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Chilling with Ara, Bea Rose and Pia–or stories from the ‘warfront’


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MISS International Bea Rose Santiago takes a selfie with Miss Universe Gabriela Isler during a private dinner Thursday. Isler is gracing the Bb. Pilipinas pageant tonight

Tonight is the Bb. Pilipinas pageant and for sure, a big, fanatic segment of the population will be tuned in. I might be, too. While I’m no beauty-contest junkie, I’ve started to take interest in our beauty queens since I had the chance to dine with them, and had a fun, chill time.

Posted: March 30th, 2014 in Columns,Editor's Pick,Featured Columns,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Sunday Lifestyle | Read More »

Indonesia to host Miss World final despite Muslim anger

Miss World contestants during Miss World Fashion Show and Top Model competition at Bali International Convention Center in Nusa Dua, Bali, Indonesia, Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2013. AP

The Miss World final takes place on the Indonesian resort island of Bali on Saturday after weeks of protests from Muslim hardliners and warnings that extremists could attack the pageant.

Posted: September 26th, 2013 in Lifestyle Stories,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Miss Tourism Int’l: I thought I was dreaming

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GLOBAL TOURISM AMBASSADRESS Rizzini Alexis Gomez of Philippines walks with her trophy following her winning the Miss Tourism International 2012 World Final during the New Year's Eve celebrations in Petaling Jaya, near Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Monday, Dec. 31, 2012. AP/Lai Seng Sin

She almost thought of quitting her longtime romance with beauty pageants for good. But Rizzini Alexis Gomez, who bested 55 other international delegates in the 2012/2013 Miss Tourism International in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, last Dec. 31, said her father inspired her to keep going.

Posted: January 5th, 2013 in Lifestyle Stories,Photos & Videos | Read More »

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