Philippines’ MJ Lastimosa in Top 6 bettors pick to win 63rd Miss Universe crown; Colombia, USA, Venezuela, India, Spain lead poll

Before midnight on Sunday, January 25, 2015 (Monday morning in Manila) the new Miss Universe replacing Gabriela Isler of Venezuela would have been named.

The Miss Universe Pageant is always a big event for bettors, gamblers and oddmakers.

MJ Lastimosa MU swimsuit2Miss Philippines Mary Jean Lastimosa

In this 63rd edition of the most prestigious beauty contest, Miss Colombia, Miss USA, Miss Venezuela, Miss India, Miss Spain and Miss Philippines are consistently the top picks to win the coveted Nexus crown among the 88 contestants.

NicerOdds (, which claims to have the best offer to placing bets in the current Miss Universe contest held in Doral, Florida as they cover the top betting sites online to guide gamblers, have come up with the top picks with corresponding Highest Odds and Lowest Odds numbers.

MU 2014 Miss Colombia Paulina VegaMiss Colombia Paulina Vega

Miss Colombia leads, followed by Miss USA, then Miss Venezuela, Miss India, Miss Spain and Miss Philippines.

Miss France, Miss Costa Rica, Miss Mexico and Miss Russia make up the rest of the Top 10. MU 2014 Miss USAMiss USA Nia Sanchez

Placing 11th to 20th are delegates from Brazil, St. Lucia, Angola, Australia, Indonesia, Guyana, Ukraine, Haiti, Kosovo and Puerto Rico.

MU 2014 Miss SpainMiss Spain Desiree Cordero Ferrer

After the preliminaries on January 22nd though, where the candidates paraded in their National Costume, Swimsuit and Long Gown, MsUniversePageant Hotspot ( came up with the Top 15 performers and ranked #1 is Miss Philippines Mary Jean Lastimosa.

MU 2014 Miss India gown1Miss India Noyonita Lodh

“Her performance in the preliminary competition was sublime. It goes to show that she really is more than prepared for the deathmatch. We’re not digging the style of her gown as it didn’t accentuate her figure, but sure did in the swimsuit round! She’s our top bet in swimsuit. Whew! Her body figure is what we are envious of,” says the blurb why the Filipina beauty tops  them all.

MU 2014 Miss ArgentinaMiss Argentina Valentina Ferrer

Ranked #2 is Miss Argentina Valentina Ferrer.

Miss Jamaica Kaci Fennell is ranked #3, followed by Miss Mexico Josselyn Garciglia at #4 and Miss Colombia Paulina Vega at #5.

MU 2014 Miss VenezuelaMiss Venezuela Migbelis Castellanos

Sixth is Miss Ukraine Diana Harkusha, Miss USA Nia Sanchez at #7, Miss Costa Rica Karina Ramos at #8, and Miss Guyana Niketa Barker and Miss Russia Yulia Alipova at #9 and #10 respectively.

The rest of the Top 15 are Miss Dominican Republic Kimberly Castillo, Miss Ecuador Alejandra Argudo, Miss Spain Desiree Cordero Ferrer, Miss Indonesia Elvira Devinamira and Miss Kenya Gaylyne Ayugi.

Choosing Miss Universe 2014 are judges Filipino boxing sensation Manny Pacquiao, musician Emilio Estefan, model-actor William Levy, NFL great DeSean Jackson, skateboarder and reality TV star Rob Dyrdek, baseball pitcher Giancarlo Cruz-Michael Stanton, fashion journalist Louise Roe, British author and movie and TV personality Lisa Vanderpump, fashion designer-actress Kristin Cavallari and Marie-Claire creative director Nina Garcia.

MU 2014 Miss MexicoMiss Mexico Josselyn Garciglia

Meanwhile, Miss Universe Philippines 2013 and 3rd Runner-Up Ariella Arida serves as the correspondent for On The Scene, a web series on the Miss Universe YouTube channel, taking fans to behind-the-scenes as the 88 contestants prepare for exclusive events leading up to the big night including Preliminary Competition, National Costume Show and Contestant Rehearsals on the official Miss Universe channel

Last year, it was Miss Universe Philippines 2012 and 1st Runner-Up Janine Tugonon who did the task. The previous year it was Miss Universe Philippines 2011 and 3rd Runner-Up Shamcey Supsup.

This is also the fifth time that a Filipino, in the person of Manny Pacquiao, sits as judge in the Miss Universe.

Foreign Affairs Secretary Carlos P. Romulo was the first Filipino to sit as judge in the prestigious contest when it was held in Manila in 1974 won by Miss Spain Amparo Munoz.

In 1989, fashion designer Josie Cruz Natori was one of the judges who chose Angela Visser of Holland as Miss Universe in Cancun, Mexico.

Then in 1991, singer Kuh Ledesma sat in the panel in Las Vegas, Nevada that chose Miss Mexico Lupita Jones as the new Miss Universe.

Manny-PacquiaoManny Pacquiao: 5th Filipino Miss Universe judge

In 2011, Broadway star Lea Salonga flew to Sao Paulo, Brazil to judge the contestants with Miss Angola Leila Lopes winning the crown. Lea later said in an interview that she had Miss Philippines Shamcey Supsup ranked #2 in her sheet. Shamcey placed 3rd Runner-Up.

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Fil-Am model John Spainhour happily banners Philippines in Mr. World 2014; Reigning Miss World Megan Young to co-host Pageant

Filipino-American model John De Lara Spainhour finds that the most supportive country ever known is the Philippines, and he’s glad to represent the country he grew up in and his present residence in the Mr. World 2014.


John, whose mother hails from Dumaguete City, Negros Oriental, was Century Tuna Superbods 2012 winner and Bench image model.

He served in the US Marine Corps as sniper in Iraq for five years. He moved to Manila after completing his service in 2011 and his international standard looks got him modelling stints immediately one after the other.

John was the first delegate to be interviewed by the organization how he got involved in the Mr. World experience.


John Spainhour with Ms. Cory Quirino and Mr. World Philippines 2015 Sam Adjani

“Actually, the Manila bloggers and people in the industry had been throwing my name out there for who they wanted at Mr. World. The word was spreading around, so I entered the competition in Manila and I ended up winning it,” the amiable Fil-Am model said.

At the selection of Mr. World Philippines 2014, Ms. Cory Quirino of CQ Global Quest, franchise holder of Miss World and Mr. World in the Philippines, also announced the country’s representative to the next competition – 23-year-old 6’3” tall Sam Adjani, a Filipino-Iranian-Japanese ramp and commercial model like John.

Clink link to view John’s intro video


Miss World 2013 Megan Young

The Miss World Organization (, the same organization that runs Mr. World, announced that the Mr. World 2014 Final is to be presented by reigning Miss World Megan Young of the Philippines and Mr. World 2012 Talent Competition winner Frankie Cena of Canada.

It will be held in Torbay (the English Riviera), the United Kingdom on June 15, 2014 live across the planet on the Mr. World YouTube Channel.


John’s first selfie in Torquay posted on Facebook

(Also, Like the Mr. World Facebook page for link and instructions.)

Megan and Frankie will take over the hosting chores from English singer and media personality Myleene Klass (herself a half-Filipina) and Mr. World 2010 Kamal Ibrahim of Ireland.

Before becoming a beauty queen, Megan had been an active TV and movie actress who also dabbled as host.

“I’m so excited to be hosting again! I have missed it so much that I’m excited to do my first ever international hosting gig. Looking forward to meeting the guys and seeing who has what it takes to be the next Mr. World,” the beautiful Miss World from the Philippines said of her new role in the organization.


John poses with a group of Filipinas he met in England

John admits he’s a little bit pressured not only because of compatriot Megan Young’s win as Miss World last year but more so of Mr. Philippines Andrew Wolff’s second place finish to Mr. Colombia Francisco Escobar in the Mr. World 2012.

“Yeah, I feel a little bit of pressure, not only from Megan Young but from the past Mr. World contestant, Andrew Wolff. He set the bar pretty high for me, coming in as first runner-up at the previous Mr. World. So, yeah, I have a lot to live up to,” he said.


John happy on his 27th birthday

Nonetheless, John said, “I’m really relaxed. I’m really chill. I like to goof around but I know when to use my gifts where they should be. Please support me and the rest of the contestants on our journey, and I hope the best man wins.”

Mr. World is a biennial contest that started by Miss World Organization in 1996. First winner was Mr. Belgium Tom Nuyens. It was followed by Mr. Venezuela in 1998, Mr. Uruguay in 2000, Mr. Brazil in 2003, and Mr. Spain in 2007. There were years that the contest did not happen as planned. However, since 2010 it became biennial again.

John celebrated his 27th birthday last June 6. The outpouring of support from the Philippines and from Filipinos all over the world made him say:

“I just want to let everyone know that it’s very obvious, amongst everyone here, who the most supportive country is.
PHILIPPINES!!!  Thank you everyone, for all the awesome support, likes, and comments you all are giving me. You guys are great!”


John with the rest of Blue Team

The candidates get additional points for the Likes on their official Facebook pages and YouTube videos. Although Mr. Philippines is leading in both categories, supporters of other countries work as hard as Filipinos.

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Then US Marine John with mom Josefina De Lara Spainhour

More facts about John De Lara Spainhour

  • He was born in South Carolina, USA but grew up in Manila, Philippines
  • In his spare time he likes to be in the outdoors, going camping, snowboarding and hiking
  • He is also a scuba diver and likes to play video games
  • He is the youngest of three brothers. One brother also works as model in Thailand
  • He’s a fan of all genres and styles when it comes to pop culture
  • He describes himself as disciplined, hardworking and dedicated
  • His personal motto is “Find something that makes you happy”


The official candidates of Mr. World 2014 at the Sailing Event

Photos from the Official Mr. World, Mr. World Philippines and Miss World Facebook Pages

MAPW 2014 3rd Runner-Up Miss Philippines Hillarie Parungao home, shares insight on controversies hounding pageant

Miss Philippines Hillarie Danielle Parungao is home and posted on Facebook her insight on the controversies hounding the recently concluded Miss Asia Pacific World 2014 pageant held in Seoul, Korea where she ended 3rd Runner-Up to Miss Myanmar May Myat Noe.


Miss Asia Pacific World Philippines 2014 Hillarie Danielle Ang Parungao in her National Costume

First Runner-Up was Miss Korea, 2nd Runner-Up was Miss Macau, Miss India was 4th Runner-Up, Miss Singapore was 5th Runner-Up and Miss Thailand was 6th Runner-Up.

Miss Philippines also won the Grand National Costume Award.

(See related stories Miss Myanmar is Miss Asia Pacific World 2014; Miss Philippines 3rd Runner-Up and Miss Philippines Hillarie Danielle Parungao top pick to win Miss Asia Pacific World 2014 crown in Korea


MAPW 2014 and the Runners-Up. Extreme right is 3rd Runner-Up Miss Philippines Hillarie Parungao

In her post, Hillarie said it’s time to move forward and she’d be glad to mentor other candidates if they want to join said pageant someday.

“Obviously, I was disappointed I didn’t win the crown. Initially it was a shock to me. Indeed this pageant is an example of contests that is debated fiercely by fans, fought well by candidates, and the final results are questioned by the popular will.

“But after talking to Lawrence Choi, it is time to move forward and look at different directions. My conversation with Lawrence Choi was enlightening, and gave me a better understanding of international pageants. He kept repeating that this is my first international pageant, and that there are so many things I didn’t know. Because of his counsel, I felt like a winner in a way: I won a lot of information that will only help me become stronger, knowledgeable, and improve my craft. I hope that this information can help me mentor other candidates especially if they want to join this pageant someday.

“When I left the country to compete in this international pageant, my promise is to make you all proud. I did not win the crown, but I hope you realize that I kept my promise. I hope I did not disappoint, and made you feel proud that I represented the country well. Let me say how thankful I am to the many people who supported and believed in me. As I try to fulfill my remaining days as Ms. Asia Pacific World Philippines 2014, please stay there with your love, prayers and support.

“‘The successful man will profit from his mistakes and try again in a different way.’”


Miss Asia Pacific World 2014 May Myat Noe of Myanmar with !st Runner-Up Miss Korea and 2nd Runner-Up Miss Macau

Jess, a reader of this blog and himself a WordPress blogger, commented on the article Controversy hounds Miss Asia Pacific World anew

“I was there. It was a big joke. I had tickets & table no. obtained weeks before. As I arrived at the venue, a local guy was going around trying to sell tickets to the event. Went into the venue & shocker. Our table was occupied.Tried to get some answers but no one could help. Some guy told us to just take whatever seat available. Hey, there are 10 of us. Can’t split up the group. Then door gifts for patrons were given to locals only. Big joke of the day….some of them were dressed in shorts.
Anyway, we had to stand there for half of the event. Then it turned into an awards show for local artistes. No translations whatsoever. Then whole pageant was rushed. Even bigger joke, Miss Myanmar won. Yeah, we know. Results already printed days before. She needed the first prize badly…..acting lessons. What a fake!! So much more to comment but running out of space here! In short, worst rigged competition ever.”

Moving forward, let Myanmar savor its first-ever international beauty title and crown, however minor it may be.


At Seoul Central Plaza

For the rest of the national pageants sending representatives to Miss Asia Pacific World, just use discretion.

Hillarie, on the other hand, is still young, very articulate and many see her to clinch a major title for her country in the near future.

Still High on the Coronation of MJ Lastimosa, Miss Philippines Universe 2014…

Move over, pretenders to the throne! The Queen of Philippine Beauty Pageantry Blogging is always around to give us the best insights and plenty of never-seen-before photos–the iconic 1985 Bb. Pilipinas Universe Joyce Ann Burton-Titular!

Adventures of a Beauty Queen

MJ Lastimosa full of joy as she is crowned after her third attempt at winning! Crowning her is last year's MUP Ariella Arida. On the left is reigning Miss Universe 2013 Gabriela Isler MJ Lastimosa full of joy as she is crowned after her third attempt at winning! Crowning her is last year’s MUP Ariella Arida. On the left is reigning Miss Universe 2013 Gabriela Isler

It’s been 6 days since MJ Lastimosa became our newest Miss Philippines Universe as I write, and I’m still feeling the thrill! So here’s a post of my best photos of her taken on the night she was crowned. Enjoy!

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“Mom, I hope MJ wins!”

About 22 hours before this North Cotabato/Davao beauty was crowned, I was chatting with my daughter Diandra on Skype. Diandra has ALWAYS been a major major fan of MJ. When MJ lost in 2012, my baby girl and I were so upset. Anyway, I was telling my daughter about how gorgeous the girls were this year and she said, “Mom, I hope…

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Will Angeli Dione Gomez be the first Filipina queen of 2014?

Some 60 candidates are vying for the title Miss Tourism International 2013/14 and the winner will be announced on New Year’s Eve at Putrajaya Marriott Hotel in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, succeeding Miss Tourism International 2012/13 Rizzini Alexis Gomez of the Philippines.


Miss Philippines Angeli Dione Gomez

The last worldwide beauty contest for the year 2013, with the new queen starting her reign on the very first minute of the year 2014, powerhouse Philippines is represented by Mutya Ng Pilipinas-Tourism International Angeli Dione Gomez of Cebu City. The 20-year-old Cebuana lists flow arts and skateboarding as her hobbies and to be a film director as her ambition, having studied at the International Academy of Film and Television in Mactan, Cebu, majoring in Film.


Angeli earned the right to represent the country when she won the Mutya Ng Pilipinas title along with Koreen Medina who became 3rd runner-up and Miss Asia and Oceania in the Miss Intercontinental 2013 Pageant held in Germany last December 14.


Two shining Mutyas: Koreen Andrea Medina and Angeli Dione Gomez

This is the 17th edition of the contest that started in 1994. Theme of the pageant is Bringing the World to Malaysia, which is also organized to promote Visit Malaysia Year 2014.


Before 2012, a Filipina was proclaimed the winner in 2000, Maria Esperanza Manzano. Maria Riza Martinez was 4th runner-up in the first edition in 1994; Sherilyn Reyes was 3rd runner-up in 1995; then Mellany Montemayor was 2nd runner-up in 1998 and Raquel Uy was 1st runner-up in 1999. The Philippines did not place again (could be because no delegate was sent every year) until 2010 when Barbara Salvador placed 3rd runner-up. There were no contests in 1996 and 1997.


By number of wins, the Philippines is on top, along with India and Poland, with two wins. Other countries with winners are Malaysia, Netherlands, Germany, Romania, France, USA, South Africa, Thailand, Greece and Australia.


Last December 15, Miss Indonesia Kalia Labitta Yudhasoka was awarded the Miss Gorgeous Beverly Wilshire, a special award given by Beverly Wilshire Medical Centre.


Angeli is one of the favorites to win Miss Tourism International 2013/14. So will it be from Miss Philippines to Miss Philippines, Gomez to Gomez?

We will know if this happens on New Year’s Eve at

Miss International 2013: Bea Santiago vies for Philippines’ 5th win, asks supporters not to bash other candidates

The Miss International 2013 Pageant in Tokyo, Japan is the last major beauty contest for this year. The successor to current titleholder Ikumi Yoshimatsu will be known on December 17.


Miss Philippines Bea Rose Santiago 

Consistently the top picks among the 72 candidates are those from Netherlands, Philippines, Venezuela, Mexico, Iceland, Sweden, Spain, India, Brazil, Puerto Rico and Lithuania.

Other favorites are Misses Haiti, Gabon, Poland, Finland, Indonesia, Australia, Korea, Honduras, Japan and Gibraltar.


Bea with Miss Venezuela Nicelin Elian Herrera Vasquez

Beauty pageant aficionados are focusing on the Philippines and Venezuela, as both countries have two crowns each—Miss World and Miss Supranational for the Philippines and Miss Universe and Miss Earth for Venezuela. Puerto Rico is the first-ever Miss Grand International winner.

While Venezuela did not place in the other pageants, the Philippines strongly finished in the contests it did not win—3rd runner-up in Miss Universe, 3rd runner-up in Miss Grand International and Top 8 in Miss Earth.

As the torchbearer for the Philippines’ final hurray, Bea Rose Santiago said in her interview before she flew to Japan that she’s not pressured at all to win the crown. Confidently prepared, she said that she will bring storm to the Land of the Rising Sun, referring to the strongest storm ever to make landfall in history last month which devastated Tacloban City and many other areas in Central Visayas.

Barely a week into the finals, Bea asked her supporters not to be antagonistic in commenting on social media. As the world knows, beauty contests are taken seriously in this country and fans and supporters fight tooth and nail for their candidates.


An aficionado commented: Miss USA Andrea Neu surely likes to be with one who speaks English fluently

She posted on Facebook via mobile her sentiments of the brickbats online.

“To all my supporters, please be mindful of your comments about my fellow Miss International candidates. It’s me who’s having a hard time as we hurt other people with the comments even if they’re done in jest. I’m so thankful that I have lots of supporters but I hope for proper demeanor in making critical comments. They are all nice. Let’s just leave the competition on stage and through voting,” she said in Filipino.

Bea enjoins her supporters to vote for her at

The 22-year-old pretty lass from Masbate spent half of her teen years in Canada but said she’s staying put in the country and vowed never to leave again, happy and contented with her life among friends and relatives.

The Philippines has produced four Miss International winners: Gemma Cruz in 1964, Aurora Pijuan in 1970, Melanie Marquez in 1979 and Precious Lara Quigaman in 2005.


The Miss International 2013 delegates

Unlike Miss Universe and Miss World, explains that this pageant is not based on looks alone.

“The contestants are expected to serve as ‘ambassadors of peace and beauty,’ showing tenderness, benevolence, friendship, beauty, intelligence, ability to take action, and most importantly a great international sensibility. The ultimate goal of the Miss International beauty pageant is to promote world peace, goodwill, and understanding,” the web site says.


Miss Photogenic is Miss Lithuania Elma Segzdaviciute

Miss International (organized in 1960) is part of the Big Four international beauty pageants. The other three are Miss World (1951), Miss Universe (1952) and Miss Earth (2001).

Though Miss World and Miss Universe are more popular, all four are considered the most coveted titles in international pageantry.

Miss International’s slogan is Love, Peace and Excitement to the World.


Online poll

A parallel Miss Internet 2013 is also being conducted and votes can be cast at until December 16.

Missosology, an organization dedicated to beauty pageants, has its own online poll at

Leading the pack is Miss Myanmar Gonyi Aye Kyaw with7000+ votes, followed by Miss Philippines with 5000+ and Miss Haiti Clara Luce Lafond at 1000.

Catching up are Miss Tahiti Ohana Huber, Miss Gibraltar Jamielee Randall, Miss India Gurleen Grewal, Miss Mexico Lucero Miroslava Montemayor Gracia, Miss USA Andrea Neu, Miss Nepal Shritima Shah and Miss Poland Katarzyna Oracka.

Miss Venezuela is Miss Earth 2013; Austria, Thailand and Korea as Misses of the Elements

Miss Venezuela Alyz Henrich was proclaimed Miss Earth 2013 in eco-friendly ceremonies at the Versailles in Alabang, Muntinlupa City, Philippines Saturday night. The 22-year-old beauty bested 87 other candidates from all over the globe to be this year’s queen of female earth warriors. In her bio she said, “Taking care of our water is taking care of ourselves, water is life. Let’s keep it clean.”


Crowned Miss Air was Miss Austria Katia Wagner, while Miss Thailand Punika Kulsoontornrut was declared Miss Water and Miss Korea Catharina Choi as Miss Fire.

Rounding up the Top 8 were Miss Philippines, Miss Mexico, Miss Poland and Miss Serbia. The remainder of the group that advanced to the  semi-finals were Misses Turkey, Chile, France, China, Mauritius, Spain, Poland and USA.

In her answer to the question, “How does eco-tourism contribute to the protection of the environment?” Miss Venezuela said, “Because we people are responsible also for destruction (of) our nature, we need to be aware and take care of Mother Earth.”
Favorites Miss India and Miss Ukraine did not make it to Top 16. The surprise was Miss Austria who was not mentioned a lot in the predictions but almost got the main title.
As the host country’s representative, Angelee delos Reyes did her best in the Q & A. Her question, “It’s been a month since Haiyan hit the Philippines, how do you think Mother Earth feels now?”
She answered: “It feels like Mother Earth is very sad of what’s happening, that’s also in the song I wrote about what’s happening to our environment nowadays, environmental problems… I think typhoon Yolanda didn’t just happen to devastate Philippines and other countries but a wake up call or to make us realize that we must take care of one another, take care of the Earth, environment, so that it will take care of us in return. So together, let’s save our Earth not just for the people of today but the generations to come.”
Miss Earth 2012 Tereza Fajksova of Czech Republic ended her reign with a serenade by singer-recording artist David Pomeranz who rendered his hit song, “Got To Believe.”
Venezuela, having won two titles in the Big 4 Pageants (with Miss Universe Gabriela Isler) has dislodged the Philippines as the Country of the Year (with Miss World Megan Young).
The Philippines, though, can reclaim the glory if Bea Rose Santiago wins Miss International in Japan culminating on December 17. Miss Supranational 2013 Mutya Johanna Datul has added to the Philippines’ hold as a beauty powerhouse. Ariella Arida was third runner-up in the Miss Universe. In the debuting Miss Grand International in Thailand won by Miss Puerto Rico Janelee Chaparro, Ali Forbes placed third runner-up, too.
Live stream was on and and shown live on TV on Star World. Delayed telecast on ABS-CBN Sunday before ASAP.