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4 ‘chosen’ beauties end up in winners’ circle

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WINNERS ALL. “Our” bets clinch major titles—and then some. RICHARD A. REYES

Last Sunday, March 30’s Binibining Pilipinas finals took all of three hours to glamorously, languorously unfold, but in our view, its outcome was pretty much a foregone conclusion. Here’s why: During the tilt’s first hour, we jotted down the numbers of the few contestants who made a particularly strong impression on us—4, 25, 27 and 35—and kept an eye out for them throughout the show, hoping that they would continue to do well in the swimsuit and evening gown showcases.

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Crossover beauties pursue dreams via Bb. Pilipinas

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The Binibining Pilipinas title is so appealing that even winners from rival pageants are crossing over to try their luck.

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Beauties face great pressure to excel

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THIS year’s Bb. Pilipinas candidates on a recent visit to PDI. Photo by KIMBERLY DELA CRUZ

Forty aspirants face the challenge of replicating, if not surpassing, the Philippines’ impressive performance in international beauty pageants last year.

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Teen tilt registration deadline tomorrow

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MENTORS (from left) Ruffa Gutierrez, Laureen Uy, Bianca Valerio and Jasmine Curtis-Smith.

After a six-year hiatus, the premier pageant for Filipino teenagers stages a comeback, assembling an elite team of mentors to guide the aspirants and eventual teen queen.

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PH’s Medina third runner-up in Miss Intercontinental

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From Koreen Medina’s Facebook Fan Page

Koreen Medina was announced Miss Intercontinental third runner-up Saturday night in Germany.

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‘Miss Earth’ widens reach to US, Latin America

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(From left) Miss Photogenic third placer and Miss FitFlop Angelee Claudett delos Reyes of the Philippines, Miss Photogenic Sobhita Dhulipala of India, Miss Photogenic second placer Ashely Yip Qian of Macau, Best in Swimsuit third placer Alyz Henrich of Venezuela, Best in Swimsuit Anatasia Sukh of Ukraine and Best in Swimsit second placer Prscilla Martins of Brazil.

The Miss Earth pageant is going places. For the first time in its 12-year history, the Philippine-based international competition will be seen live in select Latin American countries, as well as in some parts of the United States.

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Lightning doesn’t strike thrice

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ARIDA. The only non-Latina in the Top Five. GRIG C. MONTEGRANDE

The recent telecast of the 2013 Miss Universe finals was an instructive lesson in the perils of collective self-confidence, and even smugness run riot. “Everyone” was saying that this would be the year for the Philippines’ bet to romp off with the global crown, like our bets in the Supranational and Miss World tilts had [...]

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Man behind Ariella’s smile

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ERVIC Vijandre and Ariella Arida. “I’m very proud of her,” he says.

Ariella Arida’s swimsuit and evening gown in the Miss Universe pageant were “sponsored,” but her winning smile was courtesy of her inspiration, cager-actor Ervic Vijandre.

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Spunk, positive attitude fuel Ariella’s bid for Miss Universe crown

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ARIDA, third from left, was the only Asian in this Mercedes Benz shoot. COURTESY OF MISS UNIVERSE ORGANIZATION

Before 2013 Miss Universe Philippines Ariella Arida left for Moscow on her quest for the coveted Miss Universe crown, her “sisters” at Binibining Pilipinas Charities Inc. (BPCI) cited her positivity and calm spirit.

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Shamcey Supsup, bride in waiting

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BEAUTY queen shows off her collection which she only started after winning in Binibing Pilipinas. AUGUST DELACRUZ/INQUIRER

On meeting Shamcey Supsup—the woman who made famous the “tsunami” walk—in person, you would be struck by how delicate she is, contrary to the perception that she is a feisty and fiery beauty queen.

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Memo to Megan

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CORY Quirino (left) says Megan Young’s homecoming parade is on Friday.RICHARD A. REYES

Upon assuming her throne, the Philippines’ Megan Lynne Young promised to be the “best Miss World ever.”

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Aiming for 3 wins in a row

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“I hope the luck of our queens will [rub off on] you. Surprise them; do as well as they did.”   This was the send-off message of Stella Marquez-Araneta, chair of the Binibining Pilipinas Charities Inc. (BPCI), to Joanna Cindy Miranda, the country’s representative to the Miss Tourism Queen International pageant to be held tomorrow [...]

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