Monday, September 5, 2022

Former MUP contestant to represent PH in Supermodel International 2022

Former Miss Universe Philippines 2022 candidate Gracelle Nicole Distura will represent the country in the 10th Supermodel International finals on September 15, 2022 in Chiang Mai, Thailand.

Distura was handpicked by the Spotlight Couronne International Inc., a personality development training camp and production company based in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

During her send-off press conference held on September 5 at Corte Ibiza Super Club in Tomas Morato, Quezon City, she revealed that she was shocked and surprised of her appointment but grateful at the same time.

"I'm just very grateful. The news came to me right after I graduated from college. This has been a huge blessing to me that I cannot say no to. I love pageantry, I love modelling," she said to press.

The 22-year old beauty hails from Lucena City, Quezon Province. She is a fresh graduate of Manuel S. Enverga University Foundation with a degree of Bachelor of Culture and Arts Education. 

She competed in various schools and provincial pageants such as Miss Enverga 2022 and Binibining Quezon 2022. Last April, she represented Quezon Province in Miss Universe Philippines 2022 which she made in the Top 31.

Also in attendance during the send-off press conference are Meg Perez (Operations Manager of Spotlight Couronne International and Supermodel International Philippines), Shallemar Pornobi (Representative of Spotlight Couronne International and Managing Director of Supermodel International Philippines), and Rodgil Flores (Kagandahang Flores Founder and Trainer).

Standing at 5'7" tall, she will be wearing creations of Quezonian designers.

On why she should win the competition, she said, " I deserved it because I've been working hard for it ever since I was a teenager. I was young and I have a dream. Every dream doesn't require you to just dream one day and when you wake up you are Supermodel International. It means doing hard work everything that you can to deserve it. Just sit back and watch our performance as I represent our country in Thailand.”

About Supermodel International:

SUPERMODEL INTERNATIONAL  the most prestigious international model search in the world, is an international cultural exchange event integrating female beauty, talents, general quality and cultural communication. SUPERMODEL uses its influence to discover new  talents who will become a Supermodel through its theme - expanding international cultural and fashion development, and meeting worldwide demands, based on the beauty resources across the world.

Tuesday, August 30, 2022

Future diplomat aims to win second Miss Progress International title for PH

The long wait is over! Reigning Miss Progress Philippines Beatriz "Zea" Vazquez Awatin is set to compete in the 8th edition of Miss Progress International (MPI) pageant in Italy.

She was supposed to compete last year, however the pageant was postponed due to COVID-19.

Before departing for Puglia, Italy on September 7th, she was given an intimate send-off press conference at Kagandahang Flores Camp in Quezon City today, August 30.

In attendance at the event, who also gave their warm wishes, are KF Founder Rodgil Flores, her loved ones including her father.

Also present is the first ever Miss Progress International titleholder from the Philippines, Jedaver Opingo who also served as the event's host.

The future diplomat graduated Cum Laude in San Beda Alabang with a degree of Bachelor of Arts in International Studies. She earned her Masters Degree in International Relations at De La Salle University.

Outside pageantry, she loved to participate in Spartan races and scuba diving.

As the pageant will focus on human rights, environment and health, Zea's project has been named "The Jeepney Library". It aims to support the lack of access to modern education for the poorest of the poor children of Manila. Making sure that no one is left behind, it is customized with a portable WIFI-connection and computers/laptops built in to give less fortunate children the right to gain access to technology and information.

If she wins, the organization will finance her project for a year.

Her national costume was created by Jay-R Gamboa Flores. She will also be wearing some Chico Estiva creations.

More than 30 candidates are expected to compete in the 8th edition of MPI. The coronation night will be held on September 17 (9:00PM) Italian time / 3:30AM PH time). It will be streamed live on MPI's official Youtube and Facebook pages, as well as on a European TV station.

You can support her journey by voting her until September 17.

Tuesday, August 2, 2022

Francis Libiran launches new collection inspired by his clients and their amazing love stories


Francis Libiran Bridal releases its S/S 2023 collection consisting of ten wedding gowns with a variety of silhouettes designed to fit every kind of bride inspired by clients and their love stories.

Francis Libiran Bridal continues to elevate the standard in wedding gown design, turning the dreams of hopeful brides into a reality. For its Spring Summer collection, the famed bridal boutique recently released ten uniquely beautiful wedding gowns that are inspired by the love stories and personalities of the clients the designer has worked with throughout his 23 years in the industry.

“As a person who has weaved pieces for all kinds of women, it is no surprise that I have been inspired by a spectrum of brides who has fleshed out this diverse roster of gowns,” the designer shared.

The collection is intricately crafted, some pieces are embellished with wondrous crystals and tantalizing patterns while the other pieces evoke minimalistic beauty. The ten gowns have different silhouettes helmed to fit every kind of bride.

Enticed by the personalities of the fascinating clients he has designed for, it is evident that the body of work embodied in this collection is extensive. Those who wish to be dressed in one of the pieces surely have a variety to choose from—one perfect for their personality. Libiran’s couture trademark and design signature are very apparent in each design.

“I made this collection having in mind those brides who rely on a more visual experience and worry about not seeing the design. With this, all they have to do is to choose among the ten gowns, then, they can customize it to their body proportions and liking,” Francis expounded.

For over 6 years, Francis Libiran Bridal has been a favorite among brides who opt for a boutique experience. They offer an array of design selections that women can fit and choose from. The boutique also offers customization and add-ons for brides who want to make the style more personal.

Aside from being exceptionally beautiful, it is the most convenient option when getting married due to its value for money without compromising quality. 

The Francis Libiran Bridal S/S 2023 collection is now available in-store and online. Francis Libiran Bridal is located at 2/F Greenbelt 5, Makati. For inquiries, visit, send them an e-mail via, or reach out to their PH mobile at 0917 506 9922.

Sunday, July 17, 2022

Eryka Vina Talavera Tan for Miss Philippines Earth 2022

It's only been two days since Eryka Vin Tan was announced as one of the Top 20 finalists of Miss Philippines Earth 2022 pageant. She's still excited and overwhelmed with what happened.

"The whole time I was waiting for the announcement of Top 20, iniisip ko po yung team ko tsaka family ko. Hindi lang po ako kasi grabe po yung pagod, it's like a collective effort," Eryka said during her recent online interview. 

The 27-year old beauty met some pageant bloggers through virtual press conference today, July 17.

Virtual interview of Eryka Vina Tan.

She graduated at San Beda University with a  Bachelor's Degree of Entrepreneurship. She is currently the marketing head of a beauty and wellness company based in Albay.

Eryka is representing her hometown., Legazpi City. This is her first time joining a national pageant. Prior to that she was Ms. San Beda College 2013. In 2018, she joined Miss Ibalong in Legazpi City and Miss Bicolandia where she declared as first runner-up for both pageants.

She was born in Saudi Arabia since both of her parents were OFW. She returned to the Philippines when she was just five years old. 

In 2017, she went back to Saudi Arabia and work as international flight attendant for three years for Saudi Arabia Airlines. 

She loves to travel aside from being a swimmer, free diver and a dragon boat paddler. A certified sports junkie, she is also an aspiring triathlete.

"The love for the ocean inspired me to take part in Miss Philippines Earth because I believe that it is a great platform for me to share my advocacy. Marine conservation is close to my heart because I believe it needs great attention specially for us Filipinos," Eryka explained on why she joined Miss Philippines Earth.

This year's theme is Fauna. She chose snake as her featured animal.

She chose this since she was influenced and inspired by her brother who is taking veterinary medicine. In addition, she can also relate her characteristics to it.

"Philippine cobras are very misunderstood. The only reason they attack others or defend themselves if they feel like they're being threatened. I feel the same way, ganun din po ako parang the only time I would be enraged or the only time na magiging patola tayo is when people are trying to push me in the corner. As much as possible, I love peace," she said.

Eryka and other 19 candidates will compete in a live coronation night on August 6 in Coron, Palawan. Prior to that, they will be presented to the media in a press presentation on July 21 at Hotel 101 Manila.

You can watch her online interview here.

Friday, July 15, 2022

FULL LIST: Miss Philippines Earth 2022 Final Top 20

After a series of virtual competitions, Carousel Productions announced the final Top 20 candidates via Facebook and Youtube livestreams on Friday night, July 15. Here are the Top 20 finalists:

                                      These ladies will be presented to the members of media through a press presentation scheduled on July 21 at Hotel 101 Manila. For the first time in two years, the live in-person coronation night will be held in Coron, Palawan on August 6.

                                      Sunday, July 10, 2022

                                      Ira Patricia Malaluan for Bb. Pilipinas 2022

                                      Binibini 19 Ira Patricia Malaluan may not be the most hyped contestant but she is definitely one of the girls to watch out for. Her performance at the recently concluded press presentation proved that she is indeed a dark horse.

                                      Born and raised in Candelaria, Ira is representing Quezon Province in Bb. Pilipinas 2022 pageant. She is a Tourism and Travel Services Management graduate of Batangas State University. 

                                      Definitely not just a beauty queen, she is also a queen of charity and goodwill. She is the founder of "A Thousand Journey Project", an organization that is willing to help and extend love to every people in different walks of life. In December 2021, they distributed 276 food packs for homeless people in Metro Manila. They also distributed school supplies for the children of Cagayan De Oro last February 2022. She is also an entrepreneur and own a pet supply chain called ‘WerePawse’ that sells affordable pet supplies nationwide.

                                      The 5'7" stunner used to fly as flight attendant for Philippine Airline Express. She also worked as food coordinator of Senator Allan Cayetano's "Sampung Libong Pag-Asa Project" and a former Customer Service Manager of Cayetano's restaurants in BGC.

                                      This is her first national pageant. Prior to that, she was joining schools and provincial competitions. She was crowned Miss Batangas State University 2018, Southern Tagalog Regional Association of State Universities and Colleges Festival Queen – Region IV 2018. She was first runner-up in both Miss Philippine Association of State Universities and Colleges 2018 Binibining Niyogyugan-Quezon Province 2019 regional pageant.

                                      Ira met some pageant press during her intimate meet and greet event on Saturday, July 9. 

                                      She revealed in an interview that she was hesitant at first in joining Bb. Pilipinas knowing this is a prestigious pageant aside from being financially demanding.  On why she joined, she said, "I believe God called me to do this. I believe this is my calling. I'm just doing and enjoying this journey because I know God will do everything for me," she said.

                                      She loves to speak up and voice out her thoughts. Coming from a broken family, she had experienced a lot of challenges growing up. She wanted to share these stories and inspire a lot of people through this platform. 

                                      Ira with some members of the pageant media.

                                      She wanted to represent the country in an international pageant. But if given a chance, she is aiming for Bb. Pilipinas-Globe crown.

                                      Before the much awaited coronation night on July 31, Ira and the other 39 Binibinis will showcase their exquisite national costumes in a show on July 16, and participate in the highly anticipated Parade of Beauties on July 23.

                                      Watch the interview here:

                                      Wednesday, July 6, 2022

                                      Bb. Pilipinas 2022 candidates show off pasarela skills in press presentation

                                      Press Release

                                      The 40 gorgeous candidates of Binibining Pilipinas 2022 made the competition more intense as they slay the runway during the press presentation at the Novotel Manila Araneta City on July 5.  

                                      Stunning in swimsuits by Justine Aliman and shoes by Jojo Bragais, the candidates charmed the viewers with their fierce stage presence. Their confident struts on the lit LED stage were accompanied by music provided by DJ Tom Taus. A special performance by PPOP act 4th Impact gave an electrifying touch to the show. 

                                      Among the show's audience is a judging panel that consists of Binibining Pilipinas Charities Inc. (BPCI) and executives of Binibining Pilipinas 2022 sponsors. The event also released a teaser of the brand-new Binibining Pilipinas theme song sang by the PPOP Kings, SB19.  

                                      Hosted by Miss Intercontinental 2021 Cinderella Faye ObeΓ±ita, Binibining Pilipinas Grand International 2021 Samantha Panlilio, and Binibining Pilipinas International 2021 Hannah Arnold, the Press Presentation highlighted the diverse beauty of Filipinas. This year’s exciting roster of candidates consists of outstanding students and graduates, artists, sports and fashion enthusiasts, celebrities, and working professionals who excel in their respective fields.  

                                      With less than a month left before the finals, the ladies still have a busy schedule ahead. They will have to showcase their exquisite national costumes in a show on July 16, and participate in the highly anticipated Parade of Beauties on July 23. 

                                      Here are the official candidates:

                                      1. Stacey Daniella Gabriel, Cainta Rizal

                                      2. Krizzia Lynn Moreno, Camarines Sur

                                      3. Diana Joy Pinto, Taguig City

                                      4. Jane Darren Genobisa, Carcar City, Cebu 

                                      5. Karen Laurrie Mendoza, Iloilo City

                                      6. Elda Louise Aznar, Davao del Sur

                                      7. Graciella Sheine Lehmann, Oriental Mindoro

                                      8. Nicole Budol, Angono Rizal

                                      9. Natasha Jung, Marabut W. Samar

                                      10. Fatima Kate Bisan, Sarangani Province

                                      11. Esel Mae Pabillaran, Misamis Oriental

                                      12. Leslie Avila, Sultan Kudarat

                                      13. Patricia Ann Tan, Masbate

                                      14. Joanna Day, Bulacan

                                      15. Nyca Mae Bernardo, Guiguinto, Bulacan

                                      16. Jeriza Uy. Davao city

                                      17. Chelsea Fernandez, Tacloban City

                                      18. Ma. Isabela David, Mexico Pampanga

                                      19. Ira Patricia Malaluan, Quezon Province

                                      20. Joanna Marie Rabe, Iba, Zambales

                                      21. Gracia Elizabetta Mendoza, Lipa City, Batangas

                                      22. Joanna Ricci Alajar, Davao Oriental

                                      23. Nicole Borromeo, Cebu

                                      24. Patricia Samantha Go, Quezon City

                                      25. Annalena Lakrini, Bataan

                                      26. Cyrille Payumo, Porac, Pampanga

                                      27. Jessica Rose McEwen, Florida, Pampanga

                                      28. Gabrielle Camille Basiano, Borongan, E. Samar

                                      29. Mariella Esguerra, Marikina City

                                      30. Jashmin-Lyn Dimaculangan, Albay

                                      31. Yllana Marie Aduana, Laguna

                                      32. Anna Carres De Mesa, Batangas

                                      33. Mary Justinne Punsalang, Cavite

                                      34. Christine Juliane Opiaza, Zambales

                                      35. Diana Mackey, Nueva Ecija

                                      36. Jannine Navarro, Tanjay, Negros Oriental

                                      37. Eiffel Janell Rosalita, Catanduanes

                                      38. Ethel Abellanosa, La Union

                                      39. Jasmine Omay, Tarlac Province

                                      40. Roberta Angela Tamondong, San Pablo City     


                                      And finally, the best of the best will shine bright during the Grand Coronation Night at the Smart Araneta Coliseum on July 31, to be telecast LIVE on TV5, A2Z, The Kapamilya Channel, Metro Channel, iWantTFC and the Binibining Pilipinas Official YouTube channel. 

                                      Friday, June 24, 2022

                                      Binibining Pilipinas showcased Pinoy culture in 2022 talent competition


                                      Press Release

                                      Manila, Philippines – Binibining Pilipinas entertained the audience at the New Frontier Theater and the online viewers worldwide with a one-of-a-kind talent presentation on June 23.

                                      Hosted by Binibining Pilipinas 2021 Grand International Samantha Panlilio and runner-up Meiji Cruz, the show highlighted the amazing talents, colorful culture, and unique beauty of that every Filipina possess. It paid homage to the rising PPOP music with guest performances from groups DIONE and 1st.One that added more local flavor to the show.

                                      Considered one of the major and most anticipated Binibining Pilipinas events, the talent competition was a testament to how well-rounded the Binibinis are. Nineteen of the 40 official contestants wowed the audience and judges as they showcased their singing, dancing, and artistic talents on stage.

                                      Watch the show here.

                                      The 40 candidates of the 2022 Binibining Pilipinas strike a pose at the closing remarks of the talent competition. It was hosted by 2021 Binibining Pilipinas Grand International Samantha Panlilio, and 2021 Binibining Pilipinas 2nd Runner-Up Meiji Cruz. Photo by Bruce Casanova.

                                      Binibini 2 Kryzzia Lynn Moreno opened the performances with a cultural dance Pansak (or “to dance on top porcelain plates”) which is native to Tausug tribes. Binibini 6 Elda Louise Eznar followed with an astounding demonstration of sand painting. The crowd got wild when Binibini 8 Nicole Budol gave a concert-worthy performance of her original song “Gandang Hipon” that exude a message of empowerment and self-confidence. Binibini 9 Natasha Jung serenaded the audiences with a beautiful rendition of “Di na Muli” by Itchyworms. 

                                      The competition continued with a cultural dance B’laan interpreted by Binibini 10 Fatima Kate Bisan. Binibini 11 Esel Mae Pabillaran followed with a fiery dance routine as a salute to Filipinas. Binibini 12 Leslie Avila wowed the audience as she showed off a masterful display of the local sport arnis. Binibini 15 Nyca Mae Bernardo gave a heartfelt ballad while Binibini 17 Chelsea Fernandez treated the audience with oozing sexiness and glamor as she sang Shakira’s "Whenever, Wherever”. 

                                      The audiences were floored as Binibini 18 Ma. Isabela David sang as she played the piano and rocked the theater as she played an electric guitar. Binibini 23 Nicole Borromeo gave an inspiring talk as she painted her interpretation of hope through charcoal. Binibini 25 Anna Valencia sang to the audience while Binibini 27 Jessica Rose McEwen shook the stage as she showed off her popping and hip-hop skills. Binibini 31 Yllana Marie Aduana gave a duet while Binibini 33 Justine Punsalang gave a hair-raising spoken poetry. 

                                      Binibini 34 Christine Juliane Opiaza oozed with hotness as she showed her belly dancing skills. She was followed by Binibini 36 Jannine Navaro who jazzed away with Tina Turner’s “Proud Mary”. Binibini 39 Jasmine Omay offered a regal and exquisite performance of Les’ Miserables’ “Castle on a Cloud” as she played the violin. Binibini 40 Roberta Angela Tamondong capped off the performances with a unique dance routine to the tune of Barbie Girl.  

                                      The competition’s panel of judges was composed of Binibining Pilipinas Charities Inc. (BPCI) Executive Committee members Irene Jose and Precious Lara Quigaman, Binibining Pilipinas 2021 Best in Talent Vianca Marcelo, and executives from Binibining Pilipinas sponsors and partner companies.

                                      The Binibinis capped off the show in a PRIDE fashion walk that had the girls wearing Binibining Pilipinas shirts with different colors of the LGBTQIA flag.

                                      The winner of the Binibining Pilipinas 2022 Talent Competition will be revealed on the Grand Coronation Night at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

                                      Wednesday, June 8, 2022

                                      Things get slicey in GIGIL Agency’s latest ad for Danes Cheese

                                      Press Release

                                      Our favorite local cheese brand, Danes Cheese, is back with yet another hilarious film from GIGIL Philippines for us to enjoy. If before they showcased their various flavors of cheese blocks in a teleserye-like ad, their mascots have taken more mature roles in this slasher (in this case, slicer?) film! 

                                      The film starts off with a guy wearing a cheese-block costume taking a shower. 

                                      However, his bath time gets interrupted by a looming shadowy figure…who has something sinister in mind.

                                      Inspired by classic thrillers such as ‘Psycho’ and ‘The Shining,’ Danes Cheese wants to communicate the benefits of using Danes Cheese Slices–their new and improved formulation makes it perfect for burgers and sandwiches! 

                                      Since its release, the film has amassed over 3.1M views and counting. Click here to watch the video.

                                      Social media users praised the ad for its humor and uniqueness.

                                      Every pack of Danes Cheese Slices contains 22 slices, so it’s actually cheaper per gram than cheese blocks – making it the affordable choice for your burger and sandwich cravings. Danes Cheese Slices is now available in leading supermarkets.

                                      The amusing advertisement was made in collaboration with GIGIL Philippines.

                                      For Metro Manila residents, you can easily grab Danes Cheese Slices online! Just visit the CDO Home Delivery on Facebook Messenger:

                                      Wednesday, May 18, 2022

                                      Filipino filmmaker studies in the US to elevate PH film: "I want our films to have depth"

                                      Meet Tadeo Paras, a Filipino who dreams of making big in fashion photography in the US. 

                                      Tadeo Paras, 25, was born and raised in the Philippines. He shared that it was in his teenage years that he became a cinephile.

                                      Paras is currently in the US since 2019. He finished his baccalaureate degree at De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde. After graduating, he then flew to the US and pursued his master’s in business in San Diego, California. 

                                      "I was taking my master's and was doing part-time at a hotel," Paras shared.

                                      How did his fascination for films started?

                                      "My fascination for Western films began in high school. It was when I continued to watch and got curious about how they were able to create high-quality movies.

                                      "I loved how stories are told [even] in fiction.”

                                      His passion for films even grew intense when he had the opportunity to do acting back in the country. His latest appearance was with ABS-CBN's top-rating revenge drama series--Wildflower (2018) with Maja Salvador in the lead role and the drama series--Nang Ngumiti ang Langit (2019) with Sophia Reola as the lead star."  

                                      He lists Gordon von Steiner as one of his favorite filmmakers. Von Steiner has established himself as the most sought-after talent for top fashion brands. He has collaborated with Steven Meisel on films for Prada, Miu Miu, and Coach.

                                      "I love Gordon von Steiner’s work," Professed Paras. "His (von Steiner) fashion films are amazing, and I think of them as masterpieces."

                                      It’s his dream to be a fashion photographer someday, too.

                                      Currently, he is learning more about filmmaking at Santa Monica College and looking to transfer to a more known film school in the future.

                                      He pursue filmmaking since he wants to elevate Filipino films and the same time build a better foundation for his dream of becoming a photographer, too. "Looking at the Western or other foreign films, they have good storytelling and diverse actors," he said.

                                      He added, "It is what I want for the Philippines. Not just have good-looking people, I want our films to have depth."

                                      Since he dabbled into theater back then, he believed that the discipline he acquired in the industry would be an advantage to his film studies and photography.

                                      "Yes, I think all of my experience [even] in different fields applies to filmmaking. 

                                      "Helping them build the set even if I was an actor, knowing what the actors are feeling, being in the position they were in so I can connect with them more, it helps with my direction and resourcefulness."

                                      "I’m proud of everything I’ve done because all of my projects helped me in my journey to become a great artist. 

                                      "I treat every experience and project as a lesson. I’m proud of each project like that of Garth Garcia’s music video, Do You Miss Me, assisting One Down, Kumu USA, and Add Hiraya Media in their productions here in Los Angeles."

                                      He also photographed the Los Angeles Fashion Week last year, all of those and more. 

                                      "I have a lot of dreams because I don’t want to limit myself, and working someday in Hollywood is one of them. I want to represent my country in a way that would make my country proud."

                                      As a filmmaker, he has this vision and mission to share with his fellow 'kababayans,' "I always want to include my culture in the films that I will be making. 

                                      "I want to create something that will make my country proud. In my classes right now, I always put a hint of culture in the films and stories I create. 

                                      "I know I’m on the right track because my professors love them and have praised me for my plans. Imagine having a Western quality Filipino film, that is my goal."

                                      Monday, April 25, 2022

                                      Miss Universe 2021 Harnaaz Kaur Sandhu arrives in the Philippines

                                      Press Release

                                      Manila, Philippines – Harnaaz Sandhu, winner of Miss Universe 2021, arrived in the Philippines last Sunday, April 24, 2022, where she held court at the Platinum Skies Hangar Domestic Airport Compound. Hosting the welcome were Narvacan City Mayor, Hon. Chavit Singson and Architect Richelle Singson Michael, LCS Group Vice Chairperson, Ako Ilokano Ako Partylist first nominee, and Host Committee Chairperson of the 65th Miss Universe that took place here in the Philippines. Both Mayor Singson and Architect Richelle Singson-Michael have tirelessly continued to represent the country in the organization to make Miss Universe one of the most anticipated and inspired events in the country. 

                                      Architect Richelle Singson-Michael shared the delightful moments she had with the reigning Miss Universe, “We are more than happy to welcome Harnaaz. We had the opportunity to learn from each other as we tackled topics she wishes to address throughout her reign. Like a true beauty queen, she is confident yet humble, with the influence to make a positive change in a global scale.” 

                                      Mayor Singson also expressed his exuberance with Harnaaz’s visit, “Having her (Sandhu) visit our country and share her goals with us Filipinos is an inspiration. It's also an opportunity for us to learn about her plans and advocacies as Miss Universe and extend to her all the help to promote her causes."

                                      “The Philippines has always been one of my dream destinations because of its stunning beauty, but more importantly, I feel that it is a country full of opportunities for me to contribute as Miss Universe.” shares Harnaaz when asked how she felt when she first arrived in the country. “I'm excited to work with people who share my passion for putting advocacy into action.”

                                      Menstrual Equity is one of Harnaaz’s advocacies, where she mentioned, “This is a topic near and dear to my heart because I grew up watching my mother deal with this issue. So now that I'm able to address this problem globally, I'm going to devote my time and energy to help young girls and women overcome this challenge. I firmly believe that when women support other women, incredible things happen,” she continued.

                                      Her arrival ramped up excitement among Filipino pageant fans who are looking forward to see her in the upcoming Miss Universe Philippines 2022 Coronation Night. Her followers are also interested as to which destinations in the country she would visit. The Philippines has hosted two Miss Universe coronation nights and having the reigning title holder sparks joy among Filipinos.

                                      Friday, April 15, 2022

                                      The Francis Libiran Universe Collection Fashion Exhibit Opens At Sofitel Manila

                                      Press Release

                                      Manila, Philippines – The Francis Libiran Universe Collection fashion exhibit formally opened its doors during a press event held in Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila last April 13th, 2022.

                                      Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila’s General Manager, Mr. Olivier Larcher, who opened the night, said that they are thrilled and delighted to work with the best fashion designer in the Philippines and one of the best in the world. He added that It’s an absolute honor to work with such a talent. Now that Sofitel is on a strong rebound, Larcher is expecting more social events to come. He’s looking forward to these, along with more collaborations with Libiran.

                                      Likewise, Libiran is grateful to Sofitel for mounting this exhibit and putting all the stops to have everything in place. The Francis Libiran Universe Collection fashion exhibit is housed in Sofitel Manila’s Events Lounge. It features six gowns, all of which have been strutted by Miss Universe Philippines 2021 Bea Luigi Gomez during the competition.

                                      Libiran, who is no stranger to the world of pageantry, explains that every piece was inspired by Gomez’s personality, her walk, and her physical assets.

                                      “Before I design something for clients, I would really sit down, talk to them, and get to know them. That’s very important for me. I want to know how they are as a person. And I would always ask this question: how do you see yourself on that stage in front of the whole universe?” Libiran said.

                                      Bea Luigi Gomez, the muse for the Universe Collection, came to the event in another Libiran ensemble. She reminisced about truly feeling like gold in her gown during the finals. She expressed how making these gowns was a team effort, but the work was easy because they were helping each other out.

                                      When asked how her journey with the crown has been, Gomez said it was more than the usual beauty queen work. She had to go through with countless realizations, which helped her to become a more empowered woman.

                                      “It became a learning experience for me, and I learned a lot about myself and the people that I’m with. I’m very grateful for the crown and what the crown brought into my life,” she explained.

                                      Shamcey Supsup-Lee, who’s the Miss Universe Philippines National Director for the past three years, also graced everyone with her presence. She says it’s been an honor working alongside Libiran for the past several years, so she had to come to celebrate with him.

                                      “I know the work that entails to produce all the bead gowns, and I think you could really see the dedication,” Supsup-Lee said. “He was also the one who initiated to provide different looks and to ask Bea what she really feels would be the best fit for her during her competition,” she continued.

                                      When asked about what the public can expect from Miss Universe Philippines, she exclaims that this year is really exciting. For the past two years, they’ve been planning a big event where fans could witness and enjoy the biggest national pageant in the Philippines. She also thanked everyone for the support and for sticking by Miss Universe Philippines.

                                      The ribbon cutting was done with Libiran at the center. President and CEO of Francis Libiran – Mr. Arsi Baltazar, Creative Director of Miss Universe Philippine – Mr Jonas Gaffud, and the Director of the Philippine Plaza Holdings – Kazuhito Shibuya, were also in attendance.

                                      The Francis Libiran Universe Collection fashion exhibit is open to the public for the whole month of April until May 2022.

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