Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Pinoy Community in Russia Welcomes Ara Arida

Tonight from 8:30 to 10:30, there will be an important Miss Universe press conference to be held at Crocus City Mall in Moscow, Russia

Important guests who are expected to come are: Chulpan Khamatova, Dina Korzun (Gift of Life Foundation), Paula M. Shugart, president of Miss Universe Organization, and Emina Agalarova, Vice-President, Crocus Group. 

There will be a red carpet for Russian and foreign celebrities. 

The most heartwarming about this seemingly unimportant press conference is the attendance of the Filipino Community here in Moscow who will come tonight to support our very own candidate Miss Philippines Universe-Ariella Arida! Mabuhay Philippines.

Here are the flaglets and Ara Arida photos to be given to shoppers and the media who will cover the event

Proof positive that we Filipinos are still the most supportive pageant fans in the entire world

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Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Ara Arida's Controversial TV Interview


Here are some of the official photos of Ara Arida, our Miss Universe candidate who is aiming to duplicate the Miss World victory of Megan Young. 

If that happens, we will be joining France 1953, Australia 1972, Venezuela 1981 and India 1994 and 2000 in the exclusive club of countries that won both the Miss Universe and Miss World crowns the same year

This is her official Fadil Berisha Glamour Photo that is an interpretation of this year's "Ice Princess" theme.

This photo is being talked about as one of the best glamour shots for the 2013 Miss Universe Pageant


Prior to her arrival in Moscow, Russia where she is currently one of the favorite girls of the Muscovites, Ara got herself enmeshed in a controversy involving Latina beauties in general.

During a TV appearance in ANC, news anchor Karen Davila asked her address the concern of pageant fans that she seemed to have a problem expressing herself in English

Ara Arida with ANC Anchor Karen Davila
In a very humble and sincere manner, she admitted that speaking English is not really her strongest point. 

She then cited the Latinas as doing very well in pageants inspite the fact that they couldn't construct a simple sentence in English. 

Arida then replied that she's aware of the said comment and she had training, especially with her communication skills, to "express myself, to convey my message to the people."

The beauty queen added that Filipinos are more critical when it comes to the English language.

"Latinas cannot even speak a sentence, right? I mean, a complete sentence in English. I think it's the Filipinos who are very critical about this," she said.

I think what she was trying was that one doesn't have to be fluent in English to be able to answer the final question


The said comment of Arida caught the attention of pageant websites around the world. Radio personality Mo Twister joined the fray and expressed his disgust on what Miss Philippines said

My take on the matter? 

If one is to take Ara's statement literally, then yes, she is guilty as sin but for someone who has admitted that she's not really that fluent in English, then let's give her a break. 

It was simply a matter of miscommunication and not saying it in a more tactful manner.

And if it is any consolation for Ara, the fact that she is already embroiled in a controversy would only mean that she is considered a frontrunner and therefore a threat for the crown

For the meantime, my advice for her is to enjoy the whole experience and bring home a lifetime of wonderful memories

Good luck Ara

Ara Models for Mercedes Benz TV Ad in Russia


And here's some more good news from Moscow, Russia where our very own Miss Philippines Ara Arida is battling it out with 86 other ladies for the 2013 Miss Universe crown

After being picked as one of 27 girls to model in the prestigious Mercedes Benz -Tony Ward Fashion Couture, Ara, together with the following Miss Universe 2013 contestants were chosen to be a part of the Mercedes-Benz TV Commercial: Miss Austria Doris Hofmann, Miss Germany Anne-Julia Hagen, Miss Mexico Cynthia Duque, Miss Poland Paulina Krupinska and Miss Russia Elmira Abdrazakova. 

The TV ad will start showing in the Russian airways after the Miss Universe pageant until the end of the year.

This would only mean that our candidate must have impressed the corporate sponsors so much that they have picked her to be one of the commercial endorsers for the luxury car brand

Remember, aside from being a spokesperson for the Miss Universe Org, this year's Miss Universe winner will also be product endorser and commercial model for MUO's pageant sponsors

Keep it up Ara! 

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Thursday, October 24, 2013

White Bikini Photo Shoot in Miss Universe 2013

Despite the icy wintry forecast in Moscow, Russia and elsewhere in Eastern Europe, the presence of dozens of leggy and curvaceous stunners from around the world who are vying in the 2013 Miss Universe Pageant have sent temperatures rising as the 87 girls preened and posed for the white hot bikini shoot at the Crowne Plaza Moscow World Trade Center

Yamamay Swimwear is sponsoring the official swimwear worn during the red hot bikini photo shoot

Here are some of the girls who already had their bikini shoot

The 62nd annual Miss Universe Pageant is scheduled on November 9 at the Crocus City Hall in Moscow, Russia

Olivia Culpo of the United States is this year's reigning Miss Universe. Her 1st Runner Up is our very own Janine Tugonon 

Ariela Ara Arida, a cum laude BS Chemistry graduate from UP Los Banos , is representing our country

Miss Philippines Ara Arida 

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A Bohol- Based Volunteer Group That Calls Itself B.R.I.D.G.E.S.

Photographer Dennis Saco
Right after a pre- nuptial photo and video shoot that we did for Borgy and Glenda, ace Boholano photographer Dennis Saco organized a ragtag team of volunteers as a response to the call to help fellow Boholanos who have been hit the hardest by a 7.2 killer quake that struck our province last October 15.

The province is still trying to regain its lost footing and hope to rise again and rebuild the badly hit areas particularly in the northwestern area of the province

Dennis never had the slightest inkling that the group would become one of the teams that would get the attention of donors especially when the group started posting in Facebook and Twitter. 

Next came the national and international press like BBC, New York Times, Bloomberg, Time Magazine, ABC CBC News. 

The media were particularly interested to buy the rights to a two minute video that captured the devastation in Dauis minutes after the quake struck

Loon's famous coral steps
Photo Credit: Chrismael Caldo
Maribojoc's Punta Cruz Tower was not spared from the tremorsPhoto Credit: Chrismael Caldo
Tent cities have sprouted in many areas of the provincePhoto Credit: Chrismael Caldo

The response to the call for volunteers has been overwhelming too especially from the youth & student sector and from young professionals like nurses. 

We also have colleagues in the Bohol wedding suppliers sector and scores of Boholano photographers who have extended assistance

The next logical step right after a semblance of order had been established was to have an official name for the group for identity & transparency purposes. 

Potential donors and volunteers have been asking for the name of the group and we couldn’t come up with a name because of other pressing concerns

Anyway, I’m very proud to inform everyone that the private sector based- volunteer group that was organized by Dennis Saco has been aptly named B.R.I.D.G.E.S.  

The acronym B.R.I.D.G.E.S  stands for Bohol Relief Initiatives & Developmental Group Entities

During our brainstorming, we agreed that the word Bridge best describes us for we are the conduit, the channel or the bridges between the private sector of donors & the victims/ affected families

The use of the word Initiatives is perfect also because the group after all was the result of the organizer’s initiative and creativity

We also agreed to use the word Entities because the group is composed of different volunteers/ members who come from various backgrounds yet bound by the same goal: to help Bohol in its relief, rehabilitation & recovery efforts

Please visit my Facebook page as well as that of Dennis Saco so you will be updated with the donations, donors and the scope of services extended already

Finally, a name for our volunteer group

Here's the link to the FB Page of BRIDGES

Thanks also to Youthlead Phil for initiating and arranging the first coordination meeting of the private sector- based relief goods organizations in Bohol.

Here are some photos taken during the meeting

2006 Bb Pilipinas World  & 2005 Miss Bohol Anna Maris Igpit shares her experiences
Linton Jake Lim Gregorio raises a valid point during the coordination meeting 

Of course our appreciation to the various relief organizations that joined and expressed solidarity. God bless!

Here’s the message from John Maraguinot who spearheaded the initial meeting last Monday at the San Antonio de Padua Parish Church 
“It's heartwarming and, at the same time, entertaining to sit down and listen to fellow relief workers share about their experiences in the field and the challenges they encountered while doing their various relief activities.  
The mapping activity, though a simple one, conveyed to us all a powerful message - collaboration and coordination.  
I think its high time that our colleagues in the private relief organizations sit down and come up with solid recommendations to strengthen collaboration to make sure that we leave no communities behind.  
We need to do this for Bohol.
And here is the photo from Chrismael Caldo that captures the optimism and resilience of Bohol and its people
Smiles in the midst of adversity

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Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Will Ara Arida Be Our 3rd Miss Universe?

And Miss Universe 2013 has officially begun

Eighty- seven of the planet’s most beautiful women have started arriving and stepping foot in Moscow, Russia for the 62nd edition of the world's most prestigious beauty competition

Coronation Night is set on November 9 at the Crocus City Hall, Moscow  

 Switzerland Spain & South Africa during arrival

The Philippine representative Ariella Ara Arida has already arrived in Moscow and hopes to become our third Miss Universe title holder after Gloria Diaz 1969 and Margie Moran 1973

 Ara is more than readyLazada Malaysia

Good luck Ara!

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