The former Binibinis
Aside from Monique Manuel, Mary Anne Ross Misa and Ma Paula Bianca Paz there are 5 more former Bb Pilipinas candidates in this year’s MPE pageant. All of them failed to make the cut that time.
Patrixia Shirley Santos (Daraga, Albay), who won Miss Bicolandia in 2009 and a UP law student, joined Bb Pilipinas in 2010. Broadcasting graduate Anna Czarina Buenviaje (Malinao, Albay) was a Bb Pilipinas 2012 candidate.
Mary Rose Pujanes (Santo Tomas, Batangas), Anna Carmela Aquino (Taytay, Rizal) and Maria Bencelle Bianzon (Dueñas, Iloilo) were all part of the Bb Pilipinas Gold batch. Pujanes was Miss Batangas 2011. Aquino, who is a teacher by profession, was Bb Pilipinas 2013 Best in Talent. Bianzon is an IT professional and a freelance model.
The Binibini rejects
Bb Pilipinas might have shut the door for these girls early this year, but these girls have found a window of opportunity to fulfill their dreams in MPE.
Theater actress and former magazine editor Maria Theresa Ocampo (Laoag City), stock broker Hannah Marie Caayon (Mandaue City), Miss Dapitan 2013 and Miss Mindanao 2013 Rosebel Bastasa (Jose Dalman, Zamboanga del Norte) and 23-year-old Trixie Aira Hipolito (Kidapawan City) all made it to the Top 74 of Bb Pilipinas 2014. Meanwhile, 24-year-old Mary Laveryn Naluz (Las Piñas City) and Janelle Tee (Davao City), former Miss Davao and Miss Tourism World Philippines 2013 candidate, made it to the Top 60, but didn’t make it to the final 40.