We love Maria Venus Raj for the fact that she paved the way for the successive top five placements of our country, by bringing home the fourth runner-up bouquet from Miss Universe 2010. Every year since then, there seems to have been no unlikely stoppage, while we keep surmising and hoping that, finally, one of Venus’s successors may already clinch the third Miss Universe crown for the Philippines, after Gloria Diaz (1969) and Margarita Moran (1973).
Before her Binibining Pilipinas 2014 segment started at the Smart Araneta Coliseum on March 30, I called Venus to let her know what I thought of her beside the Russian pop star Emin. “You look perfect together,” said I.
Venus said, laughingly, “Emin is already taken. He’s a married man!”
Anyhow, Venus Raj’s story is one for the books: She has inspired a number of aspiring beauty queens who have no penny to their names and, like her, no electricity in their homes for practically twenty years, yet determined to provide for the dire need of their impoverished family and combat the challenges of poverty.
Maria Venus Raj, 22, Philippines!
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Although she’s not the first one from the Philippines, I’d like to say that Kris Tiffany Janson has marked an epoch by being the first Filipina to be sent to Miss Intercontinental by the country’s most prestigious beauty pageant, because for several years until 2013, our country’s representatives came through Mutya Ng Pilipinas. Before a frenzied crowd cheering her on, Kris was crowned as Binibining Pilipinas Intercontinental 2014 during the annual Binibining Pilipinas Pageant on March 30 at the Smart Araneta Coliseum in Cubao, Quezon City.
These photos were taken at our victory party in Quezon City, which was prepared by Rodgil Flores, Kagandahang Flores head honcho and Kris’s mentor in Manila, and attended by her Cebu-based discoverer Dexter Alazas of Admodels Stylefirm, avid supporters Jonas Borces and many others. Together with her fellow winners—Miss Universe Philippines 2014 Mary Jean Lastimosa, Binibining Pilipinas International 2014 Mary Anne Bianca Guidotti, Binibining Pilipinas Supranational 2014 Yvethe Marie Santiago, and Binibining Pilipinas Tourism 2014 Parul Shah—our Binibining Pilipinas Intercontinental 2014 Kris Tiffany Janson was whisked into the official victory party at the Big Dome right after the proclamation of winners onstage. So she arrived at our celebration at already past three in the morning, only a few minutes apart from the arrival of her Kagandahang Flores colleagues MJ Lastimosa and Parul Shah.
I am personally happy with her title, inasmuch as my ultimate favorite beauty queen, Lara Dutta of India, had won the Miss Intercontinental 1997 crown in Germany before clinching the most coveted crown of Miss Universe 2000 in Cyprus. My favorite Binibining Pilipinas runner-up, Maria Sovietskaya Bacud, holds the highest placement for the Philippines, so far, by bringing home the second runner-up sash from Germany in 1995. Koreen Medina, Mutya Ng Pilipinas 2013, was awarded as Miss Intercontinental 2013 third runner-up, also in Germany.
The Miss Intercontinental Pageant is run by Panama-based World Beauty Organization. Venezuela and USA have won five crowns, respectively, since the pageant was founded in 1973. So let’s hope and pray that our lovely Cebuana Kris Tiffany Janson will mark an epoch, again, by winning the Miss Intercontinental 2014, the first, and definitely not the last, for the Philippines.
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All of my predilections for the five candidates to win during the 2014 Binibining Pilipinas Coronation Night came to fruition when Mary Jean Lastimosa, Mary Anne Bianca Guidotti, Kris Tiffany Janson, Yvethe Marie Santiago, and Parul Shah (including first runner-up Laura Victoria Lehmann) were crowned as our country’s respective representatives to Miss Universe 2014, Miss International 2014, Miss Intercontinental 2014, Miss Supranational 2014, and Miss Tourism Queen International 2014. I dashed down my predictions in a post
approximately seven hours en route to the Smart Araneta Coliseum in Cubao, Quezon City, after I paid a visit to the Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage Shrine in Antipolo, Rizal.
While initially I harbored a thought in a separate post that our very own Cebuana Kris Tiffany Janson would make a perfect Miss Universe Philippines, I couldn’t deny the fact that all of my first six bets dovetailed with each other in a bid to bag this most coveted crown of all time, so that whoever would be chosen at the end of the night, she was the answer to my may-the-best-win prayer. And she was the half-Arabian beauty named Mary Jean Lastimosa of North Cotabato. Anyone, either present at the venue or watching the pageant from home, couldn’t agree more that Mary Jean was the night’s finest in that she exuded most grace and elegance, not to mention such confidence as a result of her second runner-up placement in 2011, determination and resilience brought about by her nonplacement in 2012.
I loved Mary Anne Bianca Guidotti’s look and styling in the long gown competition, so the judges made up their collective minds correctly about her being the recipient of the Best in Long Gown award. I found it odd at first, and refreshing later on, that the judges chose someone fierce for Miss International 2014.
Miss Cebu 2009 Kris Tiffany Janson left many of us teary-eyed after she gave a poignant answer during the question-and-answer portion. She was asked: “If you could go back in time, what would you change? And why?”
She said: “I would go to my father and tell him how much I love him, because I know that it was something I took for granted. But tonight I don’t have to worry because I know that he has the best seat and is watching from above.”
I leapt in exultation when she was proclaimed as (the very first) Binibining Pilipinas Intercontinental 2014. For me, it’s not about who between Mary Anne Bianca Guidotti and Kris Tiffany Janson is heralded more for their respective national titles, but it’s about who has a bigger chance at the global crown. I won’t be there to be the harbinger, but I have a hunch that Kris Janson is bound to have a brighter future with her title, because there’s no Filipina ever been crowned as Miss Intercontinental, and I’m sure that the organizers of the said pageant are excited to welcome our country’s representative chosen from the most prestigious pageant here. Let’s face it: If it’s from Binibini, it must be good and ready.
I have to be honest. I think Yvethe Marie Santiago was the most stunning both at the Big Dome and in your boob tubes. I’ve seen her without makeup four years ago, when I did the makeup for Central Visayas’s representative to the Miss University – Philippines Search in Diliman, Quezon City, before she had hers done in preparation for the pageant. I said to myself that Bicol must’ve sent an angel to compete with our Sharon Grace Angel. And at last Sunday’s Binibining Pilipinas 2014, Yvethe was facially perfect. Plus, she wore the best makeup and hairstyle. So I can’t wait for her to duplicate Mutya Datul’s victory by winning the Miss Supranational 2014 crown.
I included Parul Shah in my list of favorites because I’ve always believed in her capacity to do our country proud at any global pageant, since she was a semifinalist last year. I’m jealous of her delicious Indian-Filipino features. And because she was the first one called to receive a title, I felt relieved that she was already wearing one of the five crowns, yet I was confident that the next four winners to be crowned would be precisely who I had predicted in the first place.
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What with the more than enough strong contenders fielded in the official list of 2014 Binibining Pilipinas candidates, anything could happen at the pageant tonight, from nine o’clock onwards on ABS-CBN, which I will have the stellar chance and honor to witness at the Smart Araneta Coliseum in Quezon City.
As I shortlist the 40 exceptionally beautiful and equally world-class Filipinas to my top favorites, I can barely hide my faith and confidence in such loudly trumpeted contestants as Yvethe Santiago, Mary Jean Lastimosa, Parul Shah, Bianca Guidotti, Laura Lehmann, Pia Wurtzbach, and of course, Kris Tiffany Janson: to stand out from the rest who are painfully just as stunning and worthy to represent our country abroad.
Admittedly and apparently, the Miss Universe Philippines 2014 crown is the cream of the crop, and as far as I’m concerned, that’s what I’m hoping to the stars for my friend Kris Tiffany Janson to bag and bring home to Cebu.
But who would I be to complain if she ended up wearing a less sparkling, albeit said to be equally important, crown like Bb. Pilipinas International 2014, Bb. Pilipinas Tourism 2014, Bb. Pilipinas Supranational 2014, Bb. Pilipinas Intercontinental 2014?
Having said it over and over again—that this batch will surely give tonight’s judges, including Miss Universe 2013 Gabriela Isler, a difficult task, a hard time choosing the winners—I’d like to believe that Yvethe Santiago, Mary Jean Lastimosa, Parul Shah, Bianca Guidotti, Laura Lehmann, and Pia Wurtzbach are just as perfect Miss Universe Philippines 2014 material.
I love Yvethe’s bone structure and doll-like mien, while I’m jealous of Mary Jean’s delicious white teeth, determination, and humility. This is MJ’s third time to join the same pageant, and I would forever be confused if her loyalty and resiliency weren’t appreciated, considering that she’s always been worthy to wear a Binibining Pilipinas sash since the first time.
Parul’s exotic face and neat hairstyle would surely bring her forward closer to the crown, as she tried her best to last year. Bianca and Laura are numbered among the most confident speakers onstage, so I’m sure they will blow the judges away with their wit and words. Pia is hoped to redeem herself from her first runner-up finish at the 2013 Binibining Pilipinas pageant, by romping away with the Miss Universe Philippines 2014 crown or any of the four others for that matter. After all, her last year’s performance in the Question and Answer portion was one for the books.
Of the 40 most exceptional Filipinas vying for one goal and five crowns tonight, may the best win.
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.