Bb Pilipinas 2014 Parade of Beauties: Who stood out?

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

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.

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

 

 

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Philippine Senate honors Bb Pilipinas Gold queens

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The Senate has adopted resolutions commending Bb Pilipinas Gold queens Ariella Arida and Bea Rose Santiago for their victories in their respective international beauty pageants last year.

Arida finished 3rd runner-up in Miss Universe 2013 held in Moscow, Russia. Meanwhile, Santiago brought home the Philippines’ 5th Miss International crown after winning in Tokyo, Japan.

In her Instagram account, Arida thanked the Senate for the recognization, adding that it is “the best gift ever.”

Last month, the Bb Pilipinas Gold queens were also commended by the House of Representatives yesterday for their achievements in their respective pageants. Arida was also cited for providing “hope and inspiration to the Filipino amidst a time of tragedy.” She competed in Miss Universe a day after the country was hit by Super Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan).

Good job, Bb Pilipinas Gold batch! Thank you for bringing honor to the country. 🙂

The girls set the stage on fire: Bb Pilipinas 2014 press presentation

Clad in colorful swimsuits, the 40 official candidates of Binibining Pilipinas 2014 were formally presented to the members of the press, sponsors and other guests this afternoon, February 19 in the plush Sofitel Philippine Plaza.

The girls showed off their best form in the hopes of being catapulted as favorites and frontrunners in what could be the toughest edition of Binibini yet. This year’s roster of candidates is composed of repeaters including former runners-up, models, students and professionals all vying for the chance to wear the Philippine sash in the international pageant arena.

Former titlists Venus Raj (Miss Universe 2010 4th runner-up), Shamcey Supsup (Miss Universe 2011 3rd runner-up), Precious Lara Quigaman (Miss International 2005), Ariella Arida (Miss Universe 2013 3rd runner-up), Joanna Cindy Miranda (Bb Pilipinas Tourism 2013) and Mutya Johanna Datul (Miss Supranational 2013) graced the event.

Coronation night is on March 30. Reigning Miss Universe Gabriela Isler of Venezuela will assist in crowning the new winner.

Watch the opening number here:

Bb Pilipinas 2014: Miss Universe 2013 Molly Isler to sit as judge

Miss_Universe_IslerMiss Universe 2013 Gabriela Isler of Venezuela will sit as one of the judges of this year’s Binibining Pilipinas pageant and will assist in crowning the new set of winners.

In a press statement, the  Bb Pilipinas Charities Inc said: “Gabriela will also be coming to the country to help the ongoing relief and rebuild efforts in the provinces devastated by Typhoon Yolanda through the Miss Universe Fund.” Isler will be joined by Miss Universe Organization president Paula Shugart.

Forty beautiful women will be vying for the most coveted crowns in the country during the coronation night to be held on March 30 at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

Last year’s Bb Pilipinas winners is considered as the most successful after all four titleholders placed in their respective international pageants. Bea Rose Santiago was crowned Miss International 2013 in Japan while Mutya Johanna Datul became the first Asian Miss Supranationa after winning the pageant in Belarus. Ariella Arida finished third runner-up in Miss Universe pageant held in Moscow, Russia while Cindy Miranda made it in the Top 10 of Miss Tourism Queen International in China.

 

Bb Pilipinas 2014 ‘super’ final screening on Saturday — or worse Monday

2010 Miss Universe 4th Runner-up Venus Raj takes a selfie with the 2014 Bb. Pilipinas hopefuls at Gloria Maris Banquet Hall, Gateway Mall.  Photo from Bb Pilipinas Official Facebook page
2010 Miss Universe 4th Runner-up Venus Raj takes a selfie with the 2014 Bb. Pilipinas hopefuls at Gloria Maris Banquet Hall, Gateway Mall. Photo from Bb Pilipinas Official Facebook page

It’s Saturday (January 25) or Monday (January 27) for the announcement of the lucky 30 (or 40) girls who will vie for the Binibining Pilipinas crowns.

The official candidates were supposed to be named yesterday, January 23, but the screening committee reportedly decided to postpone the announcement to give time to several girls to complete their requirements.

In the first place, the BCPI should not have accepted incomplete requirements. The deadline for submission has been extended (from Dec 30 to Jan 15) so that must’ve been long enough for the girls to complete their documents. Second, the BPCI should have also scrutinized the applications first before starting with the screenings.

But as pageant fans, we have no other choice but to wait for that “final” final screening and the announcement of the official candidates. After all, it is better to have a slow but sure process, instead of disqualifying (or worse, dethroning) a girl for any problems with her documents.

House of Representatives honors Bb Pilipinas 2013 queens

Mutya Datul, Bea Santiago and Ariella Arida at the Batasang Pambansa. Photo by Llanesca Panti (@llanescawrites)
Mutya Datul, Bea Santiago and Ariella Arida at the Batasang Pambansa. Photo by Llanesca Panti (@llanescawrites)

Miss International 2013 Bea Rose Santiago, Miss Supranational 2013 Mutya Johanna Datul and Miss Universe 2013 third runner-up Ariella Arida were commended by the House of Representatives yesterday for their achievements in their respective pageants.

Santiago won for the Philippines its fifth Miss International crown last December, while Datul was the first Asian to bag the Miss Supranational crown last September.

Arida was cited for providing “hope and inspiration to the Filipino amidst a time of tragedy.” She competed in Miss Universe a day after the country was hit by Super Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan).

A copy of the resolution posted by Ariella Arida on Instagram (@araarida)
A copy of the resolution posted by Ariella Arida on Instagram (@araarida)

Catch Ariella Arida, Mutya Datul and Bea Rose Santiago on ASAP 19!

From G-Force member Ray-an Manglo's Instagram account posted Jan 4: "World class beauties + world class entertainment= asap19"
From G-Force member Ray-an Manglo’s Instagram account posted Jan 4: “World class beauties + world class entertainment= asap19”

Catch the Bb Pilipinas 2013 beauties on musical-variety show ASAP 19’s first episode for 2014 tomorrow, January 5 at 12:15pm on ABS-CBN.

“Be mesmerized with the remarkable and unique beauty and talent of Filipinos in the astonishing production number of Miss Universe 2013 3rd runner up Ariella Arida, Miss Supranational 2013 Mutya Datul, and Miss International 2013 Bea Rose Santiago.”

The Philippines’ DEFINING MOMENTS in 2013 Pageants

SCENES of disaster were associated with the Philippines in 2013 as the nation experienced a big earthquake and a deadly super typhoon. The victories of Filipinos in the international arena provided the silver lining during these trying times. As we hope for a better New Year, here’s a countdown to six of the Philippines’ glorious moments in 2013 beauty pageants.

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The Philippines had a successful year in 2012 pageants with placements in all of the Big Four pageants. But Rizzini Alexis Gomez capped what was then thought as a “glorious” year by winning the 2012/2013 Miss Tourism International title on the eve of 2013. Who would have thought that last-minute win was a sign of things to come for a historic year for the Philippines in the beauty pageant scene? The Philippines has been winning pageants left and right the whole year. What a better way to end the banner year for the country than to win another crown? Angeli Dione Gomez, another Cebuana, scored a back-to-back win for the Philippines in Miss Tourism International, held on New Year’s Eve.

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The Philippine beauty pageant season kicked off early this year with Bb Pilipinas Gold, which marks the 50th year of the most prestigious pageant in the country. I was blessed to have witnessed this momentous event in person. It was a magical night, needless to say, nostalgic after seeing some 70 past title-holders in walk on the red carpet one by one all glammed up and their top form. The production is undoubtedly one of the best staging of Bb Pilipinas in recent history. And what a better way to cap the celebration was to crown what pageant observers deemed as “one of the strongest set of Bb Pilipinas winners in years”.


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Male pageants has always been a waterloo for the Philippines, but this changed in 2012 when model June Macasaet won Manhunt International and athlete and once-controversial celebrity Andrew Wolf finished second in Mr World. Their wins gave a boost to the male pageant industry in the Philippines, with the launch of Mister International Philippines and a more rigorous search for the next Manhunt Philippines. The Philippines road to male pageant glory didn’t stop there, as former cager Gil Wagas finished fourth runner-up in Mr International 2013 held in Indonesia. Some would say it was his towering height, good physique and winsome smile that gave him an advantage over the rest, but in one of his interviews after the pageant, Wagas said his secret weapon was his “faith in God”.

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The country didn’t run out of placements this year. Aside from the semifinals placements of Cindy Miranda (Top 10) and Angelee delos Reyes (Top 8 ) in Miss Tourism Queen International and Miss Earth pageants, respectively, the country also scored three third runners-up finishes.

Ariella Arida had big shoes to fill following the Philippines’ three consecutive placements in the top five and Janine Tugonon’s first runner-up finish in Miss Universe the previous year. She was bashed to death, many thought she can’t keep the momentum going. But she shut them naysayers when she made it to the Top 16 via fan votes and easily breezed through the competition, finishing third runner-up.

Annalie Forbes, Bb Pilipinas 2012 second runner-up, also finished third runner-up in the inaugural Miss Grand International in Bangkok, Thailand. Proving that the Philippines is a force majeure in beauty pageants, Forbes made it in the Top 10 of the National Costume and Top 20 of the Swimsuit competition held prior to the finals slated on November 19. Koreen Medina, who won the top plum in Mutya ng Pilipinas, followed with another third runner-up finish at Miss Intercontinental, held in Germany. It was the highest the Philippines has ever achieved in the pageant since 1995, when Maria Sovietskaya Bacud finished second runner-up.

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The best way to set the stage for the Philippines record-breaking feat this year is with a crown! Mutya Johanna Datul indeed took Belarus by storm after winning the Miss Supranational crown early September. She is the first Filipina to win in the pageant. She had a rough start: she missed her connecting flight to Moscow on her way to Belarus, she had those breakouts and lousy styling. Despite that her winsome smile and positive aura shone through, as affirmed by her Miss Personality award. But many didn’t lose hope. “She’s very genuine on stage, you can see it. Her innate charm just radiates, and you can tell she’s being true to herself,” said Bb Pilipinas runner-up Pia Wurtzbach in an Inquirer report. Indeed, showing the real her was the key to winning the crown. Recounting her closed-door interview with the judges, she said: “I first introduced myself in Russian, and then I said ‘I will go straight (to the point). I want to become Miss Supranational because this is my ultimate dream. I want to become an ambassador, a good example and an inspiration to many’.”

For Bea Rose Santiago, keeping the faith helped her win the Miss International crown. “Miss Japan told me, ‘You’re funny. Every time you go up and leave the stage, you pray.’ I told her that is my source of power,” she was quited as saying in an Inquirer report. “Even the Latina—they are all Catholics—I gathered them all and we formed a prayer circle. I speak English so I pray aloud. Prayer is a lot powerful if you do it together.” Santiago is no stranger to pageants. She was crowned Mutya ng Pilipinas Overseas Communities in 2012 and went on to place in Miss Tourism Queen International of the Year. This experience surely helped her ace Bb Pilipinas and Miss International. Aside from that, Santiago was glowing on stage and her sincere and heartfelt speech surely sealed the deal for her.

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The supreme moment for the Philippines in 2013 pageants is Megan Young’s victory in Miss World. What was once a dream for Filipino pageant fans to see the actress-TV host compete in a major international pageant finally came true. Despite having only two weeks to prepare, Megan was ready for battle and was well-received by pageant enthusiasts around the globe. Different pageant sites named her as one of the girls to beat. Pageant guru Ines Ligron even tagged her as “one of the best Miss Philippines ever”. True enough, her performance proved she is the best delegate the country has ever sent in Miss World. She aced the Top Model challenge. She was fifth in Beach Fashion and was fourth in Multimedia. She also ranked second in the official Miss World poll. No wonder she topped the overall leaderboards, making her one of the Top 10 finalists during the finale. When asked why she should be Miss World, Young said “I treasure a core value of humanity and that guides people why they act the way they do. I will use this to show other people how they can understand each other … as one, we can help society.” The rest, as they say, is history. The Philippines bagged the elusive Miss World crown. But what really gave (and still gives the chills) was when Megan Young spoke in her native tongue , teary-eyed, when asked what she feels as the new Miss World: “Salamat sa mga kababayan ko. Mahal na mahal ko kayo.” One would feel the victory wasn’t only Megan’s; it was a victory for the Philippines. PageantFocus

This article first appeared on Missosology.

Best birthday gift!

My friends know I’m a pageant fan. I always tell them stories about pageants and my favorite beauty queens. It seems one of them knew what would make me really happy on my natal day.

I was realy surprised to see this video on my Instagram and FB feeds: a video greeting from no less than Miss Supranational 2013 Mutya Johanna Datul.

Definitely the best birthday gift!

Thanks, Mutya and to my friend Cheenee for this! https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=10202180989512486&set=vb.1421562669&type=2&theater

Miss Supranational 2013 is PHILIPPINES, Mutya Datul!

Mutya Datul of the PHILIPPINES, Miss Supranational 2013
Mutya Datul of the PHILIPPINES, Miss Supranational 2013

Mutya Datul of the Philippines was crowned Miss Supranational 2013 in Minsk, Belarus tonight, besting 82 other gorgeous ladies from all over the world. She is the first Filipina and Asian to win the title.

Completing the top five are the following:

  • 1st RUNNER UP: Mexico, Jacqueline Morales
  • 2nd RUNNER UP: Turkey, Leyla Köse
  • 3rd RUNNER UP: Indonesia, Cok Istri Krisnanda Widani
  • 4th RUNNER UP: US Virgin Islands, Esonica Veira

Competing the top 20 are:

  • Venezuela – Annie Fuenmayor
  • Puerto Rico – Desirée Del Rio
  • Australia – Esma Voloder
  • Poland – Angelika Ogryzek
  • Gabon – Hillary Ondo
  • Canada – Suzette Hernandez
  • Thailand – Thanyaporn Srisen
  • Luxembourg – Heloise Paulmier
  • India – Vijaya Sharma
  • Myanmar – Khin Wint Wah
  • Belarus – Veronika Chachina
  • Russia – Yana Dubnik
  • Latvia – Diana Kubasova
  • Brazil – Raquel Benetti
  • Ukraine – Kateryna Sandulova
Winners all! Miss Supranational 2013 Top 5 (first row) and continental queens (second row). Photo by Milton Mieloch

Continental Queens:

  • Miss Asia and Oceania: Australia
  • Miss America: Brazil
  • Miss Europe: Belarus
  • Miss Africa: Gabon

Special Awardees:

  • Miss Internet: Myanmar
  • Miss National Dress: Nicaragua
  • Miss Talent: Malaysia
  • Miss Friendship: Macau
  • Miss Personality: Philippines
  • Miss Elegance: Sweden
  • Miss Top Model:- Moldova
  • Miss Photogenic:- Puerto Rico

Watch the crowning moment here: