It is still too early in the competition to make predictions as to the final output of Bb. Pilipinas 2016. So for now, allow me to come up with early Top 10 favorites, supported by a variety of categories that will seek to classify the Binibinis who are taking strong stands several days after their announcements as Official Candidates.
Let me start by sharing the ten (10) contenders I am starting to really like. This list and rankings will definitely change in the course of two (2) months, by which time I will be posting my final choices.
Kylie Verzosa is on top, followed by Kim Ross delos Santos. The difference between the two is far from negligible. But from what I have seen so far, the returnee is really staging her comeback in a big way. Nichole Manalo comes at 3rd, with a surprising appearance of newbie Jehza Huelar who is starting to gather a lot of supporters. Following this quartet are Maria Gigante, Maxine Medina, Tatiana Maher, Sheena Dalo, Angelique de Leon and Paula Rich Bartolome.
As for the returnees, Kylie Verzosa remains on top. She exudes such a super different aura compared to 2015. You know that she really wants to win the top crown. Nichole Manalo follows her lead. This girl has really changed, face and projection-wise. The transformation is unmissable. And then there is good ‘ole Angelique de Leon. She remains in contention. Having learned her lessons from the last time she joined, this witty lass is definitely ready to stamp her class once and for all.
For the first-timers, it is easy to put Kim Ross delos Santos as the most promising of the three. During the screening, she did not turn on the heat just yet. But I am certain she will step it up big-time in the weeks to come. Once again, Jehza Huelar of Davao makes it to the list, and deservingly so. Completing the trio is Maria Gigante of Cebu. She may not be as tall, but she clearly knows how to leave her indelible mark.
As for the flag bearers per camp, my choices are automatic because they are really the lead entrants of each. Kylie Verzosa banners Aces & Queens, while Nichole Manalo holds the baton for KF. Angelique de Leon is the big sister and role model of R-L’s Angels, with Jeslyn Santos – another returnee – looking at making JDV proud. Finally, there is Jennyline Carla Malpaya to bring it on for the Galatea siblings.
Finally, we go to the potential big spoilers in this group and they are many. In fact, the six in the box below are still missing the company of a few more. At any rate, I would classify Nicole Cordoves, Maria Lina Prongoso, Apriel Smith, Joanna Louise Eden, Edjelyn Joy Gamboa and Jessica Gonzales as belonging to this classification. Just to spice it up a little more, I would add the likes of Marlann Flores, Angelica Alita and Kristin Angeli Estoque as probable thunder-stealers.
So which Binibinis are on your early list, dear readers? 😉