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Witnessing the Binibining Pilipinas 2014 Coronation Night in Quezon City on March 30 felt like watching the Miss Universe 2013 Pageant live from Moscow last November 9. Aside from all of the 40 equally world-class and internationally ready candidates, many familiar faces from the latter added meaning to the glitz and glamour of the former, such as the Miss Universe Organization president Paula Shugart, Miss Universe 2013 Gabriela Isler, outgoing Miss Universe Philippines Ariella Arida (who placed third runner-up at Miss Universe 2013), et alia. Of course, how could we forget Emin Agalarov, this hot Russian pop star, son of Russian billionaire Aras Agalarov, and son-in-law of Azerbaijan President Ilham Aliyev? Although I wasn’t as starstruck by him as I was awestruck by Paula and Gabriela, I couldn’t deny the fact that I was smitten with his boyish grin. Unbeknownst to his bodyguards, I took a chance for a selfie with Emin while waiting for the results of the one-hour, closed-door deliberation.

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