Miss Philippines Earth 2014 fearless predictions
MANILA, Philippines – From candidates passing out to alleged pageant bullying, this year's Miss Philippines Earth pageant is definitely the most talked about edition. Aside from that, it could also be considered as the most competitive batch of candidates with both newbies and veterans battling it out to become the ultimate eco–warrior.
Who are leading the race to the Miss Philippines Earth crown? Who will emerge victorious come coronation night on May 11? Here's the fearless forecast:
The elemental court:
Miss Philippines Earth: Cebu City – Jamie Herrell
"The girl to beat" is the best way to describe Jamie. She was named as the overall winner of the Reality in ME (pre-pageant) challenge after winning 5 gold (Fun For A Cause, Darling of the Press, Resort Wear, Swimsuit, and Cultural Wear competitions), 3 silver (Catwalk, Talent – dance category, and Hair and Make-Up competitions) and two bronze medals (Trash to Class and Evening Gown competitions). This is her first national pageant but it can't be denied that the Cebuana beauty has prepared for this moment.
She is among the most talked about delegates, but Jamie lives up to the hype. Naysayers claim she is too short to be a beauty queen, but Jamie has proven them otherwise. Her fresh and charming face, good physique and gift of gab make her a major force to reckon with in the competition.
Miss Air: Sta. Rita, Pampanga – Angelie Crizelle Ocampo
If there is one girl who is giving Miss Cebu a good fight, that would be Angelie. This Pampangueña nailed every pageant activity with her charm and class. No wonder she placed second in the Reality in ME overall challenge. Her rigid preparations also paid off when she bagged silver and bronze medals in the Beachwear Styling, Swimsuit and Resorts Wear competitions. She also won medals for Make-up and Hairstyling challenges. It wouldn't be surprising if this girl will take home the crown.
Miss Water: Gapan City – Ma. Paula Bianca Paz
Bianca started out strong in the competition, having won silver medals from the Trash to Class and Hairstyling Challenges. She was also among the Darlings of the Press. It seems she has lost momentum though when other girls started to bloom. But being a pageant veteran (she tried out for Bb Pilipinas twice and was 3rd princess in Miss World Philippines in 2011 and 2013), she shouldn't be counted out just yet. Bianca is a performer on stage and when coupled with the perfect look, she could do real damage in the competition.
Miss Fire: Liloan, Cebu – Crystal Star Aberasturi
Another darling of the press is the the bubbly Crystal who won bronze medals for the Talent and Swimsuit competitions. Her beauty fits the mold of former MPE winners Karla Henry and Stephany Stefanowitz. She is a natural charmer but at times her styling is bordering on tacky. All she needs to do is to improve her look to make herself more classy.
Miss Eco–Tourism: Fil–Sydney, Australia – Melanie Cristine Balagtas
Melanie wasn't on anybody's list before arrivals, but she surprised everyone by doing well in the preliminary activities. She placed third overall after winning medals in the Evening Gown and Talent competitions. Winning the Miss Philippines Australia 2013 title seems to have played much to her advantage. In terms of facial beauty, she is the best among the international delegates. Her styling and wardrobe are good. Melanie also seems well-versed in environmental causes, too. It wouldn't be a surprise if she places higher come coronation night.
Rounding up the Top 10:
6th: Tanauan City – Diane Carmela Querrer
She was disqualified in Bb Pilipinas 2014 a few days after the announcement of official candidates, but this didn't stop Diane from pursuing her dream. She's among the performers in this year's MPE batch, having won golds for the Trash to Clash and Talent competitions. She may not be the best in terms of facial beauty, but her unwavering fighting spirit deserves recognition.
7th: Makati City – Mary Ann Ross Misa
As a pageant veteran, many fans expected Ross to be in her top form. She has the overall package – okay face, body, catwalk diva all rolled into one. However, it seems she is already past her pageant prime. Although she has won a gold for the Hairstyling challenge and a bronze for the Talent competition, these is no assurance that she will go all the way to the top. She needs to freshen up her look and give a memorable performance come pageant night.
8th: Dueñas, Iloilo – Ma. Bencelle Bianzon
The best lesson Bencelle has learned growing up is to "never give up on your dreams." After her luckless stint in Bb Pilipinas last year, this model and IT professional is determined to pursue her dream of becoming a beauty queen. She has definitely improved a lot since with a refined walk and better styling. She finished third in both the Swimsuit Competition and the Online Miss Photogenic voting.
9th: Dinalupihan, Bataan – Monique Teruelle Manuel
Another MPE repeater who is determined to win it all this time is Monique. She may have not won a single medal, but this doesn't mean her chances of placing are slim. She does not have the perfect face or the voluptuous body, but her intellect and communication skills will surely work to her advantage.
10th: Pasig City – Jashmin-Lyn Dimaculangan
One of the freshest faces in the batch, Jashmin easily stands out because of her commanding presence. No wonder this girl bagged the gold medal in the Catwalk competition. However, competition is stiff and she gets overshadowed by the heavy favorites. Also, she's still raw for pageants at the age of 18. Should she comeback in a year or two with a toned body and better styling, I definitely see her making waves in an international pageant.
11th: Agoncillo, Batangas – Kaycie Lyn Fajardo
No stranger to pageants, Kaycie was Mutya ng Agoncillo 2012 and Mutya ng Batangas 2012 3rd runner-up. She won gold in the Miss Photogenic and Best Eco-video online voting and a bronze from the Make-up challenge. This girl just needs that perfect styling during the finals to make an impact.
12th: Trece Martires, Cavite – Joselle Mariano
She was about to go unnoticed in the competition until she won the gold medal for the Evening Gown competition. She wasn't even on fans' lists, but throughout the course of the competition, she has proven her worth.
13th: Laoag City – Ma. Theresa Ocampo
She failed to make it as an official candidate in Bb Pilipinas 2014 but that didn't stop Theresa from pursuing pageants. Although not among the heavily favored candidates, she could also pull off a surprise. Her best asset is her eloquence, which she showcased in her eco-video. This girl sure knows by heart what Miss Philippines Earth is all about.
14th: Zamboanga City – Margie Alatan
In terms of pre-pageant performance, Margie is a downgrade from last year's delegate. She only bagged a silver medal in the Resorts Wear competition. Despite this Margie owns a distinct charm that makes her lovable especially when she smiles.
15th: Cabuyao City – Roanne Refrea
One of the most underrated candidates is Roanne, who has already worn the Philippines sash in the 2007 World Miss University pageant in Seoul, South Korea. Though she did not place, the experience has opened opportunities for her in modeling. She won a gold medal during the talent competition (dance category).
Who do you think will win? Monitor the Rappler live blog for this year's Ms Philippines-Earth 2014 coronation night. – Rappler.com
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