#Funart: Pia Wurtzbach as the Red Queen!

#Funart for today’s blogpost features Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach as the Red Queen  from the Alice in Wonderland fairytale! This was inspired by one of her earliest photoshoots where she wore a magnificent red Albert Andrada gown for Metro Magazine.

Kylie Verzosa’s Fer Forgé Terno by Francis Libiran

Designer Francis Libiran first dressed Miss Universe 4th Runner up Venus Raj in a fer forgé gown several years back and his latest terno that Kylie wore in Japan still captivates us as before.

For those not familiar with the the ‘fer forge, it is French for wrought iron, which you see in vintage gates with marvelous linear patterns. Libiran, with architecture as his background, has made numerous designs that are a reflection of his training.

When a dear friend showed us hints of the design inspiration back in October, we knew that the terno is indeed going to be spectacular as Kylie herself described it to be. And it did not disappoint. The gold laser-cut patterns of the terno were a sight to behold and wowed the Japanese audience when Kylie sashayed on the stage. The modern terno is what fashionistas would call a ‘mullet dress’, a term used to describe a dress that is short on the front, long at the back. True to how Kylie described the national costume, it was modern, it was ‘bongga but elegant’. The gold terno was indeed magnificent with its cascading ruffles on the back and the multitude flounces on the skirt was a couture piece at its finest. It indeed was a haute couture masterpiece as it showed the trademark artistry of the designer.

My Miss Supranational 2016 Favorites

The Miss Supranational finals is gonna be held a day before the first Mister Supranational pageant. While there are very little activity (why has the multitude photoshoots gone?) and the slim pickings this year, there were several girls who personally stood out for me.
Will we be having a back to back win for Paraguay care of Viviana Florentin? Not if Miss Venezuela Valeria Vespoli has something to say on it. Completing the top 5 girls on my list are Miss Malaysia Julylen Liew Gizelle and Germany’s Anja Vanessa Peter.

1. Venezuela, Valeria Vespoli
2. Paraguay, Viviana Florentin
3. Sri Lanka, Ornella Gunesekere
4. Malaysia, Julylen Liew Gizelle
5. Germany, Anja Vanessa Peter
6. Gibraltar, Aisha Ben Yahya
7. South Africa, Talitha Bothma
8. Philippines, Joanna Eden
9. Thailand, Chatchadaporn Kimakorn
10. Indonesia, Intan Aletrino
11. Australia, Silka Kurzak
12. Mexico, Cynthia de la Vega
13. Suriname, Jaleesa Pigot
14. Poland, Ewa Mielnicka
15. Brazil, Cloris Ioanna Junges
16. Canada, Hanna Begovic
17. Panama, Leydis Maybeth Gonzalez
18. Belgium, Amina Serroukh
19. Trinidad & Tobago, Lia Djemila Ross
20. Vietnam, Kha Trang

While I am personally rooting for a back to back win for Paraguay, I would not have a problem with Venezuela winning this time.

Mister Supranational India, Jitesh Thakur

He is one of the most photogenic in his batch and one of the more interesting faces in Mister Supranational… Meet Mister Supranational India, Jitesh Thakur!

Age: 27
Height: 1.83 m/ 6’0″
Hometown: Jaipur
Education/Occupation: Engineer, professional model, actor
Hobbies : Fitness, Martial Arts

In all honesty, I think India will be having another male title this year. Jitesh looks like a real contender for the title.

Miss Universe 2015, Pia Wurtzbach’s Travels (So Far)

So far so good for reigning Miss Universe Pia Wurtzbach as she has traveled to 11 countries into her reign. The German-Filipina beauty has clocked in several miles into her air mileage having extensively shuttled between key cities in the US and the Philippines aside from her other international travels.

Below are the countries that she has visited so far…
1. Indonesia
2. Canada
3. Peru
4. Ecuador
5. Cayman Islands
6. Thailand
7. Panama
8. Philippines
9. Multiple cities in the USA: San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York & Las Vegas
10. United Arab Emirates
11. Singapore

Angelica Alita & Jehza Huelar for Bb Pilipinas 2017?

Will we be seeing Binibining Pilipinas 2016 runners up Angelica Alita and Jehza Huelar in Bb. Pilipinas 2017?

Rumors circulating among pageant insiders is that the two runners up this year will be turning over their titles as reigning beauties for another shot at the nationals next year. Looking at these photos, looks like Angelica has ‘prepared’ more in terms of her looks… gone are the gummy smile that she has been identified with and we see a more mestiza beauty here. Jehza on the other hand could go for the Maricar Balagtas looks where a more dusky countenance would be better suited.

Will we be looking at a 2012 scenario where both runners up (Janine Tugonon and MJ Lastimosa) from the previous year relinquishing their titles for another shot of the title? We will find out later as training & preparations for the nationals will be starting this December and January. Question is whose fate among these two will be that of Janine’s or MJ’s? 

PhotoCollage of the Day: Kian Sumague’s Dapper Pics

 Looking all dapper and devilishly handsome...
Looking all dapper and devilishly handsome…

If there was something I like about Kian Sumague’s face is the fact that he has a masculine face with high cheekbones and strong jawline. This is why he would be a great model for face & beauty products.

Photog: Niño Panagsagan
HaMu: Cheska Fandialan
Styling: Ghune Katigbak
Location: Velvet Stills

Special thanks to Sir Ghune for these pics…

10 Signs that You are Watching an Omega-level Pageant

Yesterday evening I had funny discourse between me and a former colleague in the fashion biz. We were discussing about a controversy about a pageant result which lead to my colleague blurting out a list of signs that a pageant is a ‘minor’ pageant (Omega level pageant if you will). Plus the fact that he is friends with a number of our beauty queens and their horrid and horrible backstage stories would either be a source of laughter, dismay or a full-body cringe.

Now, don’t get me wrong, I like a number of pageants but we have to agree that because of the over abundance of pageant nowadays (they seem to reproduce like rabbits on Viagra), the standards and the expectations are just quite too high from pageant connoisseurs to be called a certain level of quality.
I wouldn’t take credit on this list as it was not mine, but please take no offense as this was made purely as a joke with loads of sarcasm… I was just entertained with the funny one liners in the conversation…
1. Not enough food for the candidates – when candidates bluntly tell that they are starving, hungry or there is not enough food, that’s a sure sign of a low budgeted production. More so when candidates would post later on that they have to buy food on their own because ‘they ran out of breakfast’ at the hotel… Imagine the scenario of starving skinny beauconeras saying “gutoomm na kameeehhh“…
2. No Finals Night Rundown of events/ script – not this is something that the production team should have. Not having this would make the pageant susceptible to errors in announcement of winners. Just think of this, if a highly produced MU pageant managed to have a mistake last year, how much more for those that don’t have a script.
3. When there is only one or two good looking candidate – for an international competition, this would be bad. Guaranteed that standards of beauty may vary but when the pendulum swings on polar opposites in terms of candidate quality then that might not be a good indicator. More so if those two end up only as runners up with a ‘questionable winner’… or as my friend would say “nautusan lang bumili ng patis tapos beauty queen na nung bumalik“.
4. When there are two reps from one country – this I agree on specially if they represent separate regions/ provinces of that country. How would you feel having a Miss North Philippines, Miss Middle Philippines and a Miss South Philippines all in one pageant? As my friend would say ‘the more, the many-er’…or ‘pandagdag tao sa stage‘…
5. No makeup room/ area, not enough makeup artist & hairdressers– now that’s a sign to be alarmed when candidates do their makeup and hair on the bathroom of the hotel or on the floor of the halls. Gives a whole new meaning to the Andrew E song “Banyo Queen“.
6. When you have multiple versions of the pageant name or have different versions of the same pageant – need we explain more? #pageantversionabc #pageantspamore #misstourismpamore #unlipageant #unlibeauconto888
7. No official sponsors – no makeup sponsor, no swimsuit sponsor, no official media partner, no official hotel/ accommodation partner, etc… makes you question where do they get the money to run the pageant? This would specially be fishy as the money would be coming mainly from the pockets of the candidates or the national org sending candidates. “Yung pinagkakakitaan lang kayo…” as my friend would say.
8. When a National Director also serves as a judge on the finals – we know a number of pageants guilty of this… even an Alpha pageant is found guilty of this last year…
9. Last minute change of pageant format – No sash or trophy for special awardees/ runners up and yet these are announced suddenly during the finals. Or when a candidate suddenly makes top 10 or top 5 without prior information that a candidate will make semis/ top 5 if they win a certain special award – this is just obvious people. Rigging as its best, or what Latinos call ‘tramoya’
10. When a part of the stage collapses during the finals night – remember the Kris Aquino joke in the late 90’s? Well you get the picture…
Can you think of more signs to add to this list? LOLs

PS, photo no relation to the blogpost… And thanks JGBeks for making me laugh with this topic…