A BUZZ of excitement filled the Araneta Center grounds in Cubao, Quezon City on the afternoon of March 22 as the much-awaited 2014 Binibining Pilipinas Grand Parade of Beauties took place.
Beauties on parade
Beaming with positivity, the 40 candidates wore eye-catching headdresses and neon green bikinis as they paraded atop giant floats inspired by Philippine festivals. Divided into three groups, they all tirelessly waved to the excited crowd amid the scorching heat of the sun.
The candidates were joined in the parade by the reigning queens Ariella Arida (Miss Universe 2013 3rd runner-up), Bea Rose Santiago (Miss International 2013), Joanna Cindy Miranda (Bb Pilipinas-Tourism 2013) and Mutya Johanna Datul (Miss Supranational 2013), who also wore their best smiles.
The parade ended in front of Smart Araneta Coliseum’s green gate, where the girls introduced themselves one by one.
The parade is one of the final major events before the coronation night. The candidates rocked the Big Dome early this month for the annual Fashion Show and National Costume Competition. They also had a string of sponsors visits. They also spent a day with the children of the Gawad Kalinga Escopa. Meanwhile, the pageant primer, The Road to the Crown, will be aired on ABS-CBN’s Sunday’s Best tomorrow night.
The grand coronation night will happen on March 30, and will be hosted by Anne Curtis, Xian Lim, Venus Raj, and Shamcey Supsup.
Who stood out?
The parade is one big event where the candidates get scrutinized by the public. It is but natural and expected that these girls will prepare hard for this — from the make-up to their tanning lotions to how they would wave and smile to crowd.
As the crowed cheered, the festive drum beats echoed throughout the Araneta Center, here are the girls who caught my eye.
Julian Aurine Flores. She was the first girl to go out of Balay and I must say, this girl is glowing.
Parul Shah. This morena beauty’s winsome smile is hard to ignore. Plus that gorgeous body!
Hannah Mariz Dela Guerra. She may not have the best body, but her smile radiated so much energy. Mapapangiti ka pag nakita mo siya.
Emma Mary Tiglao. The oriental beauty never lost her beautiful smile, and those nice dimples. A real stunner!
Mary Jean Lastimosa. The crowd favorite and it’s easy to say why. She is beautiful. She has a bangin’ body. She has a winsome smile. She is charismatic.
Hannah Ruth Sison. While most of the girls chose to curl their hairs, Hannah opted to wear it straight. And it worked to her advantage. Plus she was very bubbly on the float.
Pia Wurtzbach. I seldom call someone a super-beauty, but Pia is an exception. She’s one of the prettiest in the batch, no doubt! She was one of the crowd-favorites. But I wasn’t able to utter a single word for a few seconds when I finally saw her face-to-face after the parade. Pretty, stunning, sophisticated.
Diana Arevalo. I might sound bias here because she’s one of my favorites, but I’m sure everyone who saw the parade can say that Diana has one of the best faces in the competition. I also got the chance to talk for a few minutes to her after the parade, and I must say she is really determined to win a crown this year.
Angelique De Leon. Just like the rest, she was smiling all throughout the parade, but she really has this magnetic vibe in her. One can’t help staring at her.
Yvethe Marie Santiago. Some may call her “layogenic” (someone who looks pretty from afar), but you just can’t deny this girl is a head-turner. Also one of the most cheered girls.
Finally, the Bb Pilipinas Gold queens. They are all beautiful and deserving of their victories.
That’s all for now. I’m just thankful to Pawee Ventura for the opportunity to cover this event for Missosology. Hope you all were entertained by my updates on the Missosology Philippines Facebook page.
THERE are the premier beauty pageants — Miss Universe, Miss World, Miss International and Miss Earth — and there are those that are newer, younger, even considered to be smaller.
These “smaller” pageants nonetheless celebrate beauty and unity among nations. They may be less popular, but they also matter.
Miss Tourism International: The New Year’s Eve pageant
Miss Tourism International was inaugurated in 1994 in Malaysia in a bid to promote the country’s tourism industry. The pageant is organized by D’ Touch International Sdn Bhd.
The reigning queen is Cebuana beauty Rizzini Alexis Gomez of the Philippines.
Who’s wearing the Philippine sash? Eyeing a back-to-back feat for the country with this year’s pageant is another Cebuana: Angeli Dione Gomez. The recently-crowned Mutya ng Pilipinas Tourism is a film graduate from Toledo, Cebu. She also joined this year’s Bb Pilipinas pageant.
Angeli was also named Reyna ng Aliwan 2012 and Miss Resorts World Manila 2012 4th runner-up.
Hall of Fame The Philippines has won the Miss Tourism International crown twice: first in 2000 with Maria Esperanza Manzano, and second in 2012 with Gomez.
Miss Tourism Queen International: Enhancing tourism development
Run by Singapore-based Exclusive Resources Marketing Pte Ltd, Miss Tourism Queen International (TQI) aims to enhance tourism development, friendship and international culture exchange among participating nations. The TQI Organization held its first world final competition in Sri Lanka in 1993. The pageant has been held in China since 2004.
In 2012, the pageant was set for December 11 to 29 in China but was cancelled for undisclosed reasons. There is no word yet on when and where this year’s pageant will take place.
The reigning queen is Kantapat Peeradachainarin of Thailand who won the title in 2011.
Who’s wearing the Philippine sash? Joanna Cindy Miranda gave up her hosting stint at TV5’s “Wil Time, Big Time” to chase her dream of becoming a beauty queen. Her sacrifice paid off, as she was crowned Bb Pilipinas-Tourism last April. With her doll-like beauty and healthy figure, this 23-year-old Tourism cum laude graduate won’t have a hard time getting noticed in any international pageant.
“Even though I didn’t win Bb. Pilipinas-Universe, the pressure is still very high. Pinays are known in the pageant industry and the people’s expectations of the Philippines are really high,” she said in an interview with the Varsitarian, UST’s official publication.
Hall of Fame Justine Gabionza won the Philippines’s Miss TQI crown in 2006.
Run by Elite Asia Pacific Word Group, Miss Asia Pacific World is a beauty pageant, talent competition and supermodel search rolled into one. The contest, which started in 2011, works toward making its winner “a global star.”
Winners of this infant pageant spend months in Korea for talent management training. The reigning queen is Himangini Singh Yadu of India. The 2013 pageant will take place in Seoul, South Korea on October 30.
Who’s wearing the Philippine sash?Mary Joy Siazon, 21, from Northern Luzon will represent the country. Standing 5 feet 8 inches, Mary Joy represented the Philippines in Miss Yacht Model International in 2012.
Hall of Fame Philippines’ Next Top Model Cycle 1 winner Grendel Alvarado made it to the top 15 in 2012 and was named Best in Evening Gown.
Miss Intercontinental: Glorious beauty of diversity
An annual contest run by the Panama-based World Beauty Organization, Miss Intercontinental began as a local teen pageant in 1971 to promote tourism in Aruba. It is dubbed “the UN of glamour and beauty.”
Daniela Chalbaud of Venezuela will crown her successor in Cairo, Egypt in November.
Who’s wearing the Philippine sash? The Philippines has yet to win its first Miss Intercontinental crown. Up for the challenge is 18-year-old Koreen Medina, who was crowned Mutya ng Pilipinas-Asia Pacific International last July 26. Her win did not come as a surprise since she had won various sponsor awards prior to the finals.
Koreen joined “Pilipinas Got Talent Season 2” and was named grand winner of the Coca-Cola Music Talent Search Finals in 2011. She was also the grand winner of “My Girl,” the beauty pageant segment of the defunct ABS-CBN show, “Happy Yipee Yehey.”
Hall of Fame The highest placement the country has ever achieved is Maria Sovietskaya Bacud’s 2nd runner-up finish in 1995.
Miss Supranational: Uniting the world through beauty
Miss Supranational is a 5-year-old pageant run by the World Beauty Association. True to its name, the pageant aims to transcend borders by uniting the world through beauty. This year’s pageant will be held on September 6 in Minsk, Belarus, the home country of the reigning queen, Ekaterina Buraya.
Who’s wearing the Philippine sash? At the Bb Pilipinas 2013 coronation night, Mutya Johanna Datul sashayed with grace and elegance in her glittering long gown, en route to bagging the Best in Evening Gown prize. From that moment, she was destined to win the crown, until she answered her final question.
This was expected, though, because she had been vilified online for weeks prior to the finals for her English-speaking skills. Nevertheless, her dream to become a beauty queen still came true: she was named Bb Pilipinas-Supranational. It was the right decision to send her to Miss Supranational since there is no Q and A segment there.
In one of her interviews, Mutya said she is working on improving her communication skills and that she is determined to bring home the crown. This girl is among the top favorites by pageant fans to win the crown, alongside Brazil’s Racquel Benetti and Puerto Rico’s Desiree del Rio.
Other Pinays in the pageant Mutya, for sure, won’t have a hard time adjusting in Belarus as she will be joined by two more Filipinas in the pageant.
Marie Molo Peter and Suzette Hernandez, both Bb Pilipinas alumni, will be representing Norway and Canada respectively in this year’s Miss Supranational pageant.
Marie placed 2nd runner-up in this year’s Miss Norway Universe pageant. This 22-year-old competed in Bb Pilipinas 2012 and in Miss Humanity International in Barbados. Today, she is among Miss Universe Norway Organization’s show walk instructors in the training courses for fresh candidates.
Vancouver-based Suzette is no stranger to pageants. She was first runner-up in Mutya ng Pilipinas 2010, a Bb Pilipinas 2011 candidate and Miss Universe Canada (MUC) 2012 Top 12 finalist. Aside from that, this 26-year-old is an experienced ramp model and an avid traveler. In her profile page for MUC, Suzette says she “believes that anything is possible through hard work, perseverance and determination.”
Hall of Fame The Philippines’ highest placement so far was Elaine Kay Moll’s 3rd runner-up finish in 2012.
UP Los Banos graduate Ariella Arida was crowned Miss Universe Philippines 2013 in glittering ceremonies marking Binibining Pilipinas’ 50th anniversary held on Sunday, April 14 at the Araneta Coliseum.
Arida, 24, will represent the country in Miss Universe 2013 to be held later this year. She also bagged the Best in Swimsuit award. Joining her in the winning circle are Bea Rose Santiago (BBP-International), Joanna Cindy Miranda (BBP-Tourism, Mutya Johanna Datul (BBP-Supranational) and Pia Wurtzbach (1st runner-up).
The completing the top 15 are: Imelda Schweighart, Grace Yann Apuad, Charmaine Elima, Rhea Nakpil, Amanda Noelle Navasero, Ellore Noelle Punzalan, Camille Carla Nazar, Maria Angelica de Leon, Merry Joyce Respicio, and Parul Shah
Special awardees were:
Miss Friendship: Lourenz Grace Remetillo.
Miss Talent: Anna Carmela Aquino.
Best in National Costume: Alaine Baccay.
Manila Bulletin Readers’ Choice Award: Ellore Noelle Punzalan.
Bb Petron: Joanna Cindy Miranda.
Miss Photogenic: Mutya Johanna Datul.
Best in Evening Gown: Mutya Johanna Datul
Best in Swimsuit: Ariella Arida
Bb Pilipinas-PAGCOR: Imelda Schweighart
Bb Philippine Airlines: Nicole Kim Donesa
Bb Avon: Bea Rose Santiago
Bb San Miguel Zero Fit and Sexy Body: Pia Wurtzbach
Cream Silk Beyond Beautiful Woman Award: Joanna Cindy Miranda