As expected, the Press Presentation of Bb. Pilipinas 2016 was a well-attended event – from the cool confines of Monet Ballroom A of Novotel Manila Araneta Center all the way to the humid albeit dry breezy open-air surroundings of the poolside. Members of the Press – mixed with Corporate Sponsors, former Binibini titleholders, special guests and plain kibitzers – were in awe of the forty (40) Binibinis as they presented themselves while wearing identical pink Pegarro Swim two-piece swimsuits in front of a panel that included Miss Universe Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach.
The whole event actually served as the swimsuit preliminaries which constitute a very essential part of the judging process. And the by the looks of it, a good majority of the candidates delivered, knowing that this is a major pitstop in their road to the crowns.
The assessment made inside the ballroom took longer than expected. But when time came to troop to the poolside area for the all-important photo ops with the media, the girls were in high spirits inspite of running on empty stomachs (nobody wanted to stuff their tummies with food prior to the whole thing, for sure). And every single one of them gamely posed, with some even giving ambush interviews for some quick media reps around.
Here is the opening number of the forty (40) Binibinis during the Press Presentation at the Monet Ballroom of Novotel Manila Araneta CenterErrorThis video doesn’t exist
Right before the Binibinis were closely judged by the panel headed by Miss Universe Pia Alonzo WurtzbachErrorThis video doesn’t exist
As I have mentioned earlier, most every Binibini stood out. But there were certain contenders who gave that sharper edge to gain more than a glance or two from the BPCI Executive Committee and Miss Universe Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach.
From where I sat, I would give higher marks to the ladies who have more solid swimsuit presentations. They are Kylie Verzosa, Maxine Medina, Apriel Smith, Nicole Cordoves, Nichole Manalo, Angelique de Leon, Dindi Pajares, Paula Rich Bartolome, Vina Openiano and Maria Gigante. The pleasant surprises are Sarah Christine Bona, Joanna Eden, Anjellica Lopez, Jennifer Hammond, Angelica Alita and Jehza Huelar. In fairness, though, I still feel that majority really delivered. And I wouldn’t be surprised if this competition turns out to be tighter than the Philippine Presidential Race.
Next stop will be the Fashion Show on April 6 at the Kia Theatre, followed by the Parade of Beauties around Araneta Center on April 9 before the Big Night on April 17.