Bb. Pilipinas 2017 1st Runner-Up Charmaine Elima
With last year’s 1st Runner-Up Angelica Alita
There was a time earlier this week when Charmaine Elima was flooded with so many calls and queries on, among other many concerns, exercising her placement option as Bb. Pilipinas 2017 1st Runner-Up. She must have been saddled with an assortment of concerns to think about that picking up the phone or responding to a message on Messenger never crossed her mind. After all, when Katarina Rodriguez was still in the middle of indecisiveness on whether to formally accept the Bb. Pilipinas Intercontinental title (thank God that was finally resolved
), she was automatically next in line to ascend.
But there is a good reason why Maine was given the 1st Runner-Up position. It would allow her to train and stay in the company of the titleholders without necessarily being prevented to rejoin in 2018 if she so decides to resign in the process. And knowing how much the BPCI Officials have grown fond of this beauty, there is strong hope to cling on.
Of course, it ain’t easy planning another comeback. Aside from the time she needs to dedicate, the prospects of resuming her job at Philippine Airlines full-time can be affected as she may not be able to concentrate for at least one full year. Income-wise, that can be disruptive.
Charmaine in her Pablo Mendez III gown. Will she consider a 3rd try?
But let’s wait and see how your Bb. Pilipinas 2017 1st Runner-Up will plot her next game plan. I’m sure that she will get sound advice from trusted allies and supporters. 🙂
Your thoughts, dear readers?
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Jehza during the Parade of Beauties as photographed by Joseph Gerard Jose
I have to admit it. I got somewhat emotional after finally cornering your #Binibini10 Jehza Huelar yesterday after members of the media and the Miata Car owners had dinner with the forty (40) Binibinis at Gloriamaris Restaurant in Gateway Mall after the Parade of Beauties.
Jehza finally approached me and we had a short face-to-face quality time.
“Whatever happens, Tito Norman, you will always be part of my journey and how I got here.”
And then, a tear almost fell down my right cheek. I hastily wiped it off. She also got teary-eyed.
“Whatever happens, my dear, please don’t change. I know you won’t. Naninigurado lang,” I replied in half-jest. She gave out a sincere smile.
I won’t go into the details anymore as to how I played a small part in Jehza’s journey (along with Designer Xioti Chiu) from Davao City to Aces & Queens to Araneta Coliseum. Suffice it to say that I have seen her evolve into the crown-worthy young woman she has now become.
Whatever happens on April 30, I know that it is in her fate – getting a title or otherwise. All I know is that this Davaoeña is one of the most down-to-earth ladies I have ever met in all my pageantry-driven years. If she nails one, then I will be the happiest. 🙂
Jehza, Joy Arguil and I during last Saturday night’s dinner at Gloriamaris
Patricia Denise Babista is all of 19 and a future Binibini in my opinion
Pat is currently vying for Mutya ng Lucban 2017
I was introduced to Patricia Denise Babista way back in 2015 when she was barely 18 and already an engaging stunner who stood at 5’7″. I can already see the potentials just waiting to be tapped.
Over an inch in height later – or Summer of 2017 – I have rekindled my ties with this beauty who is currently one of the Official Candidates for Mutya ng Lucban 2017. Pat is on a break from studies at De La Salle University at the moment (but is dead set on finishing her degree before taking on any big pageant commitment) and wants to take the provincial challenge first to earn more experience in the game. I know that she has already been assessed by beauty camp Aces & Queens for one of its future classes (2018 perhaps?) so it won’t take long till we see her going through the entire Binibini journey.
Pat (center and wearing the “Paraguay” sash) was one of the participants during the Pia Wurtzbach tribute last January (Photo credit: Noli Berioso)
In fact, she already got a quick taste of the whole “Miss Universe” thing when she was chosen to be one of the participants during the mock pageant (right photo
) that formed part of the Tribute to Pia Wurtzbach given by Aces & Queens and Mercator during the homestretch of the 65th Miss Universe last January.
Watch out for Patricia Denise Babista in full bloom once she hits the national pageant route in 2018. Remember, you’ve seen her first in normannorman.com as an early watch for Bb. Pilipinas 2018! 🙂
Being a Binibini can be quite overwhelming for Clarice Villareal
Clarice during the Talent Competition
As you all are aware by now, your #Binibini25 Clarice Marion Villareal is the sole independent coming from an already long-accredited candidate provider of Bb. Pilipinas – Galatea Family of designer-siblings Jontie and Nickky Martinez. And she is not ashamed to admit that she applied for Aces & Queens late last year, but did not meet the camp’s set standards for the Class of 2017. She remained unfazed and was recommended to Jontie for Bb. Pilipinas fielding. She made it, and is in the midst of a thrilling rollercoaster ride in the nationals.
Continuing now with our Lenten features on some of the ladies, Clarice shared her thoughts on how spirituality has shielded her from the difficult and trying days as a Binibini.
“At such a young age, I was already exposed to the environment of an all-girls Catholic school and even until college, the setting was almost the same since I studied at UST. Throughout my life, I have always had strong faith in God and I believe it is what kept me going through all the hardships and breakthroughs that have happened to me. I have doubted myself before I even began my quest in becoming a Binibini and a beauty queen and I think that what helped me most – aside from the support and coaches I’ve been getting from the people I love – are prayers. Being a Binibini is definitely not just a challenge but moreso, a commitment which we need to devote ourselves into. As we all know, the pressure of being one can really become overwhelming and yes, behind those flashing lights and charming smiles, all of us have our breakdowns. I don’t know about the others but for me, it is only in prayers and talking to God that i find solitude and able to calm and relax myself.
Keep on supporting your #Binibini25 in Bb. Pilipinas 2017
#Binibini25 is one clear proof of how being part of the nationals can make-or-break even the most determined fighter. But she is still keeping her head held high, hoping that her efforts will be rewarded in the end.
Let’s keep on supporting Clarice in the Miss Photogenic and Jag Denim Queem voting of Bb. Pilipinas 2017. You can go to bbpilipinas.com for more details.
Your #Binibini34 Gabriela Ortega is getting tons of support from her parents’ home provinces
Your #Binibini34 Gabriela Patricia Ortega may not be one of the more hyped beauties in this roster, but she is still getting a lot of
support from both supporters and followers. She just might surprise if the popular ones start lagging behind (and I can see the ones whose stars are slowly waning
Here is my brief Q&A with Gabriela:
1) A good number of pageant fans have installed you as one of the dark horses for this year’s titles. But still, you cannot do away with the doubters. What can they expect from you within the next few weeks to erase their reservations and become Gabriela converts?
“I never forget that beauty pageants are in essence a competition. So there are always favorites, doubters, dark horses and underdogs. I’m flattered to know that I have stood out and people are actually now looking at me as a potential contender. To all the doubters out there, in the next few weeks, I will show you why I have successfully been
selected as one of the 40 Binibinis out of the hundreds who have competed and applied. I will show them that even as a first timer, my determination and hard work have singled me out in a crowd. I know that beauty pageants of the 21st century are no longer just about outward appearances. It is also about intelligence, poise, sophistication and the ability to represent Philippines in an international arena successfully. I have all those qualification so I am saying to all the doubters out there…just sit up and pay attention to #34!”
2) In just a little over a month from now, a new set of Bb. Pilipinas titleholders will be crowned. Why should you be one of them?
“I do believe I am another version of a Filipina. I feel I represent my mom and dad, OFWs that work hard and far away from their families. I may have grown up in Spain but I always promoted my country, our values and culture. I am a Filipina with an open mind and with an intercultural background, which I think is enriching and gives me chance to succeed in the International competition. I like the fact that beauty queens in the Philippines are respected and looked up to as real ambassadresses of the country. We are representing proud and confident women that take responsibilities seriously, and it would be a great honor and a most fulfilling undertaking to represent the Philippines.”