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.
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.
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.
Pleased to share with our fun Episode 7 of Pageantry Norms Season 4 with “Binibinis Back in Action Part 3” and the quartet of Shanon Tampon, Meiji Cruz, Shaira Rona and Alexandra Faith Garcia.
Below is the video.
#NextAttraction on Pageantry Norms Season 4:
Episode 7 this coming Sunday, April 11 at 4pm will feature our third installment of the “Binibinis Back in Action” Series with four more ladies in the spotlight –
Shanon Tampon – now #Binibini6
Meiji Cruz – now #Binibini7
Shaira Rona – now #Binibini9 and
Alexandra Faith Garcia – now #Binibini29
Throw in your questions and join in the LIVE discussion only on #PageantryNorms via The Philippine Pageantry and its Youtube channel.
Here are photos from the recently-concluded Meet-and-Greet of Binibini Meiji Cruz of Valenzuela with the pageant media. This lady is a potential spoiler in the ongoing competition of Bb. Pilipinas 2021. And if she accurately plays her game plan between now and April 17, she just might nail a precious victory. After all, hardwork and loyalty can have its rewards.
All these images were taken at the poolside of Kagandahang Flores KF for Crown. for Country.
Behold your #Binibini8 Meiji Cruz of Valenzuela in her Bb. Pilipinas National Costume created by Manny Halasan:
The National costume is inspired by #Lakapati, Goddess of agriculture and fertility.
Lakapati literally means “giver of food” and prosperity. She promotes abundance in the field and crops and she protects farm animals from disease. She is a symbol of harvest, thanksgiving, and protection.
The wings design is inspired by the dragon fly which means new beginning.
The gown is made of French lace with brass metal works pearls rhinestones and Swarovski crystals.
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.
#Binibini1 Samantha Panlilio
#Binibini2 Rowena Sasuluya
#Binibini3 Lois Anne Badando
#Binibini4 Patrizia Garcia
#Binibini6 Princess Guanzon
#Binibini8 Meiji Cruz
#Binibini9 Patricia Babista
#Binibini10 Shaira Rona
#Binibini12 Vianca Marcelo
#Binibini13 Samantha Bernardo
#Binibini14 Hazel Ortiz
#Binibini15 Cindy Obeñita
#Binibini17 Justine Felizarta
#Binibini18 Karen Laurrie Mendoza
#Binibini19 Kimberly Tiquestiques