One thing your #Binibini26 discovered when she started her Bb. Pilipinas 2018 journey is the constant physical comparison to Bb. Pilipinas Intercontinental 2016 Jennifer Hammond such that practically all her casual photos get the same comments. Actually, even in person, there are small nuances and mannerisms that make the two look like twin sisters separated at birth.
Wynonah never looks at the comparison as a bad thing. Not at all. But then again, she wants to really strike her own identity and be appreciated on her own merits. Be it physical or otherwise. She is a smart girl who has unique qualities to share, like having a very down-to-earth personality inspite of people getting the impression that she might be distant or “suplada”. You just need to approach her and everything will go swimmingly the minute she starts a conversation.
From hereon now, your #Binibini26 is exclusively Wynonah Buot who is out for the “wyn”.
#Binibini36 Loren Mar Artajos
There are risks involved when a national pageant titleholder crosses over to another competition with the hope of “actually” winning the crown. That could be the case of Miss Philippines Earth 2016 Loren Mar Artajos who replaced Imelda Schweighart when the latter resigned.
Curiously, Loren was second-in-line to assume the title as Miss Philippines Water. But the Miss Philippines Air (Kiara Giel Gregorio) was also unavailable and had to pass up on the opportunity to focus on Law studies.
Sure, Loren was promoted but was not exactly thrilled with the reality that she will no longer represent the country in Miss Earth, hence, the decision to become a Binibini and strike a rightful victory en route to wearing the Philippine sash internationally. She is now your #Binibini36.
Watch her personal interview video now, and tell me her chances of winning afterwards.
This is my “In the Spotlight” feature for your #Binibini34 Mary Joy ‘Mj’ de Castro, and the first solo feature I uploaded for this pretty Aces & Queens lass from Mindanao. Little has been forwarded to us about her credentials except for being a photographer and budding filmmaker from Davao del Norte who studied at the Ateneo de Davao University. I remember asking her during the camp’s Presentation Show about what will her short film be all about if she was to make one right after the competition.
“The film will definitely be about the ladies. I want to focus on them because it would be interesting to capture the daily activities and follow them on the road – see the highs and lows perhaps. That would be a film worth watching.”
Now before Mj starts to make a movie about the Binibinis, let us check out her personal interview video first so you can give your comments, dear readers.
#Binibini35 Sandra Lemonon
From being Miss World Philippines 2016 4th Princess, Sandra Lemonon crossed over to Bb. Pilipinas 2018 as your #Binibini35. She is very pleased with the move:
“I couldn’t be happier in being a Binibini because I get the chance to share who I am as a person & what I believe in.
I’ve always believed that kindness is a universal language. And being kind to one another is the first step to respect & understanding of each others’ differences.
I want to share to everyone that true beauty comes from the heart.
I grew up in 3 different cultures & I thought that it was “normal” for everyone to accept diversity. Sadly, this is not the case. I have been through moments where I was judged because of my backround and I do not want anyone to feel that pain, or feel like they always need to fit in.
This is why I couldn’t be happier in being part of Bb. Pilipinas 2018 because it allows me to share my voice and I would like to use this platform hopefully not just to the Philippines but around the world. We should be kinder in learning to accept diversity & be more inclusive so that we can all be better & happier people.”
What personal trait/s will help you gain a firmer hold in the quest for a major crown?
“I would say it has to be my willingness to learn & it never hurts to be kind too. Each day I always learn something new, even if it is just something little. I find this very important because I always have something new to share. What’s more, I become a better and knowledgable Sandra.”
Watch your #Binibini35 in her personal interview video below.
#Binibini19 Michele Gumabao
Another beauty who needs no kilometric intro is your #Binibini19 Michele Theresa Imperial Gumabao. She has long estabished her identity as a volleyball superstar – with familiarity based neither on being the daughter of character actor/politician Dennis Roldan nor older silbing of showbiz hunk Marco Gumabao. And during the visit at the Gateway Gallery, she has already started to bloom even more – less of the unwanted weight and stepping up in terms of beauty and personality.
Let us watch her personal interview video to get that extra dose of this tall and spunky lady:
#Binibini11 Aya Abesamis
Your #Binibini11 Ma. Andrea “Aya” Abesamis has long stepped out of the shadows of her pageant-famous mom – Bb. Pilipinas Universe 1984 Desiree Verdadero Abesamis – and made a decent name in the modeling world and her involvement with PMAP (Professional Models Association of the Philippines). This year, it looks like she will slide just a little back inside the wings of our Miss Universe 1984 3rd Runner-Up for the duration of Bb. Pilipinas 2018. It can’t be helped. Try as we might to separate the two, there will always be points of comparison. And I am not even including her cousin – Bb. Pilipinas World and Miss World 2003 Top 5 placer Mafae Yunon-Belasco who is helping her out in some areas of preparation. Yet.
So let’s cut Aya some slack and give her the chance to shine on her own merits. This is her personal interview video now.
She was Binibini 38 last year. This time around, Ana Patricia ‘Patrik’ Asturias from Tacloban City is your #Binibini4 in Bb. Pilipinas 2018. The licensed Interior Designer and Restaurateur is more than eager to win and make her presence felt. And she has a lot of thoughts to share about this second journey in the nationals. Here goes:
“They say, we are only as good as the chances we take. The chance I unexpectedley took last year made me land as a finalist in bb. pilipinas, and it turned out to be a really memorable experience for me that I know I will always look back at in my life. Not only did I come out of my shell, I made life long friends, oppurtunities opened for me and I gained wisdom and mentors who I learned so much from. The experience of joining the first time was a test of self-control, patience and endurance. It challenged me and brought me to find who I truly desire to be as a person. It made 2017 the year of growth for me.
It feels great to be back knowing that I am a better and much happier person. I see how people have a desire to learn from my experience from BbP2017 as well as being a designer and entrepreneur. The thought of knowing my capacity to influence inspired me and made me persevere to make improvements in myself, to push myself to do better every single day – at work, at home, as a friend, to my community, and for my own personal well-being. It took me awhile to find it in my heart to compete once more. But one day, looking back at the months that have passed, it strongly occured to me that everything I was doing led to that point. The fact that I kept asking myself over and over again if I would compete for a second time meant that I needed to be here once more.”
When asked about how she will give a more inspired go for one of the 2018 crown, this is what Patrik said.
“It’s the love and support of the people around me that make me feel inspired. My family, friends, supporters, mentors – they are my edge and motivation to do better this time with the belief that a winner is not about being the best of the rest and finding validation in this competition. You never know if you’re gonna bag a crown or not. All you have to do as a candidate is to always come prepared and make sure you make a great performance in every occasion. You come to Bb. Pilipinas as a winner in life – having something confidently to share. It’s about sharing who you are as a person, what you know and what you believe in. I have so much I would like to continuously share and experience. That is the ultimate reason why I’m here. Beauty will always be subjective and each one will have different opinions, all I can say is that I am truly myself and I have so much enthusiasm to be in this journey with all of you!”