Photo by Jhosh Rodriguez
There is intriguing talk on social media about the answer given by your newly-crowned Bb. Pilipinas Grand International 2018 Eva Psychee Patalinjug as a “copy” of actress Nadine Lustre’s post June 12 of last year during the Philippine Independence Day for Mega Magazine. All I can say is that the Cebuana took inspiration from the message, and instead of giving it her own spin (that could alter the entire thought depending on the words used
), she recited choice parts that sounded “memorized” to everyone.
As someone conducting pageant workshops on Q&A, I never encourage memorization. But I don’t restrict it completely as well depending on the capacity of a trainee to think more spontaneously. In Eva’s case, she could have simply quoted it. After all, Nadine Lustre is a popular name and figure in the Entertainment Industry. If Wynonah Buot can specify host/actress Toni Gonzaga as a source of admiration, then I won’t find fault in the former using Nadine as inspiration for her answer.
But that controversy will die down in a matter of days, and Eva will continue with her reign. I reckon that Miss Grand International owner Nawat Itsaragrisil has already given his thumbs up to her selection (photo below) as the Philippine rep to his pageant.
Nawat Itsaragrisil and Eva Patalinjug
There was no science involved when I came up with my nominations for Bb. Pilipinas 2018. I trusted my gut-feel more than anything else, and mixed in a couple of pageant factors that would make certain candidates be part of the five-women queue for a specific title. And to my pleasant surprise, I was actually able to halve the forty (40) Binibinis without me even making conscious head counts. All the ones who received at least one nomination are included.
Thus, it makes a lot of sense now that my upper-tier twenty are:
#Binibini1 Vickie Marie Rushton
#Binibini3 Muriel Orais
#Binibini7 Sigrid Grace Flores
#Binibini10 Kayesha Chua
#Binibini11 Aya Abesamis
#Binibini14 Samantha Mae Bernardo
#Binibini15 Juliana Kapeundl
#Binibini17 Ma Ahtisa Manalo
#Binibini19 Michele Gumabao
#Binibini20 Catriona Gray
#Binibini23 Ena Velasco
#Binibini24 Edjelyn Joy Gamboa
#Binibini26 Wynonah Buot
#Binibini31 Jehza Huelar
#Binibini32 Eva Patalinjug
#Binibini33 Stephanie Joy Abellanida
#Binibini35 Sandra Lemonon
#Binibini36 Loren Mar Artajos
#Binibini37 Patrizia Garcia
#Binibini38 Karen Gallman
Not to entirely spoil my Final Predictions scheduled for March 16, but the nominees are definitely the group where I will pick my titleholders.
And just like the Grammys or the Oscars, receiving more than one citation is not a guarantee of victory. They merely fit for more than one title, as per my consideration.
There is something wonderful to be said about the representation of the Queen City of the South in Bb. Pilipinas 2018 which boasts of having not just one or two or three, but four (4) Binibinis in the thick of the competition for the crowns at stake. There is #Binibini3 Muriel Adrienne Orais, followed by #Binibini23 Ena Velasco (who is originally from Bacolod but trained in Cebu) and #Binibini26 Wynonah Buot. #Binibini32 Eva Patalinjug completes the quartet and how. This is such a strong group of Cebuanas in what could be their strongest presence yet in the nationals.
Among the four, Ena has the strongest credentials, being a Medical Doctor – something that would benefit most the charity projects of BPCI with her mere presence alone. Muriel has the best PR and communication background, being part of the Presidential Cabin Crew and also the face of the print ads and in-flight safety video of the nation’s flag carrier. Wynonah has the most solid modeling background as a profession, having spent years as a runway gazelle and photographic subject in Cebu. Eva is not falling behind in the looks and popularity department, aside from being the only nationally-titled top winner of another beauty pageant, Mutya ng Pilipinas (Muriel also placed in Miss Philippines Earth, but as a member of the Elemental Court).
Each one of the four have strong cards to lay down on the table come deliberation time. Who will get the best reward come March 18, dear readers?
Kung Hei Fat Choy!
Who deserves this year’s JAG Denim Queen 2018 special award?
Candidates of Binibining Pilipinas 2018 best deserving is confident, sexy and chic in her JAG Denim outfit.
Campaign for your favorite candidate by hitting the LIKE and SHARE button of the official video found HERE.
Online votes through number of LIKES & SHARES on facebook will aid the brand in choosing which Binibini reigns best in JAG Jeans.
JAG Denim Queen 2018 Award winner will receive P100,000* worth of prizes.
*Prize: P50k worth of Jag apparel + P50k cash.
JAG Denim Queen 2018 Award Selection Process:
•50% online votes (based on combined LIKES & SHARES) to determine the top ten candidates.
•50% JAG Brand Creative Team judging (selection will be limited to the Top Ten in rank from online voting)
Voting via FB LIKE & SHARE is until March 17 at 12nn.
JAG Denim Queen 2018 will be awarded on-stage during the Coronation Night on March 18 at the Smart, Araneta Coliseum.
Use the following tags for your shares:
Example: #Binibini(number)#JAGDenimQueen2018 #JAGJEANSPH #BbPilipinas2018
JAG DENIM QUEEN 2018 is a special award and not a Binibining Pilipinas title.
Upon release of results, the decision is final and will not be subjected for review or appeal.
Patrik and Rose
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!