I don’t deny my developing friendships and fondness for the forty Binibinis of Bb. Pilipinas 2018. After all, this was the same scenario in the last two years when I really went out of my way to be close to all the candidates so I can size them up better in terms of personality and Queen-worthiness.
During the Store Tour last week at Ali Mall, my colleague Mario Dumaual (of ABS-CBN) was teasing me to no end. When his crew was filming the arrival of the Binibinis at Pizza Hut, they were able to capture every single one of them giving me a buss on the cheek while in line according to number. Perhaps, it is something that I treasure in the coverage. They have started to trust me in a way that I would always spin positivity about them instead of posting unpleasant thoughts of divisiveness. I know that this is still a tough competition first and foremost. But I want all forty to enjoy the journey and collect good memories all throughout. Every minute I spend with them is very much appreciated. I will just worry about separating the potential winners from the rest once the date of the Coronation Night is just 2-3 days away.
For now, Happy Valentine’s Day to all the Binibinis and to you, my dear readers!
When Bb. Pilipinas Official FB Page uploaded the group photos of the Binibinis below, many people are stunned with the combinations in each shot. Are these photos prophetic or plain coincidental? You tell me, dear readers.
In groups of 5 and 4 now:
For several years now, the relationship has not changed. It has grown even stronger, if I may add.
And there is an excellent reason why GOLD’S GYM Philippines is the official workout partner of the Binibinis and Bb. Pilipinas. The health and fitness place makes sure that our ladies are always in the best of shape and ready to face the physical demands of the competition. Here are official photos from their visit to the same.
Since I have already posted their respective “In the Spotlight” features before the personal interview videos were uploaded by the Bb. Pilipinas Official page on FB, I thought of sharing three (3) of them for you to watch and give comments once more.
Here are your #Binibini2 Kathrine Ventura, #Binibini4 Ana Patricia Asturias and #Binibini40 Angelie Aubrey Asuncion:
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!”
The #AQ2018 Presentation Show was held at the Mayuree 2 Ballroom of Dusit Thani Manila hours earlier where members of the camp’s Class of 2018 were presented to selected members of the media and invited guests. But before I give you some juicy details, let me clarify first that the more than twenty beauties presented are being fielded not only in Bb. Pilipinas 2018, but also Miss World Philippines and – possibly – Mutya ng Pilipinas. And there are two (2) more ladies – relative thoroughbreds in my opinion – have not been introduced yet. I was told that these duo will beat the deadline set by BPCI. If you want clues, check the final sentence in this entry.
Anyways, the usual suspects were formally introduced. I cannot name all of them yet (especially the newbies) so as to protect their identities for now. Not all of them will make it to the list of Binibinis for 2018, and as I have said, some of them are being prepared for MWP2018 instead.
The familiar names and faces so far are Volleyball superstar and former PBB Housemate Michele Gumabao, Miss Bicolandia 2017 Kayesha Clauden Chua, MWP2016 4th Princess Sandra Lemonon, Bb. Niyogyugan 2016 & Reyna ng Aliwan 2017 2nd Runner-Up Ahtisa Manalo, runway model Annalita Vizcarra, MWP2017 2nd Princess Zara Carbonell, Cebuana top model Wynonah Buot, 2015’s Binibini 33 Neesha Murjani, last year’s Binibini 28 Juliana Kapeundl plus Binibini 38 Anna Patricia Asturias.
Now how about the two heavyweights I mentioned above? Well, let’s just say that they could spell a good difference in the competition the minute they formally file their respective applications. One is a crossover national titleholder, while the other lady is the daughter of a former Bb. Pilipinas titleholder. Call it Alcoholics Anonymous meets Fifty Shades Freed. (Get it?) 😉