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Bb. Pilipinas 2016: The Road to the Crown

By: En Nepomuceno

Last year we saw the Philippines proving to be called a beauty pageant powerhouse, having won 2 crowns under Binibining Pilipinas Charities Inc., the Miss Universe and Miss Globe.

Miss Globe crown courtesy of Bb. Pilipinas Tourism Queen International Anne Colis. Apart from Miss Globe, Bb. Pilipinas Intercontinental Christi Lynn McGarry landed as first runner-up at the Miss Intercontinental 2015 pageant. Bb. Pilipinas International Janicel Lubina also landed a spot in the semifinals at the 2015 Miss International pageant and won the Best Dresser Award. While Bb. Pilipinas Supranational Rogelie Catacutan made it as semifinalist at the 2015 Miss Supranational. But of course who would ever forget that Bb. Pilipinas Universe Pia Wurtzbach brought home the crown of the most prestigious Miss Universe pageant after being named as first runner-up to Miss Colombia by the host Steve Harvey. Pia is the 3rd filipina to bring the Miss Universe crown after Margie Moran (1973) and Gloria Diaz (1969).

Indeed, the Bb. Pilipinas 2015 batch reaped the fruits of their endeavour.



This year, the reigning queens were at the screening of this year's crop of hopeful who joined the search for  Bb. Pilipinas 2016. After months of accepting applications from girls all over the country, the globe I must say, since there were girls from different parts of the globe who have Filipino roots who also joined the search. 88 lovely ladies underwent the toughest screening yesterday held at the Novotel Hotel Cubao, Quezon City headed by BPCI Chair. Stella Marquez Araneta.

Some of the noticeable ladies who made it to the list of official candidates are; Bb. Pilipinas 2015 semifinalist Kylie Versoza, Bb. Pilipinas 2010 candidate Mariella Castillo, Bb. Pilipinas 2014 candidate Jeslyn Santos, Bb. Pilipinas 2014 candidate Angelique Celine De Leon, Bb. Pilipinas 2014 candidate Leonalyn Dela Cruz, Bb. Pilipinas 2014 semifinalist Nichole Manalo and Bb. Pilipinas 2015 candidate Paul Rich Bartolome.

Also, first time joiners who you would never ignore made it to the list of official candidates; Maria Gigante, Kim Delos Santos, Nichole Cordoves, Dindi Pajares, Tatiana Maher, Kristine Estoque, Miss Heritage 1st runner-up Daziella Gange, Miss Charity Queen International finalist Ysh Ramos to name a few.

We'll see more of these ladies in the coming days.

*photo collage courtesy of Norman Tinio of normannorman.com

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