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

Jamie Herrell of Cebu City wins Miss Philippines Earth 2014!

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Miss Philippines Earth 2014 Jamie Herrell, center, with her elemental court. ALL PHOTOS BY MISSOSOLOGY
Miss Philippines Earth 2014 Jamie Herrell, center, with her elemental court. ALL PHOTOS BY MISSOSOLOGY

Heavy favorite Jamie Herrell of Cebu City was crowned Miss Philippines Earth 2014 at the pageant night on Sunday, winning the right to represent the country in the international Miss Earth contest.

During the question-and-answer portion, Herrell was asked by former Akbayan representative Risa Hontiveros if “we, human beings, have been good children to Mother Earth”.

Host RObi Domingo and Jamie Herrell during the Q&A round.
Host RObi Domingo and Jamie Herrell during the Q&A round.

The 19-year-old Cebuana replied: “In my opinion, we haven’t been good children. In fact, I believe that we are the number one cause of her problems, we are the reason why we’re having climate change, and we are the reason why we’re having floods. But in return, if we can only help her and salvage her, she will help us back and take care of us too.”

Herrell follows a three-year successful streak of the Philippines in the Miss Earth pageant. Athena Imperial and Stephany Stefanowitz both made it to the Top 4 of the international pageant in 2011 and 2012 respectively, while Angelee Delos Reyes finished in the Top 8 last year.

Completing Herrell’s elemental court are Diane Carmela Querrer of Tanauan City (Miss Philippines Air), Kimverly Covert of Dumaguete City (Miss Philippines Water), Ma Paula Bianca Paz (Miss Philippines Fire) and Monique Teruelle Manuel (Miss Philippines Eco-Tourism.

Querrer and Manuel were MPE repeaters, while Paz was named 3rd Princess in Miss World Philippines in 2011 and 2013.

The Top 15 in evening gown
The Top 15 in evening gown

Finishing in the Top 10 are: Maria Jenny Gonzalez (Cainta, Rizal), Maria Bencelle Bianzon (Duenas, Iloilo), Crystal Star Aberasturi (Liloan, Cebu), Angelie Crizelle Ocampo (Santa Rita, Pampanga) and Melanie Balagtas (Fil-Sydney, Australia).

Mary Anne Ross Misa (Makati City), Ashlejane Alcancia (Fil-Brussels, Belgium), Janelle Tee (Davao City), Sarah Theresa Stewart (Muntinlupa City) and Leslie Ann Pine (San Leonardo, Nueva Ecija).

 

 

 

Bb Pilipinas 2014: My fearless prediction

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THE PHILIPPINES has finally reclaimed its “powerhouse” status in the world of beauty pageants, after winning four international crowns and a string of placements in numerous contests last year.

The Bb Pilipinas Gold batch, touted as “one of the strongest sets of Bb Pilipinas winners in years”, played a big part in this achievement. Bea Rosa Santiago won for the country its 5th Miss International crown. Mutya Johanna Datul became the first Filipina – and Asian – to win the Miss Supranational crown. Ariella Arida gave the country its 4th consecutive runner-up finish in the Miss Universe pageant, while Joanna Cindy Miranda placed in the Top 10 of Miss Tourism Queen International.

The pressure is on the eventual winners of this year’s Bb Pilipinas edition to keep the winning streak going for the Philippines in the international pageant scene. Who among this year’s candidates deserve to represent the country in Miss Universe, Miss International, Miss Supranational, Miss Intercontinental and Miss Tourism Queen International? Here’s a list of who will likely wear the crowns on March 30.

ALMOST THERE
20: Mary Ainjely Manalo (Bb 2)
Ainjely is one of the fashion show’s most pleasant surprises. She walked with confidence in casual wear and was stunning and regal in her national costume. Her height (5’6″) might be her waterloo. But her best asset is her toned body, which was the product of mountain climbing and hitting the gym, which she lists as her hobbies.

19: Julian Aurine Flores (Bb 1)
There’s always an added pressure being the first one to go on stage, but Ja sure knows how to shrug it off. She exhibited one of the finest performances in the fashion show. She has a commanding walk and her face oozes with so much charisma. She is among the most consistent since the screenings, and for that she deserves some recognition.

18: Hannah Ruth Sison (Bb 27)
Many pageant fans were surprised when Hannah failed to make it as a Top 15 finalist last year. Her performance was solid enough to have made the cut. This year she came back more prepared with a healthier body and better styling. She’s also a good speaker so expect her to ace the Q&A round if ever she makes it.

17: Aiza Faeldonia (Bb 7)
There’s no denying Aiza is a bombshell. She has a body to die for and a pretty face to complement that. She’s the most talked about candidate on Facebook mainly because she was initially excluded in the roster of candidates but was called back. I’m not a fan of her beauty, but I’d be a hypocrite if I say I wasn’t impressed by Aiza’s performance during the fashion show. She’s prepared and is definitely within the radar.

16: Ellore Noelle Punzalan (Bb 18)
Ellore surprised everyone when she cracked the Top 15 last year. She may not be the most facially stunning candidate but this 26-year-old Medicine student has a toned body and a fluid walk to boast. But what to love most about Ellore this year is she is a scene stealer. With her exaggerated white belt, over-the-top intros and a dramatic national costume presentation, you just can’t help but keep an eye out for her every move.

TOP FIFTEEN
HARAYA11-1515: Racquel Kabigting (Bb 21)
Racquel, 22, is banking on her morena beauty and towering height for a shot at a crown. It isn’t hard for her to stand out given her height (6′) and curvaceous body, as proven during the fashion show (she was the only one wearing a one-piece swimsuit). However, she seems to be playing it safe with her subdued performance. She must work on her pasarela if she wants boost her chances.

14: Joy Antonette Diaz (Bb 9)
Being related to the country’s first Miss Universe surely has its perks, but it can only do so much to advance her chances in the competition. Antonette may not be heavily favored as there are more popular and more prepared candidates, but could also pull off a surprise. She owns a certain charm that makes her lovable especially when she smiles. She has one of the best web interviews and is definitely one of the best speakers in the batch.

13: Emma Mary Tiglao (Bb 14)
Emma is an adorable beauty and is one of the catwalk divas of the batch. Her fresh and adorable face is her strength. Her Mutya ng Pilipinas runner-up experience seems to have polished her beauty. However, it seems she’s still raw for Bb Pilipinas at 19 years old. I would love to see her back in a year or two more prepared – physically, mentally and figuratively (I’m referring to sex appeal).

12: Joy Marie Gangan (Bb 30)
Joy is one of the most underrated candidates in the competition. With a sweet face and radiant smile, it is a surprise that this girl isn’t given much attention –until the fashion show. Who would have thought this underdog could give them front-runners a good fight on stage? Joy is one of this year’s catwalk divas. Winning Best Asia Model in Best Model of the World 2012 contest in Turkey surely played a big advantage.

11: Parul Shah (Bb 4)
The first time I saw Parul was disappointing because this half-Indian beauty just blends in with the rest of the girls. But during the fashion show, I finally saw the energetic and vivacious Parul that I liked last year. She has commanding motion on stage and her well-toned body is her greatest asset. She just needs to find that perfect look for the finals to stand out.

HARAYA6-1010: Mary Anne Bianca Guidotti (Bb 22)
Mix Janine Tugonon and Bea Rose Santiago and you het Bianca. Her web interview is one of the most memorable, and it must be because she spoke in Portuguese. Simple yet head-turning is the best way to describe her. She may not have the best face, but proper styling could advance her chances. She has so much potential but needs a little work to make her catwalk skills more natural and some body toning.

09: Kimverlyn Suiza (Bb 15)
She’s a chameleon. In one photo, she looks like an anime character, in another, she’s a doll. From the innocent-looking girl in Miss Philippines Earth last year, Kimverlyn has transformed into a fierce beauty for Bb Pilipinas. Her performance during the fashion show was one of the best. This girl is peaking at the right time, and who knows she might be the coronation night’s biggest surprise.

08: Diana Arevalo (Bb 17)
After her semi-finals finish in both the 2009 and 2011 editions, 25-year-old Diana is back with vengeance. It can’t be denied that Diana is has the universal beauty and an endearing personality. While she is among the most experienced in the batch, she is inconsistent and that makes her star shine less bright. She needs to improve on her presentation skills and needs to gain more confidence when speaking. It’s bumpy road ahead for Diana, but with sheer luck and determination, who knows she might just finally win a crown.

07: Yvethe Marie Santiago (Bb 35)
I’m on the fence with Yvethe. Her face was just okay, but when properly styled she transforms to a beautiful lady. But this 21-year-old accountant has a good body and towering height, as well as a string of experiences in local pageants (she was Miss Bicolandia 2012 and Mutya ng Magayon 2011 1st runner-up) to boost her chances. Don’t count her out just yet because she will deliver her best on stage, where she does the magic.

06: Nichole Marie Manalo (Bb 23)
This girl gets a free pass for being the sister of two former titlists: Katherine Manalo (Bb Pilipinas-World 2002) and Pamela Bianca Manalo (Bb Pilipinas-Universe 2009). Many fans underestimated this girl, but Nichole is determined to prove them wrong. She was effortless in bikini with her glowing skin and well-shaped body. She was unstoppable when she hit the Fashion Show runway. While many pageant observers believe she is a downgrade from her sisters, it can’t be denied that this girl is transformable.

THE CROWN CONTENDERS
HARAYA1-5Bb Pilipinas-Tourism: Angelique Celine De Leon (Bb 31)
For someone who admits she was “tomboy-ish” growing up, Angee has bloomed into a fine lady. She may not be your initial bet but Angee could definitely win your heart with her natural charm. She has one of the most striking performances during the fashion show. A diamond in the rough, she’s definitely someone to watch out for as the pageant progresses. I won’t be surprised if she clinches any of the major crowns.

Bb Pilipinas-Intercontinental: Laura Victoria Lehmann (Bb 11)
With a pretty face to match her sexy body, Laura definitely has a bright future ahead of her in beauty pageants. She doesn’t even need a lot of make up to make her stand out – her tantalizing eyes do all the talking. She delivers both on and off stage and is very consistent. With her good communication skills and impressive scholastic background (she’s taking up Psychology, Neuro Science and Spanish Studies in the US), Laura could give give them front-runners a run for their money.

Bb Pilipinas-Supranational: Mary Jean Lastimosa (Bb 25)
She was the heavy favorite in 2012 but unfortunately failed to crack the Top 5. Now back for a final hurrah in beauty pageants, MJ has matured a lot. Having one of the best bodies in the competition, much was expected of this lady during the fashion show. And to everyone’s delight, she didn’t disappoint. Her wide smile, well-toned body and fluid walk make her a shoo-in for any contest out there. Being a repeater means double the pressure because you have to outdo your previous performance (She was 2nd runner-up in 2011 and a Top 12 finalist the year after). But it seems MJ is not allowing pressure to take over on her third attempt as she seems more relaxed now. A lot of criticisms have been thrown at her, but she still remains unfazed. It’s about time she gets rewarded for all her hard work.

Bb Pilipinas-International: Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach (Bb8)
Being a good runner-up to the Gold queens surely has it perks, and this definitely gives Pia an advantage, making her an instant front-runner, now that she has decided to join again. With that stunning face and a year of training to back her up, Pia could do no wrong. During the fashion show, Pia gave everyone a good show. She could easily transform from fierce to elegant. Although she has the tendencies to overdo her performance, Pia is a complete package making her one of the strongest candidates of this year. You just can’t deny her hunger for a crown.

Miss Universe Philippines: Kris Tiffany Janson (Bb13)
Kris, 24, is undeniably one of the best bets for any of the crowns at stake with her marketable beauty. Her calm aura is a breath of fresh air from a sea of fierce faces. Despite possessing one of the most beautiful faces in the competition, I was initially disappointed with Kris. Her styling was off, her smile a bit awkward. She looked raw and unprepared. But as they say, it’s not over ’til it’s over. She exudes so much sophistication and finesse during the national costume competition. That must have won her the Best in National Costume., fortifying her status as a front-runner. She is a bit lackluster in presentation so she needs to work on her pasarela. But she can do real damage in the Q&A round with her articulateness and sincerity when speaking. Given that Filipinos love beauties with brains (Read: Shamcey Supsup, Theresa Licaros), it won’t be a shock if Kris wins it all.


This article also appeared on Rappler.

 

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

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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?

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Bb Pilipinas 2014 Parade of Beauties: Who stood out?

(L-R) Laura Lehmann, Shauna Curran, Joy Diaz, Pia Wurtzbach and Aiza Faeldonia

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.

Festive mood with with the drum beats in front of the Green Gate of Araneta Coliseum prior to the parade. ALL PHOTOS BY DREW FRANCISCO
Festive mood with with the drum beats in front of the Green Gate of Araneta Coliseum prior to the parade. ALL PHOTOS BY DREW FRANCISCO

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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.

Two of the Philippines festivals-themes floats.
Two of the Philippines festivals-themes floats.

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.

(L-R) Aiza Faeldonia, Julian Aurine Flores, Mary Ainjely Manalo, Joanna Romero, Parul Shah and Hannah Dela Guerra
(L-R) Aiza Faeldonia, Julian Aurine Flores, Mary Ainjely Manalo, Joanna Romero, Parul Shah and Hannah Dela Guerra

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.

(L-R) Laura Lehmann, Shauna Curran, Joy Diaz, Pia Wurtzbach and Aiza Faeldonia
(L-R) Laura Lehmann, Shauna Curran, Joy Diaz, Pia Wurtzbach and Aiza Faeldonia

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.

(L-R) Sarah Asido, Kris Janson, Emma Tiglao, Kimverlyn Suiza, Zahara Soriano, Diana Arevalo, Ellore Punzalan and Liezel Ramos
(L-R) Sarah Asido, Kris Janson, Emma Tiglao, Kimverlyn Suiza, Zahara Soriano, Diana Arevalo, Ellore Punzalan and Liezel Ramos

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.

(L-R) Hannah Sison, Carla Lizardo, Krischelle Halili, Joy Gangan, Angelique De Leon, Jeslyn Santos and Gabrielle Tilokani
(L-R) Hannah Sison, Carla Lizardo, Krischelle Halili, Joy Gangan, Angelique De Leon, Jeslyn Santos and Gabrielle Tilokani

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.

(L-R) Vessica Sambo, Ladylyn Riva, Janine Asanion, Vanessa Saliba, Krystal Alonday, Yvethe Santiago, Leonalyn Dela Cruz
(L-R) Vessica Sambo, Ladylyn Riva, Janine Asanion, Vanessa Saliba, Krystal Alonday, Yvethe Santiago, Leonalyn Dela Cruz

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.

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(L-R) Sheena Manuel, MJ Lastimosa, Ednornance Agustin, Nichole Manalo, Bianca Guidotti, Racquel Kabigitng and Kenneth Santiago

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.

See you all on the Coronation Night. 🙂

The Golden binibinis: Ariella Arida, Cindy Miranda, Mutya Datul and Bea Rose Santiago
The Golden binibinis: Ariella Arida, Cindy Miranda, Mutya Datul and Bea Rose Santiago

 

 

Bb Pilipinas 2014: New videos

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These are the Binibining Pilipinas 2014 video plugs that have been airing in ABS-CBN during commercial breaks.

Who are the most telegenic for you? Who’s the most beautiful? Watch them all here.

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Binibini 11-20

Binibini 21-30

Binibini 31-40

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 / 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.

Bb Pilipinas 2014: Top 15 Catwalk Divas

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In 2010 Venus Raj’s pilapil (rice paddies) walk rocked the Miss Universe stage. A year after, Shamcey Supsup made big waves with her tsunami walk. A year after that, Janine Tugonon placed 1st runner-up in the pageant with her deadly cobra walk. And just last year, the salagubang walk took Belarus by storm as Mutya Johanna Datul won for the Philippines the Miss Supranational crown. These are some of the living proofs that a polished and distinct pasarela could make-or-break a girl’s chances in beauty pageants.

After months — and even years to some — of duck walks, catwalk trainings and modelling sessions, the Binibining Pilipinas 2014 40 official candidates finally hit the Big Dome stage for the annual Fashion Show, clad in JAG’s summer collection.

It was a fierce event, and I was fortunate enough to have witnessed it in person. And after all the walks, turns and sultry poses, here are my list of this year’s Bb Pilipinas catwalk divas. (Photos from Bb Pilipinas)

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02 | Mary Jean Lastimosa
03 | Emma Mary Tiglao
04 | Joy Marie Gangan
05 | Julian Aurine Flores
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06 |  Parul Shah
07 | Angelique Celine de Leon
08 | Ellore Noelle Punzalan
09 | Yvethe Marie Santiago
10 | Aiza Faeldonia
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11 | Mary Ainjely Manalo
12 | Ladylyn Riva
13 | Hannah Ruth Sison
14 | Kimverlyn Suiza
15 | Zahara Mae Soriano

See it for yourselves here (video by Missosology):

Bb Pilipinas 2014: Top 15 Best in National Costume

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I WAS fortunate enough to witness the Bb Pilipinas 2014 National Costume Competition, which was part of the annual Fashion Show held last night at the Big Dome. As we all wait for the announcement of the Best in National Costume, let me play judge and enumerate the best girls and National Costumes for me.

Here are my considerations for choosing these girls. First, the costume must strongly reflect Philippine culture. Second, how the girl presented and carried her costume. I’m really not into the flamboyant, over-the-top designs. As long as each detail shows coherence to the costume’s theme and that the girl was able to give justice to the costume through a solid presentation, then that is enough to say it is a good national costume. (Photos from OPMB)

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12 | Kris Tiffany Janson
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11 | Laura Victoria Lehmann
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10 | Diana Arevalo
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09 | Mary Jean Lastimosa
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08 | Vanessa Saliba

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07 | Yvethe Marie Santiago

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06 | Angelique Celine de Leon
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05 | Mary Ainjely Manalo
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04 | Joy Marie Gangan
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03 | Kimverlyn Suiza
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02 | Ladylyn Riva
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01 | Parul Shah

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If you don’t see your favorites here, they must be on my BIZZARE costumes list, to be published soon.

Happy weekend everyone! 🙂

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

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“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.