A few hours before a new set of Queens are crowned, allow me to give you my predictions for this year's Bb. Pilipinas pageant.
These ladies have really high potential in this years pageant. If they play their cards well come finals night. They might just snatch one of the crowns
THE RUNNERS UP
These are very strong contenders this year but after seeing their performances in the preliminaries and the interviews. I am placing these two in the runner up's league.
BB PILIPINAS GLOBE 2018
Binibini 17: Ma. Atisah Manalo
BB PILIPINAS INTERCONTINENTAL 2018
Binibini 19: Michelle Gumabao
BB PILIPINAS GRAND INTERNATIONAL
Binibini 1: Vickie Rushton
BB PILIPINAS SUPRANATIONAL
Binibini 38 : Karen Gallman
MISS UNIVERSE PHILIPPINES
Binibini 20 : Catriona Gray
SO , THERE YOU GO! These are my list and hopefully I am right ;)
credits to www. bbpilipinas.com for the pics
Last Saturday I was invited by the organizers of Fiesta Queen 2016 to take photos of their candidates. Without hesitation , I took the offer and started shooting these ten gorgeous ladies. At first I was quite nervous as it was my first time doing an official photo shoot for a beauty pageant. I love pageants and I love photography. Putting them in one is like heaven for me!
Now, this not your ordinary beauty pageant as this is participated not by women but by our beautiful gay sisters in the LGBT community. Yes you heard me right. They we're born males but have blossomed into beautiful fairies.
The good thing about spending time with these kind of people is that you will be amazed of the very strong facade that they project yet the gentleness of character that they posses once you get to know them.
It is always fun and bubbly when they are around and it's always an amazing experience. The enthusiasm , the humor and the dedication they put into their endeavors will keep you inspired all through out. Such a class and vibrant act.
This batch is a truly hard one to follow. I hope by next year they will have an even more exciting set of candidates. I love this batch and I will always treasure these moments with them.
This is the first of this Pageant. Fiesta Queen is a pageant in celebration of the different fiestas celebrated in Cebu. Each candidate is a Queen representing a certain province. So without any further ado, let me introduce you to this year's candidates .
Here's another set of their pictorial which is more reflective of their personality.
The most challenging part for me is choosing who will be this year's Miss Photogenic. I was given the privilege to decide who is going to bag that award and as of this writing I still can't make up my mind.
I have about three or four that I find really stunning in this batch but as to who will get the award, I still have to check every single photo and see who is consistently beautiful. I would also need your help in making a decision.
Thank you in advance Everyone! and Good Luck to the Candidates!
Last year I had my predictions and though I missed most of the spots, the 1st on my list was spot on. I had Pia Wurtzbach as my Miss Universe Philippines predicted winner and not only did she won that she also gave the country the third Miss Universe crown.
Now that a new season of beauties has come. Who shall Pia crown as the next Miss Universe Philippines. I have tried to score the ladies based on their pictures and videos and I have come up with my Top 15 list.
So there you go, my preditions for Bb. Pilipinas 2016, . I am not really good at predictions but I've guessed it last year so let's see. I hope they crown a worthy candidate this year. Pia is a pretty tough one to follow.
Dislaimer : Photos courtesy of www.missuniverse.com and www.bbpilipinas.com
I have been an avid pageant fan and since it's BB Pilipinas season once again , I will once more give you my predictions but I will do that in another article. As for today, I would like to feature one candidate that I thought stood out among the rest of the candidates. Not only because of her color but how she carried herself in all the activities and how she can capture the heart of every person she meets. She is candidate no 22 . Apriel Smith. Though, we are not acquainted, I have seen her in person a couple of times. She is quite a celebrity here in Cebu. She is mostly in the runway and every time I see her, I always tell myself. I hope she joins BB Pilipinas. And who knew? S he is in in the competition and I can't help but be excited for her. She is very mesmerizing in person and she appeals very nicely to people.
She is the AA Barbie Doll of Cebu. Great stage presence , very classy catwalk and has the right amount of confidence to take her to places.
One of the things that really captured my attention is how she carried herself during the National Costume Presentation. The way she lifted the image of Sto. Nino showed how elegant and graceful she is. Instead of Parading herself at the center , she chose to put the highlight on to the image that she carried and gave everyone a very charming smile . Quite a Queenly gesture if you'd ask me.
She is quite a performer too . Just by looking at her photos below, you can tell that she is the competitive type. She will surely give everyone a run for their money. I just wish that the stars will align for her come April . 17, 2016 at the Smart Araneta center.
So by now, you probably realize that she is my bet for the top plum. I know that some are not quite convinced of her beauty . Others might say that we are not ready yet for a black Filipina but we will never really know until we give it a chance. While others might say she looks too common in the international scene , I know Apriel can stand out effortlessly.
Disclaimer: I do not own these photos. First three photos were grabbed from Apriel Smith's Instagram account and the rest are courtesy of www.binibiningpilipinas.com
In a few days from now, former Mister Myanmar and reigning Mister Global International Myat Thuya Lwin will pass on his title to one of the twenty one candidates of Mister Global International 2015. This year, the countries represented are Australia, Brazil, Cambodia, Chile, Czech Republic, France, India, Indonesia, Korea, Latvia, Lebanon, Malaysia, Myanmar, Peru, Philippines, Puerto rico, Singapore, Sri lanka, Thailand, Venezuela and Vietnam.
Since there is only a few of them this year. I thought predicting the winner would be a lot easier but upon reviewing their pics and performances. I must say it's not as easy as I thought it would be. So I once again created a tally sheet judging each candidate based on pictures and performances and I have come up with the ten best countries that are represented well in this years competition.
Are you eager to know who they are? Before I reveal my top 10, Let me once again present to you the 21 candidates of Mister Global International 2015 which will be held in Thailand on March 7, 2015.
1. Brazil - Diogo Bernardes
2. Sri Lanka - Madura Peiris
3. Venezuela - Yuber Jimenez
4. Philippines - Joseph Doruelo
5. Chile - Cristobal Alvarez
So there you go , my predictions for March 7, 2015. Will it be a hit or miss for me? We'll see but for now, we'll just have to wait.
Credits to www.misterglobal.net and www.missosology.info for the pictures
So how did the the story end? Read along ... this is how the guy chose to end it..
One day he just woke up feeling a little stranger than usual. The arrow woke up being tired of his pointy life again. Until he heard a question too familiar that it was not strange at all.
"Excuse me, but have you lost your heart?"
The arrow was surprised. It was the heart who used to be pierced through him. And there was no reply… The arrow and the heart didn’t need any.
A cute and bubbly film that attempts to answer the question "Where do broken hearts go? Angelica Panganiban and JM de Guzman takes you to places you've never been in you hearts and tells you the tale of "The arrow with a heart pierced through it". A short story written by Macy(Angelica) way back in college as part of a school project. I was intrigued by the way it was written so I did a research online and this is what i found in tumbler.
The arrow with a heart pierced through it
There was an Arrow who was getting tired of his pointy life. Until one day he woke up feeling heavier than usual. He woke up with a heart pierced through him.
"Whose heart are you and how did you get here?"
But there was no reply.
He floated about, asking those along the way, “Have you lost your heart?”
But he couldn’t find the owner of this heart.
He decided to ignore the weight he was carrying by going back to doing what he was doing. He floated away carrying the weight of the heart.
As time passed, he felt the weight decrease. He was either getting used to the weight he was carrying or the heart was carrying itself.
One day the heart just slowly moved back from the arrow. Slowly… very slowly… until the heart is no longer pierced through the arrow. And so the heart moved on. The arrow who used to have a heart pierced through him tried to move on. But he was too heavy and he was dragging himself down. The arrow could not understand why he felt heavier… when he no longer had the load of carrying somebody’s heart. So the arrow tried to go back to his old, pointy life and every day, he would wake up feeling heavier than usual. But there was no heart pierced through hime each time. So the arrow decided to be patient and just try to be the old arrow that he was before he became the arrow with a heart pierced through him. So he can live normally again. And he did.
In Macy's story it ended here but as the movie progressed, you will be hinted that there is some sort of a resolution to this. Along the storyline you will see how natural and engaging the characters are. They are well portrayed and it made the movie more captivating and relatable.
Such a lovely metaphor of two estranged hearts finding their way back to trusting oneself and falling in love again. A simple plot with realistic scenes that makes every viewer hooked till the end.
The cute chemistry between Angelica and JM added flavor to the whole movie. I must say in a scale of 1 to 10, I would give this movie an 8. This is by far the best filipino movie after Got to believe in 2002. Truly a movie worth watching.
So where do broken hearts go? After seeing this movie, I can say that the best way to ease the pain is to share it with someone. It doesn't have to be with a special someone. It could be just anybody else that can understand and communicate with your feelings. Human as we are , We are capable of sympathizing and empathizing others. It is in our nature to show affection. This movie tells us that you need not to be alone in your dark and lonely days. Sometimes you just need someone to pour your heart out and be who you are regardless.
A funny and tickling tale of friendship, love and affection. Something that we all have in our lives but we often take for granted. This movie reminds us that love in it's truest essence don't hurt but actually heals.
The Miss Universe fever is over and Congratulations to MJ Lastimosa for making it to the top 10. It was a tough job but she did pretty well in the finals. Now we need to move on and find another Filipina hopeful that will bring prestige to our country.
Binibining Pilipinas 2015 madness in on. Thirty-four equally beautiful filipinas will compete for five major titles on March 15, 2015 at the Smart Araneta Coliseum. Who will be Miss Universe Philippines, BB Pilipinas International, BB Pilipinas Supranational, BB Pilipinas Intercontinental and BB Pilipinas Tourism? We'll that remains unanswered till the finals night.
As a pageant fan, we always try to predict who's going to make it and today allow me to present to you fifteen candidates that topped my list. This is my partial prediction and may change as the final date get's nearer. So are you ready? Here goes....
1. Candidate no 10 : PIA ALONZO WURTZBACH
Pia has been my sentimental favorite since she joined Binibini two years ago. I honestly think the Miss Universe Crown is suited for her but she needs to prove that first by winning this local pageant. Even Ines Ligron saw that in her. A few more pounds and inches to loose and I am pretty sure she will make waves in the final night.
2. Candidate no 28 : HANNA RUTH SISON
Hanna is not my cup of tea. I was never a fan of her beauty until her runner up finish from last year's competition. She grew into a beautiful Swan. Her irresistible smile and charming personality is her greatest asset. She is very very filipina and that's what I like about her.
3. Candidate no 12 : KYLIE VERSOZA
She is the biggest surprise on my list. Not my favorite nor someone I'd hype but she managed to climb to the top 3 spot of my scoring system. She could be the dark horse of the competition. I searched on her pictures and she's very angelic, very beautiful and refreshing to look at. I wouldn't mind if she gets the Supranational Crown.
3. Candidate no 29 : NANCY LEE LEONARD
A breath of fresh air. She's young, beautiful and oozing with appeal. She actually is one of the few candidates that has the Miss Universe Caliber. With proper training, I think she can be miles better than Pia . She's very raw yet very competitive at that stage. She has a bright future in Philippine Pageantry. Honestly, she can be Miss World too if given the right training and exposure.
5. Candidate no 6 : TONI ALYESSA HIPOLITO
This girl is a make or break candidate. It's either she is at her best or at her worst. Though she's not new on the Bb. Pilipinas Stage, she needs to work a lot if she would like to be really on the top 5. This girl came as a surprise as well on my rankings but maybe she has it. Another Dark Horse perhaps.
So there you go, my partial preditions for Bb. Pilipinas 2015. I am not really good at predictions but let's see. This list will change I'm sure once I review their interviews , press photos and other activity performance but till then, this list is good enough.
Photos Courtesy of http://www.bbpilipinas.com
THE DARK HORSE, THE STAND OUT, THE WINNER!
My Binibining Pilipinas 2012 -TOP 5 Prediction
As a Doll Director for almost 8 years now, I have searched all over the world to find unique doll faces that would add up to an increasing doll collection and would serve as representatives in international doll competitions. I am fan of pageants and recently I found myself checking pictures of the candidates of this years Binibining Pilipinas. Since Maria Venus Raj's controversy , I have been carefully watching this pageant. Truly, Venus Raj raised the bar in Philippine pageantry. So here they are the 30 Candidates of Binibining Pilipinas 2012.
I wouldn't say this a strong batch but there are some striking faces that if they were dolls, I would buy and collect them no matter how much they cost. After seeing the Primer at ABS CBN it sure did change my views on the candidates. So what is it exactly that I am looking for? Well, I am in search for Dark Horses, those beauties that keep getting better and better and becoming a threat to the front runners. Or she could also be the Stand out! Exuding confidence in all areas of the competition. Or she could have the winning Aura! The Winner! , the one favored by experts and pageant fanatics. Here's my top 5 , I have a very weird taste but I think I have good if not at all average prediction skills.
Candidate # 30 , Sherlyn Gonzales. I would say, she has both the Stand Out and The Winner Potential. Though I find her movements a little bit stiff and controlled, If given more trainings , she can be a total stand out in this years' Miss Universe Pageant in the same way that Ximena did during her time. This one is a silent killer.
Next on my list is Candidate # 3, Nicole Marable, though her Catwalk skills needs a lot of improvement , I still find her as one of the top contenders in the pageant. For One, she has the face of a winner, great smile, beautiful face and if she's honed and trained well, she might be a front runner in this competition. What's so nice about her is that she knows how to acknowledge her weakness and is not afraid to pour her heart out. Having said that, I think she is a beauty Queen in the making. I really hope she makes it.
Another strong potential for the Miss Universe crown is Candidate # 9 Mary Jean Lastimosa. She has a Killer body to die for... Great phsyique, exotic look and brilliant in projecting and flaunting her assets in front of the camera. In terms of Drive and motivation, this one surely tops all of them. My only concern with MJ is the way she answers questions, I don't think she is that spontaneous and though she can express her thoughts in English, I don't think she expresses it really well. I personally think she needs to work on it . It could be her loosing end.
The Dark Horse, Candidate #24 Fer Mary Baliquing is another favorite, At first I thought she was a mediocre candidate, a center for mockery and labeling. I often encounter forum comments saying why a housemaid looking girl made it as an official candidate of Binibining Pilipinas. We'll my answer to that, Fer is more than what meets the eye. She won Miss Tagbilaran 2010 and she is very articulate. She can express her thoughts well and she's one of those who you would listen to whenever she talks. I honestly favor this one, I believe she has a very unique face that foreign countries can't resist.
Giselle Angelica Munoz , Candidate # 21 is another Dark Horse to watch out for. She's smart and has a very unique aura among the candidates. She has to work on her consistency though and stop being on the safe side but over all, I can see an international appeal on her. I hope she can sustain the strength her features are projecting. If she can manage that, she might win.
In choosing the right bearer of the crown, I honestly think that she must posses the heart of Venus and Shamcey. They have the will to win and the drive to make the country proud. I hope we won't be disappointed with whoever comes out as a winner and may she represent our country well.
This was something that was spreading in Facebook lately and thought of sharing it in this blog. Whether there is truth or not in it, you'd be the judge. I have never been a fan of Cory or Noynoy so this does not affect me but somehow made me think. Are the persons we consider as heroes right now, the real heroes? Though most people would ditch this kind of work by some activists, it had left me thinking is there some truth in it. We all know that filipinos are really good at fabrication so in one way or another this may have been an exaggerated truth but having said that i think there is some truth in it. I am just not sure which part. Maybe as a viewer I need to see more facts rather than seeing a narrative. I get their point but for me to be a firm believer on this, I need solid and hard evidence but I keep an open mind. Whether it is true or not, I hope God will help us unravel it.
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A lot of you may have heard about Fire attraction. A Fire Dancing Group composed of four talented blokes... Zero, Rex, Avil and Ralph whose passion for fire dancing has lead them to all sorts of places and achieved numerous recognitions. Ranking 7th in an International competition based in Australia and ranked second in the recently held Grand Finals of Talentadong Pinoy on TV5. They have auditioned in the first season of Pilipinas got talent and had passed the judges. Unluckily they did not make it to the semi finals. But that loss made them strive more and empowered their craft. Soon enough they were hot as hell and as good as heaven!
Now enough of Fire Attraction, this post is not about them. We all Know how amazing they are. But what amazed me more is this cute, innocent looking child whom you would never expect, can actually play with fire.Yes, FIRE! I'm talkiing about Biyoshi! that's what I call him but he's known as Say2x to his family. The first born of Zero and Joan who are both performers. Check out the video below and see how he spins that fire, days before his third birthday.
According to his Father Zero, this happened when he was practicing a routine, Biyoshi picked up the "poi" (ball of fire) and started spinning it. Luckily they caught it on camera as it is one of life's most precious moment. With a cheeky grinn, Biyoshi spins it round and round without burning himself (thank God). We'll I think this is the start of the new genertion of Fire Dancing , I'm excited to see what more tricks he can do, definitely we have The Next Fire Attraction.