This is a mix of familiar names with relatively new faces in pageantry. Earlier today, they filed their applications at the Empire Studios. Hopefully, all ten will be annointed Official Candidates next month.
First off is Bb. Pilipinas Globe 2018 Michele of Quezon City – easily the most popular in the group aside from being a TV personality of ABS-CBN.
Next is Mutya ng Pilipinas Global Beauty Queen 2018 Pauline Amelinckx of Bohol who is in her second attempt in national pageantry.
Third on the list is Maria Isabela Galeria of Sorsogon who was a Binibini during last year’s edition of Bb. Pilipinas.
The first-ever Binibining Cebu Apriel Smith is also in the roster. She was a Bb. Pilipinas candidate back in 2016 and is making her big return to the big league.
We also have Paula Ortega of Ligao, Albay – the younger sister of Gabriela Madarieta Ortega who was a former Binibini and Miss World Philippines candidate.
And then there is Riana Pangindian of Pasig City who was part of Bb. Pilipinas 2016. She is now a highly polished version and is ready to go full blast in MUP2020.
Lou Dominique Piczon of Cebu comes next. The Binibining Cebu Heritage 2018 is going for her very first plunge into a national competition. And boy, is she raring to go!
Eighth is Mari Danica Reynes who joined Miss World Philippines 2018 and is a very talented singer. While there is no talent segment in MUP, she will make up for it in other areas.
Chiara Lyn Markwalder of Leyte was part of Miss Global Philippines previously. With Aces & Queens, she has bloomed better than ever before.
Completing the group is Kia Moreno of Camarines Sur, the CebuPac FA who was seen last in Miss Philippines Earth 2019. She has now moved to Aces & Queens for MUP.
Know more about them soon!
Back in 2016, Riana Agatha Pangindian was still a 19 year-old pageant newbie who joined Bb. Pilipinas mainly for the experience. And what a journey she fondly relishes from that stint. An inclusion in the Top 15 was almost unexpected – given that she had to battle with the likes of Maxine Medina, Kylie Verzosa, Nicole Cordoves, Jennifer Hammond, Nichole Manalo and Joanna Eden who went home with the crowns. But she was actually part of that essential cut.
Instead of pushing herself into joining more beauty contests after that experience, Riana opted to finish her studies first. She graduated June of last year and took the board exams. She is now licensed to teach Biological Science. Her plan is to return to pageantry one more time before she finally focuses on becoming a full-time Educator. Her personal advocacy is actually inspired by her profession:
“I would like to focus on the importance of mentorship to the next generation. Growing up, I have been exposed to this process until I ventured to the field of education up to now that I am already a Professional Teacher. I learned that this is a key method to exponential wholistic growth of a person, whether young or old. So if we can invest on our current and future teachers – by supporting them emotionally, mentally, physically, and spiritually – it could help inspire and rekindle their joy and passion to teach with love and have respect for one another, moreso to the students they encounter.
This might be a huge undertaking, and I know I can’t do it on my own. So for now I’m starting small by mentoring younger women in my community which I believe is vital in their journey to adulthood. In all of these I know that I’m not alone because I have a God who is able to do far more than what I can think.”
I would really like to see the much-improved version of Riana in the coming months. And it’s looking like we can all see her return. As to which national pageant, let’s just wait and see.
True to the promise of BPCI, Filipino designers were given the spotlight during the finals last Sunday night. And prior to that, the National Costume Competition also showcased their creativity. So allow me to feature a photo blog of fifteen of the evening gowns, including the new titleholders, runners-up and the rest of the Binibinis in the Top 15.
All images courtesy of Joy Arguil for normannorman.com
The beauty camp is definitely on a roll. And the members of Aces & Queens – headed by Jonas Gaffud – could not contain their excitement after surpassing all expectations during Bb. Pilipinas 2016.
Consider this. Four (4) titleholders – Miss Universe Philippines Maxine Medina, Bb. Pilipinas International Kylie Verzosa, Bb. Pilipinas Intercontinental Jennifer Hammond and Bb. Pilipinas Grand International Nicole Cordoves. Two (2) Runners-Up – Angelica Alita and Jehza Huelar. Seven (7) Top 15 placers – Dindi Pajares, Apriel Smith, Riana Pangindian, Kimberle Mae Penchon, Roshiela Tobias, Edjelyn Joy Gamboa and Vina Openiano.
And among these ladies, several special and sponsor awards were bagged, such as Miss Photogenic, Jag “She’s Got the Look” & Manila Bulletin’s Readers Choice for Kylie Verzosa, Miss Philippine Airlines for Maxine Medina, Best in Long Gown for Jennifer Hammond, Miss Talent & Miss Friendship for Vina Openiano plus the Best in National Costume for Angela Lauren Fernando.
This is truly a stellar year for Aces & Queens in the nationals!
Binibini 5 Riana Agatha Pangindian is not your cookie-cutter type of beauty contestant. While she may have participated in some campus pageants and the like, she has remained unaffected and more focused on doing well with her studies at the University of Santo Tomas where she is a Sophomore taking up Secondary Education. She is majoring in Biological Science and aspires to become a good teacher of Biology to High School students in the future.
But since she has agreed to give Bb. Pilipinas a try, Riana is welcoming the change of scenery and taking in all the learnings she can get from what she considers a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
Read on her first-hand account of the life of a Binibini now.
My journey in Binibining Pilipinas so far has been an enjoyable learning experience. I truly learn new things everyday, from make-up tips to fashion dos & don’ts, proper diet and also finding varied routes to the different designated venues which come in really handy to enable me to make it early to our call time.
My most cherished learning, however, is from the bits and pieces of information I discover about the staffs and my (ates) co-candidates’ lives (and tips) shared in our candid conversations in between shoots and waiting time. I take such disclosures to heart, since admittedly, I’m still a novice in this prestigious pageant, having only school pageantry activities as my only experience. I’m a relatively shy person so I push myself beyond my comfort zone and rise above the daily challenges of a Binibini with the constant support and guidance of my family and the people i value the most.
The activities may be exhausting and challenging at times but i enjoy every bit of it, really. Parang ang bilis nga eh. We have less than a month until the coronation night! I will undoubtedly miss the bonding moments I share everyday with the lovely Binibinis.
Riana is after the experience of being part of the nationals. Truthfully, she does not see herself being part of pageantry longer than she has set for herself this year. But if fate dictates otherwise, then I’m certain that she will give it her all. 🙂
Over the weekend, the first ten (10) Binibinis of Bb. Pilipinas 2016 had their first official sponsor tour with an appearance for PLDT Home booth in both SM Mall of Asia and Megamall. Let’s take a look at five of them, starting with:
Binibini 1 Janelle Olafson who is one of the remaining independents in the competition, and a very expressive young lass who can steal your hearts with the way she presents herself in both YouTube videos and in public.
Binibini 2 Alexandra Faith Garcia from Olongapo City – the former Mutya ng Pilipinas 2014 Top 10 placer and triathlete who is now speeding up in the race to become one of the more popular ladies in the pre-pageant spins.
Binibini 3 Angela Lauren Fernando or make that Dr. Angela Fernando, the unofficial health guardian of the ladies given her medical background and all-around caring nature.
Binibini 4 Kimberle Mae Penchon of La Union who left some unfinished business during last year’s edition and is bent on making up for lost time by proving that she deserves to be called more than one of the 40.
and Binibini 5 Riana Pangindian who is a true-blue Thomasian with the extra flair for fashion shots and a still-untapped singing talent, I was told.
Who catches your fancy in this group, dear readers? 😉