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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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Binibining Pilipinas 2014: Review, Analysis and Random Thoughts

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Stage / Production: I thought the stage was quite elegant. I love that it did not overshadowed the contestants and the cylinder / tube props  looked really great live and on TV! A-

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Hosts: Upon learning that Xian Lim will be back to host the event, I was initially disappointed because I thought he did poorly during his 2012 stint. This time though, I was pleasantly surprised because he’s not one bit annoying. He brought with him enough charm to woo the live audience and this year, it went smoothly for him. Good job Xian!

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Anne Curtis was of course the darling of the crowd last night. She’s very charming and SO VERY, EXTEMELY BEAUTIFUL! She even belted  “Alone” off air while the judges were having their deliberation of the winners. The audience just totally loved her!

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On Venus, Shamcey and Janine: Venus is definitely now a pro in hosting. She did extremely well and looked every inch of a beauty queen! It’s a wonder why until now she’s still in competition form! Just amazing! Shamcey on the other hand was beautiful as ever but she sounded too scripted and too hurried. When Janine first appeared, there was a unanimous opinion in our row that she looked unkempt – it must be the hair though. Her second number though was rather alluring and she made it all up from her disastrous first styling. Overall, the three girls did really well.

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Opening Number: The opening number which includes the intro of hosts Xian and Anne and of course the introduction of the contestants reminds me so much of the 2011 Miss Universe pageant – it must be the color coding of their outfits.

The Swimsuit Competition: One word – BRAVO. Madam Stella really step up this time around (this I believe totally impressed Miss Universe president Paula Shugart and co.) The ladies are wearing expensive looking swimsuits inspired by the festivals in the country. I love that they were divided into four groups showcasing four different festivals from the Philippines.

The Evening Gown Competition: Oh I just love this part! This is where the eventual winners really stood out! My favorite gowns are from Parul Shah, Bianca Guidotti and MJ Lastimosa. The “White Gown” myth also got into us and made us a bit nervous. Oh, I also love that this segment was super fast!

Best in Swimsuit: I was so happy that finally, MJ was awarded this well deserved title. In 2011 and 2012, I thought she was robbed big time – now, “the body” of the competition was rewarded justly.

Best in Evening Gown: I really thought that this award was just a toss up between Bianca Guidotti and MJ Lastimosa. Bianca was awarded the title which I think was pretty fair.

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via Bb.Pilipinas FB Page

The Announcement of Top 15: Pia, MJ, Bianca, Yvethe and Kris were already shoo in for the semis followed closely by Parul, Tiglao and Lehmann. The rest are surprises for me and it was with sadness that Diana Arevalo and Kim Suiza failed to make it into the semis – esp Suiza because she looks absolutely ravishing last night!

via Bb.Pilipinas FB Page

via Bb.Pilipinas FB Page

The Question and Answer portion:

Laura Lehman was asked for her favorite city that best represents her and she answered Armsterdam. I thought it was a cute answer but it could’ve been better if she chose something close from home. Ya’ll know what I mean right?

Pia Wurtzbach was very charming in answering her question but I’m firm in my belief that she would’ve made it had she answered the question in English (even though she was asked by Angara in the vernacular.)

Mary Jean Lastimosa – well, what can I say? Like her answer, the girl was very much composed upon answering her question. She gave it her all and the audience just loved it, even reigning Miss Universe Gabriela Isler who asked the question looks very impressed!

Bianca Guidotti‘s answer was very short and lacks conviction. After her turn, I immediately pegged her for a runner-up finish but clearly, her charm was undeniable in delivering her thoughts.

Nichole Manalo faltered and received an awkward applause from the audience.

Parul Shah was very studied and calculated which I think works well for her.

Yvethe Santiago was really mesmerizing on screen and in person. Her answer along with Lastimosa, Shah and Janson were the clear stand outs!

Kris Janson’s answer was very heartfelt that even host Anne Curtis teared up. I love her spontaneity. I guess what I didn’t like about her last night was her make up which made her looked tired.

Hannah Sison gave a decent answer but she was trying a bit too hard to be charming. Nevertheless, she look so polished last night.

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On regining Miss Universe Gabriela Isler: Oh, the crowd just loved her! She’s very pretty and tall! She’s for the record the third Miss Universe titleholder I’ve seen in my life after Gloria Diaz and Margie Moran. ???????????????????????????????

The Announcement Of Winners

2nd Runner-up: Hannah Sison – my friend who’s with me (Rey) and I predicted this and we believe that the judges got it right.

via Bb.Pilipinas FB Page

via Bb.Pilipinas FB Page

1st Runner-up: Laura Lehmann – I was a bit nervous because of some rumors floating in the net that Lehman was the matriarch Stella Araneta’s favorite to win the MUP crown. I’m glad that she didn’t win it because she needs more polishing. She look so pretty though!

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via Bb.Pilipinas FB Page

Binibining Pilipinas Tourism: Parul Shah after her performance through the night deserved a crown and I was really hoping that she’ll get this one and she did!

via Bb.Pilipinas FB Page

via Bb.Pilipinas FB Page

Binibining Pilipinas Supranational: I predicted Yvethe Santiago to win this title and my intuition was right! Now, we’ve a pretty good chance of nailing a back to back win in Miss Supranational!

via Bb.Pilipinas FB Page

via Bb.Pilipinas FB Page

Binibining Pilipinas Intercontinental: As the first recipient of this title, Kris Janson made history last night after delivering a good performance and clinching this minor title. I was rather relieved when she was called because it means bigger chances for MJ to win the MUP title!

via Bb.Pilipinas FB Page

via Bb.Pilipinas FB Page

Binibining Pilipinas International: Initially, I was not happy Guidotti even won a crown. I was expecting Pia to clinch this but I’m just glad she did because I figured that she and Bea have some similarities. This could really work well for her. Plus, her personality’s too contagious! You gotta love a girl with a very positive personality!

via Bb.Pilipinas FB Page

via Bb.Pilipinas FB Page

>that shot when MJ was tearing up almost broke my heart. She must be thinking that she’d lose again since Pia Wurtzbach was still in contention. Lo and behold, her name was call the 2014 Miss Universe Philippines!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!MJ Lastimosa

When she was announced the new Miss Universe Philippines, I felt like crying and hyperventilating! I was shouting for joy at the top of my lungs! Finally, my girl did it and she was rewarded for all her hard work and determination! MJ finally harvested the fruits of her hard labor – it’s been a long and winding road for her but it’s all worth the wait!

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2014 Binibining PIlipinas Winners with reigning Miss Universe Gabriela Isler image via ompb

2014 Binibining PIlipinas Winners with reigning Miss Universe Gabriela Isler
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Binibining Pilipinas 2014 Specials: My Top 15 Final Hot Picks!

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Ainjely Manalo

Ainjely Manalo

15. The appeal of Ainjely reminds me so much of Nicole Marable and Imelda Schweighart (Binibining Pilipinas contestants in 2012 and 2013 respectively.) I’m saying this because like the two mentioned, Ainjely’s beauty is a fresh one that easily attract its audience. I just feel that she’s still too raw to win any of the crowns.

Diana Arevalo

Diana Arevalo

14. I’ve always been a big fan of Diana eversince her first Binibini stint and in 2011, I thought she should’ve placed higher. With her third time joining the pageant, I still find her extremely charming  and more beautiful. Something was missing though, her spark was nowhere to be found. It is with great sadness that I’ve to place her this low on my list but just the same, I’m still a fan.

Ladylyn Riva

Ladylyn Riva

13. From the very start of the competition up to this point, Ladylyn has shown a pretty consistent performance. She’s actually prettier than her 2011 stint and I now feel that she has matured – both physically and intellectually. Indeed, she’s got the goods but does she have the guts to take it to the next level? Methinks still not this time.

Vessica Sambo

Vessica Sambo

12. I always admire a girl who is proud of her roots and I think this trait is what is so charming about Vessica. I love that she’s feisty yet looks extremely feminine. This girl has a  big future ahead of her and I’m looking forward to see her competing more. She still has a lot to learn for a Binibini tilte but she’s getting there.

Parul Shah

Parul Shah

11. Parul Shah is such an unforgettable name. Had Parul not stumbled during her Q&A last year, she could’ve been one of the crowned golden Binibinis. Alas, she was “eradicated” from the contention and came back this year “more ready.” She is by any aspect a contended but for some reason, Parul somehow lost her charm and look likeable which I believe is far more important than a great answer to the Q&A.

Ednornance Agustin

Ednornance Agustin

10. With a unique name and a towering height, Ednornance isn’t just a mere model material. I feel that that given the right styling and personality development, she could easily annihilate any beauty competition. Not this time, though.

Racquel Kabigting

Racquel Kabigting

9. Racquel for me is a better version of Jennifer Barrientos. What’s more is that she’s way taller than our 2008 Miss Universe representative. This gives me hope for her that when she’s ready to take the national title, she could easily win the international crown – in time.

Angelique De Leon

Angelique De Leon

8. With a polarizing beauty much like Janine Tugonon, Angelique is set to pull some trick comes finals night. I’ve a feeling in my guts that she’d do well on the 30th. Disregarding that, Angelique for me is unquestionably beautiful!

Nichole Manalo

Nichole Manalo

7. The third Manalo sister pulling all the stops to win a crown isn’t that impossible a job. She’s tall, beautiful and smart enough to clinch a title. After impressing me during the primer, I placed her easily on my upper tier but considering the duration of the pageant, I just have to place her conveniently outside the crown contention. She may have her sisters to back her up and has very good potentials to win on her own merits, I still feel that she could only go this far, atleast for now.

Bianca Guidotti

Bianca Guidotti

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RUNNER UP NO MORE

Pia Wurtzbach

Pia Wurtzbach

Pia conveniently benefited from her Binibining Pilipinas training last year as the lone runner up from the golden edition. She seemed more ready and won’t settle for anything less this time. A stunning mestiza at its core, it is justifiable to award her the debuting title of Binibining Pilipinas Intercontinental.

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FROM HEAD TO TOE

Joy Diaz

Joy Diaz

Joy Diaz may very well be crowned the Binibining Pilipinas – Tourism Queen International for she possessed an impressive academic background that goes well with her international appeal. From head to toe – Joy can totally deliver when needed.

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BACK TO BACK SUPERIORITY

Yvethe Santiago

Yvethe Santiago

After Mutya Datul’s historic win last year as the first Filipina and first Asian Miss Supranational, I think it is only natural that we send another head turner that is as superior as that of Mutya. With that in mind, Yvethe Santiago (whom I picked  during my 1st and 2nd hot picks as my Miss Universe Philippines) became my final choice  not because I feel that she won’t do well in Miss Universe but because I feel that after Mutya, we shouldn’t easily let go of the Miss Supra crown if we could easily get hold of it again. A back to back win would be an easy job for Yvethe, no doubt.

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BEAUTY WITHOUT BOUNDARIES

Kris Tiffany Janson

Kris Tiffany Janson

It’s very easy to say that Kris Janson is the Miss International prototype that we’ve had in years from our delegates. This maybe true but keeping that aside, Janson without question maybe the most conventionally beautiful contestant this year. A superior beauty that you cannot fault in any way. If Bea won the hearts of Tokyo with her speech and elegance, Kris can wow them with her sheer beauty and cultured eloquence.

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THE BRIGHTEST STAR IN THE UNIVERSE

Mary Jean Lastimosa

Mary Jean Lastimosa

Mary Jean Lastimosa or MJ as she was fondly called never ceases to amaze her fans with her tireless smile in every event of this year’s edition. This is MJ’s third try to win a crown and her perseverance is more impressive than any other repeaters this year. MJ has more competition, no doubt, to win the most coveted crown but I feel that she’s up there and would never let go of what she’s holding on right now without clinching that title. MJ clearly did not diminish as a front runner and she’s bound to finish her last hurrah for the crown, all smile because she knows that after all the heartbreaks and disappointments, she’d still end up successful. After all, she’s still the brightest star in the universe.

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Binibining Pilipinas 2014 Specials: My Top 15 Third Hot Picks!

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With the coronation night fast approaching, the girls are also stepping it up big time for the big day! So without further ado, let me present to you my third hot picks for this season of Binibining Pilipinas!

(L-R) Yvethe Santiago, Kris Janson, Mary Jean Lastimosa and Pia Wurtzbach

(L-R) Yvethe Santiago, Kris Janson, Mary Jean Lastimosa and Pia Wurtzbach

 1-4Yvethe’s is this year’s Miss Consistency. Delivering an enduring power of beauty, grace and charisma isn’t such an easy task with 39 other girls vying for the most coveted crown. At this stage of the competition, the Miss Universe Philippines crown is yours to lose girl.

A two feat Miss International crowning isn’t far behind if Kris will eventually be crowned Binibining Pilipinas International. She could also easily snatch the Universe crown if she play her cards well. Would it be this one or highest honor? For now, I placed her second.

A frontrunner, an expert and a stage diva. That’s what we need for an attempt to place well come Miss Supranational 2014. MJ has those qualities and she’s polished to even grab the most coveted title, for now though, I’ve a feeling that Binibining Pilipinas Supranational’s the deserved title for her.

I personally consider Binibining Pilipinas Tourism the least prestigious but a title is still a title. This however belongs to a girl whom I feel can do wonders in China. Pia Wurtzbach, the lone runner up from last year is the best for this title for now.

(L-R: 5. Angelique De Leon, 6. Ednornance Agustin, 7. Bianca Guidotti, 8. Kimverlyn Suiza, 9. Diana Arevalo)

(L-R: 5. Angelique De Leon, 6. Ednornance Agustin, 7. Bianca Guidotti, 8. Kimverlyn Suiza, 9. Diana Arevalo)

(L-R: 10. Vessica Sambo, 11. Racquel Kabigting, 12. Parul Shah)

(L-R: 10. Vessica Sambo, 11. Racquel Kabigting, 12. Parul Shah)

(L-R: 13. Laura Lehman, 14. Nichole Manalo, 15. Aiza Faeldonia)

(L-R: 13. Laura Lehman, 14. Nichole Manalo, 15. Aiza Faeldonia)

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Binibining Pilipinas 2014 Specials: My Top 15 Second Hot Picks!

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This week, I decided to make a complete Top 15 for my hotpicks since I’ve evaluated all of the 40 girls and I’ve laboriously yet gladly watched their web interviews, videos and pictures over the week and I’ve to say that some of the girls really are stepping up their game! This could easily change though once I get the chance to see them in person more but for now, this is what I came up with.

Universe Santiago

HOT PICK 1: Yvethe Marie Santiago for Miss Universe Philippines

Yvethe has one miss in mind upon entering this competition and that is to win it all. But her mission is not just to win one of the crowns, it is to win the top plum which is the Miss Universe Philippines. Yvethe could easily do this. She’s got the goods and the only thing that’s getting on her way at this stage is if she will be favored by the judges and the organization (at this early on) come finals night or if she choke during the final question and answer which seemed to be an all-important factors basing on the recent queens wins!

SPOILER: Guidotti, De Leon, Lastimosa

Janson International

HOT PICK 2: Kris Tiffany Janson for Bb.Pilipinas-International

After making my initial hot picks, I felt that I did something wrong by not considering this Cebuana beauty with one of the crowns. I was so wrong by not considering the pageant that clearly has a predictable prototype and that is the Miss International! They want their winners to either be doll-like or someone who exudes elegance. If they can’t get both, the winner must atleast have one. Luckily for Kris, she’s got both going on her.

SPOILER: Wurtzback, Nichole Manalo

Lastimosa Supranational

HOT PICK 3: Mary Jean Lastimosa for Bb.Pilipinas – Supranational

Last year, the Miss Supranational organization crowned a “miniature” winner with the face of an angel and that is our very own Mutya Datul. I can’t  see any reason why they won’t do the same if we send a beauty with such high caliber. MJ’s last try may just be the lucky break she’s been waiting for. She’s got the face and sheer confidence that makes a room go quiet upon entering it. That makes her much more superior than most of the girls.

SPOILER: Faeldonia, Mary Ainjely Manalo

Manalo Tourism

HOT PICK 4: Nichole Manalo for Bb.Pilipinas – Tourism

With China hosting the pageant annually, I figured that we don’t have a very big chance of winning a crown. But that’s not saying that we shouldn’t send a good candidate. Based on their most recent winners, they want them tall and “meztisa” and I think Nichole Manalo might just fit the bill.

SPOILER: Laura Victoria Lehmann

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5. Pia Wurtzbach

BBP Bianca

6. Bianca Guidotti

BBP Angelique

7. Angelique De Leon

BBP Aiza

8. Aiza Faeldonia

BBP Ainjely

9. Ainjely Manalo

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10. Ednornance Agustin

BBP Parul

11. Parul Shah

BBP Diana

12. Diana Arevalo

BBP Kim

13. Kimverlyn Suiza

BBP Laura

14. Laura Lehmann

BBP Racquel

15. Racquel Kabigting

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Binibining Pilipinas 2014 Specials: The Repeaters

A pageant repeater is someone who competed previously in the same pageant but went home without a crown and is trying her luck once again. That is the case with the seven girls in this year’s Binibining Pilipinas edition. These girls aren’t that succesful in clinching a crown or they almost got it but for some reason, their stars didn’t align that year so they are back with a vengeance and more wisdom hopefully in order to fully realized what they missed the first or second time around.

Diana Arevalo tried it out in 2009 and 2011

Diana Arevalo tried it out in 2009 and 2011

Diana came to the spolight during the 2009 Binibining Pilipinas, a batch that elected some of the tallest winners in years. She made it as one of the finalists. In 2011, She was posed to win one of the crowns (or so I thought) but that year was the year of the game changer – the year that Shamcey easily toppled her competition and Necio, a repeater from the previous year was heavily favored to win despite her height disadvantage. This year though, Diana’s armed with a different aura and is so ready to battle it all for the crown!

Ladylyn Riva was everywhere!

Ladylyn Riva was everywhere!

Ladylyn was Miss Casino Filipino and Miss Resort World first runner-up 2011 and finalist in Miss Bikini International 2013. Now these aren’t exactly high-caliber pageants but these surely gave her some confidence to try it for the last time this year after failing to advance to the semis during the 2011 edition.

Mary Jean Lastimosa's last chance at the Binibini!

Mary Jean Lastimosa’s last chance at the Binibini!

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. One of her Achilles heel in 2012 was the question and answer 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.

The repeaters from last year's Golden Edition. (L-R) Hannah Ruth Sison, Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach, Parul Shah, Noelle Ellore Punzalan

The repeaters from last year’s Golden Edition. (L-R) Hannah Ruth Sison, Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach, Parul Shah, Ellore Punzalan

All of these girls except for Hannah (shockingly excluded) all made it to the semis last year with Pia even hailed as the lone runner-up. They are all back for another try and hoping against hope that they will deliver this time and be part of the 51st edition of the Binibining Pilipinas queens!

The Official Candidates Of The Binibining Pilipinas 2014!

Their faces and names are already posted in different sites and some of them are already creating enough buzz and hype but it’s the final night on March 30 that matters the most.  So after weeks of grueling screening process, callbacks and all – the over 100 applicants of this year’s Binibining Pilipinas were trimmed down to 40! I’ve to say how impressed I am with the quality of the candidates this year. There are a lot of fresh faces who are all very much qualified to win any of the crowns as well as the repeaters who are more ready and more beautiful this time! So here are our Top 40 in groups of 5…

Binibini #1 Julian Aurine Flores; Binibini #2 Mary Ainjey P. Manalo; Binibini #3 Joanna Angelica M. Romero; Binibini #4 Parul Shah; Binibini #5 Hanna Mariz D. Dela Guerra

Binibini #1 Julian Aurine Flores; Binibini #2 Mary Ainjey P. Manalo; Binibini #3 Joanna Angelica M. Romero; Binibini #4 Parul Shah; Binibini #5 Hanna Mariz D. Dela Guerra

Binibini #6 Anabel Christine G. Tia; Binibini #7 Aiza Faeldonia; Binibini #8 Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach; Binibini #9 Joy Antonette Diaz; Binibini #10 Shauna Indra Salina Curran

Binibini #6 Anabel Christine G. Tia; Binibini #7 Aiza Faeldonia; Binibini #8 Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach; Binibini #9 Joy Antonette Diaz; Binibini #10 Shauna Indra Salina Curran

Binibini #11 Laura Victoria Lehmann; Binibini #12 Sarah Jireh Asido; Binibini #13 Kris Tiffany M. Janson; Binibini #14 Emma Mary F. Tiglao; Binibini #15 Kimverlyn O. Suiza

Binibini #11 Laura Victoria Lehmann; Binibini #12 Sarah Jireh Asido; Binibini #13 Kris Tiffany M. Janson; Binibini #14 Emma Mary F. Tiglao; Binibini #15 Kimverlyn O. Suiza

Binibini #16 Zahara Mae O. Soriano; Binibini #17 Diana B. Arevalo; Binibini #18 Ellore Noelle Punzalan; Binibini #19 Mae Liezel J. Ramos; Binibini #20 Kenneth Santiago

Binibini #16 Zahara Mae O. Soriano; Binibini #17 Diana B. Arevalo; Binibini #18 Ellore Noelle Punzalan; Binibini #19 Mae Liezel J. Ramos; Binibini #20 Kenneth Santiago

Binibini #21 Racquel D. Kabigting; Binibini #22 Mary Anne Bianca G. Guidotti; Binibini #23 Nichole Marie R. Manalo; Binibini #24 Ednornance Agustin; Binibini #25 Mary Jean Lastimosa

Binibini #21 Racquel D. Kabigting; Binibini #22 Mary Anne Bianca G. Guidotti; Binibini #23 Nichole Marie R. Manalo; Binibini #24 Ednornance Agustin; Binibini #25 Mary Jean Lastimosa

Binibini #26 Hanna Sheena L. Manuel; Binibini #27 Hannah Ruth Sison; Binibini #28 Carla Jenina Cabrera Lizardo; Binibini #29 Krischelle DG. Halili; Binibini #30 Joy Marie Gangan

Binibini #26 Hanna Sheena L. Manuel; Binibini #27 Hannah Ruth Sison; Binibini #28 Carla Jenina Cabrera Lizardo; Binibini #29 Krischelle DG. Halili; Binibini #30 Joy Marie Gangan

Binibini #31 Angelique Celine L. De Leon; Binibini #32 Jeslyn Santos; Binibini #33 Gabrielle Erika Tilokani; Binibini #34 Leonalyn D. Dela Cruz; Binibini #35 Yvethe Marie A. Santiago

Binibini #31 Angelique Celine L. De Leon; Binibini #32 Jeslyn Santos; Binibini #33 Gabrielle Erika Tilokani; Binibini #34 Leonalyn D. Dela Cruz; Binibini #35 Yvethe Marie A. Santiago

Binibini #36 Krystal Alonday; Binibini #37 Vanessa N. Saliba; Binibini #38 Janine A. Asanion; Binibini #39 Ladylyn Riva; Binibini #40 Vessica L. Sambo

Binibini #36 Krystal Alonday; Binibini #37 Vanessa N. Saliba; Binibini #38 Janine A. Asanion; Binibini #39 Ladylyn Riva; Binibini #40 Vessica L. Sambo

*names in bold are the repeaters 
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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

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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.