Since the Search for Bb. Pilipinas 2017 is now officially open, let me do a Sunday Senti Special feature that will bring you back to January 12, 2014. That was the date when Aces & Queens presented their trained candidates for Bb. Pilipinas 2014 – a very promising list which included Laura Lehmann (who went on to become 1st Runner-Up), Yvethe Santiago (who bagged the Bb. Pilipinas Supranational plum) and Bianca Guidotti (who was crowned Bb. Pilipinas International). Other ladies who formed part of that group were KC Halili (who became Miss Manila) and Hannah dela Guerra (who is now a Star Magic talent for ABS-CBN).
This was Pia Wurtzbach 2.0 – her sophomore effort to win the Miss Universe Philippines sash which went to MJ Lastimosa instead, and the finals night that would go down memory lane as the saddest for now Miss Universe 2015 who crowned the 65th less than a week ago. Such is the test of faith and determination that befell her shoulders three years earlier. Who would have thought that her patience was just being tested, and that more than a year after – in her 3.0 and final Bb. Pilipinas-bound version – that she would finally nail the title of her dreams and become the country’s 3rd Miss Universe in the process.
I used these old photos for this senti feature because we will be flooded with repeaters and crossovers for the 2017 edition. In fact, I have only posted one fresh face so far – Patricia Magtanong – so let’s see which other first-timers will find it in their heart and guts to battle it out with the relatively more polished and experienced ones. 🙂