Bb. Pilipinas 2013, or Bb. Pilipinas Gold if you will, earned its place in pageant history as one of the grandest and most exciting editions ever. Just imagine assembling fifty (50) official candidates instead of the usual forty (40) or less in the past. The gathering onstage of many previous titleholders made it extra special as well. And among the four titleholders, BPCI produced the country’s fifth Miss International crown, first Miss Supranational win, a fourth consecutive Top 5 finish in Miss Universe and a Top 10 placement in Miss Tourism Queen International. What’s more, this is the only year when only a sole runner-up was named – Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach – the woman destined to claim our third Miss Universe victory two years later.
Pageant fans and followers have always graded the success rate of each Bb. Pilipinas edition based not only on the performances of the actual titleholders, but also the future successes of a runner-up or semifinalist. But if we exclusively take the set of winners, the four queens of 2013 can still hold a candle if compared to the 2015 (a Miss Universe, a Miss Globe, a Miss Intercontinental 1st Runner-Up and a Miss International Top 10 Finisher) or the 2018 (a Miss Universe, a Miss Intercontinental, a Miss International 1st Runner-Up, a Miss Supranational Top 10 placer and a Miss Globe Top 15) batches. On top of this, being part of Bb. Pilipinas 2013 is already an honor. At the end of the day, there is one and there will only be one Binibining Pilipinas Gold.
Let me end this entry by sharing a video clip of a scene from the ABSCBN Drama Antholoy “Maalaala Mo Kaya” when actress Liza Soberano played the role of Pia Wurtzbach. This was the part where the 2013 winners had a Press Conference in front of members of the media.
not counting 1994 and 1999 , who had the greatest chance of possibly landing the semifinals of MU among the MUPs between 1990 through 2009 ?
My top 10 favorites (disappointments) are:
1990 Gem Padilla
1997 Abbygale Arenas
2000 Nina Ricci Alagao
1995 Joanne Quintas
2009 Pamela Manalo
2006 Lia Ramos
2004 Maricar Balagtas
1996 Leng Damiles
1993 Dindy Gallardo
2007 Theresa Licaros
p.s. I was also thinking of 2005 Gionna Cabrera but there were so many lovely gorgeous candidates that year …. it was too much for her …
Angeli Dione Gomez also from the Gold Edition also won an international title. Miss Tourism International 2014 i think
Shamcey is my favorite among the pure ‘Pinays’ MUP winners from 2010 to 2019 , close 2nd is Ara
not counting Pia and Cat among the half ‘Pinays’ , my favorite among them besides these two is Gaz
There are more half Pinays MUP in this ten year span … 6 as opposed to 4 ‘pure’ Pinays MUP
Forget about ethnicity – for me only Rachel and Cat are the real halfsies. Other ladies are more immersed coming their respective provinces like Venus (Negros), Mj (Davao), Pia (CDO) and Gaz (Cebu). But ghorl ipapasa ko na rin Cat for trying so hard embracing her roots.
@ Observing You Wasn’t Venus from Bato, CamSur? And MJ from Cotabato? Jazz Zamboanga-born and moved to Cebu later? And I wonder if Pia knows Cebuano, the lingua franca of CDO/Misamis Oriental….
Parang PI – Universe, International (Lingkungan), & Supranational (Pariwisata)….
Ganito, Mr. Tinio. Tell Mdme. SMA to give the the three titlists – International, Supranational, (The) Globe – the OPTION of an eighteen (18)-month contract assuming an April coronation (April of current year to October of the following year) para in case hindi agad palarin, they can get a second chance at Intercontinental and Angkol’s. Huwag na lang mag-RU; wala naman’g ganap at hindi rin guarantee na automatic inclusion in the Final/Official Roster on their repeat.
Ta’s, like MUT, ONE repeat only.
IF YOU CROSSOVER, YOU WILL NO LONGER BE RE-ADMITTED. (Look what happened to Arienne Calingo…. MWP 2016 Ist Princess, BBP 2017 unplaced, MWP 2018 unplaced)
CROSSOVERS FROM RIVAL BRANDS – mup, mwp, mpe, mutyap, etc. – WILL TOTAL NOT MORE THAN THREE (3) PER YEAR. This way, sala’ng-sala at mostly fresh faces!
Winners of “dedicated nationals” – DN’s – like CTS, RA (Reyna ng Aliwan), & MBP could be given option of Pre-Enlistment for the BBP edition corresponding with the termination of their earlier pageant contract, somewhat like a “slot reservation” or “earnest money/expression of intent”. Their managers/handlers will be asked to post a refundable “participation bond”.
Finally, have the total number of participants at TWENTY-FIVE (25). Do we actually still bother about the clappers afterwards? For example, how many of us know that Malka Shaver finished Runner-up at a municipal-level contest? I don’t even remember what that was….. 😦
I am happy Alannis Reign Binoya got that facial soap endorsement. In addition to her, am awaiting the RETURN of MUCH-IMPROVED Darren Jane Genobisa, Denise Omorog, and Magbitang. 🙂
according to my perception, Ariella, Maxine, and Venus are my favorite MUP.
Imelda ended up as the dethroned Miss Earth Philippines as well. Galing ng batch na ito!
Arguably, the best batch in the history of BBP.
Ariela could have placed higher as well had it not for that hideous yellow gown.
We know too well what the 1st runner up had achieved two years later.
Charmaine Elima, one of the semi-finalist – a personal favorite – gave up her pageant dreams after 2017. Her distinct Filipina beauty and bone structure ate to die for. Sayang.
Dear John, what are you talking about? it’s her answer to the final question that landed her in the 3rd RU position. You have to remember that she advanced to the Top 5 with that gown. She was the most beautiful on that Top 5 with her delicious tan, but her answer wasn’t the most palatable. Just saying.
Some tv watchers saw Ara topping the swimsuit round and 9th in the evening gown. So it is safe to say she was ranked 4th or 5th going into the final 5. Her weak answer didn’t help her either.
Ara will always be my favorite since Venus Raj. She did get a lot of flak because of her diction, but the girl was a fighter. She had gracefully displayed her strong character, a common trait from Elbi alumni.
Also, that face is multi-million. I’m happy with her Tatiana stint. Hope to see more of her.