Bobe: 2 Negrense beauties in the limelight

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By Adrian Bobe

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Tuesday, August 5, 2014


LET me start with a disclaimer: This is not a fan article. Frankly, I am not one to watch the show every night as I find it a little over-rated, confusing and not intelligently put together. But if there is one aspect of the reality program that pushes me to like it in some ways, it’s a sentiment of support for someone coming from Negros Occidental.

For close to 100 days now, Pinoy Big Brother’s latest edition is about to culminate, with the production team manifestly coercing circumstances to excite audience and pull up its ratings. With back-to-back emotional and physical challenges taking place before the final four’s announcement, Vickie Marie Rushton, a Negrense multi-titled beauty queen, is slowly taking her spotlight in the highly contested reality program.

And by leaving thousands of audience glued in her laid-back, mahinhin Negrense charm, Vickie seems to be a “dark horse” for the big winner’s crown. To note, her celebrity status is elevated with a little love wrangle with celebrity boyfriend, Jayson Abalos—just the kind of recipe that make big winners.

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Like a runner who opts for a slow start, she is now set to full throttle, with fewer controversies haunting and more housemates banking on her good natured character. The parents, although troubled with their marriage, should be very proud of the kind of ‘reality’ their daughter is showing on national TV. By being candid and not hurtful to others, she is reflecting the culture of this province—soft-spoken and melodious voice, and very charming people.

Admittedly, I first confused her being silent to boring. I thought to myself then, for a country with a majority of citizens include ‘showbiz balita’ as a topic over family dinners, how can someone seemingly bland and soundless build up a mass of supporters if not bashers? But then, her innate character of being selfless, supportive and prudent is radiating, consequently manipulating a show—(that thrives on conflict and anger) to her advantage.

Vickie’s close friend, Say Nonallada, a fellow in the University of St. La Salle’s College of Arts and Sciences, is making rounds online, promoting the beauty queen and commercial model as the next big winner. Classes of Lasalista even bought SIM cards during one of the eviction nights when Vickie was nominated.

Former classmates from the Interdisciplinary Studies Department have turned to avid supporters. They are backing what would appear as the first successful Negrense in the game-changer reality show.

Whether or not she ends up with Jayson Abalos or eventually realizes that Daniel Matsunaga is a different class of lover, Vickie is worth watching on her own -- a good daughter, loving person and a modern Negrense woman capable of choosing right decisions.

Vickie was Lin-ay sang Talisay 2008, Lin-ay sang Negros 2009, Miss Western Visayas Tourism 2009, and Mutya ng Pilipinas 2011.

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Like Vickie, Mutya ng Murcia Annalita Vizcarra of Brgy. Cansilayan is getting a bulk of supporters online and from Negrenses to take home the much-coveted Mutya ng Pilipinas crown.

Annalita is representing Murcia and Negros Occidental in Mutya ng Pilipinas 2014, one of the longest-running beauty pageants in the country.

This year’s Mutya batch of 30 contestants, representing cities, municipalities, provinces and regions throughout the country, as well as Filipino communities in Australia, Canada, Germany, Italy, Scandinavia, and the USA, are raring to continue the winning streak of Pinay international beauty champions last year, including Mutya’s own world-class beauties Angeli Dione Gomez (Miss Tourism International 2013) and Andrea Koreen Medina (Miss Intercontinental 2013 3rd runner-up).

The Murcia representative has a chance to score one of the three titles– Mutya ng Pilipinas-Asia Pacific, Mutya ng Pilipinas-Tourism International, and Mutya ng Pilipinas-Overseas Communities. This year’s grand coronation night, with the theme “Mutya ng Pilipinas – Where Beauty Begins…” will be aired over GMA Network on Aug. 10.

People from the province always view August as a rough month, with tiempo muerto (dead season) crippling families of farmers, sugar planters and businesses. But thanks to Vickie and Annalita, Negrenses find hope and diversion in anticipating good news. To these two ladies, bring home the proverbial bacon!

Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on August 05, 2014.

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