All roads lead to Binibining Pilipinas 2017 Press Presentation on March 22, 2017!
This is definitely one major Binibining Pilipinas pre-pageant activity every pageant aficionado should not miss. I say this because this is the first time that pageant hopefuls and press people from across all media outlets and publications be gathered and see all the official candidates in person and motion. From this point on, favorites will emerge and will likely be great indicators as to who will win the coveted titles at stake in the coronation night on April 30.
It is a wide open race for the Universe and International titles this year just by looking at the line up of the girls at this year’s batch. Anyone can’t single out one girl as the “one to beat” akin to Megan Young’s stint in Miss World or Venus Raj’s foray in Binibining Pilipinas 7 years ago. So it will really be an exciting Press Presentation to witness later.
I also say this because of the behavior of their fans on social media. Whereas we saw the fans of Maxine Medina, Kim Ross Williams and Kylie Verzosa being pitted against one another as to who was the rightful successor of Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach last year, the pageants fans this year are still in disarray and haven’t made up their minds who could win the Universe for us as early as now. This is really the beauty of this year’s batch. Just like 2013, this is really one exciting batch to follow. There are so many girls who could really fit our Universe and International winning mold.
While we eagerly wait for these girls to strut their stuff later, pageant hopefuls are already keeping an eye on some early favorites. The dusky Ada de la Cruz dead ringer Charmain Elima, angelic opera singer Mariel de Leon, Miss World Philippines 2014 4th RU Rachel Peters and the stunning half Filipina model Sirene Sutton lead the pack of early favorites ahead of the presentation later on.
Hot on their heels are the girls treading the Janine Tugonon/MJ Lastimosa/Pia Wurtzbach beaten track like Binibining Pilipinas 2016 2RU Jehza Huelar, Angelique de Leon, and Dindi Pajares. Crossovers from rival pageants and modeling competitions also attracted this year’s line up like Nelda Ibe, Katarina Rodriguez, and Arianne Calingo.
So it’s anyone’s ballgame right now. Whoever is going to be styled fresh and modern in later’s Press Presentation will surely be Madame Stella Araneta’s new apple of her eye.
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