It’s not that I am such a slavish fan or a biased friend, nor is it because her mentor Dexter Alazas of Admodels assigned me to co-mentor her (which I was honored to do) during her Miss Cebu 2009 stints, that I would go for Kris Tiffany Janson—if I had my druthers, for apt reasons—to win the most coveted Binibining Pilipinas crown come March 30: Miss Universe Philippines 2014.
Having written so much in the past about who would be cut out best for a specific title—e.g., Miss Universe is exclusively for the fierce—now I think that, based on observation, it’s pretty clear as a bell which way the routine is going to backtrack.
When Maria Venus Raj paved the way in 2010 for our succeeding delegates to the recent streak of runner-up finishes at Miss Universe, the winner was the fierce Ximena Navarrete of Mexico. The following year, a far from fierce black beauty from Angola named Leila Lopes stole the thunder of our fierce Shamcey Supsup from the Philippines. In 2012, our even fiercer Janine Tugonon was edged out by an American girl named Oliva Culpo, who had no trace of fierceness whatsoever. And during the Miss Universe 2013 pageant in Russia, the fiercest of our latter-day Philippine bets, Ariella Arida, placed third runner-up to the fiercest Swiss-German-Latin American vision from Venezuela.
Now, are we still going to choose the fiercest of this 51st Binibining Pilipinas batch for the Miss Universe 2014 pageant in Brazil? While it’s safe to say that we might again send someone fierce believing that that’s what we perceive a Miss Universe is supposed to be, I think it’s time that we put a halt to that stereotypical classification and tried to change course for this most prestigious beauty Olympic, where the five-foot-eight Rodgil Flores’s Kagandahang Flores sweetie and Dexter Alazas’s Admodel lovely Kris Tiffany M. Janson of Cebu will certainly look just as perfect in a Diamond Nexus crown as the fierce Miss Universe 2014 Gabriela Isler of Maracay, Venezuela.