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Recap: Cycle 2 of Philippines’ Next Top Model – Hight Street Episode 1 (2017)

And the long wait is finally over! So I guess the petition page that I made a couple of years back is totally moot now because tonight, we’ve witnessed the premiere of the second cycle (version?) of the Philippines’ Next Top Model with the tagline – High Street. So is it safe to say that they’re looking for someone that is both high fashion but easily marketable? Who doesn’t tho? lol. Anyway, it’s a glorious premiere! I am so amazed by the sophistication of the whole process. It wasn’t draggy tho the excitement was rather lacking but it’s a really good premiere nonetheless.

It started with host ‘The Amazing Race Asia winner and former Miss Philippines’ Maggie Wilson doing a voiceover of the audition held nationwide then fast-tracked to the 24 ladies who will be facing the other judges hoping to make it through the next round – that panel of judges along with Maggie includes Professional Models Association of the Philippines (PMAP) current president, the cutie Raphael or Rapha Kiefer, stylist and magazine editor Rain Dagala and model mentor and reigning Miss International, Kylie Verzosa.

Maggie, Kylie, Rain and Rapha
ctto: @raphakiefer

So, what can I say about the judges? I honestly don’t have an idea who Rapha and Rain are but I loved the dynamics of this panel. They seemed to be getting along so well and I could already see Rain making okray the girls sooner or later and I cannot wait for their (Rain and Rapha!) fangs to come out! Haha! Rapha is a real charmer on TV while it’s a bit difficult to really distinguish  who’s actually (should really be) hosting during the judging of the 24 ladies. I mean, Maggie and Kylie are both beautiful but they’re almost interchangeable! But hey, it’s a great panel and I cannot wait for the first judging of the photoshoot next episode!

And now, can we just have a minute for a  prayer circle because the gods of fashion seems to be on this show’s side when they picked the 24 ladies to participate in this year’s edition! I’m honestly stunned by the quality of the girls who joined! I mean, majority of them are just beyond! It is very noticeable tho that more than half of the contestants are actually mixed-race so if you’re anal about that aspect – I don’t give a shit.

Based on this episode, I already have my final three but naturally – we have to see in at least the first two to three episode who will actually be impressing the judges (and the ones who will be getting good edits) as the weeks go by…

Let’s meet the final 12! (in order of announcement)

Ann is 20 from Bohol. I loved Ann! Her hair is one of her assets but she needs to step it up because the competition is real fierce. I’m fairly sure she’s already dreading the upcoming make-over. ( She’s also my number 1 amongst the top 3!!!)

Janny from Makati used to be bisexual who is now a lesbian or something like that. She’s actually very intereting! I didn’t expect her to make the cut but she’s got something (a story? the hair?) that is very endearing. Let’s see how far she’d make it. Oh, she also got a cute little son! ❤

Ina’s another strong contender. She’s one of the three dark-skinned girls who made the cut and again, the hair! Gosh! She looks amazing with that hair but I’ve a feeling that they’re gonna change it drastically. We can’t have two Ann’s in the show after all. I think she also said something about hailing from the Bahamas (need to verify this)

Adela is only 19 and was originally from the United Kingdom and has been living in the Philippines for about a year now. She looks really sweet and she’s also very articulate. Not sold on her yet – I’m seeing her getting  the boot in the next few episodes.

Jan, 24, Bulacan. I loved her sincerity. I think she’s got great potential but an early exit for her is not that far-fetched.

Kim is 21 years old from Bacolod and she’s done a lot of local modelling stint including different runway and fashion shows in her turf. His father is half-Dutch-half-black-American from Suriname and his mom’s a Filipina. She reminds me so much of Camile from the first cycle of the the original show! Girl is FFIIIEERRCCEEE!

Blaise, 20, Chicago. I honestly didn’t expect her to make the cut but I think she got some big brownie points from model mentor Kylie Verzosa because they share the same advocacy regarding mental health. She’s currently a cheerdancer and a college student at the Ateneo de Manila University.

Angela, 22, Bicol. I loved her interview with the judges but I thought she looks more than her actual age. The show should really do something about that hideous hair!

Shekie, 23, Cagayan de Oro. Shekie is totally on my radar as one of the potential winners! Her dad’s Nigerian and with a Filipina mom of course. I loved her cockiness! It’s rather endearing coming from her! She just need to tone it down at times but she’s good to go for the (finale??) haha! We’ll see.

Aivie, 21, Canada. She’s got a very interesting lineage. Her dad is half-Vietnamese-half-Chinese and she obviously looks more pinay because of her mom. I’m still on the fence about her inclusion but I liked her!

Sarah, 23, Pampanga. My homegirl! I loved her face! She’s definitely this season’s commercial goddess! It’s such a shame that she’s only 5’4″ but I think with that face – she could very well use it to go as far as top 5 and who knows – one nailed beauty shot and uwian na mga bes, may nanalo na! lol

and the final spot goes to…

Janelle, 27, San Diego, California. She’s one of my favorites. She’s obviously the oldest in the bunch and this would always haunt her during the competition. I just hope that she won’t get uber-angsty about it during  confessionals. I thought her beauty is very marketable especially here in the Philippines and I cannot wait to see her make-over!

Okay – let me reveal the rest of my  initial Top 3 then. Since I’ve already mentioned Ann being my ultimate winner this early, I’ve also have a feeling that Shekie will do really well. Rounding up my top 3 is the lovely Janelle! Gaaahhh! Her face is just perfection – just sayin’.

Special mention to Anna.

Nganga!

As for the their first photoshoot, it would be an underwater shoot where the girls will try their hardest and fiercest while submerged in a big aquarium! Yikes!

What about you guys? What can you say about the premiere? Who are your favorites?

So as early as now, I will be putting a poll on who do you think (on first impression) will most likely make it until the end?

Screengrab from the TV obviously but these images are still the exclusive rights of Pottle Productions, Inc.
I’ll try to update this post with HQ pictures soon!
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Binibining Pilipinas 2016 – The Official Candidates

From the initial 80 hopefuls who filed their application for this year’s Binibining Pilipinas edition, only 40 made the cut in the hopes of following the footsteps of Miss Universe 2015 Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach and the rest of the queens from last year who did the Philippines proud in the international beauty arena! So here are the “final” candidates of the Binibining Pilipinas 2016!

1 – Janelle Olafson
2 – Alexandra Faith Garcia
3 – Angela Lauren Fernando
4 – Kimberley Mae Penchon
5 – Riana Pangindian
6 – Candy del Castillo

1-6

7 – Angelique de Leon
8 – Karen Ibasco
9 – Roshiela Tobias
10 – Jeslyn Santos
11 – Nicole Cordoves
12 – Edjelyn Joy Gamboa

7-12

13 – Joanna Louise Eden
14 – Paula Rich Bartolome
15 – Kristine Angeli Estoque
16 – Vina Openiano
17 – Priscilla Kim dela Cruz
18 – Sheena Dalo

13-18

19 – Maria Lina Prongoso
20 – Kim Ross delos Santos
21 – Jessica Gonzales
22 – Apriel Smith
23 – Angela Gene Reeder Valdez
24 – Nica Sabrina Sophia Limjap

19-24

25 – Anjellica Lopez
26 – Jennifer Hammond
27 – Dindi Joy Pajares
28 – Nichole Marie Manalo
29 – Maria Mika Maxine Medina
30 – Crescent Anne Samaco

25-30

31 – Kylie Verzosa
32 – Jennyline Carla Malpaya
33 – Leonalyn dela Cruz
34 – Sarah Christine Bona
35 – Mariella Castillo
36 – Maria Gigante

31-36

37 – Jehza Huelar
38 – Angelica Alita
39 – Ria Ranajante
40 – Christianne Ramos

37-40

I still have not gathered the number of crowns that will be given this year but for now as it is on the website, there are five titles up for grabs which includes:
Miss Universe Philippines
Bb. Pilipinas International
Miss Globe Philippines
Bb. Pilipinas Intercontinental
Bb. Pilipinas Supranational

(Let’s see if the pageant will pursue sending delegates to Miss Grand International)

The finals night will be held on April 2016 at the Smart Araneta Coliseum. Watch out for more details!

photos via Binibining Pilipinas Official Page / By Bruce Casanova

Binibining Pilipinas 2015 Official Swimsuit Glam Shots Candidates 1-17!

I totally loved this year’s edition of Binibining Pilipinas official glam shot! This was like Miss Universe glam shot quality! I loved the flowery -summerish swimsuits by the candidates and most of them looks every inch of a beauty queen already! For this batch, my best glam shot goes to Brenna Cassandra Gamboa (#17) – I’m not just sure about the missing hands but overall, girl’s working it!

Samantha Balbin

Samantha Balbin

Jenny Feliz Gonzalez

Jenny Feliz Gonzalez

Ria Rabajante

Ria Rabajante

Renee Soraya Hassani

Renee Soraya Hassani

Cannielle Faith Santos

Cannielle Faith Santos

Toni Alyessa Hipolito

Toni Alyessa Hipolito

Enrica Roxiele Guieb

Enrica Roxiele Guieb

Kimverlyn Suiza

Kimverlyn Suiza

Maolin Yalung

Maolin Yalung

Pia Wurtzbach

Pia Wurtzbach

Janicel Lubina

Janicel Lubina

Kylie Verzosa

Kylie Verzosa

Mae Liezel Ramos

Mae Liezel Ramos

Princess Joy Camu

Princess Joy Camu

Paula Rich Bartolome

Paula Rich Bartolome

Marvi Ann De Lima

Marvi Ann De Lima

 Brenna Cassandra Gamboa

Brenna Cassandra Gamboa

via Binibining Pilipinas Official
Photographed by: Raymond Saldaña

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Binibining Pilipinas 2015 – The Official Portraits!

The portraits of the final (hopefully) official candidates of this year’s Binibining Pilipinas pageant are now up via the pagean’t official website.

From here on, the girls will battle it out for the five crowns at stake in this year’s edition. Amongst the photos below, I’m keeping my eye on number 10, 11, 12, 19, 25, 28 and 34 – all perceived by pageant fans and pundits to be the front-runners from this batch.

1 Samantha BalbinCandidate No. 1
Name: Samantha Balbin
Age: 26 years old
From: Quezon City
Height: 5’5″
Vitals: 34 – 25½ – 34½

2  Jenny Feliz GonzalezCandidate No. 2
Name: Jenny Feliz Gonzalez
Age: 24 years old
From: Cainta, Rizal
Height: 5’6½”
Vitals: 32 – 23½ – 31

3 Ria RabajanteCandidate No. 3
Name: Ria Rabajante
Age: 25 years old
From: Pasig City
Height: 5’5½”
Vitals: 31½ – 24½ – 32

4 Renee Soraya R. HassaniCandidate No. 4
Name: Renee Soraya R. Hassani
Age: 23 years old
From: Cubao, Quezon City
Height: 5’5½”
Vitals: 30 – 23½ – 31

5 Cannielle Faith SantosCandidate No. 5
Name: Cannielle Faith Santos
Age: 25 years old
From: Marilao, Bulacan

6  Toni Alyessa HipolitoCandidate No. 6
Name: Toni Alyessa Hipolito
Age: 25 years old
From: Makati City
Height: 5’5½”
Vitals: 32½ – 27½ – 35

7 Enrica Roxiele GuiebCandidate No. 7
Name: Enrica Roxiele Guieb
Age: 23 years old
From: Angeles City, Pampanga
Height: 5’6½”
Vitals: 31½ – 24½ – 33

8 Kimverlyn SuizaCandidate No. 8
Name: Kimverlyn Suiza
Age: 26 yrs old
From: Marikina City
Height: 5’6¼”
Vitals: 32½ – 25 – 30½

9 Maolin YalungCandidate No. 9
Name: Maolin Yalung
Age: 20 years old
From: Mabalacat, Pampanga
Height: 5’6″

10 Pia Alonzo WurtzbachCandidate No. 10
Name: Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach
Age: 25 years old
From: Cagayan de Oro City
Height: 5’6½”
Vitals: 35 – 26½ – 33½

11 Janicel LubinaCandidate No. 11
Name: Janicel Lubina
Age: 19 years old
From: Palawan
Height: 5’7″
Vitals: 34 – 23½ – 33½

12 Kylie VerzosaCandidate No. 12
Name: Kylie Verzosa
Age: 23 years old
From: Baguio City
Height: 5’7″
Vitals: 32½ – 25½ – 32½

13 Mae Liezel RamosCandidate No. 13
Name: Mae Liezel Ramos
Age: 24 years old
From: Camarines Sur
Height: 5’7″
Vitals: 32½ – 26 – 33½

14 Princess Joy CamuCandidate No. 14
Name: Princess Joy Camu
Age: 20 years old
From: Albay
Height: 5’7½
Vitals: 32½ – 25 – 32
15 Paula Rich D. BartolomeCandidate No. 15
Name: Paula Rich D. Bartolome
Age: 24 years old
From: Laguna
Height: 5’7½ ”
Vitals: 31½ – 25 – 34

16 Marvi Ann Razon De LimaCandidate No. 16
Name: Marvi Ann Razon De Lima
Age: 24 years old
From: Iriga City
Height: 5’8″
Vitals: 32 – 25½ – 32
17 Brenna Cassandra S. GamboaCandidate No. 17
Name: Brenna Cassandra S. Gamboa
Age: 24 years old
From: Parañaque City
Height: 5’8½”
Vitals: 34½ – 26 – 34½

18 Crissa Marie MendiolaCandidate No. 18
Name: Crissa Marie Mendiola
Age: 19 years old
From: Bulacan
Height: 5’10”
Vitals: 32½ – 27 – 35

19Candidate No. 19
Name: Christi Lynn McGarry
Age: 24 years old
From: Nabua, Camarines Sur
Height: 5’9½”
Vitals: 34½ – 24½ – 32

20Candidate No. 20
Name: Tanya Angelina Nicole Hyde
Age: 23 years old
From: Masbate
Height: 5’8½”
Vitals: 32 – 24½ – 31½

21Candidate No. 21
Name: Alaiza Flor Malinao
Age: 21 years old
From: Davao Del Sur
Height: 5’8″
Vitals: 31½ – 24½ – 32½

22Candidate No. 22
Name: Anja Vanessa Peter
Age: 26 years old
From: Antipolo City
Height: 5’7¼”

23Candidate No. 23
Name: Justine Beatrice Dellosa Felizarta
Age: 20 years old
From: Davao del Sur
Height: 5’7″
Vitals: 33 – 24 – 31½

24Candidate No. 24
Name: Ann Lorraine Colis
Age: 22 years old
From: Mexico, Pampanga
Height: 5’7½”
Vitals: 32 – 26 – 32½

25Candidate No. 25
Name: Rogelie Catacutan
Age: 23 years old
From: Cebu City
Height: 5’7½”
Vitals: 32½ – 25 – 33½
26Candidate No. 26
Name: Anabel Christine Tia
Age: 26 years old
From: Ozamiz City, Misamis Occidental
Height: 5’7″
Vitals: 33 – 25 – 34

27Candidate No. 27
Name: Ina Dominica Guerrero
Age: 21 years old
From: Capalonga, Camarines Norte
Height: 5’6″
Vitals: 32 – 24½ – 32

28Candidate No. 28
Name: Hannah Ruth Lulu Sison
Age: 26 years old
From: Oas, Albay
Height: 5’6″
Vitals: 32½ – 24½ – 32½

29Candidate No. 29
Name: Nancy Lee Leonard
Age: 24 years old
From: Zamboanga City
Height: 5’6″
Vitals: 31½ – 24½ – 32

30Candidate No. 30
Name: Patricia Lae Ejercitado
Age: 26 years old
Height: 5’5½”
Vitals: 34 – 24½ – 33

31Candidate No. 31
Name: Mia Allyson Hernandez Howell
Age: 24 years old
From: Quezon City
Height: 5’5½”
Vitals: 34 – 27 – 35

32Candidate No. 32
Name: Danita Joan Ruazol
Age: 24 years old
From: Cavinti, Laguna
Height: 5’7″
Vitals: 32½ – 25 – 31

33Candidate No. 33
Name: Namarata Neesha Murjani
Age: 21 years old
From: Cebu City
Height: 5’5½”
Vitals: 33½ – 25½ – 33

34Candidate No. 34
Name: Teresita Ssen Marquez
Age: 22 years old
From: Paranaque City
Height: 5’5″
Vitals: 33 – 24½ – 31½

 

 

This batch is looking to be a fierce battle of charms and wits – so who do you think will make the cut this year at this early stage of the competition?

photos courtesy of bb.pilipinas

 

The Official Candidates of the Binibining Pilipinas 2015!

The Official Candidate Of the 2015 Bb.Pilipinas beauty pageant.

The Official Candidate Of the 2015 Bb.Pilipinas beauty pageant.

Thirty-four hopefuls made the roster of this year’s Binibining Pilipinas edition. With the screening process done only in three days, this maybe the speediest Binibining Pilipinas screening ever!


via missosologycoverage

Official Candidates with their official numbers:
1 SAMANTHA BALBIN
2 JENNY FELIZ GONZALEZ
3 RIA RABAJANTE
4 RENEE SORAYA R. HASSANI
5 CHRISTINE RAMOS BALAGUER
6 TONI ALYESSA HIPOLITO
7 ENRICA RONELE GUIEB
8 KIMVERLYN SUIZA
9 KIMBERLE MAE PENCHON
10 PIA WURTZBACH
11 JANICEL LUBINA
12 KYLIE VERZOSA
13 MAE LIEZEL J. RAMOS
14 PRINCESS JOY V. CAMU
15 PAULA RICH BARTOLOME
16 MARVI ANN RAZEN DE LIMA
17 BRENNA CASSANDRA S. GAMBOA
18 CRISSA MARIE G. MENDIOLA
19 CHRISTI MCGARRY
20 TANYA ANGELINA NICOLE HYDE
21 ALAIZA FLOR MALINAO
22 ANJA VANESSA PETER
23 JUSTINE FELIZARTA
24 ANN LORRAINE COLIS
25 ROGELIE A. CATACUTAN
26 ANABEL CHRISTINE TIA
27 INA DOMINICA GUERRERO
28 HANNAH RUTH LULU SISON
29 NANCY LEE LEONARD
30 PATRICIA EJERCITADO
31 MIA ALLYSON HERNANDEZ HOWELL
32 DANITA JOAN RUAZOL
33 NAMRATA NEESHA L. HURJANI
34 TERESITA SSEN MARQUEZ

Photo credit: Bruce Casanova
via Bb.Pilipinas FB Page

Let the battle begin!!!

Binibining Pilipinas 2015 Updates: Day 3 of Screening

Pia giving it a third go for a Binibinig Pilipinas crown.

Pia giving it a third go for a Binibinig Pilipinas crown.

Day three of the screening for this year’s Binibining Pilipinas pageant has been an interesting one. Fan favorite Pia Wurtzbach who caused quite a stir last year after going home crownless was spotted along with her fellow Aces & Queens sisters – Wynwyn Marquez (daughter of actors Joey Marquez and Alma Moreno) and model Kylie Verzosa who has been in the pageant fans wish-list to join for a couple of years now.

celeb daughter and GMA 7's Sunday-All Star mainstay Wynwyn Marquez came prepared!

celeb daughter and GMA 7’s Sunday-All Star mainstay Wynwyn Marquez came prepared!

Ria in white. She's chanelling Miriam Quimbao no less!

Ria in white. She’s chanelling Miriam Quimbao no less!

Binibining Pilipinas Gold and Miss World Philippines 2013 contestant Ria Rabajante will also be trying her luck in the pageant for the second time after failing to advance into the semis in 2013.

Here's Kylie Verzosa looking pretty at a shoot.  via themaneidea.tumblr.com

Here’s Kylie Verzosa looking pretty at a shoot.
via themaneidea.tumblr.com

2015 is definitely looking like the battle of the repeaters! I wonder what will happen to the freshies? Who will reign supreme among them? Good luck girls!

Photos with Binibining Pilipinas logo by: Bruce Casanova