(All photos courtesy of Bb. Pilipinas)
Bb. Pilipinas is celebrating its 50th year this year with a grand pageant night on Sunday, April 14 at the SMART Araneta Coliseum and telecast live over ABS-CBN. For a country that adores their beauty queens, we haven’t performed so badly, especially since we placed consecutively in the Miss Universe pageant for the last three years – Venus Raj as 4th runner-up in 2010, Shamcey Supsup as 3rd runner-up in 2011 and Janine Tugonon who almost made it, becoming 1st runner-up in 2012.Yet if you think about it, the Miss Universe title has been elusive for the longest time. It has been a good 40 years since Margie Moran-Floirendo bagged the crown in 1972 … will any of the 2013 candidates bring pride and glory to the Philippines this time around?
This year’s pageant is definitely competitive because out of 50 candidates, only three major titles are at stake: Miss Universe-Philippines 2013, Binibining Pilipinas-International 2013, and Binibining Pilipinas-Tourism 2013.
Taking into consideration their physique, facial features and personality, here’s our fearless forecast of the eight candidates who will make a splash in this year’s Bb. Pilipinas. Please feel free to get back to this list when the winner announcements are made :
Compare past Bb. Pilipinas title holders and you will just know Candidate No. 1 Ria Rabajante, an Assumption College graduate, has got “The Look.” We think she needs to keep the momentum and shine in order to be a shoo-in for the Top 5.
Born in Germany, Pia Wurtzbach is an aspiring actress and member of Star Magic. This early, she’s heavily favored to win Bb. Pilipinas International, at least.
We think that Candidate No. 31 Ma. Angelica de Leon still needs to shed off a few pounds but she will place, if only because she’s the offspring of two heavyweight showbiz personalities, Christopher de Leon and Sandy Andolong
The rest of the Bb. Pilipinas bets who we think will make it to the finals:
Therese Marie Fenger – Miss Casino Filipino 2012 1st runner-up
Bea Rose Santiago
Anna Fernandina Buquid