The End of Philippine Supremacy in Miss Universe?

After a long 10-year run of continuous placements in the Miss Universe pageant, should Filipino pageant fans be worried that our luck might be thinning out?

In just 10 years the Philippines has scored 2 Miss Universe titles, 4 runner-up wins and 4 semifinalist placements. As the proverbial saying goes “what goes up, must come down”.  Has the Philippines used up its pageant luck in the last decade? What does this mean for our coming pageant queens and MU reps? That is exactly what we are going to be talking about in today’s blogpost.

Change is constant and nothing is permanent. The Philippines has enjoyed a renaissance in pageantry in the last decade winning one title after the other from different international pageants: Miss Universe, Miss Earth, Miss International, Miss Supranational, Miss World, etc… To think that this will not change anytime soon is naivety. As we know, there is a changing landscape in the Miss Universe pageant that we are seeing reshaping what it means to win the title. Let’s enumerate the changes we are seeing so far in the pageant that could affect how the Philippines’ chances are affected.

  1. Focus on Speaking Ability – with the pronouncement that the Miss Universe is looking for a spokesperson, everyone has to calibrate how they are selecting a national winner. This was quite clear in the latest edition of the pageant. No less than 5 instances where a semifinalist has to speak during the finals. This implies that a candidate has to have a strong command of the English language to be noticed in the competition. Fluency in English is now a strong requirement to be able to win the title.
  2. More Business-like/ Financially-driven MUOrg – this is so far one of the stark changes we’ve seen in the pageant over the last three years. Older franchises are dropped in favor of new pageant orgs that can offer higher franchise fees. This means that newer organizations are more aggressive to prove their merit. Anyone who can bring in more money to the organization is potentially given a positive spotlight. Does it have a bearing on the pageant scoring? Definitely not. But any positive spotlight can be worked to an advantage if the org and the pageant girl know how to play the game.
  3. Opening of Other Pageant Markets in Asia – after the MU pageant held in Bangkok in 2018, the MU found another cash cow country in terms of business opportunity and expansion. Vietnam is also opening in terms of opportunities for hosting. Both countries could offer other business opportunities such as endorsements and sponsorships. Even Indonesia’s annual hiring of the MU winner for an energy drink brings in revenue to the pageant. The Philippines has been able to bring in a Filipino swimsuit and skincare sponsor in the 2019 edition of the pageant. And with Nepal aiming to hold the Miss Universe 2022 edition, the field is getting more and more populated…
  4. Philippines’ Winning Record Creating “Crown Envy” – the Philippines has to be the winning-est country in the last 10 years of the Miss Universe pageant. That too glossy a record has definitely attracted a bevy of haters and envy fans questioning is the MUOrg is favoring the Philippines too much? In the interest of fairness, any pageant organization would start to diminish the chances of winning for that particular country just to preserve the delicate status quo.

With all of these factors in mind, a Filipina’s chances of winning the MU title has increased in terms of difficulty. No less than a tall, facially strong, physically proportioned and fit, advocacy-driven, impeccably dressed, determined and articulate Filipina has to be selected to represent the country in Miss Universe. In short, a Filipina rep has to cover all of these bases to be able to say her placement is warranted and earned – and perhaps for her not to be denied a spot in the semis.

The change in the direction of the wind means that a sailor has to adjust his sails. That is exactly what the Philippines have to do. How long do you think can the Philippines sustain winning in Miss Universe if we don’t recalibrate to the whims and wants of the organization? With how the country has performed in the past decade, the changing of the tides to favor new emerging markets could spell that the Philippines being the apple of the MU eye is over. Thailand, Vietnam, Puerto Rico, Colombia and other pageant crazy countries are emerging to take over. If we are to maintain our supremacy in the competition, then the Philippines have to be one step ahead of the competition.

Best Miss Universe Philippines 2020 Headshots

All 51 headshots are in!

The headshot photos of the 51 candidates of the Miss Universe Philippines are a huge improvement from the gown portraits.  Shot by photographer Dookie Ducay, these new images had the candidates set up in a neutral gray background which resulted with better images than those shot with a gold backgdrop. And these 10 are our picks of the best headshot photos.

1. Michele Gumabao
2. Pauline Amelinckx
3. Alaiza Malinao
4.  Rabiya Mateo
5. Skelly Ivy Florida
6. Isabela Galeria
7. Christine Nicole Silvernale
8. Christelle Abello
9. Jo-Ann Flores
10. Sandra Lemonon

Undeniably, Michele stole best photo in this batch. I do however, needed to point out that her image stood out as well for having a stronger color contrast as compared to all the photos. Her pic also reminded us of Miss Universe Catriona Gray’s pic, which probably also contributed to it being a good photo overall. Pauline did well although she looked a bit washed out (too pale) in her picture. Alaiza comes in 3rd although she could have been easily our #2 pick with her very modern looking headshot, no fuss, just straightforward beauty. Rabiya and Skelly completes our top 5 fave headshots and we do have to commend Skelly for going full on smile on her pic as it made it look like a Dove commercial. Rabiya would have looked better had her tan looked more prominent. Isabela have a great 3/4 shot here with her strong jawline and high cheekbones.

Which of the 51 headshots is your favorite? Let us know on the comment below…

Dark Horses of the Miss Universe Philippines Pageant

Despite what seem to be slim pickings in the Miss Universe Philippines pageant, there are a handful of ladies that pageant fans have to watch out for.
While it seems that majority of the fans are gravitating to two of the most popular girls in the competition this year, there are a handful of ladies that are poised to bring in good competition for the crown. These six ladies could comprise the group that could be considered as the next set of possible contenders for the Miss Universe Philippines title.

Ysabella Ysmael – this petite stunner is perhaps one of the most ‘alta sociedad’ among the girls in the competition. A ballet dancer, this niece of former Miss Universe Margie Moran, speaks with much intelligence and substance.

Rabiya Mateo – a physical therapy graduate and a PT review teacher, the Ilongga beauty is a definite darkhorse in the pageant. She is passionate about education and she’ll do well in the competition should she carefully plan her moves in the entire pageant.

Skelly Ivy Florida – she looks great on photos and has a slight resemblance with former Miss Universe Gloria Diaz. Her dark complexion is to die for and she’s the proverbial black Barbie that would stand out in a sea of mestiza beauties.

Pauline Amelinckx – a former Mutya ng Pilipinas and Miss Bohol winner, this Filipina-Belgian looker is one of the prettiest faces in the competition. Watch out for this one because we feel that if she doesn’t make it in the MUP pageant, she has a bright future in other national pageants.

Isabela Galeria – the girl that wowed us in last year’s Binibining Pilipinas pageant with her red-orange mark Bumgarner gown. Her comeback is a welcome move in adding excitement in the MUP pageant. She is arguably on of the high profile gals in the contest that could really spell trouble come finals.

Sandra Lemonon – everybody loves a comeback story and Sandra has that. After a booboo in the BBP finals q&a in 2018, Sandra went back to the drawing board and build a gameplan for MUP. We’ll be on the lookout on what she has in-store this time around.

These ladies may not be on top of the charts right now but they can over turn that in the coming weeks. Their best weapon in the competition?
There are no pressures for them to win and that weight off their shoulders will surely come in handy when the stakes get high. If they are able to keep a calm demeanor throughout the competition, they’d be able to snatch a very welcome surprise victory!

Miss Universe Philippines 2020: Between Michele and Alaiza

It seems that the Miss Universe Philippines title may look like a battle between two Binibining Pilipinas alums after all.
During the MUP press presentation of candidates, two ladies stood taller  above the rest of the competition: Michele Gumabao and Alaiza Flor Malinao.

MICHELE GUMABAO
A volleyball player, TV personality and former Binibining Pilipinas Globe, Michele has one of the best faces in the batch. Her Filipino-American features are exquisite to begin with, and she is quite tall as well standing close to 5’10”. Her communication skills are good enough to battle it out in the international arena. She carries a conversation quite well and that comes in handy in a pageant that values a spokesperson over a physically beautiful specimen.
With all that, she does have some weak areas she needs to improve on. First is her walk that needs finesse and polish. Poise and stature is one of the things that most beauty queens have to train on until it becomes a muscle memory.
She also has to work on being more charismatic and that her personality should translate even in photographs. She does have a very cheer-y personality though but that should translate well enough that it becomes her trademark. This is the part where she can use a strong point to cover for a weak area.
One of the easiest critique pageant pundits have is on her body. Being a volleyball player, Michele’s body/ bone structure is wider than most. Even if she becomes very thin, its her bone structure that makes her look wide. We just have to accept that and for Michele to just be on her best physical shape. Instead she has to learn to make curves with her body type.
Take for instance Gul Panag of India in Miss Universe 1999. She was quite heavy set but she made sure she nailed the Q&A and posed to created curves with what she have. Michele has to learn how to do that too.

ALAIZA FLOR MALINAO
Alaiza is the embodiment of physical perfection in a kayumangging kaligatan beauty.
She is the undoubtedly the best overall girl among this batch. She is tall at 5’9″, she has the curves and a very whistle-bait body, her facial bone structure is to die for and most importantly, she can carry an interesting conversation with you. She also is a clothes-horse that can make any outfit look good without really trying. So style-wise she is easy to dress up and package to suit what the Miss Universe organization is looking for. It does help that she moves very gracefully and with panache being a model for the most part of her career.
One of Alaiza’s best asset is that she is funny and has an easy-going personality. She can win you over with her personality because she is very grounded as a person.
But that doesn’t mean that she doesn’t have areas that she needs to work on. Alaiza being the easy-going gal she is has this aura that you cannot take seriously when in comes to serious topics. And that is one of the areas she needs to work on. People should take her seriously when she speaks.
Let us clarify, Alaiza has no problem with her speaking skills because she is a good conversationalist. She however has to speak with authority when talking about things that she is passionate about, like her advocacy on agriculture and farmers’ welfare. She needs to be convincing and taken seriously if she is to become a spokesperson of the Miss Universe org.

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Binibining Pilipinas or Miss Universe Philippines? We are likely to believe that Alaiza Malinao is gearing up for MUP2020! MU looking for a woman of color? It's time that we send a dusky Pinay beauty then. @alaizamalinao fits the bill 100%. From how we see it, this 5'9" beauty is gearing up to something this national pageant season. Among the ladies floating in wish-lists, Alaiza seems to be the one who actually has no strings attached (like existing contracts and such) and is actually winnable in terms of Miss Universe criteria. Now who's with us for Alaiza? . . . . . #SashesandScripts #PageantBlogger #UltimatePageantBlog #PageantBlog #PageantBlogger #AlaizaMalinao #confidentlybeautiful #MissUniversePhilippines #missuniversephilippines2020 #MUP2020

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Our pageant instincts are shouting that it will be a death match between these two for the title.
But their biggest competition is still themselves and how to conquer their perceived weaknesses. Who among these two ladies can beat their weak areas might be the one to romp away with the Miss Unvierse Philippines title.

Binibining Pilipinas VS Miss Universe Philippines 2020

So it can be said, it will not only be candidates that will battle it out this national pageant season, but national pageants themselves.
The Binibining Pilipinas pageant has revealed their partial schedule of activities several days ago while we wait for updates from the Miss Universe Philippines the reveal of their candidates and schedule of their events.

Posting through their official social media accounts, the BPCI made public their schedule of pageant events leading to the finals on the 26 of April at the Araneta Coliseum. A week later the Miss Universe Philippines will be having its coronation night at the MOA Arena in Pasay reportedly on May 3rd. And get this, both pageants are said to be aired on the Kapamilya Network, ABS-CBN.
With their final dates so close in proximity, their schedules are bound to overlap. One of those are the coming Talent Night show of BPCI and the Press Presentation of the MUP candidates both on February 14th. And we expect that this won’t be the first and last time that their pageant schedules would conflict with each other. Continue reading “Binibining Pilipinas VS Miss Universe Philippines 2020”

Kelsey Merritt, the Reason in the Change of the MUP Deadline of Application?

Kelsey Merritt is  one of the several names floated to join the Miss Universe Philippines pageant. But is she the reason why the MUP deadline of application last January 18th was moved to January 31st?

Several days ago, the Sports Illustrated and Victoria’s Secret model posted her photos in Japan on her Instagram account. And if her return was the reason for the delay then that is a delay pageant fans would be willing to accept. Kelsey is one of the country’s most sought after models and she can easily bring a huge boost to the Miss Universe Philippines brand in the country. If she joins, it would be almost as if the runner up position is the one being fought for by the rest of the candidates.
With Kelsey, the game is already won even before it started. And Lu Sierra perfectly would capture that in her yearly statement to MU candidates: “I am Miss Universe, people just don’t know it yet. All the other girls, they’re just here to give me time to change.
If she does indeed submits her application, I could say I’m on board with that. IMHO she would be doing the MUP brand/ image a great deal of good than it would do to her career. In fact Kelsey doesn’t need a national title to add to her resume, but if she wants one the pageant she would be joining in would benefit greatly with her participation.
Do you think Kelsey Merritt is going to be the anointed one if she joins MUP?

Sashes&Scripts’ Miss Universe Philippines Wishlist

Who are the girls we are highly anticipating to join Miss Universe Philippines this year?

  1. Alaiza Malinao – she’s the one who seemed to have planned her joining a year in advance. She probably took a page from Catriona Gray’s strategy to map out her participation with a year long preparation.

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    Binibining Pilipinas or Miss Universe Philippines? We are likely to believe that Alaiza Malinao is gearing up for MUP2020! MU looking for a woman of color? It's time that we send a dusky Pinay beauty then. @alaizamalinao fits the bill 100%. From how we see it, this 5'9" beauty is gearing up to something this national pageant season. Among the ladies floating in wish-lists, Alaiza seems to be the one who actually has no strings attached (like existing contracts and such) and is actually winnable in terms of Miss Universe criteria. Now who's with us for Alaiza? . . . . . #SashesandScripts #PageantBlogger #UltimatePageantBlog #PageantBlog #PageantBlogger #AlaizaMalinao #confidentlybeautiful #MissUniversePhilippines #missuniversephilippines2020 #MUP2020

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  2. Ahtisa Manalo – to be honest, we hoped that she would earn more ‘life experiences’ before dipping her toes again in pageantry. But if she is gunning for MUP this year, we are more than happy to see her compete once again.
  3. Sirene Sutton – while she might be one of the modelesque girls that we all are looking to join, Sirene should have focused on honing her communication skills as it seems that the MU is looking for a spokesperson rather than a model. IMHO she would be perfect for Supranational whose mix of showmanship and pageantry is just the right blend. However, we are speculating that she would perhaps choose to join MUP instead.
  4. Julia Saubier – she is surely the one to jump into the MUP bandwagon after a non-placement in Binibining Pilipinas last year. And maybe this time with an emphasis on speaking skills, she may crack the MUP crown. If Miss Universe is looking for a spokesperson, then Julia might be the type of girl that the pageant might want.

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  5. Bella Ysmael – a relatively new name and face to pageants, this 5’7 ballerina comes with a beauty queen pedigree. She is the niece of former Miss Universe Margie Moran. A former runner up in Century Tuna Superbods, she boasts of a Filipina-Spanish-Lebanese heritage.

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    2019 – the year of strength and growth. This year I’ve learned, mostly because I went through a lot right in the beginning of it, how to pick myself up and nurture myself with genuine self-love. I took myself for granted and pushed beyond limits for the people I considered important. Not that this is a bad thing, because my intentions were always from the heart, but it grew unhealthy as I neglected self-care. Thankfully, I have the strongest support group of loved ones who care about me and help me when I’m down. I’m happy to say I’ve added a few more people to that support group too. ☺️ Tough times are truly the best wake up calls, and failures are truly the best teachers. I’m looking back at my 2019 with nothing but gratitude for all the lessons I’ve learned, and for the people who have made it extra special. Now I look forward to the booming 2020 I have ahead of me, ready to take on my dreams as big as the Universe. I hope I can inspire you to be thankful for the lessons you learned this year, and to be brave enough to conquer your biggest (and scariest) dreams. Happy New Year, everyone! ✨ . . . photo: @markfrancisphotography makeup: @guillyvalenzuela

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So far those are the ladies that we expect to join Miss Universe Philippines this year. Who are in your wish list?

An Independent Candidate Most Likely to Win Miss Universe Philippines?

With the Miss Universe Philippines being handled by a new franchise holder and national director, what would the most likely scenario be? Will a girl from any of the biggest pageant camps win? Or should an independent girl be crowned?

There are only three possible scenarios that could happen in the coming Miss Universe Philippines pageant: 1) a Kagandahang Flores girl would win, 2) a Ace & Queens girl would win, or 3) a girl from a newbie camp or an independent would win. Here are our thoughts on each scenario…

  1. A Kagandahang Flores Girl Wins – in as much as we believe in the KF camp, our guts says that the MUP might not be coming from them this year. From how we see it, the odds are against them this year specially with the new group handling the franchise swinging towards the opposite end of the pageant spectrum. It is most likely that a runner-up position is the best that this new org will be giving to the oldest pageant camp in the country. Much like a token so that they will keep fielding girls to join this new pageant. Which means that the people in the KF camp have to re-calibrate their strategies to tailor-fit it with the ‘requirements’ of the new org. Personally, it is perhaps best that they take this coming year as a testing ground to study what the new org is looking for an MUP.
    But then again, that is only our hunch. We may be proven wrong should the actual finals be on the way. In fact, this just might be the kind of push that KF needs to re-tool their game-plans.
  2. A Girl from a Lesser Known Camp/ Independent Girl Wins – if the new organization wants to make a good first impression to pageant fans, the camps and aspiring pageant girls, then having the first winner be an independent would be the way to go. Having an independent candidate would give them the appearance that they are a fair organization just like how BPCI have handled the MUP franchise back when they handled it. This second scenario has a bigger chance of playing out than the first.
  3. An Aces & Queens Girl Wins – to be honest we see this as a most possible scenario. With most of the leadership comprising of people affiliated with the A&Q camp, this scenario is what people are expecting from the new MUP organization. And why not? The former camp where the leadership came are likely to know what the new organization is looking for and that becomes their advantage. There is however a danger when an org is camp-centric. The quality of girls will suffer because there is no real competition. This is a lesson we’ve all been too familiar with the Miss World Philippines pageant.

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    #Repost @themissuniverseph • • • • • • Announcement: The Miss Universe Organization expresses its heartfelt gratitude to the Araneta Group and Binibining Pilipinas Charities, Inc. for their more than 50 years of stewardship of the Miss Universe brand and franchise in the Philippines. Both organizations have made an indelible mark in the international pageant scene for celebrating the intelligence, beauty and grace of hundreds of Filipina queens, and for garnering several international titles through the years. Undeniably, the most prestigious of these titles continues to be the coveted Miss Universe Philippines. The foundation and fundamentals of Philippine Pageantry are known worldwide to be solid and shall endure all because of the hard work and commitment of the Araneta Group and BPCI. Today is a momentous occasion as the country and the Miss Universe Organization focus their collective gaze towards the future of pageantry. It is but fitting that the path to the future be led with vigor and a vision aligned with the transformative purpose of Miss Universe. The Miss Universe Organization is thrilled to announce its partnership with the Miss Universe Philippines Organization – a fresh team that will lead the country towards its continued quest to share the beauty and grace of the Filipina to the rest of the world. The new organization will be headed by Shamcey Supsup as the National Director. She will be joined by Albert Andrada as the Design Council Head, Jonas Gaffud as the Creative Director, Lia Ramos as Head of Women Empowerment Committee and Charity, Atty. Nad Bronce as Head of Legal Affairs, and Mario Garcia as Business Development/ Marketing Head. Rooted in the same strong foundations that have earned the country title after title in the past half century, the Miss Universe Philippines Organization is poised to bring the Miss Universe franchise to greater heights. More importantly, it is the continued support of the pageant fans and community that inspires the Miss Universe Organization to take this crucial step forward. With the Filipina at the center of it all, a bright and beautiful future lies ahead. Mabuhay!

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The first MUP winner under the new organization is going to be very crucial as it would set the tone for the years to come. So the new Miss Universe organization will have to be very careful in selecting their first winner…

The Philippines’ Longest Streak in Miss Universe

2010-2019 has been the longest streak of the Philippines in terms of placements in Miss Universe. Will the new decade be just as kind with a new organization handling the Miss Universe Philippines franchise?

It started off with 4 successive runner up placements with Venus, Shamcey, Janine and Ariella. Then came the Miss Universe wins of Pia and Catriona which later culminated with the top 20 placement of Gazini alongside the award for Best in National Costume.  This is partly due to the support that the girls have received from the Binibining Pilipinas organization headed by Madame Stella Marquez-Araneta. 10 consecutive years of placements that is only seconded by the 4 successive placements of the Binibining Pilipinas Universe winners of 1972-75. SMA surely stands tall with how her ward has made the country proud.

2010 – Venus Raj, 4th runner up
2011 – Shamcey Supsup, 3rd runner up
2012 – Janine Tugonon, 1st runner up
2013 – Ariella Arida, 3rd runner up
2014 – Mary Jean Lastimosa, Top 10
2015 – Pia Wurtzbach, Miss Universe
2016 – Maxine Medina, Top 6
2017 – Rachel Peters, Top 10
2018 – Catriona Gray,  Miss Universe
2019 – Gazini Ganados, Top 20 & Best in National Costume

Here’s to 10 years of more Miss Universe placements!

Miss Universe Philippines: A Bb. Pilipinas All-Stars Version?

A new organization will be handling the Miss Universe Philippines franchise. This year would be their inaugural year of the pageant. And much like anything new, everyone is either flocking to it or a bit apprehensive of it. These are’s our thoughts.

For those who were past winners in Binibining Pilipinas or Miss Philippines Earth or even Miss World Philippines, will they be brave again to try? The idea that the MUP pageant will be a some sort of a Binibining Pilipinas All-Star has its own upsides and downsides. The upside is, it will be good for the fans. Former favorites would definitely be the ones to have the lion’s share of the media attention. The downside to that is will these past winners be willing to gamble their past winnings for one single shot at only one crown? Unlike BBP, MUP is most likely to only have one title. And winning that title will be slim… and if you are at a certain borderline pageant age, it might not be a good thing to end your pageant career on a loosing note. Real talk, pageant girls need to be reminded that pageant fans will remember the latest loss rather than the earlier victory, and this is a painful truth about pageantry. Continue reading “Miss Universe Philippines: A Bb. Pilipinas All-Stars Version?”

Joining BBP or MUP: Pros and Cons

The Binibining Pilipinas and the Miss Universe Philippines pageants have posted their respective deadlines for submission and they both are this January. First to post their dates is the Miss Universe Philippines pageant whose posted deadline is on January 18th. Application deadline for Binibining Pilipinas is on the end of the month, January 31st.

With those date it means that participating ladies would have to make up their minds and submit their applications before the deadline passes.  But for those still in the fence, today’s blogpost might be of help make that decision.
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4 National Pageants: Who Wins, Who Losses?

Binibining Pilipinas, Miss Earth Philippines, Miss World Philippines and now Miss Universe Philippines. With four national pageants this 2020, who is bound to lose much?

The year 2020 will mark the first year that there will be four national competitions that will select the best and brightest ladies for the 4 biggest international pageants. While some may welcome this development with open arms and embrace the changes, there may be a downside to having 4 different national pageants. Today we will be discussing about that. What would be the negative side effects of having too much of a good thing…

Binibining Pilipinas – despite the MUP franchise no longer in their stable of crowns, BBP is still considered the most prestigious pageant in the country. All thanks to years of brand equity. It remains to have a good name in pageant because of the history that no other pageant can level up to. Honestly, I see that they will suffer a little setback on the number of girls competing for the title. But I don’t think that it will matter in the long term. Until it is no longer able to come up with deserving winners, I don’t see the pageant dying or fading away. What it can now do is to level up the Miss Supranational title with the Miss International title. The Philippines has the most number of Miss International title and it is time that we get to celebrate that in ways we haven’t done in previous years. The Miss Supranational title on the otherhand is said to have a very lucrative cash prize that goes along the very ‘glossy’ pageant finals. This is the time to really elevate this title by sending a facially gorgeous girl with impressive pasarela skills to the Polish-based pageant.

Miss Earth Philippines – IMHO, I think the MEP pageant should be a stand-alone pageant. It has its own pageant niche and a dedicated pageant following. The pageant is as much about its message rather than just a pageant. So having a separate pageant will put emphasis on a very urgent global issue. In fact If Carousel production is able to level the entire finals night production to MU/ MW/ MS levels, it can possibly be the top pageant in a worldwide scale. So I don’t see it being merged into another pageant as the pageant’s eco-advocacy will not glue well to other pageants, unless they adapt environmental causes into their own. Leaving it alone to thrive on its own is possibly the best we can do for the MEP for the time being.

Miss Universe Philippines – of course the draw of the MUP title will bring forth a strong initial number of candidates. Of course the chance to be Miss Universe is every pageant girl’s dream, that alone will bring in candidates flocking into the pageant. It has great promise and people have high expectations. But the question is will it be enough to sustain it in the years to come? The worry here is that with the people behind the organization coming from a single predominant camp might make other girls question to join in the future. If this is going to be another MWP in the making, where no independent or girls from other pageant camps winning the main title, then expect that there will be a decline in the number and quality of candidates joining the pageant.

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#Repost @themissuniverseph • • • • • • Announcement: The Miss Universe Organization expresses its heartfelt gratitude to the Araneta Group and Binibining Pilipinas Charities, Inc. for their more than 50 years of stewardship of the Miss Universe brand and franchise in the Philippines. Both organizations have made an indelible mark in the international pageant scene for celebrating the intelligence, beauty and grace of hundreds of Filipina queens, and for garnering several international titles through the years. Undeniably, the most prestigious of these titles continues to be the coveted Miss Universe Philippines. The foundation and fundamentals of Philippine Pageantry are known worldwide to be solid and shall endure all because of the hard work and commitment of the Araneta Group and BPCI. Today is a momentous occasion as the country and the Miss Universe Organization focus their collective gaze towards the future of pageantry. It is but fitting that the path to the future be led with vigor and a vision aligned with the transformative purpose of Miss Universe. The Miss Universe Organization is thrilled to announce its partnership with the Miss Universe Philippines Organization – a fresh team that will lead the country towards its continued quest to share the beauty and grace of the Filipina to the rest of the world. The new organization will be headed by Shamcey Supsup as the National Director. She will be joined by Albert Andrada as the Design Council Head, Jonas Gaffud as the Creative Director, Lia Ramos as Head of Women Empowerment Committee and Charity, Atty. Nad Bronce as Head of Legal Affairs, and Mario Garcia as Business Development/ Marketing Head. Rooted in the same strong foundations that have earned the country title after title in the past half century, the Miss Universe Philippines Organization is poised to bring the Miss Universe franchise to greater heights. More importantly, it is the continued support of the pageant fans and community that inspires the Miss Universe Organization to take this crucial step forward. With the Filipina at the center of it all, a bright and beautiful future lies ahead. Mabuhay!

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Miss World Philippines – REAL TALK, this is the pageant that is most likely to suffer among all 4 national pageants. The number of quality girls joining the pageant has dwindled so much that it had to lower height requirements so that pretty girls on the shorter side will be able to join. With another national pageant in the horizon, it surely will eat into the number of girls joining MWP. Unless the pageant produces another winner in 3-5 years, I honestly don’t see the national pageant surviving. Philippine pageant fans are not so keen in supporting the pageant anymore. And the international pageant’s brand equity in the Philippines has suffered all time lows in the past several years. So the MWP should really hustle harder because the clock is ticking against them.

The Transfer of the Miss Universe Philippines Franchise

The news of the transfer of the Miss Universe Philippines franchise may have come as a shock to regular Filipinos outside of pageantry. But for pageant fans, this was no longer a surprise…

But what does it mean to have the franchise moved to the Miss Universe Philippines organization under the FrontRow/ LCS/ MUPh group? These are some of our thoughts and speculations…

TRANSFER OF FRANCHISE NOT A SURPRISE
Even as early as December of 2018, the talks that the Miss Universe Philippines franchise has been moved to a different organization became the talk of the town. Those rumors were put to a stop when Catriona Gray won Miss Universe, as it is stipulated in the franchise agreement that whosoever produces a MU win retains the franchise for another year. So it is safe to say that Gazini Ganados is the last Miss Universe Philippines/ Binibining Pilipinas Universe winner from the Binibining Pilipinas Charities, Inc.

GAZINI AGANDOS’ TURNOVER OF HER TITLE
Does that mean though that Gazini won’t be having her final walk in Binibini? We suspect that she will be given that opportunity to have her final walk under BBP. After all she is still a product of the BBP pageant. However we won’t be sure if she will be given the chance to crown her Miss Universe Philippines successor in the new pageant. It would be nice if she does so but until there is actual word on it, we can only speculate.

SEPARATE PAGEANT WITH DIFFERENT REQUIREMENTS
Every pageant organization is unique in its own. No two organizations are exactly alike. So expect that the MUP will be run a little differently as we are used to. With a young organization, expect that the first year will be a trials and testing of sorts. There will be growing pains and that is expected.
But there are also good things to expect from this development. We are expecting that with a new franchise owner, they would be able to find a “Miss Universe” potential winner. Fans would expect that after a 10 year placement, the next Filipina rep would be able to bear the brunt of the expectations from fans.
The MUOrg is looking for a different kind of winner nowadays so we expect that the next MUP will be able to tick off every box of being absolutely stunning and commercial, well informed and well read in the social issues of the times, articulate, warm and genuine, and is an advocate for a certain cause personal to her.

CONFLICTING PAGEANT DATES WITH BB. PILIPINAS & MISS PHILIPPINES EARTH
This is a given specially with dates of screenings have been named. Deadline for application for MUPh is on January 18 and final screenings on January 25th. Application for Miss Philippines Earth is also open although the deadline hasn’t been officially named. As of this writing, no mention on the dates for Binibining Pilipinas has yet been announced.
With that being said, candidates will have the lion’s share of which pageant they would want to join in. So pageant organizations would have to step up their games to be able to compete at a level playing field to get these girls to join in their respective competitions.

2020 is going to be an exciting year for pageantry. And we hope that the new decade will open up with major crowns for the country…

A Soaring Wardrobe for Miss Universe Philippines Gazini Ganados

Miss Universe Philippines Gazini Ganados will perhaps become the most fashionable Filipina rep to the Miss Universe pageant in years! Not convinced? Just look at her wardrobes so far…

The Kagandahang Flores trained beauty is working with not one, not two but four styling teams for her Miss Universe wardrobe. Thanks to Binibining Pilipinas, the Miss Universe Philippines org and a bevy of other people helping her, she will by far be the only Filipina rep to do so. And from what we are privy to her pageant wardrobe, we can assure you that it will soar like the Philippine Eagle.
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Philippines’ Longest Placement Streak in Miss Universe

The years 2010 to 2018 brought the longest unbroken placement streak of the Philippines in the Miss Universe pageant. It has brought to the country 2 Miss Universe wins, 4 runner up placements, two top 10 semifinalists and 1 top 6 placer. These years has been called another Golden Age of Philippine Pageantry.

Following a long placement drought of 2000-2009, it was a huge victory for the Philippines to make it again in the semifinals of Miss Universe pageant in 2010 with Venus Raj. Since her 4th runner up placement, the country has moved from strength to strength as it clinches one placement after another in one of the oldest beauty pageants in the world, universe rather.
While we already have written something about this topic in January of 2018, we haven’t tried to answer this question: what makes the Philippine reps successful in the Miss Universe pageant? These are our thoughts…

  1. Diversity of Beauty – if you are to look at the Filipina reps from 2010 to present you would see the different faces of Filipina beauty. We have a great mix of pure Pinay ladies with their lovely morena, chinita and mestiza features. And we also have a good mix of Pinay halfies with theirCaucasian looks mixed with Filipino features. You cannot say one is a copycat of the other in terms of beauty. Each of these ladies have something unique about her that differentiates her from her predecessor and successor.
  2. Training and Preparations – this is one of the country’s best weapons. The training system here is much more than just the physical training to refine our reps. Training here goes beyond skin-deep. Yes, there is that requisite pasarela, hair and makeup and interview mentoring. But training here goes beyond that with our reps having an active hand on what they want to learn. It is that clear, razor-sharp focus that elevates their training to a different level. And the ability of the Filipina queens to absorb lessons like a sponge is another factor.

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    Reposting this collage as a reminder of the Philippines' longest placement streak in Miss Universe and the diversity of the differerent faces of Pinay beauty. This decade has produced two Miss Universe winners, 4 runners up, a top 6 placement and a couple of top 10 semi-finalists so far. The country ranks fourth overall with the most number of Miss Universe wins and ranks 2nd with the most number of titles in the four most prestigious international beauty competitions with a total of 15 titles! This year Miss Universe Philippines Gazini Ganados will face the heavy back-to-back challenge. Should she manage to win, she will push the Philippines up the 3rd spot with the most MU wins! . . . . . . #SashesandScripts #PageantBlogger #UltimatePageantBlog #PageantBlog #PageantBlogger #pageant #pageantry #VenusRaj #ShamceySupsup #JanineTugonon #AriellaArida #MJLastimosa #PiaWurtzbach #MaxineMedina #RachelPeters #CatrionaGray #GaziniGanados #BbPilipinas #BinibiningPilipinas #MissUniversePhilippines #BeyondBeauty #MissUniverse #MissUniverso #missusa #mexicanauniversal #puteriindonesia #missvenezuela #senoritacolombia #misssouthafrica

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  3. The Filipino Fanbase – let’s face it, having that Philippine sash commands a huge advantage in terms of support from fans. The Philippines is one of the biggest pageant fanbase of the Miss Universe pageant. No matter where the pageant is held, you can be sure that a portion of Filipinos will travel there just to catch a glimpse of our rep and to support her in her journey. For Filipinos, our reps’ victories are victories of the country. They are one and the same, so Pinoy fans are loyal in that way.
  4. Individual Drive – this is perhaps the biggest factor why Filipina beauties keep on scoring one placement after another. Nobody could question the drive and the motivation these Pinay queens have in terms of their goal to win. This is the part that nobody can teach anyone. It is the part that differentiates Filipinas from its contemporaries. This is not a spectator sport for our reps, this is life and the realization that the Philippine sash comes with honor and responsibility of representing 100+ million Filipinos.