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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

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My Binibining Pilipinas 2013 Top 15 Final Hot Picks!

After some careful deliberation, looking at all the pictures and watching all of their videos, most importantly seeing them live in action (during their fashion show a while ago) – I finally was able to come up with the 15 girls whom I thought should advance to the semifinals and win the coveted 2013 Binibining Pilipinas crowns come Sunday night!

My Top 15 Final Hot Picks!

My Top 15 Final Hot Picks!

My Miss Universe Philippines 2013

Binibini 13 Charmaine Elima

Binibini 13 Charmaine Elima

CHARMAINE ELIMA (13)

Charmaine easily became a favorite the moment she submitted her application. This Cum Laude from Sienna College has been consistent all through out the competition. Her beauty won’t be ignored wherever in all of seven continents. Her universal appeal and calm demeanor catapult her on top of my list thus having the edge over 49 other girls. As I’ve said, it’s the MUP title or nothing for her.

My Binibining Pilipinas International 2013

Binibini 31 Maria Angelica De Leon

Binibini 31 Maria Angelica De Leon

MARIA ANGELICA DE LEON (31)

Maria Angelica or Mariel’s beauty is without question a unique one for a Filipina. This celebrity daughter may not be the cup of tea of everyone but her mere facial beauty could easily toppled most of the girls in the competition. Mariel would go on to win one of the crowns and that is with certainty – and by her own merit, of course!

My Binibining Pilipinas Tourism 2013

Binibini 19 Hannah Ruth Sison

Binibini 19 Hannah Ruth Sison

HANNAH RUTH SISON (20)

Hannah could easily win the Universe or the International sash had Maine and Mariel not entered this year’s competition. This title may not be the most prestigious one but winning one of the crowns, nonetheless is already a big honor.  Miss Sison is pure class and just smart enough to clinch one of the title, I believe. After she went down on my second to the last hot picks, my faith in her got revived believing that she’s after all a deserving queen for the golden edition!

My Binibining Pilipinas Supranational 2013

Binibini 39 Mutya Johanna Datul

Binibini 39 Mutya Johanna Datul

MUTYA JOHANNA DATUL  (39)

I figured Mutya with her perfect face and figure would go on to win the rights to represent the Philippines at the Miss Supranational where mere beauty and presence is what matters most. Mutya is perfect for that pageant because no pageant in the world would ignore such beauty!

MY SEMI-FINALISTS

5TH. RIA RABAJANTE (NO.1)

1 Ria Rabajante

6TH. BEA ROSE SANTIAGO (NO.20)

20 Bea Rose Santiago

7TH. PIA WURTZBACH (NO. 15)

15 Pia Wurtzbach

8TH. MARIA SOFIA GLORIA MUSTONEN (NO.5)

5 Maria Sofia Gloria Mustonen

9TH. PARUL SHAH (NO.33)

33 Parul Shah

10TH. AIYANA MIKIEWICZ (NO.47)

47 Aiyana Mikiewicz

11TH. ZANDRA FLORES (NO.3)

3 Zandra Flores

12TH. MERCE GRACE RACQUEL (NO.28)

28 Merce Grace Raquel

13TH. GRACE YANN APUAD ( 34)

34 Grace Yann Apuad

14TH. MERRY JOYCE RESPICIO (25)

25 Merry Joyce Respicio

15TH. CINDY MIRANDA (16)

16 Cindy Miranda

PICTURES COURTESY OF BB.PILIPINAS FB PAGE. NO COPYRIGHT INFRINGEMENT INTENDED.

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Binibining Pilipinas 2013 Best In National Costume!

Binibining Pilipinas 2013 Best In National Costume!

Designed by Abbog Ocampo, this lovely yellow princess cut Filipiniana was worn by Binibini 37 Ma. Teresita Alaine Baccay. This was the first award given prior to the pageant night! Congratulations to the designer and to Binibini 37 for the award!

photo courtesy of OMPB Worlwide Facebook Page.

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.

My Top 5 For Binibining Pilipinas 2013 Best In National Costume!

The Binibining Pilipinas 2013 had its Press Presentation last March 18 at the grand ballroom of the Makati Shangri-la Hotel where the girls also presented their National Costume where the best one would win an award come finals night on April 14. The girls opened the presentation wearing swimsuits in different prints and proceeded with the “NatCos” presentation.

Here are my five favorite costumes from the bunch of 50 lovely ladies!

Binibini No 38 Mariz Ong

Binibini No 38 Mariz Ong

I love the traditional yet modern flare of this costume. It’s like a mix of everything else but a Filipiniana dress which is what I love most  about it. She looked like a daughter of a certain Sultan! Bravo!

Binibini No 33 Parul Shah

Binibini No 33 Parul Shah

This Filipina-Indian goddess is looking oh-so-mighty fine wearing this Sarimanok-inspired Filipiniana! When we say ultra modern terno sleeve – Parul coined the definition!

Binibini No 3 Zandra Florez

Binibini No 3 Zandra Florez

At last year’s Miss Philippines Earth, Zandra rocked a similar national costume and eventually won the award.  I can totally see her winning the same award this year for this year’s edition of the Binibining Pilipinas! The stunning “flowery” details of her terno top  infused with religious symbolism are just  beyond!

Binibini No 45 Imelda Schweighart

Binibini No 45 Imelda Schweighart

What I probably loved about what Imee’s wearing are the leggings! Now, that’s a cool Filipiniana dress! Color matching the 50th anniversary of the pageant, Imee carried this with ease and confidence!

Binibini No 47 Aiyana Mickiewicz

Binibini No 47 Aiyana Mickiewicz

This is sophistication at its best! This could even pass for an evening gown in an international pageant! I love the pearl details on the sleeves and the bodice! Matching the dress with an Imeldific hair is perfection! Plus, the lower part is a welcome twist for it gives the wearer something to play on! Aj werked this to high heavens!

So who do you think will win the National Costume award? To see the rest of the costumes click HERE

pictures via Binibining Pilipinas Official Page

Meet Binibining Pilipinas 2013 No.50 Ma. Christina Ann Pascual

Binibini No 50 Ma Christina Ann Pascual

Binibini No 50 Ma Christina Ann Pascual

This 21 year old beauty from Taytay,Rizal was said to have a  resemblance to the late Binibining Pilipinas International 2009 Melody Gersbach. Do you agree folks?

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

Meet Binibining Pilipinas 2013 No.49 Herlie Kim Artugue

Binibini No 49 Herlie Kim Artugue

Binibini No 49 Herlie Kim Artugue

Herlie is a 22 year old “mood artist” from Cebu City.

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

Meet Binibining Pilipinas 2013 No.48 Angeli Dione Gomez

Binibini No 48 Angeli Dione Gomez

Binibini No 48 Angeli Dione Gomez

Ange is 19 years old from Cebu who’s into flow arts like poi, hoops and contact juggling.

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

 

Meet Binibining Pilipinas 2013 No.47 Aiyana Mickiewicz

Binibini No 47 Aiyana Mikiewicz

Binibini No 47 Aiyana Mikiewicz

Aiyana is 23 years old from La Union. She attended the St Louis University in Baguio.

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