If there was something we can admire about Binibining Pilipinas Grand International Eva Patalinjug, that would be her fighting spirit. This is a lady that is not gonna go down without a fight!
From the beginning of the Miss Grand International pageant in Myanmar, she has been throwing knock out punches each time we see updates of her on social media.
First we saw how glowing she is during the special dinner with the pageant org’s head honchos during the arrivals of the candidates. A glow that she has kep to this day. Then came her scene-stealing walk and photos in a beaded gold-silver-nude number in the welcome party for the candidates. Then we saw her working the twirl in her Phillip Tampus national costume and being strategically placed in the front of the group during the costume presentation. Despite a simpler costume than the one she wore in BBP, she never the less presented it with grace. She looked glorious in her photos in the Kanbawzathadi Golden Palace decked in all white.
I also admire from her is the fact that she is not shy to go toe-to-toe against the Latinas and other favorites. It takes guts to do that in a competition. Not only that she shows her personality as well as she interacts with other girls in the pageant showing an innate confidence that could win her the Miss Grand International title for the Philippines!
As the competition progresses, there will surely be girls who will start to get noticed but I am confident that Eva would keep up with them. I hope she doesn’t get afraid to go head to head with the other girls. I don’t see her being afraid or being intimidated by other girls, and that is crucial in a competition. I see in her eyes the fire that says, “if you do good, I can do better”. If others will do their best, she’ll be going for her greatest. She has an entire country of social media savvy people backing her up and she know how to use that in her advantage. That’s why you see her truly making full use of her Instagram and Facebook feeds. She’s showing that she is no slacker in the pageant and she’s going for the gold crown like never before.
We are in high hopes that the MGI powers at be would see the big advantage of crowning Eva as the next Miss Grand International. Not only will the MGI get a boost on social media but they will have a queen that will be backed on social media by an army of a huge marketing machine that is the Filipino pageant fans.
Year in and year out the Miss World Philippines title would always boil down between 2-3 ladies. It has become quite predictable that those who are frontrunners remain to be the major winner come finals. What is surprising is to see that majority of the ladies in our list this year are among the facially gifted and public speaking savvy of the bunch but are all below 5’8″ tall. Petite but pretty…
The Miss World Philippines winner has traditionally been the one who is most prepared for the Miss World pageant. This year, I may not see one who would cover all bases of the MW fasttracks, but there are a number of ladies that could easily be good representatives to a number of international competitions under the MWP org.
Arienne Calingo – this MWP returnee is perhaps going to be one of the top 5 winners this year. Her 1st runner up placement a couple of years ago is an indication that she can make the requisite splash in the nationals. She might not be my main pick for the MWP crown but she will perhaps end up with one of the crowns.
Alyssa Muhlach Alvarez – the most commercial face in her batch and is a spoiler for the MWP crown. She is one of the more underrated ladies in the competition but she could pull a major upset from the popular frontrunners for the title. I could also see her with the Miss Eco-International crown with her very friendly face. If her fierce-side is developed, she could be a good RH representative too!
Kim de Guzman – she’s my pick for the Reina HispanoAmericana title as she has the curves that could be appreciated in the pageant. Not only does she look amazing, she also looks taller than her 5’7″ fame with her good body proportions. I think that the RH title is almost tailor-made for her as she has a similar bone structure as reigning winner Teresita Marquez, with a very Asian face and oozing with sex appeal of a Latina.
Katarina Rodriguez – the popular girl to win. She has proven her merit in an international competition and being thirsty for a win could be her major advantage among her batch. Her huge fan-base could be relied on for the internet voting/ multimedia voting. Plus her gift of the gab is also undeniable with her charm and wit. Sending Katarina would be a strategic move to be sent to MW as she can make the MW pageant relevant to Filipino fans once more.
Maureen Montagne – another crown worthy girl that may pull an win for the MWP crown. This pageant veteran is perhaps a better well-rounded option for Sanya this year. Truth be told, she might be the girl that fits the MW mold might look for in a winner. Although her being 26 years old might work against her. So far no 26 year old has won the MW title as they usually prefer girls between 18 to 24 years old. Though I wouldn’t have any issue should she win, in fact my gut tells me she might be the one for MW.
IMHO the main title is between Katarina, Alyssa and Maureen. And it will be heartbreaking to see anyone of them sent to the other pageant which we currently hold the international crowns. Let’s face the fact that back-to-back wins in Miss Eco-International, Miss Multinational and Reina HispanoAmericana is gonna be close to impossible. So whoever is sent to those three pageants will be fighting an uphill battle, after all we should have learned our lesson from the 2013/2014 scenario. I could only hope that despite those blocks, whoever we send to those pageants would still do their median best to bring home the crowns again. And hopefully a second Miss World crown is in the horizon.
This is the final part of the three-part series on the things you need to know regarding the basics of pageant training…
What do you need to mentally prepare for a pageant? Today’s final blog post on the basics you need to know about pageant preparation and training covers three intangibles:
1. Q&A/ Interview
2. Personality development
3. Pageant etiquette
MASTERING THE INTERVIEWS Have a Winning Personal Introduction – The personal introduction answers the common question: Could you tell us something about yourself? A winning introduction is one that describes who you are, what you are interested in or passionate about and what makes you qualified for the title. It is something short of a short but concise way of selling yourself to the judges. It should pique their interest so that they ask you more questions about yourself. If judges are asking you more personal questions, it means that they are interested with you. Don’t Fake It! – Faking your answers during the interviews is one of the biggest mistake you can make. Always be truthful and honest when asked about your opinions but remember to be nice and polite when saying your piece. If you do not know the topic, you can respond telling them you don’t know much about the topic or ask to clarify the question. You can try to take contextual clues from the question itself. But if the answer escapes you, be honest that you have limited knowledge about the topic.
PERSONALITY & CONFIDENCE Get to Know Who You Are – there is an exercise book used by a number of personal/ life coaches that can be useful for pageant girls. The book forces you to know yourself better on a personal, psychological & emotional level. Who are you? What values do you stand for? How would you describe yourself as a human being? How do you define your humanity? Those are just a number of tough questions you have to answer as you work introspectively on yourself. Knowing who you are is the best confidence building exercise you can ever do. It trumps any other cosmetic confidence booster as you are strong in your core foundations. Practice Makes Perfect – commit to frequent and regular practice for interviews, walking, hair and makeup preparation, and training for physical fitness. Aside from the mental preparation, nothing beats the added boost of knowing you prepared physically for the competition at hand. This means that you bring yourself at your best for the pageant.
Stop Comparing Yourself to Other Candidates – there will be times when your confidence will be tested specially at the midst of competition. Stop yourself when you start comparing yourself to other girls. Stop yourself when you find yourself getting envious of other girls’ wardrobe or physical traits. Know that who you are is enough to make you win.
BASIC DO’s & DON’TS IN PAGEANTS
Be YOU – It pays to be professional in pageants without loosing your personality. If you are the quiet type, no need to put on an outgoing front just to get the judges and organization to like you. If you are the naturally outgoing type, then be just that, without making it appear that you aren’t taking the pageant seriously.
Etiquette and Attitude Matters – acting like a Diva or like God’s gift to pageantry will not get you anywhere. Do not act as if the world revolves around you because it doesn’t. Nowadays, pageant orgs have a hand in selecting the semi-finalist or even the winner. So if they see you as a potential problem to work with then you might not get the chance to win the title. You have to go into the pageants with the mindset that you are competing with ladies who are just as qualified for the title as you. So do not think you are superior in any way. Learn a thing or two on basic etiquette so you don’t look out of place when you are dining or talking with sponsors, politicians, and judges.
Most pageant girls who are aspiring to join competitions at the local or national pageants are usually lost when it comes to pageant training and preparations. More so for those who are without resources, financial or otherwise to contact, pay and be trained by pageant professionals and coaches.
Our three-part series aims to cover a wide range of topics on a pageant girl’s preparations for those who are still new to pageantry. Our topic today includes two key points that all pageant girls must know and learn: 1. Pasarela/ walking exercises 2. Posture/ Poise
The Pageant Walk
More commonly known in the Latin world as the ‘Pasarela’, the pageant walk is loads more complicated than the catwalk modelling that we see on fashion shows. In fashion shows, the model is selling the clothes she wears. In pageants, the pageant girl has to use the clothes to show off her personality and ‘sell herself’ to the judges as the potential winner.
There are multitudes of methodology in terms of teaching how to walk but it must all involve 3 major aspects: Stride, Turns and Center of Gravity.
CENTER OF GRAVITY – Emphasis on the body’s center of gravity should be paid attention to as wearing high heels forces the body to arch the back, makes both the pelvis and chest thrust forward, the butt clenches and sticks out, the muscles of the calves are tightened, and the body’s center of gravity is shifted forward. The body does this to compensate for the weaker balance. (I would suggest everyone to read more here.) This makes the posture look alert and looks very visually appealing.
STRIDE – when walking in heels, a woman’s stride becomes shorter because of the change in the center of gravity of the body*. When walking in a straight line the hip movement is exaggerated as the pelvic bones sways higher because of the elevated heel. Studies show that the change in gait makes women look more attractive**. This is why catwalk coaches emphasize the hip sway and longer graceful stride.
TURNS – Most pageant coaches would also advise to walk from the heel to toe but that is easier said than done. High heel forces the entire weight of the body towards the ball of the foot instead of the more spread out pressure on the entire foot. This is why it is better advised to take two half turns than a full turn as it may throw anyone’s center of balance.
Body Posture for Pageants
Pageant hopefuls are taught to stand, sit, pose and smile a certain way. Emphasis is made on proper posture. While high heels tend to pull up the body straight and upward, it does not guarantee the best visual posture that pageant girls might aim for. The head has to be held perpendicular to the floor and should not held forward. The neck should be in alignment with the shoulder. The shoulders shouldn’t be rounded but straight, no over arching of the back and the knees should not lock tight.
THE POSE – In some cases, the pageant stance requires some adjustments to make the girls look taller, leaner and visually longer. This is why some pageant coaches teaches their student to twist their hips higher with whichever foot is forwarded to create an illusion of longer legs. Some would advise pageant girls to put their hands on the hip instead of the natural waist to emphasize a smaller waist. Or to keep their hands at the sides to create a longer visual appearance.
Nowadays, there are no hard and fast rules on how pageant girls are to sit properly in closed-door interviews. Some may still adapt how the royals sit by slanting their legs and tucking one ankle at the back. This is called the Windsor tuck. Others may prefer crossing their legs, provided that they aren’t wearing short skirts.
THE PAGEANT SMILE – there are a number of ways to smile. Most common is the full on smile with teeth showing. This is the most common pageant way to smile, but this could be tiring and could potentially dry your mouth. A trick pageant girls use is to use vaseline on your teeth and gums to make the teeth look shinier and to prevent drying of the mouth. Then there is the smaller smile with teeth. This is perhaps the best type of smile as it won’t tire you quickly. Then there is the smirk, or the shy smile without teeth. This is the most enigmatic type of smile, and certainly very intriguing. Then finally we have the “smize” which Miss Universe Pia Wurtzbach is so fondly known for. It is a type of ‘sexy face’ that uses more of the eyes than the lips.
A good pageant coach can explain more of these in detail and could tailor-make the type of smile, pose and walk that would work for a pageant girl’s personality and body type. This is why selecting a pageant coach that can give you more one-on-one coaching is important. So be very picky on who you want to work with.
After our blog post on whether beauty queens are born or made, we got a number of queries regarding pageant training. What areas does a basic pageant training and preparation should cover?
This three-part series will try to cover a wide range of topics on a pageant girl’s preparations. Today’s post will cover topics which includes: 1. Wardrobe building 2. Gym training and physical fitness 3. Makeup and hair classes
Essential Elements of Pageant Wardrobe Building
One must understand that being in your best means having a pageant wardrobe that showcases the best in you. A pageant wardrobe would usually consist of your day dresses and outfits, cocktail dresses for the evening activities, evening gowns and competition gown/s, swimsuits, a national costume, and an interview outfit. You are expected to have your own accessories and shoes (aside from those that the pageant sponsors would provide), makeup for daily use (as some makeup sponsors would only be present during prelims and finals) and personal hygienic products and toiletries.
More on pageant wardrobe building here and here. Continue reading “Pageant Training Basics: Part 1”
One of the biggest questions that pageant enthusiast would have to answer is a simple but complicated question: Are beauty queens made or born?
In this blog post, we will try to answer these questions as they pertain to whether beauty queens are made of are they born.
* Is it enough to be tall, blessed with good body proportions and pretty face?
* Is being pretty enough to win pageants?
* Is being tall an advantage in pageants?
* What do you prepare for in pageants?
* How long is a pageant training?
* What pageant training are available? Continue reading “Are Beauty Queens Made or Born?”
Asia is currently the focus of every international pageant as four of the biggest international pageants are held in Asia. Miss Universe, Miss International, Miss Earth and Miss World are all being hosted in Asian countries which shows why this continent is the market that the Alpha pageants are fighting for.
Miss Universe in Bangkok, Thailand – with the finale to be held in December 17 (am, Bangkok time) it is expected that the spectacle will live up to its claims as the most prestigious pageant in the Universe. With an estimated USD$15 million budget, the Ms Universe competition is going to be a most awaited event that will be broadcasted live all over the world from the Impact Arena.
Miss World in Sanya, China – China is hosting Ms World yet again with the coronation of the winner on the 8th December, a day after it’s European rival, Miss Supranational crowns its winner. Miss International in Tokyo, Japan – judging by the teasers we have been seeing on the Ms International’s official Facebook page, we are expected to see a very packed pre-pageant activities for its candidates. The MI pageant is one of the beauty contests that have the best pre-pageant activities scheduled every year. The finals will be at the Tokyo Dome on November 9.
Miss Earth in Pasig City, Philippines – the pageant is to be held live from the Mall of Asia Arena (which also hosted the Miss Universe 2016 pageant) on November 3rd. Notable to watch would be the opening activities of the pageant in the re-opening of the paradise island of Boracay!
The international pageant season is almost upon us and each country has started their preparations for the international pageant competitions ahead (and for some at least mid-way through preparations). A huge majority have selected their respective reps to Miss Universe, Miss International, Miss Earth and Miss World with only a few still in the process of searching for their candidates for each pageant. Asia, with its rich cultural heritage and wealth of tourist attractions is certainly going to be welcoming these gals will arms wide open…
Several weeks ago I have read a very intriguing piece of essay/article that practically said this: the Philippines have many beauty pageants but it lacked quality in its queens. Add to it is the criticism that the country has too many pageants, candidates being unintelligent to answer simple questions, and a general downfall on the quality of Filipina candidates.
The Miss Venezuela organization that Osmel Sousa left is in such a bind even after his departure. His last crowned Miss Venezuela Mundo 2017, Veruska Ljubisavljevic, is suing the MVO for damages due to her non-participation in MW this year. It was only informed earlier that due to the MW age cut off of 26 years old, she won’t be able to compete in the pageant in China this year.
Veru, on her official Instagram page, has this to say: I have always known that as citizens (and as human beings) we all have rights and responsibilities. Fulfilling the responsibilities acquired is a serious obligation, and I have always faced them with all the aplomb and best possible disposition. But it is also an obligation to defend the rights of equality, non-discrimination and individual freedoms, when these are threatened or violated. As is known throughout Venezuela, I was crowned Miss Venezuela World thanks to my own efforts and sacrifices, to the support and affection of my family and friends. I have been very disciplined with my obligations and the requirements of my presence and the use of my image and my name as the representative of Venezuela in the Miss World.
I have carried a message of integration and respect as a flag and understand that respect for others always begins with the valuation and respect for oneself, that’s why having been elected representative of the Venezuelan woman in the next Miss World, I can not afford that they use me arbitrarily as a woman without demanding respect and asserting my rights. In a non-formal meeting, ladies Nina Sicilia and Maria Gabriela Isler informed me that my participation in Miss World would not be effective. So why on the night of the Miss Venezuela 2017 did you allow me to be awarded the Miss World band and crown? Why inform me of such a decision so much later? Remember that the managerial figure of Miss Venezuela changed, but it has always been the same organization and it is they who are responsible for this injustice, not any one person in particular. From this moment I am obliged to assert my rights as a citizen, as a woman, and as a Venezuelan, demanding that I be restored my total and absolute right to represent my country VENEZUELA 🇻🇪 in the next edition of #MissWorld. An acquired right of good fight and valued as the great opportunity to represent my country before the world. To all the people who have supported me I want to send you the most sincere hug to be with me, to give me encouragement and strength in such difficult times. Gracias Venezuela. SOURCES:
The Mister Gay World organization has officially named Hong Kong as the next country host of the annual male competition specifically for members of the LGBTQ community.
The coveted Mr Gay World 2019 contest dates have been officially announced. This prestigious contest, now in its 11th year will be held in Hong Kong from 28 April to 4 May 2019. Mister Gay World 2018 Jordan Bruno, an Australian reality TV star and chef, will be crowning his successor then.
Last June, Hong Kong won the bid to host the contest. Hong Kong has also been chosen to host the Gay Games in 2022.
The Mr. Gay World Competition is a Twenty First Century public performance where the delegates represent their nation as the best spokesperson and embody the spirit of their nation.
As a treat, here are several photo-collages of reigning winner, Jordan Bruno…