Binibining Pilipinas Pageant: 2005-2009

BINIBINING PILIPINAS 2005
Gionna Cabrera (Bb. Pilipinas-Universe)
Carlene Aguilar (Bb. Pilipinas-World)
Precious Lara Quigaman (Bb. Pilipinas-International)
Wendy Valdez (1st runner-up & Bb. Pilipinas Tourism)
Melanie Ediza (2nd runner-up)
THE 10 SEMI-FINALISTS:
1. #18 Kristine Santiago, 19, 5’7.5″, Angeles City, Pampanga
2. #21 Maria Micaela Padilla, 21, 5’6.5″, Las Piñas
3. #8 Carlene Aguilar, 22, 5’8.5″, Quezon City, Metro Manila
4. #2 Mari-Flor Hazel Perez, 24, 5’5.5″, Valenzuela City, Metro Manila
5. #7 Joanna Rafbel Serrano, 23, 5’8.5″, Muntinlupa City, Metro Manila
6. #1 Wendy Valdez, 22, 5’5.5″, Navotas, Quezon City
7. #15 Melanie Ediza, 22, 5’8″, Cebu City
8. #22 Precious Lara Quigaman, 22, 5’5.5″, Taguig City, Metro Manila
9. #17 Gionna Cabrera, 22, 5’9.5″, Pasig City, Metro Manila
10. #3 Ricamarie Ann Taylor, 20, 5’6″, Quezon City
SPECIAL AWARDEES:
Best in Swimsuit = #17 Gionna Cabrera
Best in Long Gown = #17 Gionna Cabrera
Miss Photogenic = #17 Gionna Cabrera
Miss Friendship= #21  Micaela Padilla
Miss Talent = #23 Lois Montes
Miss Philippine Airlines (PAL) = #8 Carlene Aguilar
Binibining Avon = #8 Carlene Aguilar
Smart Texter’s Choice = #3 Ricamarie Ann Taylor
Manila Bulletin Reader’s Choice = #3 Ricamarie Ann Taylor

BINIBINING PILIPINAS 2006
Lia Andrea Ramos (Bb. Pilipinas-Universe)
Anna Maris Igpit (Bb. Pilipinas-World)
Denille Lou Valmonte (Bb. Pilipinas-International)
Rosalyn Santiago (1st runner-up)
Jeanne Bernadette Bello (2nd runner-up)
THE 10 SEMI-FINALISTS:
#11 Rosalyn Sirikit Santiago, 25, 5’6″, Nueva Ecija
#09 Denille Lou Valmonte, 24, 5’6″, Quezon City, Metro Manila
#22 Caroline de Leon Yorke, 19, 5’6″, Quezon City, Metro Manila
#20 Anna Maris Arcay Igpit, 18, 5’6″, Bohol
#5 Khristine Marie Alba Lim, 22, 5’6″, Rizal
#17 Lia Andrea Aquino Ramos, 25, 5’7″, Davao City
#18 Mary Pilar Alipio de Gorostiza, 21, 5’7″, Parañaque City, Metro Manila
#10 Fiona Marie Lucido Lava, 23, 5’6″, Pasig City, Metro Manila
SPECIAL AWARDEES:
Miss Friendship: Mylene Maligaya
Miss Photogenic: Lia Andrea Ramos
Miss Talent: Jeanne Bello
Best in Swimsuit: Lia Andrea Ramos
Best in Long Gown: Anna Maris Igpit
Philippine Airlines (PAL) Sunniest Personality: Lia Andrea Ramos
Miss Beautiful Hair: Lia Andrea Ramos
Smart Texter’s Choice: Rosalyn Santiago
Manila Bulletin Reader’s Choice: Louise Navera

BINIBINING PILIPINAS 2007
Ana Theresa Licaros (Bb. Pilipinas-Universe)
Margaret Nales Wilson (Bb. Pilipinas-World)
Nadia Lee Cien Shami (Bb. Pilipinas-International)
Leizel Verses (1st runner-up)
Abigail Lesley Cruz (2nd runner-up)
THE 13 SEMI-FINALISTS:
#21 Keann Mallari, 20, 5’9.5″, Pampanga
#26 Angeline Tucio, 22, 5’7.5″, Iriga City
#13 Luisa Beltran, 20, 5’9″, Subic, Zambales
#10 Theofeliz Marie Francisco, 24, 5’9″, Bulacan
#18 Jamie Burgos, 21, 5’9.5″, Las Piñas City, Metro Manila
#04 Nicole Schmitz, 18, 5’7″, Cebu City
#14 Nadia Lee Cien Shami, 19, 5’9.5″, North Cotabato
#03 Abigail Lesley Cruz, 22, 5’6.5″, Quezon City, Metro Manila
#09 Anna Theresa Licaros, 22, 5’8″, Cuenca, Batangas
#12 Melanie Adjarani, 21, 5’10”, Zamboanga City
#11 Margaret Wilson, 19, 5’9.5″, Bacolod City
#24 Liezel Verses, 22, 5’7.5″, Baguio City
#15 Ed Ferlyn Quintero, 22, 5’9″, Malabon, Metro Manila
SPECIAL AWARDEES:
Best in Long Gown = Leizel Verses
Best in Swimsuit = Abigail Lesley Cruz
Miss Friendship = Melanie Adjarani
Miss Photogenic = Margaret Wilson
Miss Talent = Sheila Alonzo
Smart Texter’s Choice = Edferlyn Quintero
Miss Natasha = Anna Theresa Licaros
Miss Philippine Airlines = Anna Theresa Licaros
Miss Ever Bilena = Margaret Wilson
Miss Bacchus Energy Drink = Anna Theresa Licaros
Manila Bulletin Reader’s Choice = Contessa Maria Santos
Watson’s Woman Award = Anna Theresa Licaros
Watson’s Style Icon = Margaret Wilson

BINIBINING PILIPINAS 2008
Jennifer Barrientos (Bb. Pilipinas-Universe)
Janina San Miguel (Bb. Pilipinas-World) * resigned
Danielle Kirsten Castaño (Bb. Pilipinas-World) *ascended to the title
Patricia Fernandez (Bb. Pilipinas-International)
Danielle Kirsten Castaño (1st runner-up)
Elizabeth Jacqueline Nacuspag (2nd runner-up)
THE 10 SEMI-FINALISTS:
#12 Jaysel Morelos Arrozal, 17, 5’9″, Valenzuela City
#09 Kathleen Phyllis Pagayanan Guerrero, 25, 5’9″, Quezon City
#08 Danielle Kirsten Muriel Castaño, 18, 5’7.5″, Quezon City,
#14 Karen Golar, 24, 5’9″, Bago City, Negros Oriental
#03 Toni Alyessa Jaafar Hipolito, 18, 5’7.5″, Quezon City, Metro Manila
#02 Patricia Isabel Medina Fernandez, 22, 5’7″, Pasig City, Metro Manila
#15 Janina San Miguel, 17, 5’10.5″, Quezon City, Metro Manila
#07 Jennifer Barrientos, 22, 5’8″, San Mateo, Rizal
#18 Elizabeth Jacqueline Santander Nacuspag, 24, 5’8″, Quezon City
#13 Tabetha Jo Olaso Frick, 17, 5’11.5″, Camarines Sur
SPECIAL AWARDEES:
Best in Long Gown: Janina San Miguel
Best in Swimsuit: Janina San Miguel
Miss Friendship: Evangeline Mae Agustin Castillo
Miss Photogenic: Danielle Castaño
Miss Talent: Rizza Liz Mondia Catigan
Miss Bacchus Energy Drink: Danielle Castaño
Manila Bulletin Reader’s Choice: Roxanne Tadique
Miss Ever Bilena: Danielle Castaño
Miss Philippine Airlines: Danielle Castaño
Miss Natasha: Patricia Fernandez
Miss Natasha Poise and Grace: Danielle Castaño

BINIBINING PILIPINAS 2009
Pamela Bianca Manalo (Bb. Pilipinas-Universe)
Marie-Ann Umali(Bb. Pilipinas-World)
Melody Gersbach (Bb. Pilipinas-International)
Richelle Angalot (1st runner-up)
Regina Hahn (2nd runner-up)
THE 10 SEMI-FINALISTS:
#11 Regina Brosas Hahn, 26, 5’8.5″, Manila
#01 Vanessa Balajadia Johnson, 21, 5’5″,  California
#17 Marie-Ann Bonquin Umali, 22, 5’7″,  Batangas City
#9 April Love Jordan†, 20, 5’8″,  Manila
#20 Melody Adelheid Manuel Gersbach, 23, 5’6″, Albay
#23 Barbara dela Rosa Salvador, 22, 5’6″, Quezon City
#03 Richell Pacaldo Angalot, 20, 5’6″, Tagbilaran
#22 Priscilla Mae Honorio, 21, 5’6″, Cebu City
#05 Diana Buquid Arevalo, 20, 5’7″, Batangas City
#15 Pamela Bianca Ramos Manalo, 22, 5’10”, Manila
SPECIAL AWARDEES:
Miss Photogenic = Marie-Ann Umali
Miss Talent = Richell Angalot
Miss Friendship = Gizelle Jasmin Rivamonte
Best In Swimsuit = Pamela Bianca Manalo
Best In Long Gown = Marie-Ann Umali
Miss Natasha = Pamela Bianca Manalo
Miss Natasha Beauty = Richell Angalot
Miss Philippine Airlines = Pamela Bianca Manalo
Miss Salsa Jeans = Priscilla Mae Honorio
Shopper’s Choice Award = Richell Angalot
Manila Bulletin Reader’s Choice Award = Pamela Bianca Manalo

Binibining Pilipinas Pageant: 1975-1979

BINIBINING PILIPINAS PAGEANT 1975
Binibining Pilipinas -Universe = Rose Marie Singson Brosas
Binibining Pilipinas-International = Jaye Antonio Murphy
Miss Young Pilipinas = Jean Cuala Saburit
Binibining Pilipinas -Maja = Annette Liwanag
1st runner-up = Hermenia Nenita “Nanette” Hernandez
2nd runner-up = Maria Luisa Montinola
THE 20 SEMI-FINALISTS:
01. Amy Rose Lim
02. Ana Maria Tuazon
03. Brenda Elaine Zamora
04. Carmela Adad
05. Elizabeth Mendoza
06. Flordeliza Carpio
07. Helen Gaviola
08. Lea Bona Tizon
09. Marie Tomasa Nuyda
10. Mariflo Yngente
11. Marilou Mapua
12. May San Miguel
13. Regina Teodoro
14. Teresita Antiquiera
15. Rose Marie Singson Brosas
16. Jaye Antonio Murphy
17. Jean Cuala Saburit
18. Annette Liwanag
19. Nanette Hernandez
20. Maria Luisa Montinola
SPECIAL AWARDEES:
Miss Photogenic : Rose Marie Brosas
Miss Friendship : Amy Rose Lim
Best in Swimsuit : Rose Marie Brosas
Best in Long Gown : Myrna Mercurio

BINIBINING PILIPINAS PAGEANT 1976
Binibining Pilipinas -Universe = Elizabeth Samson de Padua
Binibining Pilipinas-International = Maria Dolores Suarez Ascalon
Miss Young Pilipinas = Marilou Fernandez
Binibining Pilipinas-Maja = Cynthia Nakpil
1st runner-up = Celita Ochoa de Castro
2nd runner-up = Maricel Quintos
THE 15 SEMI-FINALISTS:
01. Amalia dela Cuesta
02. Azenith Briones
03. Brenda Elaine Zamora
04. Cora Esguerra
05. Evelyn Gopauco
06. Maria Luisa dela Fuente
07. Melinda Bernal
08. Regina Prada
09. Sylvia Halili
10. Maricel Quintos
11. Celita Ochoa de Castro
12. Cynthia Nakpil
13. Marilou Fernandez
14. Maria Dolores Suarez Ascalon
15. Elizabeth Samson de Padua
SPECIAL AWARDEES:
* Miss Photogenic – Marilou Fernandez
* Best in Swimsuit – Celita de Castro
* Best in Long Gown – Maricel Quinto

BINIBINING PILIPINAS PAGEANT 1977
Binibining Pilipinas -Universe = Anna Lorraine Kier
Binibining Pilipinas-International = Maria Cristina Alberto
Miss Young Pilipinas = Dorothy Sue Bradley
Binibining Pilipinas-Maja = Annabelle Arambulo
1st runner-up = Digna Ramos
2nd runner-up = Diana Jeanne Christine Chiong
THE 15 SEMI-FINALISTS:
01. Suzette Nicolas
02. Cleotilde Garcia
03. Roy Marie Galang
04. Susan Brodett
05. Eliza de Una
06. Maria Loretta “Emma” Yulo
07. Christine Tanquintic
08. Anna Gia Abeja
09. Jennifer Alba
10. Diana Jeanne Alegarme Chiong
11. Digna Soliman Ramos
12. Annabelle Gaskell Arambulo
13. Dorothy Sue Bradley
14. Maria Cristina Alberto
15. Anna Lorraine Tomas Kier
SPECIAL AWARDEES:
Miss Photogenic : Diana Jeanne Chiong
Miss Friendship : Anna Lorraine Kier
Miss Talent : Anna Gia Abeja
Best in Swimsuit : Dorothy Sue Bradley
Best in Long Gown :- Emma Yulo
Artist Choice award : Annabelle Arambulo

BINIBINING PILIPINAS PAGEANT 1978
Binibining Pilipinas-Universe = Jennifer Cortez
Binibining Pilipinas-International = Luz Policarpio
Miss Young Philippines = Anne Rose Blas
Binibining Pilipinas – Maja = Ligaya Pascual
1st runner-up = Katherine Manuel
2nd runner-up = Maria Luisa Montinola
THE 15 SEMI-FINALISTS:
01. (#01) Carmela Vito
02. (#03) Visitacion Agbayani
03. (#02) Dinah Dominguez
04. (#40) Jennifer Cortez
05. (#10) Wilhelmina Rosario Delfin
06. (#05) Maria Rita Ravena
07. (#07) Maria Theresa Montinola
08. (#31) Ligaya Pascual
09. (#17) Katherine Manuel
10. (#35) Patricia Muassab
11. (#29) Anne Rose Blas
12. (#18) Mary Jane Balda
13. (#19) Maria Pilar de Guzman
14. (#15) Luz Policarpio
15. (#22) Maria Luisa Montinola
SPECIAL AWARDEES:
* Miss Photogenic = Anne Rose Blas
* Miss Friendship = Maria Theresa Gonzalez
* Miss Talent = Maria Rita Ravena
* Best In Swimsuit = Visitacion Agbayani
* Best in Long Gown = Katherine Manuel
* Miss Close-Up Smile = Visitacion Agbayani
* Artist Choice award = Mary Jane Balda

BINIBINING PILIPINAS PAGEANT 1979
Binibining Pilipinas-Universe = Criselda Flores Cecilio
Binibining Pilipinas-International= Mimilanie Laurel Marquez
Miss Young Pilipinas = Maria Theresa Gerodias Carlson
Binibining Pilipinas-Maja= Princess Ava Quibranza
1st runner-up = Perla Fernando Salig
2nd runner-up = Catherine Veloso
THE 15 SEMI-FINALISTS:
01. Criselda Flores Cecilio
02. Clarita Santos
03. Mimilanie Laurel Marquez
04. Elizabeth Serrano
05. Maria Theresa Gerodias Carlson
06. Evangeline Cusi
07. Princess Ava Quibranza
08. Josephine Relucio Bautista
09. Perla Fernando Salig
10. Julienne Jeanette Vinuya
11. Catherine Veloso
12. Maria Milagros Guidote Nabor
13. Marie Bernadette Reyes
14. Tina Vallejo Orleans
15. Victoria Garcia

Miss Supranational

The Miss Supranational pageant is an annual international beauty pageant that is run by the World Beauty Association.  The World Beauty Association (WBA) is based in Panama although the Miss Supranational is annually held in Poland and is produced by Nowa Scena.

Every year contestants from almost 80 countries participate in the contest which focuses on grace and natural beauty among its contestants. This was a far cry from its first edition that gathered 36 candidates a decade ago. The pageant’s motto is: Glamour, fashion and natural beauty.

The first Miss Supranational competition began life in 2009 held in the beautiful city of Plock, Poland. Over the years Miss Supranational has become associated with high standards of television production, stage design and entertainment. The pageant was usually held in the months of August or September of each year, but starting 2014 it is held during the first week of December.

THE MISS SUPRANATIONAL WINNERS
2009 – Oksana Moria, Ukraine
2010 – Karina Pinilla, Panama
2011 – Monika Lewczuk, Poland
2012 – Katsyarina Buraya, Belarus
2013 – Mutya Johanna Datul, Philippines
2014 – Asha Bhat, India
2015 – Stephania Stegman, Paraguay
2016 – Srinidhi Shetty, India
2017 – Jenny Kim, Korea
2018 – Valeria Vazquez Latorre, Puerto Rico
2019 – Anntonia Porsild,  Thailand

MISS SUPRANATIONAL EDITIONS

Year Date # of Participants
2009 September 5 36
2010 August 28 66
2011 August 26 70
2012 September 14 53
2013 September 6 82
2014 December 5 71
2015 December 4 82
2016 December 2 71
2017 December 1 65
2018 December 7 73
2019 December 6 78

THE MISS SUPRANATIONAL ORGANIZATION
Executive Producer: Gerhard Parzutka von Lipinski
Creative Director: Andre Sleigh
Project Manager and Production: Pawel Dudek
Project Coordinators: Paulina osiewicz, Bartek Osumek
International Licensing Director:  Marina Fusquine
Partner TV Station: POLSAT

 

Countries That Won All Alpha Pageant Titles

Only 4 countries have won all four Alpha Pageant titles – Brazil, Venezuela, the Philippines and Puerto Rico.

1. BRAZIL (6 WINS)
The first country to win all four major international pageant titles was Brazil, when Priscilla Meirelles won Miss Earth in 2004. Overall the country has six victories spread out between the four pageants:
Miss Universe (1963, 1968)
Miss World (1971)
Miss International (1968)
Miss Earth (2004, 2009)

2. VENEZUELA (23 WINS)
Venezuela is the undisputed queen of the pageant world with a whopping 130 placements and 23 wins.
Miss Universe (1979, 1981, 1986, 1996, 2008, 2009, 2013)
Miss World (1955, 1981, 1984, 1991, 1995, 2011)
Miss International (1985, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2010, 2015, 2018)
Miss Earth (2005, 2013)

3. PHILIPPINES (15 WINS)
The country has the longest winning streak (six years), having held the titles of Miss World 2013, Miss International 2013, Miss Earth 2014, Miss Earth 2015, Miss Universe 2015, Miss International 2016, Miss Earth 2017, and Miss Universe 2018.
Miss Universe (1969, 1973, 2015, 2018)
Miss World (2013)
Miss International (1964, 1970, 1979, 2005, 2013, 2016)
Miss Earth (2008, 2014, 2015, 2017)

4. PUERTO RICO (10 WINS)
Puerto Rico is the latest country to join Brazil, Venezuela, and the Philippines after their 2019 victory at Miss Earth.
Miss Universe (1970, 1985, 1993, 2001, 2006)
Miss World (1975, 2016)
Miss International (1987, 2014)
Miss Earth (2019)

 

Is The Philippines Winning Too Much, Too Often?

In the past 10 years, the Philippines have scored at least a dozen major international pageant titles. It is for that same reason that it attracts both the good and the bad kind of attention…

Factoring only the 4 biggest international pageants alone, the Philippines have only missed making semis 6 times over a period of 10 years. That’s an 85% batting average (34 out of a 40 possible placements) for our reps to make semis.

PHILIPPINE PAGEANT VICTORIES IN THE PAST DECADE

From the years 2010 to 2019, the Philippines have raked over 16 international titles:

4 Miss Tourism International wins – 2012, 2013, 2017 & 2019
3 Miss Earth wins – 2014, 2015 &2017
2 Miss International wins – 2013 & 2016
2 Miss Universe wins – 2015 & 2018
1 Miss World win – 2013
1 Miss Supranational win – 2013
1 Miss Intercontinental win – 2018
1 Miss Asia Pacific International win – 2018
1 Miss Globe win – 2015
1 Reina HispanoAmericana win – 2017
1 Miss United Continents win – 2017
1 Miss Eco-International win – 2018
1 Miss Multinational win – 2018

1 Manhunt International win – 2012
1 Mister International win – 2014
1 Man of the Year win – 2016
2 Mister Gay World wins – 2017 & 2019
1 Mister Universal Ambassador win – 2018
1 Mister Model Worldwide win – 2018
1 Mister Universe Tourism win – 2018
1 Mister Tourism and Culture Universe – 2019

And those do not include the various new international competitions won, 20+ runner-up wins, and numerous semi-finalist positions earned over the past decade.

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While this level of success is a reason to celebrate for Filipino pageant fans, it has its own set of negative effects. It surely has become a magnet of both praise and inflammatory comments from different corners of the world. Has the Philippines been winning too often that it attracts envy from other countries?

They say that people won’t throw stones unto a tree without fruit, so it probably means that the Philippines is full of it that there are cases where it feels like it’s us versus the world most of the times.

SOCIAL MEDIA
Social media warfare is not an uncommon occurrence during the international pageant season. During the months leading to the peak of October to December, social media is inundated by warring factions from different countries. Pageant administrators and fans have been a strong defense (and in a number of occasions, a strong offense) against trolls, haters and online bullies. And more than that, they are the marketing machinery behind our success in pageants as they could make anyone trend on social media through various platforms (Instagram, Facebook or Twitter).

Let us also be clear that our side isn’t without fault or is always innocent. We are as equally guilty of the same dirty tactics as other online haters do. The only difference is that Filipinos are far more social media savvy than other pageant fandom.

Why do we attract so much online hate? Sashes&Scripts have a couple of theories.

  1. Social Media Noise – with the Philippines ranking highest in social media usage in the world, it is no surprise that the content our pageant pages generate gets so much mileage. This is the reason why foreign pageant pages just love to generate click-bait posts for Filipinos to look and engage into. They post anything on our queens and we’re likely to comment, like or share… On the flipside, we also create great content on social that generates such a buzz it’s like a fodder for any social media algorithm.
  2. Filipino Pride – on the other side, Filipinos do have a tendency to brag about our achievements in pageantry. In fact a de facto argument stopper with any pageant troll is our inclination to compare number of wins versus the other fans – effective, but rubs others’ pride badly. And we tend to shove it down their throats until our hands are so far down that we can handshake our other hand out of their other orifice.

Now take those two and mash them up and you’ll see why we get so much heat from other pageant fandoms.

UNAPOLOGETIC AND PROUD
However, why shouldn’t we be proud of what our Filipina queens achieved in the international arena? Why should we not celebrate them when they bring home a victory?

Each of the Philippines’ victory, big or small, is recognition of the sacrifice that our representatives undergo. The bigger the risk and sacrifice, the higher should be the rewards. And giving our candidates the nod that they did great – whether it ends with a crown or not – is just rightfully so for the things that they have to deal in the process of the competition. It is just about right for the pressure that we burden them when they wear the sash that says “Philippines”. They bear our weighted expectations and we lift them back in times they need our support. That seems to be a fair trade.

In summary, Filipinos should take their victories and be proud of them. There is nothing noble in shrinking ourselves just so not to offend others’ fragile egos. We may yet have to learn how to be humble in victory and gracious in defeat – but we should not be ashamed of the hard-earned and hard-fought wins we have achieved in pageantry.

Tell us what are your thoughts on this topic. Are we winning too much and too often?

 

Why Does the Same Countries Win in International Pageants?

Venezuela, the Philippines, Colombia, South Africa and the US are some of the coutries consistently performing well in pageants this past 10 years. What do they do right in pageants that they seem to win or unfailingly place year in and year out? Why do we see the same countries place and win in international pageants?

The answer to this simple question is quite complex. It is not just one major factor that makes these countries stand out and be among the best but a mixture of several equally essential factors…

  1. TRAINING & PREPARATION – we believe that fortune favors not the bold but the prepared… this is especially true in pageants. Countries that have prepared their girls months in advance are typically the ones that do well in pageants. It doesn’t matter if they are front-runners or not, from sash factor countries or other-wise, but those that have gotten ready for every aspect of the competition are usually the ones who do well. Take into consideration Venezuela and the Philippines, they have a very rigid and strict training program unique to each country that works for them. Physical training as well as competition preparation in terms of wardrobe, styling, presentation, interviews and even social media marketing is all taken into account to prepare their representatives. This is why among the 4 biggest pageants in the world these two sit atop everyone in terms of number of crowns.

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  2. CANDIDATE’S MENTAL FORTITUDE – perhaps the biggest contributor to someone’s success is the determination and drive of the candidates themselves. This is where the proverbial anecdote “you can lead a horse to water, but you cannot make it drink” comes into play. A candidate has to be willing to put in the necessary effort to actually win, and that effort has to be consistently delivered each and every single day until the very end of the competition. It is like a faucet that you have to keep turned on at all times. So a candidate’s well of mental strength should not dry up.
  3. SUPPORT SYSTEM – of course a girl’s family and friends count to give moral support, but in this case a pageant support system means to be people behind the scenes who provide assistance in all aspects of the pageant. This includes people comprising the glam team, pageant mentors, the social media team and fan support, the local/national pageant organizers, etc… each of these teams of people provide a type of support that only their collective expertise can give. That is why La Quinta Venezuela (during Osmel’s time) includes an orthodontist, a dietician, and cosmetic surgery experts atop their usual pageant coaches.
  4. ECONOMICS AND POLITICS – this is the side of pageantry that is usually glossed over because it is such a ‘touchy’ topic that nobody wants discussed in the open. A pageant is much like any other business venture. It is about the bottom-line for the international pageant organization as it is about crowning a deserving beautiful winner. Local pageant orgs that can bring in revenue to the international orgs are given better attention. Pageant girls who command a strong presence and media mileage on social media are rarely looked past in the semis. Former Miss Universe Lara Dutta puts it well saying that social media is so influencing that a candidate is already adjudged as winnable or not.

Put all of these factors together in the right proportions unique to each candidate and you will probably end up with a winning formula. And you probably need to tweak and re-work this every year as what may have worked in the past may not necessarily be effective today. That is because a different kind of winner is usually searched for by international pageant organizations.

Let us know on the comments below what other factors do you think is essential in winning pageants…

2020 Binibining Pilipinas Globe Contenders

There are 40 candidates vying for the Binibining Pilipinas titles at stake this year. But one of the titles that is overlooked is the Miss Globe title which is a shame considering how well the Philippines has done in recent years.

One of the possible reasons why the Albania-based pageant isn’t as popular is perhaps due to the difficulty to guess what they truly want in a winner.

Hannah Arnold – she is said to be a favorite of the pageant owners and we can all see why.  If she is one of the girls that got the nod of the international organizers of the pageant, then we should all keep her in mind for the title. Hannah is tall, pretty and with intensive training on the Q&A session, she is more than adequate to bring home another Miss Globe title for the Philippines.

Carina Cariño – she might not be one of the strongest girls facially, but she is smart and charming, qualities that will definitely be an advantage in any international pageant. This Ilocana pageant hopeful could possibly be one of the darkhorses for the title.

Gabrielle Basiano – she is arguably one of the best fit ladies for the title simply because she reminds us of one of the past MG winners whose name escapes us for the moment. Gabby has that Eurasian good looks that is Pinay enough and Caucasian enough to be noticed in any international pageant.

Karen Laurrie Mendoza – she of course is one of those ladies that can be styled and molded to fit any international competition that she is to be sent in. Karen has that cosmopolitan look to her. Her type of beauty can elevate the Miss Globe pageant with her very modern beauty.

Any of these four ladies are strong enough to represent the Philippines in the Miss Globe pageant. All we need to do is pick the one that has the highest chances of winning us the title.

Pageant Candidates and Social Media at the Time of Covid-19 Pandemic

What can our pageant girls do during these times of quiet and quarantine period? Here are some of our suggestions…

Pageant girls can make use of this time to get their names out on social media when pageant activities are on hold. The great thing about this is that all pageant hopefuls have equal opportunity to ‘seen and heard’ on social media. There are no frontrunners or underdogs during this time every pageant hopeful has equal opportunities to be on every pageant fan’s and pages’ feed. Each pageant girl also has the creative control on the message she wants to send across. This pageant break is an opportunity to reach out to fans with regular social content that is timely, informative and useful.

Girls, this is the time where you should be out there creating content/ posts on your social media that will make fans remember you. Got nothing to say? Easy-peasy! Here is a list of things that you can post on your Instagram and Facebook feed: Continue reading “Pageant Candidates and Social Media at the Time of Covid-19 Pandemic”

Should Pageant Organizations Skip the 2020 Pageant Season?

With the pageant season being delayed due to the NCov-19 global pandemic, one of the possible scenarios is to cancel altogether both national and international competitions. Which leaves the question are pageant organizations willing to do so?

Here are some of our thoughts on this matter…

CANCELLATION OF LOCAL AND INTERNATIONAL PAGEANTS

This may be the most drastic option but it may be the safest course of action to take.

We cannot predict when this global pandemic will end and it isn’t worth the risk to continue and have people spread the virus. Pageant organizations must need to evaluate their priorities when countries are safe-guarding its citizens from the Corona virus. Countries may even implement lockdowns and travel bans during these period and it will definitely put a dent on a pageant’s activities and live finals.

Pageants are festive activities that cannot thrive without audiences and with mass gatherings being avoided; pageants would need to rethink should they proceed… Continue reading “Should Pageant Organizations Skip the 2020 Pageant Season?”

The Top 5 Misconceptions about Madame Stella Marquez-Araneta

There have been some hate that Binibining Pilipinas Charities Inc. Chair person Madame Stella Marquez-Araneta had to endure over the last couple of decades from a number of pageant fans.
Today, we will try to shed some light on a woman who have championed the Filipina beauty queens for more than 50 years. A woman who calls herself a Filipina. A woman who despite the tremendous power she yields in the pageant, has never defended herself publicly. A woman who had to make tough choices for her organization, yet is mired with numerous misconceptions on her persona…

1. She is a Cheapskate – just because she knows what areas she has to spend on and where she doesn’t need to pour money on does not make her cheap. She forgoes those expenses that aren’t of major importance or does not forward the interests of the organization or the BBP pageant. We cannot imagine her not having allotted budgets to pay for franchise that would cost about 5-6 figures in US dollars. What is the point of having new crowns if she isn’t able to pay for the yearly annual fees of the international pageants she sends our BBP winners to? Granted that there is a need to change crowns, but those don’t come easy or cheap. This is just a simple case of prioritizing on SMA on what matters the most to the BBP winners and the org.
2. She is too “Alta” or she is ‘Matapobre’ – she is far from that as she would be very accommodating to pageant fans. This is illustrated on how she would accommodate a number of Filipinos during the Miss Universe pageant to be able to get in the rehearsals of the girls. Of course pageant fans have to understand that when you are meeting a person of position you would want to look your best and not appear as someone who would be begging for scraps under her table. No one would take you seriously if you would look scrappy or untidy. Nobody would like to get too close with one with unpleasant smell either.
3. She gets a cut from the girls’ winnings – this would be an flat-out lie as some of winners have mentioned in interviews that their international winnings are their own. The only time that BPCI gets a cut from the girls’ fees are from public engagements they do under BBP (meaning they go as Bb. Pilipinas winners officially with their sash and/or crown). This is also perhaps the reason why the winners’ contracts are actually 18 months long. It allows BPCI to squeeze in possible revenues from the girls’ official public appearances.

4. She has all the money to spend – this is actually false. The BPCI gets much of its annual budget from the sponsorships they get during the BBP pageant season. Whatever income they get, they spend back on the pageant, on the franchise fees, training and wardrobe, etc… BPCI is not funded by the government and it is a non-profit organization which means that SMA has to self-sustain her organization thru its own income generators. Pageant franchises amount to several tens of thousand dollars. So imagine the scenario of having to earn your main paycheck only once in a year and you have to make sure that paycheck will allow you to survive the entire 12 months. That is actually how it is for most pageants out there.
5. She hates Filipino Designers – this one is a fallacy for the books. When SMA instituted the restrictions on pageant gowns in the late 90’s this came from terrible experiences with local designers in the past. There were those designers who would feud regarding the girls in the pageant. Then there was the straw that broke the camel’s back (so to speak). When one of our MU reps switched her gown to a local designer when SMA bought a supposed designer gown (it was said to be an expensive Bob Mackie designer label) for the prelims. MUOrg reps talked to her and was rumored to have said that she sent a gorgeous girl but was given a horrendous gown. Said girl had scores that placed her among the top 16-18 that year.

The (unconfirmed) Franchise Fee estimates of the Alpha Four Pageants…

There is a lot of flak that SMA has been receiving in the past years from Pinoy pageant fans. If she is so bad at her job then how did  SMA navigated the pageant through highs and lows in over 50 years of BPCI?
Pageant fans rarely have the chance to meet Madame Stella Marquez-Araneta in person and get to interact with her. And it is that unfamiliarity that causes them to pass quick judgement without getting the overall scene. What they usually see is a microscopic view of how a pageant is managed. Hopefully there would be less hate and a lot more respect to go around after this post…

Pageantry and Covid-19

With the news of several new cases of Covid-19 found, how will that affect the national pageant season?

The Covid-19 virus scare is a hot topic in the news nowadays. No one can escape it on the news and even on social media. With this global epidemic becoming more widespread, we fear that this may affect the national pageant season and more so the international pageant season come 3rd-4th quarter of 2020.

First to postpone their inaugural pageant is the Miss Charm International pageant that is supposed to happen in Vietnam this month of March. It has made public that due to the continued spreading of the said virus, they are postponing their pageant towards the latter end of the year.

Another pageant that has made changes in their finals night is the Binibining Pilipinas pageant whose April 26th coronation night is moved to May 31st. Insider rumors are saying that the said move was due to the Covid-19 virus, although no confirmation is yet available. One thing is for certain, the events and public appearances of the Binibinis for this week have been postponed for safety reasons.
One of the latest cases of the Covid-19 infection discovered in the Philippines is an employee of Deloitte Philippines in Bonifacio Global City in Taguig. Taguig is currently the headquarters and base of operations for the Miss Universe Philippines pageant. It was earlier reported that the MUPh activities are postponed in light of this new development. It is also likely that even pageant fans are to take up more precaution and avoid the infected locations altogether.

Two of the countries gravely affected by the Corona virus is the United States, which is the headquarters of the Miss Universe org, and the Miss International pageant, which holds the annual Miss International pageant. It is likely that these countries would be very cautious in holding these pageants. It is also likely that the Miss Earth pageant may take necessary precautions in holding the pageant in the Philippines.

The Corona virus outbreak IMHO will pose a serious blow to tourism everywhere and it will severely affect both national an international pageants. What we can hope for is that this epidemic would have treatment options before it gets any worse…

It’s No Longer Only About the Miss Universe Pageant

There are more international pageants these days than we can count. And that comes with a sudden realization that nowadays, it’s no longer just about the Miss Universe pageant anymore.

Pageant fans like myself are in this bubble thinking that the most relevant, most prestigious and most important beauty pageant is still the Miss Universe pageant. However, with the surge of newer international competitions being more aggressive in their promotions and the series of letdowns and inherent flaws of the MUOrg, we wonder if are fans unaware that the pageant is suffering an erosion of its prestige?

The Golden Era of Miss Universe
It can be argued that the Golden era of the Miss Universe pageant happened in the 70’s to 90’s. It was a time when the winner get to go home with a car, jewelry from sponsors, wardrobe and even fur coats, and a hefty cash prize ranging from US$10,000 to 20,000. In total, the cash and prizes awarded to the Miss Universe winner amounts up to US$250,000. Winners back in the 80’s to 90’s get to keep their Miss Universe rhinestone crown by Sarah Coventry, a trophy and a Miss Universe brooch. The last titleholder to have seen with the MU brooch was Alicia Machado back in 1996. Newspapers would even publish the cash prizes that a winner like Chelsi Smith in 1995 would receive, something that is hush hush nowadays.
Chelsi Smith's prizes amounted to around US$250,000
Big name celebrities have also served as either judge or host in the pageant. Names like Gloria Estefan, Julio Iglesias (Sr.), etc… aside from notable dignitaries are usually invited. The pageant is aired by big name television networks and pageant venues are announced a year in advance.
Back then, it means something to be a Miss Universe. Winners are celebrities even in celebrity circles. Imagine having breakfast together with notable artists like Salvador Dali at the St. Regis Hotel and getting an invitation from him to paint you.
It was the age of glamour and everyone knew it. Back then beauty pageants are un-apologetically glamorous. Continue reading “It’s No Longer Only About the Miss Universe Pageant”

Binibining Pilipinas 2020 in a Historical and Cultural Tour

DID YOU KNOW that the Binibining Pilipinas Gateway Museum Tour is more than just appreciation of the arts?
One of the good things in being invited to these Binibining Pilipinas events is that it puts into light the significance of these events not just to the ladies but also to the media people present.
The Gateway Museum is a joint project of the Araneta Group of Companies and the University of the Philippines, Diliman to bring cultural and historical awareness integrated through arts. With this year’s BBP hashtag #IAmBinibini this tour is very apt to bring more awareness of Philippine culture to the 40 ladies vying for the titles at stake in Bb. Pilipinas.

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Miss Universe Philippines 2020: Between Michele and Alaiza

It seems that the Miss Universe Philippines title may look like a battle between two Binibining Pilipinas alums after all.
During the MUP press presentation of candidates, two ladies stood taller  above the rest of the competition: Michele Gumabao and Alaiza Flor Malinao.

MICHELE GUMABAO
A volleyball player, TV personality and former Binibining Pilipinas Globe, Michele has one of the best faces in the batch. Her Filipino-American features are exquisite to begin with, and she is quite tall as well standing close to 5’10”. Her communication skills are good enough to battle it out in the international arena. She carries a conversation quite well and that comes in handy in a pageant that values a spokesperson over a physically beautiful specimen.
With all that, she does have some weak areas she needs to improve on. First is her walk that needs finesse and polish. Poise and stature is one of the things that most beauty queens have to train on until it becomes a muscle memory.
She also has to work on being more charismatic and that her personality should translate even in photographs. She does have a very cheer-y personality though but that should translate well enough that it becomes her trademark. This is the part where she can use a strong point to cover for a weak area.
One of the easiest critique pageant pundits have is on her body. Being a volleyball player, Michele’s body/ bone structure is wider than most. Even if she becomes very thin, its her bone structure that makes her look wide. We just have to accept that and for Michele to just be on her best physical shape. Instead she has to learn to make curves with her body type.
Take for instance Gul Panag of India in Miss Universe 1999. She was quite heavy set but she made sure she nailed the Q&A and posed to created curves with what she have. Michele has to learn how to do that too.

ALAIZA FLOR MALINAO
Alaiza is the embodiment of physical perfection in a kayumangging kaligatan beauty.
She is the undoubtedly the best overall girl among this batch. She is tall at 5’9″, she has the curves and a very whistle-bait body, her facial bone structure is to die for and most importantly, she can carry an interesting conversation with you. She also is a clothes-horse that can make any outfit look good without really trying. So style-wise she is easy to dress up and package to suit what the Miss Universe organization is looking for. It does help that she moves very gracefully and with panache being a model for the most part of her career.
One of Alaiza’s best asset is that she is funny and has an easy-going personality. She can win you over with her personality because she is very grounded as a person.
But that doesn’t mean that she doesn’t have areas that she needs to work on. Alaiza being the easy-going gal she is has this aura that you cannot take seriously when in comes to serious topics. And that is one of the areas she needs to work on. People should take her seriously when she speaks.
Let us clarify, Alaiza has no problem with her speaking skills because she is a good conversationalist. She however has to speak with authority when talking about things that she is passionate about, like her advocacy on agriculture and farmers’ welfare. She needs to be convincing and taken seriously if she is to become a spokesperson of the Miss Universe org.

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Our pageant instincts are shouting that it will be a death match between these two for the title.
But their biggest competition is still themselves and how to conquer their perceived weaknesses. Who among these two ladies can beat their weak areas might be the one to romp away with the Miss Unvierse Philippines title.

Swimsuits in Pageants: Necessary or Not?

The two oldest beauty pageants were created to promote swimwear, the bikini for Miss World and Catalina swimsuits for Miss Universe. But in today’s changing social atmosphere, we ask: Are swimsuits still essential in pageants?

Last 2018, the Miss America decided to remove the swimsuit segment and it has unleashed a whole new discussion in pageantry about it. Earlier in September of 2019, they seem to put themselves into controversy once again with this statement:

“In reaching out to the Miss America Organization, the donor made clear the important reason for the generous gift. As a young woman who wanted to compete in a local Miss America competition in the 1980s, she was discouraged by her parents because they believed ‘Miss America does not look like us, and an educated woman does not parade around in a swimsuit.’”

That part of the statement has earned them the irk of some pageant girls who took offense saying that there is no correlation between being uneducated whilst wearing swimsuits in public. This line of thinking from the Miss America organization could easily be a license for conservative people to ‘slut shame’ anyone who is wearing bikinis. Said controversy prompted the MAOrg to release a statement that says, “We sincerely apologize to our dedicated participants, volunteers and fans. We genuinely hope our misstep does not detract from the intent of this valuable new scholarship or the openness and inclusivity of the Miss America Organization’s vision.

So now we ask are swimsuits still necessary in pageants? Here’s our thoughts:

  1. Fitness and Health never goes out of style – the swimsuit competition for this blogger is a showcase of what a healthy and fit body should look like. Today, about 40 percent of U.S. adults and nearly 20 percent of children are obese, a surge reflected worldwide, with more people now overweight or obese (1.9 billion) than underfed (800 million). In 1985, no state in the U.S. had an obesity rate above 15 percent; now every state is higher than 20.
    Fitness and healthy lifestyles are something that should be promoted and having a wider healthy body types promoted in the swimsuit competition would be a positive message. Granted that there are different body types, each body type should be given opportunity to be presented onstage to show how a healthy body to aspire to. Having curvy, athletic, short, tall, thin and other different kinds of body types represented in pageants is important because there is not just one healthy body type.
  2. Not limiting pageant girls into a boxed idea of what is respectable and socially acceptable outfits – whoever said that you cannot be smart, educated, and worth of respect while wearing a swimsuit has a very narrow understanding and thinking. Women should be given the respect regardless of what she wears, that be either a bikini or a floor length evening gown. If ‘respectability’ is the only reason why you do not approve of swimsuits in pageantry, then you should be expanding your definition of respect.
    While I personally do not endorse teen pageants to compete in two-piece swimsuits (they can compete in athletic wear), “Miss” pageants should have the option to wear one-piece or two piece bikinis for the swimsuit segment.
  3. Humans are drawn to beauty – this is self evident and self explanatory. We are hard-wired towards the attractive and beautiful. Studies have shown that even as babies, we are attracted to beautiful faces and to a larger scale to beautiful people and things. And guess what, when we see a beautiful person, there is actually an increase in our dopamine levels. Dopamine for those who are not in the know is one of the “happiness hormones” of the body, and dopamine can be addictive. That is why when you find something beautiful or desirable you tend to look for more.
    And there isn’t a lack of beauty in pageants, thus them being called beauty pageants. This is why we like to look at pageant girls in their swimsuits and gowns because we appreciate them and the hardwork they put into their physiques.

Going back to the question: Are Swimsuits necessary in pageants? IMHO, they aren’t but they are an integral part of pageant tradition. If pageant organizations are to remove the swimsuits from their respective pageants, then that is their call. But they should be asking whether or not it is a move that their core audience is willing to support or not. With the recent decision that the Miss America will now be removing the evening gown competition in their pageants, will there be enough pageant fans left to support it? Apply that logic to the rest of pageants around the world. If there are no swimsuits or evening gowns in a pageant, is it still worthy to be called a “beauty pageant competition”?

Visit a related post on this topic for more – Top 5 Reasons Why the Miss Universe & Miss USA Should Keep the Swimsuit Competition