Winners have been announced just hours earlier:
From left: 2nd runner-up: Nicolette Henson; Bb Pilipinas International: Krista Kleiner; Bb Pilipinas Universe: Venus Raj; Bb Pilipinas World: Czarina Gatbonton; and 1st runner-up: Dianne Necio
The good news: All my favorites below made it to the Top 10!
The bad news: I think there was a general misplacement of the crowns. Based on the interviews — and it was the remaining criterion for judging among the finalists — Krista and Nicolette gave the best answers; Dianne’s was the worst among those who placed. Czarina answered in Tagalog, which is fine, but ran out of steam and didn’t expound on her answer as to why she wanted to be reborn as a tree, except to say that “a tree gives life” (and so does a person, hello?). Although Czarina was one of my huge favorites from the start, I wanted her in Miss International because that pageant doesn’t have an interview segment.
Nicolette was definitely robbed of a title (as well as my original favorite, Mary Anne Rose Misa who was among the Top 10 and did well in the interview), while Krista’s wit and confidence will be wasted on such an uncompetitive pageant.
As for Venus, I do still have misgivings about her close-up (plus her interview answer was ho-hum) but I’m thinking she could pull off a Denny Mendez at Miss Universe.
YouTube videos to follow once available.
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Original entry, written March 2:
Revised Bb Pilipinas forecast
Saw the preliminaries of Bb Pilipinas last Sunday with the entertaining (yet a few tacky) ternos, and the (just plain tacky) cocktail dresses, and I’m revising my wishlist to the following:
Miss Universe (tie)
She had the best presentation skills, in my opinion. Great catwalk! (It is said she’s underage for MU, though.)
Another catwalk stunner. She also won Miss Talent with a song-and-dance performance which says a lot about how comfortable she is onstage.
Alternate: Nicolette Henson
She needs to work on her body, though she still has enough time before MU. She lacks spice onstage, too prim, if you will. She also reminds me of Korina Sanchez, lol.
A Ruffa Gutierrez in the making, minus the scandals.
Alternate: Venus Raj
Won Best in Terno. She was scarily thin in the swimsuit round that she looked like a Tim Burton character. I also can’t manage to look at her face that long. Otherwise, she’s great at projecting and looks even greater in a gown. OK for Miss World but I would absolutely not like her for Miss Universe.
Miss International (tie)
Czarina Catherine Gatbonton
A beautiful morena.
or Nicolette Henson
Alternate: Mary Ann Ross Misa
This lady looks she doesn’t exert any effort, like she doesn’t even care at all. Hence, she looks bored onstage. Still, I like her face.
To summarize, I’m OK with my Miss Universe choices, plus Gwen, winning, not only the Universe title but also the World and International tilts. I most definitely don’t like Venus for Universe. I’ve misgivings on Nicolette as she looks like she’s only Miss International caliber at this point — but with training, has a shot at Miss Universe.
Now, we’d only need to wait for how they answer interviews.