With each turn of the year, Filipino pageant fans are eagerly awaiting the start of the Binibining Pilipinas applications period. This marks the annual pageant frenzy that culminates with the crowning of a new set of Bb. Pilipinas winners.
So Sashes&Scripts thought about writing about topics regarding some Frequently Asked Questions about the pageant.
NOTE: This is a long read, hence be patient…
What is the Binibining Pilipinas Charities, Incorporated?
The annual Binibining Pilipinas Beauty Pageant is a project of Binibining Pilipinas Charities, Incorporated (BPCI), a non-stock, non-profit organization founded by its chair, Stella Márquez Araneta. The pageant, BPCI’s primary instrument as it pursues its mission of spreading peace and love across the nation, is a fund-raising activity for projects that would benefit orphans, indigent families and other less fortunate members of Philippine society.
When was the pageant launched?
Launched in 1964, the yearly quest has become the biggest and most anticipated beauty event participated in by hundreds of aspirants from all over the country. After a rigorous selection process, the exceptional ladies who exemplify the true Filipina beauty, whose innate poise, grace and intelligence set them apart from the rest, is crowned Binibining Pilipinas winners.
Maria Myrna Panlilio was the first Bb. Pilipinas winner who competed in Miss Universe and Nenita “Nini” Ramos (aunt to Bb. Pilipinas winners and sisters Bianca, Katherine and Nichole Manalo) was the first Miss Philippines International fielded by BPCI in Miss International in 1968. Since 1969 both reps for MI and MU are selected in the Bb. Pilipinas pageant.
What are the international pageant franchises that the BBP handles?
The Binibining Pilipinas pageant acquired the Miss Universe franchise since 1964 and the Miss International franchise since 1968. Though in 1968, a separate pageant was held to select the Philippine rep to MI. Only in 1969 that both reps are selected in the annual BBP pageant.
Current franchise include the Miss Supranational (since 2012), Miss Intercontinental (since 2014), Miss Grand International (since 2015), and the Miss Globe (since 2015) pageants.
Past franchises include:
Miss World (1992–2010)
Miss Tourism Queen International (2011–2015)
Miss Tourism (as a special title) (1987–1990; 1993–1994; 2005)
Miss Maja International (1972–1992; 1995)
Miss Young International (1970–1985)
What are the charities that BPCI supports?
BPCI donates all its earnings to a string of orphanages in Metro Manila including daycare centers, in cooperation with the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD). In times of calamities, it is committed to contribute aid to relief operations whenever and wherever such calamities occur. One of the most memorable relief operations that involved BPCI was when Central Luzon was immensely affected by the eruption of Mt. Pinatubo in 1991. Binibining Pilipinas past and then current titleholders trudged through the ash-laden town of Porac, the Tent City in Pampanga, and other refugee camps, to distribute food, medicines and other basic needs to the affected helpless residents that included ethnic tribes that lived on the volcano slopes. The institution also contributed to the global effort of aiding the Tsunami Victims when it made its donation during the MTV Asia Aid Event at the Araneta Center in 2005.
Other more recent fulfilling endeavors undertaken were regular children’s welfare programs at the Barangay Soccoro Day Care Center and the Philippine General Hospital Pediatric Cancer Unit, helping build houses for the poor as volunteers for Habitat for Humanity, bringing relief and inspiration to our wounded soldiers at the AFP Medical Center, and bringing Christmas cheer to indigent children by hosting them during the Disney On Ice Charity Show every December.
Who comprises the BPCI Executive Committee?
The BPCI Executive Committee includes Chairperson Stella Marquez Araneta, Vice Chairperson Conchitina Sevilla Bernardo, Betsy Westendorp Brias, and Raymond Villanueva. Fashion Czar, Jose “Pitoy” Moreno (1925-2018) served as part of the BPCI executive committee and was active until 5 years before his demise.
What is the age requirements to join the Bb. Pilipinas pageant?
Applicant should be from 17 to 26 years of age at the time of the pageant according to the pageant’s website. However since 2018, the pageant has increased the age limits to 27 years old.
What is the height requirements to join Bb. Pilipinas?
Minimum height requirement for Bb. Pilipinas is at 5’6″ and the delegate numbering are systematically assigned in pyramidal order (as posted previously on their website). Recent years have relaxed to allow those 5’5″ in height to be able to participate in the pageant.
What documents should applicants prepare for the pageant?
Applicants should provide original copies + one photocopy
* Proof of citizenship
– For natural-born citizen, Born in the Philippines – birth certificate and Philippine passport, if applicable.
– Balikbayan Who Re-Acquired Philippine Citizenship Under R.A. 9225 – Birth Certificate or Report of Birth; and Identification certificate issued by the Bureau of Immigration.
– Natural-Born Citizen Born Outside the Philippines – Report of Birth issued by the Philippine Consulate in the country of Birth; or NSO certificate stating that birth was reported by the Philippine consulate and recorded in the Philippines.
* Proof of Residency
– Valid ID showing residency in the Philippines for those who have not resided outside the country.
– For those who have resided outside the Philippines, valid ID showing Philippine address plus any of the following : Philippine Passport, Foreign Passport; or Certificate from Bureau of Immigration stating date of entry into the Philippines.
* College or High School Diploma.
* Medical Certificate for both physical and Mental health and well-being.
* Certificate of Good Moral Character given by your School, Church or Professional Organization.
* Two (2) photographs – One close up and one full body shot.
* Parent’s consent if below 18 years old.
Where can hopefuls get the BBP application forms?
You can download the form on the BPCI website or personally go to BPCI Office upon application. Applicants will have to fill up the form at the BPCI office.
Here is a sample BBP application form.
What is the Decency Clause in the Bb. Pilipinas application?
Usually a cause of disqualification among pageant candidates, the decency clause in the application form states the following reminders:
* I am of good moral character;
* I have never participated in any bold/burlesque shows, plays, movies, publications or activities, or such show, play, movie, publication or activity, which, in the sole opinion and discretion of BPCI, is inconsistent with my application with the Pageant, run counter against the social and moral principles upon which the Pageant is founded upon, and/or bring disrepute or embarrassment to BPCI or any of its sponsors;
* I have not engaged in prostitution or any such act which can be deemed as similar or related thereto
Where is the BPCI Headquarters located?
Address: General Roxas Avenue, Cubao, Quezon City, 1109 Metro Manila
The BPCI Main Office is located at Uniprom Inc., near Red Gate of Smart Araneta Coliseum.
What should applicants wear when submitting their forms?
As per tradition, all Binibining Pilipinas applicants are required to dress their best when submitting their applications. Applicants are usually asked to be in makeup and dresses upon dropping their forms at the BPCI office.
How many candidates does the Bb. Pilipinas pageant gets for the yearly pageant?
That usually depends to the organization and their broadcast partner. Since the 2000’s the number of candidates would range from 24 to 50. However since 2016, 40 candidates are picked for the pageant.
What are the Criteria of Judging?
Beauty of Face – 50%
Beauty of Figure – 30%
Poise & Personality – 10%
Intelligence – 10%
What activities should the Bb. Pilipinas candidates pay attention to?
There is a general dispute amongst pageant insiders on which activities should candidates pay attention to. According to pageant insiders, pageant camp mentors and pageant historians, these activities include the following:
1. Binibining Pilipinas press presentation
2. Parade of Beauties around the Araneta Center
3. The Jag Fashion show and
4. National Costume Presentation
What is the Bb.Pilipinas motto?
“Once a Binibini, Always a Binibini”
Who are notable Binibining Pilipinas winners?
Winners of the celebrated beauty titles serve as official Philippine representatives to the three most renowned international pageants. They will be joining Gloria Diaz, Miss Universe 1969; Aurora Pijuan, Miss International 1970; Margie Moran, Miss Universe 1973; Melanie Marquez, Miss International 1979; Ruffa Gutierrez, Miss World 2nd Princess 1993; Miriam Quiambao, Miss Universe 1st Runner-up 1999; Precious Lara Quigaman, Miss International 2005; Bea Rose Santiago, Miss International 2013; Pia Wurtzbach, Miss Universe 2015; Kylie Verzosa, Miss International 2016 and Catriona Gray, Miss Universe 2018, in an impressive roster of beauty queens that the illustrious pageant has produced.