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Pia Wurtzbach recounts her ‘hagulgol’ backstage after the pageant

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THE CRUCIAL Q&A portion, with hosts Xian Lim and Anne Curtis, that could have ruined Pia Wurtzbach’s second attempt to finally win a Binibining Pilipinas crown. PHOTO BY RICHARD REYES

After losing in the Binibining Pilipinas pageant last Sunday, Pia Wurtzbach has now become the best person to follow her own advice. In an exclusive phone interview with Inquirer Lifestyle, Wurtzbach, 24, an ABS-CBN talent, admitted that she was still hurting two days after the setback.

Posted: April 6th, 2014 in Editor's Pick,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Sunday Lifestyle | Read More »

Mary Jean Lastimosa is new Miss Universe Philippines

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Winners of the Bb. Pilipinas 2014 pose during the coronation night at the Smart Araneta Coliseum From left are: Hannah Sison, 2nd runner-up; Parul Shah, Bb. Pilipinas Tourism; Kris Janson, Bb. Pilipinas Intercontinental; Mary Jean Lastimosa, Bb. Pilipinas Universe; Mary Anne Guidotti, Bb. Pilipinas International, Yvethe Marie Santiago, Bb. Pilipinas Supranational; and Laura Lehman, 1st runner-up. INQUIRER PHOTO / RICHARD A. REYES

North Cotabato native Mary Jean Lastimosa was crowned as Miss Universe Philippines 2014 at the Araneta Coliseum in Cubao, Quezon City on Sunday night.

Posted: March 31st, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Lifestyle Stories,Photos & Videos | Read More »

15 semi-finalists chosen in Bb. Pilipinas tilt

BINIBINING Pilipinas 2014 aspirants, among them former finalists, on a recent visit to the Inquirer. KIMBERLY DE LA CRUZ

The following candidates have emerged as among the 15 semi-finalists in the ongoing Bb. Pilipinas beauty pageant being held at the Araneta Coliseum in Cubao, Quezon City:

Posted: March 30th, 2014 in Lifestyle Stories | Read More »

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 »

Solon wants Miss World 2014 staged in PH

Miss World 2013 Megan Young FILE PHOTO

A solon filed a resolution urging the government to support the move to hold the next Miss World pageant in the country November this year.

Posted: March 19th, 2014 in Lifestyle Stories | Read More »

War of the Aces and Flores?

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RODGIL Flores, head of Kagandahang Flores, does not reject beauty queen hopefuls since he believes that there’s beauty in every woman hungry enough to ask for his help. JILSON SECKLER TIU

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.

Posted: March 16th, 2014 in Editor's Pick,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Sunday Lifestyle | Read More »

PH caps 2013 with 4th beauty title

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FOURTH CROWN  Angeli Dione Gomez of the Philippines reacts after she was named the winner in the Miss Tourism International pageant in  Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on New Year’s Eve, becoming the country’s fourth world beauty titlist in 2013.  AP

The Philippines ended 2013 with a fourth world beauty title. Cebuana beauty Angeli Dione Gomez was crowned Miss Tourism International, besting 59 other candidates in a pageant held in Putrajaya, outside of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on New Year’s Eve.

Posted: January 2nd, 2014 in Lifestyle Stories,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Miss International: Prayers helped me win

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Newly crowned Miss 53rd International Bea Rose Santiago, of the Philippines, speaks as 1st runner-up Miss New Zealand Casey Radley, left, listens during a press conference in Tokyo Friday, Dec. 20, 2013. Santiago said prayer was her most powerful weapon in bagging the beauty title in the pageant held in Tokyo on Dec. 17.  AP PHOTO/KOJI SASAHARA

Prayer was 2013 Miss International Bea Rose Santiago’s most powerful weapon in bagging the beauty title in Tokyo, Japan, on Dec. 17.

Posted: December 23rd, 2013 in Lifestyle Stories | Read More »

Aquino’s wish for Bea Rose Santiago comes true

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President Aquino does not consider himself the lucky charm of 2013 Miss International Bea Rose Santiago.

Posted: December 19th, 2013 in Lifestyle Stories | Read More »

Filipino beauty is 2013 Miss International

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Binibining Pilipinas Bea Rose Santiago was crowned 2013 Miss International in the beauty pageant held in Tokyo Tuesday night.

Posted: December 17th, 2013 in Editor's Pick,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Lifestyle Stories,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Venezuelan is Miss Earth, brings home another title

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Miss Earth 2013 Alyz Henrich of Venezuela celebrates as she is crowned Miss Earth 2013 by Tereza Fajksová, Miss Earth 2012, during the final night of the beauty pageant on Saturday at Versailles Palace in Alabang, Muntinlupa City.  RICHARD A. REYES

After taking over the Universe, Venezuela has now conquered Earth.

Posted: December 9th, 2013 in Lifestyle Stories,Photos & Videos | Read More »

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