Here are screenshots from the first exclusive interview of the Binibining Pilipinas 2021 winners with Boy Abunda – the King of Talk at Novotel Manila Araneta City.
Below is the video itself.
In the meantime, below is their feature on CNN Philippines
Congratulations to the Binibining Pilipinas 2021 Winners:
Binibining Pilipinas International 2021:
Binibining Pilipinas Grand International 2021:
Binibining Pilipinas Intercontinental 2021:
Binibining Pilipinas Globe 2021:
It was a night when a spoiler did her job and “re-arranged” the results after giving a splendid Q&A. And now, Cinderella Faye “Cindy” Obeñita will be our bet in the next Miss Intercontinental.
Hannah Arnold is Japan-bound this coming October when she competes for Miss International 2021.
A surprise (and surprised) Binibining Pilipinas-Grand International 2021 was named in the person of Samantha Alexandra Panlilio. Interestingly, she is our 3rd consecutive winner of the title who’s named Samantha.
And finally, Maureen Montagne got the 4th title of Binibining Pilipinas Globe 2021. If it’s any type of consolation, she will travel to three European nations for The Miss Globe 2021 this coming October-November.
Up to the last minute, I was hoping that Karen Laurrie Mendoza would get MGI. But it wasn’t meant to be.
Now, should BPCI finally announce the new franchise that they acquired, then 1st Runner-Up Gabrielle Basiano would get first dibs for that.
In the showbiz industry, experts say that a newcomer has the biggest potential to shine and become a good actress if she has already been through a lot of hardships in life. This makes her dig deep into her emotions and act more realistically onscreen.
In pageantry, I can say that a candidate has the biggest potential to become a deserving winner if she has experienced significant struggles in all aspects of her existence before reaching this point. The level of appreciation and commitment for a crown is high. And her reign becomes more meaningful.
Binibini Gabrielle Basiano is one such individual. Will she come out victorious tomorrow night at The Big Dome?
Photographer: @sevenbarretto of @studio7manila
Art Direction & Set design: @erwnbotin of @botinstudios
Photography team: @claudevillahrmsa
Stylist: @vheecostyle and @francischee_
Designer: @wearebiro @jeremiahoribe
MUA : @eugenetiongson_
Hair : @ericotiongson
Pageant Coach @rlsangels @rlacanienta
The article below is officially my first output as Pageant Correspondent of Rappler Entertainment. I initially wanted it to be out just 2-3 days before the July 11 Finals of Binibining Pilipinas 2021. But hey, it can help jumpstart the Final Predictions from different pageant sites that will also come out in succession this week.
This article is officially my first output as Pageant Correspondent of Rappler Entertainment. I initially wanted it to be out just 2-3 days before the July 11 Finals of Binibining Pilipinas 2021. But hey, it can help jumpstart the Final Predictions from different pageant sites that will also come out in succession this week.
Thanks to my Editor, Bea Cupin, for the opportunity. And to my predecessor, Voltaire Tayag, the pressure (and the pleasure) is mine now. 😊
Thanks to my Editor, Bea Cupin, for the opportunity. And to my predecessor, Voltaire Tayag, the pressure (and the pleasure) is mine now.
Binibining Pilipinas 2021 will be recorded in modern history as the longest edition ever of a national pageant in the Philippines. It was so long, in fact, that:
1. it spanned practically two pageant seasons;
2. majority of the ladies celebrated two birthdays each as Binibinis;
3. Most of the casualties dropped out due to reasons other than what avid pageant followers are used to
Back in February last year when the original roster of forty (40) Official Candidates was publicly named, the excitement created was so high with familiar names and faces making it to the list. Previous runners-up – like Samantha Mae Bernardo and Vickie Ruston – returned with their unfinished businesses to settle. What’s more, notable crossovers such as Maureen Montagne and Gabrielle Basiano, plus anticipated repeaters Hannah Arnold and Honey Cartasano, added fuel to the already blazing fire.
Initial photo shoots and a couple of pre-pageant events were held just like in past years. And then – boom! – the COVID-19 pandemic happened. What was initially thought as a cause of delay that would run up to only three weeks or a month at most disrupted the entire calendar of activities. The lockdown held the world – and not just the Philippines- to a standstill.
What followed were months of uncertainty. The Binibinis had to stay home, just as the organizers’ hands were tied. Sure, they were able to bank sufficient pictorials and promotional materials that can tide them over until things get back to normal. But when the quarantine stages worsened from GCQ to MGCQ to ECQ and MECQ, the waiting period stretched everyone’s patience that it was decided to scrap the staging of a 2020 finals and wait for an indefinite period to resume any kind of festivities even if a new pageant year was already fast approaching.
While all of this is happening, the list of forty ladies was slowly getting whittled down. First to go was Rowena Sasuluya who opted to grab the opportunity of competing in The Miss Globe 2020 as Miss Philippines. And as 2021 came, more Binibinis bowed out of the competition such as Vickie Rushton and Ana Thea Cenarosa due to age requirements, Alexangela Salvador because of her several businesses that required full attention and Hazel Joy Ortiz who accepted a significant TVC project with a big fastfood chain.
The last one to drop out was Samantha Bernardo who – with the blessings of BPCI – was named Binibining Pilipinas Grand International 2020, flew to Bangkok, Thailand to represent the country in Miss Grand International 2020 and was named 1st Runner-Up in the process. This was a cause for some celebration because of the successful run. But again, a virtual press conference was still a must for health and safety reasons.
So now we are left with thirty-four (34) Binibinis who are inarguably the most patient set of candidates in a national pageant. They signed up in early 2020 and have extended their commitment till now – just a few days before the much-awaited Grand Coronation Night on July 11. So who remains in the clear hunt for a crown among them?
To set things straight, there are two beauty camps and a few independents whose stakes are still firmly in place.
Consider these numbers:
Kagandahang Flores (KF) – 25
Aces & Queens (A&Q) – 6
Independents – 3
That is how the remaining Binibinis of Binibining Pilipinas 2021 are stacking up in favor of KF, with 73.5% of the total cast under their guidance. Meanwhile, Aces & Queens has only 17.7% with the remaining 8.8 percentage points belonging to three Independents (Gabrielle Basiano, Honey Cartasano and Lois Badando).
Those are very telling figures for the uninitiated. But if you look closely, there are non-KF candidates who are strongly capable of stealing the thunder away from the monopoly.
As such, below are fifteen (15) picks who can really battle it out for the four titles – more than half of them from KF and the remaining seven (7) from the rest. Keep in mind that there will only be twelve (12) qualifiers for the first cut. But this is such a strong batch that it would be a shame not to cite three more to the forecast.
According to their assigned numbers now:
Samantha Alexandra Panlilio (KF)
Patrizia Garcia (KF)
Shanon Tampon (KF)
Meiji Cruz (KF)
Patricia Denise Babista (A&Q)
Maureen Montagne (KF)
Cindy Obeñita (A&Q)
Alexandra Mae Rosales (KF)
Justine Felizarta (KF)
Karen Laurrie Mendoza (A&Q)
Hannah Arnold (A&Q)
Gabrielle Basiano (Independent)
Carina Cariño (A&Q)
Francesca Taruc (KF)
Honey Grace Cartasano (Independent)
During the Top 12 juncture, interviews and/or question-and-answer will take over the actual program. And here is where hosts Catriona Gray and Nicole Cordoves will take turns in speaking with the ladies to help the judges arrive at their life-changing decisions. Making predictions for the final results is not like reading a crystal ball where the names of the winners will appear in a smoky haze. So whoever gives the most commanding answer or speech could come from anyone among them.
It is also crucial to “assign” a potential winner to the international pageant where she is likely to be a perfect fit, age included. And believe me, the brands of Miss International, Miss Grand International, The Miss Globe and Miss Intercontinental are different from one another.
For Binibining Pilipinas International, Maureen Montagne carries the best hand possible for this assignment. She is gorgeous, articulate and well-prepared after having done an international competition last 2018. If I may add, she has been zeroing in her interest for this crown for months now. There are two others who are capable of spoiling her chances – Hannah Arnold and Karen Laurrie Mendoza. But that will only happen if she allows them to nose her out of the top spot.
For Binibining Pilipinas Grand International, Gabrielle Basiano is a shoo-in if she plays up to expectations. Tall, stunning and also with international pageant experience, she only needs to prove herself at par in terms of communication under pressure. Once done, she could be on her way to the Finals of Miss Grand International 2021.
As for Binibining Pilipinas Globe and Binibining Pilipinas Intercontinental, the choices are plenty. As already named above, Hannah Arnold and Karen Laurrie Mendoza are also on queue for these crowns. But adding the names of Meiji Cruz, Francesca Taruc, Shanon Tampon and Honey Grace Cartasano will definitely build up the suspense.
This writer will go out on a limb and place his bets on Meiji Cruz and Hannah Arnold. Either of them will do well for both The Miss Globe and Miss Intercontinental. If they fail to deliver, then there are four other ladies waiting to grab the titles.
Let’s see how the announcements will compare to these predictions. If the scenario above will prevail, then we are likely to have another winning year in international competitions around the world.
Binibining Pilipinas 2021 top bet Gabrielle Basiano takes time off from her busy pageant pre-pageant activities to commemorate Father’s Day today, June 20.
The Borongan, Samar native shares some of her most unforgettable moments with her dad during her younger years.
She joyfully recalls, “When I was younger, me and my dad used to go to the beach every Sunday. He taught me how to swim. And then, later on, I found out that he didn’t know how to swim. Haha!”
Gabby describes her dad as hard-working, bubbly and passionate, and finds it cool that they get to throw jokes at each other as if they were just friends.
Asked to name his dad’s best trait that she expects to see in her future husband, Gabby says, “My dad is very protective. I always feel safe and secure with him around, and that’s what I want my partner to make me feel when I’m with him.”
Even now that she’s all grown up, Gabby still takes to heart her dad’s most precious advice.
She shares, “My dad always taught me to give my best in everything I do, because he always said ‘things will only happen in your life once.'”
But didn’t her dad dissuade her from her pageant dreams at any point?
The leggy model and pageant veteran recalls, “He was apprehensive about it at first, because he wanted me to finish my studies. But when he saw that I could do both at the same time, that’s when he started to be okay with it.”
“Actually, right now, he’s very supportive that he even stayed here in Manila just to make sure that I’m okay, and he makes sure that I eat on time and get enough rest.”
Despite being touted as one of the early favorites for this year’s Bb. Pilipinas pageant, Gabby shrugs off the accolades.
She confesses, “To be perfectly honest, I am still in denial that I’m one of the frontrunners. But I’m very grateful to the people who always tag me as one of the top bets. It gives me that boost to give my best and to believe in myself more.”
Indeed, the 23-year old charmer has come a long way since her formative years when she wasn’t exactly picture-perfect yet.
She painfully remembers, “I was so insecure about my body during my younger years. I was even bullied and called names, like tingting or giraffe during high school, up until I started joining pageants. It took me so much time to overcome my insecurities but now, I’ve learned to embrace my flaws and appreciate my individuality.”
But did she always dream of joining pageants from day one?
She says, “To be honest, my childhood dream was to be a flight attendant, because I really love to travel. I just started watching pageants when someone told me that I had the potential to be a beauty queen. Then, I started to appreciate watching pageants and also started to give it a try at the age of 17, and the rest is history.”
While finishing her BS Tourism course at Asian Development Foundation College in Tacloban City, Gabby was already doing part-time modeling work and joining pageants.
Gabby acknowledges the crucial role that her mentor/discoverer played in bringing her to the pageant forefront.
She states, “It was my local handler in the province, mother Ronan, who encouraged me to try pageants. At first, I was pretty scared to try it, because I was really painfully shy before. Then, he talked to my mom and my mom gave it a go. I was thankful I made the right decision.”
Like most of her pageant contemporaries, Gabby confidently shares her passion for her own advocacy.
“My advocacy is mental health focusing on grief support, because I myself experience losing a loved one,” she narrates. “It’s really tough to be in that situation, but as long as you know that someone is there for you and someone cares for them, it will somehow help you lessen the pain that you are feeling. And this is my main objective, which is to provide a community wherein anyone can vent out what they feel without the fear of being judged.”
Gabby openly admits her crush on Brad Pitt, Chris Evans and Piolo Pascual, and admires Kylie Verzosa, Catriona Gray and Pia Wurtzbach, “because they really prepared themselves to represent the country and all the Filipino people. And they are very passionate about their advocacies.”
Asked if she has any special talents, the doe-eyed beauty gleefully shares, “I can make a flower using my tongue. Does that count? And I am a performer when I’m in the shower.”
Photographer: @sevenbarretto of @studio7manila
Art Direction & Set design: @erwnbotin of @botinstudios
Photography team: @claudevillahrmsa
Stylist: Vhee Co and Francis Chee @styleit.ph
Assistant stylist: Juancho Buendia
Swimwear: Julius Pegarro Jaguio
MUA : @eugenetwentyone
Hair : @ericotiongson
It was a Swimsuit Presentation that involved the taming of floor-length “wings” and the incessantly playful wind.
In a pasarela route that somehow mimicked the one during the Swimsuit Preliminaries of Miss Grand International 2020 at lebua atop the State Tower in Bangkok, the 34 Binibinis traversed the entire poolside of Novotel Manila Araneta City coming from the higher stagger of a split level portion, going down the steps and establishing midway in a small platform before finally walking freely around the landing of the pool area until the final pose.
It sure wasn’t easy for the uninitiated, moreso for someone who had to worry about how to avoid tripping on the flowing wings that tend to wrap around their legs or heels. Add to that the wind that loves to blow their hairs out of styling and you’ve got a scored preliminary event that is sure to separate the masters from the relative newbies.
Presented according to their numbers, below are the ones who stood out in my eyes. Mind you, I did not focus on curves. Instead, I checked on the ones who navigated their steps like pros and projected with ease and grace:
Patricia Denise Babista
Karen Laurrie Mendoza
Honey Grace Cartasano
Alexandra Faith Garcia
For sure, there will be differing opinions on some. But that is the beauty of this exercise. Every Binibini gave their best. So it all boils down to a matter of preference, I reckon.
There are actually four (4) remaining Independents in Binibining Pilipinas 2021 – Gabrielle Basiano, Honey Cartasano, Lesley Anne Ticaro and Lois Badando.
Allow me to share the advocacy videos of two – one who is a favorite to win a crown and another one who can be considered a spoiler (and whose advocacy is my personal favorite among the 34).
Share me your thoughts about Gabby and Lesley.
These new photos of Binibini Gabrielle Basiano of Borongan, Eastern Samar are hard to ignore. Everything is coming up roses around her, what with an upcoming featured guesting on Rated Korina giving her good spotlight as the finals night of Binibining Pilipinas 2021 approaches.
I hope that there won’t be unanticipated obstacles in her way. I can strongly feel that she will be good for the Binibining Pilipinas brand as a titleholder.
Heels by: BRAGAIS SHOES
Photographed by: @advanramirez
Creative Direction and Styling: @style.ken.jev @kenbatino @jevineleven
Make Up: @eugenetwentyone
Pageant Camp: @rlsangels
Pageant Coach: @rlacanienta
Pageant followers of Bb. Pilipinas 2021 are saying that the fight for the Bb. Pilipinas International crown is likely to be between Maureen Montagne and Hannah Arnold. And I tend to agree.
These two ladies represent two different kinds of tenderness that could suit up for the taste of the Miss International Organizers in Japan.
Maureen could be packaged in the mold of Bea Rose Santiago, while Hannah is seen as lite versions of Lara Quigaman-cum-Kylie Verzosa.
I feel that the level of sweetness should be there – not in excess but with the right balance that would fit the formula of success.
Of course, I cannot discount someone like Gabrielle Basiano just yet because she simply has one of the most beautiful faces among the 34 Binibinis. But I am seeing this tall beauty from Borongan as hitting the template of Miss Grand International more closely.
The buzz is that the Finals of Bb. Pilipinas 2021 may possibly happen this coming June – either early or later part of the sixth month. Let’s just wait for BPCI to confirm the specifics.
Credits for Maureen:
Makeup Shone Zendon Hair Dan Forro
Styling Oli Sara Gown Job Dacon
Credits for Hannah:
Makeup Jessie Maghuyop Hair Jan Jonas Lucas
Gown Louis Pangilinan