Friday, April 5, 2019

What happened at the Bb. Pilipinas 2019 press presentation?

In case you missed it, here’s what happened during the Bb. Pilipinas 2019 press presentation.

The most important Bb. Pilipinas 2019 presentation took place last April 4. This is one of the major events of the pageant as they would be presented to the members of the press, sponsors, past beauty queens and most importantly to the BPCI officials. Based on legend (legend talaga?), the judges selected their favorites from this event and these ladies have the higher chance to place in the finals. Pageant bloggers/experts and media also pick favorites from this event. Any performers will be included in their leaderboard aka hotpicks.

Unfortunately, Madam Stella Araneta did not able to attend the event. According to my source, Madam SMA is currently in Colombia for a vacation. Anyways, other BPCI officers were present including major sponsors like Megaworld and ABS-CBN representative.

Also present were past beauty queens including Shamcey Supsup, Ara Arida and Nicole Cordoves. Of course, hindi magpapahuli ang mga reigning queens: Ahtisa Manalo, Michelle Gumabao and Jehza Huelar.

Enough of these narratives, let me present to you the happenings during the presentation of candidates.

1. Production number
The Binibinis opened the show with a production number to the tune of Jennifer Lopez’ “El Anillo

2. Swimsuit presentation
The girls paraded themselves showing their gym-earned abs wearing two-piece swimsuits by Domz Ramos and shoes by Jojo Bragais. Instead of the traditional numbers, the girls were called by their hometown/province with their sashes on. This is a first time in Binibini history. Miss Universe levels it is. Good job BPCI.

Here are the official candidates of Bb. Pilipinas 2019:

Jessica Marasigan, 25, Malabon City
Danielle Joi Magno, 25, Pangasinan
Martina Turner Diaz, 22, Muntinlupa City
Malka Shaver, 23, Zamboanga Sibugay
Sigrid Grace Flores, 26, Iloilo
Jane Darren Genobisa, 22, Davao del Sur
Honey Grace Cartasano, 25, Province of Rizal
Joahnna Carla Saad, 26, Dumaguete City
Melba Ann Macasaet, 25, Negros Oriental
Marianne Marquez, 26, Marikina City
Marie Sherry Anne Tormes, 27, Polangui Albay
Gazini Ganados, 23, Talisay City, Cebu
Maria Andrea Abesamis, 27, Pasig City
Leren Mae Bautista, 26, Laguna
Maria Isabela Galeria, 20, Sorsogon
Denise Omorog, 24, Baras, Catanduanes
Bea Patricia Magtanong, 24, Bataan
Hannah Arnold, 23, Masbate
Ilene de Vera, 23, Mandaue City, Cebu
Julia Saubier, 24, Daraga, Albay

Anne Baker, 26, Isabela Province
April Short, 24, Zamboanga City
Larah Grace Lacap, 25, Quezon City
Jean Nicole Guerrero, 25, Ilocos Sur
Samantha Ashley Lo, 26, Cebu City
Emma Mary Tiglao, 24, Pampanga
Samantha Mae Bernardo, 26, Palawan
Rubee Marie Faustino, 23, Province of Bulacan
Cassandra Colleen Chan, 24, Bacolod City
Rosham Saeed, 25, Maguindanao
Danielle Isabelle Dolk, 18, San Pablo City, Laguna
Mary Faye Cunanan, 22, Tarlac
Jessarie Dumaguing, 23, Puerto Princesa
Alanis Reign Binoya, 22, Batangas
Kimberly Mae Penchon, 26, La Union
Francia Layderos, 26, Libon, Albay
Samantha Poblete, 22, Cavite
Vickie Rushton, 26, Negros Occidental
Dia Nicole Magno, 24, Butuan, Caraga Region
Joanna Rose Tolledo, 25, Caloocan City

3. Novotel Manila poolside photoshoot
After the press presentation at the Monet 2 Ballroom, the ladies and the invited media proceeded to the 6th floor of the said hotel for the traditional poolside photoshoot.

In spite of the scorching heat of the sun, the ladies were all smiles to the media.

4. Mama J is the new Miss Universe Philippines “Creative and Events Director”
The popular pageant maker and talent manager Jonas Gaffud also attended the event. While waiting for the girls to arrive at the Novotel poolside, Gaffud had an ambush interview with the media. He confirmed in the interview that Miss Universe Organizations appointed him as the “Creative and Events Director” of the Miss Universe Philippines under the IMG Brand.

He will be responsible for elevating the level of Miss Universe Philippines further through his innovative and groundbreaking pageant creative concepts and ideas.

5. Ahtisa Manalo and Jehza Huelar pick favorites
TV reporters and bloggers had the opportunity to interview some of the reigning queens of Bb. Pilipinas.

Huelar was impressed by the transformations of this year’s contestants from the time they were screened. Meanwhile, Manalo is eyeing for five contestants who might get the Bb. Pilipinas International crown.

6. Press favorites?     
Some of the candidates were pick up from the holding area to do interviews with the media.

Aya Abesamis

Hannah Arnold

Gazini Ganados

Samantha Bernardo

Patch Magtanong

7. Miss Photogenic     
Accredited media filled-up a form and voted who is their choice for Miss Photogenic award. The votes will be tallied by BPCI staffs and the winner will be announced on the coronation night, June 9.

So there you, hope you’ve got a glimpse on what happened during the press presentation. The pageant is only starting and it’s early to tell who will win. I have my favorites of course but I will tell you in some other time. Please follow my social media accounts for more pageants and entertainment happenings:

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

PBA players Asi Taulava and Kiefer Ravena endorse Coach Yeng Guiao's political candidacy

All out ang suporta ni Kiefer Ravena at Asi Taulava sa pagtakbo ni Coach Yeng Guiao bilang Kongresista sa Pampanga.
Yeng Guiao is known in the sports world as the head coach of GILAS Pilipinas and NLEX Road Warriors of the Philippine Basketball Association. Did you know that aside from being a sports enthusiast, Coach Yeng Guiao is also running for a political post?
For this year’s election, he is aiming for a congressional seat in Pampanga’s first district that covers Angeles City, Mabalacat City and the Municipality of Magalang. He is trying to get back his seat as he served as congressman for the said district from 2013 to 2016. He was also a Vice Governor from 2004 to 2013. In 2001, he became a board member in the province of Pampanga.
Guaio met some of the bloggers last April 1 at FCL Center in Xavierville Ave., Quezon City.
His advocacy includes the continuous improvement and development of Clark Airport. He claimed that during his term as congressman, he was able to support the development of the said airport thru bills resolution.
“As you know nag dedevelop na ang Clark Airport. There are more flights now there, more tourists. When I was in Congress, we were able to support the development of Clark sa bills resolution. One of the result really is meron bagong terminal ngayon sa Clark. We were initially responsible for the funding of the 2.9 billion pesos siya, bagong terminal. Pina-privatize siya ng government eh but the initial funding is already there. It is already being started,” Guiao said to the press.

Coach Yeng Guiao poses for photos during the event.

He also supports the Central Luzon’s railway construction project also known as the North-South Commuter Railway (NSCR) project which will connect Central Luzon, Metro Manila and the Calabarzon region.
Since he is a sports enthusiast, he is also pushing the Clark to be the “Sports Capital of the Philippines”.
“We’ve been pushing for Clark to be the “Sports Capital of the Philippines”. Magiging totoo na ‘yan kasi doon gagawin ang South East Asia (SEA) Games sa December. The facilities are already being built inside Clark. We are thankful with PCTA, PhilSOC (Philippine SEA Games Organizing Committee) and POC (Philippine Olympic Committee) for choosing Clark as their venue because that’s what we’ve been pushing for ever since magmula pa noong Board Member at Vice Governor ako hanggang sa makarating kami sa Congress,” added Guiao.
“As a politician you have to be aware of the everyday needs of your constituents: mga tulong sa ospital, mga namamatayan, mga naggagamot, nag da dialysis. Of course we are also putting emphasis on that. Some of our major advocacies are education and health and the protection of the environment.”
If he win, he wants to improve the education system for his district like putting funds to the state colleges and universities in his area.
Also present at the event are NLEX Warriors players Asi Taulava and Kiefer Ravena who also support Guiao’s candidacy.

Coach Yeng Guiao of NLEX Road Warriors with his players Asi Taulava and Kiefer Ravena.
“Coach Yeng Guiao is very genuine to one another. He says it when you need to improve on. Nowadays we really have to find people who are genuine. In my scenario, it would have been easy for them to let go me but they supported me. It helps leaders who gives you confidence to do your own thing,” said Kiefer Ravena.
“I am open to help in his campaign. I believe in what he is fighting for, not because he is my coach, but his sincerity. If he gets elected, Pampanga will be benefiting from it,” added Ravena.