I will give the floor now to your Binibini 9 Agatha Romero from Quezon City with an introduction to her basics plus a peek inside her thoughts about being an Official Candidaten of Bb. Pilipinas 2018:
“Hi Tito Norman! Here is a little background about myself. I am Agatha Lei M. Romero, 23 years old from Fairview, Quezon City. I am a Licensed Civil Engineer and a product of University of Santo Tomas. I come from a family of Civil Enginners wherein my father works in government specialized projects in water works while my brother and I have our own construction firm wherein we design and build, not just appearance but experience.
Just a little trivia, I was a former chess varsity player and scholar from elementary (Diliman Preparatory School) to high school (USTHS).”
“I am in the point in my life where I have decided to come out of my shell to show everyone what I am capable of. Many were surprised by this big step I made as I was in a field wherein it is very rare for us to be part of. It is significant for me to win a crown not just for the fulfillment of my dream to represent our country in the international stage but moreso for my advocacy to give opportunities to the less fortunate by creating a self sustaining community which aims to educate the poor and provide them with the proper skills training for them to discover the best of their potentials until the time they can stand on their own.”
Tell me just a little more about the male-dominated profession you are in.
“It is true that the world of engineering is dominated by men, but I don’t think there has ever been an issue when it comes to gender in my own experience. We, women, do the same things that men do with no reservations and exceptions. Being in engineering has opened my eyes that these genders may be different but still equal. I have learned and realized that it is just us who create our own path and so our strengths and weaknesses.”
The last time a beautiful lass from my hometown of Hagonoy, Bulacan stepped up to the national stage of pageantry was during 2014 and 2016 when Jeslyn Santos took part in both editions of Bb. Pilipinas. But it was outside this competition where she would achieve international fame. Iniially with Miss World Peace In Hingkong and more successfully, Miss United Continents in Ecuador where she became the first Filipina to win that crown for the country.
In 2018, another potential winner is representing Hagonoy, Bulacan and she has more than bragging rights for being the tallest Binibini this year at 5’11”. She is the reigning Binibining Bulacan Anjame Santos Magbitang, 20, who is a truly beautiful and exotic stunner who could either spoil things up for the early favorites or take the loving interest of the BPCI people and be groomed for something that she richly deserves.
I asked Anjame about her thoughts on being a 2018 Binibini:
“Beauty contests give women of different cultures and ethnicities all over the world the opportunity to showcase not just their beauty, personality and potentials but also their intelligence in local, national and international settings. Binibining Pilipinas serves as a training ground for women like me to gain courage and introduce meaningful advocacies. And if given a chance to win one of the crowns, I would use it as a symbol of faith and hope that a girl like me can be a beauty queen on my own merits. If I put all of my heart into something that I want, them the universe will surely conspire in my favor, as a famous quote goes.
A beauty pageant is a celebration of beauty, unity and camaraderie. I have very supportive parents who have always been there for me as not all the girls who join are supported by their family. And most of all, I have a child-like faith that God will walk me through the path of becoming one of the queens. I have prepared for this and I believe that I am equipped with all that it takes to be a Binibining Pilipinas winner.”
Your thoughts on Anjame, dear readers?
The lady is always ready for her close-ups. Hence, this is the spotlight for the entry instead of giving you a litany of her credentials. After all, she is no stranger to anyone among you.
Your Binibini 32 Eva Psychee Patalinjug from Cebu City.
Meanwhile, here is a short message from Eva:
I may not be able to respond to all your messages and well wishes but know that you all inspire me to do the best I can. I love you all!
Make-up by @nananvillalba
Hair by @geordelf
Styled by @xavieralfonso
Special Thanks to 📸 @markryanalvarez
Let’s start with the 411 on Binibini 2 Kathrine Ventura to familiarize you on this #KF2018 bet for Bb. Pilipinas 2018:
– 22 years old from Antipolo City.
– Flight attendant
– Studied in Japan during grade school
– Can speak, write and sing in Japanese
– Inspirational speaker
– Singer and worship leader
– Cum Laude, Bachelor of Science in Tourism Management, World Citi Colleges
– Honor student, Harris Memorial College
– Ms World Citi Colleges Antipolo 2012
– Ms. Rizal 1st runner up
– Ms. SIHM 2015 (School of International Hospitality Management)
– Mutya Ng Antipolo – Kalikasan 2016
– Circle of 10 2010 Image Model Search Grand Winner
“A lot of girls are dreaming of becoming a beauty queen, and it’s the same with my story, it is like fulfilling a childhood dream. I just want to make my parents proud and joining Bb. Pilipinas is one way of showing others how proud I am of how my parents raised me. I am aiming to win the crown because I know I can use this as a platform to share my own story, and it will open me many opportunities that can help me become empowered. Through this, I can also be a medium to empower others. Nothing is more fulfilling than reaching your personal dreams while making your parents proud and motivating others as well.
For this competition, I believe everything starts with your mind and how you see things. With my experiences in life, I learned to always have a positive outlook and envision positive things to happen. I know that despite the busy schedules and the preparations, I can still manage to enjoy the journey and give my best performance all the time.”
Here are the basic infos you need to know about your Bicolana of a Binibini 28 Angelica Mae Corbe :
– 24 yrs old from Legazpi City, Albay
– Miss Bicolandia 2013
– Mutya ng Ibalong 2012
– Financial Analyst by profession
– A graduate of Bachelor of Science in Accountancy from Aquinas University of Legazpi
So why is Angelica earnest in her desire to join and possibly win Bb. Pilipinas 2018?
“It is important for me to become a Binibini and win this 2018 because this will give me the opportunity to voice out my advocacy which is Lupus awareness to everyone. Most importantly, it will allow me to be an inspiration to others especially to the youth to always dream big and never be afraid to take the risk.
I believe that my edge in this Competition is that I am a hardworking and determined person. I know that once I put my heart and soul to the goals I want to achieve in life, nothing is impossible.”
Your thoughts on Angelica, dear readers?
I already introduced you to Binibini 23 Dr. Ena Louis Velasco even before she was selected as one of the Bb. Pilipinas 2018 Official Candidates. So for this entry, I asked this beautiful Cebuana a couple of questions which she readily answered to your blogger. Here goes:
Why is it important for you to be chosen as Binibini and hopefully become one of the 2018 Queens?
“Being a Binibini at this point in time is already another achievement unlocked. To win one of the titles this year will be priceless. I’ve always dreamt of joining Binibining Pilipinas and be crowned to represent our country one day, like the rest of the 39 other hopefuls. But what really motivated me to join and pursue this dream was my Nanay. Before she passed away last year, her last wish was to see me up the stage as a Binibini. It’s not an obligation. rather, it gave me the drive to pursue my dream.”
Honestly, does your being a Medical Doctor give you the significant edge in the competition?
“Being a Doctor of Medicine is definitely an edge. Credential-wise it is an edge. It’s rare for doctors to be joining pageants knowing the hectic schedule in the hospital. But as the saying goes, “if there’s a will, there’s a way”, so here I am. With regards to the advocacy, it is of great advantage for me since my profession is already my advocacy. This is the perfect platform for me to walk the talk in promoting maternal, newborn and child health awareness and accessibility in far flung areas of our country.”
Someone whispered to my ear that your Binibini 23 was one of the few who really caught the fancy (and unanimous nod) of the panel during the Final Screening at Kia Theater last week. If she can sustain the positive impression she left on Madame SMA and her allies, then we could be looking at one of the potential winners come March 18.
“It is important for me to be a Binibini because this is one of the goals in my pageant involvement so I could promote my advocacy to raise awareness and gain support for the welfare of the orphaned children. I don’t want to be just an Official Candidate but I’m there to win it. I want to represent the Philippines in an international pageant and get the bigger crown out there.”
And yes, she is part of the Presidential Cabin Crew aside from being a Flight Attendant with Philippine Airlines:
“Meeting the President and knowing him personally is overwhelming. Serving him is an honor and privilege so I do the best that I can for the entire contingent to be satisfied with my in-flight attention and service.”
Of course, you all know that 26 Year-old Murielle reigned as Miss Philippines Water 2011. Here are added bits about her:
St. Theresa’s College
Velez College until 3rd year then
Graduated from National University
• loves to work out like indoor cycling, muay Thai and gym
• loves to travel and has been to a lot of places; Knowing their culture and exploring things that makes my adrenaline pump.
• have done paragliding, parasailing, skiing, bungy jump, sky dive.
• regularly celebrates her birthday at the orphanage of Franciscan sister of Guadalupe
• Volunteer as teacher at Aha Learning Center
✓ hot air balloon in Cappadocia
✓ paragliding in Australia
✓ parasailing in San Francisco
✓ skiing in korea
✓ paddle boarding in Hawaii
✓ sky diving in Dubai
✓ bungy jumping in Macau and Bangkok
Of course there’s no place like home
• canyoneering in Kawasan Falls
• water rafting in Davao
• surfing in Siargao
• wake boarding in Nuvali
Your Cebuana of a Binibini 3 is aiming for the biggest crown. Will she successfully nail it?