Miss Universe 2015 | Fearless Predictions

MISS UNIVERSE is a title wanted and dreamed of by many girls across the globe, but won by so few. This year, 80 ladies from all walks of life gathered in Las Vegas, Nevada in USA for the chance to be among those very few who will experience that life-changing moment of becoming Miss Universe.

There have been clear front-runners from the start and have cemented their crown-contender status during the preliminary competition. Some ladies have also come out of their cocoons and are ready to fight for their spot. So at this point in time, it is still anybody’s ball game.

But before Paulina Vega passes on the DIC crown to her successor, here are 15 girls who, in my humble opinion, are the likely contenders for the 2015 title.

ALMOST THERE (16-20): INDIA, PERU, GEORGIA, SPAIN and KOSOVO

India’s Urvashi Rautela was a heavy favorite going into the competition. Her inconsistent styling throughout the competition and her over-the-top prelims performance made her star shine less bright.

Peru’s Laura Spoya was another top pick among pageant followers early on in the competition. However, it seemed she is in dire need of rest as she lacked the winning spark during the prelims. However, that Sports Illustrated ready body could pull her scores up.

A pleasant surprise, Georgia’s Janet Kerdikoshvili is one of the best faces in the competition. With her decent swimwear performance and very high-fashion long gown presentation, it won’t be suprising of this Miss World 2011 candidate makes the cut.

Spain’s Carla Garcia was another Miss World crossover. She was expected to deliver a top-notch performance during the prelims given that she was a Top 15 semifinalist in MW 2011. However, she lacked the freshness and looked mature especially in the evening gown round.

Kosovo’s Mirjeta Shala has one of the most stunning faces in the competition. She’s ready to hit the runway and the fashion magazines. Her haute couture gown is a love-it-or-hate-it type but she worked it well she deserved to be mentioned.

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15 | GREAT BRITAIN

Nena France, Miss Great Britain 2015, competes on stage in her evening gown during The 2015 MISS UNIVERSE® Preliminary Show at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino Wednesday, December 16, 2015. The 2015 Miss Universe contestants are touring, filming, rehearsing and preparing to compete for the DIC Crown in Las Vegas. Tune in to the FOX telecast at 7:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed on Sunday, Dec. 20, from Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas to see who will become Miss Universe 2015. HO/The Miss Universe Organization

Nena France’s prelims performance was just right. She was sexy in swimsuit but that lame evening gown could almost ruin her chances. Despite that, her natural charisma and beauty just shone through. She might have a weak sash, but could pull off a surprise. Just change that gown, ASAP!

14 | NETHERLANDS

Jessie Jazz Vuijk, Miss Netherlands 2015, competes on stage in her evening gown during The 2015 MISS UNIVERSE® Preliminary Show at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino Wednesday, December 16, 2015. The 2015 Miss Universe contestants are touring, filming, rehearsing and preparing to compete for the DIC Crown in Las Vegas. Tune in to the FOX telecast at 7:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed on Sunday, Dec. 20, from Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas to see who will become Miss Universe 2015. HO/The Miss Universe Organization

Not mentioned by most pageant observers due to her forgettable prelims performance. But Jessie Jazz Vuijk made a mark because of her lovely personality. The shy-type beauty might not fit the bill of a Miss Universe, but if given the proper styling she could pull off a surprise like her predecessor.

13 | THAILAND

Aniporn Chalermburanawong, Miss Thailand 2015, competes on stage in her evening gown during The 2015 MISS UNIVERSE® Preliminary Show at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino Wednesday, December 16, 2015. The 2015 Miss Universe contestants are touring, filming, rehearsing and preparing to compete for the DIC Crown in Las Vegas. Tune in to the FOX telecast at 7:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed on Sunday, Dec. 20, from Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas to see who will become Miss Universe 2015. HO/The Miss Universe Organization

One thing to like about Aniporn Chalermburanawong is that she is always wel-dressed. She brought her faboulous wardrobe in Vegas! She was always perfectly styled and this carried through the prelims. To be honest, she had all the ingredients of a winning look in the evening gown segment. She is the best Thailand has ever sent since 2007.

12 | FINLAND

Rosa-Maria Ryyti, Miss Finland 2015, competes on stage in her evening gown during The 2015 MISS UNIVERSE® Preliminary Show at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino Wednesday, December 16, 2015. The 2015 Miss Universe contestants are touring, filming, rehearsing and preparing to compete for the DIC Crown in Las Vegas. Tune in to the FOX telecast at 7:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed on Sunday, Dec. 20, from Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas to see who will become Miss Universe 2015. HO/The Miss Universe Organization

The last time a Finnish delegate made an impact in MU was in 2011, however that girl still missed the cut. This year, Rosa-Maria Ryyti was one of the surprises of the prelims. Rosa nailed every segment of the preliminaries. She got a banging body that complements her tanned skin. While that gown might be a little dated, she still worked it well. That beautiful face shouldn’t be ignored!

11 | PARAGUAY

Myriam Arevalos, Miss Paraguay 2015, competes on stage in her evening gown during The 2015 MISS UNIVERSE® Preliminary Show at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino Wednesday, December 16, 2015. The 2015 Miss Universe contestants are touring, filming, rehearsing and preparing to compete for the DIC Crown in Las Vegas. Tune in to the FOX telecast at 7:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed on Sunday, Dec. 20, from Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas to see who will become Miss Universe 2015. HO/The Miss Universe Organization

One of the less favored Latinas, Myriam Arevalos rose to “hot favorite” status after her solid performance during the preliminaries. She was the bomb in swimsuit, and was elegance personified in evening gown round. This shouldn’t come as a surprise because she is already a pageant veteran. She competed in Miss World 2014 and was first runner-up in Miss United Continents early this year.

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10 | VIETNAM

Huong Pham, Miss Vietnam 2015, competes on stage in her evening gown during The 2015 MISS UNIVERSE® Preliminary Show at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino Wednesday, December 16, 2015. The 2015 Miss Universe contestants are touring, filming, rehearsing and preparing to compete for the DIC Crown in Las Vegas. Tune in to the FOX telecast at 7:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed on Sunday, Dec. 20, from Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas to see who will become Miss Universe 2015. HO/The Miss Universe Organization

Finally, a Vietnamese girl we’re all gonna like if she enters the semis. It isn’t that had to take notice of Hương Phạm because she is very visible. She’s one of the most photographed candidates and despite not being the most photogenic, this girl knows how to work her angles. She might not be the girl with the polished pageant walk, but she sure knows how to work on stage. With a strong fan base, it won’t be a surprise if she makes it all the way through to the final round.

09 | VENEZUELA

Mariana Jimenez, Miss Venezuela 2015, competes on stage in her evening gown during The 2015 MISS UNIVERSE® Preliminary Show at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino Wednesday, December 16, 2015. The 2015 Miss Universe contestants are touring, filming, rehearsing and preparing to compete for the DIC Crown in Las Vegas. Tune in to the FOX telecast at 7:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed on Sunday, Dec. 20, from Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas to see who will become Miss Universe 2015. HO/The Miss Universe Organization

Mariana Jimenez is probably the most unpopular Miss Venezuela since Vanessa Goncalves. However, you have to give it to Mariana because she is a performer on stage. She’s got one of the best bodies in the competition. However, styling is her waterloo. That evening gown look looks so out of date! But as the saying goes, never count Venezuela out.

08 | FRANCE

Flora Coquerel, Miss France 2015, competes on stage in her evening gown during The 2015 MISS UNIVERSE® Preliminary Show at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino Wednesday, December 16, 2015. The 2015 Miss Universe contestants are touring, filming, rehearsing and preparing to compete for the DIC Crown in Las Vegas. Tune in to the FOX telecast at 7:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed on Sunday, Dec. 20, from Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas to see who will become Miss Universe 2015. HO/The Miss Universe Organization

Flora Coquerel is bordering boring. Sure, she got a well-proportioned body and the height that could make her more noticeable. But the walk, the hair and the prelims performance was just so underwhelming. Despite this, she remains one of the most elegant candidates in the competition. Just find the perfect hairstyle!

07 | BRAZIL

Marthina Brandt, Miss Brazil 2015, competes on stage in her evening gown during The 2015 MISS UNIVERSE® Preliminary Show at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino Wednesday, December 16, 2015. The 2015 Miss Universe contestants are touring, filming, rehearsing and preparing to compete for the DIC Crown in Las Vegas. Tune in to the FOX telecast at 7:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed on Sunday, Dec. 20, from Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas to see who will become Miss Universe 2015. HO/The Miss Universe Organization

The streak will continue for Brazil with Marthina Brandt. With that sexy body and long legs make her a sight to behold in swimsuit. But the highlight was her evening gown performance. Aside from the fact that she got one of the best and most intricate gowns, she was oozing with sophistication. She just needs to freshen up her hairstyle, but overall she’s a strong candidate.

06 | AUSTRALIA
Monika Radulovic made a good first impression with the short interview clip posted on the Miss Universe page during the arrivals. She was bubbly, well-spoken and naturally beautiful. But during the prelims, she has shown that she’s a well-rounded beauty. She could do real damage in the swimsuit round with her good body. Her dress is bordering tacky but her sexy yet classy demeanor offsets that.

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05 | IRELAND

Joanna Cooper, Miss Ireland 2015, competes on stage in her evening gown during The 2015 MISS UNIVERSE® Preliminary Show at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino Wednesday, December 16, 2015. The 2015 Miss Universe contestants are touring, filming, rehearsing and preparing to compete for the DIC Crown in Las Vegas. Tune in to the FOX telecast at 7:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed on Sunday, Dec. 20, from Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas to see who will become Miss Universe 2015. HO/The Miss Universe Organization

The biggest surprise of the prelims is the alluring Joanna Cooper. This Cara Delevigne deadringer was too strong in both prelimimary rounds she is just too hard to ignore. Yes, she’s not that tall and she looks skinny, but with IMG taking over MUO now, she might just set a trend. Sultry yet classy, this girl is in my “gamble” spot in the Top 5.

04 | COLOMBIA

Ariadna Gutierrez, Miss Colombia 2015, competes on stage in her evening gown during The 2015 MISS UNIVERSE® Preliminary Show at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino Wednesday, December 16, 2015. The 2015 Miss Universe contestants are touring, filming, rehearsing and preparing to compete for the DIC Crown in Las Vegas. Tune in to the FOX telecast at 7:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed on Sunday, Dec. 20, from Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas to see who will become Miss Universe 2015. HO/The Miss Universe Organization

Ariadna Gutierrez got a commanding walk that makes her standout from the rest. While the gown might be a little underwhelming and a bit similar to that of Paulina Vega last year, Ariadna exudes real queenly vibes that are just too hard to ignore. You can infer that she prepared a lot and a back-to-back victory isn’t far-fetched.

FINAL THREE
Before I even get started with my Top 3, let me just say that these girls have been my three top favorites since pre-arrivals and it gave me head and heart aches choosing who among them should be my winner. But I had to make a decision and here it is.

2nd runner-up | DOMINICAN REPUBLIC

Clarissa Molina, Miss Dominican Republic 2015, competes on stage in her evening gown during The 2015 MISS UNIVERSE® Preliminary Show at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino Wednesday, December 16, 2015. The 2015 Miss Universe contestants are touring, filming, rehearsing and preparing to compete for the DIC Crown in Las Vegas. Tune in to the FOX telecast at 7:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed on Sunday, Dec. 20, from Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas to see who will become Miss Universe 2015. HO/The Miss Universe Organization

Clarissa Molina has the aura of a queen the moment she set her foot in Vegas. She has her guns fully loaded, with stunning official photos and on point styling. But she fortified her front-runner status during the prelims where she showed off her youthful beauty and very sexy body. Her evening gown reminds us of Zuleyka Rivera but one couldn’t deny how phenomenal Clarissa worked it. There’s not stopping this former Nuestra Belleza Latina girl from the competition.

1st runner-up | USA

Olivia Jordan, Miss USA 2015, competes on stage in her evening gown during The 2015 MISS UNIVERSE® Preliminary Show at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino Wednesday, December 16, 2015. The 2015 Miss Universe contestants are touring, filming, rehearsing and preparing to compete for the DIC Crown in Las Vegas. Tune in to the FOX telecast at 7:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed on Sunday, Dec. 20, from Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas to see who will become Miss Universe 2015. HO/The Miss Universe Organization

Already polished the moment she was crowned Miss USA, Olivia Jordan has all the qualities to look for in a Miss Universe – beautiful, sexy, smart and confident. Despite her experience in competing in Miss World, Olivia said when she won Miss Oklahoma that it has always been her dream to be Miss Universe. And now that the moment has finally come after a few attempts, Olivia isn’t taking everything lightly. She was one of the top performers in the prelims and her vibarant personality always shines through. Setting aside homecourt advantage, expect Olivia to be up there til the end.

MISS UNIVERSE 2015 | PHILIPPINES
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Despite five consecutive placements since 2010, the Miss Univere crown has remained elusive to the Philippines. Year after year, the road ends in a heartbreak, but the hope never waned that one day there will be that girl who will have all the qualities to win the coveted crown. After more than four decades, it seems the dream of a third MU crown if finally within reach.

It took Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach three years before her dream of wearing the Philippines sash in Miss Universe finally came true. It wasn’t an easy road with all the bashing and doubting of her intentions and chances, but Pia didn’t back down. She proved naysayers wrong with her determination. Her body has improved a lot, but it didn’t suck the freshness in Pia. She did not disappoint during the prelims. Unlike most girls, her swimsuit presentation wasn’t rushed. She was very sophisticated in that tomato red Oliver Tolentino gown and definitely miled every moment of it to her advantage. All she needs if she advances further is a stunning tailor-made winning gown.

The Philippines has finally sent a girl with a stunning face, a queenly personality, and the gift of gab. A girl finally worthy of accolades and the hype. It’s high time for a Miss Universe from the Philippines!

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Miss World 2015 | Fearless Predictions

Miss World will crown its new queen tonight in Sanya, China. Out of more than 110 beauties from across the globe, only one will inherit the title from South Africa’s Rolene Strauss. Who will she be? Here’s my final predictions:

Miss World 2015: AUSTRALIA
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2: POLAND
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3: PHILIPPINES
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4: LEBANON
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5: IRELAND
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6: VENEZUELA
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7: SOUTH AFRICA
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8: BRAZIL
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9: SPAIN
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10: GUYANA
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11: CHINA PR
12: RUSSIA
13: VIETNAM
14: NAMIBIA
15: ECUADOR
16: INDIA
17: SAMOA
18: MEXICO
19: NEW ZEALAND
20: PARAGUAY
21: COLOMBIA
22: CAMEROON
23: JAMAICA
24: ENGLAND
25: SAMOA

Watch List: Miss Universe 2015

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THE MOST beautiful ladies in the world are ready to battle it out for that D.I.C crown and the life-changing title of Miss Universe.

A few days from now, reigning queen Paulina Vega of Colombia will pass on the crown in glittering ceremonies at The AXIS in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA. But before that, let me present to you THE WATCH LIST, which is obviously a list of the girls I am keeping an eye out before tonight’s preliminary competition. Let’s get this started!

SECURED | These girls are leading at the moment and are almost secured of a placement if nothing else fails
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COLOMBIA | Ariadna Gutierrez probably has the heaviest burden among the candidates: the pressure of a back-to-back victory. But it looks like this 21-year-old cat lover is taking everything lightly. She has a radiant personality, but remains in competitive form. Her styling is always on point and she doesn’t rely on Colombia being the “defending champion” to get noticed. She is a true standout!

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC | If there is one girl who is slowly but surely climbing to the top spot, it’s Clarissa Molina. This 24-year-old aspiring actress has the aura of a queen the moment she set her foot in Vegas. She exudes so much sophistication, which is very evident in her official evening gown portrait. She has a youthful beauty yet a sexy body. We might be looking at the next titleholder.

PHILIPPINES | She waited for this for three years, and now that the moment has finally come, Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach is leaving no stone unturned. Her body has improved a lot. She never fails to give something new in terms of styling. It couldn’t be denied that this 26-year-old actress and model is well-prepared. Hopes are high that the Philippines will finally win its third MU crown. With a phenomenal long gown (hopefully) and a strong support system back home, it might just become a reality.

VIETNAM | An early favorite prior to arrivals, Huong Pham‘s edge over the other candidates is her vivacious personality. She might not have the flawless face, but she has a banging body and stage presence that will give the traditional powerhouses a run for their money. It is very seldom that this country sends a top-notch delegate, so this girl shouldn’t be wasted!

USA | Olivia Jordan is one lady who has all the goods of a perfect titleholder – beautiful, sexy, smart and confident. She’s already polished from the moment she won Miss USA. Her vibrant personality is also one of the plus factors why this lady remains a top favorite. Home-court advantage aside, the pageant won’t be complete without Olivia

SAFE | Neither outstanding nor disappointing, these girls are in the safe zone at the moment
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AUSTRALIA | Monika Radulovic exudes so much positive energy in all of the photos and videos posted online that makes her so easy to love. Her official photos are impressive. She might not be the “blonde beauty” prototype the Land Down Under used to send in MU, but that adorable personality and refreshing beauty could bring her to the finals.

BRAZIL | This country has been sending outstanding delegates to MU and this year is no exception! Marthina Brandt stands out with her towering height and mesmerizing beauty. She has one of the best evening gown portraits and if that’s a preview of what she will wear in the prelims, expect another placement for Brazil in the semis.

FRANCE | From her non-placement in Miss World 2014 (despite leading the scoreboard after the judges’ interviews) Flora Coquerel is back in the pageant scene. And it seems she is more suited for this pageant. Her exotic looks, modelesque stance and sophistication perfectly fits the MU mold.

PARAGUAY | The most pleasant surprise. This is the perfect phrase to describe Myriam Arevalos in MU. She’s nailing every photo shoot. She initially looked too heavy and matured, but she now shows a marked improvement. Her styling is always on point. This girl shouldn’t be taken lightly.

VENEZUELA | Mariana Jimenez is here to prove that the Osmel magic lives on. From last year’s Miss Veneuela pageant, it’s very obvious that Mariana has greatly improved. Her features are softer now and she has the bosy of an Amazona. She looks try and haggard at times, but this girl is undeniably well-trained.

VULNERABLE | They were expected to do good during pre-arrivals but are yet to live up to the hype. They have the potential to place, but needs to work on their weaknesses
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INDIA | Urvashi Rautela was supposed to compete in 2012 but was replaced by her runner-up due to age requirements. Three years later, she’s now enjoying her time in Vegas wearing the “India” sash and has been very visible since Day 1. (Reminds me so much of Monic Perez in 2013). While she is considered a contender, it seems that the 21-year-old Bollywood star is yet to find the perfect styling for her. Most of the time, she looks too made up making her look older. But with India ready to reclaim its lost pageant glory, she shouldn’t be counted out just yet.

MEXICO | Thanks to IMG taking over MUO, Wendy Esparza got the chance to finally compete in Miss Universe. She was a top favorite to win NB Mexico and has been a favorite among pageant followers since winning the title. However, the 24-year-old journalist is yet to make an impact in the competition. Her official photos are a hit, but most of the time she is bordering boring. She needs to bring out that energy that she had during her national pageant.

PERU | Laura Spoya‘s first candid photos in Vegas were disappointing. She looked really tired and in need of beauty rest. But she made up for it in her official photos that were very outstanding. It couldn’t be denied that this 24-year-old sports journalist got that Sports Illustrated cover-worthy body! She might be a hit-and-miss for now, but wait it she hits the stage.

POLAND | Weronika Szmajdzińska is no stranger to pageants. She first joined Miss World 2012 and won Miss Global Teen 2012 the same year. Despite this, it comes as a surprise that with her sweet face and captivating radiant smile, she isn’t given much attention. She needs to add a more fire to her performance to keep up with the rest.

SPAIN | Another Miss World crossover queen is Carla Garcia. Back then her sheer elegance and queenly aura brought her to the semifinals. Much are expected from her given how strong her two predecessors were. However, this 25-year-old beauty is yet to leave a lasting impression in the Miss Universe competition. She needs a fresh makeover ASAP!

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DENMARK | Cecilie Wellemberg describes herself as competitive. No wonder, this 21-year-old student at Copenhagen Business School started out strong since arrivals. She gave out impressive photos, both candid and professional. She’s also serious with keeping her body fit, trying to squeeze in some exercises despite busy Vegas schedule. This country seems to be taking their pageants seriously this year so don’t be surprised if Cecilie will rock the prelims stage.

FINLAND | Rosa-Maria Ryyti is a tomboy growing up, playing mostly with cars and PlayStation, so who would’ve thought she’ll end up in Miss Universe a few years later? This 21-year-old extreme-sports enthusiast has one of the most interesting faces among the contestants. At 5’11”, she also has a nice frame.

GREAT BRITAIN | Friends describe her as awkward and reserved, no wonder Nena France has been taking the backseat so far in the competition. Despite this, it couldn’t be denied that the 25-year-old beauty from London has a sweet smile and refreshing face that could light up a room! She is yet to make a mark in the competition, but I’m pretty confident she will do well in the prelims. After all, she does modelling for a living.

INDONESIA | Anindya Putri has big shoes to fill following Indonesia’s two consecutive semifinals placement in Miss Universe. But given how this 23-year-old lady strives to excel in everything she does, it won’t be a surprise if she makes it a three-peat. What’s surprising is the seeming lack of spotlight toward this 5’9″ Semarang City native. Compared to her two predecessors, Anin is more polished. She might be under the radar for many at the moment , but expect her exotic beauty to shine in the preliminaries.

SWEDEN | Paulina Brodd hopes to follow the footsteps of her mom who was Miss Sweden in 1992 and placed in the Top 10 of Miss Universe that same year. This 21-year-old fitness blogger and animal rights advocate has what it takes to make it: a beautiful face, a regal stance and the pedigree. Paulina needs to make good use of these goods in order to make herself memorable in the competition. At the moment, she is just apretty but forgettable face. PageantFocus

Miss International 2015: Fearless prediction

The 55th Miss International beauty pageant is now on its homestrech. But before we witness the crowning of the first Big4 queen of 2015, here is my final list:

 
Miss International 2015: Honduras-Jennifer Valle
One of the prettiest faces in the competition, Honduras’ Jennifer Giselle Valle for sure won’t be ignored. She was set to compete last 2013 but opted out due to personal reasons. It seemed that this is the right year for Jennifer to compete as she has been a standout since Day One of Miss International 2015. Her experience in previous international pageants (Miss World 2012, Reina Mundial del Banano 2012 and Reinado Internacional Del Cafe 2013) will surely play to her advantage come finals. But one of her assets is that she is has good communication skills, which could work for her during the public speaking round of the competition.

1st Runner-up: Philippines-Janicel Lubina
Fondly called by pageant fans as “Cinderella”, Janicel Lubina’s story as a former house help turned pageant queen made waves in both local and foreign media. But aside from her humble background, what makes this beauty a top contender are her killer curves and top-notch stage presence. Some say she has been losing steam, but videos of the rehearsals prove that Janicel has maintained her winning form and aura. Despite some saying Janicel’s weakness lies in her communication skills, it couldn’t be denied that she’s one of the strongest candidates the Philippines has ever sent in Miss International.

2nd Runner-up: Venezuela-Edymar Martinez
After missing the semis in the last two years, Venezuela is back with vengeance. Edymar has been the top favorite since she was crowned Miss Venezuela Internacional and didn’t disappoint. Her styling has always been on point. She always make sure she gets noticed in a positive way. But what makes her all the more appealing is her good behavior. Those who were able to rub elbows with her in Japan tell me Edymar is very humble. That’s a true mark of a queen!

3rd Runner-up: Brazil-Isis Stocco
Another one of the most anticipated delegates is Brazil’s Isis Stocco. Although at first she seemed to be fading into the background, it couldn’t be denied that she is one of the most beautiful in the batch. Her elegance and beauty for sure won’t be ignored.

4th Runner-up: Canada-Kathryn Kohut
While I think that the battle will be among the first four girls I mentioned, I think that Canada could be this year’s pleasant surprise. Her experience in Miss Grand International for sure has helped her improve her stage presence. But what will set this girl apart from the rest is her gift of gab. She knows how to express herself well and that would give her the advantage come finals night.

6. Mexico-Lorena Sevilla
7. Hungary-Linda Szunai
8. USA-Lindsay Becker
9. Japan-Arisa Nakagawa
10. New Zealand-Hayley Rose Coombe

11. Denmark-Mette Riis Sørensen
12. Kenya-Eunice Onyango
13. Ecuador-Daniela Armijos
14. Hawaii-Brianna Acosta
15. Thailand – Sasi Sintawee

Pagbilao’s Reniel Villareal, Tacloban’s Rick Kristoffer Palencia win top honors in Misters 2015

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MISTERS 2015 WINNERS. From left: Kevin Fichera (2nd runner-up), Willan Pagayon (Mr Tourism International Philippines 2015), Rick Kristoffer Palencia (Mr Global Philippines 2015), Reniel Villareal (Mr International Philippines 2015), Arcel Yambing (Mr Model International Philippines 2015) and Don Mcgyver Cochico (1st runner-up).

The candidates from Pagbilao, Quezon and Tacloban City were named as the top two winners of Misters 2015 The Pageant.

Pagbilao’s Reniel Villareal was named Mister International Philippines 2015. He will be vying for a back-to-back victory in the Mister International 2015 finals to be held November 30 in the Philippines. Police officer Neil Perez is the reigning Mister International. Villareal also won Best in Formal Wear.

Rick Kristoffer Palencia of Tacloban City won the Mister Global Philippines 2015 title. He will be competing in the Mister Global pageant to be held in Thailand next year. Palencia was awarded Best in Ethnic Wear.

Bacolor, Pampanga’s Arcel Yambing won the Mister Model International Philippines 2015 title and will wear the Philippines sash in Mister Model International 2015 to be held in November in Miami, Florida.

Willian Pagayon of Iloilo City was awarded the Mister Tourism International Philippines 2015 title and will compete in the Mister Tourism International 2016 pageant.

City of Manila’s Don Mcgyver Cochico and Kevin Fichera from the Filipino Community of Italy finished first and second runners-up, respectively.

Completing the Top 10 finalists were: Victoria, Australia (Ari Kane), Santa Rosa City (Karan Singhdole), Bohol (AR dela Serna) and Germany (Siegfried Bauer). The rest of the Top 15 semifinalists were: Great Britain (Jules Chan), Laguna (JE Adajar), Lipa City (John Nicholo Zacarias), Mati City (Red Bayron) and Olongapo City (Earlmond Ross Lee)

The fast track winners who earned automatic spots in the semifinals were Lipa City (Best in Beach Wear), Olongapo City (Best in Talent), Great Britain (Fitness Challenge winner) and Germany (Mr Multimedia). Bohol won Mr Photogenic while Quezon City (Jake Camarines) was voted as Mr Friendship.

The finals was held Sunday night, September 13, at the Newport Performing Arts Theater in Resorts World Manila. Beauty queens Mary Ann Bianca Guidotti and Eva Psyche Patalinhug hosted the event.

In attendance were Mister International Organization president Mr Alan Sim, Mister Model International 2014 Victor Zanatta from Fernando de Noronha and Mister Tourism International 2014 Andrio Frazon.

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REIGNING KINGS. Mister Model International 2014 Victor Zanatta from Fernando de Noronha, Mister Tourism International 2014 Andrio Frazon and Mister International 2014 Neil Perez

Leren Mae Bautista; Janela Joy Cuaton win Mutya ng Pilipinas 2015 titles

Candidates from Laguna and Doha, Qatar won the top prizes at the conclusion of Mutya ng Pilipinas 2015 held August 2 at the Newport Performing Arts Theater in Resorts World Manila.

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Mutya ng Pilipinas-Asia Pacific International 2015 Leren Mae Bautista (Laguna) and Mutya ng Pilipinas -Tourism International 2015 Janela Joy Cuaton (Doha, Qatar)

Leren Mae Bautista was crowned Mutya ng Pilipinas-Asia Pacific International. The Laguna beauty will represent the country in the Miss Tourism Queen of the Year International in Kuala Lumpur in December.

Janela Joy Cuaton from the Filipino community in Doha, Qatar was named Mutya ng Pilipinas-Tourism International. She will head on to compete in Miss Tourism International pageant to be held in Vietnam later this year.

The two ladies also took home most of the special awards. Bautista won the coveted Best in Swimsuit and Best in Long Gown titles, while Cuaton was awarded Best in Festival Costume, Miss Friendship, and Miss Photogenic.

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Nina Josie Robertson from Australia was hailed Mutya ng Pilipinas-Overseas Communities, while Cagayan de Oro’s Julee Ann Marie Bourgoin and Nueva Ecija’s Brenna Cassandra Gamboa finished first and second runners-up, respectively.

The Top 10 was dominated by representatives from overseas Filipino communities. Completing the roster of finalists were Aislinn Anne Sebastian (Southern California), Kerlyn Horn (Northern California), Shannon Rebecca Bridgman (Melbourne), Jessie May Delprete (Arizona) and Jessica Rose McEwen (Central Luzon).

Article was first published in Missosology.Org
Photos by Bong Tan of Missosology

Angelia Gabrena Ong is Miss Philippines Earth 2015

Bb Pilipinas alumna Angelia Gabrena Ong bagged the Miss Philippines Earth 2015 title Sunday night, May 31st at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City, besting 37 other candidates from the different parts of the country for the right to wear the new crown.

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San Antonio, Nueva Ecija’s Chanel Olive Thomas was named Miss Philippines-Air; Bago City’s Catherine Joy Marin was Miss Philippines-Water; Siniloan, Laguna’s Carla Angela Valderrama was awarded Miss Philippines-Water; and Iloilo City’s Jona Sweett was Miss Philippines-Eco-Tourism.

The Top 10 finalists were: Cabanatuan City’s Diana Mackey, Guinobatan, Albay’s Jian Cayla Salazar, Lipa City’s Paris Silva; Santa Cruz, Laguna’s Alyanna Mikaela Cagandahan; and Misamis Oriental’s Mitsume Aguilar.

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The rest of the Top 15 included the representatives from Baguio City (Sofia Loren Deliu); Dinalupihan, Bataan (Myle Alexis Reyes); Mandaue City (Mhon Theress Menaling); Cagayan de Oro City’s (Beatrice Alvarez) and Iligan City (Jocehl Cristoria).

Ong was an official candidate of Bb Pilipinas in 2011. She didn’t make it to the Top 15 but received the Face of Bb Pilipinas special award. The 2011 batch prides itself of producing a number of national (and international) titleholders, including three Miss Universe Philippines (Shamcey Supsup, Janine Tugonon and Mary Jean Lastimosa), a Miss World Philippines (Queenierich Rehman), a Miss Tourism International (Angeli Dione Gomez) and most recently a Miss Philippines Earth (Ong).

Showcase of national costumes, new crowns
The pageant night saw a grand showcase of traditional Philippine costumes designed by some of the country;s talented designers, with Lipa City’s Silva winning the Best in Cultural Costume award. It will be worn by Ong as her national costume when she competed in the Miss Earth pageant.

“The Philippines is overflowing with talented designers and it’s about time to make their creations stand out on pageant night,” said Lorraine Schuck, Carousel Productions executive vice president.

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To mark Miss Philippines Earth’s 15th year, a new crown by jewelry and accessories designer Arnel Papa was unveiled. The crown’s leaf motif represents the continuous growth of Mother Earth while the swarovski and precious stone adorments symbolize the diverse ecosystem.

“Our mission has never been clearer. The pageant is here to stay and will remain focused on addressing the needs of nature,” Carousel Productions president Ramon Monzon said.

The pageant night was hosted by TV personality Robi Domingo, Miss Earth 2008 Karla Henry and Miss Philippines-Air 2006 Ginger Conejero.

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Philippines to host 10th Mister International pageant

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Neil Perez after being announced as the new Mister International during the pageant held in Korea earlier this year

Neil Perez, the first Filipino to win the Mister International title, will be crowning his successor in his homeland.

The Philippines will be hosting the 10th Mister International pageant on November 28. The announcement was made on the pageant’s official Facebook page on Wednesday, May 20th.

“With strong support from the many pageant fans, the Philippines has become internationally recognized for its outstanding accomplishments in the pageant industry,” Alan Sim, Mister International Organization president, said in a statement. “Philippines is a symbol of success and holding the Mister International pageant here will amplify its reputation as a worlld showcase country for pageants.”

The country is “ready to set the stage for this glamorous event, and we look forward to showing the contestants the exciting and vibrant culture of our beautiful country,” said Carlo Morris Galang of Prime Event Productions Philippines Foundation (PEPPS), the same organization that produces the search for the next Mister International Philippines.

Nearly 50 candidates from around the world are expected to compete in the pageant’s 2015 edition. They will be judged in three categories: swimwear, evening wear and interview.

Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach is Miss Universe Philippines 2015; Janicel Lubina bags Bb Pilipinas-International

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Third time’s the charm indeed for Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach as she finally won the elusive Miss Universe Philippines crown during the Bb Pilipinas 2015 coronation night held Sunday night, March 15.

The 25-year-old professional model and culinary arts graduate from Cagayan De Oro bested 33 other candidates for the chance to represent the Philippines in the Miss Universe beauty pageant. She finished first runner-up in 2013 and made it to the Top 15 last year.

During the Q&A round, Wurtzbach was asked by Representative Leni Robredo about her thoughts on internet censorship.

“I think that we should be careful with what we post online especially our thoughts and our opinions that we don’t hurt anybody. Especially selfies, we have to be careful with what we post, especially with our bodies and our faces. So always think before you click,” she said.

The other winners
Janicel Lubina, who bagged the Best in Long Gown and Best in Swimsuit awards, took home the Bb Pilipinas International 2015. Christi Lynn McGarry won the Bb Pilipinas Intercontinental 2015 title, Rogelie Catacutan was named Bb Pilipinas Supranational 2015, while Ann Lorraine Colis was crowned Bb Pilipinas Tourism 2015.

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Hannah Ruth Sison finished first runner-up while Kimverlyn Suiza was second runner-up. Sison was last year’s second runner-up while Suiza failed to make the cut last year.

The rest of the Top 15 were Princess Joy Camu, Brenna Cassandra Gamboa, Teresita Ssen Marquez, Maolin Yalung, Alaiza Flor Malinao, Justine Beatrice Felizarta, Anja Vanessa Peter and Kylie Versorza.

Photos: Missosology

Bb Pilipinas 2015: 34 candidates presented to the media

The 34 official candidates of Bb Pilipinas 2015 on Tuesday, February 17, displayed sultry elegance as they walked the ramp in their red swimsuits before the media in a warm and exclusive gathering at the Sunset Pavilion in Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila.

These gorgeous ladies came from all over the country, besting over a hundred aspirants who joined the rigorous four-day screening last month.

The line-up consists of former Bb Pilipinas runners-up, repeaters, local pageant winners, TV personalities, graduate from top schools and working professionals.

The candidates still have a lot on their plates with the following forthcoming activities:

  • February 26 – Fashion Show at the Smart Araneta Coliseum, where they will walk the ramp in national costumes, JAG apparel and evening gown made by local designers
  • March 7 – Parade of Beauties
  • March 31 – Grand Coronation night

Check out the photos your blogger took for Missosology during the event :