In every competition, there is what we call a frontrunner. It’s either a single individual or a group that is touted to win it all. But with frontrunners, winning isn’t always the case. Take for instance the classic case of Ruffa Gutierrez who’s a favorite to win the Binibining Pilipinas Universe title but ended up as the Binibining Pilipinas World after Dindi Gallardo was adjudged the winner. Ruffa’s case isn’t that bad though because she still won one of the crowns and got to represent the Philippines in Miss World winning second runner up in Johannesburg in the process. Just last year, the frontrunners Charmaine Elima and Maria Angelica De Leon were touted to go home with crowns in their pretty heads, lo and behold – both of them went empty-handed. For this year’s Binibining Pilipinas, we easily catapulted some of the girls to frontrunners position thus leaving them open for more criticism and most of the time, malicious bashing. So without further ado, let me present to to you this year’s touted frontrunners for the four crowns up for grabs this edition.
These are the six considered frontunners based on the hype, connections, background or whatever you wanna call it. They have it.
Binibini No.35 Yvethe Marie Santiago was said to be the one to beat.
Yvethe won the Miss Bicolandia title in 2012 and was also a cum laude in College. Now this sounds like Venus Raj’s background right? And wait, she’s also 5’9″ like Kween V. So no need for a lengthy explanation, the girl is said to be THE ONE TO BEAT by many forums and pageant sites.
Binibini No. 22 Mary Anne Bianca G. Guidotti
Bianca Guidotti isn’t a frontrunner for nothing. This 5’10” stunner is fluent in Tagalog, English and Portuguese having spent her childhood in Brazil and is one of the tallest in this year’s batch. If the girl can talk like her educational background, then she’s in it!
the lone runner up from last year’s pageant, Binibini No. 8 Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach
Last year, she vowed to return and make a splashing comeback and I believe she really wanted to win the Universe title. Aside from the advantage of having a year of Binibini training, it could also play well with her this time thus securing her one of the titles.
the last Manalo sister to give it a go!
Sisters Katherine Anne and Pamela Bianca have already represented the country in Miss World and Miss Universe respectively and this girl is now targeting the Binibining Pilipinas International crown to complete the triangle. Nichole may very well be on her way to winning this one because of her connections alone but don’t take the credit away from the girl yet. This girl is one of the tallest this year and has the qualities of a Miss International prototype. Let’s just see then.
peaking too soon? Binibini No.13 Kris Tiffany Janson
She’s one of the girls in the first batches who submitted their application and was easily favored to win it all. Now, this stunner from Cebu is still a force to reckon with in the competition. After winning Miss Cebu in 2009, she eventually landed some modelling contracts. Considered the body of the competition, Kris Janson – whether she peaked too soon is no doubt one of the girls you could easily see getting a crown.
Is third time’s a charm for Binibini No.25 Mary Jean Lastimosa?
Whether you like it or not, Mary Jean or MJ is still one of the biggest threat for the newbies. This returnee who won second runner-up to Shamcey Supsup in 2011 and a finalist in 2012 won’t let go that easy until she snatch one of the crowns. Her Achilles heel in 2012 was the question and answer portion and I believe that this year, she has mastered everything to win it all. It’s all or nothing for her since this is her last hurrah to win a national pageant.
I know that this list may not include you favorites but I totally based it on different sites and blogs, the number of views, likes on facebook and even the number of bashings etc… 🙂
photos courtesy of Bb.Pilipinas and OPMB Facebook Pages.