How Much Does It Cost to Join a Beauty Pageant in the Philippines?

Joining a pageant in the country has now been elevated into a fanatic-level interests. Every year, people would be trying to guess which girl would be joining Binibining Pilipinas, Miss Earth Philippines or Miss World Philippines. Unbeknownst to most, joining pageants is a huge drain on a pageant girl’s finances.

In pageant crazed Venezuela, the estimated total cost of joining the Miss Venezuela pageant (inclusive of cosmetic enhancements) is at US$ 32,000 or approximately Php 1.63 million. According to Miss Universe 1st runner  & former Miss USA Nia Sanchez, at Miss USA there would be those who would spend from US$ 10,000 to 30,000 for the pageant.
Let’s try to breakdown the cost of participating in a national beauty pageant in the Philippines… Continue reading “How Much Does It Cost to Join a Beauty Pageant in the Philippines?”


Catriona Gray & How Her Miss Universe Preparations Start This June

She hasn’t stopped since she was crowned Miss Universe Philippines. Catriona Gray is shaping up to be the busiest  winner with public appearances and guesting left and right.
But that doesn’t mean that her preparations for Miss Universe isn’t already underway. In fact, it already started.

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National Costume Wish-List for Ahtisa Manalo

We know that the Miss International pageant is still quite far, but we just can’t help but to be excited at the prospect of what would our reps’ national costume be. So we came up with several ideas on possible options.
Today’s post is all about possible national costume ideas for Binibining Pilipinas International Ahtisa Manalo…

1. La Jota Moncadena Costume – the dancers in lavish Maria Clara costume would flick their feet to create a swooshing movement of the saya’s cola. The drama for this costume would be lavish enaguas (petticoats) underneath the costume. In the olden Hispanic times, the more elaborate the embroidery and lace work of the enagua, the more wealthy and affluent the family the lady comes from.
2. Ifugao-themed costume – it is rare to see traditional costumes from the Mountain Provinces being showcased in pageants. With the wealth of ideas and cultures from the collective Ifugao peoples (Bontok, Kankanaey, Ibaloy, Isnag and Kalinga tribes) or even the lowland tribes of the Gaddang and Yogad, surely there is a number of costumes that we can mine from its heritage and traditions.

Which of these wish-list for a national costume would you like for Ahtisa? Comment below!

Catriona Gray’s Thoughts on “Home Court Advantage” Should the Philippines Host Miss Universe 2018

In a blogpost I have posted about several days ago, I have written about my thoughts on the chances of Miss Universe Philippines Catriona Gray winning the Miss Universe title should the Philippines host the pageant. Now we have heard her respond to that query in an interview posted on the Philippine Star’s website.

The reigning MUP reiterated my thoughts on the issue specially on how ready she would be to represent the country whichever is the host country. Below is a snippet of the Philstar article… Continue reading “Catriona Gray’s Thoughts on “Home Court Advantage” Should the Philippines Host Miss Universe 2018”

Can Catriona Gray Win in Miss Universe as Host Delegate?

While the talks of Miss Universe happening in the Philippines is rumored to have stalled, we thought of going back to a previously talked about topic: Can Miss Universe Philippines Catriona Gray win the title if she is also the host delegate?

We all have heard pessimism on the chances of Catriona Gray winning the Miss Universe if the pageant is held in the Philippines. Opinions range from 1) she has better chances winning outside of the Philippines, 2) it would be inhospitable for the Philippines if the Filipina rep wins to the downright 3) she will not win because no country aside from the US have won on their own soil. And here is why I think these are just ridiculous and absolutely wrong.
Winning Miss Universe is a mixture of beauty, intelligence, preparation and luck. Others would even factor in destiny (if you’re destined to win, then you’ll win no matter what), but destiny is much harder to quantify or qualify, so let’s stick to the earlier 4. Catriona got it covered on the first three and if the pageant will be hosted in Manila I’d say she’s also lucky. Why?

Simply because she has the whole Philippines to cheer up for her.  Imagine if the pageant is held at another pageant-crazed country like Thailand, for sure their entire populace would rally behind their rep, even more so in social media. Same goes for the Philippines. It is during this kinds of global competitions that even non-pageant Filipino fans would rally behind the Pinay rep. We have seen that recently during Maxine Medina’s turn in Miss Universe, I feel that it would be more so for Catriona. In fact I can be bold to say that she has additional advantage of winning in the Philippines due to the huge crowds that will boost up her morale constantly throughout the competition. There would be an outpouring of support from Day 1 until pageant finals!

And we also feel that the MUOrg wouldn’t get out of the Philippines alive if she doesn’t win MU… LOLs… Joking aside, whether or not the MU pageant is hosted in the Philippines Catriona has a huge chance of winning the title. I just felt that she would have the home-crowd advantage that could really boost up one’s morale in a very tough competition. It doesn’t take away from her if the pageant is held in the Philippines but the victory would be sweeter if it is held neutral territory. The good thing is Catriona will always have a gameplan and she never comes in unprepared.

2018 Binibining Pilipinas Winners’ Interview with Metro.Style

Can’t get enough of the 2018 Binibining Pilipinas winners? You’re in luck as here are some of their behind the scenes interviews for MetroStyle… plus additional ‘get to know them better’ quips from each of the beauty queens from @Metro.Style!

Bb. Pilipinas Globe,  Michele Gumabao
As one of the most popular Filipino volleybelles, Bb. Pilipinas Globe 2018 Michele Gumabao joined the pageant because she wanted to add another title to follow her name. She shares, “Michele Gumabao —host, celebrity volleyball player, businesswoman. I wanted a beauty queen right in there (laughs). It may sound vain, but I’ve always wanted to be so many things… I wanted to influence others, I wanted to create an impact.” .
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The Supra-Stylish Jehza Huelar

These are just 12 looks from Jehza Huelar’s style book and it already shows how stylishly made up she is in the hands of her glamsquad.

Jehza’s OOTDs post Binibining Pilipinas is simply to die for by hardcore fashionistas. She is always impeccably dressed up by the team of Vhee Co, Francis Chee and designer Xioti Chiu. Xioti was also the one who made Jehza’s finals night gown during Binibining Pilipinas. An exquisite creation if I may add.

Vhee and Francis on the other hand are being christened as Supra-stylists owing to Jehza’s title. The SupraStylists has glammed up Jehza like never before while playing to her strengths. Not difficult considering Jehza is blessed with long legs that is further emphasized by her outfits. She has always looked every inch a fashionista in her daily looks. Like stepping out from a Lookbook from any of international designer brands.

Hopefully, these three would still be part in planning her Miss Supranational wardrobe come international pageant season. They might be able to bring in their winning formula in the international arena for Jehza’s bid for Miss Supranational 2018.

#Nostalgia: Lalaine Bennett, Miss Universe 1963 3rd Runner Up

Of the 24 candidates of Miss Philippines 1963 (for Miss Universe), a Gaddang-speaking Filipina-American halfie from Nueva Vizcaya was crowned as winner… her name is Lalaine Betia Bennett.

This wasn’t the first time that Lalaine competed in a national pageant though. She previously was 1st runner up (or Miss Luzon) to Cynthia Ugalde at the Miss Philippines (for Miss International) in 1962. She was the last Miss Philippines winner to compete in Miss Universe as the year after her Binibining Pilipinas took over the franchise. Lalaine was a tall stunner who stood at 5’9″ owing to her mixed heritage.

She went on to compete at the Miss Universe Pageant in Miami Beach, Florida and placed 4th overall among 49 other beauties from all over the globe. The then 19 year old doll-faced Lalaine was a favorite and widely tipped to win the Miss Universe title. The former Miss Bayombong (Nueva Vizcaya) failed to win the crown but was named third runner up, the first time Philippines landed on the pageant’s top 5 finalists. She is also the second Filipina to make it past the first cut in Miss Universe.

Bennett, despite her American roots, took pride in her Filipino heritage during the Miss Universe finals when she opened her speech in Filipino/ Tagalog. In her Miss Universe speech, she said, “Maligayang bati sa inyong lahat. Alam kong ang buong Pilipinas ay ngayo’y nasisiyahan sa gabing ito. As a child, I have always wanted to come, to visit the native land of my grandfather who was one of the first American teachers who came to help educate my people. Through this pageant, my dream has been fulfilled. America has helped the Philippines, taught us how to stand on our own two feet and in 1946, gave us a most wonderful gift, the gift of freedom. For this, I, together with my people, will forever be grateful. Please accept our sincerest thanks, United States of America. Thank you.

Lalaine’s feat in Miss Universe was very remarkable that she was asked to crown the first Binibining Pilipinas Universe winner, Myrna Panlilio in 1964. After a movie career in the Philippines, she later retired to a quiet life in the US. It is said that she now manages a bed and breakfast business in Washington…

Bb. Pilipinas 2018 Queens Answer What it Means to be a Beauty Queen

The Binibining Pilipinas 2018 is one articulate and smart batch. In their recent Metro.Style feature, the six reigning beauty queens answer one tough question: What does being a beauty queen mean to you?

Miss Universe Philippines 2018 Catriona Gray: “I think a beauty queen is not a queen for herself; being a queen is a role of service… So many people look up to you. You have so much influence that you can really do good, and I feel like I have already proven to myself that with being a beauty queen, you can make a difference, like with the opening of the school I helped fund with Young Focus in Tondo, Manila.”
Bb. Pilipinas International 2018 Ahtisa Manalo: “Ang genuine beauty queen, makikita mo ‘yun sa heart, in the mind, when they want to have change. We, beauty queens, we’re given a platform where we can enact change and call support to our causes. Since we’re always in the limelight, this is a better way to express our thoughts to the public. People these days, they’re so quick to believe everything they see on social media. What they need is a good influence, and us, as beauty queens, we’d like to be influencers in a good way.”

Bb. Pilipinas Supranational 2018 Jehza Huelar: “It’s not always what you see physically. You should always know the person, where she’s coming from. Queen is not only ‘she,’ but everyone who wants to be a beauty queen, even from the opposite sex. Let’s not put a barrier that a beauty queen is only a girl. Let’s not look at the physical attribute but also what’s inside one’s heart and one’s head.”
Bb. Pilipinas Grand International 2018 Eva Patalinjug: “A beauty queen does not only wear her crown with her head but with her heart as well. She is not only beautiful, smart and diverse, she also has to be with substance and she has to have a heart and soul for the people, in order to really make a difference and a mark in this world. I wanna break the stereotype of the beauty queen that’s only glitz and glamour. We know how to give back as well, because God already blessed us with so much.”

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A Retrospective Thought on Eva’s Bb. Pilipinas Q&A

I was just going over some of my Binibining Pilipinas 2018 files over the past weekend when I came up with a screencap of the side by side comparison of Bb. Pilipinas Grand International Eva Patalinjug’s final Q&A answer with that of Nadine Lustre’s caption of the Mega.Ph’s #TheNewPH campaign.

I thought it would be a good topic to put show them side by side.
The role of a beauty queen is to be a voice. I am here to make a message to all of you. In these times of uncertainty and fear that have seemingly taken over in our country, we have remained steadfast as we face all of the challenges. As a united nation, what we should do is to set aside out political differences, forget our academic and social preferences, and love and loyalty for our country to rise above all…” – Eva Patalinjug
In these times when fear and uncertainty have seemingly taken over, as a united nation, we remained steadfast and unfazed in the midst of challenges. I believe what we need as one nation now is Unity. As we celebrate our country’s independence, let us march forward towards the future, in the hopes of building a better nation, #TheNewPH” – Nadine Lustre on Mega Magazine Independence Day Campaign

As you can see, Eva borrowed only one line which doesn’t constitute plagiarism and added meatier lines to her answer. The so-called plagiarism being thrown by non-scholars and non-media practitioners are nothing more than just futile attacks because she won. Had she not been crowned, I don’t think she would have received the same attention.
I have written my piece on this quite sometime ago. Yet I still feel the need to educate people who do not know the limits and scope of what is a plagiarized material. All that fuss over a single borrowed line amounts to nothing more but the wind howling for the mountain to bow down… Much ado about nothing.