Larah Grace Lacap was the host Binibini of sorts during her last two Bb. Pilipinas outings, being a bonafide resident of Quezon City. We saw her in both the 2017 and 2019 editions, aside from the long-forgotten stints she had as an 18 year-old pageant beginner last 2012 during Miss World Philippines and as 2nd Runner-Up of Mutya Ng Pilipinas the same year.
This girl has the beauty, height and charisma that could have made her win a title in either of her two Binibini journeys – she was Top 15 in 2017 and Top 25 last year. Something must still be missing.
But now at the age of 26, Larah could be finally doing the right decision of joining Bb. Pilipinas 2020. She has nothing to lose and everything to gain if ever she makes that one last pursuit of glory by going through the entire experience a third time. She has paid her dues. And she has more than sufficiently proven the right attitude to harness in hitting it all the way to the top.
I have a good feeling 2020 will be her winning year.
You’ve seen her compete in two editions of Bb. Pilipinas. The first one was back in 2014 and the latest last 2017 when she made it to the Top 25 cut. Since then, she focused on work first when she applied for, trained and successfully became a Flight Attendant for Air Asia – a job which she is doing up to the present.
Vanessa Saliba is now 24 years old. She is seriously considering joining one last time to see if third time could be a charm. And this Fil-Lebanese is getting herself psyched up for the possibilities. She knows that there are risks to consider, but if the dream to win a good crown is strong enough, then she will defy the odds coming her way.
When Sirene Sutton joined Bb. Pilipinas 2017 and came out of it without a title to be proud of, she was disappointed to say the least. She thought she gave it her best at the time. Months after the summer journey, she remained uncertain whether a second attempt in the nationals is worth reconsidering. Personally, though, I have always told her to give it one more shot because she has what it takes to become a big league winner.
I am aware that she has been training with Aces & Queens. Flag bearer of the beauty camp or not she has the goods and the preparation to make it. Let’s see if she will see through the edition this year and become a second-time Binibini and – fingers crossed – a titleholder this time around.
She may have failed in her twin attempts to win a national beauty title via Miss World Philippines 2014 and Bb. Pilipinas 2017. But the tall, beautiful and dusky Ruffa Nava of Iloilo will now get the chance to represent the Philippines in an international competition, and a reputable search for international models at that. She will banner the country’s participation in this year’s edition of Best Global Model of the Year to be held in Portugal.
Along with tall and good-looking Joshua Kristopher de Leon (right photo), the pair will be going to Lisbon, armed with the determination to win the country’s first-ever victory in the competition which has remained elusive so far. And by the looks of it, the owner of the search seems impressed. I chatted with Carlos Ventura Martins. He is both pleased and excited with our promising pair.
Let’s see if international modeling is the true big calling of our reps.
Since today will be the Press Presentation of Bb. Pilipinas 2018, I thought it would be fitting to make a Wayback Wednesday entry of the 2017 event held March 22, 2017. The video clip above showed all of last year’s Binibinis in identical Jeffrey Rogador two-piece swimsuits during the opening number.
Now, if only a Darling of the Press would be voted upon, then I reckon that one of these ten (10) contenders will get the attention of members of the media:
#Binibini1 Vickie Marie Rushton
#Binibini3 Muriel Orais
#Binibini11 Aya Abesamis
#Binibini14 Samantha Mae Bernardo
#Binibini19 Michele Gumabao
#Binibini20 Catriona Gray
#Binibini23 Ena Velasco
#Binibini31 Jehza Huelar
#Binibini32 Eva Patalinjug
#Binibini38 Karen Gallman
But since there will be none of the on-site selection for that, I guess it would be safe to say that the ten named Binibinis will be the most watched by everyone.
Here is a quick clip of some of the 2017 Binibinis posing in front of the panel up close.
Bb. Pilipinas Intercontinental 2017 and Miss Intercontinental 2017 1st Runner-Up Katarina Rodriguez is back in the Philippines. And boy, did she really enjoy the extended stay in Egypt. The time allowed her to process all the events leading to the finals night of her pageant. Yes, she gained weight. But she can lose the same in time for the Bb. Pilipinas 2018 Finals on March 18 for sure.
With the Bb. Pilipinas 2018 Talent Competition scheduled to take place at the Farmers Plaza Activity Area this coming Saturday – February 10 – I thought it would be appropriate to take a look-back at last year’s version where the more memorable presentations were placed in a video grid above. Included are the opera number of Mariel de Leon, the ballet performance of Arienne Calingo, the Taekwondo exhibition of Ma. Camille Manalo, the interpretative dance of Gillian Colcol and the bass guitar skills of Elizabeth Clenci.
Now if you want to get relatively up close and personal with this year’s Binibinis, then the above-mentioned upcoming event will be your best bet for some sort of a limited meet-and-greet.
I was told that around fifteen or so ladies will display their talents that are mostly in the song, dance and song-and-dance formats, with one doing a rhythmic gymnastics exhibition.
See you there!
Below are some shots taken from 2017 by Joseph Gerard V. Jose for normannorman.com.
Miss Intercontinental 2017 Veronica Salas of Mexico
The Top 3
Veronica Salas Vallejo of Mexico is the new Miss Intercontinental after she defeated 64 other contenders for the title. Our very own Katarina Rodriguez is 1st Runner-Up, with Cathelijne Heppenhuis of the Netherlands getting 2nd Runner-Up. All three ladies were also awarded as the best in their respective continents.
Watch a video of their post-Coronation interview as (a teary-eyed) Miss Philippines Katarina Rodriguez expressed her #real feelings about placing so heartbreakingly close to becoming the country’s first winner in the competition. You would really wonder why she was specifically asked to speak in Filipino – perhaps to express her true sentiments? (Her placement brings back memories of 2015 when Christi McGarry also finished 1st Runner-Up in the same pageant).
At around 3am of January 25 (Manila time), the finals of Miss Intercontinental 2018 live from Hurghada, Egypt can be viewed in the pageant’s FB page (plus other links that will be known later). Support our Miss Philippines Katarina Rodriguez in her quest for the country’s first crown in this competition.
Credits for the photo:
Creative Direction, Photography & Styling by PJ Almera
Makeup by Janina Dizon
Hair by MJ Rone for REVLON PROFESSIONAL using Hair Extensions from LYNELLE HAIR FASHION
It won’t be long till the finals of Miss Intercontinental 2018 in Hurghada, Egypt. Crowning night will be on the evening of January 24 (January 25 in Manila). Will our very own Katarina Rodriguez be the first Filipina to win the crown?
Credits for the photos:
Creative Direction, Photography & Styling by PJ Almera @misterpatrickjames
Makeup by Janina Dizon @JaninaDizon
Hair by MJ Rone @iammjrone for REVLON PROFESSIONAL using Hair Extensions from LYNELLE HAIR FASHION
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