Behold your #Binibini15 Cindy Obeñita of Cagayan de Oro, Misamis Oriental in her Bb. Pilipinas National Costume created by Odelon Simpao.
Belleza de Oro
(Notes from the designer)
Legend has it that Cagayan de Oro is resting on the back of a giant goldfish, with its head right under the Cathedral. This is the mythical inspiration of my national costume, a fitting tribute to the Oro, as a gentle creature. On top of the piece is a crown, a homage to Birhen sa Kota who protected the city from invading Moros.
We call this costume Belleza del Oro, beauty of gold.
The whole piece is composed of over 10,000 glittery pieces with dominant circular bangles, representing the golden coconut called kuyamis, abundant in Misamis Oriental and the namesake of its annual festival that celebrates good harvest.
To this day, the legend of the Oro is told and retold. The spirit of the Oro magnifies in the heart of every Kagay-anon, exuding genuine friendship to anyone he/she meets, thus the moniker, City of Golden Friendship.
I take immense pride here at the Binibining Pilipinas to make my beloved Cagayan de Oro City, Misamis Oriental, shine like gold in the eyes of the world.
Photography: Raymond Saldaña
Set Design: Henry Reyes HGR Events and Sabrosas
Below are the #IAMBINIBINI introduction videos of the first half of the Bb. Pilipinas 2020 candidates. You will notice that there are still missing (or skipped) Binibinis. I am simply relying on what the organizers are uploading in their YouTube channel. Hence, the efforts of 5, 7, 11, 16 and 20 are still not here.
#Binibini1 Samantha Panlilio
#Binibini2 Rowena Sasuluya
#Binibini3 Lois Anne Badando
#Binibini4 Patrizia Garcia
#Binibini6 Princess Guanzon
#Binibini8 Meiji Cruz
#Binibini9 Patricia Babista
#Binibini10 Shaira Rona
#Binibini12 Vianca Marcelo
#Binibini13 Samantha Bernardo
#Binibini14 Hazel Ortiz
#Binibini15 Cindy Obeñita
#Binibini17 Justine Felizarta
#Binibini18 Karen Laurrie Mendoza
#Binibini19 Kimberly Tiquestiques
Sharing with you the video of the 6th episode of Pageantry Norms with my guests Patrizia Garcia, Cindy Obeñita, Gabrielle Basiano and Honey Cartasano in a discussion about their Bb. Pilipinas Experience.
It was aired on TPP TV via The Philippine Pageantry.
This afternoon at 4pm on #PageantryNorms:
Join us in an in an interactive discussion with four (4) Binibinis from Luzon, Visayas, Mindanao and NCR as they talk about their Bb. Pilipinas Experience from fresh new perspectives.
There will also be an exciting Q&A part where viewers can field in their questions for:
#Binibini4 Patrizia Garcia of the City of Manila
#Binibini15 Cindy Obeñita of CDO, Misamis Oriental
#Binibini23 Gabrielle Basiano of Borongan, Eastern Samar
#Binibini29 Honey Cartasano of Rizal Province
Catch them on TPP TV via The Philippine Pageantry!
Make way for these wise queens as they shop ‘til they drop wearing BRAGAIS™️ Cristy & Darylle.
Then feel the power of our modern Filipina queens as they stood their ground confidently and independently with BRAGAIS™️ Gazini and Jehza.
Here are Binibinis 1-19 of Bb. Pilipinas 2020
Project Manager: Bessie Besana
Creative Director: Jed Velasco
Photographer: Don Caras & Yukie Sarto
Head Fashion Stylist: Vhee Co
Head Make-Up Artist: Arnel Palmera
Set Designer: Myke Francis Mayores
Note: Binibini20 Thea Cenarosa was absent during the shoot due to a small accident at home that prevented her from reporting to the activity.
Just as I had thought, splitting the second batch of Bb. Pilipinas 2020 candidates right in the middle would prove to be hard – especially with the fifth and sixth because the former will automatically be part of the upper half.
At any rate, #Binibini13 Samantha Bernardo is my hands-down top pick for this group. She who has been runner-up long enough to prove her loyalty to BPCI, apart from being the crown-worthiest of the ten. This Palaweña is eyeing Supranational, not surprisingly. She has practically “ceded” the International crown to Vickie Rushton as early as the day she decided to sign up for the third time.
Now as far as the second and third here, I am giving the slight edge to #Binibini18 Karen Laurrie Mendoza of Iloilo because – outside of Vickie – she fits the template of Miss International nicely. She has almost the same bone structure and height as Bea Rose Santiago, not to mention observations that Madame SMA started to take a shine on her in all the activities before the quarantine period.
#Binibini11 Maureen is third in rank for me. She is the toughest opponent of Sam B. for Supranational. But in all honesty, I can see her being more appropriate for Grand International instead.
My fourth and fifth are potential spoilers. #Binibini16 Alexandra Mae Rosales and #Binibini19 Kimberly Anne Tiquestiques. Both tall and promising, their distinctly Pinay beauties can suit up well for a lesser title or runner-up placement if fate dictates the two of them to shine that far.
How about you, dear readers? Who belongs to your upper half among Binibinis 11-20?
P.S. My 6th in this group is #Binibini14 Hazel Ortiz.
Cherry blossoms in June!
Here are Binibinis 11-20 in their official swimwear photos for Bb. Pilipinas 2020.
The next group of ten will follow in a day or two so you can appreciate this second batch for now.
Photography: Raymond Saldaña
Team : Arnie Vergara
Swimwear: Domz Ramos
Stylist: Vhee Co
Aura Nicole de Jesus
Accessories : Adam Rico de Guzman
Set design: Henry Reyes of HGR Event
Binibini15 Cindy Obeñita in Gil Macaibay III. Makeup by Aico Aljas
A virtual Santacruzan it will be for Bb. Pilipinas 2020. Because of the pandemic crisis, the Binibinis will have to be dolled up off-site and presented as sagalas online. It takes some getting used to, but this is already a sneak peek into the new normal – the BPCI way.
Below are three more ladies to feast your eyes on.
Binibini8 Meiji Cruz in crown, gown and accessories by Manny Halasan. Makeup by Drew Galleguez
Binibini10 Shaira Rona in Ray Bien Maglonzo. Makeup by Kiev Torres. Crown by Omar Sali
Binibini32 Danica Acuna in gown and crown by Carla Sabog Madrigal. Makeup by Lenard Vasquez
Binibini 23 Gabrielle Basiano in custom-made MY FREN by Ken Batino and makeup by Eugene Tiongson
After the release of the new sets of official photos and yesterday’s Ever Bilena Beauty Tour by the Bb. Pilipinas 2020 candidates, normannorman.com is sharing with you his 2nd Round Picks that should set up things nicely for the Press Presentation that will happen on March 17. Take note that I arranged the #Binibinis according to the order of my preference and not by numbers anymore:
Samantha Bernardo of Palawan
Karen Laurrie Mendoza of Iloilo
Gabrielle Basiano of Borongan, Eastern Samar
Hannah Arnold of Masbate
Patrizia Garcia of Manila
Honey Cartasano of Rizal
Alexandra Mae Rosales of Laguna
Cindy Obeñita of CDO, Misamis Oriental
Vickie Marie Rushton of Negros Occidental
Carina G. Cariño of La Union
Hazel Ortiz of Pasig
Pat Babista of Quezon Province
Francesca Taruc of Angeles City, Pampanga
Danica Joy Acuña of Romblon
Maureen Montagne of Batangas
Alexandra Faith Garcia of Olongapo
Jash Dimaculangan of Camarines Sur
Samantha Alexandra Panlilio of Cavite
Shanon Tampon of Caloocan
Kimberly Anne Tiquestiques of Balagtas, Bulacan
As of today, the competition is still wide open for all the ladies. The leaderboard, though, is starting to take shape more clearly, such that if the Grand Coronation Night will happen later, the potential titleholders are Samantha Bernardo, Karen Laurrie Mendoza, Gabrielle Basiano, Hannah Arnold and Patrizia Garcia, with Honey Cartasano and Alexandra Mae Rosales as runners-up.
But with the remaining pre-pageant counting more than a month and a half to go, anything can still happen. Samantha Bernardo is looking like my only surefire winner at this point.