#Nostalgia: Bb. Pilipinas World 1994 Caroline Subijano

One of the tallest Filipinas we ever sent to any of the Alpha pageants is Binibining Pilipinas World 1994 Caroline Subijano. Today we reminisce on her pageant journey in Bb. Pilipinas.

Standing statuesque at 5’11” this Supermodel of the Philippines 1991 alum still remains as one of the most remembered Bb. Pilipinas winners from the 1990’s. Cara, as she was nicknamed, was one of the two Supermodel of the Philippines winners who competed during the 1994 pageant. The other was eventual 1st runner up Abbygale Williamson Arenas who would later rejoin in 1997 and romp away with the Bb. Pilipinas Universe title.
Cara was 22  years old when she joined Binibining Pilipinas and was a favorite for the top titles by pageant enthusiasts. A student of AB Political Science & Journalism in the University of California Berkeley, she glided over the interview portion with ease. She was the last to be called winner that year as they announced the three top titles alphabetically. She was the third woman to win the Bb. Pilipinas World title and was crowned by Miss World 2nd princess Sharmaine Ruffa Gutierrez.

At the finals, it was speculated that she only failed to get the Best in Swimsuit title because her near perfect measurements of 34 1/2-24-35 was not match to Charlene Gonzales’ ideal vital statistics of 36-24-36. Cara did get, however, the Best in Evening Gown special award with her simple Raymond Lontoc white off-shoulder gown.
Cara competed against 86 other candidates from all over the world in South Africa that year. She was the first to be called among the top 10 semifinalist but failed to advance any further. Her blue Valentino evening gown was said to have pulled down her scores despite strong showing in swimsuits. She clarified later that she was supposed to wear a white Bob Mackie gown but got dirtied and had trouble with the zipper. Personally, I would have preferred if she brought her Bb. Pilipinas gown and wore it instead for the finals in Sun City.

Nevertheless, Cara did good in the pageant and can boast to be one of the few people to have the privilege of shaking hands with former South African President Nelson Mandela. That year was the only time in the history of the national pageant that all top three titleholders made it to the three biggest competitions in the world at least as a semifinalist while BPCI held the franchise of Miss Universe, Miss World and Miss International.

After passing her crown to the next Binibining Pilipinas World, Reham Snow Tago, Cara continued modeling and became a board member of the Professional Models Association of the Philippines (PMAP). She was also chosen to be one of two first CalCarries models to be sent to Asia, and had several commercials and fashion shows in Japan, Taiwan, Indonesia, and Hong Kong. Later she would use her political science and journalism studies to become an anchorwoman in ABS-CBN. She is now based in California with her family.

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