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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!

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!

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 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

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