Bb. Pilipinas Selects its Golden Batch of Candidates for 2013 Tomorrow, Feb. 21, 2013!

UntitledFinally, after an extended screening process, Bb. Pilipinas is ready to announce who will make it into the list of official candidates for this year’s pageant.

Out of more than 100 aspirants, 70 girls remain, all of whom will do battle in the final screening, which happens tomorrow, Feb 21, 2013 at the Gateway Suites in Quezon City. That number will be pared down to 50 official candidates – a significant number for the Bb. Pilipinas organization as it celebrates its 50th Anniversary this year!

One of the biggest questions is – how many Bb. Pilipinas crowns are at stake this 2013?

The press release I received from Bb. Pilipinas says:

“…candidates will have the rare chance of winning one of the three most sought-after crowns in Philippine pageant history: Miss Universe-Philippines, Binibining Pilipinas-International, and Binibining Pilipinas-Tourism.”

Three things that crossed my mind when I read the above:

Elaine Kay Moll (left) with ABQ author Joyce Burton Titular

Elaine Kay Moll (left) with ABQ author Joyce Burton Titular

First: Dashed are the hopes of pageant fans who were expecting to see a Supranational title given away this year after Elaine Kay Moll won 3rd Runner up in the international pageant held last year.

(Elaine Kay Moll was Bb. Pilipinas’ first runner-up in 2012 and was unexpectedly given the chance to represent the Philippines in Miss Supranational 2012.)

However, coronation night is still in April, who knows what changes may happen between now and then?!

Personally, ABQ would LOVE to see a fourth crown given away! The only downside to that is once you’ve won a Bb. Pilipinas title, you can’t join the pageant again. So the Supranational title-holder will have to be happy with that title and forget any dream of joining again to go after the most coveted Universe title.

Katrina Jayne Dimaranan, Bb. Pilipinas Tourism 2012

Katrina Jayne Dimaranan, Bb. Pilipinas Tourism 2012

Second: They are giving away a Tourism title but last year’s winner, Katrina Dimaranan, has yet to compete in the Miss Tourism Queen International because the pageant was either delayed or cancelled due to problems with production. Does this mean Katrina won’t compete abroad anymore? That the MTQI is still considered a viable international pageant for Bb. Pilipinas to send a candidate to? And if Katrina doesn’t represent the Philippines abroad, does this mean she can compete again in Bb. Pilipinas? All I can say is what a waste if we don’t send this girl abroad to compete!

Third: Note the change of title for the Universe winner. She’s no longer going to be called Bb. Pilipinas Universe but Miss Universe Philippines.

The panel of screening judges include ABS-CBN Special Projects Head Chit Guerrero, ABS-CBN head writer Chris Violago, Miss Universe 2010 4th Runner Up Venus Raj, Miss Universe 2011 3rd Runner Up Shamcey Supsup, and Miss Universe 2012 1st Runner Up Janine Tugonon.

Coronation night of the 2013 Binibining Pilipinas beauty pageant will be telecast live on April 14 via ABS-CBN and is brought to you by the Araneta Center. ABQ hopes to see you at the Bb. Pilipinas 50th Anniversary Edition!!!