The three advocacies of the 2019 #Binibinis closest to my heart:
1. Reading and Literacy – I am a firm believer that starting the kids at an early age to enjoy reading is a great foundation that will guarantee their individuality, communication skills (be it in oral or penned formats) and the overall ability to fluidly express themselves as teenagers and young adults. Having worked in the academe for close to a decade justifies my defense for this cause (and literacy in general). Hence, I share this advocacy with #Binibini24 Nicole Guerrero and #Binibini25 Samantha Lo.
2. Agriculture – as someone born and raised in the Province of Bulacan where agriculture and fishery are two of the main sources of livelihood, I believe it is crucial to give due focus to the underrated concerns of the farmers and the fishermen. Without their hard-earned work, we won’t have enough rice, vegetable and fish to fill our dining tables with simple and nutritious fares. As such, I share this advocacy with #Binibini32 Mary Faye Murphy and #Binibini36 Francia Layderos.
3. Anti-bullying – growing up gay in a conservative rural society is not easy, let alone being constantly teased and bullied for being that effeminate youngster who is the constant target of bullying from people of different age groups. Of course, I have grown old and wiser – a more iron-clad gay man. As a result, I share this advocacy with #Binibini14 Leren Mae M. Bautista.
I hope one of them wins the P100,000.00 special surprise for getting the most number of likes on the Miss Universe Philippines Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/TheMissUniversePH/
Which are your preferred causes among the #Binibinis?
Photos by Raymond Saldaña
#MsUniversePh #ConfidentlyBeautiful #AFilipinaEmpowers
First photo left to right: Aya Abesamis, Nicole Guerrero, Patch Magtanong and Samantha Lo
Second photo left to right: Kathryn Jade Cudiamat, Ruffa Nava and Ilene de Vera
Third photo left to right: Agatha Romero, Kimberly Penchon and Samantha Mae Bernardo
Fourth photo left to right: Kayesha Chua, Resham Ramirez Saeed and Vickie Marie Rushton
Last photo Sigrid Grace Flores (left) and Malka Shaver
All official photos when they filed for Bb. Pilipinas 2019 earlier.
Binibining Cebu Tourism 2017 Samantha Ashley Lo is one of the ladies being talked about as possibly joining Bb. Pilipinas 2018. She is a 5’9” charmer from Asturias who studies Nursing at the University of Cebu. Part of her growing-up years was spent in the US, but she proudly considers the Queen City of the South as her home. She is a self-confessed wanderlust who will take the opportunity to travel and learn about different cultures every chance she gets.
During the Binibining Cebu 2017 finals, she was a top favorite alongside familiar faces Apriel Smith (who took home the big crown) and Maria Gigante.
Watch a video of Samantha during the provincial competition where she promotes her beloved hometown of Asturias. Then share your thoughts afterwards, dear readers.
In less than a month from now, the 2018 Philippine pageant season will start with the enlisting/submission of application forms and scheduled screenings for the next edition of Binibining Pilipinas signaling another wave of beautiful Filipinas aspiring to become the next national titleholders.
This early, which familiar names and faces are getting the loud buzz as seriously eyeing Binibini spots in the 2018 batch?
Let’s start with four.
Clockwise from top left: Michelle Marquez Dee, Leren Mae Bautista, Eva Psychee Patalinjug and Samantha Ashley Lo
There is Michelle Marquez Dee – daughter of Miss International 1979 Melaine Marquez – who skipped 2017 in order to finish her studies at De La Salle University. She is a graduate now so no excuse to skip another year. She is 5’11”.
There is Mutya ng Pilipinas Asia Pacific International 2015 and Miss Tourism Queen of the Year International 2015 Leren Mae Bautista who is likely to do the crossover. Inspite of the risk (being multi-titled), she is almost 100% ready to make the big move. She is 5’8”.
There is Mutya ng Pilipinas Asia-Pacific International 2014 Eva Psychee Patalinjug who kept a low profile the past few years due to personal and professional reasons. She is already 24 and the last time we spoke, the readiness is already in place. She is 5’8”.
Fourth on the list is Binibining Cebu Tourism 2017 Samantha Ashley Lo from Asturias, Cebu who is tall at 5’9”, very modelesque and very articulate.
Your early thoughts, dear readers?