Sashes&Scripts’ Favorite Filipina Queens in this Decade (so far)

If I am asked who are my favorite Filipina queens in this decade, I can immediately name four: Angelia, Bianca, Ariella and Valerie. They have brains, substance and inner beauty by the tons. These four women aside from their physical attributes has something that separates them from the rest: attitude and personality. 

Angelie Gabrena Ong – during her stint at Miss Philippines Earth, I knew that she was destined to emerge as winner. But seeing her defy all odds and become Miss Earth with a back-to-back win was way impressive. She won on a foreign land with a foreign set of judges following a tough act of following Miss Earth Jamie Herrell. Angelia always retains her sweet, humble, bubbly and positive outlook which is rare with international winners. It is no wonder that even after her reign, she is still sought by the ME organization for public appearances here and abroad. Her environmental advocacy is surely more than just skin-deep.
Bianca Guidotti – she became a personal favorite early on because of her charity work. She was a volunteer before she became a beauty queen and she did a marvelous job as Binibining Pilipinas International. A ball of energy and always lively, I admire how this beautiful lady has showcased a lovely personality that goes perfectly well with her beautiful face and statuesque body. This lady would have been a great Miss International had it not for the Mikimoto curse. Bianca continues to work on several of her advocacies like SaveSexy and HIV-AIDS awareness. Her ability to give back to the community is something that all beauty queens should aspire.
Ariella Arida – you don’t get the nickname of “Pambansang Mars” if you don’t possess a good heart. That is what Ara has that has made her endearing to pageant fans. On a personal note, when I met her, Ara was very grounded and down-to-earth despite her success at Miss Universe. Mutual friends have described this Laguna lass as one without put-ons. When faced with criticisms over her thick Filipino accent, she would always find ways to diffuse tensions with unexpected humor.
Valerie Clacio Weigmann – when you donate your pageant winnings to the personal advocacy you believe in, you easily earn my respect and admiration. That is why I have so much love for this woman. Thru her #Musikaramay Beauty with a Purpose Project she was able to raise funds and purchase a hectare of land for displaced Aetas. That is the power of her celebrity, despite criticisms that she isn’t Filipina enough being of German-Filipino descent. Valerie, in my opinion, was robbed of a deserving placement in Miss World and should have at least been in the top 5. Nevertheless, she finds success as a model walking the runways of New York Fashion Week and finding her Prince Charming (who proposed at the scenic Macchu Picchu) earlier this year.
To sum it all, these four have one thing in common: GRACE. I believe that it is what makes them more admirable to all. They may not be the ones that most people would expect (as most would prefer the more popular ladies) but these girls are more than just surface beauties. I am very pleased to have seen these ladies bring meaning to the titles that they were given. These four are the epitome of beauty, personality and grace.

Kim de Guzman for Miss Philippines Earth 2017

Representing Olongapo City in Miss Philippines Earth 2017 is Kim de Guzman. The former PBB housemate is now 24 years old (she turns 25 this June) and is making a comeback in pageantry with a vengeance.

For those that aren’t familiar in her Pinoy Big Brother stint, she was among the housemates on the 4th season in 2012. Back then she was only 19 years old. Not a lot of people remember that Kim was a former Mutya ng Pilipinas, Slimmers’ World Miss Bikini Philippines and Mossimo Bikini Summit candidate. The 5’6″ beauty is hailed as one of the major frontrunners in this years Miss Philippines edition. It would have been nice to see Kim join Binibining Pilipinas but since she posed for FHM in September of 2012 it might be difficult for the very strict BPCI screening committee to allow her application. Nevertheless, her participation in this year’s Miss Philippines Earth is going to be an exciting one specially as this might possibly be her swan song in pageantry. 

The interior design student has this to say about her eco-video:
“The Philippines is one of the best countries in the world that is known for its naturally beautiful tourist destinations. Now it’s time to influence people to be an Eco-tourist. A responsible traveler who will help conserve the environment and the well being of the present and future generations.”


Sherlyn Doloriel for Miss Philippines Earth 2017

Sherlyn Legaspi Doloriel is a licensed scuba diver who hails from Cagayan de Oro City. She is one of the most arresting faces in this year’s Miss Philippines Earth competition.

With the face of an angel, Sherlyn is easily one of the most recognizable faces in the batch. In fact, she registers quite well enough that it wouldn’t be a surprise to see her winning the Miss Photogenic award. She is no stranger to pageants as she was named Miss Cagayan de Oro 2016.  This 5’6″ stunner just graduated recently with a Degree in Business Administration Major in Marketing from Xavier University – Ateneo de Cagayan.

Check out her Miss Philippines Earth Eco-video…

Happy Independence Day, Philippines!

In celebration of the 119th Independence Day of the Philippines, we feature our latest Alpha queens in a Pinoy-themed banner art…

Miss Earth 2014, Jamie Herrell
Miss Earth 2015, Angelia Gabrena Ong
Miss International 2013, Bea Rose Santiago
Miss International 2016, Kylie Verzosa
Miss Universe 2015, Pia Wurtzbach
Miss World 2013, Megan Young

#FunaArt for the Philippine Independence Day Celebrations!

As the country celebrates its 119th Independence Day, have made a couple of funart banners of which features several ladies who have worn the crown with pride.  This is a teaser post for the Philippine Independence Day celebrations for tomorrow featuring my favorite Filipina reps for the 4 Alpha pageants from recent years.

Miss Philippines Earth 2015 – Angelia Gabrena Ong
Miss Universe Philippines 2013 – Ariella Arida
Binibining Pilipinas International 2014 – Bianca Guidotti
Miss World Philippines 2014 – Valerie Weigmann
Yes these four ladies are the ones that are my personal faves and will be having a separate blogpost in the coming week…  

The 1st Miss Philippines Earth 2017 Leaderboard

To start off the Miss Philippines Earth season, we feature 10 of the posted candidates of this year’s edition. This batch features a number of stunners that we are excited to know more of in the following weeks!

1. Cagayan de Oro City, Sherlyn Doloriel
2. Olongapo City, Kim De Guzman
3. Fil. Comm. of New Zealand, Jessica Rose McEwen
4.  Manila, Karen Ibasco
5. Lobo, Batangas, Vanessa Mae Castillo
6. Pulilan, Bulacan, Samantha Acosta
7. Caloocan City, Jessica Marasigan
8. Fil. Comm. of  Los Angeles, California, Suzanne Dale Perez
9. Mati City, Pamela Grace Janson
10. Pasay City, Tammy De Roca

How did your bet/s fare so fare in this list?