For decades now, the Bb. Pilipinas pageant has been celebrating Philippine pride through its roster of candidates and titlists showing how both beauty and brains can co-exist. Since 1964, when the Bb. Pilipinas Charity Inc. earned the local franchise of Miss Universe, things have never been the same.
In 1969, the 18-year old Gloria Diaz, brought honor to the Filipinos by taking home the bacon when sent to represent the country and once became the most beautiful. After Margie Moran won the second title in 1973, and a 26-year dry spell, the Philippines continued to compete for the international competition marking several recognition during the 60's and 70's. Finally regaining its rightful place, the country began getting closer to winning the crown which started 2005 and continued in 2010,2011 and 2012 when the entire world witnessed how flawlessly, Janine Mari Tugonon got near to winning the Diamond Nexus Crown by the skin of her teeth.
Now on its 50th and grandest, the Bb. Pilipinas tradition lives on. Another 50 official candidates will compete for the crowns on the coronation night.
The Filipina stunners sashayed the catwalk for Binibining Pilipinas Gold Fashion Show yesterday hosted by the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
They didn't do Shamcey's 'Tsunami' or Janine's 'Cobra Walk', but they fired up the runway just the same.
Clad in "heritage" gowns by acclaimed fashion guru Pitoy Moreno and casuals from JAG, the fifty aspirants of the much-coveted 2013 Binibining Pilipinas titles current queens Miss Universe 2012 1st runner up Janine Mari Tugonon, Binibining Pilipinas-International 2012 Nicole Schmitz, Binibining Pilipinas-Tourism 2012 Katrina Dimaranan, and Miss Supranational 2012 3rd runner up Elaine Kay Moll recently strut down the fashion ramp of the Smart Araneta Coliseum. It was a fitting tribute to the Philippine's fashion czar and esteemed Binibining Pilipinas executive board member.
This fashion show is the last of many activities that the fifty candidates engaged in the past months. The ladies have also participated in a slew of charitable events including an Operation Smile mission conducted in Sta. Ana Hospital in Manila. The candidates are going to be busy with rehearsals en route to the grand Coronation Night to be held on Sunday, April 14 at the Smart Araneta Coliseum. This will be aired live on ABS-CBN and will be hosted by seasoned artists Martin Nieverra and Dawn Zulueta together with Venus Raj and Shamcey Supsup.
Breaking the stereotype, this batch of Filipina stunners are set to wow the crowd. Here's taking you to a full ride. - Video credits to Ted Claudio who I didn't get to see that night sitting pretty behind another queen, Venus Raj.
The Binibining Pilipinas 2013 pageant is brought to you by the Araneta Center, ABS-CBN, and CreamSilk with major sponsors San Miguel Brewery, Petron Corporation, SMC Global Power, Ginebra san Miguel and Purefoods. Other sponsors are Casino Filipino, PAGCOR, Avon, Lactacyd, Philippine Airlines, JAG and Manhattan Garden City. Service sponsors are EDSA Shangri-La Hotel, Manila Bulletin, Pizza Hut, David's Salon, Gold's Gym, Philippine Daily Inquirer, Joylong Van, Picture City, Dale Carnegie Training Center, Entrepreneur School of Asia, Charter, Ping An Assurance Corporation, Raymond Saldana, Photography and Rightspot Electric Media.
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