Binibini 21 Alaiza Malinao and Binibini 19 Christi Lynn McGarry as photographed by Owen Reyes
They may not have the overflowing hype surrounding the likes of Janicel Lubina and Pia Wurtzbach, but Binibini 21 Alaiza Malinao and Binibini 19 Christi Lynn McGarry have never lagged behind in terms of being tagged as favorites in Bb. Pilipinas 2015. In fact, I wanted to call them spoilers but that wouldn’t sound right because they are almost on equal footing with the perceived winners among the thirty-four (34) contenders.
Honestly, these two ladies are likely winners who will not get strong opposition if ever. They have managed to get very positive feedback from many pageant followers and observers. They have the right ingredients in place – beautiful face with competitive height and figure on top of having good communication skills. What more can one ask for?
Alaiza (leftmost) and Christi Lynn (middle) pose with Ina Guerrero for PAGCOR
If and when Alaiza and Christi Lynn end up snatching two of the crowns next week, then they are truly destined for pageant glory in Bb. Pilipinas. I won’t hide the wide smile on my face because a not-so-secret wish is for both of them to become our next international reps abroad. ;-)
Photographer Owen Reyes released his latest photoshoot of the Thirteen (13) Jewels of Aces & Queens in Bb. Pilipinas 2015.
And in this post, you will see the camp’s beauties in their most sensuous glory – no holds barred if you will. You might notice that the girls are wearing the same two-piece swimwears used for the ones taken by Raymond Saldaña weeks back. These images were taken from the same set-up but from different angles.
Let’s cut to the chase. I will ask the all-important questions now. Who are your best bets among the thirteen contenders? Who do you think will take it all the way come March 15? Who will get your most solid support up until the dying minutes of the finals?
Time to share your choices now. ;-)
Binibini 15 Paula Rich Bartolome and Binibini 22 Anja-Vanessa Peter close out our Face-Off series with their A&Q-KF beauty match (Photo credit: Bruce Casanova)
And so we’re down to the 17th and last in our Binibini Face-Off series. This one is not necessarily a case of saving the best match for last. But after I reviewed all the sixteen (16) previous one-on-ones, the two remaining ladies still come from opposing beauty camps. We now reach full circle with a clash of candidates from Aces & Queens and Kagandahang Flores
Binibini 15 Paula Rich Bartolome and Binibini 22 Anja-Vanessa Peter are two entirely different charmers. While the former is an all-Pinay challenger from Laguna, the one-time junior tennis darling is a mixed-race comer who is bringing her uniqueness to the table, sans previous non-pageant achievements.
Paula Rich and Anja-Vanessa have their own brand of charm to exude. Who gets you asking for more between the two? (Photo credit: Jhosh Rodriguez)
It’s quite easy to tell that Anja is fitter between the two, just like saying that Paula possesses the more alluring looks (an Oriental bombshell, if you will
) once pitted side-by-side.
Paula has a string of regional and national pageant experiences to lean on, while Anja is relying on her God-given talent for discipline and competitiveness.
Aura-wise, the Aces & Queens bet can be compared to a Victoria’s Secret scent – “… the whimsical, spring fragrance that lingers…” Meanwhile, the KF entry is like a Jo Malone EDT – “sandalwood and cedarwood seasoned with nutmeg and vibrant ginger…”
I will stop making all these comparisons. It’s time to score an ace.
40-40. Advantage Peter. ;-)
Binibini 5 Caneille Faith Santos of Marilao, Bulacan and Binibini 16 Marvi Ann de Lima of Iriga City, Camarines Sur – who’s your choice? (Photo credit: Jhosh Rodriguez)
Binibini 5 Caneille Faith Santos is the Bulakenya
from Marilao who caught the last train to Bb. Pilipinas 2015. She replaced the original qualifier Christine Balaguer due to reasons still un-press-released till now.
Binibini 16 Marvi Ann de Lima is the Iriga City native who was plucked out of her regional pageant turns by Gerry Diaz of Aces & Queens to train for and be fielded in the nationals.
And while some jaded pageant followers may dismiss this face-off as just a filler of presence and numbers, the two ladies here are actually strong-willed and diligent competitors who are capable of outshining some of the preferred ones who will be caught off-guard in the filtering process.
All Caneille wants is to leave a lasting impression in Bb. Pilipinas 2015 and hopefully place well. Marvi Ann wants to win for her home town and place in Bb. Pilipinas in this, her very first try.
Now if it were up to me, the match will go to Marvi Ann in a heartbeat. Not that I am skipping a fair assessment of Caneille who has been giving her best so far. The former is just doing everything right, vis a vis
the other’s outputs.
And while the Bicolana is the type of Binibini whose beauty does not grab you in an instant, it grows on an observer in due time. Maybe in time for the all-important closed door selection of the semifinalists? ;-)
Two of the tallest Binibinis are here for your assessment – Binibini 17 Brenna Cassandra Gamboa and Binibini 20 Tanya Angelina Nicole Hyde (Photo credit: Jhosh Rodriguez)
Methinks this is an almost dead even match. Between Binibini 17 Brenna Cassandra Gamboa and Binibini 20 Tanya Angelina Nicole Hyde, that is.
While the Yoga teacher (Tanya) looks slimmer and toned to the core, Brenna is more pageant-trained and ready for beauty assault on any given Sunday. Their facial features may not be the most crowd-appealing when sandwiching the likes of Binibini 19 Christi Lynn McGarry but the minute they work out the stage, the potentials show in generous amounts.
And just to add to the dead evenness, their respective heights are almost equal – playing in the 5’9″ range once in a full line-up.
Both Brenna (left) and Tanya stand in the 5’9″ range – very ideal for international fielding (Photo credit: Jhosh Rodriguez)
So where will the edge come from? Brenna’s experience perhaps. She knows how to play the pageant game. Tanya may be the articulate speaker with words coming out of her lips like a soothing voice-over for deep meditation. But then again, nothing beats having the background in executing grace under pressure while prancing around in tricky gowns and platform heels.
Brenna by the skin of her teeth or slightly more, in my opinion. ;-)
Time to herald the face-off between Binibini 13 Mae Liezel Ramos and Binibini 24 Ann Lorraine Colis
Now where do I begin with this face-off?
The reason I asked that question is because Binibini 13 Mae Liezel Ramos could have easily won this match had she used her consistent fierceness last year and brought it to this year’s competition tinged with the sweeter evolution of her style and aura.
As it is right now, this becomes an easy win for Binibini 24 Ann Lorraine Colis who is gradually gaining the most-needed momentum one day at a time. She is picking up converts almost left and right. And at the rate she registered so positively to the audience during the Press Presentation, I wouldn’t be surprised if she actually brings it on till the March 15 finals.
Who is fiercer – Liezel, the repeater (left) or Ann, the first-timer? (Photo credit: Joy Arguil)
But am I really throwing Mae Liezel under the mini-bus this early? Not at all. The girl must be listening intently to her handlers and she has, of late, been turning up the heat. I’m hoping that she catches up well. This year promises no guarantees whatsoever. And with the newbies escalating their potentials by the minute, this Bicolana needs to deliver exponential progress to level the playing field so she can really step up to the plate and hit a possible homerun if she wants to do one cut better than her placement last year.
One vote for Ann here. But I’m not giving up on Liezel just yet.
Not with the Bb. Pilipinas 2015 Fashion Show coming up tomorrow night. ;-)
The Zamboangueña and the Cebuana figure out in our next tiff (Photo credit: Joselito Caleon for Fabmanilaph)
Here’s the interesting thing with this face-off.
Binibini 33 Neesha Murjani is the type of beauty who looks so much better in person. Her charm overflows when you’re in her company. Binibini 29 Nancy Leonard, on the other hand, looks very good face-to-face, but comes across as far more gorgeous in stills and random images. Not that it’s a shortcoming for either. But to be able to appreciate these ladies better, spending time around them will give anyone a better assessment of their individual pluses and otherwise.
Body-wise, Nancy takes the lead. Hers is the shapelier form that can make heads turn easily. Neesha possesses a different body type – less of the soft curves, more of the gym-toned contours.
Team Nancy or Team Neesha? (Photo credit: Joselito Caleon for Fabmanilaph)
Now, in terms of communication, I believe Neesha has a fair edge. That advantage, though, can slip away if the Zamboangueña turns on the heat.
So we’re now down to personality. Nancy exudes a more aggressive disposition to Neesha’s occasionally shy but very likeable demeanor. It will all boil down to who is capable of upping her positive qualities and reducing the areas for improvement.
I’d go for Nancy in this match. ;-)