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.
It all started inside Monet Ballroom of Novotel Manila Araneta Center where the forty (40) Binibinis were individually introduced to members of the media during the Press Presentation of Bb. Pilipinas 2018. From there, everyone trooped to the poolside on the 6th floor for the traditional group photos in one line-up. They wore identical blue two-piece swimsuits from DR Swim.
As expected, the favorites I named two blog entries prior stood out in the eyes of everyone. But at the same time, nice surprises were seen from the less hyped beauties such as #Binibini37 Patrizia Garcia, #Binibini15 Juliana Kapeundl, #Binibini35 Sandra Lemonon, #Binibini8 Shane Tormes and #Binibini7 Sigrid Grace Flores. But to be fair, all of them delivered onstage. Kudos, ladies!
The most applauded candidates are #Binibini20 Catriona Gray, #Binibini19 Michele Gumabao, #Binibini32 Eva Patalinjug, #Binibini1 Vickie Marie Rushton #Binibini11 Aya Abesamis and #Binibini14 Samantha Mae Bernardo.
Now who will zoom up, maintain front-runner consistency or fall down a notch from hereon now? We will see in the days and weeks to come as the strong ones start to peak and the flash-in-the-pans begin to lose their stronghold.
Earlier today, the Binibinis of Bb. Pilipinas 2018 visited the Headquarters of the AFP Health Service Command at V. Luna Hospital to bring gifts and cheer to the soldier-patients. BPCI Chair Madame Stella Marquez de Araneta accompanied them. This is the first charity event of the 2018 batch.
The confined soldiers enjoyed seeing the visiting beautiful ladies. Photo ops followed. Below are some of the shots.
When Bb. Pilipinas Official FB Page uploaded the group photos of the Binibinis below, many people are stunned with the combinations in each shot. Are these photos prophetic or plain coincidental? You tell me, dear readers.
In groups of 5 and 4 now:
Karen, Vickie, Aya, Eva and Catriona
Michele, Muriel, Ahtisa, Samantha Mae and Sandra
Kayesha, Edjelyn, Jehza, Patrik and Wynonah
Janette, Rosan, Rose, Stephanie and Istie
Samantha A, Angelica, Sarah and Patrizia
Jerelleen, Angelie, MJ and Anjame
Sophia, Juliana, Agatha and KC
Kathrine, Sigrid, Shane, Ena and Janice
For several years now, the relationship has not changed. It has grown even stronger, if I may add.
And there is an excellent reason why GOLD’S GYM Philippines is the official workout partner of the Binibinis and Bb. Pilipinas. The health and fitness place makes sure that our ladies are always in the best of shape and ready to face the physical demands of the competition. Here are official photos from their visit to the same.
Last year, this Batangueña made her first attempt at winning a national crown. She was your Binibini 28 – Juliana Kapeundl – from Balayan. The Certified Public Accountant who does auditing work was visibly thrilled at making it to the official roster. The journey was a great learning experience that prompted her to try for a second time. Lessons were learned. Improvements put in place. And a relatively more aggressive personal is now in full harness.
Juliana hopes that her sophomore try will yield the desired results. She is more than ready to present herself to the screening panel and qualify again as one of your Binibinis. Hopefully, her efforts will be better rewarded in 2018.