The eleven remaining ladies in my initial shortlist are also stand-outs in their own way. Patricia Lae Ejercitado, Ria Rabajante and Zahra Saldua come closest imho, with Pia Kamil Ochengco and Nicole Marable shaping up as as this year’s possible spoilers. Ma. Paula Bianca may have re-packaged herself somewhat, but the nose knows that she might have a harder time pulling in a Top 5 spot unless someone intervenes. I like Vina Openiano enough to be cited as another fancied one. But with the way she handled her Mutya Q&A, I’m putting my reservations in check. Mercegrace Raquel is capable of doing slightly better than what she accomplished in BBP Gold, but that should be it so far. Samantha Bernardo and Jennyline Malpaya are still raw, but the potentials can be sighted. And Paula Estenzo being the tallest should mean something for Cory Quirino.
So where is Janicel Lubina in all of this? Well, she is in my Top 15 (along with Zandra Flores and Ma. Lily Salazar) if only I decided to share that much number.
My list will definitely get a shakedown still, but only from #2 to #12. 😉
P.S. Watch the video of the Press Presentation HERE.