Yesterday was one of the most nerve-wracking pageant coverages I have made. I already anticipated the Bb. Pilipinas 2016 screening to be tough. But I never imagined it would also be beautifully stress-laden on my part.
The instructions to media were simple. At 5:00PM sharp, we can enter Monet Ballroom 3 of Novotel Manila Araneta Center to witness the proceedings. By then, two batches of ten were already finished with their swimsuit presentations and casual interviews. Keep in mind that eighty-eight (88) beauties made it to this point, so there were six more groups to dissect so to speak. It really didn’t matter that I missed the first two because they were asked to line up once more later on.
My head was on a tailspin because I wanted to do everything real-time. But multi-tasking is definitely not for the faint-hearted. I had to watch each one of them walk, speak and project. At the same time, I needed to take photos on my own. And third, I wanted to do quick uploads to my Facebook account because so many followers were excitedly waiting for the results to be posted. If that’s not enough, I still placed captions on all photos, replied to quick queries and answered some questions on Messenger.
The hardest part really was seeing so many gorgeous women in the field, knowing that only less than half of them will eventually make it as Official Candidates. That was extremely difficult for the panel, as it was to other select media members allowed entry inside the ballroom.
But then again, this is the country’s premiere national beauty competition. And cuts have to be made however painful they may be to the disappointed recipient who won’t hear her name being called.
In the end, forty-eight (48) had to bid farewell to their Binibini dreams this 2016. Better luck, next year, if you will. And Madame Stella Marquez de Araneta gave everyone the reassurance that they can join again should they fail to make the cut.
So much for the crazy number of hours spent. It may have been tiresome, but the efforts were all worth it.
All in a day’s worth of pageant coverage! ;-)