Eva Patalinjug Keeps the Fight Going!

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.

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Vote for @evapatalinjug for @missgrandinternational 2018! Make sure to cast your vote. … Follow this 3 easy steps: 1. Download the App 'Star Phone' on your phone through Apple store/ Google store 2. Go to the search button and search MGI or type *789 on the dial pad. 3. On the Miss Grand International page, click on the VOTE button and look for Philippines and then click to cast your vote. Make sure to click '1 Vote for free'. (You can also vote as much as you can by voting via 'Vote via credit card/debit card.) Lets not waste time and vote now! Lets be one for the Philippines! … HMUA : Shone Zendon EARRINGS : Christopher E Munar GOWN : Philip Tampus PHOTOGRAPHY : Alain Lababit LOCATION : Lynn Bentsen Fashion And Talent Academy . . . . . . #SashesandScripts #UltimatePageantBlog #PageantBlogger #pageant #EvaPatalinjug #MissGrandInternational #MissGrandPhilippines #MissGrandPhilippines #BbPilipinas #BbPilipinasGrand #KFamilia #KFCebu #KagandahangFlores #MGI #MGI2018 #EVAngels

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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.

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Eva Psychee Patalinjug on Profile

Emerging as one of the top winners in Binibining Pilipinas is no mean feat. More so if you belong in a loaded group like the 2018 batch. Binibining Pilipinas Grand International 2018, Eva Patalinjug captures our attention as being one of the best faces this year and possibly even in recent Bb. Pilipinas batches.

Born Eva Psychee Soroño Patalinjug, this Kagandahang Flores trained beauty hails from Cebu and is a multi-hyphenate. She is a registered nurse, a model, a host, a budding entrepreneur (she has her Psychee Cosmetics line of lipsticks and false eyelashes), a former Sanguniang Kabataan Chair, and a future lawyer. Eva is  now in her second year as a Law student in Cebu’s University of San Carlos, but have plans of moving her studies in either Ateneo de Manila or De La Salle University upon her victory in Bb. Pilipinas 2018.

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The Pageant Destinations of the 2018 Bb. Pilipinas Winners

October will be the start of the international pageant season and would last until around January of next year. We now have the pageant destinations of the Binibining Pilipinas winners in their respective pageants.

Bb. Pilipinas Globe, Michelle Gumabao – Tirana, Albania
* So it seems that the Vietnam hosting of the pageant didn’t push through and it will be held once again in Albania. Michele is going to be the first of her batch to compete with the finals scheduled on October 21st.
Bb. Pilipinas Grand International, Eva Patalinjug – Myanmar
* Yangon, Myanmar is where Eva will be battling it out on the month of October. The pageant is slated to get over 80 delegates from all over the world this year and will culminate on the evening of October 25th.
Bb. Pilipinas Supranational, Jehza Huelar – Krynica-Zdrój, Poland
* Krynica-Zdrój hard as it seem to pronounce but that is where Jehza will be competing for the blue Supranational crown. It will be the 10th anniversary of the pageant which will be celebrated through it’s finals on December 7 (a day ahead of its European pageant rival Miss World).

Bb. Pilipinas Intercontinental, Karen Gallman – Philippines
* The 47th Miss Intercontinental pageant will be held in the Philippines from January 9-26, 2019 with the finals at the MOA Arena on the 26th. She will be the last in her batch to compete for an international title.
Bb. Pilipinas International, Ahtisa Manalo – Tokyo, Japan
* Mark your calendars on November 9th as our very own Ahtisa will be competing for the MI Mikimoto crown at the Tokyo Dome. The 5’9″ Ahtisa would probably enjoy most the Tokyo-based pageant as it will be filled with packed fun-filled schedule to experience the wonders of the Land of the Rising Sun.

Miss Universe Philippines, Catriona Gray – Bangkok, Thailand
* Wouldn’t it be great if the Christmas present we get from Catriona would be the Miss Universe crown? Slated to compete at early morning of December 17th (to match the December 16 evening broadcast over at the US), the 5’10 Aussie-Filipina will aim for the 4th Miss Universe title of the country.

Eva Patalinjug: Divine Goddess in Amir Sali

Today’s #FashionFridays feature is on the showstopper creation of designer Amir Sali worn by Eva Patalinjug. Divine! Simply Divine!

That is how Binibining Pilipinas Grand International Eva Psychee Patalinjug looked during the Marry Me at Marriott show last evening. Wearing a showstopper ‘Traje de Mestiza’ wedding gown, the 5’7″ porcelain skinned mestiza beauty turned heads with her over the top ensemble.

I would say that this is such a delight to witness the splendor of what our Filipino designer could do in term of design. This actually reminds me a a vintage John Galliano for Dior Haute Couture collection, perhaps around circa 1997/98.

Would something in this same style work for her come Miss Grand International? We all know that Thailand and the rest of Southeast Asia take their national costumes seriously, what could she have in-store for us? I’d still think an Aliwan Festival costume would be her best bet, but we may have to see what surprise she has under her sleeve come October!

Red Becomes Eva Patalinjug

Binibining Pilipinas Grand International Eva Patalinjug got our attention several weeks ago with a showstopper red gown. The porcelain skinned Cebuana wore a Jhun Ador  creation at the fundraising event, Arise Mindanao Fashion Show.

What gotten our attention is how the Ferrari red color jumps off on her and compliments her very well. We might just have found her best color for the international competition come October 25th. Red is a bold and strong color that would work best when carried with confidence. Anybody wearing red suddenly emboldens and is twice more sexy and intoxicating. Red is for those who would never second-guess themselves and I see that this perhaps  is the best color for Eva.

If I may add, it would probably help if Eva would wear outfits that put emphasis on the waistline and the neckline. This would really frame her gorgeous face more and would give a stronger impact, style-wise.
Another style strategy I think she could employ is to wear lovely pastel colors prior to the preliminaries and finals so that people around her would get used to see her in clean colors, then follow it up with a strong red evening gown for the prelims and finals for a bigger impact. This strategy of throwing people off  her trail with the bold red would make people take notice her once she does wear red.

2018 Binibining Pilipinas Winners’ Interview with Metro.Style

Can’t get enough of the 2018 Binibining Pilipinas winners? You’re in luck as here are some of their behind the scenes interviews for MetroStyle… plus additional ‘get to know them better’ quips from each of the beauty queens from @Metro.Style!

Bb. Pilipinas Globe,  Michele Gumabao
As one of the most popular Filipino volleybelles, Bb. Pilipinas Globe 2018 Michele Gumabao joined the pageant because she wanted to add another title to follow her name. She shares, “Michele Gumabao —host, celebrity volleyball player, businesswoman. I wanted a beauty queen right in there (laughs). It may sound vain, but I’ve always wanted to be so many things… I wanted to influence others, I wanted to create an impact.” .
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Bb. Pilipinas 2018 Queens Answer What it Means to be a Beauty Queen

The Binibining Pilipinas 2018 is one articulate and smart batch. In their recent Metro.Style feature, the six reigning beauty queens answer one tough question: What does being a beauty queen mean to you?

Miss Universe Philippines 2018 Catriona Gray: “I think a beauty queen is not a queen for herself; being a queen is a role of service… So many people look up to you. You have so much influence that you can really do good, and I feel like I have already proven to myself that with being a beauty queen, you can make a difference, like with the opening of the school I helped fund with Young Focus in Tondo, Manila.”
Bb. Pilipinas International 2018 Ahtisa Manalo: “Ang genuine beauty queen, makikita mo ‘yun sa heart, in the mind, when they want to have change. We, beauty queens, we’re given a platform where we can enact change and call support to our causes. Since we’re always in the limelight, this is a better way to express our thoughts to the public. People these days, they’re so quick to believe everything they see on social media. What they need is a good influence, and us, as beauty queens, we’d like to be influencers in a good way.”

Bb. Pilipinas Supranational 2018 Jehza Huelar: “It’s not always what you see physically. You should always know the person, where she’s coming from. Queen is not only ‘she,’ but everyone who wants to be a beauty queen, even from the opposite sex. Let’s not put a barrier that a beauty queen is only a girl. Let’s not look at the physical attribute but also what’s inside one’s heart and one’s head.”
Bb. Pilipinas Grand International 2018 Eva Patalinjug: “A beauty queen does not only wear her crown with her head but with her heart as well. She is not only beautiful, smart and diverse, she also has to be with substance and she has to have a heart and soul for the people, in order to really make a difference and a mark in this world. I wanna break the stereotype of the beauty queen that’s only glitz and glamour. We know how to give back as well, because God already blessed us with so much.”

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A Retrospective Thought on Eva’s Bb. Pilipinas Q&A

I was just going over some of my Binibining Pilipinas 2018 files over the past weekend when I came up with a screencap of the side by side comparison of Bb. Pilipinas Grand International Eva Patalinjug’s final Q&A answer with that of Nadine Lustre’s caption of the Mega.Ph’s #TheNewPH campaign.

I thought it would be a good topic to put show them side by side.
The role of a beauty queen is to be a voice. I am here to make a message to all of you. In these times of uncertainty and fear that have seemingly taken over in our country, we have remained steadfast as we face all of the challenges. As a united nation, what we should do is to set aside out political differences, forget our academic and social preferences, and love and loyalty for our country to rise above all…” – Eva Patalinjug
In these times when fear and uncertainty have seemingly taken over, as a united nation, we remained steadfast and unfazed in the midst of challenges. I believe what we need as one nation now is Unity. As we celebrate our country’s independence, let us march forward towards the future, in the hopes of building a better nation, #TheNewPH” – Nadine Lustre on Mega Magazine Independence Day Campaign

As you can see, Eva borrowed only one line which doesn’t constitute plagiarism and added meatier lines to her answer. The so-called plagiarism being thrown by non-scholars and non-media practitioners are nothing more than just futile attacks because she won. Had she not been crowned, I don’t think she would have received the same attention.
I have written my piece on this quite sometime ago. Yet I still feel the need to educate people who do not know the limits and scope of what is a plagiarized material. All that fuss over a single borrowed line amounts to nothing more but the wind howling for the mountain to bow down… Much ado about nothing.

National Costume Wish-List for Eva Patalinjug

If I were given the opportunity to create a concept art for a national costume to be worn by Eva Patalinjug for Miss Grand International, I would gladly accept the chance.

I actually have a couple of ideas for her national costume that I feel would be great for her pageant in Myanmar come October 25th.
1. Sinulog Festival Costume – of course this should be an option as Eva comes from Cebu. The Sinulog festival queen outfit would be so perfect for her mestiza beauty and will tie-up perfectly with her hometown of Cebu. I would love to make the concept art in a grandiose and extravagant manner, something that the MGI pageant seems to favor.

2. Boxer Codex Pintados Costume – one of the oldest documents in existence regarding the pintados of Visayas is the Boxer Codex that illustrated the ornate tattoos and the rich gold heritage of pre-Hispanic Philippines. The difference here is I would make it with a little more color to make it festive.
The national costume for Eva should be something that represents her and her background. I hope that Eva would be given a great wardrobe for her competition. I believe that she can actually be the first Filipina Miss Grand International winner…

Binibining Pilipinas 2018 Review Pt. 2 – The Winners & Placements

This is part two of the four-part Binibining Pilipinas 2018 review . And today we will be talking about the 8 winners and their respective placements. In terms of predictions, I got 2 out of the 6 crowns correctly with Eva and Catriona..and 21 out of the 25 semi-finalists. Not bad considering this batch was a very competitive one!

I would say that I am a bit skeptic at first with some of the placements of this batch. After a very solid 2017 batch of strong communicators, two of the girls that had strong q&a were relegated only to runners up. But looking at how the girls with crowns are placed with their respective international competitions, I see that this was a strategic move.

Bb. Pilipinas Globe,  Michelle Gumabao – I guess my assessment on my crown-contender series was correct, she did end up with the Miss Globe title! She follows the same pattern as Nelda Ibe (pilot beauty queen vis-a-vis sportswoman turned beauty queen). I think she is a strong contender for the Miss Globe title.
Bb. Pilipinas Intercontinental, Karen Gallman – another case where my crown contender assessment was correct! Karen may have not been able to communicate fluidly her point during the finals but she was able to get her message across. I have a feeling that she would continue our placement streak at Miss Intercontinental.

Bb. Pilipinas Supranational, Jehza Huelar – third times a charm! Finally Jehza has been crowned! She may have had a rocky start but she did finish with a bang! Her good bone structure on her small frame would be very appreciated in the Polish pageant.
Bb. Pilipinas Grand International, Eva Patalinjug – she was my MGI bet on the final Sashes&Scripts leaderboard and she ended up landing that title! The Thai-based pageant will surely love this mestiza looking Cebuana specially with Eva being a multi-hyphenate (beauty queen- registered nurse- law student).

Bb. Pilipinas International, Ahtisa Manalo – the youngest among the winners this year and she has to cast a bigger shadow than her predecessor. And it would be easy for this doll-like beauty. All she needs to do is to behave well and find a formula that would gel well with what the Japanese pageant is looking for.
Miss Universe Philippines, Catriona Gray – she is the girl that was MUP in both my crown-contender assessment and in my final leaderboard. Was there ever a doubt that she would win this title? Nada, at least for me. She was the girl to beat from day 1 and she never wavered in her lead.

I still would have wanted those who did well at the Q&A grab some crowns had there been more franchises but in totality I think this is a solid batch of queens. I would even say that the Philippines has a handful of international crown-worthy queens in this group, can’t wait to see them in action for their respective competitions abroad…