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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 »

Dressing up Miss Philippines


IT’S NO secret, fashion designer Veejay Floresca loves beauty contests. After all, he was one of the four Venus Raj fans whose YouTube video went viral and led to a TV commercial two years ago.

Posted: December 15th, 2012 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Super | Read More »

Where Venus Raj, Christine Jacob-Sandejas get their quality–but affordable–health products

CHRISTINE Jacob-Sandejas, husband Paco and daughter Ma. Gabrielle

In a drive to expand its market, Watsons recently launched its new campaign and brand ambassadors. And it’s working to strengthen its pharmacy section with improved service and affordable pricing, to make Watsons more than just a personal-care store.

Posted: October 22nd, 2012 in Editor's Pick,Headlines,Health and Wellness,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Where Shamcey Supsup got her Miss U body

FROM SLIM TO VA-VA-VOOM. Physical therapist John Cuay poses with his protégé, the then newly proclaimed Bb. Pilipinas Universe Shamcey Supsup. Contributed Photo

Call him a modern-day Professor Higgins, for in a way that’s what kinesiologist John Jay Cuay is doing.

Posted: September 18th, 2011 in Editor's Pick,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Sunday Lifestyle | Read More »

Fan-tastic four


Some people call them The Viral Four. Designers Veejay Floresca and Martin Bautista, corporate travel consultant Lex Librea and graduate student Aleq Africa hogged more than their fair share of YouTube spotlight after Lex uploaded the video of their reaction when Venus Raj made it to the top 15 at last year’s Miss Universe pageant. The hilarious clip made its rounds on Facebook, Twitter and Tumblr—and that was just the start.

Posted: September 9th, 2011 in 2BU,Headlines,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Venus Raj sends successor Shamcey Supsup off

OFF TO COLOMBIA. Pilipinas-Universe Shamcey Supsup will attend training in Colombia before proceeding to Brazil for the big event on Sept. 12. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

Filipino beauty queens gave a rousing send-off to the country’s Miss Universe bet, architecture topnotcher Shamcey Supsup, and expressed confidence she would bring home a crown. The Bb. Pilipinas-Universe title holder is leaving Wednesday for training in Colombia before proceeding to Brazil for the big event on Sept. 12. At the send-off party held on [...]

Posted: August 10th, 2011 in Lifestyle Stories | Read More »

From ugly duckling to beauty queen

The winning look

Her name has now become synonymous with beauty and grace, but Venus Raj reveals that she did not always feel beautiful about herself. She may have been named after the Greek goddess of love and beauty, but the 2010 Miss Universe fourth runner-up recalls that when she was young, she would always run crying to [...]

Posted: June 4th, 2011 in Featured Gallery,Photos & Videos,Sunday Inquirer Magazine | Read More »



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