In the game of beauty, poise and grace under pressure, one interesting element that can possibly muddle the equation is a candidate’s celebrity status (or two degrees of separation from showbiz circles if you will). Familiar names that have used their established familiarity (or relative popularity) to the public include Sharmaine Ruffa Gutierrez of 1993, Richell Angalot (aka Rich Asuncion) of 2009, Krista Kleiner of 2010 and Charlene Gonzalez Bonnin of 1994. Even the late Ma. Rosario ‘Chat’ Silayan of 1980 benefitted from being the daughter of the late great actor Vic Silayan.
And who’s to say that these ladies who were pre-loved by TV and/or the movies cannot capitalize on whatever little or big gains they have made in showbusiness? Certainly not to the current quintet of Bb. Pilipinas 2013 Official Candidates who have just that and more.
Consider Mariel de Leon for one. She may be the least-exposed among the five, but she clearly has the weightiest link. Her celebrity parents continue to be two of the most active in the industry, with film and TV projects coming in one after another. Christopher de Leon and Sandy Andolong may not be stagey enough to herald their daughter’s candidacy, but the association alone is too strong to ignore.
On the other hand, TV5 beauties Cindy Miranda, Imee Schweighart and (former GMA-7 talent) Rhea Nakpil are not necessarily just eye candies in the biz. Still, I wouldn’t categorize them as starlets, but TV personalities who may or may not register quick recall to non-watchers of Willie Revillame’s show or any of the network’s programs.
And finally, Pia Wurtzbach is the pageant’s home network’s pride. While not a major contract artist, she has been the most visible due to the substantial reach of her drama projects and the like.
So to answer the question posed by the title of this feature, I think it’s quite obvious whose showbiz star factor is the most useful and reliable. No aria needed to sound others off. 😉