Behold your #Binibini36 Vickie Marie Rushton of Negros Occidental in her Bb. Pilipinas National Costume created by Jomar Peralta of House of Victoria:
Magellan Birdwing Butterfly
(Notes from tue designer)
Vickie’s costume pays tribute to her country and heritage by drawing inspiration from The Magellan Birdwing butterfly, named after Ferdinand Magellan.
This butterfly is one of the largest in its species in the world and it that can be found in the Philippines. Vickie is always fascinated with butterflies that symbolizes resiliency, change and new beginnings and it is a perfect representation of her life and pageant journey.
And the base of the costume is hand painted with intricate patterns, vectors and vibrant colors that best represents to the one of the most celebrated festival in Negros Occidental the “Minuluan Festival” a celebration of the bravery, heroism and glorious life of peace-loving Taliseños. Carefully embellished with thousands of Swarovski crystals, rhinestones and gems. With painstaking procedure of combining more than 20 colors of crystals by hand, it became a challenge because of its scale.
This colorful and festive national costume wants to show the beauty of our culture and country and in the amidst of what is happening right now in the world, there still hope and we will emerge as a better person just like a beautiful butterfly.
Photography: Raymond Saldaña
Set: Henry Reyes HGR Events and Sabrosas
#Binibini36 Vickie Marie Rushton surprises us with these very special pictorial set amidst a whimsical flower bed fantasy setup that envelops her Goddess-like beauty like no other.
Set design: Gideon Hermosa
Photos by: Nice Print Photography & Exige Weddings
Venue: The Concept Room Studio
Stylist: Patty Yap
Dress: Atelier Debbie Co
Makeup: Mariahfied Santos
Hair: Marvin Santos
Reclaim the summer feels and bask in the tropics with these queens as they showcase their modeling prowess in the new BRAGAIS™️ Cruise Collection.
Here are Binibinis 31-40 of Bb. Pilipinas 2020.
Project Manager: Bessie Besana
Creative Director: Jed Velasco
Photographer: Ari Simangan
Head Fashion Stylist: Vhee Co
Head Make-Up Artist: Arnel Palmera
Set Designer: Mykefrancis Mayores
We all know that Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach, Bb. Pilipinas International 2014 Bianca Guidotti and Mutya ng Pilipinas (and former Binibini) have become very close friends ever since their active years participating in beauty pageants. During this quarantine period, the trio hatched the idea of coming up with a podcast that turned into a live chat with their equally beautiful guests. Below are two of the episodes where they separately invited Vickie Rushton and Alaiza Malinao in the discussion.
Of the four batches of Binibinis for Bb. Pilipinas 2020, the last one is where I had the least difficulty splitting the ten into the upper and lower halves. I don’t want to say that this is the weakest, but with the quality of the ladies presented in the 2nd and 3rd groups, there are only enough spots to fill the semifinal placements if tomorrow night would happen to be the finals.
Be that as it may, #Binibini36 Vickie Rushton is the runaway leader in this pack. And rightfully so. She has the maturity and experience to lay down on the table for BPCI to see and appreciate. True, #Binibini33 Alexandra Faith Garcia is another veteran to contend with. Reason why she is my second in this lineup. If both ladies will stand side-by-side, the former can easily upend the latter physically. Q&A-wise, though, they are practically even.
#Binibini32 Danica Acuña is promising. She has the spunk in personality and knows how to make herself shine with ease. Her beauty is also very engaging on top of a sweet presence. Just like #Binibini38 Lesley Ticaro but with a more adorably ‘provinciana’ authenticity to her character.
#Binibini37 Alexangela Salvador, on the other hand, is the aggressor when it comes to public speaking. This young entrepreneur – who is now building her own hostel in Siargao among other places – is not about to give way to the tongue-tied or shy fellow candidates. She knows how to step up like a true youngblood of a businesswoman.
So there, who are your choices in the fourth and last batch, dear readers?
Cherry blossoms in June!
Here are Binibinis 31-40 in their official swimwear photos for Bb. Pilipinas 2020.
This batch completes all the #Binibinis.
Photography: Raymond Saldaña
Team : Arnie Vergara
Swimwear: Domz Ramos
Stylist: Vhee Co
Aura Nicole de Jesus
Accessories : Adam Rico de Guzman
Set design: Henry Reyes of HGR Event
Sometimes, I can’t help but wonder why a woman as beautiful as Vickie Marie Rushton has not won a Bb. Pilipinas crown until now. Perhaps, it’s the effect of her latest photos here that sets me up to thinking about her pageant fate.
In the past, hurdles have certainly stood in the way of nailing a good crown. And the bumps happened so fast. One minute, she already has a win within arm’s reach. Then the next minute, it slipped her grasp that all we can do is feel sad for the circumstances.
Vickie turned 28 last month. With Bb. Pilipinas 2020 indefinitely postponed, the chances of getting a targeted title are getting slimmer as each pandemic moment eats up the days, weeks and months leading towards the end of the year and into the next.
Miss International has a ceiling age of 28 (at the time of national crowning and throughout the bigger competition in Japan). Now she can certainly hope to still make it to the other Bb. Pilipinas titles at stake. But we all know that she is a perfect fit for MI. Anything other than that would be a risk. And a crown of lesser prestige at that.
How about you, dear readers? How are you sizing up the pageant fate of Vickie Rushton amidst the global pandemic and the age factor joining forces to make it even more tricky at this point?
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.
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.