One of the 8 ladies above could spring a surprise on Sunday night.
Every year, a surprise or two in the official results of Bb. Pilipinas (even Miss Universe) make us look closer at the TV screen (or the stage if watching live) more intently. It’s as if we missed this one girl who is suddenly performing beyond everybody’s expectations.
Last year, a petite and less regarded – albeit photogenic – Ali Forbes stunned amused watchers when she placed 2nd Runner-Up which translated to a year-long Top 5 appearance with Janine, Nicole, Katrina and Elaine. The year before that, the surprise was relatively minor when the likes of less popular Sarah Nicole Clenci and Wendy Lucas made it to the Top 15. And the year before that, Czarina Gatbonton floored everyone by becoming the last Filipina to wear the Bb. Pilipinas World sash.
For 2013, who will provide us with that eyebrow-raising moment? For your consideration, I short-listed eight candidates who just might sneak into the magic circle of Top 15 or Top 10 or even Top 5 when nobody’s looking (or taking a restroom break in between commercial gaps).
Cebuanas Angeli Dione Gomez and Herlie Kim Artugue head the group. Their excellent communication skills – and acceptable facial attractiveness – might not be lost on the judges’ scorecards. Same goes with Law student Ivy Kristel Gonzales and UK-raised Zandra Flores. And how about the youthful beauty of 17 year-old Imee Schweighart? She could turn on the charm that we have been ignoring for so long.
And then there is also Best National Costume winner (and Mutya Datul deadringer) Ma. Teresita ‘Mateane’ Baccay plus sexy Abby Monderin who may possibly complicate the field even more. Finally, let’s not forget the statuesque Valiry Vispo whose 5’10″ frame can be hard to ignore in a less competitive year.
Yes, ladies and gentlemen, there is likely to be one shocking contender for this year. Her identity remains a mystery, though. After all, what’s Bb. Pilipinas without one?
Thank God it’s Friday!
After votes were casted for my unofficial poll started last March 20, 2011, here are the final results. I decided to close the voting yesterday morning to give way for the tally to be posted before the finals night this coming Sunday, April 10).
Based on the 1,383 votes casted, here are the 15 ladies with the highest numbers (with corresponding percentages). Of course, it goes without saying the #1 on the list is your choice to win the top crown:
Shamcey Supsup - my blog readers' choice to win Bb. Pilipinas-Universe after garnering 15.62% of the votes.
1. SHAMCEY SUPSUP – 216 votes (15.62%)
2. JENETTE MIEKO NOGUCHI – 181 votes (13.17%)
3. MARTHA CHLOE McCULLY – 139 votes (10.12%)
4. WENDY LUCAS – 112 votes (8.15%)
5. ANGELIA ONG – 100 votes (7.28%)
6. MARY JEAN LASTIMOSA – 87 votes (6.33%)
7. LADYLYN RIVA – 70 votes (5.09%)
8. JENN-ROE GUBAT – 51 votes (3.71%)
9. GLENNIFER PERIDO – 46 votes (3.35%)
10. PATRICIA TUMULAK – 43 votes (3.13%)
11. MARIE KRISTINA MAY MARASIGAN – 36 votes (2.62%)
12. ISABELLA MANJON – 35 votes (2.55%)
12. SABRINNE AL-TAWIL – 35 votes (2.55%)
14. DIANA AREVALO – 32 votes (2.33%)
15. DIANNE NECIO – 27 votes (1.97%)
My readers (and visitors) have spoken. Let’s see if this outcome will parallel the actual results on Sunday.
It’s April Fool’s Day and I kid you not. Here are new swimsuit images of some Bb. Pilipinas 2011 Official Candidates for your viewing pleasure.
Camille Alexis Baltazar
Carla Marie Lacson
Martha Chloe McLully
Jenette Mieko Noguchi
Paula Camille Figueras
Kristina May Marasigan
Who is most consistent so far? Who strikes you as the real winner?
Bb. Pilipinas 2011 Official Candidate Marie Kristina May Marasigan : one of the dark horses in this year's competition (Photo credit: Bruce Casanova of OPMB Worldwide)
ABS-CBN, BPCI’s newest media partner, will telecast the pre-pageant of Bb. Pilipinas 2011 on April 3, 2011 (Sunday) to be aired over the network’s Sunday’s Best program slot. This should give pageant fans, critics and supporters a golden opportunity to judge the ladies better. For sure, the 40 delegates will be presented in both swimsuit and evening gowns as the preliminary judges will score them accordingly to come up with a Top 10 or 15 come finals night on April 10. So mark the date!
Bb. Pilipinas 2011 Official Candidate Paula Camille Figueras: another dark horse in this year's competition (Photo credit: Bruce Casanova of OPMB Worldwide)
Bb. Pilipinas 2011 Official Candidate Wendy Lucas: another (tall) dark horse in this year's competition (Photo credit: Bruce Casanova of OPMB Worldwide)
Bb. Pilipinas 2011 Official Candidate Zephora Mayon: another dark horse in this year's competition (Photo credit: Bruce Casanova of OPMB Worldwide)
#14 - Marish Alyssa Marquinez
#15 - Arabella Hanesh
#16 - Sabrinne Al-Tawil
#17 - Gerlie Lero
#18 - Teresa Pamela Ludovice
#19 - Wendy Lucas
#20 - Jenette Mieko Noguchi
#21 - Kenneth Dimaapi
#22 - Paula Camille Figueras
#23 - Luzelle Felipe
#24 - Martha Chloe McCully
#25 - Isabella Manjon
#26 - Shamcey Supsup
The second batch of Bb. Pilipinas 2011 Official Candidates from 14-26 has all the statuesque girls, and I can go out on a limb and say that there will be at least 1 titleholder from them for sure, two even if my initial forecast holds water.
My choices here are: #26 Shamcey Supsup, #25 Isabella Manjon, #20 Jenette Mieko Noguchi, #16 Sabrinne Al-Tawil, #15 Arabella Hanesh #19 Wendy Lucas and #23 Luzelle Felipe.
Who are yours?
Bb. Pilipinas 2011 Official Candidate Wendy Lucas
5’ 9″ ; 20
Cagayan State University
Special talent/Sports/Hobbies -
Playing piano, reading books, badminton
Interesting informations -
Philippine rep., Miss Tourism Intercontinental 2010
Philippine rep., International Model of the Year 2009
Miss PASUC 2008
Wendy in national costume during the Miss Tourism Intercontinental 2010 in Malaysia
Wendy loves joining beauty pageants. Being a beauty queen is a childhood dream and growing up statuesque helps a lot in easily qualifying as one. Her first taste of wearing a crown was when she was named Miss PASUC (Philippine Association of State Universities and Colleges) 2008. A year after she was sent to Korea for the International Model of the Year and while she wasn’t able to bring home the bacon, she got more determined than ever to represent the country in another competition. Just last year, she was appointed (with the help of trainer John dela Vega) to be the Philippine bet to the Miss Tourism Intercontinental in Malaysia. Once more, she was not successful. But not to accept defeat so quickly, she is now an Official Candidate of Bb. Pilipinas 2011. Previous international exposures will give her immense help in the national tilt, for sure. But with the intense field of wannabes, how will she fare in the end? Hard to guess, but if she does make the semifinal cut, she needs to turn up the heat even more to outshine the heavy favorites to win.
All the videos below are courtesy of OPMBvids and made possible by Bruce Casanova of OPMB Worldwide.
The ladies in Group 1 are:
1 – Jenette Mieko Noguchi
2 – Elizabeth Clenci
8 – Gianna Therese Quintos
10 – Jaine Hidalgo
11 – Shamcey Supsup
12 – Diana Arevalo
13 – Mary Jean Lastimosa
18 – Jenilyn Olivar
19 – Teresa Pamela Ludovice
20 – Ma. Kristina May Marasigan
21 – Queenierich Rehman
24 – Monique Teruelle Manuel
26 – Camille Alexis Baltazar
The ladies in Group 2 are:
27 – Glennifer Perido
29 – Krystle Ann Grant
31 – Jennielyn Natividad
32 – Patricia Tumulak
34 – Paula Camille Figueras
35 – Roxanne Cabanero
37 – Girle Lero
38 – Marish Alyssa Marquinez
39 – Hazelyn Santos
40 – Arabella Hanesh
41 – Carla Lacson
43 – Martha McCulley
49 – Dianne Necio
The ladies in Group 3 are:
51 – Luzelle Felipe
52 – Jenn-Roe Gubat
54 – Isabella Manjon
55 – Ma. Paula Bianca Paz
57 – Renee Hassani
58 – Ladylyn Riva
59 – Ma. Zhareal Oliveros
64 – Kathleen Subijano
66 – Carl Crystle delos Reyes
68 – Wendy Lucas
70 – Sabrinne Al-Tawil
73 – Janine Tugonon
75 – Kenneth Dimaapi
The ladies in Group 4 are:
76 – Joana Tuazon
79 – Christine Adi
83 – Dane Umali
84 – Angelia Ong
85 – Samantha Purvor
88 – Zephorah Mayon
90 – Carolyn Ty
98 – Grendel Alvarado
71 – Lara Marcelo
Okay, after watching the videos above, who do you think deserve to make the cut to Top 24 and become this year’s Official Candidates of Binibining Pilipinas? Well, your guesses are as good as mine.