What went wrong for Janicel Lubina? Nothing at all

Norman Tinio
What went wrong for Janicel Lubina? Nothing at all
Pageant blogger Norman Tinio gives his thoughts about Janicel's performance. Janicel finishes in the top 10 of the Miss International 2015 pageant

Note: The piece below was first posted in Norman Tinio’s blog. It is republished here with his permission.

Many pageant fans followed the live streaming of Miss International 2015 during the afternoon-till-early-evening of November 5. While the feed was such a test of patience considering the frequent hanging, long breaks and imperfectly-timed freezes, nobody dared abandon the entire program that lasted for practically 4 hours.

After all, Miss Philippines Janicel Lubina stood an excellent chance of winning the country’s 6th Miss International crown. And from the way she presented herself during the 3 major segments, there was simply no way the judges would ignore her.

But after the winner and 4 runners-up were announced, our bet was nowhere to be seen, except in the background. Sure, she made it to the Top 10. But to have no place in the magic circle at the very least was something hard to fathom for everyone glued to the online telecast.

What went wrong for Janicel Lubina? Nothing. At. All. Nothing went wrong with the over-all performance of Miss Philippines Janicel Lubina during the finals of Miss International 2015. 

She was divine in National Costume, smoldering in swimsuit and utterly elegant in the Leo Almodal evening gown. Even her speech – while countered by some as coming off a bit too rehearsed – still had the right mix of emotions and drama. She was, quite simply, an effortless standout in all her presentations. (READ: PH bet Janicel Lubina finishes in Top 10 of Miss International 2015)

The truth of the matter could be this. The judges had their eyes on Edymar Martinez of Venezuela all along. And if they had a closest pursuer in mind, it would only be 1st runner-up Jennifer Valle of Honduras as next option.


Nothing can be done about that. Not even the most spectacular turns will make them change their minds, I reckon. They really zeroed in on Osmel Sousa’s ward even before the final results were deliberated upon. Let’s not overthink the reasons behind Janicel not making it to the Top 5. It is possible that the final speech could have been interpreted by the decision-makers as a touch too melodramatic. 

But focusing on the real facts that made hers a Cinderella story in the first place is something that can’t be helped. I salute our representative for giving it an excellent fight. And while the Miss Best Dresser award serves as a mere consolation of sorts, it still gives recognition to the wearer, the designer Leo Almodal, and the style team which planned the pre-pageant and finals wardrobe. 

Janicel will return to the Philippines with head held high. She still delivered on the international pageant stage. If only the eventual winner did not have the impenetrable halo effect glowing all over her, then things might have turned out differently. – Rappler.com

Norman Tinio started pageant-blogging back in 2009 but has already been an avid pageant enthusiast since the early 70s. Apart from that, he is an Industrial Psychologist by profession, movie addict by nocturnal choice and an ex-Seminarian who can pray in Ancient Latin. You can always find him and his daily musings at normannorman.com.

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