Tuesday, March 19, 2019


The Philippine pageant scene probably has never been in a more powerful or favored position than right now. Filipinos need look no further than Pia Wurtzbach and Catriona Gray, the Miss Universe titleholders for 2015 and 2018 respectively, only three years apart. And they have other winners for other international pageants both major and otherwise over the same timeframe, but Miss Universe perhaps is the most important. These triumphs, so close to one another, brings hope that perhaps this year might see it happen again in this pageant and that. In that spirit, a new batch of hopefuls is assembled.
CNN Philippines tells us that the candidates for the 2019 Binibining Pilipinas pageant have been announced. The word came Monday, March 18, from the Bb. Pilipinas Charities Inc. on the pageant’s official Facebook page. The announcement detailed that 80 prospective candidates were considered for competition, but a final selection trimmed the number down to 40. In true fashion for more recent Bb. Pilipinas pageants the candidate list contains several returnees from past contents. These particular two were runners-up for the 2018 Bb. Pilipinas, and they are back to try their luck for the titles, and the chance to represent the country internationally, one more time.
Below is the list of 40 candidates for this year:
  1. Maria Andrea Abesamis
  2. Louisielle Denise Amorog
  3. Hannah Arnold
  4. Leren Mae Bautista
  5. Samantha Mae Bernardo – 2018 runner-up
  6. Alanis Reign Binoya
  7. Honey Grace Cartasano
  8. Cassandra Chan
  9. Pauline Anne Cordero
  10. Ilene Astrid de Vera
  11. Martina Faustina Diaz
  12. Danielle Isabelle Dolk
  13. Jessarie Dumaguing
  14. Rubee Marie Faustino
  15. Sigrid Grace Flores
  16. Maria Isabela Galeria
  17. Gazini Christiana Ganadis
  18. Jane Darren Genobisa
  19. Jean Nicole Guerrero
  20. Larah Grace Lacap
  21. Francia Layderos
  22. Samantha Ashley Lo
  23. Melba Ann Macasaet
  24. Danielle Joi Magno
  25. Dia Nicole Magno
  26. Bea Patricia Magtanong
  27. Jessica Marasigan
  28. Marianne Marquez
  29. Mary Faye Murphy
  30. Kimberly Penchon
  31. Samantha Poblete
  32. Vickie Marie Milagrosa Rushton – 2018 runner-up
  33. Joahnna Carla Saad
  34. Rosham Ramirez Saeed
  35. Julia Eugene Saubier
  36. Malka Shaver
  37. April May Short
  38. Emma Mary Tiglao
  39. Joanna Rose Tolledo
  40. Marie Sherry Anne Tormes
There are six international titles for which the Bb. Pilipinas pageant sends representatives to, all assigned from their annual winners. Two titles belong to the “Big Four” pageants Miss Universe and Miss International. The others are “minor” but notable competitions such as Miss Intercontinental, Miss Globe, Miss Supranational and Miss Grand International. The remaining two from the Big Four, Miss World and Miss Earth, have their own local pageants selecting Philippine representatives.
The Philippines’ pageant performances last year were thus: Bb. Pilipinas Universe Catriona Gray obviously won Miss Universe 2018; Bb. Pilipinas International Maria Ahtisa Manalo was a runner-up; and Bb. Pilipinas Intercontinental Karen Gallman won the title on that pageant’s debut.
Image: Bb. Pilipinas Official Website


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