Having been given by BPCI at least three (3) solid coverages to base my running favorites on, I am bravely presenting to you the first of my three Top 5 “Coverage-Based choices” for Bb. Pilipinas 2018.
This first listing was gathered from: 1) The official numbering activity at Kia Theater, 2) The Gateway Gallery Tour and 3) The Sponsor Visit to Charter Ping-An Insurance/AXA Philippines. FYI, my second listing (a lot longer and very much open to changes and shuffling) will come out after the Press Presentation on February 21, while the third and final ranking (which constitutes my Fearless Predictions for this edition) will be uploaded on March 16, or two days before the Coronation Night at the Big Dome.
If the finals will be held tonight, then the next set of Queens will most likely come from my Top 5 choices as of January 30, 2018:
#Binibini20 Catriona Gray, #Binibini19 Michele Gumabao, #Binibini3 Murielle Orais, #Binibini14 Samantha Mae Bernardo, #Binibini1 Vickie Marie Rushton
These five (5) ladies have shown consistency so far in the activities team normannorman.com has covered to date. In particular, the first three ladies – Catriona, Michele and Murielle – never fail to elicit a lot of positive feedbacks from people around or watchers in the sidelines. They are also, in my observation, the most requested for photo ops. But I did not base the selection on just these factors. From where I stand, they have winning (read: vibrant, engaging and poised with commendable public relations) qualities that can easily set them apart from the rest. But here’s the thing. The period of competition still has a month and a half left to have themselves judged more keenly on different factors that are relevant to both pageant followers and the organizers. So the likelihood of Binibinis below them to actively pick up the pace and show the real stuff they are made of is very high.
I can never discount the probability of several Binibinis not listed above as more than capable of bringing their A-game from this point onward. And this is the reason why I specified only five at this point. The next listing will definitely be a bigger group that will include ten (10) more candidates.
Let’s see how the next coverages will unravel.