further stir come MU pageant season, she did express her thoughts diplomatically which this blogger can respect.

Personally, I have no issue with her stance of the matter with transgender women joining MU. This blogger does not agree with her stance though as the pageant has progressively moved towards inclusion and diversity. Even former Miss Universe Gabriela Isler have changed her opinion on transwomen in pageants as she is now open to have them join the Miss Venezuela pageant. The MVO has now implemented an open policy for transwomen to join in their pageant following Canada, the US, Puerto Rico, Israel and Spain.

Does the Philippines Lack Quality Beauty Queens?

Several weeks ago I have read a very intriguing piece of essay/article that practically said this: the Philippines have many beauty pageants but it lacked quality in its queens. Add to it is the criticism that the country has too many pageants, candidates being unintelligent to answer simple questions, and a general downfall on the quality of Filipina candidates.

Let’s first address the biggest issue: Do we lack great quality queens? IMHO, that’s a huge “hell the f#ck no”! Continue reading “Does the Philippines Lack Quality Beauty Queens?”

Who’s Afraid of Catriona Elisa Gray?

We’ve asked this question before and we are asking it all over again: Who is Afraid of Catriona Gray? The answer seems to be still the same: Everybody!

Why is this lady such a remarkable pageant girl and what makes her a formidable force in pageantry? Truth be told, that is simply because like Miss Universe 2015, Pia Wurtzbach, she is out to prove herself in pageantry. Catriona’s latest appearance at the New York Fashion Week for the Sherri Hill fashion show was a major testament to her being a force to be reckoned with.
What was remarkable with this feat is that she became the Miss Universe hopeful to be invited to walk the show even before she competed in the international pageant. Iris Mittenaere, Dayana Mendoza, Ximena Navarette and Olivia Culpo only walked for Sherri Hill after they won MU. Of course we cannot discount the MU connection as Sherri Hill has been a major clothing sponsor of the pageant.

Does this bear any weight? No, not really, but it does give us a clue on the reach and clout she can give to the MU pageant should she become Miss Universe 2018.
Just imagine what she can offer to Paula Shugart, Shawn McClain, Esther Swan and the rest of the Miss Universe organization should she win. The pageant, tagged as the Superbowl of Beauty, would not need much effort on publicity as it will come free with any small move of the 5’10 Australian-Filipina stunner. They wouldn’t worry about her on media tours as she is a natural spokesperson for any organization, whether it be for promoting a foundation like Young Focus or for HIV/AIDS awareness for Love Yourself. She has charisma and draw that she could promote any brand much like Pia Wurtzbach did and still does. She could even possibly be the first Miss Universe winner to walk the Victoria’s Secret fashion show with her beauty and statuesque height.

There is so much that Catriona can offer the Miss Universe organization should she win. That Sherri Hill appearance is only a taste on what she can offer to a pageant organization, even more so with IMG|WME being an entertainment company. Can we mention the lady can sing? Another thing that a talent management company like IMG could put in on their prospective reasons to book her as a talent.
Those are reasons why every pageant girl aspiring to compete against her should be very scared. Catriona is not only there to compete, but she is there to bring something to the Miss Universe organization that other girls could only possibly hope to deliver.

Maeva Coucke, Miss France 2018

It has been a while since we have had a strong redhead competing in Miss Universe. Miss France 2018 Maeva Coucke is a rare find.

The newly single Miss France (reportedly she and her boyfriend of almost 3 years called it quits last month) is perhaps the most highly talked about redhead to compete in Miss Universe since Alyssa Campanella of the USA in 2011. While Alyssa may have been born blonde, Maeva is actually a brunette. The 5’9″ green-eyed beauty is one of the perceived strong contenders in Miss Universe this year. She graduated with a BTS in International Business and is taking up a law degree in hopes to become a corporate lawyer. With her mother diagnosed with breast cancer in 2012, Maeva advocates for this cause during her reign as Miss France.

Pageant fans are in agreement that she would be one of the ladies to watch out for in Miss Universe.  However, there are insider rumors that the MW org wanted Maeva to compete in Miss World instead. This is despite having Eva Colas crowned as the Miss World France. Although we are just filing this under rumors for now.
No doubt about it, IMHO if Maeva is sent to Miss World she would be our next Miss World winner. How about you ladies and gents? Do you think Maeva would do better in Miss Universe or in Miss World?

Marta Magdalena Stepien: A Major Force Come Miss Universe 2018

Today’s post is a feature on Miss Universe Canada, Marta Magdalena Stepien. This 5’9 brunette has the heavy task of bringing back the Mikimoto crown to Canada this year.

After 15 years, Canada will be back in the country that gave them their 2nd Miss Universe crown courtesy of Natalie Glebova. Like Natalie, Marta is also competing in Bangkok, Thailand this year. And there’s more, both ladies have European heritage with Marta having Polish origins. Having migrated to Canada at age 6, this Taylor Swift deadringer has been modelling since the age of 14. As a model she has traveled around the world and have been to major fashion cities New York, Los Angeles, Miami, London, Korea, Zurich, and Paris. But there is more, this lady is studying Biomedical Engineering Technology at St. Clair College. She also speaks English, French, German, and Polish.

Here is a snippet from her Miss Universe Canada 2017 (she was 1st runner up to Lauren Howe in last year’s pageant) bio:
In the past, she has taken part in charity events to raise money for breast cancer. She also enjoys volunteering her time for tutoring and teaching young children. Marta wishes to inspire young women, both in her generation and the coming ones, to build their confidence, self esteem and promote healthy body image. Marta also desires to ‘lead by example’ and inspire young girls to pursue a career in technology or the sciences, and inspire a movement of females in male-dominated work fields.
* http://missuniversecanada.ca/

Miss Colombia: Rumbo a Miss Universe

The search for the Colombian rep to Miss Universe is already underway!

‘Rumbo a Miss Universe’ is the program that will be broadcast on September 30 by the RCN channel, where the woman who will represent Colombia in Miss Universe 2018 will be chosen. The candidate that is elected in the pageant in Medellín will travel to Thailand and compete for the Mikimoto crown on December 16, 2018.

Señorita Antioquia, Isabella Atehortúa Zapata – 20 years old, 5’8″ tall, student of Social Communication for Development and Social Change at the Universidad Católica de Oriente
Señorita Atlantico, Mirriam Isabel Caranza de Moya – 22 years old, 5’9″ tall,  social media commentator & journalist
Señorita Cartagena, Nathalia Marcela Blanco – 22 years old, 5’8 1/2″ tall, double degree student taking up Business Administration and Anthropology at Universidad del Rosario,  fluent in English
Señorita Cesar,  Jennifer Salazar Sánchez – 25 years old, 5’7 1/2″ tall, speaks English, Spanish and Portuguese fluently
Señorita Choco, Alma Beatriz Diaz Bonilla – 25 years old, 5’10 3/4″ tall, studying Advertising/ Graphic Communication at the University of Medellín
Señorita Guajira, Claudia Maryam Montenegro Acosta – 22 years old,  5’8″ tall, a Social Communicator graduated from the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana,  fluent in English
Señorita Huila, Maria De Los Angeles Sarmiento Cardoso
– 25 years old, 5’7 1/4″ tall, a student of Fashion Design at the Grancolombiano Polytechnic, English is her second language
Señorita Norte de Santander, Sandra Patricia Palacios Martinez – 22 years old, 5’11 3/4″ tall, Psychology student at the Simón Bolívar University
Señorita Santander, Evelin Julieth Chávez Navas – 21 years old, 5’7 1/4″ tall, Law Student at the Autonomous University of Bucaramanga, speaks English

Señorita Cauca, Maria Camila Concha Osorio – 23 years old, 5’9″ tall, 86-68-90, Law Student at the Universidad del Cauca
Señorita Magdalena, Samara Saghair Granados – 25 years old, 5’8″ tall, 86-70-98, a student of Administration in Logistics and Production of the Universidad del Rosario. Speaks Spanish and English fluently.
Señorita Nariño, Mayeli Valencia Calderón – 23 years old, 5’8″ tall, 85-62-96, a student of Social Communication at the Universidad Autónoma de Occidente
Señorita Quindio, Maria Andrea Arango Isaza – 25 years old, 5’5″ tall, 84-60-92, Business Administrator of the EU Business School and has a Masters degree in Marketing Management and Commercial Management, , fluent in English
Señorita San Andrés, Providencia and Santa Catalina, Nirvany Natasha Bowie Steele – 23 years old, 5’11” tall, 88-61-92, currently studying  Acting and Presenting in Television at the Talentos Efraín Arce Aragón, , fluent in English
Señorita Valle,  Valeria Morales Delgado  – 23 years old, 5’8″ tall, 86-63-90, a student of Social Communication at Broward College, fluent in English

Why not Thitaree Kasorn or Valentina Ploy for Miss Earth?

We all know that the Miss Earth Thailand franchise is now under a new Thai organization, but still we haven’t heard anything new regarding the supposed pageant to select a Thai rep.
So we pose this question for all, why not handpick Miss Universe Thailand Thitaree Kasorn or Valentina Ploy Giardullo to compete instead?

The upside to this is that it will give the new franchise owner enough time to properly mount a competition next year. And it will give opportunity for either Valentina or Thitaree a chance to compete internationally for a title. This would also give them the necessary experience when competing for a bigger title in the future.

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#Pageant wisdom from #ValentinaPloy Stay true to yourself no matter what they say and be the difference you wanna see in the world. Thank you for such an inspiring day @missuniversethailand and for reminding me the real essence of the pageant.❤️ #Repost from @valentinaploy … Watch out for this young lady, my gut tells me that she is THE darkhorse that will make a splash in the competition. … #SashesandScripts #UltimatePageantBlog #roadtomissuniversethailand #roadtomut2018 #MUT2018️ #happyday #empoweringwomen #teamploy#missuniversethailand #missuniversethailand2018 #mut11#beconfident #loveyourself @bbbee39@champ_cmode @1_ralph #Thailand #Bangkok #Pattaya #Phuket #Thai

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The downside on the other hand is if the Miss Earth org will allow a handpicked participation considering the rumored agreement that the new org is to set up a national pageant. Add to it is the unfair disadvantage of non-English speakers with really crappy translators from the MEOrg (I really hope that they are able to address this). This kind of disadvantage is really becoming a problem and should be addressed so that language barriers do not become a hindrance for crown-worthy candidates.

Let’s us you readers who do you think would be a better choice? Thitaree or Valentina? Let us know on the comment section below…

SCANDAL! Veruska Ljubisavljevic Sues Miss Venezuela Org!

The Miss Venezuela organization that Osmel Sousa left is in such a bind even after his departure. His last crowned Miss Venezuela Mundo 2017, Veruska Ljubisavljevic, is suing the MVO for damages due to her non-participation in MW this year. It was only informed earlier that due to the MW age cut off of 26 years old, she won’t be able to compete in the pageant in China this year.

Veru, on her official Instagram page, has this to say:
I have always known that as citizens (and as human beings) we all have rights and responsibilities. Fulfilling the responsibilities acquired is a serious obligation, and I have always faced them with all the aplomb and best possible disposition. But it is also an obligation to defend the rights of equality, non-discrimination and individual freedoms, when these are threatened or violated.
As is known throughout Venezuela, I was crowned Miss Venezuela World thanks to my own efforts and sacrifices, to the support and affection of my family and friends. I have been very disciplined with my obligations and the requirements of my presence and the use of my image and my name as the representative of Venezuela in the Miss World.

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Siempre he sabido que como ciudadanos (y como seres humanos) todos tenemos derechos y responsabilidades. Cumplir con las responsabilidades adquiridas es una seria obligacion, y siempre las he encarado con todo el aplomo y mejor disposición posible. Pero también es una obligación defender los derechos de igualdad, no discriminacion y libertades individuales, cuando estas son amenazadas o vulneradas. Como es conocido por toda Venezuela, fui coronada Miss Venezuela Mundo gracias a mis esfuerzos y sacrificios propios, al apoyo y cariño de mi familia y mis amigos.  He sido muy disciplinada con mis obligaciones y los requerimientos de mi presencia y el uso de mi imagen y mi nombre como la representante de Venezuela en el Miss Mundo. He llevado un mensaje de integración y respeto como bandera y entiendo que el respeto a los demás siempre empieza con la valoración y el respeto a uno mismo, por eso al haber sido electa representante de la mujer Venezolana en el próximo Miss World, no puedo permitir que me usen arbitrariamente como mujer sin exigir respeto y hacer valer mis derechos. En una reunion no formal las señoras Nina Sicilia y Maria Gabriela Isler me informarón que mi participación en el Miss World no sería efectiva. Entonces por qué en la noche del Miss Venezuela 2017 se permitió que se me otorgará la banda y corona de Miss World.? Por qué informarme de tal decisión tanto tiempo después.? Recordemos que la figura gerencial del Miss Venezuela cambió, pero siempre ha sido la misma organización y son ellos los responsables de esta injusticia, no alguna persona en particular. Apartir de este momento estoy en la obligación de hacer valer mis derechos como ciudadana , como mujer, y como Venezolana, exigiendo que me sea restituido mi total y absoluto derecho de representar a mi país VENEZUELA 🇻🇪 en la próxima Edición del #MissWorld . Un derecho adquirido de buena lid y valorado como la gran oportunidad de representar a mi país ante el mundo. A todas las personas que me han apoyado quiero hacerles llegar el más sincero de los abrazos por estar conmigo, darme aliento y fuerzas en momentos tan difíciles. Gracias Venezuela 💛💙❤ 🇻🇪

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I have carried a message of integration and respect as a flag and understand that respect for others always begins with the valuation and respect for oneself, that’s why having been elected representative of the Venezuelan woman in the next Miss World, I can not afford that they use me arbitrarily as a woman without demanding respect and asserting my rights. In a non-formal meeting, ladies Nina Sicilia and Maria Gabriela Isler informed me that my participation in Miss World would not be effective. So why on the night of the Miss Venezuela 2017 did you allow me to be awarded the Miss World band and crown? Why inform me of such a decision so much later? Remember that the managerial figure of Miss Venezuela changed, but it has always been the same organization and it is they who are responsible for this injustice, not any one person in particular. From this moment I am obliged to assert my rights as a citizen, as a woman, and as a Venezuelan, demanding that I be restored my total and absolute right to represent my country VENEZUELA 🇻🇪 in the next edition of #MissWorld. An acquired right of good fight and valued as the great opportunity to represent my country before the world.
To all the people who have supported me I want to send you the most sincere hug to be with me, to give me encouragement and strength in such difficult times.
Gracias Venezuela.
* http://www.el-nacional.com/noticias/entretenimiento/organizacion-miss-venezuela-suspendio-proxima-edicion-por-denuncia_248421
* http://www.noticias24.com/gente/noticia/165742/que-escandalo-veruska-ljubisavljevic-tramito-demanda-contra-venevision-detalles/

The Pageant Destinations of the 2018 Bb. Pilipinas Winners

October will be the start of the international pageant season and would last until around January of next year. We now have the pageant destinations of the Binibining Pilipinas winners in their respective pageants.

Bb. Pilipinas Globe, Michelle Gumabao – Tirana, Albania
* So it seems that the Vietnam hosting of the pageant didn’t push through and it will be held once again in Albania. Michele is going to be the first of her batch to compete with the finals scheduled on October 21st.
Bb. Pilipinas Grand International, Eva Patalinjug – Myanmar
* Yangon, Myanmar is where Eva will be battling it out on the month of October. The pageant is slated to get over 80 delegates from all over the world this year and will culminate on the evening of October 25th.
Bb. Pilipinas Supranational, Jehza Huelar – Krynica-Zdrój, Poland
* Krynica-Zdrój hard as it seem to pronounce but that is where Jehza will be competing for the blue Supranational crown. It will be the 10th anniversary of the pageant which will be celebrated through it’s finals on December 7 (a day ahead of its European pageant rival Miss World).

Bb. Pilipinas Intercontinental, Karen Gallman – Philippines
* The 47th Miss Intercontinental pageant will be held in the Philippines from January 9-26, 2019 with the finals at the MOA Arena on the 26th. She will be the last in her batch to compete for an international title.
Bb. Pilipinas International, Ahtisa Manalo – Tokyo, Japan
* Mark your calendars on November 9th as our very own Ahtisa will be competing for the MI Mikimoto crown at the Tokyo Dome. The 5’9″ Ahtisa would probably enjoy most the Tokyo-based pageant as it will be filled with packed fun-filled schedule to experience the wonders of the Land of the Rising Sun.

Miss Universe Philippines, Catriona Gray – Bangkok, Thailand
* Wouldn’t it be great if the Christmas present we get from Catriona would be the Miss Universe crown? Slated to compete at early morning of December 17th (to match the December 16 evening broadcast over at the US), the 5’10 Aussie-Filipina will aim for the 4th Miss Universe title of the country.