Janela Joy Cuaton for Miss Tourism Metropolitan International

Despite being crowned last year, it’s not too late for Mutya ng Pilipinas winner Janela Joy Cuaton to compete internationally. The lady from Doha, Qatar is now all set to compete for the Miss Tourism Metropolitan International this coming November 18th in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

Earlier she created a commotion among pageant fans when Sash Factor released her Philippine Eagle inspired national costume. The costume is to be made by Celso Collado Dahil, a fashion designer based in Doha.

Supposedly, Janela was to compete at the Miss Tourism International 2015/2016 in Vietnam, but the pageant did not push through. Notable winners of the Miss Tourism Metropolitan International include Gleniffer Perido and Monica Radulovic of Australia.



Mister Universal Ambassador – Sashes&Scripts Leaderboard 1

Here is the first Sashes&Scripts leaderboard of the Mister Universal Ambassador in Bali, Indonesia. These are the candidates that created an early buzz on social media for either their photo-releases, charity work and fan buzz…

1. Spain – Christian Perez Llorente
2. Serbia – Aleksa Gavrilovic
3. Netherlands – Cas Winters
4. Brazil – Marcello Pilotti

5. Dominican Republic – Alejandro Martinez
6. Philippines – Andrea Biondo
7. Australia – Rede Carney
8. Puerto Rico – Eric Manuel Gonzalez

9. Indonesia – Eka Hendra Wijaya
10. Panama – Davis Arguelles
11. Malaysia – Jason Ganesan
12. Bosnia Herzegovina – Sinan Subara
Did your fave/s make it to the first tally? Who will be on the next list?

Brenda Jimenez Officially IN, Kristhielee Caride OUT

Puerto Rican beauty queen Kristhielee Caride loses her $3 million court case against the Miss Puerto Rico organization headed by Desiree Lowry.

Earlier this month, a court ruling by Supreme Court Judge Eduardo Rebollo dismissed the lawsuit by the dethroned beauty queen for violating the terms of her contract as Miss Universe – Puerto Rico. It can be remembered that the beauty queen was rude to a newspaper interview that lead to her dethronement. It was also revealed that she failed to appear on a television guesting citing traffic and refused to use a designated salon provider by the MU-PR org, all of which are violations of her contract.

With this news, her first runner up, Brenda Jimenez can breathe easy as she is the official candidate of her country to the Miss Universe pageant to be held post-annually in Manila. Brenda, who stands at 5’10”, is taking a double degree on Psychology and Biology. She has been training for the international competition since Kristhielee has been stripped of her title.

Felice Hwang in Leo Almodal

My first impression when she came in my atelier was; she’s a nice cute girl, tall, doll like, beautiful and I thought that she’s naive, fragile, innocent and doesn’t know anything about modeling but when she step up and hit that stage.. You know what happened next?!? She SLAYED!!! KILLED IT!!! That the rest of the team dropped their jaws and that includes me! She was stunning, graceful and perfect in every angle! An Asian super model in the making!
– Leo Almodal

Those were the words of designer Leo Almodal on Puteri Indonesia Lingkungan/ Miss Indonesia International Felice Hwang. And he is right to say so as Felice has shown a very fierce and captivating side of her in the latest photos released by the designer over his social media accounts.
Below is a bonus video of the behind-the-scenes of the shoot…

Rumor has it that according to the Indonesian pageant page, Sahabat Pageants, Felice is undergoing pageant training with the Kagandahang Flores camp. The KF beauty camp has produced two of the 5 Miss International winners from the Philippines. This only goes to show that when it comes to pageant training, the Philippines is the best in Asia!

Miss Earth 2015 at the Singapore F1 Grand Prix

Last Sunday, I had the chance to have chatted up reigning Miss Earth Angelia Ong. The raven-haired beauty was a VIP guest at the Singapore F1 Grand Prix!

The Ilongga beauty was had a blast in Singapore and this could be seen in her photos on the pit and racetracks. FYI, not everyone is allowed to take photos there, you really have to be a VIP guest to even go down to the where the racers are. Her Singapore trip marks Angelia’s 8th country visited. She even told me that she would have loved to meet up with me in Jakarta if she had the time… how sweet is that?

For those that asked, her India trip has been delayed indefinitely so we just have to wait and see on that. She also told me that since her South Africa trip was postponed, the ME-SA org promised her that they will be inviting her even after her reign is over. And guess what? Angelia still has a pending travel back to New York. Now that spells out how she is loved by many.

We can’t wait for more good things to happen for this beauty.

When a Group Shot becomes a Beauty Battle at MWP2016

This is what happens when a group shot suddenly becomes a beauty battle…

After the Press Presentation of the candidates of the Miss World Philippines held a couple of weeks ago, the girls from Aces & Queens suddenly became the center of attention after Sash Factor photographer Andy Cayna asked the girls to line up for a group shot. The girls suddenly went into full on glam despite wearing casual jeans and polos from Folded & Hung. These shots became reminiscent of the Bininbining Pilipinas Jag Jeans group shots.

The girls were (from left to right): Catriona Gray,  Vinie Camille Dy Quiangco, Arienne Calingo, Alyanna Cagandahan, Lauren Asuncion and Sandra Lemonon.

Who do you think won this round?

Miss Venezuela 2016 Futuristic Glamshots

Check out these futuristic glamshot of the 24 ladies competing for the 4 titles at Miss Venezuela 2016.

Amazonas – Anjuly Claret De Gouveia Rodríguez, 24, 5’11 1/2″
Anzoátegui – Melanie Gerber Jung, 19, 5’9 1/2″
Apure – Fernanda Konacri Zabián Rodríguez, 19, 5’7 1/2″
Aragua – María Lucibeth Bencomo Gudiño, 23, 5’9 3/4″
Barinas – Jelaning Betania Fargas González, 19, 5’9 1/2″
Bolívar – Melanie Alexandra Bermúdez Rivas, 21, 5’10”

Carabobo – Frinddy Stefanya Bocaranda Juge, 19, 5’9 3/4″
Cojedes – Sarahim Sariht Dávila Hernández, 24, 5’9″
Delta Amacuro – Ysabel Cristina Cedeño Terán, 24, 5’9 1/2″
Distrito Capital – Yanett Díaz Dib, 18, 5’11”
Falcón – Tulia Rosa María Alemán Ferrer, 23, 5’9 1/2″
Guarico – María Victoria D’Ambrosio Díaz, 20, 6’0″

Lara – Hielimar Elizabeth Sargó de Marchi, 23, 5’11”
Miranda – Rosangélica Piscitelli Ferreri, 22, 5’11”
Mérida – María Fernanda Paredes Sánchez, 21, 5’11 1/2″
Monagas – Keysi Mairin Sayago Arrechedera, 22, 5’11”
Nueva Esparta – Diana Macarena Victoria Croce, 19, 5’9 3/4″
Portuguesa – Viviana Valente Rueda, 22, 5’9 3/4″

Sucre – Victoria González González, 21, 5’11”
Táchira – Betania Rojas Rincón, 22, 5’9 3/4″
Trujillo – Mariana Palazzo López, 19, 5’10”
Vargas – Paola Antonella Massaro Escalona, 24, 5’10”
Yaracuy – Reneta Carolina Bello Lacal, 20, 5’10”
Zulia – Raymar Lisett Valbuena Cardozo, 20, 5’10”