Sashes&Scripts’ 1st Miss Philippines Earth 2018 Leaderboard!

The Miss Philippines Earth activities has officially kicked off with the resorts wear competition held last April 21st at the Laus Event Center in Pampanga. Early on Cebuana Marla Alforque (gold), Silvia Cortesi (silver) and Gabrielle Camille Basiano (bronze) took on the first medals of the competition.
With those in mind we present to you Sashes&Scripts’ first Miss Philippines Earth 2018 leaderboard. Basing on what we have seen on the resorts wear competition plus assessments on their respective profiles on the MPE website, here are the 10 ladies who we should all watch out for in the pageant.

10. Berjayneth Chee
9. Divine Angela Beranga
8. Halimatu Yushawu
7. Jasmine Marie Taylor
6. Gabrielle Basiano
* Since the elemental titles are now treated with equal importance, we randomize them and are no longer highest to lowest.
Miss Philippines Water – Zahra Bianca Saldua
Miss Philippines Fire – Lea Macapagal
Miss Philippines Air – Marla Alforque
Miss Philippines Eco-Tourism – Jean de Jesus
Miss Philippines Earth – Silvia Celeste Cortesi
Did your favorite among the 43 candidates made out list? Drop us a comment below and tell us who should be the next Miss Philippines Earth and why…


Karla, Jamie, Angelia and Karen as MPE2018 Co-Hosts?

Would it be a great idea to have a full female hosts for Miss Philippines Earth 2018?

But I know a lot of us are probably wanting for James Deakin to host the pageant once again, I thought that it would be a wonderful idea for the pageant to be fully hosted by an all female panel. Of course the four Filipinas who won the Miss Earth immediately come to mind. All four ladies are quite articulate and may carry the show by themselves.

Wouldn’t it be perfect to have Karla Henry, Jamie Herrell, Angelia Ong and reigning Miss Earth Karen Ibasco as hosts for the pageant?

My Early Miss Philippines Earth Favorites

We all know that the Miss Philippines Earth activities have started with a number of public appearances, a number of online postings of energy conservation from each of the candidates and a grand announcement on the schedule of the pageant’s finals.
While the actual competition hasn’t started just yet, we have certainly noticed several candidates to watch out for in the competition. Among the 30+ candidates this year I am singling out these three ladies from the confirmed roster of candidates on the MPE website.

* Lea Macapagal – 20 years old, 5’5″, from Dinalupihan, Bataan. This Customs Administration student has a fresh face that the MPE pageant would surely love. She is one of the more photogenic faces in the competition this year and my gut says that she is going to be a fan favorite as the competition progresses.
* Silvia Celeste Cortesi – 20 years old, 5’8″, from Rome, Italy. I am glad that the Miss Philippines Earth has finally branched out and included the Filipino communities outside of the country. Silvia is the first MPE-Italy winner and I am quite sure that she is going to be one to watch out for.
* Zahra Bianca Saldua – 26 years old, 5’8″, from Las Pinas. This crossover from Miss World Philippines is a definite contender. And what I am seeing as her advantage is her age and experience. With a lot of life experiences to gather strength from, I am confident that Zahra is going to be a force to be reckoned with in the pageant.

Hopefully more ladies will be stepping up their game as the weeks go by. We would welcome two or more ladies in the list of faves. I am looking forward to those girls who will be surprises and underdogs in the competition

The PRO’s and CON’s of being an Independent Candidate Pt.1

I have spoken of how having a pageant camp nowadays is no longer the biggest advantage a pageant girl could have in joining a pageant. And I have certainly spoken about having a personal glam squad to help you out is an added advantage. This post is about demystifying the romanticized ideals of going to pageants as an independent candidate.

First off we list down the Con’s.
* You gotta be a tough nut to crack. Mental preparedness is key because things will not be easy. That kind of journey inwards should be the first step that should be your foundation for everything you have to roadmap later on.  As an independent you have to withstand being on your own first before you can have people flocking to your support. You gotta know who you are and be solid and comfortable in the person you are. Know that you are enough, and if you have doubts about that then you have to work on your confidence level.
* You gotta do your own homework on Personal Brand building. Know your own strengths and weaknesses and build plans for those. You taking ownership of your pageant journey will have to rely on how you want to be packaged and seen by the world. You would need to do your own research as you have to plan out your pageant strategies all on your own before you can add people to help you out. Having a clear sense of direction would make things easier for you an an indie candidate.
* Network like a telemarketer on crack. Because you are on your own, you would have to build your core team from ground zero. There will be a lot of NO’s before you could get a single YES. But keep knocking on doors, make sure they are the right kinds of doors for you. So you would have to rely on your connections and their connections to build a network of people that would help you for your pageant preparations.  Because this is where others can help you on your weaknesses. DO NOT be afraid to reach out to designers, media, makeup and hairstylists, pageant personalities and past queens for advise. Most of them genuinely would want to help out or would easily connect you to the right people.
* Prepare serious amount of moolah. Pageants are costly. In other countries, prospective candidates would have to pay the entrance fees and their own wardrobe and makeup for the pageant. SO if you are gonna do it on your own, be prepared that you are financially ready to shell out serious amount of money. If you aren’t that liquid, this is where your connections comes in. Prepare to make x-deals with a number of designers, photographers and fashion professionals. Build relationships with them so that they will be willing to help you out for free. But do not forget them once you won.
* Prepare earlier than anybody else. The girls with pageant camps would usually start preparing/ training on an average of 2-3 months before the application starts, as an independent you have to move that at least 2 months earlier. Because you will have to prepare for a lot of things like pasarela, hair and makeup tutorials, wardrobe planning, photoshoots, etc… Part of that time is taken up by building your own core team. So you have to decide early if you wanna join a pageant as an independent.
Those are just some of the Con’s and I am sure that there are many more that the list might not have covered. But these are the biggest ones and the most pressing of all.
Watch out for part two as we will be listing down the Pro’s of being an independent candidate.

#Nostalgia: Miss Universe 1994 Finalist Charlene Gonzales Pt.1

Arguably the biggest name to come out of the Binibining Pilipinas roster of winners from the 1990’s is Charlene Mae Gonzales – Bonnin.
Born to actor Bernard Bonnin and model Elvira Gonzales on 1 May 1974, she was a pageant and showbiz royalty. Her mom Elvira was 1st runner up at the first Binibining Pilipinas pageant in 1964. Her dad was a known actor and her cousin JC Bonnin was an 80’s heartthrob. Charlene also has a younger brother, actor Richard Bonnin.

Even at her young age then, she deliberately omitted her famous last name so as not to get an unfair advantage being from a showbiz family. She wanted to compete in a level playing field. And compete she did as her batch was one of the most competitive batch back then.

The 1994 Binibini batch included a wide range of ladies from aspiring actresses, students, pageant veterans to supermodels the likes of Maria Sovietskaya Bacud, Caroline Subijano (Supermodel of the Philippines 1991), Alma Concepcion, Janine Barredo (cousin to Bb. Pilipinas World 1993 Ruffa Gutierrez), Abbygale Arenas (Supermodel of the Philippines 1992 & Bb. Pilipinas Universe 1997), Morena Carla Cabrera (Mutya ng Pilipinas 1995 winner)  and Shiela Marie Dizon… all of whom at least placed as a semifinalist at the coronation night.
The Binibining Pilipinas 1994 coronation night was actually held on November 1993, four months earlier than its usual schedule. The national pageant was moved due to preparations for the 1994 Miss Universe pageant.

19 year old Charlene was still a BS Psychology student at the University of Santo Tomas at that time. The 5’8″ student joined Binibining Pilipinas 1994 as a ward under Pitoy Moreno hence she was wearing a Pitoy gown for the finals. She garnered two special awards that night: Best in Swimsuit and the Miss Close Up Smile award… Back then those two special awards were thought as precursor to the Binibining Pilipinas Universe title by pageant aficionados. Charlene’s eventual husband Aga Mulach was part of the judging panel that year.

After her crowning as Bb. Pilipinas Universe, Charlene did get to shoot a movie (titled Ikaw ang Miss Universe ng Buhay Ko) with fellow beauty queens Miss Asia Pacific 1993 Michelle Aldana, 1993 Look of the Year Ana Gonzales, Janine Barredo and Bb. Pilipinas Universe 1993 Dindi Gallardo with Andrew E, Nino Mulach, Dale Villar and Patrick Guzman.
Part 2 coming next week!

Nina, Jacqueline & Molly: New MVO Executive Committee

A former Miss International, a former Miss World and a former Miss Universe winner are being tapped to be part of the new executive committee of the Miss Venezuela pageant.

After a tumultuous past weeks, the MVO is finally looking up to the light with a move that has pageant fans both relieved and pleasantly surprised. Earlier the MVO thru its official Instagram account have posted clues of three new additions to its executive committee that  will help run the pageant. Miss International 1985 Nina Sicilia, Miss World 1995 Jacqueline Aguilera Marcano and newly-wed Miss Universe 2013 Gabriela Isler have been clued in as the new members of the MVO. The former beauty queens would be in charge of organizing this year’s edition and preparing the current winners whom will be participating in the next Miss Universe, Miss World and Miss International pageants. It is expected that all three former winners will have a hand at leading the organization together.

The three past queens are a great addition to the organization that has been beset with allegations of sex trafficking and prostitution. With these women at the helm, it is expected that these kinds of scandals are going to be minimized in the future… We say congratulations to the new MVO directors!

Vickie Rushton & Why She Should Give Bb. Pilipinas Another Shot

Among this year’s Binibining Pilipinas candidates, one of the ladies that I have placed in my top 2 prediction was Vickie Marie Rushton. While she eventually was named 1st runner up in the competition, I thought that she among the recent runners up in Bb. Pilipinas should give the pageant another shot.

Aside from being drop-dead-gorgeous, Vickie has that special ability of having people respond to her positively. She looks and feels very genuine and a lot of people who I have met that have dealt with her in person say the same thing. She has that positive effect on people and that is a huge advantage on her part. I have never heard anyone among pageantry friends who has or had a bad thing to say about her. No negative comment, no attitude or shade. In fact, everything I heard about this young lady is quite positive and light.
Add to this point is the fact that Vickie has a story to tell and an advocacy that ring close to her heart. That is what I find admirable about her. Her advocacy of wanting to have better treatment for PWDs (Persons with Disability) comes genuinely from personal experience. And that packs a powerful punch. Just look at reigning Miss Universe Demi Leigh Nel-Peters and her PWD sister. That mirrors Vickie’s relationship with her brother and mom. Even if we ignore all of Vickie’s wonderful physical traits, you would still be left with a person with a beautiful heart.

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