Bb Pilipinas crowns 2017 queens

Binibini 19 Rachel Peters was crowned Miss Universe Philippines 2017 at the conclusion of the Bb Pilipinas 2017 pageant held Sunday evening, April 30, at the Smart Araneta Coliseum in Cubao, Quezon City.

The 25-year-old beauty from Camarines Sur bested 39 other candidates for the right to represent the Philippines in the next edition of the Miss Universe pageant.

The former Miss World Philippines runner-up impressed the judges when she was asked during the Q&A round about her message to Asean leaders.

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She said: “I believe that one of the biggest problems that our country faces today is divisiveness in politics, in religion and also in culture. And I believe that is something the same across the world. That is something I want to address. I believe that when people can learn to tolerate each other’s diferrences and respect each other’s opinion then we will just going to be a stronger nation and world.”

Peters also brought home Best in Swimsuit, Bb Photogenic and Jag Denim Queen special awards.

Binibini 15 Maria Angelica De Leon was crowned Bb Pilipinas International 2017. The 23-year-old opera singer and daughter of Filipino actors Christopher De Leon and Sandy Anfolong, will compete in Miss International 2017 in Japan.

She also won Best in Long Gown and Miss Creamsilk.

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Binibini 22 Chanel Olive Thomas was named Bb Pilipinas Supranational 2017. She will represent the country in Miss Supranational 2017 in Poland

Thomas also bagged the Best in National Costume and Bb Friendship awards.

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Other winners who will also compete in other international pageants were Binibini 39 Elizabeth Clenci (Bb Pilipinas Grand International 2017), Binibini 31 Katarina Sonja Rodriguez (Bb Pilipinas Intercontinental 2017) and Binibini 18 Nelda Ibe (Bb Pilipinas Globe 2017).

Binibini 32 Charmaine Elima and Binibini 40 Kristel Guelos finished first and second runners-up respectively.


Other winners of special awards were Binibini 1 Dane Felisse Marasigan (Bb Talent), Binibini 20 Christagale Borja (Manila Bulletin Readers’ Choice) and Binibini 31 Katarina Rodriguez (Miss Philippine Airlines).

The Top 15 finalists were (in order of announcement):
Binibini 39 Elizabeth Clenci
Binibini 15 Mariel De Leon
Binibini 22 Chanel Thomas
Binibini 31 Katarina Rodriguez
Binibini 10 Jehza Huelar
Binibini 13 Sirene Sutton
Binibini 40 Kristel Guelos
Binibini 18 Nelda Ibe
Binibini 32 Charmaine Elima
Binibini 20 Christagale Borja
Binibini 17 Maria Camille Manalo
Binibini 34 Gabriela Ortega
Binibini 16 Larah Lacap
Binibini 19 Rachel Peters
Binibini 28 Juliana Kapeundl (People’s Choice)

The rest of the Top 25 semifinalists were:
Binibini 2 Arienne Calingo
Binibini 27 Beatrice Valiente
Binibini 1 Dane Marasigan
Binibini 37 Sammie Legaspi
Binibini 6 Maria Nama
Binibini 7 Jennyline Malpaya
Binibini 9 Vanessa Saliba
Binibini 33 Kristi Cequeña
Binibini 26 Ruffa Nava
Binibini 38 Ana Asturias

Miss Universe 2015 Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach and actor Xian Lim hosted the pageant with Miss Universe 2010 4th runner-up Venus Raj. PageantFocus | Missosology.Org

It’s official: Philippines to host 65th Miss Universe pageant

Miss Universe 2015 Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach addresses the crowd at the Bb Pilipinas 2016 coronation night held last April 17. (Photo by Drew Francisco/Misssology.Org)

Miss Universe Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach will be crowning her successor in her homeland!

The 65th edition of the Miss Universe pageant will be held in the Philippines on January 30, 2016 at the Mall of Asia Arena, Philippine tourism secretary Wanda Corazon Teo confirmed in a press conference on July 28 .

“The government is not going to spend any single centavo. It will be the private sector who would shoulder the expenses,” Teo added, following Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte’s earlier statement that he would not spend government funds on the pageant. The hosting expenses will amount to $11 million.

Wurtzbach and officials of the Miss Universe organization went to the country on July 18 to discuss the proposals for hosting the pageant with President Duterte .

Manila hosted the Miss Universe for the first time in 1974, which saw Miss Universe 1973 Margarita Moran from the Philippines crown Amparo Muñoz of Spain. The pageant came back to the country in 1994 with India’s Sushmita Sen winning the title.

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The Top 10 finalists of Miss Universe 1994, held in Manila, Philippines.

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.

#BbPilipinas2016: From MPE to BBP

BEFORE Ariella Arida placed third runner-up in Miss Universe 2013, did you know that she competed in Miss Philippines Earth 2012 and failed to make the cut? She then decided to try her luck in Binibining Pilipinas, this time with a healthier body and better styling, and as they say the rest is history.

Just like her, some of this year’s candidates also come from MPE. Let’s meet them.

 

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Dindi Pajares

Binibini 27 Dindi Joy Pajares joined Miss Philippines Earth 2011, representing Balanga City, Bataan. She made it to the fourth elimination (Top 20), but unfortunately didn’t advance to the Top 10.

Two years after, Dindi competed in Slimmers World Miss Bikini Philippines. She made it to the Top 12 and won Best in Creative Posing.

She is working as a flight attendant before pursuing her Bb Pilipinas dreams.

 

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Christianne Ramos

Binibini 40 Christianne Ramos from Cainta, Rizal was also a candidate in Miss Philippines Earth 2011. Despite winning the Mutya ng Kalikasan special award, she was eliminated in the competition’s third round.

 

Last year, she made her pageant comback after she was handpicked by beauty queen trainer John Dela Vega to compete in the Charity Queen International pageant in Taiwan. She was awarded Miss Friendship.

She is an interdisciplinary studies graduate from Ateneo de Manila University where she was futsal team captain.

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Angela Fernando

Most successful among the three former MPE girls is Binibini 3 Angela Lauren Fernando, who was crowned Miss Philippines Earth – Eco Tourism 2010. Representing Lubao, Pampanga, Angela took home the Best in Cultural Costume and Miss Photogenic awards. Prior to joining MPE, she was crowned Miss UST 2009.

 

After her stint in MPE, she spent the years finishing her medicine degree from the University of Santo Tomas and is now a medical intern at Makati Medical Center. Will her pageant and life experiences play to her advantage in Bb Pilipinas?

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Dindi, Angela and Christianne during their respective MPE stints

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.

Bb Pilipinas 2015: Top 10 girls at the press presentation

One of the highly anticipated events in Bb Pilipinas is the press presentation. This gives pageant observers a glimpse of the candidates’ catwalk skills, stage presence and overall impact. Here is where you get to classify who the frontrunners are from the rest of the batch.

This year, the girls slayed the runway in their red bikinis last February 19 at the Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila. From 34 candidates, here are the 10 candidates that stood out.

3210: Danita Joan Ruazol (Binibini 32)
Danita was channeling Ariella Arida with her straight silky black hair and shoulder movements during the swimsuit presentation. This girl from Cavinti, Laguna is underrated, but her surprisingly good pasarela skillls could work to her advantage.

2909: Nancy Lee Leonard (Binibini 29)
Nancy’s stage presence is commendable and she definitely commands attention. However, there are times that she tends to overdo her turns and poses. Her hairstyle was a mess, but that winsome smile saved her styling. Her overall look has improved compared to her Miss Philippines Earth stint.

3008: Patricia Lae Ejercitado (Binibini 30)
Patricia is now on her third and final attempt at clinching the crown and she’s not leaving any stone unturned. And her press presentation performance just proved she is a pro. Fierce, snappy and remarkable!

1207: Kylie Verzosa (Binibini 12)
No wonder Kylie was among Cosmopolitan Philippines’ 8 sexiest models for 2013. She had the right amount of sweetness and sexiness in her presentation. Also, she doesn’t need to put too much make-up on. Her natural beauty just shines through.

2406: Ann Lorraine Colis (Binibini 24)
Mix Nina Ricci Alagao and Bianca Manalo and you get Ann Lorraine. She might be a newbie in Bb Pilipinas, but this girl is getting much attention for her serene beauty. Her performance also didn’t rely on exagerrated moves. She was elegance personified.

2805: Hannah Ruth Sison (Binibini 28)
Hannah’s performance during the press presentation is probably the best I’ve seen from her since her Bb Pilipinas 2013 stint. She was snappy but graceful, and her overall styling was very queenly.

1004: Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach (Binibini 10)
Compared to her first two attempts, Pia looks more relaxed now. In a sea of fierce performances, Pia’s soft but elegant presentation worked to her advantage. While she needs to shed a few more pounds to bring back her 2013 figure, you just couldn’t ignore that strong, beautiful face.

1903: Christi Lynn McGarry (Binibini 19)
Definitely someone to watch out for as the pageant progresses is the tall and beautiful Christi. Her svelte look and polished walk, plus the ponytail make her a standout. In case you need a refresher, Christi joined Mutya ng Pilipinas in 2010 and was sent to the Miss Intercontinental where she placed in the Top 15. That speaks a lot about this girl’s global appeal.

3402: Teresita Ssen Marquez (Binibini 34)
Wynwyn proved she is more than just a celebrity daughter. Her performance was one of the most memorable, despite the fact that she is among the shortest in the group (she’s 5’5″). Those snappy turns and the way she threw that sarong made a strong impact. The styling was perfect, too, highlighting her exotic look.

1101: Janicel Lubina (Binibini 11)
There is no surprise why Janicel is one of the most anticipated candidates in this year’s edition. While she is the youngest in the batch, this girl definitely delivers on stage. Her well-proportioned body was a sight to behold, and those hip movements definitely screams Miss Universe! Her humble background makes her relatable, too.

This was first published in Missosology.Org.