We can now officially call it the #AuroraPijuanPhenomenon.
When fan-favorite for the Miss Universe Philippines, Kylie Verzosa found herself winning the Binibining Pilipinas International title, a lot of her fans were surprised. Little did we know back then that the powers at be at Bb Pilipinas Org were being strategic in her placement. Back in 1970, this same thing happened with a strong candidate was placed in the same title by the name of Aurora Pijuan. She was poised to be reigning Miss Universe Gloria Diaz’ successor for the Binibining Pilipinas Universe crown but was relegated instead to the Tokyo-based pageant. Urban legend has it that she was placed specifically to that position as no Miss Universe back to back winner has been crowned then (which only happened in 2008 & 2009). This was what happened to Kylie earlier this year. Lo and behold, she has become the Philippines’ 6th Miss International winner.
On a personal note, I was quite happy to see Kylie win as she has been my sentimental favorite for the title. It was noteworthy to see that Indonesia’s Felice Hwang and Nicaragua’s Brianny Chammoro who were also on my “list of 5 faves” ending up as 2nd and 3rd runners up respectively.
Will the Aurora Pijuan phenomenon happen again in the future? We can’t tell unless we win another Miss Universe title and see if the Philippine bet a year later is up to the task.
I was probably one of the few people (maybe the only) who placed Ariska Putri Pertiwi as possible top contender for the Miss Grand International crown… and I guess I was right as she ended up as the main winner.
This 21 year old Red Cross Ambassadress is a student of medicine who wants to be a doctor in the future. Ika, as she is nicknamed, placed 4th in the Puteri Indonesia pageant earlier in the year but was tagged by most pageant fans as one of the strongest winners in her batch alongside Puteri Lingkungan, Felice Hwang. Her win is the first time that Indonesia won an crown in a huge international pageant. She also won best in national costume with her elaborate Royal Singokh costume.
Joining her court were 1st Runner up Nicole Cordoves of the Philippines, 2nd Runner up Supaporn Malisorn of Thailand, 3rd Runner up Madison Anderson Berrios of Puerto Rico and USA’s Micelle Leon completes the list. Interestingly enough, both Puerto Rico and Thailand were in my list of possible winners…
Today is a special day for reigning Miss Earth, Angelia Ong as she is doing a fan meet together with Miss Air Dayanna Grageda. To mark her last few days as the reigning queen, here is an ode to one of the most hardworking ME winners in recent years…
Are you ready to be part of the Mossimo Bikini Summit: “Model Supremacy”?
Well get your butt off the couch and get yourself to the following screenings…
• November 19-20, 2016 – Luzon screening (Dagupan City)
• November 26-27, 2016 – Visayas screening (Cebu)
• November 3-4, 2016 – Mindanao screening (Davao)
• January 14-15, 2017 – NCR screening
• January 21-22, 2017 – NCR screening
Qualifications for joining (Male & Female)
• Aged 18-25 years old
• Open to all nationalities with Filipino blood or ancestry
• Pleasing personality
• High school graduate
• Proportional physique
• 5’6” and above for females
• 5’10” and above for males
• Excellent communication skills
Bring your setcards, model book/ portfolio, and swimwear (preferably Mossimo, of course!) to the screening (exact venues to be posted soon). For inquiries you can contact the Model Supremacy secretariat at the ff:
Mobile numbers: 0915-520-8714 (Bernard) or 0908- 810-8714 (Emir) or 0977-156-1749 (Gio)
It’s going to be a tough job to predict who the Miss International winner might be with the quality of the girls in the competition. So instead I have five names that I believe could be the perfect girl for the Miss International crown…
Indonesia, Felice Hwang – a Singapore-educated lass with a very sweet disposition. Can she be her country’s first Miss International winner? That could be possible.
United Kingdom, Romy Simpkins – there is an unassuming quality in her that I find to be something that the Japanese judges might like.
Philippines, Kylie Verzosa – my sentimental favorite for the crown. I have seen her compete since 2015 and she could do a great job should she become Miss International.
Poland, Magdalena Bienkowska – she is the quitessential doll-like beauty that the Japanese judges seem to favor. Next to Kylie, this girl is my next best bet & this lady has strong chances of taking the title.
Nicaragua, Brianny Chamorro – she is one of the girls that impressed me during the Women’s Forum and I won’t be surprised if she makes a killing come finals night.
While I have my top 5 solidly locked, I have three Major Spoilers for the title:
Mexico, Geraldine Ponce – one the best faces in the batch and it would be a shock not to see her make the cut. She is a darkhorse in the competition that everyone should watch out for.
Vietnam, Pham Ngoc Phuong Linh – yes, you heard me right. This pixie looking lass could easily make it into the top five just like last year.
Venezuela, Jessica Duarte – if she is Osmel’s swan song to this pageant, then she could well be the girl who could make the MI back-to-back win possible. Don’t count her out just yet.
I personally see that the title might all boil down between Indonesia, Poland and the Philippines. It would just be a matter of who the judges might prefer for the Mikimoto crown.
Rumor Mill!!! Well two conflicting rumors actually and they are circulating over the web on the Miss World franchise in Venezuela.
According to El Nacional, Televen will be broadcasting the Nuestra Belleza Venezuela pageant that is reportedly going to select the Venezuelan Rep to Miss World in December. The report reads:
Televen will be responsible for choosing the representative of Venezuela in the Miss World 2016, so it will broadcast the contest Nuestra Belleza Venezuela from this year.
The information was released by entertainment journalist Orlando Suarez in the program Sabado en La Noche , broadcast by Globovision, and to date has not been confirmed or denied by the channel. Nor has there been any statement from the Miss Venezuela Organization, in charge until last to choose the candidate for the Miss World this year.
But another rumor is circling over social media that Miss Venezuela 1st runner up, Diana Croce, was handpicked by the organization to compete in Miss World in Washington. It is said that she is currently preparing for the pageant and is undergoing training.
It is not yet sure whether either these claims are true but we all await in bated breath on who gets to be sent to Miss World. After all an international pageant isn’t complete without a Miss Venezuela.
Anea Garcia, the original winner of Miss Grand International 2015 (replaced after her resignation) posted a message of support for Arna Yr after getting fat-shamed by the pageant’s owner.
Here is her message:
She’s gorgeous, right? From woman to woman, thank you for standing up to a pageant that doesn’t accept,respect, or understand diversity. I’m sure that you’re not alone in what you experienced this year in Las Vegas. Last year, I wasn’t the only one who was called out in front of 70+ contestants for “imperfections,” and try to say that the contestants were asking for advice. This isn’t advice, that is shamelessly embarrassing women who have worked hard to be where they are. I think it’s so important to love yourself for who you are! Arna, you do that & more! You are an example to follow. You are such a beautiful soul that it breaks my heart to hear that anyone would try to bring you down. Unfortunately, there are individuals out there who simply see the world so narrowly but you didn’t let that stop you. Keep on taking on the world! Take care of yourself lovely 💖💖 #missgrandinternational #missgrandiceland #missgrandinternational2016 #missgrandiceland2016
However a number of the pageant’s supporters retaliated and has since then called her a ‘hypocrite’ and a ‘fake person’. Her latest IG post responds to that and has announced to be leaving Instagram after all the negativity.