Dayana Mendoza visits Dubai

I just can believe I was not aware of this. Can you believe it? Dayana Mendoza (reigning Miss Universe titleholder) was in Dubai last May 21. WTF? How could I miss that? Too bad, I would have easily taken a sick leave just to have a glimpse of her. Grrrrrrrr…….Why am I so outdated about what’s happening in the outside world. This is not fair. 😦 She’s stunning in the snaps. Looks lovely in straight hair.

In Dayana Mendoza’s Blog;


I went to Dubai this week!!!! I was invited to attend the opening of the Cavalli Club, so we went there and the party was awesome! Roberto Cavalli and his daughter were there as well, it was so good to see them again. I also got time to do a little tour around the city, I was so happy for that! It was a great time that was as educational as it was fun. I just landed in Sao Paulo, and I’m getting prepared for the Miss Brazil pageant! Hopefully I will get to go to the gym tomorrow morning and then get ready for the pageant. I love being in Brazil, it is my first time here. I should have learned how to dance some samba :p


dayana mendoza blogs after being hailed as 2008 miss universe


goddess of beauty

goddess of beauty

The queen has spoken.

Ok, so we have not heared of Diana Mendoza after she was crowned as the new Miss Universe of year 2008. So to all of you who are seeking what is up with her lately…please go through Dayana’s Blog courtesy of Enjoy reading and let us all share our thoughts for the beautiful girl who has inspired thousands of beautiful individuals.

Indonesia (posted August 25, 2008 )

On Monday I went to the amazing temple Bodo Budur which is the 7th wonder of the world and the biggest temple ever!!! It was incredible to be in a place with so much history and so much culture. After that I went to the Yamaha event where I took pictures (foto, foto, foto, foto) with all the people there and I saw the new motorcycle only for women, very nice and comfortable. I flew back to Yakarta on Tuesday, I went shopping at Musika Ratu and it was very, very fun!!! After having my time with beauty products I did a photo shoot for Cosmopolitan Indonesia and then I went shopping again!!! At the Plaza Indonesia Mall, a very nice and beautiful mall where all the people from all over the world go to shop, what a great day!!!! Wednesday we went to Palenbang where I got to see more of the Indonesian culture, how they make the fabrics, and the different kinds of batiks, which are the typical shirts from Indonesia. While I was having dinner at the river just in front of the big bridge of Palenbang I enjoyed a fashion show with all the traditional clothes, and music, with dance and very good food. Back in Yakarta, I went to Indosat, an Indonesian cell phone network, and learned a little bit about how a cellular network works nationally and internationally too, taking care of costumers happiness and comfort. Then I had a girls meeting with the Minister for Women Empowerment Ibu Meutia Hatta where we had a very nice talk about how important is to show to women all over the world how to keep united and help each other to be educated and protect each other from human trafficking and domestic violence, it was truly and honor for me to share that time with such a successful woman. I learned from her how they are working to fight against violence. Being Miss Universe gives me the chance to talk about this and help empower women all over the world.

Posted by Dayana

Going to Indonesia (posted August 15, 2008 )

I was excited the whole weekend thinking about going to Indonesia and that it was going to be my first trip as Miss Universe, so I prepared everything Monday and Tuesday to have a wonderful time in Indonesia. I arrived in Indonesia on Wednesday, and the first thing I did was a fitting. I tried many Indonesian dresses which I was going to wear during my week here. I am so happy to have the opportunity to meet the people in Indonesia, their food, their culture, and I am very honored I could wear their typical costumes for the most important events. After my fitting I had a wonderful massage in a beautiful spa as a very nice welcome where every body was so warm and kind. On Friday I had a press conference where I could thank every one that have made this trip come true, Ibu Mooryati, Mustika Ratu for making me look so pretty every day, especially Ibu Rossi who did my hair every morning, and Miss Indonesia (Putri Indonesia) for making me feel like home, giving me such a warm welcome. I got to meet the contestants for Putri Indonesia (Miss Indonesia) before the pageant and they were all very beautiful, then I got to see them on stage and they looked even more pretty, they are all winners, they all did an amazing job. I look forward to seeing the new Miss Indonesia at Miss Universe pageant next year so we can share our life experiences.

Posted by Dayana

Busy Schedule (posted August 11, 2008 )

This week I had a wonderful time with the guys (and gals) at the Gay’s Men’s Health Crisis building, where I served food during lunch time and dinner on Friday, they are so much fun!!!!!! I loved being there, they are always smiling, every time so happy, they all are so nice to me that I feel like if a knew them already from some where else, I look forward to going again :)!!! I had some interviews for many Latin countries and Asian countries this week. I’m taking English classes. I did shopping in Roberto Cavalli’s store and I have A LOT of fun! I had the great chance to go to the movie premiere “Holly” with Joanna Coles, Editor-in-Chief of Marie Claire and Petra Nemcova. It was about the reality of children trafficking and how hard it is to control such a situation around the world, this movie was produced by Guy Jacobson and Adi Ezroni, who risked their life and overcame death threats to produce one of the best researched narrative films on child sex tourism, with the intention of raising global awareness, to highlight efforts of the international community and to encourage foreign governments to take effective actions to counter all forms of trafficking in persons. It was very hard and impressive to watch the reality of some children that unfortunately weren’t so lucky, and ended living this scary and horrible experience…and once we all get to realize it, we all can to something about it, and help our children without caring about their nationality or religion…

Posted by Dayana

Being Miss Universe! (posted August 5, 2008 )

Since I won, I haven’t truly realized what is happening, everything had been going so fast, the day after I won I did my first photo shoot as Miss Universe and I still couldn’t believe it! I have moved to NY (my new home for a year) and my first weekend here I started to enjoy being Miss Universe getting my nails done and hair thanks to Farouk. From Monday, July 21st to Monday the 28th I was dedicated to doing a big tour for the media, going to amazing TV shows, radio stations, and having in between phone calls interviews as well. I also had the opportunity to be in the red carpet supporting the Latin Film Festival and met Daddy Yankee for the premiere of his new movie. I started learning about my charitable alliances for the year and HIV/AIDS with the Latino Commission on AIDS (LCOA) and the Gay Men’s Health Crisis (GMHC). I will to get to talk to people all over the world about the awareness of HIV and AIDS, which it was really interesting to know how many countries have this issue, and how difficult its for some people to talk about this or even take the HIV test. I just have a couple of weeks as Miss Universe and I’m already having a lot of fun! I’m sharing the apartment with Miss Teen USA Hilary Cruz who is a very nice girl, and funny too, she makes me laugh hahaha, and Miss USA Crystle Stewart who arrived last Sunday!!! We got to share our moments from the Miss Universe pageant and how wonderful it was to have this life opportunity :). I’m so happy I get to share all this experiences with them, now we are a new family, living in NY City, our new home….Thanks to all of you that made it possible for me to live these wonderful days I’m living now.

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written an published by: lee bengwic (    


I have to admit that this has got “tons” of grammatical errors. 



I was in a haste preparing it coz I have to catch the first church mass early tomorrow. I have to finish it in less than 1 hour. For all those “walking dictionary” viewers out there..just calm down. Ten mistakes won’t lead us having “less brain activity”.  hihihi… por favor…. this is just an opinion ok? so relax. grab a pop corn and go through it. No violent reactions after. (*winks*)     



The bee has spoken. Let us start by comparing how many did I get right as per my prediction list. 








Puerto Rico







South Africa




* red marks are the unfortunate outguessed ones.


It’s 9 out of 15. Not bad compared to my 7 out of 15 last year. Year by year it keeps on improving. I expect that next year, I will be able to reach a 2 digit score.


So Dayana won. As I have said in my prediction blog: Once Miss Venezuela, always Miss Venezuela. It was a well-deserved win. Dayana nailed the final question when she was asked whether which have it easier, men or women:  “Actually, God made men and women different. But the big difference between women and men–it doesn’t matter what kind of life they live–is that men think that the faster way to go to a point is to go straight. Women, no. The faster way to go to a point is to go through curves and fixing every curve,”Miss Venezuela answered international judge Louis Lacari. 


The best one so far. I have to give her an “A” for that.


Taliana, my old time bet since the pageant started, had a great answer as well. The bell was a curse when it reached its  “ding dong”. The judges got disturbed and pulled her scores down during the final interview. “Startstruck by Jennifer Hawkins? maybe not!”


In comparison to Dayana’s answer….ahhhhh!!!!! hmmmmmm..that’s a no brainer.


Dayana’s answer was straight to the point. She was not so fluent in English, but she made a very remarkable response.


Tali’s was a mediocre. Dayana edged her and finished a well deserved end held in Crown Convention Center in Nha Trang, Vietnam last Monday.


The second, third and fourth runners-up were Miss Dominican Republic, Miss Russia and Miss Mexico, respectively.


Let’s do it one by one and I’ll share you my inside thoughts about this year’s pageant.


The stage was gigantic and class. It was massive. Colorful. They had an energetic set of dance performers also.


The opening number was hideous. The Opening number song was very common..”EVERYBODY’S GONNA LOVE TODAY”..Give me a break . That was lousy and I cannot even call it a production number. Nothing great about it so far. The individual national costumes were eye catching. It was very long and I started to get bored staring at it.


Melanie B. was oozing hot. Well, I always liked her ever since she started in Spice Girls while Jerry Springer was too old to host a pageant. Come on..this is not Ms. Grandma Universe! He is corny and tried to be funny but it didn’t work out so far. He made a grand entrance riding something like a “scooter”…that was…………ooow…never mind. I prefer to keep my mood in its normal status, but it really sucks!


So, the top fifteen were announced in random order. Let’s see.


















Did I hear it right? Hungary? I hope the judges weren’t “hungry” when they selected her to be in the spot. I hope they had a better explanation. The rest deserves to be in their individual spots. Even if I heard so much that many were surprised about Italy and Russia’s inclusion in the list…I favored the preliminary judges in selecting them, they have the guts and they can both pull the trigger.


So where is Simran and Ingrid. This is not a mock up dress rehearsal show right? Then I was convinced that they weren’t really in the final 15. What went wrong? Whatever it is, I guess it would be reasonable. Blame it to the prelim judges. Esha must be so pissed about Miss India’s exclusion on the finalist. Hihihihi….. A great strategy can accompany a great jinx.


Ingrid???? Somebody must have pepper sprayed her gown once again. This time, it was successful. It worked out and she failed to secure a spot in the final 15. Just an opinion.


So I was going through my list. I was shocked. How could I forget Miss Dominican Republic in my list? How can I afford to overlook such beauty? My God…she is a bomb. Almost……perfect. She even looks better than Amelia Vega in some angles.


The swimsuit competition started. So who was that singer? She was scary. I thought it was CHER. It was a “0” performance for me. My niece can even dance better than her. And what’s with the blonde hair? Sorry if I am so mean, but does she want to replace Miss Albania?


Grrrrrrr….Blonde and not so beautiful.


The one who has got  the best Swimsuits for me were Tali of course, Colombia, Venezuela, Mexico and Dominican Republic. Miss Spain looked like a villain in a “telenovela”. I didn’t like her because of that. She tried to look sultry…ended up looking cocky.


Top 10 were announced.








Dominican Republic





Comment: Miss South Africa deserves to be in the top ten in replacement of Miss Italy.


Miss Thailand won the Best in National Costume Award. So what happened to Miss Philippines?


Miss El Salvador bagged the Miss Congeniality award. It’s better than having nothing at all. Ooopsss..Sorry.


The evening gown competition started. Ok. So, everybody was calm and feeling elegant that moment. I was not informed that Crystle’s ambition was to drop her feet down and fall on her ass. Drop off the rumors about her intentionally doing it…come one..that is absurd! who would waste her time preparing for a once in a lifetime event and just screws it with a bouncing plot like this. Hell no. In fairness to her, she almost dropped her jaw when she just realized (What the f*ck was that?) She tried to hide it, but that 15 minute fame is a “make or break” situation…in that case..she failed to recover from that fall.


That fall has totally changed her future. She could have easily crowned herself and would have the rarest chance of answering any of the final questions. Poor girl. I love her from the start. She reminds me of Wendy Fitzwilliam. It was not her fault though. Blame it to the beads down her gown. The panel of judges gave her a dropping 8.050 mark in the evening gown competition which lead to his exclusion to the Final Five. Russia could have been ousted and she’ll definitely get the spot.


Here are my views regarding their evening gowns.


·         Kosovo – SO….PROM LIKE

·         Australia – VERY COMMON

·         Spain – VERY MERMAID

·         Mexico – OOOLALALA…BEAUTIFUL

·         Colombia – SO COMPLICATED BUT CLASSY

·         USA – NEED TO EXPLAIN?

·         Dominican Republic – VERY NATIONAL COSTUME

·         Russia – VERY OXANA FEDEROVA

·         Italy – NO COMMENT

·         Venezuela- SHE SHINED IN YELLOW


We are almost there. So, top the five finalists were announced. Miss USA crosses her finger till it bleeds. (I hope I’ll be in…I hope I’ll be in…) Let us see. 


Miss Colombia

Miss Venezuela

Miss Dominican Republic

Miss Mexico

Miss Russia


USA must have been so disappointed.


Final questions were rolled out.


Miss Colombia was star struck by Jennifer Hawkins. She stammered. She delivered it well but she got caught by the bell when it rang while she was still conversing.


Venezuela’s answer was perfect. She nailed it. That is why she deserves to receieve the 18K white and yellow gold crown, which was valued at $120,000.


Dominican Republic’s answer was so “Miss Universe”. It was not from the heart. Somewhat like her.  She answered it from the nose.


Miss Mexico tried to answer in English but failed to impress the judges..including me.


Miss Russia: I was surprised. She gave a very good answer. It made me convinced that she should be in the top five.


MORAL LESSON: Don’t say Cin Xiao if you are planning to give a very long answer. CIN XIAO girls. If only there is a “part 2”.


SCOOP: Roberto Cavalli? What’s with the flirty question? But I loved it. The way he uttered the word “satisfyyyyyyy”. OMG. So gay! (*winks*) but it was cool.


Dayana won of course. No doubt. Nobody even questioned it.


Prior to that Riyo Mori had her final walk on her own version of  the “tux”. I was reading some blog, questioning what she wore. Come on…she looks fabulous. Admit it! Sometimes, we need to see and accept the reality that there are people who look good in what they wear. She looked so class…not a trying hard mannequin as every other reigning queen looks like. So all sourgrapers out there…..chill out!


Rounding up. Here is the summary of scores. (Swimsuit/Evening Gown)






Winners in Order

1.) Venezuela – Diana Mendoza (9.697 / 9.327) 
2.) Colombia – Taliana Vargas (9.829 / 9.433) 
3.) Dominican Republic – Marianne Cruz (9.036 / 8.983) 
4.) Russia – Vera Krasova (8.471 / 8.414) 
5.) Mexico – Elisa Najera (9.429 / 9.071) 


6.) Kosovo – Zana Krasniqi (8.264 / 8.120) 
7.) Spain – Claudia Moro (8.200 / 9.150) 
8.) USA – Crystle Stewart (8.050 / 9.207) 
9.) Italy – Claudia Ferraris (7.729 / 7.671) 
10.) Australia – Laura Dundovic (7.557 / 7.814)


11.) Czech Republic – Eliška Bučková (7.386) 
12.) Hungary – Jazmin Dammak (7.229) 
13.) South Africa – Tansey Coetzee (7.133) 
14.) Japan – Hiroko Mima (7.100) 
15.) Vietnam – Lam Thuy Nguyen (7.050)


Everybody was happy with the result. Including me. Dayana looks “everything” that I can imagine from A to Z.


She was a fox in yellow.


She had the “x,y and z” factor.


She is Miss Venezuela redefined. I am so glad that Osmel’s touch is back. The Powerhouse of Beauty is sooooo “on” once again. Who will be next? I hope they will not send another Jictzad Vina. 


Cheers. See you all in Miss Universe 2009, where we share different thoughts but with a common aim.


“To see beauty deep within”


You can download the full video through my website (620 MB) and will be available for download until next week. Experience the pageant once again and enjoy viewing it through your IPOD and IPHONE. Just bear with the Vietnamese dubbers.  Enjoy the show!

dayana..wins (venezuela’s fifth)

DAYANA MENDOZA, crowned Miss Universe 2008

DAYANA MENDOZA, crowned Miss Universe 2008


Muah Muah Muah Taliana.

Congrats Osmel Sousa. You made it. You are phenomenal.

Dayana, you are a queen indeed. Have a fruitful and lovely reign, just like you. Stay pretty and elegant.

I feel sad for Simran and Ingrid. But that is how the cookie crumbles.

My reviews will follow shortly.



I love you all and have a great they ahead. See you in Miss Universe 2009 and BTW…USA fell down once

again…strike two. That would be a feature to watch next year…will it have their grand slam streak thrice in a row? questions sleeps..a year after…we will see.
Got to go. Have an early meeting to attend.



Commentary by: Lee Bengwic

I have been a consistent follower of the Miss Universe Beauty Pageant since 1993. Sixteen years had passed and I am still keeping an eye on it every year. In fact, one of my wish is to see another Filipina delegate wearing the mikimoto, at least before I die. Ooops, I forgot, the mikimotocrown has been changed. (I believe it became a send off gift from Riyo to the MUO. Whatever!)

This year has been a roller coaster endeavor for all of the delegates. But one thing is for sure…they all have fierce in their eyes and …THEY ARE ALL HAVING FUN. Vietnam is a wonderful place. Being a 3rd world country did not even stop them to showcase how superb their country is.

With 2 days to go before the prestigious pageant concludes, I have heard of many popular names that best suit the qualities of a Miss Universe titleholder. In everybody’s list , who would be surprised if Miss Venezuela, Miss Puerto Rico and Miss Indiawill be on top of it? If any of these three ladies win this year..”no issues”. wait for the next term to come. No questions asked. PAGEANT CLOSED. I’m sure there will be no…MISS CONGENIALITY scenes after.  Dayana, Ingrid and Simran after all are front stunners since the pageant began last June 17.

After a month of long wait. A new queen will be hailed this Monday. My prophecy? Well if I have to choose, I will have to go for the following delegates who had “wowed” me consistently;

MSIS UNIVERSE 2008 - Miss Colombia

MSIS UNIVERSE 2008 - Miss Colombia

Miss Universe 2008 would be Miss Colombia,

Taliana Vargas. I am speechless the very first moment I saw her. She is a delegate to beat. Beautiful, sexy and she owns the runway in all of her appearances. Her Catwalk skills for me is an “A”. Her swimsuit? Oh..See it for yourself. Her evening gown was indeed fascinating. Definitely a woman to watch from start to finish. She was interviewed by one of our local anchors andI find her very sweet and charming. My judgement for her is as per my instincts. Good luck Tali, wish Colombia will have the crown this year.




  1st runner up is Miss Mexico. She’s my bet next to Miss Colombia. I will not be surprised if she gets home the crown also. Miss Universe won’t have a tie for sure. It’s gonna be a “duelo” for both Latinas.

 2nd runner up is Miss Venezuela. Once Miss Venezuela, always Miss Venezuela. Dayana is Beautiful. She is elegant. The reason why I have not selected her to win the title is because a lot of people have placed her on the top spot, and due to that her chances are getting low. I won’t even be surprised also if she wins. She is a delegate to beat as well. Lovely catwalk. What’s new? Do they have leg surgery in Venezuela also…because…MAN..they are really towering.

 3rd runner up is Miss USA. Black is Beautiful. One great example of it is Miss USA. With her unique look and great composure, I am sure she will get an interesting spot in the finals.

  4th runner up is Miss India. She got over-hyped. She used to be no. 1 on my list. I saw her evening gown and I am referring on the purple one. It was hideous. Strong chances are…if she can nail the question and answer. A Miss Universe material. Lovely. Flawless and I guess she will look good in Hollywood, just like Aishwarya Rai.


SEMI-FINALIST. Miss Puerto Rico. No offense to all Puerto Rican visitors. I love Ingrid. I really do. She is intelligent. She is beautiful. But over-all….she looks fake, physically. I am not quite sure what are the alterations she made to look perfect. But there is really something wrong. Some angles even show how disproportionate she is. But if she wins… I will be ok with that.

  SEMI-FINALIST. Miss Australia. Jennifer Hawkins’ shadow still remains unclosed. I guess the Miss Universe Organization can’t get over with it and not unless the land from down under sends another delegate who is an exact clone of her, chances will be very low.
SEMI-FINALIST. Miss Vietnam. In fairness to her. She deserves to be in the final list. Even if they are hosting the pageant, Vietnam indeed selected a perfect host delegate. Her beauty is one of a kind. The mole dude…the mole.
 SEMI-FINALIST. Miss Thailand. Her eyes can deceive you. She is on my list because of her asian classic beauty. Though she look a little bit like a “transvestite” . Natural but noticeable.

 SEMI-FINALIST. Miss Korea. She reminds me of Kurara Chibana. Miss Japan 2006. I love her. She dances very well. She will be in the front line during the opening number. I hope in the finals also.

 SEMI-FINALIST. Miss Panama. She is Beautiful. End of argument.

 SEMI-FINALIST. Miss Kosovo. First timers always get 100% attention. Popularity + Built in Beauty = A spot in the finals.

 SEMI-FINALIST. Miss South Africa. Kinky hair and beautiful eyes. She is not a typical South African, I am sure of that. Lovely face with an attitude.

 SEMI-FINALIST. Miss Japan. Do you remember Gloria Diaz in her? Miss Universe 1969?  I do. I love her. Though it’s difficult to grab a crown twice in a row, but who knows. There can be miracle. Ines Ligron was a little bit negative about her…winning the crown.

  SEMI-FINALIST. Miss Belgium. What a fox. I have never seen a human sized doll in real life. I never knew it is found in Belgium.

I hope I’ll guess it right this time. Last year, my guess was Ly Jonaitis to win. Riyo was on my third. Ly placed 3rd in the finals while riyo won the crown.

I am supposed to see the pageant Live in Vietnam. But due to my hectic schedule, my plans went down to the bin. Maybe next time. I hope by that time we can bring home the bacon. That is going to be a sweet “win” then. 


Miss Philippines Universe 2008

Miss Philippines Universe 2008


Wish she can be the next Jennifer to bag the crown.

Our very own Miss Philippines: Jennifer Barrientos is phenomenal. She did a very good job representing our country. She’s got the class and sophistication that even the last 4 Philippine representative don’t posses.

She resembles Charlene Gonzales, Miss Philippines Universe in 1994. Face-wise she does. But what she lacks is…CONFIDENCE. She should have carried it with her suitcase before she left for Vietnam. Lack of eagerness and fierce to win is pulling her chances down. I saw her initial interview and it was a mediocre.

Seriously, I don’t think she will make it to the final cut. I tried to be positive about it but come on. Let’s be realistic. The competition is tight. Well, if she makes the final 15….then..”jokes on me”. But I wish her all the luck. She needs that badly. All Filipinos out there, keep your fingers crossed. I hope my black tongue doesn’t work this time. She also deserves to be there. For all the effort and hard work that she did. I hope the judges saw that. Actually, she is one of the dark horses this year. She is joined by Miss Brazil and Miss Trinidad and Tobago.



And who could forget my all time favorite, the reigning queen herself. Riyo Mori of Japan. Ines Ligron must have been so proud of her. She is sweet, she’s got her own runway. She exudes class and eloquence. She is beautiful inside and out. She is one of the people that I am looking forward to meet personally someday.  A year after her reign. she remained sophisticated and beautiful. Truly, a queen made to last.

Let us just enjoy the show and whoever wins. Just prepare your turkey folks. It’s going to be a hell of party and celebration.

To all Colombians, my bet’s on you.

Champagne’s up for all the winners.

 special thanks to the miss universe organization for providing us the pictures of the delegates