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Mary Jean "MJ" Lastimosa: Bb. Pilipinas Universe 2014




 Mary Jean Lastimosa, a 26-year-old beauty from North Cotabato, was crowned Binibining Pilipinas Universe 2014 at the annual beauty pageant's grand coronation night held at the Araneta Coliseum on Sunday. She joined Binibining Pilipinas three times before finally winning the crown.





During the question-and-answer portion, Lastimosa was asked by reigning Miss Universe Queen Gabriela Isler, "What is the greatest advantage of being a woman?"
A confident Lastimosa answered: "The greatest advantage of being a woman is being able to compose herself. Just like here, we're standing in front of thousands of people, not knowing if you're going to cheer for us or boo us. But we try to compose ourselves. We keep the emotions and show the beauty that is in us and tonight, thousands of people are standing here, celebrating the beauty of women."

Meanwhile, 24-year-old Mary Anne Guidotti, who hails from Taguig City, was crowned Binibining International 2014. Kris Tiffany Janson, a 24-year-old financial analyst, was crowned Binibining Pilipinas Intercontinental.  Yvethe Marie Santiago, won the Binibining Pilipinas Supranational 2014 title. Binibining Pilipinas Tourism 2014 title went to 25-year-old registered nurse, Parul Shah. Laura Lehman and Hanna Ruth Sison were the 1st and 2nd runner up respectively.


Best in Long Gown: Mary Anne Bianca Guidotti
Best in Swimsuit: Mary Jean Lastimosa
Best in Talent: Gabrielle Tilokani
Best in National Costume: Kris Janson
Miss Friendship: Racquel Kabigting
Miss Photogenic: Kris Janson
Miss Philippine Airlines: Pia Wurtzback
Miss Cream Silk: Yvethe Santiago
JAG 2014: Pia Wurtzback
Binibining Avon: Yvethe Santiago
Manila Bulletin's Reader's Choice Award: Ladylyn Riva

5th Crown of Bb. Pilipinas



Aside from four titles at stake; Universe, International, Supranational and Tourism Queen International — the 40 hopefuls in the Bb. Pilipinas pageant will have a new title to compete for, it's the Bb. Pilipinas-Intercontinental, the winner of which will join the contest somewhere in Europe. This was announced by Madame Stella Marquez de Araneta, head of Bb. Pilipinas Charities, Inc. (BPCI).

Who's your bet for the new crown?

Belizean Beauty Queen Forced to Become a Man!



Former Miss World Belize 2010 and Miss Earth Belize 2012, Jessel Lauriano has come forward with a bizarre story. According to the former beauty queen, who has been working at the Princess Hotel and Casino in Belize City since December 2012, the terms of her employment have dramatically changed and rendered her to life of servitude.



According Lauriano, she was first hired as a DJ after she was trained by her employer. Things deteriorated when she was forced to strip and perform topless in the club. She was then forced to make out with other women portraying herself as lesbian, Lauriano said.
A beauty queen, she is no more because Lauriano is now a man. That was the latest request of her employer, Lauriano said.

A War between A&Q and KF?

The article below was from Inquirer.net we just want to share it here.

WAR OF ACES AND FLORES?
by: Alex Vergara
Philippine Daily Inquirer
5:43 am | Sunday, March 16th, 2014


RODGIL Flores, head of Kagandahang Flores

Although Rodgil Flores and Jonas Gaffud, two of the country’s leading beauty queen makers, insist they’re “friends,” their respective supporters, including a number of current protégés, are threatening to tear that friendship apart.
On the night Inquirer Lifestyle visited Flores’ training camp in Quezon City, we were surprised to find beauty contest veteran Mary Jean Lastimosa introducing herself alongside a bevy of newbies and familiar faces.
A favorite among Filipino beauty pageant fans, Lastimosa joined Binibining Pilipinas in 2011 and 2012. Although she didn’t win, she bagged on both tries the lion’s share of special awards, including second runner-up. With Flores’ help, she hopes to finally bring home one of the four Binibining Pilipinas crowns up for grabs come March 30.
Lastimosa’s determination to win isn’t unusual. Countless others, including Miss Universe third runner-up Desiree Verdadero and, more recently, Miss Earth 2008 Karla Henry and Miss Universe first runner-up Janine Tugonon, were rewarded during their second or third tries in pageants.

MARY Jean "Mj" Lastimosa


YVETHE Marie Santiago

What made a good number of people raise their eyebrows is her decision to switch camps from Aces & Queens, headed by Gaffud, to Flores’ Kagandahang Flores (KF).
Loaded statement
She didn’t disclose her reason for leaving, but when we asked her how she felt about it, Lastimosa dropped a short, loaded statement: “I’m much happier now.”
“I guess she said that in the context that we had to change everything about her,” said George Garrido, KF’s resident catwalk guru. “We told her to scrap everything and start fresh.”
Flores seemed resigned to the fact that when he decided to accept Lastimosa, his friendship with Gaffud “would never be the same again.”
Although there have been other girls who have switched camps in the past, these movements had been a step up for them.
Tugonon, for instance, left a lesser-known camp two years ago for Aces & Queens, which helped hone her to do well in Miss Universe.
Since KF and Aces are two of the biggest, oldest and most accomplished beauty camps in the country today, what Lastimosa did was akin to moving from one big TV network to another. It was bound to be controversial. 

“If they want to transfer, I always tell the girls that I don’t want to hear horror stories about their former mentors,” said Flores. “I just tell them to be grateful to those who helped them in the past.”
Accepting transferees is a group decision, Flores added. He also took a hands-off approach regarding Lastimosa’s decision to leave her old home to join KF.
“I told her to do it properly by letting her former mentors know,” he said. “Since none of the girls is under contract, I also felt that I don’t have to explain to anyone why MJ (Lastimosa’s nickname) is here.”

Misunderstanding
Gaffud, in a separate interview, merely shrugged at Lastimosa’s decision.
“Personally, I wasn’t hurt because I’m used to show biz and modeling where people come and go,” said Gaffud, who runs talent and modeling agency Mercator.
“Rodgil and I are friends. I remember him saying he didn’t want any trouble or misunderstanding between us. He could have just called or texted me to inform me of MJ’s decision. He didn’t.”
Lastimosa, whom Mark Besana and Arnold Mercado of Aces & Queens accused of initially “trying to lie,” eventually informed them of her decision to switch camps by texting them through Viber, a popular smartphone app.
“It’s the person’s option whether to stay or leave,” said Gaffud. “But if you ask me, they should do it properly by having enough decency to say it in person.”
Gaffud also bristles at detractors for calling his group Ahas (Snakes) & Queens in social media, which he blames for fueling the rivalry and causing a “cold war” between the two groups.
“I’ve come across many stories in a number of websites, including Missosology (a popular website devoted to beauty pageants), saying many things against us, including our supposed penchant to pirate other girls,” he said. “That’s not true. It seems they’re glorifying KF at our expense. They’re advancing the impression that we’re bad and that other camps can do no wrong.”

Misgivings
But members of KF, especially Jerome Balute, a Bicolano and a former member of Aces & Queens, also expressed misgivings about how rivals “lure and intercept” trainees.
Balute claims to have discovered and groomed fellow Albay native Yvethe Santiago, a current Binibining Pilipinas frontrunner and touted as the next Venus Raj, only to see her join Aces & Queens.
“I helped train that girl up to the time she won Miss Bicolandia,” he said. “We were, in fact, waiting for her because she told us she was all set to go to Manila and join KF to prepare for Binibini. Ginagapang na pala nila (the other camp, it turned out, already made moves behind the scenes).”
Balute suspects that “pressure” from the provincial governor and other supporters, who were probably enticed by the other camp, forced Santiago to renege on her promise to join KF.
The supposed enticements, said Balute, included presenting Santiago’s supporters with pictures of Ariella Arida. “It was like saying that if you let us train your bet, we could also produce a winner.”
“Yvethe and I saw each other the other day at a Binibining Pilipinas event,” said Balute. “She tried to approach me as if nothing happened. Since I wanted to teach the girl a lesson, I brushed off her attempt at making beso and told her umalis ka, dadaan ako (get out of my way). She nearly cried.”

Bragging rights
It may seem odd for outsiders to see these groups, which supposedly don’t earn anything from such endeavors, warring over turf. But pride and bragging rights, not money, are fueling their drive to attract and train potential winners.
Businesswoman Karen Agustin, a former Binibining Pilipinas Universe and a product of KF, had a more logical take on the issue.
“Even if you have a manager or are already identified with a camp, at the end of the day, it’s still the girl who makes her own decisions,” said the personality development coach. “In fact, all these beauty pageant organizers would prefer that girls don’t have managers when they join. That’s why we don’t manage them.”


Miss Nicaragua 2014 is Marline Barberena



Marline Barberena, from Chichigalpa, was crowned Miss Nicaragua 2014 last night as an event full of surprises. "I'm excited, do not think so, the crown is dedicated to my mom, she is everything to me," said the new queen, who was crowned by drivers at night Valeria Sanchez and Luis Baez. Nastassja Bolivar, Miss Nicaragua 2013 wasn't there for unknown reason. Jeimmy Garcia, Rivas, won as first runner, the second runner up was Paola Quintero, Masatepe, the third Katherine Guadamuz, Masaya, the fourth Xilonem Quinonez, Chinandega and fifth Elizabeth Hodgson, Corn Island. 

Alejandra Argudo crowned Miss Ecuador 2014



Alejandra Argudo ,21, and stands 177cm from Portoviejo crowned Miss Ecuador 2014. She will represent Ecuador in the Miss Universe pageant in Brazil. Argudo, lives in Kansas (United States) with her family, during her teenage years.She came back to her country a year ago.



Will she be a big hit in Brazil?


Constanza Baez Miss Ecuador 2013 and Alejandra Argudo the newly crowned Miss Ecuador.

Along with Argudo are; Ines Panchano Miss Ecuador International and Carla Prado Miss Ecuador Suprnational.

Mor Maman is Miss Israel 2014





An eighteen year old lass  from Beersheba crwoned Miss Israel 2014,she will represent Israel at the Miss Universe 2014 beauty pageant, which will held at the Centro de Eventos do Caera in the city of Fortaleza, CearaBrazil, later this year. Maman received a mini Suzuki Alto for her success. 








The 18-year old high school arts major and computer graphic student, will join the Israeli Air Force in a few months. Prior to the Miss Israel pageant, Maman lost 30 kgs. ( 66 pounds ). Using her personal experience, she now manages a Facebook group promoting nutrition and healthy eating habits among teenage girls, meant to help them avoid developing eating disorders. Maman will be stepping into Yityish Titi Aynaw's shoes, Miss Israel 2013 and the first Ethiopian-born Israeli beauty queen. Maman came from a family of a beauty queen where her mother, Ilana Maman, is a former Miss Beersheba.







Yulia Alipova: Miss Russia 2014


Yulia Alipova was crowned Miss Russia 2014. She is 23 years old. Alipova will represent her country in both Miss World and Miss Universe 2014. The first runner-up is Anastasia Reshetova of Moscow and the second runner-up is Anastasia Kostenko of the Rostov region. The reigning Miss World Megan Young and Miss Universe Gabriela Isler were part of the judging panel and assisted in the crowning of the new Miss Russia.



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