I don’t deny my developing friendships and fondness for the forty Binibinis of Bb. Pilipinas 2018. After all, this was the same scenario in the last two years when I really went out of my way to be close to all the candidates so I can size them up better in terms of personality and Queen-worthiness.
During the Store Tour last week at Ali Mall, my colleague Mario Dumaual (of ABS-CBN) was teasing me to no end. When his crew was filming the arrival of the Binibinis at Pizza Hut, they were able to capture every single one of them giving me a buss on the cheek while in line according to number. Perhaps, it is something that I treasure in the coverage. They have started to trust me in a way that I would always spin positivity about them instead of posting unpleasant thoughts of divisiveness. I know that this is still a tough competition first and foremost. But I want all forty to enjoy the journey and collect good memories all throughout. Every minute I spend with them is very much appreciated. I will just worry about separating the potential winners from the rest once the date of the Coronation Night is just 2-3 days away.
For now, Happy Valentine’s Day to all the Binibinis and to you, my dear readers!
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.
The Binibinis visited Dale Carnegie Training – Philippines yesterday as part of their Sponsors’ Tour.
The eventual titleholders for 2018 (including the two runners-up) will definitely be guided by this center in improving their Communication and Public Relations skills for their missions abroad.
Who could be the ones among them to get full Dale Carnegie immersion by April?
That is the hashtag your Binibini 18 Rosantonette I. Mendoza is attaching to her Bb. Pilipinas 2018 bid. And I can clearly see why. She used to be tall and overweight (left photo), but with willful determination and discipline, she lost a lot of pounds and gained much self-esteem. Look at her now.
At any rate, Rosan is from Mandaluyong City but considers Bacoor, Cavite her hometown. She is a BS International Relations major in International Trade at the Lyceum of the Philippines University – a budding entrepreneur and aspiring Diplomat.
Let’s hear from Binibini 18 herself after the jump.
“I would have to say that becoming a Binibini is initially to fulfill a childhood dream. But later on, I realized that my intentions should be far deeper than that. A Binibini is more than just a beacon of beauty. Being one – or a potential Queen for that matter – gives her a national platform to voice out opinions to a broader audience. It gives opportunities to spark positive changes, specifically on society’s views about beauty and health. It’s also a chance to be a leader and a representative of the modern Filipina in relevant and intelligent dialogues. We get to advance our advocacies and help encourage fellow Filipinos to go for the things that they’re passionate about. Knowing that you are there to inspire other people, not just women, gives significance to a Binibining Pilipinas crown.”
As far as her personal advocacy goes, Rosan adds:
“Sadly, discussions on mental health and depression is not as common here in the Philippines compared to other countries. In our society, there’s still the stigma that prevents people from getting access to professional help. Also, in this age of social media, cyber bullying continues to corrupt our mindsets that it’s easier to get “likes” and “followers” when you spread hate and intolerance. Having experienced these challenges first hand, I plan to continue spreading optimism and acceptance. I will continue to encourage discussions about the impact and consequences of cyber bullying and depression.
With or without a crown, I know that I’ll still have the drive, commitment and passion. We must understand that a Queen is identified not by the piece of bedazzled metal on her head, but by her actions, intelligence, and eagerness to help others.”
Rosantonette I. Mendoza is now a part of Aces & Queens.