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. 🙂
The sister also rises. Your Binibini 11 Kimberly Pajares will.
When sisters compete in the same beauty pageant, sparks are expected to fly. In the case of Dindi and Kimberly Pajares from Bataan, will their simultaneous participation in Bb. Pilipinas 2017 excited you, dear readers? Both flight attendants of Philippine Airlines, they bring color to the competition for sure. But who will prevail in the end? Let’s hear it straight from your Binibini 11 now.
“Hi, I’m Kimberly Lacane Pajares, 26 years old from Balanga City, Province of Bataan. I’m a nurse by profession and I worked for a government hospital for 2 years prior. I am currently a flight attendant working for the nation’s flag carrier, Philippine Airlines.
It is a dream come true being an official candidate of Bb. Pilipinas. I remembered when Dindi and I always played with blankets and converted them to gowns and then conducted a small pageant in our rooms pretending to be beauty queens. And look at us now, competing in this prestigious contest together. It’s a pleasure having my sister with me in this journey. Because whatever the result maybe at the end of the day, we are still family. 😊”
courtedy of Beauty Pageant Updates
A veritable sister act – Dindi and Kimberly Pajares
Kimberly wants to achieve pageant glory along with her younger sister, Dindi. If at all possible, it will not be just to bring joy to the family and to the province of Bataan, but also a 1-2 punch for Aces & Queens and Philippine Airlines.
Will Kimberly level up enough to become your next Bb. Pilipinas? 🙂
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? 🙂
Here are the 24 ladies of A&Q with their backs photographed by my partner Joy Arguil
Now the photo grid above might annoy you even more because we cannot post their faces yet to protect the ladies who will not make it as Bb. Pilipinas 2017 Official Candidates. But just to give you a small bonus, below is my photo with one of them – Dindi Pajares – who has really improved a lot more since last year. Her projection onstage and the lilting charm she exudes have leveled up quite nicely. And I bet she will be one of the several favorites once the final selection has been revealed.
Profession- or credentials-wise, there are four (4) Flight Attendants, one (1) Veterinarian, one (1) Architect, two (2) Interior Designers, one (1) Georgetown University graduate, one (1) CPA, two (2) Auditors, one (1) Marketing Executive, one (1) UCLA alumna, one (1) NGO volunteer, one (1) actress/opera singer, one (1) Personal Image Consultant, one (1) Sports Ambassador of Mindanao, one (1) budding Fashion Designer and five (5) different types of models (runway/photographic/editorial).
That will do for now, dear readers. 🙂
Ready for a second serving of Dindi Pajares?
Dindi during Bb. Pilipinas 2016
Last year, Dindi Pajares – in her first attempt in the nationals – was one of the contestants who pageant experts and followers felt had a strong chance of claiming one of the crowns at stake. She did leave her mark when she entered the Top 15 even if her camp sisters at Aces & Queens – Maxine, Kylie, Jennifer, Nicole, Angelica and Jehza – were the ones who ended up as the announced winners.
That was a good start for Dindi who resumed her job as Flight Attendant of Philippine Airlines after. But the pageant bug must have really hit her. And for 2017, supporters are clamoring for her return.
While it has only been less than a year since then, Dindi has already upped her training for what everyone is anticipating as her return to Araneta Coliseum. Braver. Fiercer. And definitely more aggressive in getting a title.
Is Dindi Pajares getting the thumbs up from you, dear readers? 🙂
I’ve always had great faith in these two ladies – Dindi and Apriel (Photo credit: Joy Arguil)
All throughout my coverage of Bb. Pilipinas 2016, there are two Binibinis who never fail to catch my attention everytime – Dindi Pajares and Apriel Smith. The former charms me with her smile and sweet aura, while the latter drives me nuts with her infectious presence and wholesome demeanor.
I won’t dare ask the question why these two ladies did not end up winning any of the Top 8 spots. After all, the deep bench in this year’s batch is a clear indication that there will always be equally deserving contenders who just might go home practically empty-handed. Sadly to some extent, this duo was not able to get solid nods. And between the two of them, Dindi appears to be the more heartbroken one.
As for Apriel, my source is saying that she is likely to be back with a vengeance. Maybe not for next year, but in 2018 most likely. After all, she will only be 22 by then.
Dindi should be back at her job with Philippine Airlines by now. While my gut-feel about re-joining is not crystallizing yet, I won’t mind seeing her compete once.
Dindi and Apriel got away. For now. (Photo credit: Joy Arguil)
For now, they got away. Just for now. 😉
True to the promise of BPCI, Filipino designers were given the spotlight during the finals last Sunday night. And prior to that, the National Costume Competition also showcased their creativity. So allow me to feature a photo blog of fifteen of the evening gowns, including the new titleholders, runners-up and the rest of the Binibinis in the Top 15.
Miss Universe Philippines 2016 Maxine Medina in Rhett Eala
Bb. Pilipinas International 2016 Kylie Verzosa in Francis Libiran
Bb. Pilipinas Supranational 2016 Joanna Eden in Mark Bumgarner
Bb. Pilipinas Intercontinental 2016 Jennifer Hammond in Nat Manilag
Bb. Pilipinas Grand International 2016 Nicole Cordoves in Edwin Tan
Bb. Pilipinas Globe 2016 Nichole Manalo in Leo Almodal
1st Runner-Up Angelica Alita in Hannah Kong
2nd Runner-Up Jehza Huelar in Xioti Chiu
Top 15 placer Vina Openiano in Chico Estiva
Top 15 placer Dindi Pajares in Edwin Tan
Top 15 placer Apriel Smith in Dino Lloren
Top 15 placer Riana Pangindian in Pablo Mendez
Top 15 placer Edjelyn Joy Gamboa in Bessie Besana
Top 15 placer Kimberle Mae Penchon in Louis Pangilinan
All images courtesy of Joy Arguil for normannorman.com
Top 15 placer Roshiela Tobias in Rex Nicdao