Bb Pilipinas 2014: Head shots on exhibit at the Gateway Mall

Wondering where the official head shots of Binibining Pilipinas 2014 are? They are on exhibit at the Gateway Mall ground floor.

Since not all of these photos are available online, I took the chance yesterday to take a picture of all of the panels. Who do you think has the best face among them all?






















Bb Pilipinas 2014: Candidates join International Women’s Day celebration

Binibinis join International Womens Day celebrations. ALL PHOTOS BY BRUCE CASSANOVA / BB PILIPINAS
Binibinis join International Womens Day celebrations. ALL PHOTOS BY BRUCE CASSANOVA

TO REPRESENT the Philippines in the world’s most prestigious pageants is a responsibility. A Binibini must embody the strength and character of Filipinas and they should champion women empowerment. That’s why it is only apt that this year’s Bb Pilipinas candidates joined the International Women’s Day celebration last March 8.

The Binibinis also shared their thoughts on issues regarding women.

Binibini 31 Angelique Celine De Leon on what women can do for society: “Women can do a lot of things in society, and we are privileged to be living in an age where we can enjoy freedom to pursue things we want to do and achieve. For me, as a Binibini, I can inspire women to become better versions of themselves and we advocate women to be empowered Filipinas.”

Binibini 3 Joanna Angelica Romero (first from left) on gender equality in the Philippines: “We are blessed that the Philippines is ranked number 5 in the world for gender equality based on a survey. But at the same time, there are still problems that need to be addressed like abuse in women. But it’s a good thing that we have programs that cater to the abused and empower women.” Binibini 1 Juliane Aurine Flores (first from right) on women’s day festivities in the country: “I am happy that there is a day for women to be recognized and it’s also an important day for us to be aware of women’s issues. I think awareness is key to solve a lot of social issues women are facing.”

Binibini 22 Mary Anne Bianca Guidotti on the women she looks up to: “I work with Noraida Abdullah Karim in CFSI (Community and Family Services International) and she is someone I look up to. She is a multi-awarded social worker who specializes in psychosocial care, and she has helped counsel countless women and children who underwent traumatic experiences in war-torn Mindanao. I admire her because of her passion for the advocacy.”

Binibini 5 Hannah Mariz dela Guerra on the biggest issues for women that should be addressed: “I read somewhere that the Philippines is a hotbed for human trafficking, and women are the most susceptible to this. There are women who are being exploited and violated and they were not given the choice to say no. So I think we should promote projects to push awareness on human trafficking.”

Binibini 28 Carla Jenina Lizardo on her advocacy for women if she were to win Bb Pilipinas: “I want to have an organization that would foster and support sexually abused teenagers. Like a big sister-little sister project that would help the victims. Because of my exposure to so many news stories on rape and abuse, it became something I feel strongly about.”

Binibini 5 Parul Shah on how a beauty queen could help promote women’s rights: “I would advocate gender equality. Everyone should be treated with mutual respect. Your race, your religion, your culture, or where you’re from-these things shouldn’t matter. Women should have the freedom to achieve anything they want in life.”

“This day made me realize the importance of gender equality — that women deserve to be treated equally with men and that women are able and capable of reaching their dreams. As a girl who underwent struggles in my life, I keep these thoughts in mind to fuel me to achieve my goals,” said Binibini 36 Krystal Alonday.

The event involved the film showing of documentary Girl Rising, sponsored by SPARK Philippines Inc (Samahan ng Mga Pilipina para sa Reporma at Kaunlaran), J. Amado Araneta Foundation, and the Araneta Center.

They ‘werked it’! Bb Pilipinas 2014 Top 15 Web Interviews

“Communicating the intended message clearly and effectively is an important skill, which is often a key factor in deciding the chances of success.”

STILL remember Anna Theresa Licaros’ witty interview? How about Shamcey Supsup’s on-point answer to her question? They are just two living proofs that the best girl in the Q&A round wins the crown.

However, it really is hard to predict who will do well or falter in this round as we do not normally hear all the girls answer questions. That is why the web interviews are a welcome innovation as we are given an overview as to who will likely emerge victorious come coronation night.

This is a long overdue post, but I would want to share with you my favorite Binibining Pilipinas 2014 Web Interviews.

What were my criteria for picking these 15 girls? First, they should have a good command of the language they’re using. Second, they should be able to get the message across without going around the bush. Finally, they must be remarkable.

Here they are:

15 | Laura Victoria Lehmann
Not a fan of her voice, but she speaks with depth.

14 | Leonalyn Dela Cruz
Appreciated her beauty more as she’s telegenic. Add to that, she’s a good speaker, too.

13 | Kris Tiffany Janson
Styling is a miss, but can’t deny she’s a radiant beauty. And that eye trick is fun!

12 | Krischelle Halili
Girl, you speak well and your credentials are impressive. You’re acting is acceptable too, but that line was from “Bata, Bata, Paano Ka Ginawa?” not “Anak”.

11 | Janine Asanion
It’s a bird, it’s a plane, NO, it’s Jaja Boom! Simple but sticks to your brain.

10 | Diana Arevalo
No wonder she was hired as a welcome ambassadress in Macau. She’s very welcoming.

09 | Shauna Indra Salina Curran
“Blue Green is the color of the soul.” She’s an events host and a radio DJ, that speaks a lot about her.

08 | Ellore Noelle Punzalan
She gets plus points for speaking in our native tongue. Still not a fan of her beauty, though.

07 | Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach
Comfortable on camera, just the right amount of confidence and sass. Just natural.

06 | Kimverlyn Suiza
Pikachu! She caught me there.

05 | Mary Anne Bianca Guidotti
She needs to open her mouth more. Nevertheless, she still speaks well and is very endearing.

04 | Hanna Mariz dela Guerra
One of the most eloquent candidates and the most telegenic, too. Not a fan of those smokey eyeshadow, but I want her wishes to come true.

03 | Mary Jean Lastimosa
Bordering pageant patty, but you can’t ignore this girl. She speaks well, she’s telegenic, she’s a star.

02 | Joy Antonette Diaz
Not a fan of her beauty, but she’s really adorable in her interview. Good speaker!

01 | Angelique Celine De Leon
You “werked it” girl! Watch it and I’m sure you’ll agree.

Bb Pilipinas 2014: Web Interviews

The web interviews of this year’s Binibining Pilipinas official candidates are being rolled out on the pageant’s official social media sites.

To be honest, the videos are actually very “bitin” and sounded very scripted. It would’ve been better if the girls were asked to pick a question from a bowl then try to answer it as spontaneous as possible. Through that, we’ll have an idea as to who might do well in the all important Q&A portion during the coronation night. Anyway, having the girls talk about themselves, answer a single question and promote the coronation night in a minute is better than having no videos at all.

Here are the video playlist from the Bb Pilipinas official YouTube account:

Bb Pilipinas 2014: Binibini 1 to 10

Binibini #6 Anabel Christine G. Tia; Binibini #7 Aiza Faeldonia; Binibini #8 Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach; Binibini #9 Joy Antonette Diaz; Binibini #10 Shauna Indra Salina Curran

The Bb Pilipinas Charities Inc has finally confirmed the official numbering of this year’s candidates by posting these photos of the girls wearing their official numbers. From now on, they will be wearing the number on every activity until the finals on March 30.

Feast your eyes on these ladies (PART ONE):

Binibini #1 Julian Aurine Flores; Binibini #2 Mary Ainjey P. Manalo; Binibini #3 Joanna Angelica M. Romero; Binibini #4 Parul Shah; Binibini #5 Hanna Mariz D. Dela Guerra

Binibini #1 Julian Aurine Flores
Binibini #2 Mary Ainjey P. Manalo
Binibini #3 Joanna Angelica M. Romero
Binibini #4 Parul Shah
Binibini #5 Hanna Mariz D. Dela Guerra

Binibini #6 Anabel Christine G. Tia; Binibini #7 Aiza Faeldonia; Binibini #8 Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach; Binibini #9 Joy Antonette Diaz; Binibini #10 Shauna Indra Salina Curran

Binibini #6 Anabel Christine G. Tia
Binibini #7 Aiza Faeldonia
Binibini #8 Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach
Binibini #9 Joy Antonette Diaz
Binibini #10 Shauna Indra Salina Curran

Bb Pilipinas 2014: Initial Impression

It’s always good practice to always make a good—and lasting—impression with the people you meet. The official candidates of Bb Pilipinas 2014 for sure kept this in mind when they were officially presented to the public last January 31 in line with the Chinese New Year celebrations at the Araneta Center, Cubao, Quezon City.

The girls wore their best smiles as they wave to the excited crowd. One by one, they introduced themselves and the public got a flurry of impressive academic background and occupations as well as some “Kung Hei Fat Choi”.

I left work early that holiday to have a first glimpse of the girls in the flesh. I met with my friend Larry and we both share the same sentiment that most of the hyped girls are really deserving of the hype. Many girls who I thought looked mediocre in photos were stunning in person. But we can’t avoid to say WTF to some (though I won’t be naming them here because I respect them girls).

Who were the standouts? Who were disappointing? Who are potential spoilers? Here are some of my impressions of the girls based on what I saw last Friday night.

STUNNERS They are worthy of the hype
They are worthy of the hype

Diana Arevalo. This pageant veteran, for me, is the prettiest in the batch. Her face may appear “monayin”, but the beauty just shines through especially when she smiles. Yet for someone who has experienced this for two different seasons, she seems to be lacking in energy. Diana needs to show that “beauty queen” aura or else she’ll get overpowered by the younger ones.

Mary Anne Bianca Guidotti. Mix Janine Tugonon and Bea Santiago and you het Marian. She’s one of the most memorable, and it must be because she spoke in Portuguese during the presentation. Simple yet head-turning is the best way to describe her. She may not have the best face, but her styling was just right. Definitely a threat to the so-called “front-runners” out there.

Mary Jean Lastimosa. The brightest star of the night, mainly because she’s got many supporters in the venue. Photos don’t give justice to MJ because she is beautiful in person. And when I say beautiful, I mean both the outside and the inside. By merely observing her actions, you’ll know that MJ knows what she is doing and has mastered it well. From the walk, to the look, to how she presents herself, she exudes so much beauty queen aura. But what is commendable is that she is “mabait” to her fans. She smiles and waves back at anyone who screams “MJ” and it doesn’t look plastic or rehearsed.

Yvethe Marie Santiago. At first glace, you can’t deny the fact that her face is obviously “enhanced”, but Yvette is a real stunner. She is confident, she speaks well, she is charming. She just needs to be careful with her hairstyle because it makes her forehead look wider.

SURPRISES Had no expectations, but they look better in person
Had no expectations, but they look better in person

Angelique Celine De Leon. For someone who admits she was “tomboy-ish” growing up, Angee has bloomed into a fine lady. She was channeling Shamcey Supsup with her walk and styling. She’s definitely someone to watch out for as the pageant progresses.

Emma Mary Tiglao. I didn’t have much expectations from this girl but she shut my mouth when I saw her. This chinky-eyed girl is very stunning, needless to say youthful. And I like that winsome smile. Her Mutya ng Pilipinas runner-up experience seems to have polished her as a candidate.

Hanna Mariz dela Guerra. I have been keeping an eye on this girl since the screening and I was glad she made it as an official candidate. This Ateneo graduate is one of the good speakers in the batch. But aside from that, her greatest weapon is her unassuming and sweet face. She reminds me so much of Sherlyn Gonzales (Bb Pilipinas 2012 finalist).

UNDERDOGS Watch out! They'll give your faves a run for their money
Watch out! They’ll give your faves a run for their money

Carla Jenina Lizardo. Photos really don’t give Carla’s beauty justice. She’s miles prettier in person and looks well-prepared for battle. She’s very eloquent. Her experience in Mutya ng Pilipinas and Miss World Philippines as well as her hosting duties in Channel 4 are working to her advantage. So it’s no surprise she was one of the girls who were “called back” to join the Top 40.

Ednornance Agustin. Eds has this very striking Pinay features plus a modelesque figure. This Mutya ng Pilipinas alumna reminds me of Maricar Balagtas (Bb Pilipinas Universe 2004). Last but definitely not the least, she’s the girl after the crowd favorite MJ Lastimosa but she didn’t let this overshadow her.

Vessica Sambo. The girl with those big, tantalizing eyes. Her exotic beauty, plus good queenly posture are her assets. This dusky lady is prepared and is definitely within the radar. However, she needs some fine-tuning when introducing herself. Less talk is better.

UNDERWHELMING Had much hopes, but they just didn't meet expectations
Had much hopes, but they just didn’t meet expectations

Hannah Ruth Sison. I’ve said this before I’ll say it again, if beauty is the sole basis then Hannah is among the best in the batch. She’s eloquent, statuesque and well-trained—definitely one of the best in the batch. But what I really love about her is she’s sophisticated without even trying. But I just can’t see the winning aura.

Kimverlyn Suiza. When she screened for Bb Pilipinas, but I was disappointed when I saw her “transformation”. From the sweet-looking Kim back in last year’s Miss Philippines-Earth, it seems she’s trying hard to be fierce. I was relieved when I saw her last Friday, minus the heavy make-up. She’s prettier and that swan-like neck make her standout in her batch. But she has no spark.

Kris Tiffany Janson. Perhaps one of the prettiest in this year’s batch of candidates with her doll-like features. However, Kris seems dry during the presentation. Her team needs to be careful with her styling (last Friday’s hairdo was a mess). Her body isn’t on top form, too. She needs to work more ASAP. In my opinion, she’s still raw for Bb Pilipinas.

Parul Shah. She has commanding motion on stage and her well-toned body is her greatest assest. But when she’s with the rest of the girls, this half-Indian beauty just blends in. I didn’t see energetic and vivacious Parul that we all saw last year. Or maybe this is just the first and she’s still warming up. But as they say, first impressions last.

Pia Wurtzbach. Where was the youthful and charming Pia we all saw last year? The tan is not working on her favor as it makes her dry and lacking in beauty queen glow. She’ also looks and sounds intimidating. While her arms are thin, her face and body isn’t on their top form. It seems her team is trying to pattern her after Ariella Arida, but it doesn’t suit her. Bring back the mestiza look, please?

That’s all for now. Here’s hoping to an exciting Bb Pilipinas season ahead! I’ll leave you with a video I took myself during the event. See for yourselves who the real stars are.