The Province of Albay has always been a rich source of beautiful Filipinas for enlisting in national pageants. And the force of the Albayanas continues in Bb. Pilipinas 2018 with the presence of #Binibini10 Kayesha Clauden Chua and #Binibini28 Angelica Mae Corbe from Legazpi City, #Binibini20 Catriona Gray from Oas and #Binibini40 Angelie Aubrey Asuncion from Tabaco City – all gorgeous but with different personal styles for the competition.
Aubrey – she who sings so much like Sitti Navarro – is actually a morena deadringer for actress Janine Gutierrez in person. And once she uses her piercing set of eyes to the max, then one can’t help but be taken in by her charms.
Angel – she who belly-dances like a sweet Turkish delight – is the most pageant-exposed among the four given her rich experience in beauty contests – both provincial and regional levels. She is also a joy to converse with.
Kayesha – she who has been said to move and project like Miss International 2016 Kylie Verzosa – is the type of opponent who never misses a beat in setting her game plan into motion. She goes into action mode the minute she steps into the spotlight.
And Catriona – she who is now the current subject of many online criticisms for being the #1 pick of most and the overrated choice for the rest – continues to be one of the Binibinis with the Golden Halo in the eyes of the individuals whose decision matters and the large fan base rallying behind her bid.
Dear readers, this year’s beauty derby is not the easiest to assess given the choices of potential winners we need to base our predictions from. Given that, how are you scoring the four ladies above?
It all started inside Monet Ballroom of Novotel Manila Araneta Center where the forty (40) Binibinis were individually introduced to members of the media during the Press Presentation of Bb. Pilipinas 2018. From there, everyone trooped to the poolside on the 6th floor for the traditional group photos in one line-up. They wore identical blue two-piece swimsuits from DR Swim.
As expected, the favorites I named two blog entries prior stood out in the eyes of everyone. But at the same time, nice surprises were seen from the less hyped beauties such as #Binibini37 Patrizia Garcia, #Binibini15 Juliana Kapeundl, #Binibini35 Sandra Lemonon, #Binibini8 Shane Tormes and #Binibini7 Sigrid Grace Flores. But to be fair, all of them delivered onstage. Kudos, ladies!
The most applauded candidates are #Binibini20 Catriona Gray, #Binibini19 Michele Gumabao, #Binibini32 Eva Patalinjug, #Binibini1 Vickie Marie Rushton #Binibini11 Aya Abesamis and #Binibini14 Samantha Mae Bernardo.
Now who will zoom up, maintain front-runner consistency or fall down a notch from hereon now? We will see in the days and weeks to come as the strong ones start to peak and the flash-in-the-pans begin to lose their stronghold.
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.
Photo credit: Andy Cayna
Your #Binibini20 Catriona Gray is the candidate of Bb. Pilipinas 2018 who has spawned endless discussions in different pageant sites and message boards for an assortment of reasons. She could be praised to high heavens as the lady everyone wants to beat in this year’s edition or the contender or the Binibini who – of late – is now being criticized for being overrated and not necessarily the obvious pick for the highest title. Compared to the earlier parts of the competition when people are almost unanimous in saying that she is #1, the voices are now mixed in content.
So for reasons of starting a healthy discussion, let us hear your thoughts as to why she is one of the ladies firmly on top or why she needs to worry at this point when the Press Presentation is just a couple of winks away.
Above is a ten-minute video (courtesy of wolf tv) that compiled all the Jag Jeans Denim Queen clips of the Bb. Pilipinas 2018 Official Candidates.
courtesy of wolf TV
Different pageant sites and individuals have already shared their favorites among them. Who are yours?
Below are mine. And the basis for my choices is quite simple. Who among them promoted the jeans brand that would make me want to buy the product myself?
Patrik and Rose
I don’t deny my developing friendships and fondness for the forty Binibinis of Bb. Pilipinas 2018. After all, this was the same scenario in the last two years when I really went out of my way to be close to all the candidates so I can size them up better in terms of personality and Queen-worthiness.
During the Store Tour last week at Ali Mall, my colleague Mario Dumaual (of ABS-CBN) was teasing me to no end. When his crew was filming the arrival of the Binibinis at Pizza Hut, they were able to capture every single one of them giving me a buss on the cheek while in line according to number. Perhaps, it is something that I treasure in the coverage. They have started to trust me in a way that I would always spin positivity about them instead of posting unpleasant thoughts of divisiveness. I know that this is still a tough competition first and foremost. But I want all forty to enjoy the journey and collect good memories all throughout. Every minute I spend with them is very much appreciated. I will just worry about separating the potential winners from the rest once the date of the Coronation Night is just 2-3 days away.
For now, Happy Valentine’s Day to all the Binibinis and to you, my dear readers!