The 5’5″ Baguio lass Roxanne Allison Baeyens was named Miss Philippines Earth 2020!
Her elemental court comprise of:
Miss Philippines Air: Patrixia Santos, Daraga, Albay
Miss Philippines Fire: Shane Tormes, Atimonan, Quezon
Miss Philippines Water: Gianna Llanes, Mandaluyong City
Miss Philippines Eco-Tourism: Illysa Mendoza, Fil-Melbourne, Australia
Roxie is a 23-years-old Tourism degree holder from St. Louis University. She works as a commercial model and had commercials for Nescafe’s Creamy White Coffee, Axe among others.
Not new to pageantry, Roxie has participated at Miss Tourism and Culture Universe 2019 where she was placed as the first runner-up. She had also competed last 2019 at Miss Mandaluyong where she was placed as fourth runner-up.
Roxie’s advocacy is urban gardening because she feels that the cities are no longer green and we as individuals must start making decision in according to the environment. She is inspired by her mother who is an environmentalist and wanted to continue her legacy as the family strongly believes in making a change in the society. In her Instagram post last Mother’s Day, Roxanne said she has planted her first three as early as she was only six years old. The action bloomed to make urban farming her advocacy.
The Baguio lass also has a soft spot for animals. Amid the lockdown, she has been helping feed stray fur babies, who were left hungry for days. She started a small feeding drive called the STRAY-t From the Heart which helped feed several dogs and cats left on the streets.
During the finals, the top 5 were all asked what is the most important quality should a leader possess during a pandemic by host Paolo Bediones. Roxie responded, “A leader should display having a green thumb because at this point in time, we have a shortage in food supply. It is important to open the eyes of people to embrace having a sustainable life and start urban agriculture at their own homes. After all, a green life is a better life. I hope our leaders will give that to us.”
Special awards winners during the finals included:
Eco-Angel award: Lyka Chamberlaigneh Lagasca, Lallo, Cagayan
Darling of the Press: Roxanne Allison Baeyens, Baguio City
Eco-Video award: Roxanne Allison Baeyens, Baguio City
Hannah Shampoo award: Shane Tormes, Atimonan, Quezon
Youngest among the four biggest international pageant, the Miss Earth competition is dominated by Filipina representatives in terms of placements and wins.
The selection of Filipina representatives to the Miss Earth competitions is carried out by the Carousel productions. Established in 2001, the winner was originally named as “Miss Philippines” (2001-2003) before being renamed Miss Philippines Earth to avoid confusion with the Binibining Pilipinas (which is literally translated into Miss Philippines).
The beauty pageant whose cause is to promote environmental preservation, is dominated by the Philippine candidates, only missing the semis 3 times in its almost 2 decade history. Meet the ladies below…
2001 Carlene Aguilar, Top 10
2002 April Perez, Top 10
2003 Laura Dunlap, Top 10
2004 Tamera Szijarto, Top 8
2005 Genebelle Raagas, Top 16
2006 Catherine Untalan, Miss Earth-Water
2007 Jeanne Harn
2008 Karla Henry, Miss Earth 2008
2009 Sandra Ines Seifert, Miss Earth-Air
2010 Psyche Resus
2011 Athena Imperial, Miss Earth-Water
2012 Stephany Stefanowitz, Miss Earth-Air
2013 Angelee delos Reyes, Top 8
2014 Jamie Herrell, Miss Earth 2014
2015 Angelia Gabrena Ong, Miss Earth 2015
2016 Imelda Schweighart
2017 Karen Ibasco, Miss Earth 2017
2018 Celeste Cortesi, Top 8
2019 Janelle Tee, Top 20
Below is an infographic of the Filipina winners and placers in Miss Earth.
There are 8 years, so far, that the Philippines can claim as its most victorious years in international pageantry. Read below for more…
Over the course of the years as a blogger, we have received numerous variations of the same question: which year is the Philippines most successful in pageantry? That of course is tantamount to various answers depending on what parameters and criteria we set in place to be considered as successful.
In this post, we will include the following sets of parameters:
- We will only include the Alpha pageants Miss Universe, Miss International, Miss World (the Philippines only started to send representatives in 1966) and Miss Earth (which started only in 2001)
- We will only consider the years that all Filipina reps placed in all Alpha pageants; if one rep doesn’t make the first cut, it doesn’t make it into our list
Continue reading “The Most Victorious Year/s in Philippine Pageantry”
In the years 2010 to 2019, the Philippines has produced some of the most memorable wins and placements in every international pageant of note. However, only a few of them has remained in our collective psyche’s over the years.
NOTE: before we proceed with the list, this blogger has to dig deep into our image archives for the old photocollages from the early 2010’s. So you will be seeing how our visuals have changed through the years. You will be seeing our old collages from the old Sash Factor blog with its white and blue imagery to the current black and gold. This blogger hopes that this will make you truly appreciative of how long have we come in pageantry…
Here is our list of the decade defining Filipinas in Philippine pageantry:
Continue reading “Year-End Special: 10 Filipina Beauty Queens That Defined The 2010’s”
2019 was almost a repeat of our placements in 2014. After winning multiple crowns the year before, the placements in 2019 were decidedly lower.
In 2014, we had Aces & Queens girls Bianca Guidotti (unplaced at Miss International), Valerie Weigmann (top 20 at Miss World) and Kagandahang Flores girls Mary Jean Lastimosa (top 10 in Miss Universe) and Jamie Herrell (Miss Earth). This time however, 2019 saw Janelle Tee in the ME top 20, Michelle Dee in the MW top 12, Bea Patricia Magtanong in the MI top 8 and Gazini Ganados making top 20. So what possibly went wrong for our reps this year?
Continue reading “Was 2019 a Repeat of 2014?”
The Philippines never fell short of academic achievers in its roster of beauty queens. From lawyers, engineers, teachers, artists, to medical students and practitioners, we haven’t run out of women who are not just beautiful and academically inclined but are also very articulate. While this list isn’t all-out-comprehensive, it does take us through a journey of how those who have worn the “Miss Philippines” sash are more than just their good looks…
Elizabeth de Padua (Binibining Pilipinas Universe 1976)
– Pre-Med, summa cum laude (University of the Philippines) and later topped the medical board exams
Theresa Licaros (Binibining Pilipinas Universe 2007)
– Broadcast Communication, summa cum laude (University of the Philippines)
– Law (University of the Philippines) with Salutatorian honors
Karen Ibasco (Miss Philippines Earth 2017)
– Applied Physics, major in Instrumentation, cum laude (University of Santo Tomas)
– Masters in Applied Physics, major in Medical Physics, cum laude (University of Santo Tomas)
Jeanne Therese Hilario (Binibining Pilipinas Maja 1989 & Miss Maja International 2nd runner up)
– Chemical Engineering, magna cum laude (Universtity of Santo Tomas) and also a board topnotcher
Zorayda Ruth Andam (Binibining Pilipinas Universe 2001)
– Economics, magna cum laude (University of the Philippines)
– Law (University of the Philippines) with Dean’s Medal for Academic Excellence upon graduation
Shamcey Supsup (Miss Universe 2011 3rdrunner-up)
– Architecture, magna cum laude (University of the Philippines – Diliman) and board topnotcher for architecture
Venus Raj (Miss Universe 2010 4th runner-up)
– Communication Arts, cum laude (Bicol University)
– Master’s degree in Community Development (University of the Philippines – Diliman)
Janine Tugonon (Miss Universe 2012 first runner-up)
– Pharmacy, cum laude (University of Santo Tomas)
Lia Andrea Ramos (Binibining Pilipinas Universe 2006)
– Political Science, cum laude (University of the Philippines)
Ariella Arida (Miss Universe 2013 3rd runner up)
– Chemistry, cum laude (University of the Philippines)
Catherine Untalan (Miss Earth – Water 2006)
– Psychology, cum laude (University of the Philippines)
In the Philippines we give a premium to education, more so for those that have finished with honors. This is perhaps our fascination with beauty queens who can not just look beautiful and speak eloquently but are also academic achievers.
Surely there are more names that we could add to this list. And we just couldn’t squeeze them in one blogpost. Can you care to share some of them names and honors?
Do you know what is considered to be the pageant seasons? Which month comprises these seasons? What is the pageant off-peak?
All of those questions will be answered in today’s blogpost!
The National Pageant Season
The nationals pageant season is usually marked with the beginning of applications for the Binibining Pilipinas and Miss Earth Philippines pageants. The BBP pageant usually announces the application period by the end of December or by January. The MEP on the other hand starts the application period around January to March and very occasionally April. The Miss World Philippines is the outlier among the three pageants that selects reps for the 4 Alpha with its pageant that is usually held closer to the international pageant season. MWP usually selects their winners between the months of September to November. Mutya ng Pilipinas has in recent years scheduled their finals between August to December. A far cry from the usual May finals it used to have back in the 90’s.
The International Pageant Season
For the four biggest international pageants, they are usually held in the months of October to December. This marks the most activity on social media when it comes to pageantry. The international pageant season is usually opened with the Miss Earth pageant followed by the Miss International competition in Tokyo. Traditionally either Miss World or Miss Universe will close the pageant season during the end of November or mid-December. Misses Globe, Asia-Pacific International, Supranational, and other host of lesser popular pageants would schedule their finals between the months of October to December.
However other international pageants would have their schedules between October until February or March of the following year. The Miss Intercontinental pageant has been held in the month of January for this last 2 years, effectively skipping the 2017 edition. Other international pageant that holds finals during the 1st quarter of the year are Miss Eco International and Miss Multinational.
Pageant Season Off-Peak
Interest in pageants usually die down in the months of April to September. This is why most male pageants would scheduled their finals on these dates. No male pageant (national or international competitions) would have a fighting chance in terms of social media buzz if it overlaps with either the national or international pageant season for females.
This is perhaps one of the reasons why the initial scheduled Mister World competition in January was postponed to June of 2019. It will clash with the Miss Intercontinental pageant also held in January as well as the general fan interest Binibining Pilipinas come February to April. This is one of the lessons learned when the Mister World Philippines was postponed due to terrible weather conditions to October last year which buried interest in the contest as it conflicted with the then on-going Miss Earth activities.
How did the Philippines fare in the international pageant arena this year? Did we do better or worse than last year?
Since Venus Raj’s drought-breaking 4th runner-up finish at Miss Universe 2010, the Philippines won 2 Miss Universe crowns, 2 Miss International crowns, 3 Miss Earth crowns and 1 Miss World. Despite having major losses in some international pageants this year, the Philippines continues its winning streak!
2018 International Titles
Miss Asia Pacific International, Sharifa Akeel
Miss Eco-International, Cynthia Thomalla
Miss Multinational, Sophia Señoron
Miss Tourism Worldwide, Zara Carbonell
Miss Intercontinental 2018, Karen Gallman
In terms of international pageants outside the Alpha pageants, the Philippines has had varying degrees of success. Jehza Huelar made it to the top 10 of Miss Supranational, Michele Gumabao was a semifinalist in Miss Globe and countless other placements and victories in lesser known international pageants. We did score wins in other international pageants, notable of which are Karen Gallman, Sharifa Akeel, Cynthia Thomalla and Sophia Senoron (all Kagandahang Flores trained ladies). Zara Carbonell’s win as Miss Tourism Worldwide further cemented the illustrious batch of the 2017 Miss World Philippines winners.
Karen Gallman’s victory as the first Filipina Miss Intercontinental has raised the Philippines further up into the pageant stratosphere. This is the first win for the country since the pageant’s establishment in the 70’s. Sharifa Akeel’s win as Miss Asia Pacific International is the 5th win since the pageant was established in 1968 (it was first known as Miss Asia before growing to Miss Asia Pacific and now to its current format). Prior to Sharifa’s win, four Filipinos were crowned in past iterations of the pageant. They were Maria del Carmen Ines Zaragoza (1982), Gloria Dimayacyac (1983), Lorna Legaspi (1989), and Michelle Aldana (1993). Cynthia Thomalla winning in Miss Eco International was the first international victory in the year 2018 before being immediately followed up by Sophia in Miss Multinational in India.
Major Losses of 2018
Katarina Rodriguez’ 1st runner up finish in Miss Intercontinental 2017 earlier in January 2018 was dealt with a devastating non-placement in Miss World last December. While there were missteps made on both sides, there was no offered satisfactory explanation on Katarina’s disqualification at the BWAP and talent segments. If Katarina’s rumored martial arts presentation wasn’t considered an acceptable talent then how come Catharina Choi Nunes of Brazil was allowed to do a taekwondo demonstration for the Miss World 2015 talent competition? Another major loss was that of Alyssa Muhlach in Reina HispanoAmericana. An understandable loss considering she only had less than two weeks time to prepare for the competition. Eva Patalinjug’s shocking non placement in the Miss Grand International pageant is deemed to be an unjust decision. The pageant’s judging panel comprised of a national director and a designer/pageant trainer/ friend of a candidate, which puts the judging process in question. More so the questionable ethics of the pageant owner and the pageant itself…
The 4 Alpha Pageants
Miss World Philippines, Katarina Rodriguez
Miss Philippines Earth, Silvia Cortesi
Bb. Pilipinas International, Ahtisa Manalo
Miss Universe Philippines, Catriona Gray
Three out of 4 possible placements isn’t a bad achievement specially with the year ending with a major win in Miss Universe courtesy of Catriona Gray. Silvia Cortesi made top8 in Miss Earth and Ahtisa Manalo almost won the Mikimoto crown in Japan last November.
Over all, the year started with a bang with a handful of crowns courtesy of Karen, Sharifa, Zara, Cynthia and Sophia, and ended with the Philippines earning the most coveted international title of all, the Miss Universe crown. While we celebrate every victory we had this past year, we can predict that 2019 will be overshadowed online by every move that Catriona Gray will be making as Miss Universe. So we are hoping that the next set of national winners will be able to face being scrutinized based on the achievements of their predecessors. And we pray that pageant fans would be less aggressive or vile on social media on these ladies this year. On a final note, we do wish fervently that the winning streak would continue this 2019.
NOTE: this blogpost was originally posted in January 15th and has been edited to include updates on Karen Gallman’s win.
2018 is the year that the Miss Philippines Earth has been officially renamed Miss Earth Philippines. While it may not have major bearing on the minds of fans, I see it as a step towards strengthening the Miss Earth brand.
THE 18 SEMIFINALISTS & TOP 10 FINALISTS
It was a good move on the MEP org to select a top 18 on their 18 year anniversary. I guess that this would be the format for the coming Miss Earth pageant come October or November. Personally, I felt that this year is a year of ladies with lots of raw potential. While a number of the candidates don’t have the caliber of Jamie Herrell or Angelia Ong during their national stints, some of the girls showed a lot of promise from the start and they were the ones that later on brought home the title.
The major shaker of the night was the way the top 10 would immediately go to the Q&A. This wouldn’t give the ladies enough time to think and be composed. It is a good way of sifting the best and I approve of it. The top 10 ladies then competed in swimsuits and they are:
Cebu City- Marla Alforque
Taguig City- Lovely Lamptey
Dumaguete City- Nathalie Louise Roxas
Fil-Queensland, Australia- Theressa Anne Mariano
Fil-Vienna, Austria- Brazzirie Yanson
Miss Eco Tourism Philippines – Halimatu Yushawu
Miss Fire Philippines – Jean Nicole de Jesus
Miss Water Philippines – Berjayneth Chee
Miss Air Philippines – Zahra Bianca Saldua
Miss Earth Philippines – Silvia Celeste Cortesi
In terms of predictions I have three out of the top 5. I guessed correctly that Zahra Bianca Saldua at 2nd place and I have Halimatu Yushawu on the 4th spot. Glad to have Halimatu make it to the top 5 as I wanted a little more diversity in the set of winners. Being a woman of color, not a lot of them gets to win in national pageants. So to see her smashing her way to the top 5 was like a door opening for other dusky and dark-skinned Filipinas to join pageants. I have always known that Zahra will deliver come finals night and she did. Had she won I would have been very happy as she represents the Muslim community in this year’s pageant. I was glad that the organizers made adjustment for her to be a little more covered up compared to the other ladies in maillots with lots of cut outs. A little sensitivity to her faith is always a good sign.
I have placed eventual winner Celeste Cortesi on my 3rd place. An error on my part as I have placed her on my #1 spot for the 2 leaderboard. The reason why I placed her third was due to the fact that no one from the Filipino Communities abroad has ever won the title. It is being argued that it would be difficult for someone who is based abroad to fulfill the duties of a Miss Earth Philippines winner while being based in another country. I guess that Celeste winning meant 2 things: 1) she is going to be based in Manila for the duration of her year-long reign and 2) she broke the what was thought as initially impossible.
With that in mind, could she possibly break another glass ceiling and achieve a back to back win in Miss Earth despite having recently done so in 2014-2015? We’ll just have to find out later!
The Miss Philippines Earth finals is upon us! And here we present our favorites for the title!
Will we get it right and predict the winner just like we did last year with Karen Ibasco? Or would an underdog clinch the title away from the frontrunners this year?
The MPE2018 finals is scheduled to take place on May 19, 2018, Saturday at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City, Philippines, at 6 pm. The pageant will be streamed live on its official Facebook page and a delayed telecast will be aired on ABSCBN on May 27, p:45am
Continue reading “Sashes&Scripts’ Final Miss Philippines Earth 2018 Leaderboard!”
We believe we got it right for our first Miss Philippines Earth leaderboard, the ladies in the first list are smashing the competition winning medals here and there!
There seems to be the emerging frontrunners of the competition as early now. We are seeing that Silvia Cortesi, Marla Alforque, Gabriella Basiano are among the ladies that are pulling ahead of the competition. Of course we still have the fan favorites like Lea Macapagal and Jean de Jesus. But they are given a strong competition by darkhorses like Zahra Bianca Saldua and Halimatu Yushawu. So pretty much there isn’t a clear winner among the batch as of yet but we may be seeing tougher competition as the pageant progresses…
10. Berjayneth Chee, Balingasag, Misamis Oriental
9. Joanna Krystel Cabrezos, Zamboanga City
8. Jean De Jesus, San Rafael, Bulacan
7. Zahra Bianca Saldua, Las Pinas
6. Princess Faye Fernandez, Laak, Compostela Valley
Just like the first leaderboard, we randomize the placements of the elemental queens so as to show that their titles are of equal importance (as as declared by MPEOrg last year)
Miss Philippines Water – Lea Macapagal, Dinalupihan, Bataan
Miss Philippines Eco-Tourism – Gabrielle Camille Basiano, Tacloban
Miss Philippines Fire – Halimatu Yushawu, Titay, Zamboanga Sibugay
Miss Philippines Air – Marla Alforque, Cebu
Miss Philippines Earth – Silvia Celeste Cortesi, Filipino Community of Rome, Italy
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…
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?
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