Miss Universe Philippines 2013 Ariella Arida for Creme Silk
Miss Universe Philippines 2014 is the crown every Binibini wants to own. Regardless of age, this is the honor every single one of the forty (40) Binibinis can vie for.
In a way, becoming the country’s representative to Miss Universe 2014 is like striking gold. Aside from getting crowned by Ariella Arida, Miss Universe 2013 Maria Gabriela Isler and Miss Universe Organization President Paula Shugart will be around to witness the same. Of course, getting serenaded by Russian pop star Emin would be a big come-on, but that is a privilege to be shared among all finalists if ever.
So who is aiming to become Ara Arida’s successor? It doesn’t take a lot of analysis to conclude that everyone is targetting this title – from Julian Aurine Flores to Vessica Sambo, from KC Halili to Racquel Kabigting, from Pia Wurtzbach to MJ Lastimosa and from Joy Marie Gangan up north to Aiza Faeldonia in the deep south.
Whoever will come out victorious should consider herself the luckiest Binibini ever. And that, my dear readers, is the biggest deal of a pageant understatement.
Yes, you read it right.
There are strong talks that a 5th crown will be given on March 30.
And it will be for a Europe-based pageant assignment if ever.
You might just end up seeing the first Bb. Pilipinas Intercontinental or Miss Intercontinental Philippines.
Of course, everything has to be confirmed. But according to my sources, it’s almost a done deal.
Credit goes to Binibini 28 Carla Lizardo for uploading images of their Bataan sojourn.
By now, the Bb. Pilipinas 2014 Official Candidates are wrapping up their 3-day video and photo shoot in Bataan’s Montemar Beach Club Resort. You will hopefully get to see the high-definition pictures on the souvenir program to be sold at Smart Araneta Coliseum on March 30. On the other hand, the final video edit should be part of the program on finals night itself.
The ladies are treating the whole activity like a quick vacation of sorts. And who wouldn’t? Getting a few days off from the hustle and bustle of Quezon City despite the working schedule and being surrounded by the beauty of the sand and waters of Bagac is already a luxury in itself.
Just like Binibini 28 Carla Jenina Lizardo who considered the shoot as quality time with her fellow candidates. She uploaded photos of their daily activities in Bataan and felt so energized waking up on the beachfront each of the two mornings and seeing the inviting waters of the place.
Will Carla be more renewed and pumped up by the time she returns to the big city to resume the competition? This Aces & Queens beauty is one of the more optimistic contenders in the batch. And she hopes that positive thinking will do part of the trick in registering a good performance all throughout.
Is Mary Ainjely Manalo lost on your list or still hanging on strong up to now? (Photo credit: Bruce Casanova for Bb. Pilipinas)
We have already discussed about the top favorites at length, exchanged views about their pluses and minuses and stamped our seals of approval for those who should win or place.
How about Binibini 2 Mary Ainjely Manalo?
Where is the beautiful Pasay City representative currently standing in your tally sheets? Is she still competitive enough to land a good spot in your rankings?
Okay, you must have gotten tired of her. This the last for Ellore with the National Costume (Photo credit: Bruce Casanova for Bb. Pilipinas)
I promise. This is the last time I am featuring Binibini 18 Ellore Punzalan and that gracefully flowing National Costume.
And I am taking the final opportunity to ask you something about her.
Ellore is 26 years old. And this could only mean that – based on the age limits for each overseas pageant – Miss Universe Philippines 2014 is the only title she can vie for, or perhaps 1st Runner-Up (although you don’t really work hard just to become one). And if she does get to take over Pia Wurtzbach’s 2013 placement, the likelihood of replacing one of the eventual winners in the unforeseen event of sickness or physical inability is not very bright considering that if MUP is to be relieved, BPI is next-in-line to be considered.
And in such an event, Ellore cannot move up because she will be disqualified by age for either Miss Tourism Queen International and Miss Supranational.
So where does that leave her in terms of placement?
A consecutive semifinal appearance at best? Or a complete snub for 2014?
Binibini 16 Zahara Mae O. Soriano (Photo credit: Bruce Casanova for Bb. Pilipinas)
I want to give the spotlight to all the Binibinis, so allow me to feature Zahara Mae O. Soriano, Bb. Pilipinas 2014 Official Candidate #16.
This Aces & Queens entry has not been making a big splash so far. It’s not that she is making less hay compared to the others, but the roster is simply overflowing with strong contenders. Part of the challenge is to upstage the consistently featured ones by showing their uniqueness as Filipinas. But how does one exactly do that? If you ask me, the first step begins from within and not to be exclusively focused on one’s turn onstage. Confidence is not just about making sharp turns, perfect twirls and fierce poses. The facial aura that one individual exudes is also a reflection of genuineness in character and the strong desire to win.
And just like election campaigning, there is also a significant network to be made within the confines of the organization, BPCI that is. The ladies should know that it is equally important to blend well with the people running the day-to-day activities and not be contended with letting the aggressive ones do all the bonding. During the homestretch, I reckon that Madame would usually sit down with her trusted personnel to discuss on the personality merits of the girls. To be part of a “recommended group” is as important as getting both feet inside the door of the preliminaries.
Where is Zahara fitting in at the moment? (Photo credit: Bruce Casanova for Bb. Pilipinas)
So going back to Zahara, what is your take on this Binibini’s chances? Is she moving up, middling in the line-up or gradually sliding down?
Julia Morley (middle) is seen being flanked by Miss World 2013 Megan Young (left) and Mr. World 2012/13 Francisco Javier Escobar Parra during a telethon in Iowa which raised more than USD4Million in pledges and donations.
During the last telethon organized by Miss World Organization in Iowa, USA, Julia Morley made one of her first personal appearances after undergoing major operation due to a bad fall that happened inside an orphanage that collapsed in Haiti last year.
Miss World 2013 Megan Young and Mr. World 2012/13 Francisco Javier Escobar Parra was with the head of MWO during the said event.
Good to see you back on your feet, Ms. Morley.
The details are still unknown, but Fashion Designer Kenneth Chua was brutally murdered last night.
The warm-hearted guy has made so many friends in the local fashion industry. And his tragic death is deeply saddening for many.
May his soul rest in peace.
One of Kenneth’s last works was the National Costume of Binibini 5 Hannah Mariz dela Guerra last week. (Photo credit: Edmund Chua)
Left to right: Ellore, Julian, Kris and Joy (Photo credit: Bruce Casanova for Bb. Pilipinas)
Indulge me for a while, dear readers.
I’m in one of my crazy afternoons at the office. So just to let off steam a bit, I thought of taking another stab at captioning one of those photos featuring some Bb. Pilipinas 2014 Official Candidates during their Sponsor Visit at JAC Motors.
I’m not a natural comic (more of a punchline ad-libber, if you will) so if the bubble scripts sound corny, pasensiya na po!
Binibini 17 Diana Arevalo in an Odelon Simpao creation. (Photo credit: Bruce Casanova for Bb. Pilipinas)
The photo above of Binibini 17 Diana Arevalo during the National Costume Competition of Bb. Pilipinas 2014 says it all. She wants to win a crown. And she’s working hard to get it.
The Mindoro native is confident that she has what it takes to finally get her long overdue victory this year. And how sweet it can be if she is finally given the chance to represent the Philippines internationally.
She has paid her dues and had to go through two disappointing losses in the past. Can she turn the tide this time around? This blogger hopes that she does. ;-)