Liz, Nelda & Karen: Kagandahang Flores is in a Roll!

First came the 2nd runner up finish of Elizabeth Clenci in Miss Grand International, then came the 1st runner up finish of Nelda Ibe in Miss Globe, and now Miss Earth 2017 Karen Ibasco…

The Kagandahang Flores camp is on a winning streak this year. The oldest pageant camp in country started off with a huge bang at Binibining Pilipinas & Miss Philippines Earth that continued to go on ’til the recently concluded Miss Earth at the MOA Arena. KF Stalwarts Sir Rodgil Fores and Gio Flores must be very proud of their wards’ accomplishments this year. 
Elizabeth started it off to a good start placing 3rd overall in MGI earlier in Vietnam. In all honesty, I thought that she would be the one to win the title with tough competition coming from Peru. Then came the well deserved 2nd place finish of Nelda in Albania, just an inch short of clinching the title that went on to Vietnam. While Karen solidified things at the homefront winning the 4th ME crown for the country. After a solid performance in every segment of the pageant, she romped away easily with the title after smashing it at the final q&a.

Will KF continue its winning streak until Miss Universe this year? Can’t wait to find out!

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Sashes&Scripts’ Favorites for Miss Grand International 2017

Today’s post is going to feature five girls that I have been looking at as possible successor to Ariska Pertiwi of Indonesia. Just like last year, I think that an Asian domination in the top 5 is highly possible. We also have the remaining 7 girls that could comprise of the semi-finalists of the competition.

Edit (10/24/2017, 7:21pm): While I may have written this post during the last weekend, recent events led me to scrap the original artwork banner and just retain the photo-collage. I also have removed the rest of the girls on my list of possible semi-finalists to accommodate a lengthier write up on the ladies in my top 5.   

#5. Malaysia, Sanjeda John – she was always on the periphery of my very short attention span but after the preliminaries, I thought she has just an equal chance of bagging the MGI title. 
#4. Thailand, Premika Pamela Pasinetti​ – I have to say that this lady really delivered during the preliminaries. I wouldn’t be surprised to see her replicating a top 5 finish of her Miss Grand Thailand predecessor. She was perhaps the girl that peaked at the most opportune moment of the competition and I should say that she could definitely steal the spotlight come finals.
#3. Philippines, Elizabeth Clenci – at first I was very confident that Liz has the title in the bag. She has been performing so well in the competition by nailing every segment or event day in and day out. That is until Pinoy fans intensified their bashing of the MGI pageant. How would a pageant org crown a winner from a country that is its main basher, when there are several equally deserving girls in the competition? This I why I have been building Elizabeth on a series of my posts for the title because we finally had a strong chance with her, only to be ruined by overzealous Filipino haters of the pageant. Nevertheless, I pray that this won’t affect her chances of winning the MGI title. Despite all these negativity stacked against her, I pray she wins. It is a ‘Hail Mary Pass‘ as of now but I still believe in Liz, she is equally deserving to be Miss Grand International. 
#2. India, Anukriti Gusain – my darkhorse bet in the competition. India has sent their best girl (in my opinion) to Miss Grand International this year. I might be too ambitious in saying that I see some similarities with Amal Clooney on this girl and I have been watching over her since day 1. If she is able to hold her own until the q&a portion, we might see an Asian back to back win with her. I am almost sure now that she has the highest chance among the Asians to win this year.
#1. Peru, Maria Jose Lora –  I would have to say that she owned the prelims, she totally eclipsed everyone specially after the evening gown presentation. And she moves like a seasoned pro onstage which made her standout even more. 

At this point all I can say is good luck to the ladies and may the best girl win!

The Classy Miss Elizabeth Clenci

Binibining Pilipinas Grand International Elizabeth Clenci is a masterclass of chic and elegance. To call her classy Clenci is an understatement!

Elizabeth’s wardrobe in Miss Grand International is worth blogging about. Working in the fashion industry for a little over a decade now, I can honestly say that this is how a pageant wardrobe should be like. Liz is masterfully nailing every event with her choice of wardrobe. She has been very hands-on in the selection of her dresses and gowns to which she says, “I know what works for my body”. This is translated with very subdued but ultra-chic  styles. She chose silhouettes that complimented her body without overpowering her.

The wardrobe that she brought to Vietnam is truly enviable. Hopefully,  all our Binibini girls has taken a page from her strategy and that is to never an outfit that you cannot master…. and Liz does quite master her outfits with lots of class.

PhotoCollage of the Day: Bb. Pilipinas 2017 Winners for HIV-AIDS Awareness

The fight against HIV is a multi-disciplinary effort rooted in compassion, love, and a genuine desire to help others. The ever changing face of the epidemic demands a dynamism that can only be achieved with different sectors of society working together and the merging of various disciplines. Together, we can stand and make a difference. – The Red Whistle, @theredwhistle

In the spirit of love and acceptance, let us give our unwavering support to all those who are fighting the battle of HIV and those in the frontline of dealing with the crisis brought about by the epidemic. – Maria Angelica de Leon
In our commitment to forming a society free from barrier and stigma, let us encourage each other to take the bold step to make the right choices towards getting tested and finding out one’s HIV status. – Katarina Rodriguez
We shall empower each other to make the right choices – choices made in the spirit of love and acceptance for oneself, radiating towards love and acceptance for others. Empower others to know their HIV status so that more lives will be saved. – Chanel Olive Thomas

We shall tear down barriers and fight discrimination in all its forms and build a culture of acceptance of the diversity of the community. Acceptance will break the stigma of HIV and bring us closer to resolving the ever worsening crisis brought about by the epidemic. – Nelda Ibe
Let us commit our resolve in winning the battle against the HIV epidemic the Philippines is facing. Let us commit our efforts towards mitigating the spread of the epidemic and towards reconstructing the lives of those affected by it. – Elizabeth Clenci

Let us have open minds. Let us listen to each other’s hearts. Let us grow together, as a community, in love. With love, barriers collapse and authenticity is borne, and from here people can work together in synergy and achieve greatness. With love, we can solve the crisis of the HIV epidemic together. – Rachel Peters

Opinion: Elizabeth as Miss Grand International & Paweensuda as Miss Earth?

The Miss Earth and Miss Grand International pageants are having overlapping schedules this year. Not withstanding the steaming rivalry between the two pageants, their finals night will be highly anticipated as to which lady is gonna run home with the titles. At this point, I can say I already have formed several favorites for the Miss Earth and Miss Grand International titles. But for this post let’s focus on just two: Elizabeth Clenci and Paweensuda Drouin.

If Elizabeth Clenci wins the Miss Grand International title (finals on October 26, 2017), this would be a huge win for the Bangkok-based pageant. Filipinos love to rally behind their queens and it would be a great way to reconcile Pinoy pageant fans with MGI. There would be a huge wave of support for Liz as the winner which would benefit the pageant. Elizabeth is nailing the fashion game spot-on and she knows how to command attention without asking for it. Add to that is her ability to win you over with her winsome personality, something that the Vietnamese fans are seeing as of late.
If Paweensuda Drouin Saetan or Fahsai wins Miss Earth? That would be to the delight of Thai fans as Fahsai is perhaps the strongest girl they have sent to ME in ages. No disrespect to the gorgeous Punika Kulsoontornrut, but Fahsai is far more ME winner material. Of course Fahsai’s win could usher more Thai fans for ME, also a win-win for the Manila-based pageant. Fahsai seems to be genuinely sympathetic to the ME cause. Add to her resume, public speaking skills, impressive face and tall stature, she seems to be quite a perfect candidate for the ME title. Miss Earth finals will be on November  4, 2017.

Don’t you think that this scenario could easily play out? That both Fahsai and Liz can be the bridge to bring the ME and MGI fans together? Or that it would benefit the ME & MGI pageants in the long term? 
Your thoughts, dear readers…

Elizabeth Clenci & Jaz Cerezo: Chic, Clean and Classy Style

Elizabeth Clenci surely knows how to make an entrance… wearing a white Jaz Cerezo gown, the Binibining Pilipinas Grand International turned heads with her show stopping style.

That is all thanks to her go-to-designer Jaz Cerezo. I witnessed how Jaz and Liz interact during a meeting where Kagandahang Flores head Sir Rodgil introduced me to Liz. And I have to say that Liz is in great hands under the masterful hands of the designer. Jaz’ lines and design aesthetics are clean, crisp and classy…something that mirror’s Liz’ personal style. Liz never wears anything that overpower her and Jaz’ designs are always flattering without taking too much attention away from the wearer. That is why they are a match made in fashion heaven. 

It is no wonder that Liz will be wearing a number of gowns created by Jaz. We can’t wait if she will be wearing the designer’s gown for the evening gown finals as well. It seems that Liz manages to shine always in Jaz’ creations. Her fierce smize-then-smirk (smile with no teeth) are a deadly combination in Jaz’ chic and understated gowns. It is no wonder that Liz is given the moniker “Classy Clenci”.
Check out below videos from Instagram just to show you how Elizabeth became a showstopper during the Miss Grand International opening event…

 

Elizabeth Clenci is Ready for Miss Grand International!

After the release of these latest photos of Binibining Pilipinas Grand International Elizabeth Clenci by Raymond Saldana, has every pageant fan gawking at her full transformation. The Binibini is now [grand] international, pun intended, competition ready.

These are actually some of her best pics we have seen and there are more photos from her shoot that is yet to be released. I am actually impressed and it makes me think that she could be the next Miss Grand International!
Enjoy these photos!

Here is a BTS video of her shoot…