Last year’s feat was amazing for Filipino beauties. The Philippines is, so far, the only country that placed in all major contests worldwide winning three crowns in a single year.
2014 Binibinis (from left): 2nd Runner-Up Hannah Ruth Sison, Bb. Pilipinas Tourism Queen International Parul Shah, Bb. Pilipinas Intercontinental Kris Tiffany Janson, Miss Universe Philippines Mary Jean Lastimosa, Bb. Pilipinas International Mary Anne Bianca Guidotti, Bb. Pilipinas Supranational Yvethe Marie Santiago and 1st Runner-Up Laura Victoria Lehmann
Mutya Johanna Datul bagged the Miss Supranational crown, the first for the country and for Asia, early in September in Belarus.
Megan Young clinched the Miss World title held in Indonesia, the first for the Philippines in the pageant’s 63-year history, later on the same month.
Ariella Arida placed 3rd Runner-Up in the Miss Universe held in Russia in October, the fourth consecutive year the Philippines landed in Top 5.
Angelee Delos Reyes was in Top 8 in the Miss Earth held in the Philippines in November.
Until the holding of Miss International in Japan in December, the #1 beauty powerhouse position was being contested between the Philippines and Venezuela, as its delegates were proclaimed Miss Universe and Miss Earth.
But with Bea Rose Santiago’s win, clinching the fifth Miss International crown for the Philippines, there’s no doubt that, indeed, Filipinas are collectively the most beautiful and talented women in the whole world.
2013 Filipina titleholders: Miss International Bea Rose Santiago, Miss World Megan Young, Miss Supranational Mutya Johanna Datul and Miss Tourism International 2013/14 Angeli Dione Gomez
In between the major contests, Annalie Forbes placed 3rd Runner-Up in the first Miss Grand International held in Thailand which was won by Miss Puerto Rico. Koreen Medina placed 3rd Runner-Up in the Miss Intercontinental pageant held in Germany, won by Miss Russia.
Ending 2013 and starting 2014 was the win of Angeli Dione Gomez in the Miss Tourism International contest held in Malaysia on New Year’s Eve. She succeeded Rizzini Alexis Gomez. It was a back-to-back win for the Philippines in the 17-year-old pageant rooted in the neighboring Southeast Asian country.
(See related story in this blog–Beauty powerhouse Philippines ends 2013 with a big bang, starts 2014 with aplomb https://arloc888.wordpress.com/2014/01/01/beauty-powerhouse-philippines-ends-2013-with-a-big-bang-starts-2014-with-aplomb/)
The challenge for the Philippines this year is how to sustain its winning streak. Not only Filipinos had been anxious who’s going to represent the country in various contests, but the focus of beauty aficionados around the globe turned to the country for the holding of Binibining Pilipinas 2014.
Will the Misses Philippines this year be as good as the Misses Philippines last year?
They are, based on the results:
Miss Philippines Universe is Mary Jean Lastimosa (#25). Her third try for a crown finally paid off and it’s the prime title.
Bb. Pilipinas International is Mary Anne Bianca Guidotti (#22).
Bb. Pilipinas Intercontinental, making history as the first to wear the crown, as BPCI got the franchise of Miss Intercontinental this year, is Kris Tiffany Janson (#13).
Bb. Pilipinas Supranational is Yvethe Marie Santiago (#35).
Bb. Pilipinas Tourism Queen International is Parul Shah (#4).
Ending up as First Runner-Up and Second Runner-Up respectively are Laura Victoria Lehmann (#11) and Hannah Ruth Sison (#27).
MJ Lastimosa being crowned by Miss Universe 2013 Gabriela Isler and Miss Universe 2013 3rd Runner-Up Ariella Arida
The winners were chosen by a panel of judges that include Miss Universe Organization President Paula Shugart, Miss Universe 2013 Gabriela Isler, Senator Juan Edgardo Angara, broadcast journalist Korina Sanchez, ABS-CBN executive Cory Vidanes and Miss International 1979 Melanie Marquez among others, in a glittering ceremony at the Araneta Coliseum on March 30.
(Watch the crowning moment of the new Filipina queens here: http://youtu.be/uVIIVyca8mQ)
From hundreds of applicants, 40 were chosen as official candidates. Then they were narrowed to Top 15.
Rounding up the semi-finalists circle were Julian Aurine Flores (#1), Joanna Angelica Romero (#3), Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach (#8), Emma Mary Tiglao (#14), Zahara Mae Soriano (#16), Mae Liezel Ramos (#19), Kenneth Santiago (#20) and Nichole Marie Manalo (#23).
Special Awardees: Best in National Costume – Kris Tiffany Janson; Best in Talent – Gabrielle Erika Tilokani; Miss Friendship – Racquel Kabigting; Manila Bulletin Readers’ Choice – Ladylyn Riva; Miss Avon – Yvethe Marie Santiago; Miss Photogenic – Kris Tiffany Janson; Best in Swimsuit – Mary Jean Lastimosa; Best in Long Gown – Mary Anne Bianca Guidotti; She’s So Jag Award – Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach; Miss Philippine Airlines Award – Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach; Miss Cream Silk Award – Yvethe Marie Santiago.
The iconic poster of this year’s Grand Coronation Night
Hosting the affair were Xian Lim and Anne Curtis, anchored by Miss Universe 2010 4th Runner-Up Venus Raj, Miss Universe 2011 3rd Runner-Up Shamcey Supsup and Miss Universe 2012 1st Runner-Up Janine Tugonon.
It was Gabriela Isler herself who asked MJ in the Q & A:
“For you, what is the greatest advantage of being a woman?”
Her answer, “The advantage of a woman is being able to compose ourselves, just like here… we’re standing in front of thousands of people, but we try to compose ourselves. Tonight, thousands of people are standing here celebrating the beauty of a woman – and that is the advantage of being a woman.”
Sorely missed in the winners’ circle is Pia Wurtzbach, who was last year’s First Runner-Up. But as MJ showed, there’s always a third chance. Next year, Pia might be Miss Universe Philippines or Bb. Pilipinas International or any of the three other crowns.
The Gold Queens (50th year of BBP) from left: Pia Wurtzbach, Cindy Miranda, Ariella Arida, Bea Santiago and Mutya Datul
As former Bb. Pilipinas Universe and blogger (Adventures of a Beauty Queen http://adventuresofabeautyqueen.com/) Joyce Burton-Titular said:
“Remember, that a pageant will NEVER define who you are, unless you allow it to. So if you lose, do not call yourself a loser. You are not! At the same time, losing SHOULD make you feel bad, it SHOULD make you go down on your knees and cry. And yet like a good soldier, learn how to carry your battle scars with pride!
“And please, don’t deny yourself a time to mourn. Mourning is part of the healing process. But get back up and find the path that God has set out for you. Whether it be to join again or to move on to something new. Just move!”
Good luck, ladies, continue carrying the banner for the Philippines and womanhood!