IN PHOTOS: Bb Pilipinas 2017 parade of beauties

The parade of the 40 candidates of Bb Pilipinas 2017 passed by around the streets of Araneta Center in Cubao, Quezon City on Saturday, April 22.

The candidates rode Mazda top down cars wearing colorful headpieces, and floral themed bikinis designed by Domz Ramos.

The annual Parade of Beauties began at the Kia Theatre and ended at the Gateway Pavilion where the ladies introduced themselves one by one, much to the delight of the crowd.

Bb Pilipinas Charities Inc chairman Stella Marquez Araneta was present in the event. The reigning Bb Pilipinas qieens, however, did not join the parade unlike in previous years.

Check out photos taken by Drew Francisco of Missosology & Pageant Focus:

Maxine Medina is Miss Universe Philippines 2016

Maxine Medina was crowned Miss Universe Philippines 2016 during the finals night held Sunday, April 17 at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

The 25-year-old professional model and interior designer will be gunning for a back-to-back win at the 2016 Miss Universe pageant. Medina also bagged the Miss Philippine Airlines special award.

Medina first joined Bb Pilipinas in 2012 but had to back out due to an existing endorsement contract.

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During the Q&A round, she was asked what advice she will give a 15-year-old girl who wants to quit school despite being able to afford it.

She answered: “I would tell the little girl to study hard no matter what their parents would tell them because having an education is something that cannot have that anybody else (sic). Education can make you even a better person. Thank you.

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Kylie Verzosa was crowned Bb Pilipinas International 2016 and will compete at the 2016 Miss International pageant in Tokyo in October. Verzosa also won the Miss Photogenic, Miss Manila Bulletin and the JAG She’s Got the Look award.

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Joanna Eden, who was awarded Best in Swimsuit, bagged the Bb Pilipinas Supranational 2016 crown and will represent the country at the Miss Supranational pageant.

The rest of the winners were: Bb Pilipinas Intercontinental 2016 Jennifer Hammond, Bb Pilipinas Grand International 2016 Nicole Cordoves and Bb Pilipinas Globe 2016 Nichole Manalo. Angelica Alita and Jehza Mae Huelar finished first and second runners-up, respectively.

Hammond won Best in Evening Gown while Manalo was named Miss Creamsilk. Other winners of special awards were: Angela Lauren Fernando (Best in National Costume), and Vina Openiano (Best in Talent and Miss Friendship).

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The rest of the 15 semifinalists were: Openiano, Riana Agatha Pangindian, Apriel Smith, Tobias, Kimberle Mae Penchon, Dindi Joy Pajares and Edjelyn Joy Gamboa.

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#BbPilipinas2016: Fearless Predictions

It’s that time of the year again when beautiful ladies from around the country compete at the most prestigious beauty pageant: the Bb Pilipinas.

This year, 40 ladies took the challenge to keep the country’s winning streak going in international pageants, following Pia Alozo Wurtzbach’s victory in Miss Universe 2016. From this group of ladies, here are the 15 girls who I think have the best chances at making it.

15_SMITH15 | Apriel Smith
I have to be honest: I’m not a fan of this girl. But her performance during the Fashion Show and National Costume presentation is enough to convince me that thus Cebuana deserves a spot in the semifinals. Apriel just needs to fins the perfect look to beat them front-runners.

14_HUELAR14 | Jezha Huelar
So young yet so strikingly beautiful are the best phrases to describe Jehza. This Davaoena is also one of the underrated ladies in the competition. While she may be a newbie in the national pageant scene, she doesn’t get overshadowed by her experienced counterparts.

13_BARTOLOME13 | Paula Rich Bartolome
Paula is undeniably pretty, but was forgettable during her first attempt in BBP. But this time, she made sure she will be remembered. We are now seeing a better version of her with her nice body, classier styiling and polished walk. And her hardwork has already paid off: she’s on of the Best in National Costume finalists.

12_EDEN12 | Joanna Eden
One of my sentimental favorites this year is the lovely Joanna, who is taking up International Studies at DLSU. Her fresh face is her greatest strength and I think we have a potential international titleholder in her. However, it seems she’s still raw for Bb Pilipinas at 19 years old. I would love to see her back in two to three years time more mature and prepared. I see her more as a Miss World prototype and knowing that she can play the flute and the saxphone makes me think she could be the next Megan Young.

11_PRONGOSO11 | Maria Lina Prongoso
At first I thought she was just pure hype. Her face was just okay, nothing really exciting. But when I saw her during the Fashion Show, she reminded me of one of my favorite Miss Universe titleholders, Maria Gabriela Isler of Venezuela. Maria Lina is one classy lady that manages to standout without the need to overdo her actions. Watch out because this beauty from Iriga City could be a potential spoiler.

10_HAMMOND10 | Jennifer Hammond
Ask me who was the b10 | Jennifer Hammondest girl during the JAG segment of the Fashion Show and I’ll you it’s Jennifer Hammond. It didn’t come as a surprise because she’s a model by profession. Her mesmerizing look and commanding presence deserves to be brought in the international stage. She’s no stranger to pageants, too. She competed in Miss World Philippines in 2013 alongside Megan Young and Janicel Lubina and is the sister of Louvette Hammond Fowler (former Mutya ng Pilipinas-World).

9_GIGANTE9 | Maria Gigante
Maria has been a hit-and-miss for me. She started really strong but went out of the spotlight. But after seeing her perform in that stunning National Costume, I was convinced Maria is a legit contender in this competition. Don’t count her out just yet because she will deliver her best on stage, where she does the magic.

8_PAJARES8 | Dindi Joy Pajares
Dindi, 23, is banking on her previous pageant experiences for a chance to win one of the six crowns at stake. She first joined Miss World Philippines 2011 and Miss Bikini Philippines 2013 before trying her luck in BBP. It isn’t hard for her to stand out given her stunning face and curvaceous body, as proven during the Fashion Show. If she nails the all-important Q&A round, it won’t be surprising to see her win a crown.

7_ALITA7 | Angelica Alita
This 20-year-old chef who hopes to put up her own restaurant one day doesn’t even need a lot of make-up to standout because her charm comes out naturally. Add to that her winsome smile that could light up a room. She was very elegant in her Bessie Besana national costume. With a pretty face to match her sexy body, Angelica definitely has a bright future ahead of her in beauty pageants.

6_VERZOSABBP-Grand International: Kylie Verzosa
Kylie is one of the favorites last year because of her facial beauty and modeling experience. That is why it didn’t come as a surprise that she’s one of the most popular candidates on her second try. Without discounting the fact that she’s a formidable contender, Kylie seems to have reached a saturation point. It seems we’ve already seen all of her. I hope I’m wrong because this face deserves to be seen in the a grander, international arena.

5_FERNANDOBBP-Globe: Angela Lauren Fernando
One of the most underrated candidates this year is 24-year-old Angela from Lubao, Pampanga. She might not be the tallest or the most popular, but it’s interesting to note that she was Miss Philippines Earth Eco Tourism 2010. Six years after, Angela came back to the pageant world with a better body and an impressive academic record, too (she graduated with a medicine degree from UST). Her inclusion in the Top 6 Best in National Costume is a clear indication that she shouldn’t be ignored in the competition.

4_DE LEONBBP-Intercontinental: Angelique Celine De Leon
She was a diamond in the rough back in 2014 and it seemed her non-inclusion in that edition’s set of semifinalists inspired her to unleash the better version of herself. Angelique came back this year stronger than ever, and with a legion of supporters behind her, she is set to claim what is rightfully hers: a Bb Pilipinas crown. She is one of this year’s runway divas so for sure, she will breeze through the competition. I’ve said this before, I’ll say it again: bring this girl to the Q&A round and she could easily win a crown.

3_MANALOBBP-Supranational: Nichole Marie Manalo
Many fans underestimated this girl, but Nichole is determined to prove them all wrong. After going home empty-handed in 2014, the sister of Katherine Manalo (Bb Pilipinas-World 2002) and Pamela Bianca Manalo (Bb Pilipinas-Universe 2009) came back this year with her guns fully loaded. The glowing skin, well-shaped body and killer runway skills are still there. But look at how she has transformed from head to toe. Nichole screams winner from every angle. And while I’m still not sold on her communication skills (I’m a sucker for girls with the gift of gab), I’m putting her in Supranational.

2_MEDINABBP-International: Maria Mika Maxine Medina
This girl is peaking at the right time, and who knows she might be the coronation night’s biggest surprise. Avid pageant fans like me have long waited for Maxine to join BBP and Maxine didn’t disappoint now that it finally happened. Her modeling experience worked to her advantage as she was among the best girls during the Fashion Show. But what sets her apart from the others is how she manages to exude sophistication. She could wear a bikini and still look classy! And this trait, for me, is what makes her suitable in Miss International.

1_CORDOVESMiss Universe Philippines: Nicole Cordoves
The first time I saw Nicole’s photo during the screening, I knew she has “it”. Despite the strong start, Nicole wasn’t spared from criticisms. Her styling during the first few appearances was off. She looked raw and unprepared. Her press presentation styling wasn’t the best. But Nicole managed to find her style. She managed to look fierce during the Fashion Show and was exuding so much elegance in her gorgeous Mak Tumang terno. But the ultimate deal breaker was the Parade of Beauties where Nicole managed to standout by showing her bubbly personality. This girl could do real damage in the Q&A round with her articulateness. We’re gunning for a back-to-back in Miss Universe and we don’t just need a pretty face, we should also be represented by someone who could be a good spokesperson and the well-educated Nicole is the one! Pageant Focus by Haraya

#BbPilipinas2016: Parade of Beauties

Riding trendy Miata cars, the 40 candidates of Bb Pilipinas 2016 charmed the public in the annual parade of beauties held April 9 at the Araneta Center in Cubao, Quezon City.

The parade started at Novortel Manila and ended at the green gate of the Smart Araneta Coliseum, where a throng of supporters gathered to get a closer look at the gorgeous ladies. The girls wore rainbow-colored swimsuits designed by Domz Ramos and headdresses of multi-clored summer blooms.

Reigning queens Miss International Top 10 finalist Janicel Lubina, Miss Intercontinental 2015 1st runner-up Christi McGarry and Miss Supranational 2015 Top 20 semifinalist Rogelie Catacutan joined the festivities atop a colorful floral float. Miss Universe Philippines 2014 Mary Jean Lastimosa also graced the event as PLDT Home DSL’s insider.

The parade of beauties is Bb Pilipinas’ penultimate public event before the coronaton night on April 17. It will be held at the Smart Araneta Coliseum and will be aired on ABS-CBN. Xian Lim, KC Concepcion will be hosting the show with Laura Lehman. Reigning Miss Universe Pia Wurtzbach will also grace the exciting event to crown her successor.

Bb Pilipinas 2016 candidates selected

From 88 applicants, 40 official candidates to Bb Pilipinas 2016 pageant were chosen after a day-long selection process held at Novotel Araneta in Cubao, Quezon City on the evening of February 12.

The girls will vie for the following titles: Miss Universe Philippines, Binibining Pilipinas International, Binibining Pilipinas Supranational, Binibining Pilipinas Intercontinental, and Binibining Pilipinas Grand International.

The lucky ladies are:
1. Aniger Wiji Canoy Cruz
2. Riana Agatha L. Pangindian
3. Maria Daziella Lazaro Gange
4. Leonalyn Dela Cruz
5. Loren Mar G. Artajos
6. Angelica R. Alita
7. Angela Gene R. Valdes
8. Marlann P. Flores
9. Tatiana Dolor D. Maher
10. Jennyline Carla F. Malpaya
11. Crescent Anne F. Samaco
12. Nichole Marie Manalo
13. Roshiela Navarro Tobias
14. Jehza Mae S. Huelar
15. Angela Lauren D. Fernando
16. Angelique Celine De Leon
17. Edjelyn Joy Cay Gamboa
18. Sheena B. Dalo
19. Vina Prulla Openiano
20. Kimberle Mae Licao Penchon
21. Priscilla Kimberley Dela Cruz
22. Kim Ross De Los Santos
23. Maria Mika Maxine Medina
24. April Smith
25. Dindi Joy L. Pajares
26. Kylie Verzosa
27. Mariella Castillo
28. Jeslyn Santos
29. Nicole Cordoves
30. Jennifer Ruth Hammond
31. Christianne Ramos
32. Jessical L. Gonzales
33. Alexandra Faith Garcia
34. Maria Lina N. Prongoso
35. Paula Rich Bartolome
36. Maria Gigante
37. Joanna Deapera Eden
38. Anjellica Lopez
39. Kristine Angeli Q. Estoque
40. Janelle Olafson

The coronation night will be held at the Smart Araneta Coliseum in Cubao, Quezon City on Sunday, April 17.

Pia Wurtzbach wows in Miss Universe 2015 prelims

Miss Universe Philippines Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach emerged as one of the favorites at the preliminary competition of the 64th Miss Universe pageant.

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The 26-year-old actress and model competed against 79 other candidates in the prelims, which will determine who will make it as semifinalists during the finals night at the Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada, on December 20 (December 21, Philippine time).

Pia wore a tomato red gown by Oliver Tolentino during the evening gown competition.

 

Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach is Miss Universe Philippines 2015; Janicel Lubina bags Bb Pilipinas-International

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Third time’s the charm indeed for Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach as she finally won the elusive Miss Universe Philippines crown during the Bb Pilipinas 2015 coronation night held Sunday night, March 15.

The 25-year-old professional model and culinary arts graduate from Cagayan De Oro bested 33 other candidates for the chance to represent the Philippines in the Miss Universe beauty pageant. She finished first runner-up in 2013 and made it to the Top 15 last year.

During the Q&A round, Wurtzbach was asked by Representative Leni Robredo about her thoughts on internet censorship.

“I think that we should be careful with what we post online especially our thoughts and our opinions that we don’t hurt anybody. Especially selfies, we have to be careful with what we post, especially with our bodies and our faces. So always think before you click,” she said.

The other winners
Janicel Lubina, who bagged the Best in Long Gown and Best in Swimsuit awards, took home the Bb Pilipinas International 2015. Christi Lynn McGarry won the Bb Pilipinas Intercontinental 2015 title, Rogelie Catacutan was named Bb Pilipinas Supranational 2015, while Ann Lorraine Colis was crowned Bb Pilipinas Tourism 2015.

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Hannah Ruth Sison finished first runner-up while Kimverlyn Suiza was second runner-up. Sison was last year’s second runner-up while Suiza failed to make the cut last year.

The rest of the Top 15 were Princess Joy Camu, Brenna Cassandra Gamboa, Teresita Ssen Marquez, Maolin Yalung, Alaiza Flor Malinao, Justine Beatrice Felizarta, Anja Vanessa Peter and Kylie Versorza.

Photos: Missosology

Bb Pilipinas 2015: My fearless predictions

Former housemaid, celebrities, models, returning candidates and pageant veterans– these are just some of the 34 candidates competing for the five coveted titles at this year’s Binibining Pilipinas pageant.

Who among this year’s candidates deserve to wear the Philippine sash in Miss Universe, Miss International, Miss Intercontinental and Miss Supranational? Here’s a list of who will likely emerge victorious on Sunday:

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