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Four phenomenal women for Miss Universe Philippines crown

Miss Manila Alexandra Abdon absolutely stole our hearts with her almost nonchalant way of answering the questions of the judges during the preliminary interviews of the inaugural Miss Universe Philippines pageant held up north in the City of Pines. But there are girls who made a mark because of their wit and spontaneity that if this runup event was the sole basis in choosing this year’s winner, then we can narrow down the top contenders to four phenomenal women: Miss Bohol, Miss Cavite, Miss Parañaque, and Miss Quezon City.  .....»»

Category: entertainmentSource: thestandard thestandardOct 25th, 2020

52 phenomenal Filipinas vie for local pageant& rsquo;s most coveted crown

On Valentine’s Day, fifty-two candidates—vying for the most coveted title in local pageantry, Miss Universe Philippines—were presented to the press at the Maynila Ballroon of Manila Hotel. .....»»

Category: entertainmentSource:  thestandardRelated NewsFeb 19th, 2020

The essence of pageantry

Let us talk about beauty pageants and what it means to young women in this modern world.  When it is Miss Universe season, I drop off everything to focus on the competition. It has been the case since 1994 when Sushmita Sen of India won the crown here in the Philippines.  I was eight years […] The post The essence of pageantry appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsDec 14th, 2019

Rabiya Mateo sumumpa na hindi iiwan ang BF kahit manalo sa MUP 2020: May video pa yun!

CUTE ang chikahan nina Dyan Castillejo at Miss Universe Philippines 2020 na si Rabiya Mateo while inside a car. Kinumusta ni Dyan kung ano na ang feeling ni Rabiya after winning the crown. “I’m great. With all the stress, I feel like I did still a good job during the competition,” say ni Rabiya. Dyan […] The post Rabiya Mateo sumumpa na hindi iiwan ang BF kahit manalo sa MUP 2020: May video pa yun! appeared first on Bandera......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsNov 2nd, 2020

Ilongga wins Miss Universe Philippines 2020 crown

CEBU CITY, Philippines— Iloilo City’s Rabiya Mateo is Miss Universe Philippines 2020 The prestigious pageant was held at the Baguio Country Club today, October 25, 2020. The 24-year-old Ilonnga bested 45 other candidates. Aside from her elegant look and her confidence, Mateo stood out among the other candidates as she bravely answered her final question. […] The post Ilongga wins Miss Universe Philippines 2020 crown appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsOct 25th, 2020

MUPH2020 netizens react: Pauline Amelinckx is crown-ready

Amid technical difficulties the Miss Universe Philippines website experienced on 21 October, causing some delay, netizens unearthed a fun fact: Miss Bohol Pauline Amelinckx is hard to contend with when it comes to the crucial question-and-answer (Q&A) portion. During the preliminary Q&A round held at the Baguio Country Club, the 2018 Miss Global Beauty Queen […] The post MUPH2020 netizens react: Pauline Amelinckx is crown-ready appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: lifestyleSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 23rd, 2020

Crown fit for pandemic ‘queen’

The inaugural crown for the Miss Universe Philippines (MUPh) winner is a symbol of her journey and triumph as the first queen during the pandemic. The crown is an emblem of a dream turning into a reality embodying self-worth and empowerment through her mind, heart and spirit. To create this crowning glory, the Villarica jewelers were tapped […] The post Crown fit for pandemic ‘queen’ appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsOct 22nd, 2020

Shamcey says she asked Stella Araneta if Gazini could attend Miss Universe PH pageant

MANILA, PHILIPPINES — The Miss Universe Philippines (MUP) pageant announced Monday that reigning queen Gazini Ganados will be on hand to relinquish her title to the eventual winner in the first separate pageant selecting the country’s representative to the Miss Universe pageant. Ganados won her crown in the Binibining Pilipinas pageant in June last year. […] The post Shamcey says she asked Stella Araneta if Gazini could attend Miss Universe PH pageant appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsOct 21st, 2020

Resorts World Manila hosts 48 Miss Universe Philippines candidates

The Philippines’ most beautiful women are calling Resorts World Manila (RWM) home for the next few days before heading up to Baguio City for the main events for the first-ever Miss Universe Philippines pageant......»»

Category: entertainmentSource:  thestandardRelated NewsOct 17th, 2020

Catriona pasok sa Top 5 Women Most Admired People PH; Angel nanguna sa listahan

    BAGAMA’T dalawang taon na ang nakaraan nang hiranging Miss Universe si Catriona Gray (2018) ay nasa ikalawang puwesto pa rin siya sa 2020 Women Most Admired People in the Philippines mula sa British market research firm na YouGov. Nakuha ni Angel Locsin ang unang puwesto dahil sa kahanga-hanga niyang pagtulong sa mga nangangailangan […] The post Catriona pasok sa Top 5 Women Most Admired People PH; Angel nanguna sa listahan appeared first on Bandera......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsSep 28th, 2020

Miss Universe PH revolutionizes pageantry with digital series & lsquo;Ring Light& rsquo;

Miss Universe Philippines strives to break pageant norms and build a new beauty tilt that promotes empowered women with a purpose through its new online series, Ring Light, premiering on Sept. 27 on www.empire.ph......»»

Category: entertainmentSource:  thestandardRelated NewsJul 24th, 2020

10 things that make Alyssa Valdez phenomenal

Alyssa Valdez has arguably made the biggest impact in Philippine volleyball.   Her skills, passion and charisma endeared her to volleyball supporters, purists or casual fans, from all walks of life. She brings energy and leadership to every team that she’s joined. Valdez draws a huge crowd every time she plays. Valdez is the poster girl of the sport that for years struggled to draw mainstream attention in a nation which considers basketball as its biggest sporting event. The 27-year old pride of San Juan, Batangas is the face of local volleyball. So on her birthday today, let’s look at some of the things that makes the Phenom really phenomenal.   Two-time UAAP women’s champion Valdez is Ateneo de Manila University’s undisputed Queen Eagle. Talks about the Lady Eagles’ breakthrough championship will not be complete without the mention of her name. After two years of bridesmaid finishes, Ateneo bagged its first-ever UAAP title in 2014 after beating the thrice-to-beat De La Salle University in four games in the Finals despite leading a young band of Lady Eagles playing under the new system of Thai coach Tai Bundit. The following year, Ateneo, with Valdez at the helm, retained its crown in a tournament-sweeping fashion.      Three-time UAAP Most Valuable Player Her skills during her collegiate career stood out among her peers. Valdez’s effort was rewarded with three Most Valuable Player awards in Season 76, Season 77 and in her last playing year in Season 78 in 2016. She also pocketed the Season 76 Finals MVP award.   Young phenom Valdez didn’t build her reputation overnight. It was her hard work and effort that brought her where she is right now. She was still a diamond in the rough when she was recruited by University of Sto. Tomas in a regional meet. But the Espana-based squad polished Valdez into a real gem of a player. Valdez, backed by a powerful lineup that featured the likes of Kim Fajardo and Jaja Santiago, won three straight UAAP girls’ titles and in the process collected three season MVPs. She was also named UAAP high school athlete of the year twice.        National team mainstay With her talents, dedication and good work ethics, Valdez has been a mainstay with the national team. Her first tour of duty was in 2008 when she represented the country in the Asian Youth Championship held in Pasig City. She joined the PHI Team in the 2014 FIVB Southeast Asian Zone qualifier in Vietnam. In 2015, she donned the tricolors for the Asian U-23 Championship and on the same year saw action in the country’s return in the Southeast Asian Games in Singapore after a decade of absence. Since then Valdez participated in the 2017 Kuala Lumpur and 2019 Manila SEA Games. She also took part in the 2017 Asian Senior Women’s Championship and the 2018 Jakarta Asian Games.     2015 SEA Games flagbearer Valdez also carries the honor as being the first-ever volleyball player to become the PHI flag-bearer in the SEA Games. She marched holding the national color in front of Team Philippines during the traditional parade of nations inside the OCBC Arena in the 2015 Singapore SEA Games.   Accomplished commercial league star She has been collecting commercial league titles since high school starting from the Shakey’s Girls Volleyball League. Valdez was also successful in the different conferences of the defunct V-League, racking up championships and individual accolades. In the Premier Volleyball League, she powered Creamline to three titles including a sweep of the Season 2 Reinforced and Open Conferences in 2018. She won three conference MVP awards.      Import abroad International leagues took notice of Valdez’s talents and charm so it’s not surprising that she landed offers to play abroad. Valdez played as an import in Thailand for 3BB Nakornnont from 2016 to 2017. After her stint in Thailand, Valdez flew to Taiwan to play for Attack Line.   Host, Actress, TV personality Valdez is a regular fixture in different sports shows in ABS-CBN S+A. She’s a host, courtside reporter and a game analyst.   Valdez also had a few showbiz stints. She appeared in some Kapamilya teleserye including a cameo in ‘And I Love You So’ in 2016 alongside Julia Barretto and Miles Ocampo and in the movie ‘My Letters to Happy’ with by TJ Trinidad and Glaiza De Castro.    Aside from her TV and movie career, Valdez is also one of the most recognizable athlete product endorsers.   Social media influencer She is also one of the most popular Filipino athlete on social media. As of posting, Valdez has 1.9 million Twitter followers, 1.3 million followers on Instagram and her YouTube channel has more than 76,000 subscribers.   Featured in the Olympics Channel website While the likes of Sisi Rondina, Jaja Santiago and Bryan Bagunas were featured in the FIVB website, Valdez’s impact on Philippine Volleyball was highlighted in a feature article in no less than the Olympic Channel website. The article touched about her humble beginnings to her meteoric rise and why she is regarded as the nation’s brightest star in the sport. These are just some of the things take make Valdez a true pride of our nation in the sport Happy birthday, Alyssa!.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 29th, 2020

Ex-beauty queen sa indecent proposal: Meron na sana akong jaguar o mansion

“UNFAIR!” Ito ang sigaw ni former Miss Universe Philippines MJ Lastimosa tungkol sa pasabog ng ilang dating beauty queens sa documentary na “Under Cover Asia: Cost of the Crown.” Ayon kay MJ, hindi tamang i-generalize ang pageant industry sa isyu ng mga indecent proposal at iba pang uri ng sexual harassment sa mga kandidata. Sa […] The post Ex-beauty queen sa indecent proposal: Meron na sana akong jaguar o mansion appeared first on Bandera......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJun 19th, 2020

Monikers that made their mark in UAAP women’s volleyball

It is common in the Philippines for basketball players to earn nicknames given to them in the collegiate level or when they climbed up to the professional ranks. In volleyball, specifically in the UAAP, monikers for women’s volleyball players came a little much later. UAAP volleyball sportscasters and sportswriters use these monikers, mostly suggested by fans, not only to add color to their broadcasts and stories but to give an identity to outstanding players who earned their nicknames through their skills and passion for the sport. “Sa tingin ko karamihan sa mga monicker ngayon ay nanggagaling sa mga fans ng players,” said ABS-CBN S+A sports broadcast anchor Anton Roxas. “Pero bilang mga commentator, nasa amin na lang kung gagamitin namin ‘yung mga monicker na yun sa broadcast.” “Para sa akin, ang pinaka-importante, gusto ng player mismo yung monicker,” he added. “My personal rule is: If the player approves of the monicker, then you can use it.” We’ve gathered some of best monikers that made their mark in UAAP women's volleyball.   PHENOM When you think about Alyssa Valdez there are no other words that could best describe the best player to ever don the Lady Eagles jersey.     Her all-around game, powerful attacks, high volleyball IQ, leadership, charm and meteoric rise is nothing short of phenomenal and her nickname best describes it all.      Valdez lived up to her billing when she led the Lady Eagles to two straight titles while earning three consecutive Most Valuable Player awards in her five-year stint with Ateneo. Ateneo fans are known to give almost every Lady Eagle a moniker. Libero Denden Lazaro is the ‘Iron Eagle’ because she will deliver even if she’s hurt and all. Ella De Jesus is the ‘Ellavator’ because of her elevation when attacking, Jho Maraguinot is known as the ‘Eagle Claw’ being one of Ateneo’s best spikers while Maddie Madayag is the ‘Madzilla’ for being a monster at the net.  The ‘Fab Five’ of Fille Cainglet, Dzi Gervacio, Gretchen Ho, Jem Ferrer and A Nacachi will always be remembered as the most popular quintet in UAAP volleyball.       JIAMAZING Jia Morado makes her Ateneo teammates look good all the time. She never fails to amaze the crowd with her heady plays and drop shots.   CHERRY BOMB Cherry "Sisi" Rondina packs a lot of firepower in a small package. She may not the tallest of University of Sto. Tomas hitters but when she skies for an attack, expect it to be an explosive one.     BEAST MODE QUEEN No one who ever wore De La Salle University’s jersey had the same passion, tenacity, fierceness and swag as that of Aby Marano.         MISS EVERYTHING During her DLSU stint, Cha Cruz is known for her versatility having played in almost all positions head coach Ramil De Jesus wanted her to be in. Skills, talent, heart, leadership and beauty, Cruz has it all.      MISS EVERYWHERE DLSU’s Dawn Macandili is arguably the best floor defender during her days in the UAAP. She’s all over the court diving for the ball or setting up a good transition for an attack for the Lady Spikers off the serve.      THE NINJA Mel Gohing is one of the best liberos during the late 2000s and early 2010’s with her cat-like reflexes while manning the floor. The Season 71 Rookie of the Year won four titles for DLSU.      THE CLOSER (Photo: Karl Cedrick Basco, ABS-CBN News)  When you think about Aiza Maizo-Pontillas you can just imagine UST engaged in a long rally and leaning on this lefty to finish the play.   PAMAYWANG QUEEN Angge Tabaquero is UST’s standard when it comes to swag. She’s knows how to get into the Tigresses’ rivals’ heads with her signature hands-on-her-waist followed by a stare down after scoring a point.      PAGPAG QUEEN Maica Morada is one of Far Eastern University’s most dreaded attacker. Aside from her firepower she’s also known for her swag and her jersey-shaking antics.       QUEEN TAMARAW Rachel Anne Daquis is the undisputed Queen Tamaraw of FEU even after more than a decade since she delivered the school’s last UAAP title. Being the QUEEN, FEU had her jersey retired.     TAFT TOWER Mika Reyes is known as DLSU’s ‘Taft Tower’ for being a menace at the net.     NU TWIN TOWERS NU’s rise from the doldrums can be attributed to the arrival of the towering sisters Jaja Santiago and Dindin Santiago-Manabat.      MISS PHOTOGENIC Photographers are bewildered why Adamson University’s Jema Galanza seems to be always ready for the camera even while Adamson University is the middle of a battle. Photographers are sure get great shots of her all the time.   BAGYONG PABLO   Powerful, hardworking and relentless are the characteristics that best describe Myla Pablo during her time with NU.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsApr 3rd, 2020

Michele Gumabao shares her source of strength

Michele Gumabao exudes confidence, strength and power. An accomplished volleyball player both in the collegiate and commercial leagues, a beauty queen and a TV personality, Gumabao is an example of an empowered woman.   But just like all of us, she had to go through challenges, adversities and the temptation of just giving up especially during the time when she entered the world of beauty pageant two years ago. The multi-titled winger recalled her struggles playing for De La Salle University during her collegiate career and how she almost called it quits just days into her participation in the 2018 Binibining Pilipinas in a Lunchtime Chats with James podcast interview. It was a whole new environment for Gumabao, whose career up until that time revolved around volleyball and the occasional dab into showbiz.   “Everything that I’ve been through – volleyball, beauty pageants – it may all seem impossible, it seemed impossible for me when I first started because it was something unnatural for me,” Gumabao told host Favor Church Senior Pastor James Aiton. “So how I know how everything was just orchestrated for me and I know that. Because that no matter how hard I tried when I was in college, I wanted to quit so many times.” “And even when I joined Binibining Pilipinas, I know a lot of people don’t know this, but the first two days, I was already out to quit,” continued the 27-year old Gumabao. That’s when she turned to her unbreakable faith in God. “It was really God, I know that it was Him because if it was me, I would have never pushed through any of those things,” she said. Out of the 40 women who joined the pageant, Gumabao won one of the six crowns at stake taking the Binibining Pilipnas Globe title. Gumabao represented the country in the 2018 Miss Globe in Albania and landed at the Top 15 while bagging the Miss Social Media and Dream Girl recognitions.    Bigger purpose Gumabao, daughter of former PBA player and actor Dennis Roldan, made a name for herself in women’s volleyball when she joined the DLSU Lady Spikers with whom she won straight three titles. Her success continued in the commercial league in the Philippine Superliga, the defunct Shakey’s V-League and the Premier Volleyball League as well as landing a spot in the national team.   But Gumabao, who is now playing for three-time PVL champion Creamline, knew she’s bound for something bigger. “At first my whole life was just revolving around sports. From being a volleyball player, I became a coach after I graduated. I started my own program for kids. And that's when I realized how everything I've been through from this point is meant for something bigger, and there has to be a purpose for it,” she said. “And that's when I saw the reward or that feeling that you get when you share your passion especially to the younger generation. That’s what I wanted to do, and that’s how I first started,” Gumabao added. “And through the years, after I’ve met a lot of our beauty queens in show business, I’ve met almost all of them, and I’ve seen how much impact they have in society, how much people look up to them and how their voice is always heard. People just have so much respect for beauty queens.” That’s was when she realized that being a beauty queen could be the avenue to share her advocacy and to inspire more people.  “It opened my eyes to so many things that I could do more. That being in sports is not just an area that I can be stuck in or I can just move into, so when I joined Binibining Pilipinas, it just opened my eyes to so much more opportunities to share what I’ve been through, to show who I am, and to also share God to a lot more people,” said Gumabao.   Second chance Even after her Miss Globe stint, Gumabao still dreamed of representing the country in the Miss Universe. Just when she thought her chance of vying for the coveted title was done, an opportunity came knocking last year after Binibining Pilipinas parted ways with the Miss Universe franchise, which formed its own pageant. “As of 2019, I told myself that I wouldn’t join any other pageant again because I can’t join Binibining Pilipinas again even when I wanted to vie for the title of Miss Universe because I won already in Miss Globe,” Gumabao said. “So last year a lot of people were asking me to join other beauty pageants, I was very hesitant.” “I remember I was in the States around this time last year, and I was just talking to my sisters and I was praying what God really wanted for me back then,” she recalled. “If Miss Universe has their own pageant, then that’s the only time I’m going to join again. This happened late, late, late last year and when they announced then that’s the confirmation I needed to be able to try one more time.” Gumabao successfully qualified for the inaugural new Miss Universe Philippines early this year.     “I know that there’s so much more things that I have yet to do, I have yet to share about not only my advocacy which is sports, but just to be able to make an impact especially to the youth,” she said. “So that’s really what I’m trying to advocate for now.” The coronation night was supposed to happen in May but unfortunately with the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, all Miss Universe Philippines activities are suspended. “As of now, everything is suspended up until further notice, until we can get back on track,” said Gumabao. “The coronation night was originally on May 3, now, they announced it's in June second week.” Here’s the full podcast interview:.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMar 25th, 2020

What Kylie Verzosa has learned from being a beauty queen

MANILA, Philippines –  Four years since after winning the Miss International crown for the Philippines, Kylie Verzosa still possesses a queenly aura, even if she's moved on to other ventures such as acting and her work as a mental health advocate. Speaking at the Women 2020 Summit at ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsMar 8th, 2020

Dumanjug, Bisayang Manok gets spotlight in Apriel Smith’s Miss Universe Ph journey

CEBU CITY, Philippines — Cebuana beauty queen Apriel Smith is bringing with her the town of Dumanjug and its famous Bisayang manok as she journeys to the Miss Universe Philippines crown. Smith, 24, is one of 52 beauties that will compete for the crown. Smith toured around Dumanjug on Monday, February 24, 2020, as she […] The post Dumanjug, Bisayang Manok gets spotlight in Apriel Smith’s Miss Universe Ph journey appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsFeb 25th, 2020

Miss Universe Philippines starts search for the & lsquo;phenomenal Filipina& rsquo;

The brand new Miss Universe Philippines (MUPh) organization, kicked off its official function of selecting the Philippine representative to this year’s Miss Universe pageant. Miss Universe Philippines 2011 Shamcey Supsup-Lee, national director of Miss Universe Philippines organization, led in the launching of the search on Wednesday......»»

Category: entertainmentSource:  thestandardRelated NewsFeb 1st, 2020

Catriona finds ways to reach greater heights

It’s been months since Catriona Gray gloriously walked away with the Miss Universe title, but her road to success was very different from the other winners from the Philippines. According to Catriona, she was aiming for the pageant’s crown for reasons beyond mere personal ambition. Rather, she wanted the Miss Universe title so she could […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsDec 16th, 2019

ABS-CBN airs Gazini Ganado& rsquo;s fight for back-to-back Miss Universe victory & nbsp;

​Miss Philippines Gazini Ganados makes her bid to bring home the Miss Universe crown for a back-to-back win for the country when she competes today in the 68th Miss Universe to be aired live via satellite from the US on ABS-CBN and iWant at 8:00 in the morning. .....»»

Category: entertainmentSource:  thestandardRelated NewsDec 9th, 2019

LIVE updates: The 68th Miss Universe pageant

The Philippines' Catriona Gray will crown her successor at the 2019 edition of the Miss Universe competition on December 9 (Manila time)......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsDec 7th, 2019