Binibining Pilipinas Charities Inc., this early, assured beauty enthusiasts, supporters and patrons that this year’s edition of the Binibining Pilipinas beauty pageant will give bigger score to the interview portion, a.ka. the Q&A.
“With what we have seen and witnessed from international pageants, we need to address this issue. Not that we fail to train our beauties in that aspect, but it will become a natural thing if all of these beauties have this “natural ability” to answer questions,” some patrons expressed.
That is why the rigid screening for this year’s batch lasted for hours as the screening committee gave more weight to the interview portion.
But the question many observers asked when they saw those who asked questions, “How sure are they that they can choose the brightest considering that some of those that interviewed these ladies had the same problems and issues?”
Whewww…too early for bashing huh!?
Among the popular names that made it to the top 40 in the Binibining Pilipinas list include Mariel de Leon, daughter of actors Boyet de leon and Sandy Andolong, Channel Olive Thomas, actor Jake Cuenca’s ex who was a Miss Earth finalist, Jehza Mae Huelar (second runner-up in last year’s pageant), and Miss World Philippines 4th Princess Rachel Peters.
This year’s batch was from almost a hundred aspirants later been trimmed to 55, until the top 40 has been chosen. They are composed mainly of repeaters, winners from other pageants and top graduates of schools here and abroad who can speak several languages.
The following are the official contestants who are chosen for beauty, poise, intelligence, wit, humor and talent, according to those that screened:
Ana Patricia Asturias, Leitz Camyll M. Ang, Jessica M. Ramirez, Dane Felisse R. Marasigan, Mae Lanie Chan, Arienne Louise Braga Calingo, Maria Gail Devora Tobes, Gabriela Patricia M. Ortega, Katarina Sonja A. Rodriguez, Joselle S. Mariano, Kristi Rose D. Cequeña, Rachel Peters, Maria Camille P. Manalo, Jennyline Carla F. Malpaya, Vanessa N. SalibaJuliana M. Kapeundl, Ma. Bejieleen T. Nama, Thoreen D. Halvosen, Sarah Jireh C. Asido, Arah A. Salientes, Beatrice O. Valente, Mae Liezel J. Ramos, Larah Grace Lacap, Clarice Marion E. Villareal, Chanel Olive V. Thomas, Nelda C. Ibe, Christagale Borja, Ruffa Nava, Angelique Celine L. De Leon, Jamaica Elysse D. Ambal, Karla May R. Manongsong, Dindi Joy Pajares, Kimberly L. Pajares, Maria Angelica A. De Leon, Sirene Sutton, Charmaine F. Elima, Jehza Mae Huelar, Elizabeth Durado Clenci, Kristel N. Guelos, and Sammie Anne L. Legaspi.
There will be six titles to be won – Miss Universe Philippines, Bb Pilipinas International, Bb Pilipinas Intercontinental, Bb Pilipinas Supranational, Miss Globes Philippines, and Bb Pilipinas Grand International.
These gorgeous and smart ladies actually expect to match or even exceed the achievements of the previous batches before them.
Coronation will be in April. So, stay tuned as we will again witness how crazy Pinoys are when it comes to beauty contests.
Maybe his intention is to be very honest, but some quarters are saying that he could have made it discreet.
We are talking about papa Piolo Pascual’s honesty in answering question about his film Northern Stars (A Journey to Love).
The very good-looking actor directly stated that they indeed were not able to shoot the “real” Northern Stars or Aurora Borealis, instead shot the Southern Stars seen where the film’s location was. So, can we blame papa P for being honest and truthful, especially that he is one of the film’s producers?
The Northern Stars phenomenon, seen in the Northern Hemisphere every so often time was not seen in New Zealand, where most of their scenes were taken. But as papa P stated, “Though it bears the same title as it has a major part in the story, I have to tell you guys that everything in the film is so real. We have a very beautiful love story, sceneries and locations. Ibang-iba ito sa lahat ng nagawa ko na. Bago sa mata at pakiramdam, just like the phenomenon of Aurora Borealis which is very colorful.”
Working for the first time with Yen Santos, a product of reality-show, Piolo describes the experience as “noteworthy and new.”
“Noon ko pa kilala si Yen and I am an admirer of her innocent-looking face, very sweet and natural. Iba ang ganda niya. And then I was able to witness her being so kind and professional. Ang feeling ko mauulit ang samahan namin,” added Piolo of her leading lady.
Northern Stars (A Journey to Love) is a Regal Films offering but it will be marketed and promoted by Star Cinema, the home network of Piolo, Yen and even by the child star Raikko Mateo, who completes the “family love angle,” of the film.
This is directed by Dondon Santos and will be shown on March 29.