Princess Mae Cortez reigned as Binibining Aurora 2015
Now here is a 20 year-old charmer from the Municipality of Casiguran who was crowned Binibining Aurora back in 2015. She is scheduled to file her application for Binibining Pilipinas 2017 today and join the screenings come February 27.
Princess is a 5’8″ beauty who will soon finish her Tourism studies at World Citi Colleges. She is an active youth leader in her community where she used her provincial platform to reach out to the out-of-school youth in Aurora.
Princess is hoped to bring pride to the entire province she represents, if and when she hurdles the tough journey into becoming a national Binibini.
Good luck! 🙂
Athena Catriz by Joy Arguil
Athena (leftmost) with Marah Muñoz, Joseph and I in Baler last week
2017 is the last edition of Bb. Pilipinas where Athena Catriz can apply and screen for the nationals. At 26, she is motivated to go for the opportunity to become a Binibini first, a possible titleholder after. That is, if it is written in her fate to become one of our Queens.
Pageantry is nothing new to this sweet lady from San Pedro, Laguna. In fact, she joined Miss Philippines Earth 2016 and became one of the runners-up. And prior to that, she joined the very first edition of Miss Global Philippines where she became a Tourism Ambassador which led to her appointment as Miss Summer International Philippines and 3rd Runner-Up at the bigger competition held in Barranquilla, Colombia.
Nothing can make her more happy, though, than to become an Official Candidate of Bb. Pilipinas. Fingers-crossed, she hopes to achieve that in the 54th Edition. 🙂
Best of luck to you, Athena!
Kristine Joyce Montes is as exotic as it gets for Bb. Pilipinas 2017
The first time I saw Kristine Joyce Montes face-to-face was during the Aces & Queens Presentation of the Class of 2017. My first impression was the look of Yvethe Marie Santiago before she took part in Bb. Pilipinas 2014. In fact, the two of them could pass off as sisters – same height, same dusky skin and same aura. But while the latter projected a more sweet aura, this tall (she is over 5’9″
) lady from Borongan, Eastern Samar had that very exotic quality that can possibly draw mixed reactions from the more picky of pageant followers. The good thing is that her beauty grows on you the longer the moment of appreciation is. Her smile can be very magnetic. And the minute she was transformed from a catwalk image to the peg of pageantry, her potentials start rushing through.
Here is more about Kristine, in her own words:
“My friends call me Tin. I’m 24 years old from Borongan City, Eastern Samar. I am the youngest in our family but I act and take responsibilities like I’m the eldest. I fell in love with music growing up and have been a part of a Rondalla – – playing the banduria – when I was in grade school. I’ve also part of a high school orchestra when I was still in 6th grade and continued to play till I graduated high school where I played the Viola. I have been teased back then because of my height, my classmates would call me ‘langkawag‘ or ‘kapre‘. When I moved to Manila, I realized I could use the height to my advantage and started modeling after college. I have been lucky enough to walk for some of the great Filipino fashion designers like Albert Andrada, Francis Libiran, Ezra Santos, Lesley Mobo, Amir Sali to name a few. I’ve worked as a full time model for two years after graduating from college. As I seek for a better career in the hospitality industry, I then worked for a Forbes 5-star Hotel and Casino here in Manila as part of the Call Center and Reservations and did modeling as part time. As I seek for more experience as a hotelier, I transferred to another hotel in Ortigas as a Sales Coordinator.
I have always been independent growing up. I knew I wanted to travel, see the beauty of the Philippines and learn other cultures and languages outside our country. I have learned to appreciate life and the people dear to me as I traveled to other countries alone and got into a lot of adventures I never thought I’ll ever experience. Traveling has helped me discover more about myself and has taught me to love life, stay positive and be resourceful in any situation I get into. I became a risk-taker ready for any trials and challenges thrown at me. Life is a beautiful thing to experience, and I dedicate my time and heart to anything that life will offer me, be it good or bad.
Good luck in Bb. Pilipinas 2017, Tin! (Photo credit: Rolee Umali)
Pauline Abigael Ebora comes from Cavite and is 25 years old
Pauline Abigael Ebora joined two (2) competitions last year – a model search (Bodyshots 2016) and a beauty pageant (Miss Pearl of the Philippines) – both of which may have steadily prepared her for Bb. Pilipinas 2017 she is signing up for. This 25 year-old from General Trias, Cavite stands 5’8″ and measures 32-24-34.
Pauline is a Professional Runway Model – a career she entered into after graduating from Lyceum of the Philippines University-Cavite with a Bachelor of science in Secondary Education major in English. A hearty eater and voracious reader, she is proud to have walked for famous designers like Albert Andrada, Rhett Eala, Mark Bumgarner and Arnold Galang.
Good luck in the screenings of Bb. Pilipinas 2017, Pauline!
Good luck to you, Pauline!
Vanessa Saliba, barely 21 and a Bb. Pilipinas second-timer
You remember Vanessa Saliba, right? She was Binibini 37 during Bb. Pilipinas 2014 who surprised pageant watchers when – at 18 and still an independent applicant – made it to that year’s roster. That was more than a handful of experience for this young lass who just celebrated her debut months before going into the nationals.
Fast forward to 2017, and Vanessa returns to the field – more mature and stunningly beautiful at 21. As part of Aces & Queens Class of 2017, she was singled out by many during the Presentation Show as possessing one of the loveliest faces in the group. It amuses me to recall that a group of straight guys who watched the mock pageant unanimously picked her as one of their top choices. And I couldn’t agree more because she is indeed a refreshing presence especially when I approached her for some small talk then.
Vanessa will join the beeline for BPCI before Friday, along with her camp sisters. And I am positive that she will have a second serving of Bb. Pilipinas on her plate very soon! 🙂
Will 2nd time be a charm for Vanessa in Bb. Pilipinas?
Anne Barker is the tallest among the bets of Aces & Queens
Anne Barker in Mark Bumgarner
Standing at just a tad short of 6 feet tall, Anne Barker is the tallest among the entries of Aces & Queens for Bb. Pilipinas 2017. She is a Professional Freelance Model who has been making the rounds of both Philippine Fashion Week and the runways in a few Southeast Asian countries. Before being taken in by the camp for pageant training, she has actually been seen modeling for various top designers in the country.
I asked (half-British) Anne to introduce herself to all of you, dear readers. Here is what she has to say:
“I am 24 yrs old. I graduated at FEU with the degree of BS Tourism Management in 2013. I am a middle child sandwiched between two brothers. My mom hails from Isabela but I grew up in Makati. I learned to speak a bit of Ilocano but I am more fluent in Ibanag (a local dialect in Cagayan Valley). I have been modelling since the age of 16. I was trained by Inno Sotto on how to do proper catwalk and became one of the Fashion Watch Faces. And right after college, I was lucky enough to get job placements in Indonesia in 2013. There, I was able to walk for JKT fweek where I had the opportunity to be the finale for Ivan Gunawan – one the most well-known designers in Indonesia. I also did a Marc Jacobs show in JKT. Then I tried my luck again in HK where I got the chance to walk for some of the most renowed designers during HK fashion week, aside from doing a show for Kate Spade. Locally, I’ve been given the chance to work with some of our most talented designers like Michael Cinco, Francis Libiran, Furne One, Amir Sali and a lot more.
I am a very optimistic person and believes that there’s always room for improvement. I am a pet lover – I have 5 dogs and they’re like a family to us. I love to travel and meet different types of people and see different cultures. When I’m not booked for a fashion show, I prefer to stay at home and take care of my dogs as well as my Mom.”
Good luck in Bb. Pilipinas 2017, Anne Barker!
So what do you think of Anne Barker, dear readers?
Tall and beautiful Chantal Roi Serafica for Bb. Pilipinas 2017
The first time I laid eyes on Chantal Roi Serafica was during Bodyshots Philippines 2014 when she was still young and innocent-looking – qualities that fashion designers are looking for in prospective runway and photographic models. She already stood an easy 5’9″ then.
And then last year during Miss Manila, this girl re-surfaced as one of the twenty contenders for the city-based beauty competition. That was her first taste of actual pageantry. And this year, she is ready to go full steam ahead with an intended filing of application for Bb. Pilipinas 2017. Having grown an inch more the past couple of years, she will troop to BPCI with a statuesque stance and looks that could be styled according to the standards set by the competition.
Let’s see if Chantal will become one of this year’s Binibinis. 🙂
Chantal during Miss Manila 2016 (Photo credit: Lito Caleon)