Miss PH Bianca Guidotti fails to bring home Miss International crown

WITH the consecutive wins in beauty pageants, Filipinos have put our beauty queens in tremendous pressure to bring home the crown.  Unfortunately, that is not the case for this year’s representative to the Miss International pageant, Bianca Guidotti.

Instead, it was Puerto Rico’s Valerie Hernandez who was declared as winner during the pageant’s coronation held at the Grand Prince Hotel in Tokyo, Japan last Nov. 11.

Passing on the crown and title to Miss Puerto Rico is our very own Bea Rose Santiago.

Many were surprised and disappointed that Bianca didn’t even get to Top 10, and a lot was said about the evening gown she wore and even her overall look.   The gown, they said, was a poor choice.  For this part, some were blaming Binibining Pilipinas Charities, Inc. (BPCI) for providing a cheap-looking, ugly gown.

To clear the air, Bianca’s mentor and talent manager Jonas Gaffud recently posted on his Facebook account that it was his fault.

“MY FAULT.  It was not the gown.  IT WAS MY FAULT,” he wrote.

“A lot of people blame the gown for Miss Philippines’ failure to be in the finals of Miss International.

“But looking at her live in Tokyo, I remember how she performed.  Vibrant aura, elegant, classy and superb catwalk, not over the top.

“People don’t know what girls are going through representing our country in prestigious pageants.

Some, if not all, have been bashed, including national organizers and mentors (Sometimes with no mercy).”

Jonas also added that the night before the pageant Bianca said she was nervous because of all the pressure.  People were expecting back-to-back win (which was impossible), there were more delegates this year and this was the first year when judges were choosing the Top 10, instead of the usual Top 15.

Aside from those factors, Jonas said that he really blames himself for not asserting what he wanted for Bianca.  Reasoning out that he got scared, he decided to stick with the look that they achieved in Bb. Pilipinas.

“The thing is I became complacent with Marian (Bianca) because I thought it was really easy for her, and I was scared to be bashed or blamed if I changed her styling,” he said.

Well, we can’t win all the time, right?  Kudos to Bianca for giving her best!


Comedienne Ai-Ai delas Alas turned 50 last November 11, and is thankful for all the blessings the Lord has given her despite of an ailment she had to suffer in the past.

At a press conference for her latest movie with Star Cinema, Past Tense, Ai-Ai shared that she suffered from Bell’s Palsy in the past but kept the illness hidden from the public.

Matagal po, two weeks akong hindi nakapag-shoot.  Pero praise God, ang Bell’s Palsy ko, matagal yun, pero two weeks lang binigay sa akin ni Lord,” she said in an interview with PEP.ph.

The comedienne also said that it was a blessing in disguise, because it made her step back and rest from all the gossip going on about her relationship with her current boyfriend, 20-year-old Gerald Sibayan.

Bell’s Palsy is an illness that paralyzes or weakens the muscles on one side of the face.  The damage on the nerves affects one’s sense of taste and the production of tears and saliva.

Since the press conference was on Ai-Ai’s birthday, Star Cinema prepared a VTR of people who extended their greetings and love.    Of all the friends, colleagues and family members who were on the video, the most emotional one was from the actress’ talent manager and friend, Boy Abunda.

Siyempre, nagulat ako kay Boy, kay Ama,” she shared.

Ai-Ai also said that when Boy was sick, she was so stressed out.  “Hindi lang nila alam, pero stressed na stressed ako at sobrang nag-freak out talaga ko.”

Now that he’s okay, Ai-Ai said that she has nothing else to ask for.

Masaya kami ngayong taong ito.  (Ay), Wala na po akong mahihiling sa Panginoon kung hindi pasasalamat sa naibigay Niya sa akin sa buhay ko.

Well said, Ai-Ai.  We wish you a very happy birthday!


After eight long years TV host and radio broadcaster Amy Perez tied the knot with her long-time partner Carlo Castillo in a ceremony held at Mango Farm in Antipolo City last Nov. 12.  Carlo is a news reporter and a brother of GMA news anchor Cedric Castillo.

Amy was formerly married to musician Brix Ferraris.  They have a son named Adi.  The marriage didn’t last long and Amy filed to have her marriage with Brix be annulled on the basis of psychological incapacity.  Carlo and Amy have two sons. 

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