For now, let us do away with the constant comparison of Maria Andrea Abesamis with her mother Bb. Pilipinas Universe 1984 Desiree Verdadero-Abesamis.
Any conclusion that she could be this year’s big winner just because of that reason would be doing a great disservice to Aya’s personal merits for the victory. We cannot deny that she has been meticulously prepared by A&Q for the one and only national beauty pageant she will ever join, just as her naturally warm personality has already settled in nicely, unlike the first two weeks of activities when she was still feeling her way through the ins and outs of the pageant world. She may not have the most drop-dead gorgeous looks compared to the other favorites, but she uses her features the best she was trained to do and projects like a true winner in almost every aspect.
Michele, on the other hand, is the Binibini who has blossomed in leaps and bounds in the eyes of pageant media and most everyone following their respective treks to the crowns. She turns up everytime with marked improvements and her styling has always remained on point. What sets her apart from the other two is a pleasantly engaging personality that is unapologetically down-to-earth. She never fails in connecting with the public in such a relaxed manner. Earlier on, I can still remember how uneasy she was adjusting the intermittent loudness and aggressiveness in her character. But I can tell you that she has fine-tuned her ways to come out more appealing to the majority. She also gets more beautiful in person as the competition nears the all-important homestretch assessment.
And then there is Catriona, the Binibini whose supporters (along with loads of pageant watchers) have heralded her firm hold on the Miss Universe Philippines as early as the day she filed her application for this year’s edition.
Bb. Pilipinas 2018 is no Miss World Philippines 2016 when the title was in the bag from Day 1. This year, Catriona knows fully well that she has to work doubly hard for the biggest prize. She needs to dodge all the mudslings and criticisms being thrown from all directions. She is aware that pleasing everybody at this point will be a practically insurmountable task to accomplish, unlike two years ago when she was unanimously predicted to be our Miss World 2016 representative. And it is in being consistent that she will find the collective appraisal as to who eventually deserves to be on top. “Total package” are the key words inspite of resistance from others.
So on whose team will you rest your now wearied minds (and bored eyes/ears) on?