15 comments on “Bb. Pilipinas 2012 Candidates’ Profiles 1-15

  1. I believe that they all have what it takes to be the next Bb. Pilipinas. However, when I was looking at there photos above, I was most mesmerized with Mary Jean’s beauty. As her school mate going back to college, I can say that she doesn’t only possess the external beauty, she has also the beauty whithin and that what makes her even more beautiful. I believe that she will be able to bring home the bacon and make Davaoeños proud. Good luck Mary Jean….”Kaya Nimu Nah…Ikaw Paba!..Abtik Lang!hehehe”

  2. Just to let you know that I’ve changed the title of my article above, from “GINA JOY HOWELL: A FOUR-CUT JEWEL FOR BB. PILIPINAS” to “GINA JOY HOWELL: A FOUR-CUT JEWEL IN THE 2012 BB. PILIPINAS CROWN.” I’ve just realized that the latter sounds better. I was hoping you could remove the article, so that I will post another one with the better title. Sorry for the inconvenience. Just the same, thank you for being there all the time.


    Twenty-year-old Gina Joy Howell may not be the most hyped Binibining Pilipinas 2012 candidate, but she is damned well one beauteous belle worthy to wear a crown and bring honor to our country. I can’t say it enough: that she is perfect Miss International material, simply because she is gently beautiful owing to her soft facial features, demure demeanor, and immaculately clear complexion. Much as I’d like to give her the title, I have no right to limit her potential to such crown alone.

    As pageant enthusiasts and supporters, we now have one more reason to be excited for our favorite candidates, because last March 7, BPCI (Bb. Pilipinas Charities, Inc.) acquired the franchise of a four-year-old global beauty pageant based in Europe; thus, four glittering crowns will be awarded this year: Bb. Pilipinas-Universe, Bb. Pilipinas-International, Bb. Pilipinas-Tourism, and Bb. Pilipinas-Supranational.

    I was happy upon reading the news, because I’ve always visited the pageant’s website since the contest was founded in 2009 by World Beauty Association in Poland, and I believe in its mission that reads, “It is our passion to tear down borders. We draw attention to those countries on their way to become tourism destinations of high attraction. We enable the youth to expand their horizons by showing them the beautiful side of a truly globalized world.” Needless to say, Gina Howell’s youthful energy and vibrant beauty are very much in keeping with all of the above.

    Any of the candidates could pass for every title in store, but what makes Miss International different from Miss Universe is the certain amount of fierceness. Yes, a Miss Universe doesn’t have to be fiercely beautiful all the time, but let’s face it, most Miss Universes (including the runners-up) do look so. Moreover, the fact that you are Miss Universe doesn’t necessarily mean you are more beautiful than Miss International, or than Miss Tourism Queen International, or than Miss Supranational—your distinct beauty just happens to be fit for that title.

    Miss International 2005 Precious Lara Quigaman said that her childhood dream was to become Miss Universe. Had she been chosen to represent our country to the Miss Universe pageant in 2005, I’m sure she would’ve been easily blown out of the top five by no less than the four fierce Latina beauties: fourth runner-up Monica Spear (Venezuela), third runner-up Laura Elizondo (Mexico), second runner-up Renata Sone (Dominican Republic), and first runner-up Cynthia Olavarria (Puerto Rico), not to mention the winner who was the fiercest and the fairest of them all, Natalie Glebova from Canada.

    What makes Gina Howell a cut above the rest is her five-feet-nine stature and svelte figure, which can take her just about anywhere, help her land safely, and let her bring home the bacon, if ever the Binibining Pilipinas-International crown won’t be bestowed on her. Since the pageant started in 1993, the winners of Miss Tourism Queen International vary in terms of look and style, just like Miss Supranational which is still new in the industry. It goes without saying that Gina can go between the four titles, because… done with fiercely styled hair, seductive eyebrow shape, dramatic eye shadow, thicker eyeliner, meticulously contoured nose, rouge blush, and a lip color only a team of Kryolan professional make-up artists could decide, Gina is good to go for Miss Universe!

  4. More thanks to you, Norman, for letting me be read by your followers. It’s an honor to share my thoughts on Bb. Pilipinas 2012 with someone that’s deemed to be one of the top pageant bloggers in the country. You have no idea how highly I respect you in this department—alongside Joyce Ann Burton-Titular and Rafa Delfin. My brain is not functioning properly now, so I could only think of the three of you, plus my favorite commenters: Basil, Glenn Dyer, and Asian. I love the way these three beauties and brains put their thoughts into the comment fields, and I hate it when others go bashing the candidates they like least. May Rafa, Joyce, Basil, Glenn, Asian, and you continue to be objective with your opinions, because you are the front-runners in making a difference in the pageant world. Since I have already made friends with Joyce and Rafa on Facebook, I hope I could also befriend you, Glenn, Basil, and Asian. I would appreciate it if you could let them know how much I admire them for what they do. God bless!

  5. GINA JOY HOWELL: Strutting Her Way Internationally

    The first time I saw Gina Joy Howell was during the Search for 2010 Mr. & Miss University-Philippines, an annual national inter-varsity beauty pageant held at the University of the Philippines Theater in Diliman, Quezon City, in which she placed first runner-up to Sabrinne Al-Tawil, one of last year’s Binibining Pilipinas official candidates. I was (Sharon Angel’s) the Region 7 delegate’s makeup artist and Gina represented Region 3. She was very sweet and well-mannered. Her impeccable Amerasian countenance, smooth skin, silky black hair, and stunning elegance made me think that she should consider joining Binibining Pilipinas beauty pageant someday. Such combination of beauty and height should not be put in vain, for many are called but only few are chosen. There are a lot of beautiful girls out there who would kill to become Binibining Pilipinas, but could only keep on wishing, because their height won’t suffice. When I saw Gina popping out of the Gateway Suites after the Binibining Pilipinas 2012 final screening last February 11, I couldn’t help but take pride in my hunch two years ago. I was so happy to see her there, especially that she’s one of the standouts from this year’s lineup. I congratulated her on making it as an official candidate, and am very proud of her because she has what it takes to represent our country internationally.

    Among this year’s bevy of beauties, Angeles City-Pampanga’s Gina Joy Howell tops my favorite picks for the title of Binibining Pilipinas-International 2012. Why? She’s a natural charmer, a pretty lady, a lovely lass, some perfect girlfriend material. I will never ever fall in love with a woman, but I have a feeling that’s what a Miss International is mostly about—however, the smart and gorgeous Gina may not be able to prove her brains in this event that traditionally skips the all-important interview competition. And because the Miss International Beauty Pageant may not be quite particular about height, Gina’s five-feet-nine stature would be an ace up her sleeve.

    Gina Howell’s immaculate, almost porcelain-white skin stems from an unblemished mix of American and Filipino blood. She glides like a darling of the crowd. While many missologists are saying she looks like Binibining Pilipinas-International 2004 Margaret Ann Bayot, I would say that she bears more than a passing resemblance to Miss International 1979 Melanie Marquez, only a little fairer in complexion. And because Melanie was awarded by Global Beauties as the Most Beautiful Miss International 1960 – 2000, it would be perfect if Gina be given the Binibining Pilipinas-International crown, so that the Miss International Beauty Pageant organizers in Japan would feel visited by the most memorable winner that has ever walked their stage. Needless to say, Gina would also make a strong contender for Miss Tourism Queen International, but she is too pretty for Miss Universe.

  6. Thank you for profiling each of the candidates and posting their official headshots. It’s not that I find it unfair; I’ve just noticed that while some girls are given longer descriptions of themselves, some others seem to be underrated. Hence, please allow me to share my brief blog on Gina Joy Howell, my top favorite for the title of Binibining Pilipinas 2012-International. I may have posted the same somewhere else, but am hoping that you could give me a space here just the same. Thank you so much.

  7. Katrina Jayne Dimaranan’s story moved me to tears. I admire her for the strength that she’s mustered as a result of her life experiences. It’s good that there’s a candidate who had such a life, so that many people, not just young girls, out there will be inspired by her. One huge reason why Venus Raj is well loved by many is because of the instant inspiration that she became when she won such a prestigious beauty title as Binibining Pilipinas-Universe 2010 despite her poverty, when she placed as fourth runner-up at Miss Universe despite the obstacles that she had encountered en route to the competition. If Katrina wins one of the four crowns, she will be an instrument of strength for those who are on the verge of despair; through her example and by her inspiration, many of the homeless individuals out there will feel at home in the assurance that with faith in God, perseverance, and hard work, nothing can stop someone beautiful from getting there. And I’m not just talking about a beautiful woman, but any person who’s beautiful both inside and out.
    — ARIEL ALLERA (Cebu)

  8. I was blown away with the background of Kathrine Dimaranan, she is too young to experience those misfortunes. but look at her now,looks like she has never been through those trials. should she win one of the four titles come the pageant night,i’ll have no objection at all.
    dimaranan for the win!

    • I was also surprised to read about Katrina’s background because it doesn’t show on her at all and one would have never known. It’s also the kind of story that the Trump organization likes to hear about. Imagine if she won Miss Universe, headlines would scream “Formerly homeless girl wins Miss Universe,,,” Journey lead singer Arnel Pineda was lionized by the media here in the U.S. specifically because he was homeless at one point in his life.

      • Katrina continues to be one of my solid choices for this year. And I agree that the human interest angle works in her favor without the story overly-shouting for attention. She always projects a dignified self in all her presentations.

    • I was surprised as well. Who wouldn’t root for her at this point? I’ve been rooting for her since I saw her pictures and videos from screening. I really hope she does well. Miss U perhaps.

      I totally agree with Glenn!.

      • Thanks, Asian. The more I look at and compare the candidates, the more I’m beginning to realize Katrina seems to be one who has it all…

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