At the posh Makati Shangri-la Hotel, fifty (50) beautiful, proud and confident Filipinas were introduced as the Official Candidates of Bb. Pilipinas 2013 to the press. Now celebrating its Golden Anniversary, the country’s premier national pageant is riding on the wave of a spectacular three-year Top 5 streak in Miss Universe, consistent semi-final placements in Miss International and a first-time Top 5 appearance in Miss Supranational 2012.
The Press Presentation stage at the Rizal Ballroom of Makati-Shangri-la. (Photo credit: OPMB Worldwide)
Venue was the grandiose Rizal Ballroom A & B of the hotel where a stage was set-up to possibly mimic what could be forthcoming in the April 14 finals. Perhaps, the uppity Makati Shangri-la was convinced to finally host the ladies this year, coming from the Philippines’s excellent performance in 2012, aside from the 50th Year celebration. And what a fabulous Press Presentation-cum-National Costume Competition it was! Everybody present couldn’t agree more that this year’s batch will pose a major headache for the Board of Judges.
This was how the ladies looked during yesterday’s rehearsals for today’s Press Presentation…..
.....and this was how the ladies looked during the actual opening number of the Press Presentation. (Photo credit: Binibining Pilipinas)
The ladies - in five groups of 10 - were presented in gypsy-inspired swimsuits
Candidates 1-9 (Photo credit: OPMB Worldwide)
Candidates 10-12, 13 and 15 (Photo credit: OPMB Worldwide)
Candidates 14, 16-23 (Photo credit: OPMB Worldwide)
Candidates 24-32 (Photo credit: OPMB Worldwide)
Candidates 33-34, 36-40, 42-43
Candidates 35, 41, 44-50 (Photo credit: OPMB Worldwide)
Yes, my dear readers, the swimsuits looked tacky and bizarre (for more than half of them). But I just tried to focus on the candidates. 😉
Anyways, here’s a video containing a few minutes of the earlier-held Press Presentation. Quality and angle are not the finest, but it’s best for the meantime.
(Courtesy of PEPparazzi Alert & Rommel Llanes)
National costumes to follow soon! 😉