Honestly, dear readers, did you expect the catfight to unravel like the rivalry between Binibinis 11 and 20 in the days leading to the Grand Coronation Night of Bb. Pilipinas 2018 this coming Sunday night? There has never been a match so heated as to incite such overwhelming acceptance, resistance or confusion. On one corner is the top favorite right from the start. On the other end, the fiercest opponent has peaked in the eyes of many. Does her pageant pedigree alone measure up to the “Versus” marquee?
In a Catriona-less edition, Ma. Andrea “Aya” Abesamis can swimmingly reach for the Miss Universe Philippines crown. But that isn’t meant to happen because this could be her first and only try in the nationals. And while those who are not on her side continue to throw potshots at her direction, she is simply taking things with queenly poise and a naturally friendly self to take all the punches standing up and not hitting the floor.
We could be in for a lot of suspense-filled moments (and possibly a surprise or two) on March 18. Ready or not, we will come. The stage is set for Bb. Pilipinas 2018!
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.