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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 »

Hard-up Venezuela has Miss U title


These may be trying times back home but if the Miss Universe contest proved anything, it was that even a country where inflation was running high, salaries were plunging and basic goods like milk were in short supply could churn out a beauty queen.

Posted: November 11th, 2013 in Lifestyle Stories | Read More »

New Miss Universe models million-dollar swimsuit


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.

Posted: November 10th, 2013 in Lifestyle Stories,Photos & Videos | Read More »