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Miss Venezuela pageant reflects hard times

Mariana Jimenez, center, from Guarico State models in swim wear during the Miss Venezuela 2014 beauty pageant in Caracas, Venezuela, Thursday, Oct. 9, 2014. Jimenez won the pageant as the new Miss Venezuela. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)

Mariana Jimenez, a 20-year-old social communications student, has been crowned as the new Miss Venezuela, surpassing 24 other contestants and winning the right to represent Venezuela in the Miss Universe pageant.

Posted: October 10th, 2014 in Lifestyle Stories | Read More »

‘No Miss Universe in 2014; will take place instead in Jan. 2015’

In this image released by the Miss Universe Organization, Co-Owner of the Miss Universe Organization, Donald Trump, talks with Miss Universe Organization President Paula M. Shugart (L) and Runway Coach Lu Sierra on the last day of rehearsal for the Miss USA 2012 Competition, on June 2, 2012 from the Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino Theatre for the Performing Arts in Las Vegas, Nevada. AFP PHOTO / MISS UNIVERSE ORGANIZATION / GREG HARBAUGH

The 63rd annual Miss Universe® pageant supposed to be held this year won’t push through but instead will be held in Doral, Miami early 2015.

Posted: October 7th, 2014 in Lifestyle Stories | Read More »

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

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 »

A boot camp for beauty queens? You bet your sweet sequins it exists

JOHN Cliff Dimaala, Jay Patao, Gio Flores, Rodgil Flores, George Garrido, Jerome Balute and Jan Kevin Geli of Kagandahang Flores strike a pose with Binibining Pilipinas hopefuls. JILSON SECKLER TIU

While Filipinos the world over waited with bated breath some time last November for Miss Universe hosts Thomas Roberts and Mel B. to announce the five finalists in Moscow, celebrated Filipino beauty queen maker Jonas Gaffud of Aces & Queens was running to the nearest men’s room of the huge Crocus City Hall, the event’s venue.

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

Ariella Arida: This is how you chase a dream


She was only 10 when Miriam Quiambao won first runner-up in the 1999 Miss Universe pageant, but Ariella Arida remembers the day very distinctly. Until then, her childhood had been quite normal, filled with familial duties and school activities.

Posted: December 26th, 2013 in Editor's Pick,Fashion and Beauty,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos | Read More »