Now here's a unique Binibini face-off for you to feast upon
Now here’s a unique Bb. Pilipinas Face-Off where you can share your thoughts about the three versions of Pia Wurtzbach in three different editions of the beauty pageant.
Just looking at the photo grid above, it’s quite easy to tell how she was a stand-out the first time that she joined last 2013, slackened a bit the following year and restored her original aura in the ongoing competition. I’m amused myself how pictures can project the ups and downs in a Binibini’s participation.
Pia was obviously peaking when she was named 1st Runner-Up during Bb. Pilipinas Gold. She was in her best elements then. But when she decided to resign from the placement to try her luck a year after, you can tell that there was something off. The pressure of getting a crown has definitely taken a toll on her overall disposition. And it didn’t help any that her fateful Q&A during finals night (where Sen. Angara asked her a question in Tagalog which somehow cornered her in giving a reply in the vernacular and losing time to translate her thoughts into English) was like a soft dagger that – while not the reason behind the loss – casted a not-so-positive spell on her final ranking among the judges’ scoresheets.
But the girl is back. And this time, the 2013 aura has been faithfully restored and ready to conquer the nationals with nerves of steel and a visibly more willful disposition.
Another photo comparison of Pia during 2013, 2014 and now.
Will Binibini 10 be finally able to rope in a highly-anticipated crown come March 15? ;-)
Our Bb. Pilipinas 2013 Queens during their winning moment
Okay, before anything else, let me tell you that I convinced Binibini 10 Pia Wurtzbach to share the still-publicly-unseen video below that has been gathering dust in her hard disk for a long time now. It shows the Bb. Pilipinas Gold Queens letting their hair down and singing their hearts out to a Britney Spears tune. Do watch now and tell me what you think.
You all know by now that this batch is considered the most successful ever in modern Bb. Pilipinas history with Bea Rose Santiago winning Miss International, Mutya Datul becoming the first Asian Miss Supranational, Ariella Arida claiming 3rd Runner-Up honors in Miss Universe 2013 and Cindy Miranda making Top 10 in what could be the last resurrection of the Miss Tourism Queen International contest.
Nice to see these Queens showing their candid moments once in a while. ;-)
With the latest TV commercial of Bb. Pilipinas 2015 airing on ABS-CBN very soon, let’s take a look at the various promo plugs that the network came up with from 2011 to 2014. I got to admit that they have really raised the notch every year since taking over from GMA-7 more than four years ago. The excitement level is guaranteed with so much thought and creativity inputted in the concept.
There really is no use choosing the best among the four because personally, I always see the latest as the one that has surpassed outputs in previous years – always progressive. And I was told that the upcoming one could be the best ever TVC for our biggest national pageant. Can’t wait to see the final cut! ;-)
Watch them now in the order of release:
courtesy of Beauty Pageant Channel
courtesy of The Emerald
courtesy of The Emerald
courtesy of Bb. Pilipinas Official
Binibini 3 Ria Rabajante for Bb. Pilipinas 2015
Ria is more prepared in her 2nd Bb. Pilipinas attempt
Back in 2013, Ria Rabajante made quite a splash when she took part in Bb. Pilipinas Gold. Tongues were wagging as to where this knockout dusky beauty came from and who was backing her up. Well, her trainers never changed. She is still the same R-L Angel pinned as Binibini 1 before. But just like the number she is wearing right now, the girl is 3x the sophisticated fierceness and 3x more prepared for the demands of the nationals. In fact, she took more than a year and a half before finally making the decision to enlist in Bb. Pilipinas 2015. Last year, she busied herself with work at Captured Dream Productions for the inaugural edition of Miss Teen Earth and Little Miss Earth Philippines where she did PR as well as being the big sister of all the young candidates.
But enough of that, for now. Ria is dead-set on performing better and stronger. And if she comes on as less daring in styling now, it could be due to a game plan to turn into a more timeless Filipina maiden who has what it takes to exude a favorable appeal in the global pageant circuit.
Ria showing off her sexy curves during the final screening
Could this be her year to fulfill the dream of winning a crown? Possibly. No, make that very possibly. ;-)
Former Binibini Charmaine Elima for Philippine Airlines
A selfie from Maine
Consider this post as shooting two birds with one stone. While the image above promotes the upcoming Travel Fair of Philippine Airlines happening at its PNB Financial Center Branch two days from now and into the whole weekend, it also updates everyone on what’s eating the beautiful Charmaine Elima nowadays. The former Official Candidate of Bb. Pilipinas Gold continues to fly with the country’s flag carrier, and is still quite happy with how things are moving along, career-wise.
Of course, if I ask Maine if she is still interested in re-joining Bb. Pilipinas, she will just give me a charming smile plus a non-committal answer that can be whispered to the wind as “pass muna“.
She knows, however, that should plans change, the doors are open for her possible return. Soon, I hope. :-)
Nicole Donesa hopes to do better in Miss World Philippines 2014. (Photo credit: Jory Rivera/OPMB Worldwide)
Nicole during the taping of a GMA-7 show
The minute I laid my eyes on this girl during the final screening of Miss World Philippines 2014, she unleashed an easy smile that made me stop and ask “You’re Nicole Donesa, right?
“, to which she appeared pleased with the instant recognition.
Do you remember this beautiful lass – initially tagged last year as the niece of Bb. Pilipinas International 2001 Maricarl Tolosa – when she was Binibini 4 during the 50th edition of our favorite national pageant? Well, she went on to pursue a showbiz career afterwards and got eventually signed up as an exclusive artist of GMA-7. She has, in fact, appeared in the teleserye ‘My Destiny‘ with recurring appearances in ‘Bubble Gang’ and other shows.
I think my initial speculation that Nicole is the entry of GMA Artist Center in the pageant will be confirmed soon enough. And if this indeed is the case, then she could perform better in Miss World Philippines 2014 than her stint in Bb. Pilipinas 2013. That is, if she plays her cards right and makes full use of the opportunity to get herself more familiar to the public eye.
What do you think, dear readers? :-)
The two bets from Rizal Province represent experience for one (Anna Carmela) and first-time jitters (Nicole) for the other.
The girl form Taytay has gone the national pageant route when she participated in Bb. Pilipinas 2013. On the other hand, the youthful lass from Rodriguez is dipping her feet in the big league for the first time. While previous exposure has a decisive edge over inexperience, there is no denying that this is a competition where the results tend to be just as unpredictable as the winning lottery numbers. At the same time, Nicole Grimalt has the more youthful vibe going for her compared to the relatively more mature (read: learned) disposition of Anna Carmela Aquino.
Be that as it may, whoever presents more consistently is likely to prevail over the other. Let’s watch their eco-videos for now to get a better impression of both wannabes.
videos courtesy of MissPhilippinesEarthOfficial
So who’s more preferable for you? Anna Carmela or Nicole? ;-)