After the release of the new sets of official photos and yesterday’s Ever Bilena Beauty Tour by the Bb. Pilipinas 2020 candidates, normannorman.com is sharing with you his 2nd Round Picks that should set up things nicely for the Press Presentation that will happen on March 17. Take note that I arranged the #Binibinis according to the order of my preference and not by numbers anymore:
Samantha Bernardo of Palawan
Karen Laurrie Mendoza of Iloilo
Gabrielle Basiano of Borongan, Eastern Samar
Hannah Arnold of Masbate
Patrizia Garcia of Manila
Honey Cartasano of Rizal
Alexandra Mae Rosales of Laguna
Cindy Obeñita of CDO, Misamis Oriental
Vickie Marie Rushton of Negros Occidental
Carina G. Cariño of La Union
Hazel Ortiz of Pasig
Pat Babista of Quezon Province
Francesca Taruc of Angeles City, Pampanga
Danica Joy Acuña of Romblon
Maureen Montagne of Batangas
Alexandra Faith Garcia of Olongapo
Jash Dimaculangan of Camarines Sur
Samantha Alexandra Panlilio of Cavite
Shanon Tampon of Caloocan
Kimberly Anne Tiquestiques of Balagtas, Bulacan
As of today, the competition is still wide open for all the ladies. The leaderboard, though, is starting to take shape more clearly, such that if the Grand Coronation Night will happen later, the potential titleholders are Samantha Bernardo, Karen Laurrie Mendoza, Gabrielle Basiano, Hannah Arnold and Patrizia Garcia, with Honey Cartasano and Alexandra Mae Rosales as runners-up.
But with the remaining pre-pageant counting more than a month and a half to go, anything can still happen. Samantha Bernardo is looking like my only surefire winner at this point.
Congratulations to the winners of the #EverBilena Beauty Tour for Bb. Pilipinas 2020:
Miss Ever Bilena Samantha Bernardo
Miss Careline Hannah Arnold
Miss Blackwater Patrizia Garcia
Miss EB Advance Honey Cartasano
Will these four ladies get the extra boost in their respective bids this month and next?
Let us begin with the Bb. Pilipinas 2020 Video Interviews of five of the favorites: Hannah Arnold, Samantha Bernardo, Vickie Rushton, Maureen Montagne and Gabrielle Basiano
After yesterday’s release of the Raymond Saldaña Official Photos for Bb. Pilipinas 2020, normannorman.com is posting its 1st Round of 20 Picks for the competition. In the order by which they are numbered now:
#Binibini1 Samantha Alexandra Panlilio
#Binibini4 Patrizia Garcia
#Binibini7 Shanon Tampon
#Binibini9 Patricia Denise Babista
#Binibini10 Shaira Rona
#Binibini11 Maureen Montagne
#Binibini13 Samantha Bernardo
#Binibini14 Hazel Ortiz
#Binibini15 Cindy Obeñita
#Binibini16 Alexandra Mae Rosales
#Binibini17 Justine Felizarta
#Binibini18 Karen Laurrie Mendoza
#Binibini21 Hannah Arnold
#Binibini23 Gabrielle Basiano
#Binibini25 Carina Cariño
#Binibini27 Jashmin Dimaculangan
#Binibini28 Francesca Taruc
#Binibini29 Honey Cartasano
#Binibini32 Danica Acuña
#Binibini36 Vickie Marie Rushton
Coming up with this list of 20 is already tough as it is. I had to sacrifice a few of the Binibinis because I initially had 23 (with the inclusion of Vianca Marcelo, Kimberly Anne Tiquestiques and Lesley Anne Ticaro). With 40 contenders, cutting them in half at this point is more ideal. I am confident, though, that the five (5) new titleholders will be among the ladies named above.
Samantha Bernardo is on her third and final try in Bb. Pilipinas to get over the runner-up hump and prove herself crown-worthy enough to win a much-anticipated title so she can finally represent the country internationally. This Palaweña has done more than enough in her two previous attempts. And I personally believe that she could have managed a top podium finish last year. She may not be the best speaker among the Binibinis, but she can still carry her answers to completion and complete the entire puzzle that will make her a Queen. As I have mentioned in passing prior, she would have been a worthy representative to Miss Supranational 2019 had she not been pitted against Resham Saeed whose Q&A answer was scored more solidly by the judges.
This year, Sam is not without worthy adversaries. But I feel that she can mount her best game plan yet. Instead of overdoing all aspects in her preparations, she should come across as the more mature and reliable Binibini who can prove to be an asset for BPCI. And in this time when our favorite national beauty pageant needs the all-out support from everyone, having winners who will expertly protect and sustain the brand is a must.
This is where Sam (or Vickie Rushton for that matter) can fill in the void left by the departure of the Miss Universe Philippines title in the roster of crowns.