With today’s start of the Photo Exhibit of the Bb. Pilipinas 2020 candidates in their National Costumes and the Finals Night set for April 17, allow me to share my favorites among them. I picked this eight (8) for various reasons as briefly described below:
Paolo Ballesteros for #Binibini29 Honey Cartasano: Very inventive, larger than life and with the best cultural inspiration used for a NatCos;
Macoy Elipane for #Binibini26 Czarina Guiao and the duo of Jun-g Bayona Candelario and Brent Naranja for #Binibini21 Thea Cenarosa: Pageant-theatrical with the wow factor that would make them stand out onstage and even in a parade;
Nick Guarino with Festivali Designs and Concepts for #Binibini12 Maureen Montagne: Meticulously crafted like a complex jigsaw puzzle assembled face down with the finished product showing a highly professional artisan feel;
Jomar Peralta for #Binibini36 Vickie Marie Rushton: Dreamy and magical like a character straight out of a fairy tale coming to life;
Ken Adrienne Batino and Jevin Salaysay for #Binibini23 Gabrielle Basiano: Whimsical without going overload; the focus is balanced equally between the wearer and the elements of the kalesa;
Edwin Uy for #Binibini14 Hazel Ortiz: simple lines that are both elegant and refined like a throwback to pageant Filipinianas of yesteryears given a modern twist;
Basha Subijano for #Binibini34 Mercedes Pair: Like a celebratory cake that is baked and decorated right, this flowery creation is executed with the right amount of ambition and creativity.
Behold your #Binibini20 Thea Cenarosa of Pototan, Iloilo in her Bb. Pilipinas National Costume by Jun-g Bayona Candelario (with backpiece by Brent Naranja):
(Notes from the designers)
The gown is a culture-oriented inspired piece from a fused artistry of “amakan” – a Hiligaynon word which is used to dry rice in the rural area of Pototan at the same time, honoring the annual Festival of Lights or popularly known as Iwag Festival.
Pototan is considered as the rice granary of Panay. The rice cut precious stones symbolize the abundance of rice in the municipality. The fabric was cut into pieces and weaved, to create an “amakan.”
Apart from being the rice granary of the region, Iloilo is also known as the Christmas Capital of the Visayas, with its lovely Christmas lights that lit up the entire city court each December. The entire community gathers to experience and appreciate the celebration. Prosperity and festivity, Pototan, Iloilo.
Photography: Raymond Saldaña
Set: Henry Reyes HGR Events powered by Sabrosas
Make way for these wise queens as they shop ‘til they drop wearing BRAGAIS™️ Cristy & Darylle.
Then feel the power of our modern Filipina queens as they stood their ground confidently and independently with BRAGAIS™️ Gazini and Jehza.
Here are Binibinis 1-19 of Bb. Pilipinas 2020
Project Manager: Bessie Besana
Creative Director: Jed Velasco
Photographer: Don Caras & Yukie Sarto
Head Fashion Stylist: Vhee Co
Head Make-Up Artist: Arnel Palmera
Set Designer: Myke Francis Mayores
Note: Binibini20 Thea Cenarosa was absent during the shoot due to a small accident at home that prevented her from reporting to the activity.
Just as I had thought, splitting the second batch of Bb. Pilipinas 2020 candidates right in the middle would prove to be hard – especially with the fifth and sixth because the former will automatically be part of the upper half.
At any rate, #Binibini13 Samantha Bernardo is my hands-down top pick for this group. She who has been runner-up long enough to prove her loyalty to BPCI, apart from being the crown-worthiest of the ten. This Palaweña is eyeing Supranational, not surprisingly. She has practically “ceded” the International crown to Vickie Rushton as early as the day she decided to sign up for the third time.
Now as far as the second and third here, I am giving the slight edge to #Binibini18 Karen Laurrie Mendoza of Iloilo because – outside of Vickie – she fits the template of Miss International nicely. She has almost the same bone structure and height as Bea Rose Santiago, not to mention observations that Madame SMA started to take a shine on her in all the activities before the quarantine period.
#Binibini11 Maureen is third in rank for me. She is the toughest opponent of Sam B. for Supranational. But in all honesty, I can see her being more appropriate for Grand International instead.
My fourth and fifth are potential spoilers. #Binibini16 Alexandra Mae Rosales and #Binibini19 Kimberly Anne Tiquestiques. Both tall and promising, their distinctly Pinay beauties can suit up well for a lesser title or runner-up placement if fate dictates the two of them to shine that far.
How about you, dear readers? Who belongs to your upper half among Binibinis 11-20?
P.S. My 6th in this group is #Binibini14 Hazel Ortiz.
Cherry blossoms in June!
Here are Binibinis 11-20 in their official swimwear photos for Bb. Pilipinas 2020.
The next group of ten will follow in a day or two so you can appreciate this second batch for now.
Photography: Raymond Saldaña
Team : Arnie Vergara
Swimwear: Domz Ramos
Stylist: Vhee Co
Aura Nicole de Jesus
Accessories : Adam Rico de Guzman
Set design: Henry Reyes of HGR Event
In this entry are yesterday’s photos of your (almost 6 feet tall) #Binibini21 Ana Thea Cenarosa of Pototan, Iloilo who made a courtesy call with her Mayor Hon. Rafael Enrique Lazaro. After that, she visited the Korean Philippine Rice Milling Factory – a community development project of her hometown.
She also dropped by the two famous agri-tourism resorts that are located in Pototan – Mapols Farm and Happy Farm.
FYI, Pototan is a first class municipality in the province of Iloilo, considered the Rice Granary of Iloilo Province and the Christmas Capital of Western Visayas.
Photo credit: Al Destacamento