Scandal! Osmariel Villalobos in Hospital after a Fight

Miss Earth- Water 2012 Osmariel Villalobos was hospitalized after a fight with singer Diosa Canales.

In a report by El Nacional, the Venezuelan beauty queen was “taken to the clinic by a blunt blow to the head, dislocation of the thumb of one of her hands and trauma to the cervical and vertebral columns.” The incident reportedly happened in a gym’s bathroom last June 16. It is also said that Diosa Canales attacked Osmariel first in which the Venezuelan beauty queen also received several bites, aside from her reported injuries. According to several witnesses, the fight occurred when both women headed to the bathroom of the gym. It was inside the bathroom that both ladies had a “strong exchange of words”, until Canales pounced on the former Miss Venezuela Earth and began to beat her. In a counter by Diosa Canales, she said that it was Osmariel who attacked her first and only defended herself.

The two ladies had a feud previously when Osmariel called out the singer as being “vulgar”. This wasn’t the first time that Canales was involved in a violent incident as she and her husband were arrested back in 2016 for allegedly beating up her mother-in-law.


Keysi Sayago, Being Political

By now, everyone knows the political and economic turmoil that is plaguing Venezuela. But unlike other Venezuelan beauty queens who opted to be vocal on social media, reigning Miss Venezuela Keysi Sayago chose to join the rally for peace and political change.

But that is not all of it. Aside from joining rallies, she has posted several messages on her Instagram account as well:
I believe in my Venezuela! From what I have learned throughout my life, so my parents taught me about it, because I feel so much love, affection and commitment as Venezuelan and because God gave me this wonderful opportunity to represent it! ❤️🇻🇪 Always with you and for you! (April 6, 2017)
Today in the march for HEALTH where I had the honor to accompany many people dedicated to this guild, patients and any number of students! Remember: It’s not about being White, Red or Blue It’s about that we ALL are YELLOW, BLUE AND RED (May 23, 2017)
Today in support of Human Rights without distinction of sex, nationality or thought because we ALL have a universal right to respect LIFE and to express ourselves without fear in our beloved Venezuela. (May 30, 2017)

It is said that violence, lack/ scarcity of basic goods and an economy that is about to collapse is threatening the future of the oil-rich country. Hence the demand for change is strong and the demand for the current President Nicolas Maduro to step down. Keysi’s political stand is a strong contrast from previous MV winners who clearly stayed away from having a strong political stance. With pageant winners being given celebrity status in her country, it is high time that one uses her voice for the good of her country. Viva Keysi, may you and your country effect change and prosper. It will be difficult but it will be worth it, the Philippines can sympathize because we have been there. Venezuela you have our well wishes and prayers.

Keysi and Rosangelica: Venezuela’s Revenge Girls

Looking at the most recent photos of Keysi Sayago and Rosangelica Piscitelli, I am inclined to believe that the way on how Osmel Sousa is prepping up his girls for international competitions are now evolving.
After a humiliating triple non-placement of all his Miss Venezuela girls at their respective international competitions, it seems that the beauty pageant Czar is back in his feet with these two ladies. The latest pictorial of Keysi Sayago in a crisp white shirt and jeans indicates a lightness that is rarely seen on most Venezuelan reps to Miss Universe. Keysi’s background as the third Venezuelan woman of color to win the title is also a jumping point for dialogue especially with the pageant Czar’s past statement that ‘black girls in Venezuela aren’t pretty’.

Then we have the freshness that Rosangelica has been channeling on her latest Instagram posts. Some pageant pundits are quick to notice that she has resemblance with Miss International 2015 Edymar Martinez. If she takes a page from Edymar’s gameplan, the 8th MI title for Venezuela could not be far behind. Hopefully, the light makeup is something that would be in her strategies in full contrast of Jessica Duarte last year.

These two ladies seems to show that Venezuela is back in the right course. They may have been unsuccessful last year but they are ready to bounce back. Remember Venezuela is still Venezuela.

Miss Venezuela Internacional 2017, Rosangelica Piscitelli

Keysi Sayago’s court must be a lucky one as last year two of her runners up went into international competitions, and it does not stop there. 2016 Miss Venezuela 4th runner up Rosangelica Piscitelli has been handpicked as Miss Venezuela Internacional 2017!

Following Diana Croce’s appointment as Miss Mundo Venezuela and Antonella Massaro’s competing in Reina Hispanoamericana (where she finished as 2nd runner up once more), the green-eyed Rosangelica has been named as Venezuela’s rep to Miss International. The 5’11” leggy lass was Sash Factor’s top pick last year in Miss Venezuela. Now she has started to train for the Japan-based pageant. She is bi-lingual, being able to speak in Spanish and English, and has already started with her training with Osmel Sousa. It is said that they do not want the same fate as Jessica Duarte to befall on the lady from Miranda. 

Rosangelica is expected to place this year and is said to be trained according to the pattern as how Edymar Martinez was prepared. Will she Venezuela’s 8th Miss International winner?

2016, A Year of Shocking Non-Placements for Osmel’s Girls

2016 will go down in pageant history that all of Osmel Sousa’s girls did not penetrate the semis of the international pageants they were sent into. If not for the Miss Earth – Water title of Stephanie de Zorzi (under the new national director & former Miss Earth Alyz Henrich after the MWOrg dropped the franchise), Venezuela would have no placement in the four Alpha pageants of 2016. While I may not be privy to how the judges scored the girls in their respective pageants, here are my thoughts on the possible reasons why Osmel’s girls did not make it this year…

1. Jessica Duarte – there is an unwritten/ unspoken rule in Miss International that no reigning country is to make semis the following year, and that has been happening for the past 4 or 5 years. However, observing Jessica’s performance in the MI pre-pageant activities, she looked more of a wall flower than a go-getter that Edymar was in her year. This perhaps was the reason why she was not endeared to the judges. Despite a lovely face and banging body, she could have made better impression had she been more engaging and more magnetic in her personality(?)… This is perhaps why the judges chose other girls over her, since the MI has started to redefine what they want from their winners.

2. Diana Croce – in retrospect, I can see now that she came in ill-prepared for the Miss World challenges at hand. She barely updated the Miss Venezuela Facebook page which could have increased her Multimedia score. Her BWAP project was also too quiet and that could have really boosted her chance at the semis. Her styling was too much of a copycat with that of former MW winner Jacquline Aguilera and MW runner up Adriana Vasini. This has to do with her announcement as Miss Mundo Venezuela at November only to compete in December. It also would have hurt that the MW prefers to have a girl crowned from a separate pageant than just a runner up. So it was a total waste to have Diana Croce compete when she was unprepared and raw. She had the looks and the qualities that could have performed better in MW if she had more than enough time to prepare.

3. Mariam Habach – this is a head-scratcher as Mariam did everything almost right. Mariam did well in the preliminaries which leaves the interview as possible culprit of her non-inclusion. One of the judges has spoken that Mariam didn’t look or sounded confident in the interviews, and that puts into light how heavy the one-on-one interviews is. While rumors of a diva attitude hound her, those are considered rumors until some of her fellow candidates or someone from the MUOrg will say so. But those rumors wouldn’t die down, so I am inclined to believe that when there’s smoke, there might be fire. My personal theory is that Venezuela’s non-placement had something to do with the ‘no concurrent titleholders‘ policy of MU. Whichever is the case, Mariam still deserved a place at the semis for her preliminary performance alone.

With these painful non-placements of Osmel’s girls I believe that the Miss Venezuela Organization would have to re-calibrate their machinery in how they train their ladies… and re-calibrate and fine tune they will have to do. This is just one stumbling block that Venezuela can overcome. This is just one year in many.
Osmel’s record is still unbeatable and he can and will come back again stronger… 

Why is Mariam Habach’s Non-Inclusion Painful

Hers was a sash that we all thought was a formidable one in any beauty pageant. But we were all left in shock seeing her miss the first cut in the recent Miss Universe pageant.

Mariam Habach is easily one of the frontrunners in the 65th Miss Universe pageant and to see her not being called among the semi-finalist was a clear unadulterated shock. For her country, a powerhouse at that, to miss the semis despite a strong showing at the preliminaries only gave the rumors that the preliminary interview accounts for a heavy portion of the scores. In a report by ABSCBN News, pageant judge Francine LeFrak said that “the judges thought Habach lacked confidence during the preliminary interviews”. Such statement only strengthened the belief that the interviews accounted for at least 50% of their preliminary scores.
Mariam may have performed well in the SS and EG rounds but her interview probably costed her a spot.
Her message on social media/ Instagram as below:

An experience that I will never forget, I love the Filipinos thanks for so much support your love was indispensable for my participation! VENEZUELA MY BELOVED LAND, thank you for allowing me to leave your name very high, worked so much to make you feel proud, the results were not what expected, gave the best of my journey, my soul and life during those 20 days !! God will have something better for me, my life will continue, I will not leave, I will continue in this world in what God has for me! I love you all! Thank you for so much support I will carry you in my heart forever … I will continue to work… (translated from Spanish)

What makes this non-inclusion painful was the realization that no powerhouse country is safe from being cut from the semis…including the Philippines. We could be what Venezuela was this year. But hope springs eternal, as there is always next year to bounce back…

Venezuela, Mexico & Brazil: My Latina Queens

These three countries are among the toughest rivals in their part of the world. In fact they are the considered superpowers in the world of pageantry from Latin America.

Kristal Silva has been a personal bias of mine since her participation in Miss Earth in Manila last 2013…amd didn’t I mentioned that she was a top8 finalist that year? The girl has hypnotic eyes and luscious lips. Raissa Santana came to Manila with a bang… from the time she stepped into the country, she has already cemented her place as a favorite for the title. And she hasn’t let that go ever since. Then we have the Hurricane Habach who seems to kill every even she is in. Mariam Habach is a (and I don’t get tired saying this) force to be reckoned with.
Possible spoilers from this group are Nicaragua, Argentina and Colombia. Estefania Bernal of Argentina started to get heads nodding during the swimsuit event in Cebu. Then we have the milk-chocolate perfection of Colombia’s Andrea Tovar, who despite not being on her best physical shape is still a major frontrunner for the title. Marina Jacoby of Nicaragua is also on my list, I still feel that at least a semifinal placement for her is quite possible.
Never underestimate the Latinas as they are guaranteed to always deliver at the crucial moments. I would not have a problem seeing at least 3 of the ladies on my list in the finals.