Bb Pilipinas 2014: A night of Fashion (show)

FIERCE. The fashion show served as a catwalk test for the Bb Pilipinas 2014 candidates. ALL PHOTOS BY DREW FRANCISCO
FIERCE. The fashion show served as a catwalk test for the Bb Pilipinas 2014 candidates. ALL PHOTOS BY DREW FRANCISCO
FIERCE. The fashion show served as a catwalk test for the Bb Pilipinas 2014 candidates. ALL PHOTOS BY DREW FRANCISCO

AS I TYPE this blog entry, my eyes are half-closed and my body is tired, but I don’t want to hit the sack without posting about tonight’s big event: the Bb Pilipinas 2014 Fashion Show.

My friend Larry and I got inside the Coliseum at exactly 7pm, the song “Hello” playing on the background. We were seated on the 5th row, facing the stage. In front of us was Jonas Gaffud of Aces & Queens. Just a few rows away was Madame Stella Marquez Araneta (she was seated in front with her amigas, holding a piece of paper and a pen).

The show started almost an hour after we went in. The ladies, divided into four groups, first walked the ramp wearing JAG’s summer collection.

Bb Pilipinas 2014 candidates in their JAG summer attire
Bb Pilipinas 2014 candidates in their JAG summer attire

Girls who made a good first impression were Julian Aurine Flores, Mary Ainjely Manalo, Pia Wurtzbach, Laura Lehmann, Parul Shah, MJ Lastimosa, Yvette Santiago and Ladylyn Riva. But my eyes were glued on these two ladies: Raquel Kabigting and Joy Marie Gangan.

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Joy Gangan, left, is a catwalk diva!
Racquel Kabigting sizzles in one piece
Racquel Kabigting sizzles in one piece

After that segment, a band composed of teenage boys sang a medley of Beatles songs as everyone awaited for the second part of the show: the national costume competition.

At 9pm, the girls hit the runway one by one in their cultural costumes. I have some favorites (which I will be detailing in another blog entry) but the clear standouts are those worn by Kabigting, Ainjely Manalo, Lehman, Shah, Riva and Angelique de Leon.

Ainjely de Leon, Parul Shah and Anabel Christine Tia
Ainjely de Leon, Parul Shah and Anabel Christine Tia
Kris Tiffany Janson in a Cary Santiago creation
Kris Tiffany Janson in a Cary Santiago creation
Kimverlyn Suiza
Kimverlyn Suiza

But when it comes to presentation, Kimverlyn Suiza, Wurtzbach Lastimosa and Shah were the best.

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The show ended with the reigning queens joining the 40 candidates and Venus Raj inviting everyone to watch the Bb Pilipinas 2014 Primer which will be aired March 23 on ABS-CBN’s Sunday’s Best. The winner of the Best in National Costume will be announced on the primer.

Overall, it was indeed a fashion extravaganza.

Venus Raj with Bb Pilipinas Gold queens: Bea Santiago, Mutya Datul, Ara Arida and Cindy Miranda
Venus Raj with Bb Pilipinas Gold queens: Bea Santiago, Mutya Datul, Ara Arida and Cindy Miranda

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