Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.
– Thomas A. Edison
FORTUNATE are those who won a crown the very first time they joined Binibining Pilipinas But for some, chasing the crown needs a second, and even third, attempt.
Aside from the former Bb Pilipinas runners-up (Mary Jean Lastimosa and Pia Wurtzbach), there are five other former Binibinis who have come back to claim what they believe is rightfully theirs. Let’s meet them.
During her first two attempts in 2009 and 2011, Diana Arevalo was always in the favorites list, but always ended up as a finalist. She took a break from pageants and worked as a welcome ambassadress in Macau, until she finally decided to give Bb Pilipinas a third (and possibly, final) try. Will lady luck be on this Mindoro native’s side this time?
After failing to make the cut in 2011, Ladyln Riva tried out in other local pageants. She was 1st runner-up in Miss Resorts World and won Miss Casino Filipino. Now armed with more pageant experience, this Aklan native is determined to finally land in the Bb Pilipinas top five.
Half-Indian Parul Shah was born and raised in Dubai. A nursing graduate from the University of the Cordilleras, this 25-year-old lady debuted in Bb Pilipinas last year, where she placed in the Top 15.
Ellore Noelle Punzalan suprisingly made it to the Top 15 last year. Will this medicine student, who boasts of a well-shaped body and great presentation skills, finally figure in the top 5?
Hannah Ruth Sison was luckless in her first attempt. She was among the favorites last year and also the most applauded during the finals, but she failed to make the cut. A former college instructor, Hannah makes a living doing freelance multimedia art.