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Philippine Senate honors Bb Pilipinas Gold queens

The Senate has adopted resolutions commending Bb Pilipinas Gold queens Ariella Arida and Bea Rose Santiago for their victories in their respective international beauty pageants last year. Arida finished 3rd runner-up in Miss Universe 2013 held in Moscow, Russia. Meanwhile, Santiago brought home the Philippines’ 5th Miss International crown after winning in Tokyo, Japan. In…

Mutya Datul, Bea Santiago and Ariella Arida at the Batasang Pambansa. Photo by Llanesca Panti (@llanescawrites)

House of Representatives honors Bb Pilipinas 2013 queens

Miss International 2013 Bea Rose Santiago, Miss Supranational 2013 Mutya Johanna Datul and Miss Universe 2013 third runner-up Ariella Arida were commended by the House of Representatives yesterday for their achievements in their respective pageants. Santiago won for the Philippines its fifth Miss International crown last December, while Datul was the first Asian to bag the Miss Supranational…

Mutya Datul of the PHILIPPINES, Miss Supranational 2013

Miss Supranational 2013 is PHILIPPINES, Mutya Datul!

Mutya Datul of the Philippines was crowned Miss Supranational 2013 in Minsk, Belarus tonight, besting 82 other gorgeous ladies from all over the world. She is the first Filipina and Asian to win the title. Completing the top five are the following: 1st RUNNER UP: Mexico, Jacqueline Morales 2nd RUNNER UP: Turkey, Leyla Köse 3rd RUNNER UP:…

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Beauty Pageant 101: The other beauty pageants

This article was first published on Rappler. THERE are the premier beauty pageants — Miss Universe, Miss World, Miss International and Miss Earth — and there are those that are newer, younger, even considered to be smaller. These “smaller” pageants nonetheless celebrate beauty and unity among nations. They may be less popular, but they also matter. Miss…

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Three Pinays vie for Miss Supranational crown

Yes, not just one but three Filipinas will be competing in this year’s Miss Supranational 2013. Here’s an overview of the new pageant and the girls. Supra-what? Miss Supranational is a five-year old pageant run by the World Beauty Association. True to its name, the pageant aims to transcend borders by uniting the world through beauty.…

Bb Pilipinas Gold: A postmortem

Writer’s note: This article also appeared on Rappler.com. Read here. The golden road to the crown has finally come to an end, with Ariella Arida of Alaminos, Laguna winning the Miss Universe Philippines 2013 title. The 24-year-old Chemistry graduate from UP Los Baños was never considered a front-runner but her victory was not questionable. Going…