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: Top 10 Best Swimsuit Bodies

Having a killer bikini body is one of the keys to winning in a pageant. It shows how disciplined a girl is and how far she is willing to take to win.

This year’s Binibining Pilipinas candidates surely take this belief by heart as most of them have pageant-ready bodies when they strut their stuff during the official presentation. But here are, in my opinion, the top 10 girls with the best swimsuit bodies. Photo credits to Rappler’s Jose Del.

10. Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach
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9. Angelique Celine De Leon

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8. Parul Shah

04-parul-shah_C7FDB87F917E420CA5777AE84218A08C7. Emma Mary Tiglao

14-emma-mary-tiglao_00EA01C2049F4E6B8B434B5D8FD017276. Nichole Marie Manalo

23-nichole-marie-manalo_48C1BFB7B5854D72BB08CD1EFF75005E5. Julian Aurine Flores

01-julian-aurine-flores_3EA2A65EAC3E47A08C6BFE189285B5D94. Yvethe Marie Santiago

35-yvethe-marie-santiago_AF0FBC2019A0438FA74A127209818D573. Aiza Faeldonia

07-aiza-faeldonia_CEA6B36290DD4F1CBB6F5FA875D7BDCC2. Mary Jean Lastimosa

25-mary-jean-lastimosa_0ECCC4B0B1574B24908BB8CE884A2D691. Mary Ainjely Manalo

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Bb Pilipinas 2014: Binibini 21 to 30

Binibini #21 Racquel D. Kabigting; Binibini #22 Mary Anne Bianca G. Guidotti; Binibini #23 Nichole Marie R. Manalo; Binibini #24 Ednornance Agustin; Binibini #25 Mary Jean Lastimosa

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 THREE):

Binibini #21 Racquel D. Kabigting; Binibini #22 Mary Anne Bianca G. Guidotti; Binibini #23 Nichole Marie R. Manalo; Binibini #24 Ednornance Agustin; Binibini #25 Mary Jean Lastimosa

Binibini #21 Racquel D. Kabigting
Binibini #22 Mary Anne Bianca G. Guidotti
Binibini #23 Nichole Marie R. Manalo
Binibini #24 Ednornance Agustin
Binibini #25 Mary Jean Lastimosa

Binibini #26 Hanna Sheena L. Manuel; Binibini #27 Hannah Ruth Sison; Binibini #28 Carla Jenina Cabrera Lizardo; Binibini #29 Krischelle DG. Halili; Binibini #30 Joy Marie Gangan

Binibini #26 Hanna Sheena L. Manuel
Binibini #27 Hannah Ruth Sison
Binibini #28 Carla Jenina Cabrera Lizardo
Binibini #29 Krischelle DG. Halili
Binibini #30 Joy Marie Gangan

Bb Pilipinas 2014: Official number of candidates

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The wait is finally over as the Binibining Pilipinas 2014 candidates’ official numbering has been officially announced. As is customary, the girls are arranged by height, with the tallest girls placed in the middle, while the shortest ones get the first and the last number.

Here’s the official numbering:

Binibini 01: Julian Aurine Flores
Binibini 02: Mary Ainjely P. Manalo
Binibini 03: Joana Angelica M. Romero
Binibini 04: Parul Shah
Binibini 05: Hanna Mariz D. Dela Guerra
Binibini 06: Anabel Christine G. Tia
Binibini 07: Aiza Faeldonia
Binibini 08: Pia Alonzo Wurztbach
Binibini 09: Joy Antonette Diaz
Binibini 10: Shauna Indra Salina Curran

Binibini 11: Laura Victoria Lehmann
Binibini 12: Sarah Jireh C. Asido
Binibini 13: Kris Tiffany M. Janson
Binibini 14: Emma Mary F. Tiglao
Binibini 15: Kimverlyn Suiza
Binibini 16: Zahara Mae O. Soriano
Binibini 17: Diana B. Arevalo
Binibini 18: Ellore Noelle Punzalan
Binibini 19: Mae Liezel J. Ramos
Binibini 20: Kenneth Santiago

Binibini 21: Racquel D. Kabigting
Binibini 22: Mary Anne Bianca G. Guidotti
Binibini 23: Nichole Marie R. Manalo
Binibini 24: Ednornance Agustin
Binibini 25: Mary Jean Lastimosa
Binibini 26: Hanna Sheena L. Manuel
Binibini 27: Hannah Ruth Sison
Binibini 28: Carla Jenina Lizardo
Binibini 29: Krischelle DG. Halili
Binibini 30: Jeslyn Santos

Binibini 31: Angelique Celine L. De Leon
Binibini 32: Joy Marie Gangan
Binibini 33: Leonalyn D. Dela Cruz
Binibini 34: Gabrielle Erika Tilokani
Binibini 35: Yvethe Marie A. Santiago
Binibini 36: Krystal Alonday
Binibini 37: Vanessa N. Saliba
Binibini 38: Janine A. Asanion
Binibini 39: Ladylyn Riva
Binibini 40: Vessica L. Sambo

Some would say it’s just a number, but for avid pageant fans the official number might actually be a reference as to say who the “lucky ones” are. Here are some examples:

  • Two titleholders in the last decade were Binibini 8 during their respective pageants: Carlene Aguilar (Bb Pilipinas World 2005) and Nicole Schmitz (Bb Pilipinas International 2012).
  • Denille Lou Valmonte (Bb Pilipinas International 2006) and Anna Theresa Licaros (Bb Pilipinas Universe 2007) were Binibini 9 during their respective pageants.
  • Binibini 12 has been a lucky number for Bb Pilipinas International titleholders: 2003 – Joanna Marie Peñalosa (2000), Maricarl Tolosa (2001) and Jhezarie Javier (2003).
  • Binibini 17 is one of the most successful numbers: Katherine Manalo (Bb Pilipinas World 2002), Margaret Ann Bayot (Bb Pilipinas International 2004), Gionna Cabrera (Bb Pilipinas Universe 2005), Lia Andrea Ramos (Bb Pilipinas Universe 2006) and  Marie Ann Umali (Bb Pilipinas World 2009).

 

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
STUNNERS
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
SURPRISES
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
UNDERDOGS
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
UNDERWHELMING
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.

Bb Pilipinas 2014 candidates join Chinese New Year celebration in Cubao

Bb Pilipinas 2014 candidates pose for the cameras
Bb Pilipinas 2014 candidates pose for the cameras

The 40 official candidates of Bb Pilipinas 2014 were officially presented to the public last January 31 as part of the Chinese New Year activities at the Araneta Center, Cubao, Quezon City.

Your blogger wasn’t able to catch their first appearance at the Farmers Plaza Activity Center at 4pm. At 6pm, they were presented again at the Flavors Gateway Food Park. The event was capped by a grand fireworks display.

Here’s a short video I took earlier:

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Laura Lehman, Parul Shah, Mary Ann Bianca Guidotti and Janine Asanion
Laura Lehman, Parul Shah, Mary Ann Bianca Guidotti and Janine Asanion

UPDATED: Bb Pilipinas 2014 final screening set for Jan 23

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From 118 to 74 and now, 60.

Only 60 aspirants for Bb Pilipinas 2014 survived the third round of screening held this afternoon. Final screening is scheduled on Thursday, January 23, where this group will be narrowed down to 30 (or 40) official candidates.

Here are the names of the girls who made it (with check marks beside their names):

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Bb Pilipinas 2014 second screening: From 118 to 74

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The second screening of applicants for Bb Pilipinas took place this afternoon at the Araneta Center. From 118 applicants, the number of aspirants were reduced to 74.

Reports have it that all of the girls from Aces & Queens (20) and Kagandahang Flores (21) made it through the first cut. Blogger Norman Tinio also posted that 11 girls from Team JDV also made it. 

Final screening is scheduled tomorrow, as per Bb Pilipinas’ official Facebook page, where only 30 will make it as official candidates.

Who will they be? We’ll find out real soon.

Here are some pics from social media of the hopefuls as they arrive in Araneta Center.

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Kagandahang Flores’ top bets: Back with vengeance!

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Will the odds be on their favor this time around?

Pageant veteran Mary Jean Lastimosa was second runner-up in 2011. She was heavily touted to win the top crown buto nly made it as a semifinalist the following year. Her switch of camp (she’s formerly from Aces & Queens) raised many eyebrows in the online pageant world.

Hannah Ruth Sison went home empty-handed last year, while Parul Shah was lucky enough to be called in the Top 15.

They are all under Kagandahang Flores, the team behind the Philippines’ two recent Miss International winners Precious Lara Quigaman and Bea Rose Santiago.

Pageant enthusiasm

The Big Four winners of 2012 (Graphics by Drew)
The Big Four winners of 2012 (Graphics by Drew)

“Mention something about you that would surprise people.”

Without batting an eye, I said, “I’m a beauty pageant enthusiast.” The HR officer almost dropped his cup of coffee. The two other newbies were grinning. “Let’s just say I have an eye for beauty.”

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I can still vividly remember watching the telecast of Miss Universe 1999. The show was very festive, and I almost jumped off my seat when Philippines was called in the top 10. Miriam Quiambao almost made it, but she lost to Botswana’s Mpule Kwelagobe. But the most memorable moment was when Miriam tripped in her sky blue Halston evening gown during the preliminaries. She tripped her way to people’s hearts. Until now, she remains the best Filipina delegate in Miss Universe for me.

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I never missed a telecast of Miss Universe since 2007. It was heartbreaking to see the Philippines missing the cut until 2009. So it was totally expected that Filipinos would go crazy over Venus Raj’s top 5 finish in 2010. Of all the editions I’ve seen, 2010 remains the best in terms production value.

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My fondness for beauty pageants led me to Missosology, a forum dedicated to pageants. There, I interact with people from all over the globe who share the same passion. I regularly write threads about pageants and post them there. My dedication finally paid off last month when I was promoted to Pageant Expert status.

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To be honest, I was never a fan of Venus, Shamcey Suspsup and Janine Tugonon. Venus’ beauty isn’t my cup of tea. Shamcey was a diamond in the rough when she was crowned. Janine’s body was in bad shape when she rejoined Binibini this year. But what sets them apart from the rest is their determination to succeed. Venus fought for her crown against all odds. Shamcey worked hard to improve her styling. Janine hit the gym almost everyday to achieve her pageant ready body. That’s more commendable than having a flawless face.

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The first time I saw Janine was when she was crowned as Miss UST in 2010. Back then, she wasn’t my favorite, but she caught my heart because of her good answer to the final question. When she joined Binibini in 2011, I was among the minority who believed she has the goods to make it. Many thought she was too raw and ordinary, but I was right when she made it to the top 15and even ended up as 1st runner-up. I had second thoughts, though, when she decided to rejoin last year. Her body was obviously a disaster. However, I can’t deny that her styling had improved. Although I was rooting for MJ Lastimosa, I had Janine as my alternate for the crown. She was heavily bashed, but it seemed the bashing served as her inspiration to succeed. Look at her now. She’s just classy.

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I can’t give a concrete reason as to why I fancy beauty pageants. I like the thrill of predicting the outcomes, analyzing each girl’s potential and defending the relevance of pageants at this day and age. But one thing’s for sure, I appreciate a real beauty when I see one.