Philippines is now a legitimate pageant power house so the national Binibining Pilipinas pageant is a huge deal to a lot of people. We were all interested (and we all have a say) on who should be the successor of the reigning Miss Universe Pia Wurtzbach.
We were very fortunate to watch live and seated at the 3rd row of the live event. We were able to see up close the binibinis and even had a photo of Miss USA Olivia Jordan! She is very nice. I asked for her photo and insisted on a selfie! I love her!
We now have 6 new queens who are set to conquer the Universe, International, the Intercontinental, the Supranational, the Grand International, and the Globe! This is such a good batch of binibinis and I must say that I wish to see some of the girls go back next year.
Miss Universe Philippines 2016 - Maxine Medina
Binibining Pilipinas International 2016 - Kylie Verzosa
Binibining Pilipinas Intercontinental 2016 - Jennifer Hammond
Binibining Pilipinas Supranational 2016 - Joanna Eden
Binibining Pilipinas Grand International 2016 - Nicole Cordoves
I actually predicted that Maxine will win Miss Universe Philippines. Maxine is very beautiful, sexy, and has a very sweet demeanor. She has one of the best faces in the pageant and she looks very regal and winnable. Maxine came prepared come pageant night. I love her in the opening number and in the swimsuit competition. I also liked that she decided to put her hair down in the finals. She is not the best girl compared to other standouts and I was actually a bit worried when she was not called & crowned earlier. I am okay that she is our Miss Universe Philippines but I also believed that she was not the best at the Finals. Her evening gown was not nice; I personally don't like the ribbon and the color. She also bombed the all-important Q&A. BPCI had their reason for choosing Maxine and I am hoping that Aces & Queens will polish and help her in time for Miss Universe.
Kylie Verzosa should win MUP 2016. She is consistent & she did well in all categories! #BinibiningPilipinas2016 pic.twitter.com/fWT1BNGn6p— Abbie Real Dimaano (@AbbieReal) April 17, 2016
I tweeted the above above after the Q&A and while the judges were deliberating. Though I placed Kylie for International or Supranational, I honestly believe that she should've win the Miss Universe Philippines title because of her excellent performance in the Finals. She was good in swimsuit, had a to die for gown and presentation, and she was very articulate and eloquent in the Q&A. She was the best girl of the night and she deserved the top prize. However - I also know that the judging, deliberation, and assignment of crowns and titles are based on who will be the best representative of our country in the international competitions. With that in mind, I believe that Kylie has a very very good chance in nabbing our 6th Miss International crown.
I placed Joanna Edena and Jennifer Hammond in my Top 15 and was really surprised on their high placements and crowns. I noticed Joanna in the Binibinibing Pilipinas primer a week before the finals and put her on my list. She is really sexy, sultry and is now making a name for herself. She was also the Best in Swimsuit - which I didn't notice much to be honest - and she had a very nice Emerald Green gown made by Mark Bumgarner. Jennifer Hammond is the dark horse of the competition. I did not place her but I must admit that she really shone in the Finals with her very nice styling and Evening Gown which turned to be the best of the night. The Best in Swimsuit and Best in Evening Gown nods for Joanna and Jennifer are one of the reasons that made them win the crowns. Very few binibinis win these special awards without winning one of the crowns.
Binibining Pilipinas Grand International Nicole Cordoves & Binibining Pilipinas Globe Nichole Manalo
The two Nicoles - Cordoves and Manalo - are the winners of the two new binibini crowns. Nicole Cordoves got the Grand International title while Nichole Manalo got the Globe one. People are expecting that these two Nicoles will place higher. Some were even rooting that they will get the Miss Universe Philippines or International crowns. Nicole Cordoves gave a "just good" performance in the finals and was not as awesome as Jennifer and Joanna who each aced the swimsuit and evening gown segments. I also placed Nicole lower in my prediction but seeing her in the post-win interviews made me want to give her (at least) the Intercontinental crown. We need another win in that competition and Nicole's wit can achieve that.
I honestly don't know why Nichole Manalo was placed in the least popular and one of the hard-to-win crowns (with Ann Colis being the reigning Miss Globe and back-to-backs are mean feats). Nichole Manalo was one of the frontrunners together with Maxine and Kylie. Most expected Nichole to win the top plul MUP crown. I personally liked her in the swimsuit competition but I think that her Leo Almodal gown and Q&A were not really good compared to the rest. Still, a congratulations to Nichole and the Manalo sisters for being the most winnable pageant siblings of our nation (World, Universe, Globe).
Goodluck to our new Queens!