The First Press Con of the Bb. Pilipinas 2014 Winners!


More gorgeous photos of our newest Bb. Pilipinas queens! All of them taken during their first press conference as beauty queen winners. The press conference was held at the Balay in Cubao today at 3pm. Here’s what I saw at the event…

Hannah Ruth Sison, Bb. Pilipinas 2014 2nd Runner-up

Hannah Ruth Sison, Bb. Pilipinas 2014 2nd Runner-up

Hannah Ruth Sison was the first to be called out. The 2nd Runner-up of Bb. Pilipinas is a favorite of this blogger and I had her pegged for a crown. But 2nd Runner-up is a great honor and will give her priceless training then she can join again if ever. But if she goes for another round, she’ll have to do it next year since she’s already about to age out at 25. I love this Makati lass for her expressive eyes!

Laura Lahmann, Bb. Pilipinas 2014 1st Runner-up

Laura Lahmann, Bb. Pilipinas 2014 1st Runner-up

Stunning in white, Laura Lehmann is the 1st Runner-up in the batch. This girl has the kind of beauty that grows on you. She is quite the pageant newbie, receiving her flowers then forgetting to stop and pose for the photographers! We had to call her back to the front. Hard to believe that this softball player has had numerous injuries including broken limbs and a total of 125 stitches!

3) Parul Shah, Bb. Pilipinas Tourism 2014

3) Parul Shah, Bb. Pilipinas Tourism 2014

ABQ will ALWAYS be a Parul Shah fan! When she was announced as Bb. Pilipinas Tourism 2014, she broke into the most beautiful smile and to me, she seemed so very thankful for the crown. While I had her touted for the Universe title, I too am thankful she has this crown and the opportunity to compete internationally. Her advocacy is volunteerism and was active during relief ops for Bohol and Tacloban last year.

4) Yvethe Santiago, Bb. Pilipinas Supranational 2014

4) Yvethe Santiago, Bb. Pilipinas Supranational 2014

One of the big favorites of pageant fans, Yvethe Santiago was bright-eyed and busy-tailed at the Victory Presscon in Balay. The winner of the Bb. Pilipinas Supranational title, I am confident that she can pull off a back-to-back win in the Supranational beauty pageant to be held in Europe later this year. The Philippines currently holds the title through Mutya Datul.

5) Bianca Guidotti, Bb. Pilipinas International 2014

5) Bianca Guidotti, Bb. Pilipinas International 2014

The thing I love best about Bianca Guidotti, our Bb. Pilipinas International 2014 winner is her authentic smile. There is a very obvious difference between a trained beauty queen smile and a smile that comes from the heart of a beautfiul woman. Hers definitely comes from the heart. Keep on smiling Bianca and pray that Bea Rose Santiago will crown you as the next Miss Interantional 2014 in Japan! A back-to-back win is NOT impossible!

MJ Lastimosa, Miss Philippines Universe 2014

MJ Lastimosa, Miss Philippines Universe 2014

Glowing and smiling ear to ear, MJ Lastimosa walked in to the applause of the press. How we all love her story! She joined Bb. three times – the first time she won runner-up, the second time she only entered the semis and was crushed by the loss. The third time, she risked it all and won the right to compete in Miss Universe 2014! The next time things don’t work out for me, I’ll think of you, MJ, and keep fighting!

L-R Laura Lehmann (1st  RU), Yvethe Santiago (Supra), Bianca Guidotti (International), MJ Lastimosa (Universe), Kris Janson (Intercontinental), Parul Shah (Tourism) and Hannah Ruth Sison (2nd Runner-up)

L-R Laura Lehmann (1st Runner-up), Yvethe Santiago (Supranational), Bianca Guidotti (International), MJ Lastimosa (Universe), Kris Janson (Intercontinental), Parul Shah (Tourism) and Hannah Ruth Sison (2nd Runner-up)

Mirror, mirror on the wall… who’s the prettiest of them all? I can’t choose because they are so gorgeous! I can see them all doing well and even winning in their respective international pageants!

8) Also present were the Bb. Pilipinas queens from 2013 - L-R Ara Arida, Bea Santiago, Mutya Datul and Cindy Miranda

8) Also present were the Bb. Pilipinas queens from 2013 – L-R Ara Arida, Bea Santiago, Mutya Datul and Cindy Miranda

Last year’s batch of queens gave inspirational messages to the current Queens and runners-up. Ara, Bea, Mutya and Cindy will be directly involved in training them and giving them precious advice on how to win abroad.

Miss Philippines Universe 2014 MJ Lastimosa handles questions from the press...

Miss Philippines Universe 2014 MJ Lastimosa handles questions from the press…

During the competition my thought was, “I will win,” because one day I want someone to tell me that, “I never gave up because of you.” And now I think it’s happening! –  MJ Lastimosa, Miss Philippines Universe 2014

Bb Pilipinas International 2014 Bianca Guidotti takes questions. On the left - Yvethe Santiago (Supra) on the right - MJ Lastimos

Bb Pilipinas International 2014 Bianca Guidotti takes questions. On the left – Yvethe Santiago (Supra) on the right – MJ Lastimosa (Universe)

I still wake up in the morning and I don’t realize that my life has absolutely changed from what it was before. I’m really looking forward to the international pageant! – Bianca Guidotti, Bb. Pilipinas International 2014

Kris Tiffany Janson, Bb. Pilipinas Intercontinental 2014

Kris Tiffany Janson, Bb. Pilipinas Intercontinental 2014

I believe that I am worthy. I believe in myself and I guess that’s the best armor that I have and the best weapon that I have. Even if I don’t have a previous winner to be there for me to tell me what Intercontinental is all about, I know that Bb. will be there they know what I need to bring home the crown. – Kris Tiffany Janson, Bb. Pilipinas Intercontinental 2014

Yvethe Santiago, Bb. Pilipinas Supranational 2014

Yvethe Santiago, Bb. Pilipinas Supranational 2014

 

Everything is still starting to sink in. I think I share the same feeling with the rest of the queens. We’re not yet used to all the attention we get when we go out. It’s not the same as it was before but we are trying to learn new things. Thanks to Bb. Pilipinas for helping us get through it. – Yvethe Santiago, Bb. Pilipinas Supranational 2014

Parul Shah, Bb. Pilipinas Tourism 2014

Parul Shah, Bb. Pilipinas Tourism 2014

Forget about the butterflies in my stomach, it’s the whole zoo having a party. Its overwhelming. OMG, I’m a queen!- Parul Shah, Bb. Pilipinas Tourism 2014

Larua Lehmann, Bb. Pilipinas 2014 1st Runner up shares her heart.

Laura Lehmann, Bb. Pilipinas 2014 1st Runner up shares her heart.

 

Im very very happy about the outcome (of the pageant). I guess especially because… a lot of people were saying its one of the best batches Bb. has had. I think what makes it better is that this batch… is one of the most friendly batches. We’re all friends and there’s no bitterness or cattiness. They’re like my ‘ates,’ I love them! –  Laura Lehmann, Bb. Pilipinas 2014 1st Runner-up

13) Bb. Pilipinas 2nd Runner-up Hannah Ruth Sison tackles questions.

Bb. Pilipinas 2nd Runner-up Hannah Ruth Sison tackles questions.

I think it’s too early for me to answer that, I have another year to decide, for now I’ll be focusing on my duties as 2nd runner-up but I’m not closing my doors. Actually MJ’s story is quite inspiring so… lets see. Laughs. – Bb. Pilipinas 2nd runner-up Hannah Ruth Sison on joining Bb. Pilipinas again.

Mme Stella Marquez Araneta admits a faux pas...

Mme Stella Marquez Araneta (far right) admits a faux pas…

“I just want to explain that there was a faux pas during the Bb. Pilipinas coronation last Sunday because these two ladies (Bea and Mutya in the front) were supposed to parade with their national crowns but nobody gave them their crowns, I wanted to make up for it. Because (while) these ladies (in the back) are the current winners, (Mutya and Bea) are STILL Miss Supranational and Miss International for the coming months. So I want them to know that I apologize for what happened.” – Madame Stella Marquez Araneta, head of Bb. Pilipinas Charities Organization

 Bb. Pilipinas 2014 Court of winners with reigning Miss Supranational 2013 Mutya Datul (orange) and Bea Rose Santiago, Miss International 2013,

Bb. Pilipinas 2014 Court of winners with reigning Miss Supranational 2013 Mutya Datul (orange) and Bea Rose Santiago, Miss International 2013 (stripes)

Since Mutya and Bea weren’t able to pose with the winners while wearing their official crowns during coronation night, Mme. Stella did a delayed tableau to make up for things. Mutya and Bea were visibly touched by the gesture. SMA loves her girls no matter what some bashers may claim.

Bb. Pilipinas 2014 winners

Bb. Pilipinas 2014 winners

(Joining a 3rd time) was a last-minute decision for me. That was around late December (2013). I was hesitant. I was praying a lot, am I going to join or not. A lot of friends were telling me, when I was in the states, that they adjusted the age limit in Bb. Pilipinas. It was a tough decision, one of the toughest in my life. I’m not the usual risk-taker but now I can say that I am a risk-taker. Some people made me realize that I have it. That I have the qualifications to be a Miss Universe. – MJ Lastimosa, Miss Philippines Universe 2014

A sweet wave from the winners of Bb. Pilipinas 2014

A sweet wave from the winners of Bb. Pilipinas 2014

This is like 3 years in the making! During the competition I would always imagine myself winning the Universe crown and nothing else. But I didn’t expect the feeling would be this happy. Finally, God heard my prayers! – MJ Lastimosa, Miss Philippines Universe 2014

18) Rodgil Flores is the man behind these beautiful queens - L-R - MJ Lastimosa (Universe), Kris Janson (Intercontinental), Parul Shah (Tourism) and Hannah Ruth Sison (2nd Runner-up)

18) Rodgil Flores is the man behind these beautiful queens – L-R – MJ Lastimosa (Universe), Kris Janson (Intercontinental), Parul Shah (Tourism) and Hannah Ruth Sison (2nd Runner-up)

What I’ve been asking from my supporters are prayers becausee I’ve believe that’s the most powerful thing in the universe. Now I’ll be asking (you) to pray for me because I believe if the whole country will pray for me then the Miss Universe crown will ours. – MJ Lastimosa, Miss Philippines Universe 2014

ABQ with Norman of Norman's blog! Behind us is my dear friend Raymond Golez of  Sash Factor and behind him is another dear friend, Noli Berioso of OPMB

ABQ with Norman of Norman’s blog! Behind us is my dear friend Raymond Golez of Sash Factor and behind him is another dear friend, Noli Berioso of OPMB

End of presscon! Oh, did I mention that my seatmate was none other than Norman of Norman’s Blog? The Miss Universe of all pageant bloggers?!!! (I’m the judge that’s why he won, aahaahaha!) My other seatmate was Raymond Golez of Sash Factor… how I wish I could tell you what our conversation was about but some things are meant to be kept as secrets. So tata for now, until the next article!

 

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