Binibining Pilipinas Beauties Crowned

Janine Mari Tugonon, 22 years of age, a cum laude graduate with a pharmacy degree from the University of Santo Tomas, outdone 29 other candidates and was crowned Miss Philippines-Universe 2012 at the Smart Araneta Coliseum last April 15, 2012 (Sunday).

She got the most desired title after finishing first runner-up in the same beauty pageant last year.

Nicole Schmitz, 23 years of age, from Cebu City secured the title of Binibining Pilipinas-International 2012, she also won the Nestlé Fitnesse Best in Swimsuit award and Best in National Costume. Schmitz is set to graduate with a double major in Law and Psychology in Australia at the end of the year.

Meanwhile, Katrina Dimaranan, 18 years old, was announced as Binibining Pilipinas Tourism 2012. She recently graduated from High School and also gotten the Miss Talent award.

Completing the winners’ circle were a 19-year-old, Annalie Forbes (1st runner-up) and 20-year-old Elaine Kay Moll (2nd runner-up).

The Big Dome was filled with a lot of enthusiasts and supporters of the 30 candidates who prepared hard for the big night over the past four months.

The pageant was hosted by Xian Lim, Iza Calzado, Venus Raj and Georgina Wilson which was started by a cheerful number as the girls whirled to heavy beating in a “more fun in the Philippines” mode.

The program then was followed by the swimsuit competition and the long gown parade interposed by the sounds of DJ Callum David and performances of Arnel Pineda, the Journey frontman who did a U2 song, and bamboo with a flashy version of the Anakbayan song “Probinsyana.”

The winners of other special awards were Chloe Zanardi (Bb. Friendship), MJ Lastimosa (Bb. Philippine Airlines and Ms. Avon), Roxanne Tadique (Manila Bulletin’s Readers Choice), Giselle Muñoz (People’s Binibini), Karen Gallman (Bb. Photogenic), and Angelee de los Reyes (Best in Long Gown).

Last year’s conquerors Shamcey Supsup, Dianne Necio and Isabella Manjon walked the Binibini stage as queens for the last time in a demonstrative sendoff.

The judges’ panel was composed of an elite mix of businessmen from empowered women, government personalities, diplomats, and leading multinationals.

They comprised of US Ambassador Harry Thomas Jr., Spanish Ambassador Jorge Domecq, Finance Secretary Cesar Purisima, Rizal Gov. Junjun Ynares, former congresswoman Risa Hontiveros, STAR columnist Babe Romualdez, actor and sportsman Richard Gomez, Azkals striker Phil Younghusband, banker Olivier Gougeon, Avon Philippines’ Ashley Ferguson, Nestlé Philippines CEO John Miller and Miss International 2005 Precious Lara Quigaman.

The event was also attended by Binibining Pilipinas Charities Inc. Chairwoman Stella Marquez Araneta, Araneta Group Chairman Jorge Araneta and the BPCI executive board was composed of Conchitina Bernardo, Pitoy Moreno, Eddie Ocampo and Betsy Westendorp.

Numerous historical Bb. Pilipinas beauty queens and showbiz personalities also graced the event, including Boy Abunda and Mateo Guidicelli. Binibining Pilipinas 2012 was presented by the Araneta Center, ABS-CBN, Nestlé Fitnesse in cooperation with Nestlé Fruit Selection Yogurt, Avon, JAG jeans as the official jeans, Manhattan Garden City, the Department of Tourism, Philippine Airlines as the official airlines, and Resorts World Manila as the official residence.

Other partners are the Manila Bulletin, Pizza Hut, Charter Ping An Insurance Corp., David’s Salon, Gold’s Gym, Entrepreneurs School of Asia, Dale Carnegie Training, Picture City, TicketNet, and the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

Raymond Saldaña is the official photographer of the affair. Joylong Philippines is the official transport partner of Binibining Pilipinas 2012.

Thai heartthrob Mario Maurer visits Manila

Thai superstar Mario Maurer is currently visiting Manila to endorse a local clothing brand, Penshoppe and is also set to model for the same brand in the upcoming Philippine Fashion Week at SMX Convention Center on October 29, 2011.

Aside from these projects, Maurer also inked a one-year movie contract with Star Cinema which is under ABS-CBN. For the movie, Maurer will be working with actress Erich Gonzales in a film with a working title, “Suddenly, It’s Magic.”

In an interview after his contract signing, Maurer said he has not met Gonzales, his leading lady in the movie, but is excited about meeting her. “I have never meet her but I’m looking forward to meeting her,” he said.

According to Maurer, most of the scenes will be shot in Thailand and a part will be shot in the Philippines.

Maurer gained popularity in the Philippines after he starred in the 2010 film “Crazy Little Thing Called Love.” He made his silver screen debut in the 2007 movie “The Love of Siam,” where he played the role of Tong, who is romantically attracted to his childhood friend and earned him Cinemanila’s “Best Actor” award in 2008.

Homecoming Celebration for 2011 Miss Universe 3rd Runner-Up Shamcey Supsup

Photo from Inquirer News

Photo from Inquirer News

Miss Universe 3rd runner-up Shamcey Supsup has recently arrived at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 2 through flight PR 103 of Philippine Airlines from Los Angeles. Numerous fans, airport employees and Binibining Pilipinas officials were eager to welcome her at the airport. At the airport’s VIP lounge, she thanked everyone for such a warm welcome and expressed her gratitude to all Filipinos who showed support for her in the beauty pageant.

In her homecoming, the 22-year-old Binibining Pilipinas-Universe 2011 had a long list of appearances and engagements to accomplish. First, she had a courtesy call with the President Benigno Aquino III before the president left for a United States trip. In the said meet-up with the President, she has been personally congratulated for her recent win in the Miss Universe.

Her next stop was a ticker-tape parade along Ayala Avenue, Makati City and a visit to Makati High School, where she graduated in 2003.

She also had a victory parade in Cubao, Quezon City where big crowd was there to see her. She was then appointed as Greenbuilding Architectural Consultant of the Araneta Center. “That’s a good thing. I never thought that through this pageant I will be able to practice my profession,” she said referring to the good news. Many celebrity-politicians greeted her at the Quezon City Hall.

Shamcey also had a talk with Gawad Kalinga regarding on the house project for the ‘Bagyong Ondoy’ victims. “Kasi nga iba rin if you have your own house. Sabi nga it’s one of the basic needs aside from food and water. Ako rin, I was a victim of Ondoy kaya alam ko how it is to have your homes flooded,” Shamcey said.

A huge crowed of students awaited her at the University of Philippines Diliman Campus. Shamcey graduated magna cum laude with the degree in Architecture at the most prestigious university in the Philippines. She also extended her support on free tuition for the ‘iskolars ng bayan’ of the state university and congratulated the UP Pep Squad for the a big win in this year’s UAAP Season.

The celebration did not ended yet for her fellow residents of Cainta, Rizal expressed their warm welcome during her motorcade. She was then awarded as the Outstanding Citizen of Cainta. A festive welcome is also scheduled at the General Santos City not later this week.

Shamcey’s “Tsunami Walk” gains attention

After Shamcey Supsup’s third runner-up win in the recently concluded Miss Universe pageant, Filipino netizens are now being interested in her catwalk style known as the “tsunami walk”.

Shamcey’s walk was very different and beyond the usual because of the sway of her hips that seems to imitate the movement of waves, thus the name “tsunami walk”.

Missosology, an organization in the country that analyzes beauty pageants, revealed that it was Shamcey’s trainer who coined the new catwalk term.

“Her hips were swaying. It was her Columbian trainor, who didn’t know a lot of English terms, who said that her hips should look like a tsunami” Yel Santos, a “missosologist,” said

For Abbygale Arenas de Leon, a former Bb. Pilipinas-Universe and personality development instructor, what Shamcey did was a unique catwalk skill. “I think it was talent. It was like as if her hips were deteaching from her body. The normal sway would be the hips and the whole body would go together. But Shamcey’s was different. She was walking but her hips were swaying. It was good. It was beautiful”,  Abbygale explained.

With the tsunami style of modeling, Shamcey was able to give a new meaning to personality in beauty pageants. “She [gave] personality not just to herself but also to the outfit that she was wearing. She gave life to her outfit which made it more beautiful. Her dress was flowing, her movements, everything was in place. The truth is, she was becoming more and more beautiful in every segment. I thought she was going to win. “, the former beauty queen shared.

the Philippines is among the Top 15 countries that have brought home the Ms. Universe title. The country has produced two titleholders – Gloria Diaz in 1969 and Margie Moran in 1973.

Lea Salonga as one of the Judges in Miss Universe

One of the Filipinos Pride, a Tony and Oliver Award-winning theater actress, the Disney legend and the Broadway star Ms. Lea Salonga has been chosen by the Miss Universe Organization President Paula Shugart and NBC Universal head Donald J. Trump to be one of the seven telecast judges of the 2011 Miss Universe pageant. This will be held in at the Credicard Hall, Sao Paulo, Brazil this September 12, 2011 as the preliminary judges selected the top 15 semi-finalist for the pageant’s night.

Lea Salonga is the fifth Filipino to become a judge in the 60-year history of the world’s most prestigious beauty pageant. The most recent Filipino judge for the Miss Universe beauty pageant was Manila Bulletin Publishing Corporation Chairman Don Emilio T. Yap when the contest was held in Manila in 1994. India’s Sushmita Sen won the beauty pageant. The first Filipino judge for the contest was the late Gen. Carlos P. Romulo when the Miss Universe contest was held for the first time in Manila in 1974. The late Amparo Munoz of Spain won the contest, only to give up her crown later. Fashion designer Josie Natori became the second Filipino judge in 1989; and later singer-actress Kuh Ledesma in 1991.

Miss Universe 2011, the 60th anniversary of the Miss Universe pageant. Ximena Navarrete of Mexico will crown her successor. Contestants from 89 countries and territories are participating in this year´s pageant, surpassing the previous record of 86 contestants in 2006.

Joining our very own Lea Salonga in judging the 89 delegates of Miss Universe 2011, are the following: Adrienne Maloof, from Bravo’s hit series “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills”. Amelia Vega, Miss Universe 2003. Connie Chung, U.S. broadcast legend. Helios Castroneves, three-time winner of the Indianapolis 500. Isabeli Fontana, Brazilian supermodel and Vivica Fox, actress & television producer.

Andy Cohen of Bravo’s “Watch What Happens: Live” and Natalie Morales of NBC’s “Today” will be hosting the event. Live performances will come from Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter Bebel Gilberto and Brazilian native pop singer Claudia Leitte.

Miss Philippines Shamcey Supsup and the 88 other contestants were judged based on personal interview, evening gown, and swimsuit. The personal interviews were conducted for two days, ahead of the preliminary competitions on swimsuit and evening gown. A total of 16 semifinalists are expected to be announced in the finals. Telecast judges will then choose the Top 8 and Top 4 contestants.

The live coverage of the 2011 Miss Universe beauty pageant will be shown on ABS-CBN on September 13 in the morning.

Andi Eigenmann Finally Named the Father of Her Unborn Child

Andi’s page: “#welliwasneverreallytheconventionaltype: I remember, just months ago, I was so into setting up a tea party even by myself, while waiting for the ceremonial “I do’s” of Prince William and Kate. I was dreaming with my eyes open as I envisioned myself having my wedding similar, with only less of a budget difference, as compared to theirs. Now, I have to stay home and deal with feeling like a planet, while I wait for the ultimate due date. I thought, maybe thinking about how my life should be right now, like the freedom and lightness of dreaming of the next wedding of the century, would readily bring me to tears again. Tears of regret in terms of being fully aware of the greatness and success that should have been. But no. No, because God really does love me. 

As soon as I have learned to embrace the fact that instead of having a child at the age of 29, it was blessed upon me as early as now, all those points that would usually bring me to endless tears, have remained to be dreams, STILL highly possible from coming true. This just goes to show that, yes, amidst the lack of maternal instincts and no ounce of being nurturing or maternal whatsoever, I am now undoubtedly ready to raise a child on my own. Of course this comes with being lucky enough to have the best set of supportive family members. Sadly, in life, not everything has to go our way. God didn’t create us to be immature spoiled brats who have to get everything as planned. Nothing’s perfect, but I can assure you one thing: God is awesome and He knows whats best for us, without a doubt. Though not everything may go our way, things will always end up to be just what would keep us happy and contented. The key I guess, is to not expect things way too much. This will only lead to our hearts being bruised and then scarred. I’ve had my fair share of heartbreak and pain, and I must admit, they didn’t go so well at all. But it’s not like Im the daughter of Satan walking the streets of Earth to help let evil overpower this world. I go about each and everyday making sure, I do things that I want, and believe is right, specially without hurting anyone. I never intend to come off as a bad person, in any way whatsoever. And so this state I’m in is something I shouldn’t and wouldn’t be ashamed of.

EDITED: Maybe instead of feeling bad that the baby daddy (-_- really?) left me to take on this responsibility by myself, I should thank him for giving me the opportunity go out and find genuine happiness once again. I’d obviously love for him to be around eventually. You know, to save myself the struggle to find a good way to explain his absence to his child. At the same time, I’d understand. Cus after all, I have no idea who or what kind of a person all the fame and fortune has turned him into now. All I hope is that he’s well.

ORIGINAL : “Maybe instead of feeling bad that Albie left me to take on this responsibility by myself, I should thank him for giving me the opportunity go out and find genuine happiness once again. I’d obviously love for him to be around eventually. You know, to save myself the struggle to find a good way to explain his absence to his child. At the same time, I’d understand. Cus after all, I have no idea who or what kind of a person all the fame and fortune has turned him into now. All I hope is that he’s well.

So what about walking down the isle in my awesome white gown? With make up i would try to do myself, just like royals, Kate Middleton and Queen Elizabeth have done? What about my goal of having the next wedding of the century with lovely guests wearing the trendiest hats? What about grabbing even half as much acting awards as my mom and dad? What about that goal to set out and make a difference? What about that entire journey to genuine happiness through success? What about them all? The answer to that isn’t even that there are better things planned out for me. Its– I just need to wait patiently for the perfect time. Everything will soon fall into place.”

These are the prevailing words that Andi expressed in a very revealing blog post published Last September 4, 2011 on her blog. After 3 months of keeping mum, young actress Andi Eigenmann named Albie Casiño as the father of her unborn child.

As we may already know, Andi and the Eigenmann family remained silent for quite some time about naming the specific person behind Andi’s pregnancy issues. For the longest time, the identity of the father of Andi Eigenmann’s baby remained the big question mark in her pregnancy. It was a toss between Jake Ejercito and Albie Casiño. Andi Eigenmann quickly eliminated Jake from the equation after revealing that the son of former president Joseph Estrada was not her boyfriend then. That left Albie. Still, Andi refused to say it was he. What made matters more interesting is Albie’s (or in this case, his mother’s) denial that he had anything to do with the unplanned pregnancy. His camp even challenged Andi’s camp to a paternity test which the latter cooly declined. But in Andi’s Blog, she revealed that Albie Casiño is the father of Andi’s baby. But edited yesterday September 5, 2011. Andi purposely edited her published blog post and removed Albie’s name where he was mentioned for the reason that some “haters” violently reacted against her. This blog aims to inspire those who want to be inspired. This blog does not need nor care about the idiosyncratic haters, because of the fact that it is non- showbiz and it does not aim to be one. says Andi, backed with the hashtag #WARNING.

The Journey of the Philippines Miss Universe

Miss Philippines 2011 Shamcey Supsup arrives at the Escola de Moda fashion school in Sao Paulo

Shamcey Gurrea Supsup a Filipino beauty titleholder form General Santos City, who will represent the Philippines in the Miss Universe 2011 pageant in Sao Paulo, Brazil this coming September 12, 2011. Shamcey graduated as a Magna Cum Laude from the University of the Philippines-Diliman with a degree in Bachelor of Science in Architecture. She is really the best example of a Beauty and Brain. She topped the June 2010 Architecture Licensure Examination in July 2010. She was crowned Bb. Pilipinas-Universe last April 10, 2011 through the 2011 Binibining Pilipinas pageant and took over the crown from the 2010 winner and Miss Universe 2010 fourth runner-up Venus Raj.

The gorgeous contestants are now in Brazil for the big event and for the first time in the history of the Miss Universe, the organizers have allowed online voting. The candidate with the most number of votes will have an automatic spot in the top 15 finalist. Miss Universe 2010 from Mexico, Ximena Navarrete will crown the next Miss Universe on the pageant night. According to the Miss Universe organizers, the outcome of the online poll will give one fortunate contestant a spot in the semifinals. But it’s not the contestant with the highest number of votes but the one with the highest AVERAGE who gets a spot in the Miss Universe 2011 semifinals. Last year, an online poll was also conducted in the contest. However, it had no bearing on the results as it was probably a test run for this year. Venus Ray, Miss Philippines in last year’s event, got the most number of votes.

Miss Universe Philippines 2011 Shamcey Supsup poses in swimwear

The Bb. Pilipinas-Universe 2011 Shamcey Supsup is one of 89 candidates in the 2011 Miss Universe. She is now in São Paolo, Brazil after ten days of rigorous training in Colombia. Miss Korea is Shamcey’s roommate.

Filipinos have until September 11, 2011 at 6 p.m. to vote for Shamcey. The Filipina beauty queen expressed her deepest gratitude for everyone who voted for her online. To vote visit this LINK.

Paris Hilton arrived in Manila

The hotel heiress and all-around media pop star Paris Hilton arrived on a drizzling Sunday night aboard an Emirates Airlines flight from Dubai, welcomed by a throng of international and local press.

Crowd of fans and media reporters started to gather around Paris Hilton, an American heiress and media personality, as she ushered to her limousine upon arrival at Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Manila, Philippines late Sunday Aug.14, 2011. Ms. Hilton was in Manila to visit Manny and Jinkee Pacquiao, her friends and business partners. She was also here to be present in the inauguration of her new boutique in SM Megamall and the promotion of her beach resort.

She is on a five-day visit to Manila, where she is scheduled to meet with executives of Century Properties, a real-estate firm.

But more importantly, Paris Hilton, an heiress of the Hilton hotel empire, will also be at the opening of her namesake luxury store at SM Megamall on August 18, 2011, after which there will be a meet and greet at 4 p.m. at the Mega Atrium. And the most exciting part, for every purchase of a Paris Hilton bag will be entitled to a raffle coupon for a chance to meet and greet Paris Hilton at SM Megamall.

“I love this collection; it’s one of our best ones so far,” says Paris. “I was very inspired by old Hollywood glamour as well as the trends of new celebrities. For fall, I wanted a very luxurious and eye-catching collection, so we used sequins and reflective materials and mixed it with faux fur, patent, faux ostrich and crocodile. For the toned down, everyday styles I chose shiny and appliqués. I love it so much!’’

Shamcey Supsup’s send-off party

Shamcey Supsup, representative of Philippines in Miss Universe competition, had her send-off party at the Gateway Suites, Araneta Center in Cubao, Quezon City, Monday afternoon, Supsup said that good education is fundamental to the country’s development.

“I have always prayed that there will be progress in our country, which I believe can be achieved through good, quality education,” she said.

Supsup is expected to leave this Wednesday night. She will visit first Colombia for 10 days for some final polishing of her training before pushing to Sao Paulo, Brazil, on Aug. 21, 2011 for the Miss Universe competition.

Although nervous, Supsup, 25 years old, said that she is not disturbed by the challenge and the added pressure brought about by the fourth place finish of her predecessor Maria Venus Raj.

“I thrive on balance. I am a person who knows that winning means being responsible for the task that was handed to you, but still should be handled with fun and a zest for life. When I won the title last April, I knew that the journey to become the next Filipina Miss Universe would be very challenging, but it will be an endeavor to be enjoyed.”

Supsup also brushed aside the “curse” of State University candidates not making it in international beauty pageants.

“I don’t believe in curses. Win or lose, if you were able to show what being a real Filipino is, what the Filipinos are made of, then I think I have done my job and that for me is an achievement.”

Worst-Dressed Men in Technology

Mark Zukerberg, Facebook CEO

Mark Zukerberg, Facebook CEO

Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook, was named the worst-dressed man in technology by GQ magazine, beating out Apple CEO Steve Jobs. This proved that enormous sums of money can’t acquire fashion.

Maybe, Mark Zuckerberg was unaware that suits do exist. He may done wearing suit jackets in the past, such as when he met with President Barack Obama for a tech summit with major technology executives, but stuck with his trademark jeans even on these special occasions.

Steve Jobs, Apple CEO

Steve Jobs, Apple CEO

He managed to beat Steve Jobs the CEO of Apple that took the second place in GQ’s poll that was criticized for his trademark uniform of “black turtleneck, dad jeans and Seinfeld kicks.”

According to GG Magazine, “Apple releases an iPhone every 0.5 seconds but Steve Jobs never gets an upgrade.

Bill Gates, Microsoft CEO

Bill Gates, Microsoft CEO

Taking third place was Microsoft founder Bill Gates, which GQ took down for his “lazy preppy” wardrobe.

Of course, Zuckerberg, Jobs, Gates and other tech leaders probably are too busy guiding world-changing technology companies to make style much of a priority.