Former Bb Pilipinas candidate Krischelle Halili won the Miss Manila 2014 crown at the finals held June 25th at the Philippine International Convention Center. The 24-year-old medicine student from the University of Santo Tomas bested 49 other candidates to win the top plum.
Before entering med school, Halili finished nursing at the Centro Escolar University in Manila. She joined Bb Pilipinas last March but failed to make it as a Top 15 finalist. Two other Bb Pilipinas alumna made it to the Top 5 – Julian Aurine Flores and Angelia Ong.
Completing the top 5 are:
1st runner-up: 18 Princess Angela Abella
2nd runner-up: 9 Angelia Gabrena Ong
3rd runner-up: 6 Kayesha Clauden Chua
4th runner-up: 7 Julian Aurine Flores
The Top 15 finalists are:
5 Samantha Page Haire
6 Kayesha Clauden Chua
7 Julian Aurine Flores
9 Angelia Gabrena Ong
14 Mharyel Tapia
16 Susanne Stefanowitz
17 Bernadette Paez
18 Princess Angela Abella
19 Alyssa Jasoreno
22 Shyrmain Macasio
25 Krischelle Halili
27 Michelle Abcedre
28 Arielle Tumanut
29 Cheska Laurente
30 Sheila Mae Morales
The panel of judges included Miss International 2013 1st runner-up Nathalie den Dekker, actress Gretchen Barretto, fashion designer Francis Libiran, lensman Raymund Isaac, senator Tito Sotto and Miss Universe 1969 Gloria Diaz among others. Actors Edu Manzano and Derek Ramsey shared the hosting duties together with the reigning Miss International Bea Rose Santiago.
Miss Manila 2014 search, which forms part of the celebration of this year’s Araw ng Maynila, is a joint project between Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada and Viva Group of Companies honcho Vic del Rosario.
It felt just like the coronation night of 2012 – only the Bb Pilipinas – Universe crown had not been awarded, and Lastimosa was standing beside her fellow runner-up of the previous year when the host announced, “Binibini 18 Janine Mari Tugonon!” It was a heart-breaking moment for Lastimosa.
Lastimosa must have recalled that moment, on the coronation night on March 30, just after Bea Rose Santiago crowned Mary Anne Guidotti her successor as Bb Pilipinas – International.
This was Lastimosa’s third and last attempt at going for a Bb Pilipinas crown. It was all or nothing for her.
When she was finally crowned Bb Pilipinas – Universe, her dreams came true.
Unexpected, but well-deserved
Many pageant observers didn’t see it coming that Lastimosa would be crowned Miss Universe Philippines 2014 on Sunday night. While she was among the most cheered on candidates, many thought the battle would be between last year’s first runner-up Pia Wurtzbach, Cebuana beauty Kris Tiffany Janson, and Bicolana Yvethe Marie Santiago. But the Binibini third-timer proved there’s no limit to what one can achieve.
Compared to her two previous attempts, Lastimosa looked more relaxed this year. It was obvious she was enjoying every moment, but her competitive spirit never waned. She showed off a healthy, toned body during the swimsuit competition. She was sassy and sexy, and look how she played with the fan – it was the best performance that night. Then, she sashayed with elegance in her fuchsia sweetheart evening gown. Her wide smile, good styling and fluid walk truly made her stand out.
Winning the Best in Swimsuit award was a good sign that Lastimosa would go home with a crown. But it was the Q&A portion that must have sealed the deal for her.
The crowd cheered when Miss Universe 2013 Gabriela Isler asked her what the greatest advantage of being a woman is. She replied: “The greatest advantage of being a woman is being able to compose herself. Just like here, we’re standing in front of thousands of people, not knowing if they’re going to cheer for us or boo us. But we try to compose ourselves. We keep the emotions and show the beauty that is in us and tonight, thousands of people are standing here, celebrating the beauty of women.”
It was a heartfelt response. Lastimosa didn’t let pressure take over. She was every inch a queen.
Chances at Miss Universe Lastimosa has big shoes to fill following the Philippines’ four consecutive runner-up finishes at Miss Universe. But one thing’s for sure: if she was able to beat the odds in Bb Pilipinas, it’s not impossible for her to take home the coveted Miss Universe crown. Lastimosa is already polished, but she still needs to undergo rigid training to maintain that pageant-ready figure, improve her communication skills and personality, among many other things, in order to package her as a Miss Universe candidate.
But her greatest advantage is that she already got training from two of the best pageant camps in the country. She was formerly under Jonas Gaffud’s Aces & Queens who was behind former Miss Universe Philippines titleholders Venus Raj, Shamcey Supsup, Janine Tugonon and Ariella Arida. She is now with Kagandahang Flores, the team behind Miss International winners Precious Lara Quigaman and Bea Rose Santiago.
Other queens Joining Lastimosa as the new torch-bearers of the Philippines in international pageants are Mary Anne Bianca Guidotti (Bb Pilipinas-International), Kris Tiffany Janson (Bb Pilipinas-Intercontinental), Yvethe Marie Santiago (Bb Pilipinas-Supranational) and Parul Shah (Bb Pilipinas-Tourism). Finishing as first and second runners-up are Laura Lehmann and Hannah Ruth Sison, respectively.
Guidotti and Santiago will be facing a big challenge this year: to score back-to-back wins for the country in the Miss International and Miss Supranational pageants.
Bb Pilipinas International 2014: Mary Anne Bianca Guidotti Meanwhile, Guidotti’s win came as a surprise to me. While she was able to bag the Best in Long Gown award for her stellar performance and elegance, I thought her answer could’ve been meatier. She was asked about using the crown to push for her advocacy should she win, and she said she would “use [the] crown to influence people to adopt their own advocacies.”
Despite this, there’s no denying Guidotti is classy. Also she speaks well which is one of the qualities of Miss International winners. The Philippines seems to have mastered the art of placing in this Japan-based pageant. Winning the title is a long shot for now, but I’m confident Guidotti can give us our 7th consecutive placement.
Bb Pilipinas Supranational 2014: Yvethe Marie Santiago The Big Dome went wild each time Santiago hit the stage. She had lots of supporters at the venue, and she was also deserving of the accolades. At one point, I really thought she was going to win the top title, especially after giving a good answer when she was asked about the inherent quality that makes Filipinas stand out in beauty pageants: ” I believe that the quality that every Filipina has that makes her stand out in a beauty pageant is confidence. We feel confident in our own skin and that makes us feel very beautiful.”
Santiago was at top of her game and was really among the best performers of the night. With her presentation skills, I’m confident she could keep the streak going for the Philippines in Miss Supranational.
Bb Pilipinas Intercontinental 2014: Kris Tiffany Janson
Janson was touted as the girl to beat prior to the coronation night, but her star lost its luster during the pageant. While she has one of the most beautiful faces, her performance in the first two rounds was underwhelming. However, she made up for it in the Q&A. She makes history as the first recipient of this title, but the biggest challenge for Janson is to bring home the country’s first Miss Intercontinental crown.
Bb Pilipinas Tourism 2014: Parul Shah
Shah’s overall look was perfect – the curly hair parted to one side, plus the shimmering gown. She was glowing and her presence was really commanding. She almost untied her bikini during the swimsuit round, but she still gave a solid performance. Her placement was solidified by her heartfelt response to the question given to her. Shah will surely give her co-candidates a good fight in Miss Tourism Queen International.
Surprises, upsets The two runners-up, Lehmann and Sison, were the biggest surprises of the night. Laura was breezing through the competition, until the Q&A. She raised many eyebrows when she answered Amsterdam as the city that best describes her personality.
Hannah, meanwhile, made a big comeback after failing to make the cut the previous year. She gave one of the best and most diplomatic answers. “If I were to fall in love outside of my religion, I would. Because for me it’s not about what you are, you should not condemn any person because of their religion. Love is what you need to get into a relationship and that’s why I would marry someone or I would fall in love with someone who is not even part of my religion.”
Rounding up the Top 15 were Julian Aurine Flores, Joanna Angelica Romero, Pia Wurtzbach, Emma Mary Tiglao, Zahara Mae Soriano, Mae Liezel Ramos, Kenneth Santiago, Nichole Marie Manalo.
The inclusion of underdogs Joanna Angelica Romero and Zahara Mae Soriano came as a surprise. The performances of the two were totally forgettable. Add to that that Soriano had to ask the question again during the Q&A. Many pageant fans, myself included, though Kimverlyn Suiza, Angelique Celine De Leon and Diana Arevalo were far more deserving to be in the Top 15.
The biggest disappointments of the night were the exclusion of Arevalo in the Top 15 and Wurtzbach failing to get a crown. This was Arevalo’s third try in the pageant. After placing in 2009 and 2011, she was expected to still make as finalist this year. Her face was stunning and her swimsuit performance was solid, but the black evening gown must have cost her the placement. She lost her spark and her performance was dry.
Wurtzbach was breezing through the competition, but choosing to answer in the native tongue was a risk when judge Sen Sonny Angara asked her in Filipino. To be fair, she gave a good answer and the production should have given her time to translate it in English given that there were foreigners in the panel of judges. She has been very vocal about wanting to win the Miss Universe Philippines crown, but should not lose hope. She should take inspiration from Lastimosa.
The technical side From the stage to the camera angles and the performances, the production made a huge improvement this year. The size of the stage was just right and was completely utilized. The swimsuit competition was very engaging and those fans, hats and masks gave it all a festive feel.
The decision not to have singers during the long gown competition was also a welcome move. While they could’ve chosen a better background music, the segment was regal and didn’t seem rushed.
The production numbers were good. The opening number was engaging and did a good job at setting the mood for the evening. Emin’s performance of “Amor” also made it seem like we were watching the Miss Universe final look segment.
Anne Curtis was a joy to watch, but the highlight of the night was when she sang Heart’s “Alone” during the break, when the judges were deliberating the results. Xian Lim improved compared to his first Bb Pilipinas hosting stint in 2012. The three former titleholders Raj, Supsup and Tugonon also did well as side hosts. And let me just say they wore stunning gowns that night!
This year’s winners will try to keep the winning streak going for the Philippines in their respective international pageants. The pressure is always there, but with proper training and the drive to win, nothing is impossible.
A BUZZ of excitement filled the Araneta Center grounds in Cubao, Quezon City on the afternoon of March 22 as the much-awaited 2014 Binibining Pilipinas Grand Parade of Beauties took place.
Beauties on parade
Beaming with positivity, the 40 candidates wore eye-catching headdresses and neon green bikinis as they paraded atop giant floats inspired by Philippine festivals. Divided into three groups, they all tirelessly waved to the excited crowd amid the scorching heat of the sun.
The candidates were joined in the parade by the reigning queens Ariella Arida (Miss Universe 2013 3rd runner-up), Bea Rose Santiago (Miss International 2013), Joanna Cindy Miranda (Bb Pilipinas-Tourism 2013) and Mutya Johanna Datul (Miss Supranational 2013), who also wore their best smiles.
The parade ended in front of Smart Araneta Coliseum’s green gate, where the girls introduced themselves one by one.
The parade is one of the final major events before the coronation night. The candidates rocked the Big Dome early this month for the annual Fashion Show and National Costume Competition. They also had a string of sponsors visits. They also spent a day with the children of the Gawad Kalinga Escopa. Meanwhile, the pageant primer, The Road to the Crown, will be aired on ABS-CBN’s Sunday’s Best tomorrow night.
The grand coronation night will happen on March 30, and will be hosted by Anne Curtis, Xian Lim, Venus Raj, and Shamcey Supsup.
Who stood out?
The parade is one big event where the candidates get scrutinized by the public. It is but natural and expected that these girls will prepare hard for this — from the make-up to their tanning lotions to how they would wave and smile to crowd.
As the crowed cheered, the festive drum beats echoed throughout the Araneta Center, here are the girls who caught my eye.
Julian Aurine Flores. She was the first girl to go out of Balay and I must say, this girl is glowing.
Parul Shah. This morena beauty’s winsome smile is hard to ignore. Plus that gorgeous body!
Hannah Mariz Dela Guerra. She may not have the best body, but her smile radiated so much energy. Mapapangiti ka pag nakita mo siya.
Emma Mary Tiglao. The oriental beauty never lost her beautiful smile, and those nice dimples. A real stunner!
Mary Jean Lastimosa. The crowd favorite and it’s easy to say why. She is beautiful. She has a bangin’ body. She has a winsome smile. She is charismatic.
Hannah Ruth Sison. While most of the girls chose to curl their hairs, Hannah opted to wear it straight. And it worked to her advantage. Plus she was very bubbly on the float.
Pia Wurtzbach. I seldom call someone a super-beauty, but Pia is an exception. She’s one of the prettiest in the batch, no doubt! She was one of the crowd-favorites. But I wasn’t able to utter a single word for a few seconds when I finally saw her face-to-face after the parade. Pretty, stunning, sophisticated.
Diana Arevalo. I might sound bias here because she’s one of my favorites, but I’m sure everyone who saw the parade can say that Diana has one of the best faces in the competition. I also got the chance to talk for a few minutes to her after the parade, and I must say she is really determined to win a crown this year.
Angelique De Leon. Just like the rest, she was smiling all throughout the parade, but she really has this magnetic vibe in her. One can’t help staring at her.
Yvethe Marie Santiago. Some may call her “layogenic” (someone who looks pretty from afar), but you just can’t deny this girl is a head-turner. Also one of the most cheered girls.
Finally, the Bb Pilipinas Gold queens. They are all beautiful and deserving of their victories.
That’s all for now. I’m just thankful to Pawee Ventura for the opportunity to cover this event for Missosology. Hope you all were entertained by my updates on the Missosology Philippines Facebook page.
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 her Instagram account, Arida thanked the Senate for the recognization, adding that it is “the best gift ever.”
Last month, the Bb Pilipinas Gold queens were also commended by the House of Representatives yesterday for their achievements in their respective pageants. Arida was also cited for providing “hope and inspiration to the Filipino amidst a time of tragedy.” She competed in Miss Universe a day after the country was hit by Super Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan).
Good job, Bb Pilipinas Gold batch! Thank you for bringing honor to the country. 🙂
Clad in colorful swimsuits, the 40 official candidates of Binibining Pilipinas 2014 were formally presented to the members of the press, sponsors and other guests this afternoon, February 19 in the plush Sofitel Philippine Plaza.
The girls showed off their best form in the hopes of being catapulted as favorites and frontrunners in what could be the toughest edition of Binibini yet. This year’s roster of candidates is composed of repeaters including former runners-up, models, students and professionals all vying for the chance to wear the Philippine sash in the international pageant arena.
Former titlists Venus Raj (Miss Universe 2010 4th runner-up), Shamcey Supsup (Miss Universe 2011 3rd runner-up), Precious Lara Quigaman (Miss International 2005), Ariella Arida (Miss Universe 2013 3rd runner-up), Joanna Cindy Miranda (Bb Pilipinas Tourism 2013) and Mutya Johanna Datul (Miss Supranational 2013) graced the event.
Coronation night is on March 30. Reigning Miss Universe Gabriela Isler of Venezuela will assist in crowning the new winner.
In a press statement, the Bb Pilipinas Charities Inc said: “Gabriela will also be coming to the country to help the ongoing relief and rebuild efforts in the provinces devastated by Typhoon Yolanda through the Miss Universe Fund.” Isler will be joined by Miss Universe Organization president Paula Shugart.
Last year’s Bb Pilipinas winners is considered as the most successful after all four titleholders placed in their respective international pageants. Bea Rose Santiago was crowned Miss International 2013 in Japan while Mutya Johanna Datul became the first Asian Miss Supranationa after winning the pageant in Belarus. Ariella Arida finished third runner-up in Miss Universe pageant held in Moscow, Russia while Cindy Miranda made it in the Top 10 of Miss Tourism Queen International in China.
Gaffud said that training is equally as important as “beauty of face” for beauty pageant aspirants. “He said candidates need to start training at least six months before a competition. This included studying the pageant’s cause, learning how to walk on stage, knowing how to do hair and make-up, exercising to tone the physique and practicing how to answer questions, he said.”
The news item also featured Sandra Seifert, Miss Philippines Earth 2009 and Miss Earth-Air 2009, who said that pageant mentors don’t get paid for training the girls. Seifert trained with Kagandahang Flores, the beauty camp behind the successes of Miss Earth 2008 Karla Henry, and Miss International 2005 Precious Lara Quigaman and Miss International 2013 Bea Rose Santiago.
“They don’t expect us to pay for anything, which I just find really amazing…because these pageant aficionados have full-time jobs, but they really dedicate so much of themselves to helping us develop and train,” she was quoted as saying.
In the first place, the BCPI should not have accepted incomplete requirements. The deadline for submission has been extended (from Dec 30 to Jan 15) so that must’ve been long enough for the girls to complete their documents. Second, the BPCI should have also scrutinized the applications first before starting with the screenings.
But as pageant fans, we have no other choice but to wait for that “final” final screening and the announcement of the official candidates. After all, it is better to have a slow but sure process, instead of disqualifying (or worse, dethroning) a girl for any problems with her documents.
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 crown last September.
Arida was cited for providing “hope and inspiration to the Filipino amidst a time of tragedy.” She competed in Miss Universe a day after the country was hit by Super Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan).
Kagandahang Flores, the group behind the recently crowned Miss International Bea Rose Santiago ang Miss Tourism International Angeli Dione Gomez, is leaving no stones unturned for this year’s Bb Pilipinas season.
Some of the rumoured girls from this camp are Bb Pilipinas repeaters Parul Shah and Hannah Ruth Sison, and former Miss Cebu winner Kris Tiffany Janson. Will this camp finally capture the Miss Universe Philippines crown?