With today’s start of the Photo Exhibit of the Bb. Pilipinas 2020 candidates in their National Costumes and the Finals Night set for April 17, allow me to share my favorites among them. I picked this eight (8) for various reasons as briefly described below:
Paolo Ballesteros for #Binibini29 Honey Cartasano: Very inventive, larger than life and with the best cultural inspiration used for a NatCos;
Macoy Elipane for #Binibini26 Czarina Guiao and the duo of Jun-g Bayona Candelario and Brent Naranja for #Binibini21 Thea Cenarosa: Pageant-theatrical with the wow factor that would make them stand out onstage and even in a parade;
Nick Guarino with Festivali Designs and Concepts for #Binibini12 Maureen Montagne: Meticulously crafted like a complex jigsaw puzzle assembled face down with the finished product showing a highly professional artisan feel;
Jomar Peralta for #Binibini36 Vickie Marie Rushton: Dreamy and magical like a character straight out of a fairy tale coming to life;
Ken Adrienne Batino and Jevin Salaysay for #Binibini23 Gabrielle Basiano: Whimsical without going overload; the focus is balanced equally between the wearer and the elements of the kalesa;
Edwin Uy for #Binibini14 Hazel Ortiz: simple lines that are both elegant and refined like a throwback to pageant Filipinianas of yesteryears given a modern twist;
Basha Subijano for #Binibini34 Mercedes Pair: Like a celebratory cake that is baked and decorated right, this flowery creation is executed with the right amount of ambition and creativity.
Behold your #Binibini14 Hazel Ortiz of Pasig and her Bb. Pilipinas National Costume created by Edwin Uy.
Notes from the award winning national costume designer:
The costume of Bb. Candidate 14 Hazel Ortiz shows 2 looks, a Filipiniana gown which transforms into an ethnic tribal warrior.
Both looks depict our culture and History from 2 different times. It is also a symbolism of a modern Filipino woman who has 2 major characteristics, modest but at the same time, a fighter as Filipino women nowadays are more independent and can even match or outwit any men in terms of achievements yet their modesty has always been one of their major distict quality.
Photography: Raymond Saldaña
Set design: Henry Reyes HGR Events powered by 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.
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.
With the #COVID19 news all around, let’s brighten up your Sunday morning with the dusky beauty of #Binibini14 Hazel Ortiz of Pasig whose all-Pinay looks effortlessly stand out in the sea of Binibinis for Bb. Pilipinas 2020.
Photographer: Jai Murcillo Stylist/Creative Director: Shandy Montecarlo Lim Designer: Leo Almodal HMUA: Joseph Madrid Venue: RED Studio Queens Academy
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.
After yesterday’s release of the Raymond Saldaña Official Photos for Bb. Pilipinas 2020, normannorman.com is posting its 1st Round of 20 Picks for the competition. In the order by which they are numbered now:
Coming up with this list of 20 is already tough as it is. I had to sacrifice a few of the Binibinis because I initially had 23 (with the inclusion of Vianca Marcelo, Kimberly Anne Tiquestiques and Lesley Anne Ticaro). With 40 contenders, cutting them in half at this point is more ideal. I am confident, though, that the five (5) new titleholders will be among the ladies named above.
This will be the first of many meals for the Bb. Pilipinas 2020 Official Candidates at Pizza Hut around New Frontier Theater. Photos were taken during their activities yesterday courtesy of Araneta City.
Taco Bell and Dairy Queen will alternate as their dining options. Hopefully, they won’t overeat the outlet’s calorie-rich food items on the menu.
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