Gut FeelBy Minyong Ordoñez
My first images of Filipina beauty unfolded from the pages of my mother’s album, with pictures of Manila Carnival queens during the ’20s and ’30s. I was 7 years old, and I lingered on the pages showing the pictures of beauteous Miss Philippines; Miss Maria Katigbak of Batangas was the kayumanggi, Miss Pacita de los Reyes was fair-complexioned and mestisahin. Both were dressed like a queen and wore a bejeweled crown on their heads.
Newly crowned Miss Universe, Gabriela Isler of Venezuela, took up her duties in Moscow on Sunday, twirling in a jewel-studded swimming costume valued at $1 million.
By Paul Albert Palmero
On shoot day, Binibining Pilipinas first runner-up Pia Wurtzbach arrived first, wearing a black mini-dress with a sweetheart neckline.
Inside OutBy Cory Quirino
Call it destiny. Or fate. Perhaps the stars were harmoniously aligned to favor a victory. Attribute it to her natural beauty, to a strong will and perfect discipline. But more importantly, look into her heart. This is what truly guided her toward triumph.
By Bayani San Diego Jr.
, Robert Gonzaga
A burst of sunshine amid political gloom …. A big boost to national pride …. She has made history and conquered the world.
The finale of a beauty pageant exclusively for Muslim women will take place in the Indonesian capital Wednesday, in a riposte to the Miss World contest in Bali that has drawn fierce opposition from Islamic radicals.
The first Indian-American winner of the quintessential American beauty pageant had predicted that times were changing even before her victory.
For the first time America’s top beauty queen is a woman of Indian origin, and she is playing down racist tweets that say she looks like an Arab terrorist.
The 63rd edition of the Miss World pageant has opened after protests by Muslim hard-liners confined the event to Indonesia’s predominantly Hindu resort island of Bali.
More than 1,000 Islamic hardliners demonstrated against the Miss World beauty contest in host country Indonesia Thursday, denouncing it as “smut and pornography,” as protests grow ahead of the show’s weekend opening.
About 150 Islamic hardliners protested in the Indonesian capital Jakarta Tuesday against the Miss World beauty pageant, the latest outburst of anger about the contest in the Muslim-majority nation.