While we wait for the Miss Universe Organization (MUO) final announcement when its pandemic postponed 2020 pageant will be held, the MUO held recently a virtual fashion event dubbed Fashion Week.
Miss Universe Philippines 2020 Rabiya Mateo was selected along with 17 other contestants who submitted each an at-home video modeling in their best personally chosen dress creations.
Mateo showcased in her video a two-piece ensemble, an off-the-shoulder, wine-colored top with dolman sleeves, punctuated by a knee-length, blue-tulip-colored skirt.
Other delegates picked by MUO were Miss Portugal Cristiana Silva, Miss Netherlands Denise Speelman, Miss Italy Viviana Vizzini, Miss Ecuador Leyla Espinoza, Miss Norway Sunniva Frigstad, Miss Czech Republic Klara Vavdoskova, Miss Nepal Anshika Sharma, Miss Nicaragua Ana Marcelo, Miss Belgium Dhenia Covens, Miss Malta Anthea Zammit, Miss Ireland Nadia Sayers, Miss Finland Vivi Altonen, Miss Vietnam Nguyen Tran Khanh Van, Miss Thailand Amanda Obdam, Miss South Africa Natasha Joubert, Miss Australia Maria Thatil, and Miss Romania Bianca Lorena Tirsin.
Mateo is getting a lot of on-line positive feedback which cements her status as one of the frontrunners in the competition. She was also picked by former beauty queen Dani Walker in her 10 Best-dressed candidates of Miss Universe 2020.
Meanwhile, Philippine bet Samantha Bernardo is now in Thailand for the Miss Grand International 2020 pageant which is set to crown its winner on March 27. Bernardo wore a Chut Thai-inspired dress made by Cyrus Gueta on her arrival at the Bangkok airport.
Bb. #1 Samantha Panlilio
Come the 57th edition of Binibining Pilipinas 2020, happening on April 17, not a few beauty pageant watchers will keep an eye on candidate number 1 Samantha Alexandra Panlilio, simply because she is the grandniece of the Philippine’s first-ever candidate to the Miss Universe pageant, Myrna Panlilio-Borromeo, crowned during the inaugural edition of Bb. Pilipinas in 1964.
The 25-year-old, 5-foot-6 Panlilio, who was born and grew up in Cavite, went to the USA in 2013 to study and graduated with degrees in Business Management, and Computer Science at the University of California Irvine in 2017. She took a job as a digital account manager in Los Angeles and worked as a senior consultant at her own family’s land development, hotels, and resorts company.
Hardworking and a fighter, Sam, as she is fondly called, advocates building a sustainable community in rural areas, and during this pandemic, she gave a hand in her hometown’s Tiga Cavite Ako, Eto Ang Ambag Ko’ charity project where donations of packed foods were distributed to the frontliners and families affected by the hard times.
“I am very honored and excited about it,” said Sam referring to her being the grand niece of Bb. Pilipinas-Universe 1964 Myrna Borromeo. I joined Bb. Pilipinas because I wanted to challenge myself and expand my horizon. And during this pandemic, I have found my purpose and now I want to be a spokesperson to have something to fight about,” said Panlilio.
On her preparations for the pageant, Panlilio trained under the watchful eyes of highly respected Kagandahang Flores (KF) beauty camp of beauty queen-maker Rodgil Flores.
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