Binibining Pilipinas-Universe 2009 Bianca Manalo was recently feted by the local organizers to a homecoming press conference at the Gateway Mall. She may not have placed in the competition, but she did the country proud with her efforts of doing so. She became one of the favorites and was even highly regarded by many pageant enthusiasts around the world…well, that is, until the shutout of Asian candidates in the semifinals.
Manalo said, ” I am so blessed and honored to represent the more than 80 million filipinos in the most prestigious pageant in the world. There were lessons learned during my 3 weeks stay in Bahamas. I’ve found not only 83 new friends from different parts of the globe but also won the respect and admiration of filipinos who took their time to gave their supports during my campaign in the Miss Universe Beauty Pageant.”
The same press conference was graced with the presence of the two other reigning Binibining Pilipinas winners – Marie-Ann Umali (Bb. Pilipinas-World) and Melody Gersbach (Bb. Pilipinas-International) – who are next in line for competitions in South Africa and China, respectively. Mrs. Stella Marquez de Araneta, Chairperson of BPCI, was also around to welcome Bianca Manalo back.
If I am not mistaken, this is the first homecoming press conference hosted by BPCI for a non-winner so Bianca must have really done a great job in the Bahamas regardless of the outcome.
Welcome back, girl!
Images courtesy of Noli Berioso/OPMB Worldwide Forums.