Miss Supranational 2016: Fearless forecast

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All roads lead to Krynica Zdrój in Poland as the youngest of the Big5 pageants stages its much anticipated “Supra Show” tonight. With 71 candidates from across the globe, only one will be crowned Miss Supranational 2016.

Compared to previous years, this batch is relatively weak. With no clear front-runners this year, it’s going to be anyone’s ball game. And what happens with “weak” seasons, the powerhouse countries usually reign supreme.

After crowning the stunning Stephania Stegman last year, it would be a wise decision for Miss Supranational to crown another Latina. If they want to expand their market in South America, it would be best to crown Venezuela or Mexico.

The emerging pageant powerhouse continent of Asia sent strong ladies this year again and the likes of Philippines, Sri Lanka, Indonesia and India could very well represent the organization, too.

Meanwhile, Ukraine, Poland, and Hungary are the flag-bearers of Europe and could easily snatch the crown.

Check out my full list below:

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1 VENEZUELA | Valeria Vespoli
2 PHILIPPINES | Joanna Eden
3 MEXICO | Cynthia de la Vega
4 UKRAINE | Lenna Anastasiia
5 SRI LANKA | Ornella M.J. Gunesekere

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6 INDONESIA | Intan Aletrino
7 POLAND | Ewa Mielnicka
8 SURINAME | Jaleesa Pigot
9 HUNGARY | Korinna Kocsis
10 INDIA | Srinidhi Shetty

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11 ECUADOR | Maria Isabel Pineyro
12 THAILAND | Chatchadaporn Kimakorn
13 PARAGUAY | Viviana Florentin
14 SLOVAK REPUBLIC | Lenka Tekeljakova
15 SOUTH AFRICA | Talitha Bothma

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16 UNITED STATES | Alexis Sherrill
17 COLOMBIA | Lorena de Lima
18 ENGLAND | Angelina Kali
19 RWANDA | Colombe Akiwacu
20 ANGOLA | Maria Moises

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21 GERMANY | Anja-Vanessa Peter
22 JAPAN | Risa Nagashima
23 BELGIUM | Amina Serroukh
24 MYANMAR | Swe Zin Htet
25 BRAZIL | Cloris Ioanna Junges

Asians dominate Miss Supranational, Miss Intercontinental pageants

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Asian victories in Europe: Thailand in Miss Intercontinental and India in Miss Supranational (Photos: Missosology)

Thailand’s Patraporn Wang won the Miss Intercontinental title last December 4 in Madgeburg, Germany, while India’s Asha Baht was crowned Miss Supranational the following day in Warsaw, Poland. This marks the first time that the two countries won in their respective international pageants.

The Philippines’ representatives in both pageants didn’t go home empty-handed. Kris Tiffany Janson placed 2nd runner-up to Wang in Miss Intercontinental 2014. She was also named Miss Photogenic and Miss Intercontinental Asia and Oceania. Meanwhile, Yvethe Marie Santiago was the last girl to be called in the Top 20 of Miss Supranational 2014. She didn’t make it to the Top 10.

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The continental queens which composed the Miss Intercontinental 2014 Top 5 finalists were Argentina’s Nadina Vallina (South America), Cuba’s Jeslie Mergal (North America), South Africa’s Donique Leonard (Africa), Portugal’s Joana Martins (Europe) and Philippines’ Kris Tiffany Janson (Asia and Oceania). After a few minutes, it was announced that instead of a Top 5, there will be a Top 6 because Wang’s scores were tied with Miss Philippines.

Miss Intercontinental Top 3 from the Philippines, Thailand and  (Photo: Missosology)
Miss Intercontinental Top 3 from the Philippines, Thailand and (Photo: Missosology)

The Thai beauty queens’ victory came as a shock after she had a hard time answering the final question given to her. many pageant fans thought the crown was between Cuba and the Philippines.

Watch the Q&A round here:

In the end, Miss Cuba and Miss Philippines placd 1st and 2nd runners-up, respectively.

The rest of the Top 16 finalists were: Puerto Rico (Keysi Marie Vargas), Canada (Delaney Holley), Ecuador (Ena Cordova), Brazil (Janayna Figueiredo), Myanmar (Angel Lamung), Mauritius (Nathalie Lesage), Nigeria (Judith Okafor), Poland (Magdalena Michalak), Turkey (Özge Güneş), and England (Laura Gregory).

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Asians were the big winners in Miss Supranational with Miss India winning the crown and Thailand’s Parapadsorn Disdamrong placing 1st runenr-up. Gabon’s Maggaly Nguema was second runner-up, USA’s Allyn Rose was third runner-up and the host delegate Poland’s Katarzyna Krzeszowska was fourth runner-up.

Miss Supranational Top 5:  USA, Poland, Gabon, India and Thailand
Miss Supranational Top 5: USA, Poland, Gabon, India and Thailand (Photo: Missosology)

Completing the Top 10 were: Myanmar (Han Thi), Czech Republic (Jana Zapletalova), Puerto Rico (Barbara Marrero), Spain (Celia Vallespir Garcia) and Colombia (Marlyn Mora).

The rest of the finalists were: Romania (Elena Zama), Canada (Gabriela Clesca), Belarus (Kristina Martsinkevich), Switzerland (Mylene Clavien), Sweden (Ida Ovmar), Trinidad and Tobago (Tinnitia Griffith), Australia (Yvonne Amores), Chile (Charlotte Molina), Argentina (Marisol Arrillaga) and Philippines (Yvethe Avisado Santiago).

Watch the crowning moment here:

Bb Pilipinas Supranational 2014 Yvethe Santiago: I’m 100% ready!

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Mutya and Yvethe answer uestions from the press
Mutya and Yvethe answer uestions from the press

“I’m 100% ready. I can go tomorrow.”

This was Yvethe Marie Santiago’s response when asked during her official press send-off last Monday, November 10, how prepared she is for the upcoming Miss Supranational 2014 pageant to be held in Krynica-Zdroj, Poland.

Aside from the fact the she will be battling out more than 80 contestants from around the globe, the 21-year-old Bicolana also faces a daunting task of duplicating the victory of Mutya Johanna Datul last year. Yvethe acknowledges the challenge but keeps headstrong.

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Madame Stella Araneta says this batch is “special”

“I know I’m facing tough competition. A back-to-back victory is very hard but not impossible. My passion to bring home the crown will fire me up for the fight,” she said. “It’s going to be hard, but I will try my best.”

The Bb Pilipinas 2014 queens were present during the event to give pieces of advice and words of encouragement to Yvethe. But what really matters were those given the reigning Miss Supranational.

For Mutya, what the 2014 titleholder needs to do is to “pray, focus, listen, and enjoy.”  Yvethe added that one of the things she learned from Mutya is that there really is no formula for winning.

Yvethe's mom tells her a crown is just a "symbol of beauty"
Yvethe’s mom tells her a crown is just a “symbol of beauty”

“She (Mutya) always told me to just enjoy the moment, never get tired of smiling. Be lavish in your praises for the people at the pageant, but do it out of sincerity,” Yvethe said.

Yvethe’s mother Nida was also present at the send-off and reminded her daughter that “a crown is just a symbol of beauty. What is important is the inner beauty in you”.

Yvethe is set to fly out to Poland this weekend. The finals of Miss Supranational 2014 is set for December 5th.

Philippine Senate honors Bb Pilipinas Gold queens

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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.🙂

Bb Pilipinas 2014 ‘super’ final screening on Saturday — or worse Monday

2010 Miss Universe 4th Runner-up Venus Raj takes a selfie with the 2014 Bb. Pilipinas hopefuls at Gloria Maris Banquet Hall, Gateway Mall.  Photo from Bb Pilipinas Official Facebook page
2010 Miss Universe 4th Runner-up Venus Raj takes a selfie with the 2014 Bb. Pilipinas hopefuls at Gloria Maris Banquet Hall, Gateway Mall.  Photo from Bb Pilipinas Official Facebook page
2010 Miss Universe 4th Runner-up Venus Raj takes a selfie with the 2014 Bb. Pilipinas hopefuls at Gloria Maris Banquet Hall, Gateway Mall. Photo from Bb Pilipinas Official Facebook page

It’s Saturday (January 25) or Monday (January 27) for the announcement of the lucky 30 (or 40) girls who will vie for the Binibining Pilipinas crowns.

The official candidates were supposed to be named yesterday, January 23, but the screening committee reportedly decided to postpone the announcement to give time to several girls to complete their requirements.

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.

House of Representatives honors Bb Pilipinas 2013 queens

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

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).

A copy of the resolution posted by Ariella Arida on Instagram (@araarida)
A copy of the resolution posted by Ariella Arida on Instagram (@araarida)

The Philippines’ DEFINING MOMENTS in 2013 Pageants

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SCENES of disaster were associated with the Philippines in 2013 as the nation experienced a big earthquake and a deadly super typhoon. The victories of Filipinos in the international arena provided the silver lining during these trying times. As we hope for a better New Year, here’s a countdown to six of the Philippines’ glorious moments in 2013 beauty pageants.

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The Philippines had a successful year in 2012 pageants with placements in all of the Big Four pageants. But Rizzini Alexis Gomez capped what was then thought as a “glorious” year by winning the 2012/2013 Miss Tourism International title on the eve of 2013. Who would have thought that last-minute win was a sign of things to come for a historic year for the Philippines in the beauty pageant scene? The Philippines has been winning pageants left and right the whole year. What a better way to end the banner year for the country than to win another crown? Angeli Dione Gomez, another Cebuana, scored a back-to-back win for the Philippines in Miss Tourism International, held on New Year’s Eve.

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The Philippine beauty pageant season kicked off early this year with Bb Pilipinas Gold, which marks the 50th year of the most prestigious pageant in the country. I was blessed to have witnessed this momentous event in person. It was a magical night, needless to say, nostalgic after seeing some 70 past title-holders in walk on the red carpet one by one all glammed up and their top form. The production is undoubtedly one of the best staging of Bb Pilipinas in recent history. And what a better way to cap the celebration was to crown what pageant observers deemed as “one of the strongest set of Bb Pilipinas winners in years”.


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Male pageants has always been a waterloo for the Philippines, but this changed in 2012 when model June Macasaet won Manhunt International and athlete and once-controversial celebrity Andrew Wolf finished second in Mr World. Their wins gave a boost to the male pageant industry in the Philippines, with the launch of Mister International Philippines and a more rigorous search for the next Manhunt Philippines. The Philippines road to male pageant glory didn’t stop there, as former cager Gil Wagas finished fourth runner-up in Mr International 2013 held in Indonesia. Some would say it was his towering height, good physique and winsome smile that gave him an advantage over the rest, but in one of his interviews after the pageant, Wagas said his secret weapon was his “faith in God”.

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The country didn’t run out of placements this year. Aside from the semifinals placements of Cindy Miranda (Top 10) and Angelee delos Reyes (Top 8 ) in Miss Tourism Queen International and Miss Earth pageants, respectively, the country also scored three third runners-up finishes.

Ariella Arida had big shoes to fill following the Philippines’ three consecutive placements in the top five and Janine Tugonon’s first runner-up finish in Miss Universe the previous year. She was bashed to death, many thought she can’t keep the momentum going. But she shut them naysayers when she made it to the Top 16 via fan votes and easily breezed through the competition, finishing third runner-up.

Annalie Forbes, Bb Pilipinas 2012 second runner-up, also finished third runner-up in the inaugural Miss Grand International in Bangkok, Thailand. Proving that the Philippines is a force majeure in beauty pageants, Forbes made it in the Top 10 of the National Costume and Top 20 of the Swimsuit competition held prior to the finals slated on November 19. Koreen Medina, who won the top plum in Mutya ng Pilipinas, followed with another third runner-up finish at Miss Intercontinental, held in Germany. It was the highest the Philippines has ever achieved in the pageant since 1995, when Maria Sovietskaya Bacud finished second runner-up.

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The best way to set the stage for the Philippines record-breaking feat this year is with a crown! Mutya Johanna Datul indeed took Belarus by storm after winning the Miss Supranational crown early September. She is the first Filipina to win in the pageant. She had a rough start: she missed her connecting flight to Moscow on her way to Belarus, she had those breakouts and lousy styling. Despite that her winsome smile and positive aura shone through, as affirmed by her Miss Personality award. But many didn’t lose hope. “She’s very genuine on stage, you can see it. Her innate charm just radiates, and you can tell she’s being true to herself,” said Bb Pilipinas runner-up Pia Wurtzbach in an Inquirer report. Indeed, showing the real her was the key to winning the crown. Recounting her closed-door interview with the judges, she said: “I first introduced myself in Russian, and then I said ‘I will go straight (to the point). I want to become Miss Supranational because this is my ultimate dream. I want to become an ambassador, a good example and an inspiration to many’.”

For Bea Rose Santiago, keeping the faith helped her win the Miss International crown. “Miss Japan told me, ‘You’re funny. Every time you go up and leave the stage, you pray.’ I told her that is my source of power,” she was quited as saying in an Inquirer report. “Even the Latina—they are all Catholics—I gathered them all and we formed a prayer circle. I speak English so I pray aloud. Prayer is a lot powerful if you do it together.” Santiago is no stranger to pageants. She was crowned Mutya ng Pilipinas Overseas Communities in 2012 and went on to place in Miss Tourism Queen International of the Year. This experience surely helped her ace Bb Pilipinas and Miss International. Aside from that, Santiago was glowing on stage and her sincere and heartfelt speech surely sealed the deal for her.

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The supreme moment for the Philippines in 2013 pageants is Megan Young’s victory in Miss World. What was once a dream for Filipino pageant fans to see the actress-TV host compete in a major international pageant finally came true. Despite having only two weeks to prepare, Megan was ready for battle and was well-received by pageant enthusiasts around the globe. Different pageant sites named her as one of the girls to beat. Pageant guru Ines Ligron even tagged her as “one of the best Miss Philippines ever”. True enough, her performance proved she is the best delegate the country has ever sent in Miss World. She aced the Top Model challenge. She was fifth in Beach Fashion and was fourth in Multimedia. She also ranked second in the official Miss World poll. No wonder she topped the overall leaderboards, making her one of the Top 10 finalists during the finale. When asked why she should be Miss World, Young said “I treasure a core value of humanity and that guides people why they act the way they do. I will use this to show other people how they can understand each other … as one, we can help society.” The rest, as they say, is history. The Philippines bagged the elusive Miss World crown. But what really gave (and still gives the chills) was when Megan Young spoke in her native tongue , teary-eyed, when asked what she feels as the new Miss World: “Salamat sa mga kababayan ko. Mahal na mahal ko kayo.” One would feel the victory wasn’t only Megan’s; it was a victory for the Philippines. PageantFocus

This article first appeared on Missosology.

Miss Supranational 2013 is PHILIPPINES, Mutya Datul!

Mutya Datul of the PHILIPPINES, Miss Supranational 2013
Mutya Datul of the PHILIPPINES, Miss Supranational 2013
Mutya Datul of the PHILIPPINES, Miss Supranational 2013

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: Indonesia, Cok Istri Krisnanda Widani
  • 4th RUNNER UP: US Virgin Islands, Esonica Veira

Competing the top 20 are:

  • Venezuela – Annie Fuenmayor
  • Puerto Rico – Desirée Del Rio
  • Australia – Esma Voloder
  • Poland – Angelika Ogryzek
  • Gabon – Hillary Ondo
  • Canada – Suzette Hernandez
  • Thailand – Thanyaporn Srisen
  • Luxembourg – Heloise Paulmier
  • India – Vijaya Sharma
  • Myanmar – Khin Wint Wah
  • Belarus – Veronika Chachina
  • Russia – Yana Dubnik
  • Latvia – Diana Kubasova
  • Brazil – Raquel Benetti
  • Ukraine – Kateryna Sandulova
Winners all! Miss Supranational 2013 Top 5 (first row) and continental queens (second row). Photo by Milton Mieloch

Continental Queens:

  • Miss Asia and Oceania: Australia
  • Miss America: Brazil
  • Miss Europe: Belarus
  • Miss Africa: Gabon

Special Awardees:

  • Miss Internet: Myanmar
  • Miss National Dress: Nicaragua
  • Miss Talent: Malaysia
  • Miss Friendship: Macau
  • Miss Personality: Philippines
  • Miss Elegance: Sweden
  • Miss Top Model:- Moldova
  • Miss Photogenic:- Puerto Rico

Watch the crowning moment here:

Philippines’ Mutya Datul makes it to Top 20 of Miss Supranational

Mutya Datul being called into as one off the Top 20 girls
Mutya Datul being called into as one off the Top 20 girls
Mutya Datul being called into as one off the Top 20 girls

Mutya Datul of the Philippines made it to the Top 20 of Miss Supranational 2013.

Here’s the complete list of semifinalists:

  • Venezuela
  • Puerto Rico
  • Australia
  • Poland
  • Gabon
  • Canada
  • Thailand
  • Indonesia
  • US Virgin Islands
  • Luxembourg
  • India
  • Mexico
  • Myanmar
  • Belarus
  • Philippines
  • Russia
  • Latvia
  • Brazil
  • Turkey
  • Ukraine