Maria Luisa Varela of the Philippines was crowned Miss Planet International last night in Cambodia. You will remember this controversial pageant as the one where Binibining Pilipinas 1st Runner-Up Herlene Budol was initially fielded in during its (failed) first staging attempt in Uganda last year. All I can say is, life can be stranger than fiction at times.
And the plot thickens…
Here is Wilbert Tolentino’s side on the win of #MissPlanetPhilippines in last night’s Finals of Miss Planet International.
“Posted @withregram • @sirwil75 Hello mga Marites ng Pilipinas! Marami nag rerequest sa akin mag labas ako ng Statement tungkol sa Miss Planet Philippines National Director ng period ko. eto na ang perfect Timing na Statement ilalabas ko!
So, eto na nga mga Marites, Huwag po muna tayo mag diwang sa pagka panalo ang Miss Planet Philipines sa International stage ng MPI.
FYI lang po guys, bayad po ang Korona ang na panalunan ng Miss Planet Philippines at alam na nya final Question. bago cya lumipad ng #Cambodia para sumabak ng MPI.
Ate Girl (Maria Luisa) lumaban ka ng patas kawawa din mga co candidate mo at nag eeffort din cla para sa Pageant sinalihan nila at mag travel pa sila patungong #Cambodia.
Deserve mo etong post ko. Dahil bukod sa pag bypass nyo sa akin ng Kupal mong National Director si Miki Antonio. wala parin kayong modo at sobra kayong mabastos at kayo pa galit galitan .
You must atleast mag pasintabi or courtesy call sa akin kung may pangarap ka maging Beauty Queen baka ma consider ko pa at gawan pa kta release paper agad agad. Sana inicip nyo rin yan bago kayo sumabak sa #Cambodia kung meron ba kayo matatapakan ng tao.
Very supportive ako sa Pageant World lalo na kung may bansang Pilipinas ang e represent.
Kaya kht balik baliktarin natin ang dokumento ako parin ang NATIONAL DIRECTOR ng MISS PLANET PHILIPPINES. Klaro po tayo?
Eto naman ang Summary sa Statement ko! Makikita nyo bago e ganap ang Coronation last nyt ay meron na silang tatlong Winner naka post in order at in just one frame.
Ang MPI pinag lalaro mga delegates at ginawa lang thank u girl dahil meron na silang Tatlong Winners!
Nag reach out ako sa iyo at ikinwento ko pa sayo na mahigit kami 60plus Countries na indi mag Susupporta sa MPI. dala sa karansan ng trauma at takot lahat sa #Uganda
As National Director for Ms Planent in the Philippines, I would like to clarify that no replacement has been made. The Philippines will not send any representative to Ms. Planet competition this year.”
Her life in the limelight to date has been one of the more storied – much like a gentle rollercoaster of emotions if I may add. But focusing on her collective achievements as a courtside reporter, TV host, radio DJ, teleserye actress and Miss Philippines Earth – Water 2020, Gianna Margarita Llanes is ready to face any challenge head-on. Experience is the best life teacher – and she has lots of them.
This year, she is back on her pageant toes and eager to shine on the national stage with Binibining Pilipinas as potential target. The calling is strong, and Araneta Coliseum is much too hard to resist. Supported by Promedia, the journey will be less bumpy and the concerns more attended.
Good luck, G! For the Globe!
Here’s wishing everyone the best this Christmas and the coming New Year. 2022 may not have been the best in terms of pageantry wins but some of our Queens still racked up respectable placements all around (or in international competitions outside the Big 4).
May January prove to be the start of a more wonderful period in crown-hunting for the Philippines.
Miss Universe Philippines 2022 and her court
Miss World Philippines 2022 and her court
Binibining Pilipinas 2022 Queens and runners-up
Miss Philippines Earth 2022 and her elemental court
Mutya ng Pilipinas 2022 Queens
You’ve waited for this!
Binibining Pilipinas officially withdraws from Miss Grand International.
Madam Stella Marquez de Araneta (SMA) is back!
In this photo, she is pictured with our two Binibining Pilipinas titleholders Hannah Arnold (2021) and Nicole Borromeo (2022).
As part of its mission of being active in nation-building, the Binibining Pilipinas Charities Incorporated (BPCI) revived its partnership with the Makati Medical Center (MMC) Foundation and brought joy to soldiers at the AFP Medical Center – V. Luna General Hospital.
On September 1, BPCI and MMC Foundation spent time with around 150 soldiers as they celebrated the hospital’s 85th anniversary. Binibining Pilipinas Intercontinental 2022 Gabrielle Basiano, Binibining Pilipinas Globe 2022 Chelsea Fernandez, Binibinibing Pilipinas 2022 2nd Runner Up Stacey Gabriel, and BPCI officials joined the soldiers in a talent show organized for the celebration.
The Binibini queens delivered inspirational speeches to uplift the spirit of the soldiers. They also expressed gratitude for the soldiers’ service to the country by distributing giftpacks with products from Ever Bilena, Blackwater, and Casino Ethyl Alcohol. The ladies also joined the soldiers as they enjoyed the meals provided by Pizza Hut and JAG Jeans.
“With the ease of the health protocol restrictions, we will be continuing our plans in visiting and providing mission works and workshops to our soldiers,” said BPCI head Gines Enriquez.
It has been a tradition of BPCI to assist MMC Foundation in offering relief assistance and inspiration to wounded soldiers at the AFP Medical Center through the Binibini candidates and queens.
“Kami sa Makati Medical Foundation, ang turing po namin sa inyo ay you are part of our family. Know that you have a family in Makati Medical Center Foundation, and in our partners in Binibining Pilipinas Charities, Incorporated. I would like to express my gratitude to the Binibining Pilipinas queens, that despite of their busy schedule preparing for their competitions, they made time to spend the afternoon with our heroes,” said Marge Macasaet-Barro, MMC Foundation executive director.
Fashion stylist Andrea Justine Aliman is the new swimwear designer for Binibining Pilipinas. She will bring her “Dia Ali PH” brand to the national pageant. I have already seen her work during the inaugural edition of Miss International Queen Philippines. I must say that she will give the Binibinis a totally different vibe – modern femininity I must add.
Below is a clip of Catriona Gray for Dia Ali PH.
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Someone is primed to make a national pageant comeback this 2022, and I couldn’t be more excited that she is ready to give it her best shot. The question is: which competition is she being earmarked for?
Your guess is as good as mine.
Let’s show some love for the lovely and captivating Desiree Justiniane!
HMUA: Carlo Lim Algarne
PS. Last 2019, Desiree was one of the crowned titleholders in the inaugural staging of Philippine Global Queens. Due to the lockdown and pandemic, though, her supposed pageant assignment in the US for Miss Regency International was continuously postponed up until 2021.
Desiree with Rodgil Flores of KF
Once more with feelings?
Once a Binibini, Twice a Binibini?
Whichever way you look at it, Gabrielle Basiano is ready to grind and sashay her way to a crown for the second time.
Photographed by: @advanramirez
Creative Direction and Styling: @style.ken.jev @kenbatino @jevineleven
Make Up: @justinenavato
Fashion: Custom @myfren.online
Pageant Camp: @rlsangels by @rlacanienta
If we are to read into one of the latest posts of Aces & Queens (and our subject herself) on IG, there is reason to believe that Pauline Amelinckx is gearing up for a third attempt in the nationals. Her first two tries were met with relative triumphs. But at the end of the day, the objective is a good crown. Will it be for Binibining Pilipinas or Miss World Philippines?
Posted @withregram • @aces_and_queens @paulineamelinckx
“A new journey, familiar yet still mysterious. But one thing is sure, my heart is full of hope and my spirit is strong. Ready to take the leap. Let’s behold Bohol, again.”
Video @geraldjamescabal @gjcphoto
Creative Direction @mikeeandrei
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Methinks it’s the former.