Angelia Ong and Ja Flores: The Top 2 Crownables in Miss Manila 2014!

The Battle of the Binibini Alumnae - Angelia Ong vs Ja Flores for Miss Manila 2014!

The Battle of the Binibini Alumnae – Angelia Ong vs Ja Flores for Miss Manila 2014!

After checking out the landscape at Miss Manila 2014, I honestly think that the fight is between two girls and two girls alone – Ja Flores (Julian Aurine Flores) and Angelia Ong.

Ja Flores, I would say, is the more doll-like beauty while Angelia Ong looks more ‘real’. Both are equally gorgeous in their own way.

I’m guessing the fight will be a close one because from what I’ve seen so far, both are effortlessly shining above the 28 other contestants.  Now if the judges go for picture-perfect looks, Ja Flores is the top choice but if they want the girl-next-door beauty then Angelia would be the perfect pick.

Beauty queen Jewel Lobaton, the woman behind Miss Manila 2014 gives us a clue as to kind of winner they are looking for. Jewel says, “Her heart should be right. She is compassionate because she is a woman for others. She carries herself with confidence and grace grounded with values of a true Filipina. She inspires us all as a queen of the hearts of every Manileño and Filipino.”

Meantime, lets get to know Julian and Angelia:

Julian Aurine Flores... ravishing beauty... polished to perfection!

Julian Aurine Flores… ravishing beauty… polished to perfection!

Julian Aurine Flores made a splash (at least in my world) when she joined Bb. Pilipinas 2014 and instantly became a favorite of mine. She had the unenviable task of opening the pageant as contestant #1. Nevertheless, she did a great job and entered the Top 15.

Before joinig Bb. Pilipinas Ja Flores tried her luck at Miss Resorts World 2012 and won the Darling of the Press award. She is a Hotel and Travel Management grad from the Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila and works as a professional model.

Angelia Ong... fresh as morning dew...  a bridal beauty!

Angelia Ong… fresh as morning dew… a bridal beauty!

Angelia Ong, meantime, was unplaced in Bb. Pilipinas 2011 even if she won a special award “People’s Choice for the Face of Bb. Pilipinas 2011.”

She tried out for MYX’s VJ search in 2011 and made it to the finals but when she tried out again this year, 2014, she was left out of the finals which I find weird. I’m suspicious it’s because MYX doesn’t like her job as a reporter for a gambling news site with roots in Macau. Yes, there is a group called that gives news on what’s going on in the world of gambling and she’s the Asian correspondent. She flies to Macau quite often to do reports. Perhaps MYX has a thing against gambling? Just a suspicion on my part… I don’t like gambling myself but I certainly like Angelia!

Anyway, this beauty was born in Tondo, Manila but grew up in Sampaloc, Manila. She’s currently a Marketing Management student at St. Benilde where she also happens to be the current Ambassadress of the School of Management and Information Technology. She’s also a Color Manila Run Ambassadress and has been since 2012.

Princess Angela Abello...  head-snapping looks...  a stunner on stage!

Princess Angela Abello… head-snapping looks… a stunner on stage!

But wait! I’m not yet through! There’s a 3rd girl who could steal the crown – Princess Angela Abella. She is a proven winner with two titles under her belt – Miss Resorts World 2011 and Miss Bikini Philippines 2010. In the Miss Bikini International 2010 that was held in China, Princess won the Miss Charming special award.

Princess was born in Brunei, raised in Cebu and now lives in Manila.

My honest opinion is this, even with her experience and titles, Princess faces an uphill battle. The nursing grad and struggling actress just isn’t shining as brightly as Ja and Angelia are.

But I could be wrong. Lets see what happens tonight when the city of Manila chooses the next Miss Manila 2014 at the PICC!