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In Photos: The Binibining Pilipinas 2014 Winners First Press Conference!

Yesterday, I had the opportunity to see up-close the newly crowned Binibining Pilipinas queens as they were presented to the press people at the Balay, Araneta Center. I could say that this batch is truly something from the runners-up to each and every crowned winner. They all have their own aura that set each other apart. The event was also attended by the Queens of 2013 who gave their message of support and encouragement to the new title holders.

I wasn’t able to ask any questions because they mainly focused on the bigger media peeps. So let me just share with you some of the pictures I took from yesterday’s event.

Mary Jean "MJ" Lastimosa, Miss Universe Philippines 2014 lookig like a goddess!

Mary Jean “MJ” Lastimosa, Miss Universe Philippines 2014 lookig like a goddess!

from L-R: Yvethe Santiago - Bb.Pilipinas - Supranationa, Kris Tiffany Janson - Bb.Pilipinas - Intercontinental, Mary Anne Bianca Guidotti, Bb.Pilipinas - International and Parul Shah, Bb.Pilipinas-Tourism

from L-R: Yvethe Santiago – Bb.Pilipinas – Supranationa, Kris Tiffany Janson – Bb.Pilipinas – Intercontinental, Mary Anne Bianca Guidotti, Bb.Pilipinas – International and Parul Shah, Bb.Pilipinas-Tourism

Here are the 2013 queens giving out their message of support and encouragement.

Here are the 2013 queens giving out their message of support and encouragement.

The 2014 Queens With reigning Miss International Bea Santiago and Miss Supranational Mutya Datul

The 2014 Queens With reigning Miss International Bea Santiago and Miss Supranational Mutya Datul

A The Queens With Bea And Mutya

I've seen second runner up Hannah Ruth Sison  several times now and I now wished that she style herself like this! What a beauty!

I’ve seen second runner up Hannah Ruth Sison several times now and I now wished that she style herself like this! What a beauty!

Yours truly with Miss International 2013 Bea Rose Santiago

Yours truly with Miss International 2013 Bea Rose Santiago

With Bb.Pilipinas Universe 1985 Joyce Burton and top pageant blogger Norman Tinio

With Bb.Pilipinas Universe 1985 Joyce Burton and top pageant blogger Norman Tinio

Ms. Joyce Burton is the beauty queen cum blogger behind Adventures Of A Beauty Queen while Norman Tinio’s the pageant guru running Norman’s Blog! #IFeelSoLucky

speaking of Guru, here with me now is none other than the "creme of the crop," "utmost" beauty queen maker - Mr. Rodgil Flores of Kagandahang Flores!!!!

speaking of Guru, here with me now is none other than the “creme of the crop,” “utmost” beauty queen maker – Mr. Rodgil Flores of Kagandahang Flores!!!!

The Kagandahang Flores Queens with their mentor Mr. Rodgil Flores

The Kagandahang Flores Queens with their mentor Mr. Rodgil Flores

girls: is it over yet? nope darlings, it's just starting! lol

girls: is it over yet? nope darlings, it’s just starting! lol

With the TV Press

With the TV Press

snippets: Ara Arida and Mutya Datul

snippets: Ara Arida and Mutya Datul

sidenotes: Mutya Datul signing autograph and her fascinating crown!

sidenotes: Mutya Datul signing autograph and her fascinating crown!

I have a feeling that this batch will even be more successful than their predecessor! Goodluck girls! Mabuhay kayong lahat!

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The Search Is On For The 2014 Binibining Pilipinas!

BBP 2014 is on

In the midst of Bea Santiago’s campaign in Japan to grab the fifth Miss International crown for the Philippines, the Binibining Pilipinas Organization just announced today the start of their search for next year’s Binibining Pilipinas queens. This year’s edition has been highly successful so far after the win of Mutya Datul in Miss Supranational, the semifinals inclusion of Cindy Miranda in Miss Tourism-International and the third runner-up finish of Ariella Arida in Miss Universe with Bea Santiago touted by pageant experts to place considerably well on next week’s Miss International finals.

If you think you’ve got what it takes to be the next Philippine rep in any of these pageants, then it’s your chance to be part of the elite group of Binibining Pilipinas queens and submit your application ASAP!

To Miss Supranational 2013 Mutya Datul – Thank You!

Mutya Johanna Datul, Miss Supranational 2013

Mutya Johanna Datul, Miss Supranational 2013

Her life’s an inspiration to everyone. She is the real epitome of DETERMINATION and the definition of BEAUTY WITHIN. Thank you Mutya!

Miss Philippines Mutya Datul is Miss Supranational 2013!!!

Mutya Crowning Moment

I knew it! I said it before and I’m saying it now. Mutya is just the perfect representative of our country to the Miss Supranational and she didn’t disappoint! Mutya went on to win the first crown for the Philippines and Asia for the matter in this very young pageant – charming the people and the judges in Minsk, Belarus last night to win the crown! I’m just so proud of this girl.

Mutya Called As Winner

You are truly blessed Mutya and may this be the start of everything you’ve ever dreamed of. The Philippines is so proud of you!

Mutya

Mutya Datul’s Quest For Miss Supranational 2013!

Mutya Datulphotos c/o Raymond Saldana.

This uber-lovely and humble beauty queen from Isabela province is off to Belarus to compete for this year’s Miss Supranational 2013. Mutya is all set and ready to conquer Europe as she’s aiming to win the very first crown for the country in the said pageant. Last year, 2011 Bb. Pilipinas 1st runner up Elaine Kay Moll clinched the 4th position which is the highest placement of the Philippines in the four year history of Miss Supranational.

Mutya, touted as one of the pre-arrival favorites of pageant fans around the world will also be doing a first in Philippine pageantry – she’ll be using an interpreter. This I think is a good move from Binibining Pilipinas Organization because this could really help Mutya whose only Achilles Heel is speaking in English, other than that – the girl has everything set up for her to win the crown! Quoting Janine Tugonon’s answer last year, “It’s not about knowing how to speak a specific language…”

So here’s to Mutya’s journey to the first crown for the Philippines in Miss Supranational 2013 which will be held in Minsk, Belarus on September 6! Git’ it girl!

Binibining Pilipinas 2013 – Its Golden Winners, History And Random Thoughts

It was aptly dubbed as the Binibining Pilipinas Gold as the pageant celebrates its 50th edition this year. With the finals night concluding last Sunday, the set of winners were announced with a unanimous approval from pageant fans and the likes.

Ara Arida MUP

24 year-old Laguna native Ariella “Ara” Arida was hailed victorious in white as she was crowned Miss Universe Philippines. I actually didn’t expect her to win the title because she played it under the radar for me.  I thought it was the highly favored candidates like Charmaine Elima or Maria Angelica De Leon would be winning the crown prior to the pageant night. Lo and behold, Arida stepped it up big time and sailed through the pageant night like she was really supposed to be there. She was hailed as the best in swimsuit which easily catapult her to the semis (being called first) and she totally nailed the question and answer thus giving her the Miss Universe Philippines crown. A totally deserved win!

Bea Rose Santiago International

Bea Rose Santiago’s win was expected. When she glided into that stage that night – I was just waiting for the results and see her head with a crown. After the question and answer, I thought she would end up winning the Miss Universe Philippines title. I was happy though that she bagged the Binibining Pilipinas International title. I have a feeling that she will  be the country’s 5th Miss International winner! The girl has got it all  – beauty, body and brains!

Cindy Miranda BBP Tourism

Joanna Cindy Miranda was one of the  crowd’s favorite that night. She was a sight to behold in pink! She was a steady player last Sunday, did good in swimsuit and evening gown round and gave a fairly good answer during the question and answer portion when she said the one word that describe her is “UNSTOPPABLE.” She was indeed unstoppable that night. Congrats Cindy for winning the Binibining Pilipinas- Tourism!

Mutya Datul BBPSupra

Mutya! Oh Mutya! Where did you get those lovely eyes? I predicted her to win the Binibining Pilipinas Supranational and she did! Mutya was the face of the evening! Her pasarela was perfect and she glided through that stage in swimsuit and evening gown with ease! I thought she would also win the swimsuit category along with the best in evening gown award! She was truly a “Mutya” that night! Her answer during the Q&A was decent. She made an effort to answer the question in English (which she isn’t comfortable at all) and she didn’t falter anywhere in that answer! It was short but precise. Yes, her accent may be a little funny but she was a natural! We all know that it’s her weakness but she didn’t show it and she made it all the way to win one of the crowns! I initially thought that they would give her the MUP title but I am now thinking that the judges made the right decision because she could REALLY WIN the first Miss Supranational for the country – it maybe a minor pageant but it’s growing!

Pia Wurtzbach Runner Up

Lastly is the lone runner-up of this edition, Pia Wurtzbach. This feisty lady was touted to win either the Universe or International title but the other four are just stronger. The good thing about her winning runner up is that she could comeback next year until she turned 26.

Rounding up the Top 15 are (in order) #45 Imelda Schweighart, #34 Grace Yann Apuad, #13 Charmaine Elima, #43 Rhea Nakpil, #46 Amanda Navasero, #22 Ellore Noelle Punzalan, #12 Camille Carla Nazar #31 Maria Angelica De Leon, #25 Merry Joyce Respicio #33 Parul Shah.

 Special Awards

Ms Friendship – #21 Lourenz Grace Remetillo
Ms Talent – #10 Anna Carmina Antonio
Nat Costume – #37 Maria Teresita Alaine Baccay
Ms Manila Bulletin – #22 Ellore Noelle Punzalan
Ms Petron – #16 Joanna Cindy Miranda
Ms Photogenic – #39 Mutya Johanna Datul
Ms Creamsilk – #16 Joanna CindyMiranda
Ms San Mig Sexy Body – #15 Pia Wurtzbach
Ms Avon – #20 Bea Rose Santiago
Ms PAL – #4 Nicole Kim Donesa
Ms PAGCOR – #45 Imelda Schweighart
Best In Swimsuit – #41 Ariella Arida
Best In Evening Gown – #39 Mutya Johanna Datul

Martin Nievera and Dawn Zulueta were the main host of the evening and previous queens Shamcey Supsup and Venus Raj are their co-hosts! It was overall a great show! I LOVED the first part when atleast 60 of the past pageant’s queens came together for the very first time on one stage and of course, the tribute to the National Director and owner of Binibining Pilipinas Madam Stella Marquez Araneta was really oh-so-touching! It was the first time that she went center stage in the 50 years of the pageant! Last Sunday was truly historical – that golden age of Binibining Pilipinas!!!

pictures are courtesy of Binibining Pilipinas magazine sold during the pageant night. Below are pictures of Maria Venus Raj and Janine Tugonon posing fiercely for the magazine!

BBP Magazine

Janine Tugonon (Miss Universe 2012 first runner-up) and Maria Venus Raj (Miss Universe 2010 4th runner up)

Janine Tugonon (Miss Universe 2012 first runner-up) and Maria Venus Raj (Miss Universe 2010 4th runner up)

The original "Emotera Queen"

The original “Emotera Queen”

JT and Venus in TRICOLOR

Janine Tugonon

JT and Venus in White

My Binibining Pilipinas 2013 Top 15 Second Hot Picks!

From my initial Hot Picks – a couple of girls went up and went down on the list,  and some were kicked out  with other girls taking their places.

Ria Rabajante who placed 15th last week didn’t make it on my second to the last HOT PICKS along with Shamcey Supsup deadringer Angel Villafuerte who’s comfortably placed at ninth last week. So here are my second Hot Picks – a week before I post my final prediction.

Binibini 13 Charmaine Elima's still holding on to the top spot! Is she really THE ONE?

Binibini 13 Charmaine Elima’s still holding on to the top spot! Is she really THE ONE?

Charmaine is continuosly dominating the competition. This Filipina Barbie‘s consistency came from her local pageant experiences and it shows in everything she does within the competition. She is THE ONE at this stage to snatch the Miss Universe – Philippines and the crown is her’s to lose.

Binibini 31 Maria Angelica De Leon has arrived!

Binibini 31 Maria Angelica De Leon has arrived!

Maria Angelica De Leon or Mariel is the biggest threat to Charmaine and a SERIOUS THREAT for that matter. From just a celebrity daughter when she first submitted her application to a supergoddess today – her transformation is nothing short of spectacular.

Binibini 39 Mutya Datul PERFECTION Personified!

Binibini 39 Mutya Datul PERFECTION Personified!

Mutya is a perrenial Top 5 favorites of pageant afficionados and the likes. You cannot ignore this kind of beauty. Her weakness maybe speaking in English but whoever said that you cannot win a crown by speaking the vernacular??! Mutya can do a Czarina Gatbonton come finals night and she may even win the most coveted crown.

4564th – Pia Wurtzbach
5th – Merry Joyce Respicio
6th – Hannah Sison

Pia went up from number eight to number 4 and that is because she truly stepped up this week. Merry Joyce’ consistency maybe a foreshadowing of her place come finals night and I’m still hoping the best for her. Hannah was second last week but her armor suddenly got weak! She needs to step it up for the last week leading up to the finals to seal her destiny to one of the crowns.

7897th – Bea Rose Santiago
8th – Joana Cindy Miranda
9th –  Parul Shah

Bea just went down a notch but she’s still a sure placer for me. Cindy on the other hand went from number 14 to top 8 and that is saying something. She may not be a favorite to win the Miss Universe Philippines but Cindy could easily snatch the other crowns from the front-runners! Parul who placed 10 last week is at number 9 now and I’m not sure what to make of her at this time – it seems like she’s losing her steam! This girl is Minorka Mercado V2 and she must use that advantage!

10111210th – Merce Grace Racquel
11th – Christina Love Paula Bernasor
12th – Anna Fernandina Buquid

I took notice of Merce when I read about her bio and watched some of her videos. This girl has got potentials! She may even be the dark horse of this competition so the girls should really watch out for her. Paula Bernasor on the other hand is up from 13th to 11th. She is my sentimental favorite you guys and I’m just really a fan of her beauty. I’ve a feeling as well that she’d make it in the semis! Anna Fernandina Buquid’s been hyped since she applied and she’s worth the hype if I may say. It’s just too bad that she’s too raw for this pageant! But hey, she may surprise us next Sunday though.

13141513th – Maria Sofia Gloria Mustonen
14th – Cassandra Naidas
15th  – Vania Valiry Vispo

Sofia’s mesmerizing facial beauty is undeniable that is why she’s part of this list. You cannot also ignore the unique look of Cassy Naidas. And lastly, Valiry Vispo’s enigmatica aura was placed on my Top 20 last week and I’m glad that she stepped it up this week completing my Top 15 second hot picks!

Any comments or violent reactions? Haha. Who are you top bets to win the coveted Binibining Pilipinas crowns?

photo credits to Raymond Saldana and Owen Reyes and Official Binibining Pilipinas FB Page. No copyright infringement intended.

My Binibining Pilipinas 2013 Top 15 First Hot Picks!

As the finals night of the Golden Anniversary of the Binibining Pilipinas beauty pageant is fast approaching, predictions are bubbling all over on who will be wearing the three crowns (official as of now) come April 14.  There are 50 lovely ladies who are fighting to the finish to wear any of the crowns for the right to represent the Philippines in the international beauty arena.  With that being said, may I present my Top 15 hot picks at this stage of the competition. This may still change as we approached the finals or after the preliminary but we’ll see…

Binibini 13 Charmaine Elima

Binibini 13 Charmaine Elima

Charmaine Elima or Maine so far is the most consistent girl in the pageant. She’s got all the goods goin’ for her. The looks, the body and that oh-so-universal appeal. She just need to maintain her pageant stamina to keep the top spot from the other girls. It’s either the Universe or nothing for her.

Binibini 19 Hannah Ruth Sison

Binibini 19 Hannah Ruth Sison

At first, I didn’t notice Hannah but she suddenly became one of  “the one to watch out for” girls by continuously improving towards the big night  and girl’ is doing it at the right time if I may say.

Binibini 31 Maria Angelica De Leon

Binibini 31 Maria Angelica De Leon

Mariel’s look may not be your typical beauty queen look but she’s got an elegant and unconventional beauty that I feel would hit overseas. I’m betting on her to win the International title (at this stage) but let’s see if Christopher de Leon’s daughter could pull an upset come finals night.

4. Mutya Datul, 5. Merry Joyce Respicio 6. Bea Rose Santiago

4. Mutya Datul, 5. Merry Joyce Respicio 6. Bea Rose Santiago

Binibini 39 – Mutya Datul
Binibini 25 – Merry Joyce Respicio
Binibini 20 – Bea Rose Santiago

7. Maria Gloria Mustonen, 8. Pia Wurtzbach, 9. Angel May Villafuerte

7. Maria Gloria Mustonen, 8. Pia Wurtzbach, 9. Angel May Villafuerte

Binibini 5 – Maria Gloria Mustonen
Binibini 15 – Pia Wurtzbach
Binibini 36 – Angel May Villafuerte

10. Parul Shah, 11. Cassandra Naidas, 12. Anna Fernandina Buquid

10. Parul Shah, 11. Cassandra Naidas, 12. Anna Fernandina Buquid

Binibini 33 – Parul Shah
Binibini 24 – Cassandra Naidas
Binibini 26 – Anna Fernandina Buquid

13. Christina Paula Love Bernasor, 14. Joana Cindy Miranda 15. Ria Rabajante

13. Christina Paula Love Bernasor, 14. Joana Cindy Miranda 15. Ria Rabajante

Binibini 18 – Christina Paula Love Bernasor
Binibini 16 – Joana Cindy Miranda
Binibini 1  – Ria Rabajante

What about you guys? Who are your 15 Hot picks?  Watch out for my second hot picks to see if there would be any changes – that is a week before the finals!!! Yay!

photo credits to Raymond Saldana and Owen Reyes and Official Binibining Pilipinas FB Page. No copyright infringement intended.

Meet Binibining Pilipinas 2013 No.39 Mutya Datul

Binibini No 39 Mutya Datul

Binibini No 39 Mutya Datul

Mutya is another lovely gal who hailed from Isabela. This 20 year old was raised at a remote place in the said province.

photo courtesy of Bb.Pilipinas Official FB Page
photographer: Bruce Cassanova