Our newly-crowned Bb. Pilipinas 2018 Queens spent the entire morning today guesting on ABS-CBN’s “Umagang Kay Ganda” and ANC News Channel’s Early Edition.
Below are video clips from their appearances.
Bb. Pilipinas 2018 Winners and their NEW crowns!
Miss Universe Philippines 2018 Catriona Elisa Gray
Bb. Pilipinas International 2018
Ma Ahtisa Manalo
Bb. Pilipinas Supranational 2018
Bb. Pilipinas Grand International 2018
Bb. Pilipinas Intercontinental 2018
Karen J. Gallman
Bb. Pilipinas Globe 2018
Michele Theresa Imperial Gumabao
1st RU Vickie Marie Rushton
2nd RU Samantha Bernardo
There is just as much growing excitement for the second-highest title at stake in Bb. Pilipinas 2018. And knowing the basic requirements of Miss International in the prospective selection of representatives they expect from our country, I have initially set aside three (3) contenders who are looking more and more as the best bets for the title – #Binibini1 Vickie Marie Rushton, #Binibini17 Ma. Ahtisa Manalo and #Binibini32 Eva Patalinjug.
You can never miss out on the gorgeous face of Vickie. She is as doll-like as you would want a Bb. Pilipinas International to be. And it helps that her showbiz background is in the mix. She loves being in the public eye and can make heads Turn with the least of effort. She is also a good communicator.
20 year-old Ahtisa has youth on her side. And you can take it either as a compliment or a disadvantage. But in this case, I am leaning more on the former. She also has the looks that can drive the Miss International organizers crazy in love with her. She may need further polishing here and there, but all the right ingredients are in place.
And then there is Eva – the Mutya turned Binibini who has always been praised for her relaxed spontaneity in public that makes pageant fans love her even more. Her beauty is also undeniable. And at 23-going-24, she is right smack in the best age for the crown currently being held by Mariel de Leon.
Team Vickie? Team Ahtisa? Or Team Eva? Who will get your full support?
Let’s compare swimsuit notes now. While the assorted tile background can get quite distracting (aside from the sense of bathroom corner I am getting), I simply focused on the Binibinis in gold-colored DR Swim variations. I chose a dozen beauties who are giving me that sense of flirtatious vibe that doesn’t get overboard. There is a thin line between class and otherwise, just as there is a marked difference between being sweet and exuding an aura of sexiness befitting a Binibini. Our opinions may differ on a few of them, but these are the ones floating my boat, so to speak.
There was no science involved when I came up with my nominations for Bb. Pilipinas 2018. I trusted my gut-feel more than anything else, and mixed in a couple of pageant factors that would make certain candidates be part of the five-women queue for a specific title. And to my pleasant surprise, I was actually able to halve the forty (40) Binibinis without me even making conscious head counts. All the ones who received at least one nomination are included.
Thus, it makes a lot of sense now that my upper-tier twenty are:
#Binibini1 Vickie Marie Rushton
#Binibini3 Muriel Orais
#Binibini7 Sigrid Grace Flores
#Binibini10 Kayesha Chua
#Binibini11 Aya Abesamis
#Binibini14 Samantha Mae Bernardo
#Binibini15 Juliana Kapeundl
#Binibini17 Ma Ahtisa Manalo
#Binibini19 Michele Gumabao
#Binibini20 Catriona Gray
#Binibini23 Ena Velasco
#Binibini24 Edjelyn Joy Gamboa
#Binibini26 Wynonah Buot
#Binibini31 Jehza Huelar
#Binibini32 Eva Patalinjug
#Binibini33 Stephanie Joy Abellanida
#Binibini35 Sandra Lemonon
#Binibini36 Loren Mar Artajos
#Binibini37 Patrizia Garcia
#Binibini38 Karen Gallman
Not to entirely spoil my Final Predictions scheduled for March 16, but the nominees are definitely the group where I will pick my titleholders.
And just like the Grammys or the Oscars, receiving more than one citation is not a guarantee of victory. They merely fit for more than one title, as per my consideration.