My Miss Universe Experience
Let me share with you my experiences inside Planet Hollywood Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada USA where the Miss Universe 2012 beauty pageant took place.
I arrived in Vegas on Monday afternoon, two days before the actual finals night, upon arrival, I already met some of the important people behind this event, some were Miss Teen Bahamas Shanae Strachangets, the winner in 2008, and challenged her to give a sample of her catwalk skills because Miss Philippines has a “Cobra Walk” and she did in front of some passerby when we bumped each other while shopping at Aldo Store.
Miss Teen USA 2012 Logan West is a trooper, I asked her if she is a contestant at first because she wasn’t wearing a sash in one of the sections of the lobby and she gladly told me, “I am Miss Teen USA!” Before our photo shoot, the mom reminded her, “wear your sash.”
As the days go by, I finally met former beauty queens Venus Raj, Shamcey Supsup, the mother of Janine Tugonon and mother of Shamcey Supsup, i am forever thankful to them for letting me get inside a pass as one of the relatives of Miss Philippines! Because of that pass, you can have access to all candidates during their rehearsals and meals.
Literally, they were all over the place and I was overwhelmed of their beauties in person, Miss Philippines’ so regal and look like they were living dolls especially Miss Georgia, Miss Australia, Miss Brazil, Miss Indonesia, Miss Vietnam, Miss Guyana, Miss India, Miss Venezuela and Miss USA and many more!
I talked to Janine’s mom, Tess, a day before the pageant and she said that she won’t change her gown what she wore during the preliminaries and she would still use it during the finals. The powder blue evening gown created by Colombian designer Alfredo Barraza was very elegant in person and seeing it live was more pleasant to see than on TV especially because she knows how to carry it. She was not overpowered by the gown but, she overpowered the gown that’s why she looks so queenly and a real winner to many.
The atmosphere during the pageant night was awesome and at the same time, everyone’s nervous every time a candidate was being called and so on until two were finally left and one of them will be chosen to be the new Miss Universe. Everyone stood up before a name was called and I really heard from most of the audience, shouting Miss Philippines’ name because she gave a convincing answer but Miss USA won and stunned everyone.
We continued to talk about it at the lobby for several hours and waited for the contestants to come out and still debated of what really happened out there, so many good feed backs for Miss Philippines, some other nationalities would congratulate us too and we cannot just stop talking about it. Very proud of Janine Mari Tugonon!
I met the ever beautiful up Sushimita Sen during the Miss Universe after party together with Miss Ohio, Miss Utah, Miss Wyoming and jokingly said, we are here to support Miss USA who defeated us during our pageant! Ha! Ha! Ha!
Anyways, I really have to go for I am still catching up a flight to go back to LA. I thank Leo Udtohan and GMA7 for the opportunity, until next time!
- Mikey Gatal