Are they really the favorites so far?
It is way too premature to make early predictions on Bb. Pilipinas 2017. After all, the Press Presentation won’t happen until Wednesday, March 22, next week. But from my end, I have fine-tuned my pageant radar to pick up signs from everywhere. And when I say everywhere, I mean from even the unlikeliest of places to pick up clues from. It’s like small stones strategically thrown along a clear path. Problem is, these stones take the color of the pavement so I need to wear my trusty eyeglasses to see clearly and pick them up right away.
So do I sense Binibinis 15, 10, 24, 19, 32 and 13 as front-runners? And do I see the numbers 31, 18, 22, 28, 39 and 38 following the trail? Hey, don’t think of these early picks as definitive. The dozen is a result of inquisitiveness and a keen observance of goings-on from all corners. The signs could still be shaken in the weeks to come. But be happy that most of the ones you like are slowly shaping up to be potential leaders of the pack.
In the meantime, here are video greetings from some of the Binibinis as they do their shoutouts for normannorman.com. 🙂
Is Charmaine Elima the top favorite to win Bb. Pilipinas 2017?
Your Binibini 32 Charmaine “Maine” Elima has respectable credentials going into her second Bb. Pilipinas attempt. Consider these: 1) Graduated as Cum Laude
in Siena College with a Bachelor’s Degree of International Hospitality Management; 2) Works as a Flight Attendant of Philippine Airlines for three (3) years now; 3) Graduated as Class Valedictorian of Cabin Crew Training of Philippine Airlines Batch (2013) 13-05.
Let’s ask Maine to explain herself:
“Working as a flight attendant for helped me improve all my weaknesses: my communication skills, social skills and public speaking. I have had the chance of returning to pageants in the past several years, but I’ve learned that such things should not be rushed. I’ve waited until the time that I feel like I’m really ready for this. I can say that I’ve already refined all my shortcomings and mature enough to take the responsibility of representing our country in the international.
As a Binibini for the second time around, I’m now enjoying every moment of this journey! But believe me, I’m still focused on what I really want – of course, the Miss Universe crown! 👑👑👑👸🏻”
Crown-bound, is Charmaine Elima?
courtesy of Beauty Pageant Updates
Charmaine, Mariel and Katarina are three of the most popular Binibinis of 2017
Popularity-wise, you cannot deny the fact that three of the most talked-about Official Candidates of Bb. Pilipinas 2017 are Binibini 32 Charmaine Elima, Binibini 15 Maria Angelica de Leon and Binibini 31 Katarina Rodriguez. It’s like if the coronation night was held just hours ago, they would run away with the highest titles hands down. And you cannot help but be drawn to the trio for different reasons. Maine is being discussed this early as the Binibini to beat, while Mariel is on her second and possibly more successful attempt. Katarina, on the other hand, still enjoys some connection to memories of her stint during Asia’s Next Top Model and how her beautiful face could be the most talked about even by pageant watchers outside the country.
Dindi, Nelda and Jehza are starting to rise in popularity in this latest batch
But wait, there is another trio just waiting in the wings to become popular in the eyes of many. Binibini 24 Dindi Pajares leads this small pack, alongside Binibini 18 Nelda Ibe – the lady I feel could be the strongest from KF and who certainly impressed the screening panel with her interesting background as a Pilot – and last year’s 2nd Runner-Up Jehza Huelar who is aiming to finally win a crown after serving time with all the Bb. Pilipinas 2016 titleholders. I feel that these ladies will gather more than enough steam to forge ahead in their respective hunts for victory.
Of course, there are also other contenders to consider in terms of being well-liked by many. Three of them could be crossover beauty Chanel Olive Thomas, independent delegate Sirene Sutton and the 3rd-time joiner Angelique de Leon who will give more than 100% to finally get into the magic circle of winners. They promise to make it harder for the early favorites, and if possible, steal the limelight in the process.
You can never count out Sirene Sutton and Angelique de Leon
Chanel Olive Thomas (left and shown with Mariel de Leon) is also one of the promising bets for 2017
How about you, dear readers? Who are the Binibinis starting to shape up as front-runners in your eyes? 🙂
Just when you thought that memories of Bb. Pilipinas 2013 will keep coming back regarding the performance of Charmaine Elima, think again. During the Aces & Queen Presentation of the Class of 2017 for Bb. Pilipinas, she was a clear standout in all aspects. There are good reasons why she was voted Miss Personality during the said mock pageant. And how!
The positive changes are very distinct.
Charmaine has vastly improved in her English communication skills, and can actually speak the language quite fluently while projecting a modern version of herself – confident and charming as well as effective in connecting with the audience. I must admit to being pleasantly surprised with her transformation. The years of work with Philippine Airlines really upped her ability to relate to different types of people. And you can see in her moves that there are no more traces of the tentative Maine during her first attempt in the nationals.
The heat is really on for the forty (40) Official Candidates slots for 2017! 🙂
Charmaine Elima at the red carpet of the 65th Miss Universe After Party
As early as the 3rd Quarter of last year, Charmaine Elima is one of the beauties being talked about as re-joining Bb. Pilipinas. Everyone knows by now that she has spent the last few years working as an International Flight Attendant of the country’s flag carrier, Philippine Airlines. And the significant work experience up in the skies has given her a certain sense of maturity in the way she deals with and presents herself to people of different ages and nationalities. Gone are the unpolished moves and reluctant confidence. Refinement has taken over. And it won’t be long till you see and experience her full transformation.
Be ready for Charmaine Elima 2.0 with an upgraded styling, a whole new different camp and an entirely reinvigorated pageant attitude. She’s all set to be a Binibini in the 2017 edition of the nationals.
As Charmaine said in one of her status upates, “…whatever you decided to do, make sure it makes you happy.”
This is one big move that I reckon will make her happy. 🙂
Charmaine Elima for Rocky Gathercole and Leo Almodal as photographed by Ahleks Fusilero
This is the new Charmaine Elima for Bb. Pilipinas 2017
Classes 2014 to 2016 in banner mode each
Sign-ups for Class 2017 are now open!
Now this one will pump up the interest of many potential beauties who have been constantly sending messages to my inbox as to when the next batch of Aces & Queens trainees for Class 2017 will finally start recruitment.
Here it is!
The successful beauty camp is now opening its doors for screening of ladies who will comprise their entries for Bb. Pilipinas 2017 (primarily), and methinks the number of interested applicants will be bigger than last year when they counted around two hundred (200).
Of course you know by now that Charmaine Elima will be part of the next annointed group. But with six (6) titles at stake in the nationals, the game is still wide open for more discoveries and re-discoveries.
The beautiful Charmaine Elima will be part of Class 2017 (Photo credit: MJ Suayan)
So what are you waiting for?
Apply now! 😉
Charmaine Elima for Bragais Brides (Photo credit: Ahleks Fusilero)
When Charmaine Elima came out of nowhere (out of her cabin crew uniform, if you will), everyone got excited. Here is the lady everyone was anticipating to make her Bb. Pilipinas comeback. Thanks to my favorite shoemaker, Jojo Bragais, for signing her up as one of the models – along witn Christi McGarry and Hillarie Parungao – for Bragais Brides. And while we all saw her in that group photo with the Aces & Queens ladies being trained for Miss World Philippines, I received hints that she is being groomed for Bb. Pilipinas 2017 instead – which is what we all want to her.
So what else is left to say?
Get ready for Charmaine Elima’s second wind. It’s going to blow you away! 🙂
Beautiful Charmaine by Ahleks Fusilero