Trivia on the Filipina Miss Universe Winners

Each of the Filipina Miss Universe winners have a “special story” of their own upon crowning!
And today we feature some of the lesser known facts about our Miss Universe winners: from the full regalia, to national titles, to coiffure… This is a fun look at our Miss Universe winners!

Miss Universe 1969, Gloria Diaz
– Gloria Diaz was the only Filipina MU winner to have been crowned with the full Miss Universe regalia – crown, sash, scepter, trophy and cape. The use of the cape was discontinued in 1972. Gloria also has the distinction of being the only Filipina MU to have been crowned as “Binibining Pilipinas” (back then the Miss International representative was crowned “Miss Philippines”).
Another trivia, Gloria is said to have lost her Miss Universe scepter in one of her travels. She also had helped charities by putting up her Miss Universe sash for auction. She has become so iconic that even her daughter Isabelle Daza went to a Halloween party dress as Gloria and used her mom’s crown and cape. Gloria was said to have uttered that Isabelle is “prettier” than her even when she was young.
Miss Universe 1973, Maria Margarita Moran
– Margie Moran is the only Filipina MU winner to win the Photogenic award and the Miss Universe title. She is also the 2nd woman to be officially awarded the Bb. Pilipinas Universe title, a tradition that started in 1972 when the top titles given were named as BBP-Universe and BBP-International.
She said in an interview that she regretted turning down Spanish surrealist painter Salvador Dali when he told her he wanted to paint her portrait as a ‘ghost’. Margie could also speak Spanish. It is said that even First Lady Imelda Marcos gave her pointers on how to create her signature coiffure for Margie to recreate for the Miss Universe competition.
Miss Universe 2015, Pia Wurtzbach
– Pia Wurtzbach is the first Filipina MU titleholder to have been a repeater at Binibining Pilipinas. She competed thrice at the nationals and the only Filipina MU winner with a beauty camp affiliation. She also is the first MU winner under the IMG|WME management of the MUOrg and her ‘crowning’ has been one of the most talked about pageant event in recent history. She is also the only winner who ‘technically’ didn’t have her first walk as Miss Universe.
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Bb. Pilipinas 2019 Wish List: Aya Abesamis

One of the ladies I would hope to see in Binibining Pilipinas 2019 is Maria Andrea “Aya” Abesamis, one of last year’s semifinalists. I believe that she should be given a shot at redeeming herself from last year’s loss and show that we only have barely scratched the surface in terms of who she is and what she is capable to offer.

Easily one of the most maligned candidate last year simply because of her connections with the Binibining Pilipinas pageant. Her mother, Desiree Verdadero, was Bb. Pilipinas Universe 1984 and a Miss Universe 3rd runner up. She is also cousin to Bb. Pilipinas World 2003 and Miss World top 5 placer, Mafae Yunon. Those connections became a double edged knife for Aya that pulled her down rather than let her fly with pageant fans.
I wish that she is more prepared this time around. I also hope to see more fire in her, more fight behind those almond shaped eyes. Bring out more of her personality and have fun instead of being weighted down by expectations from her camp, fans and bashers. Be in the pageant because it is something she chose for herself, not because she was pushed to join. She should be the one to decide if she should take the leap of joining again. Join not because of what others say but join for herself.

PS. She is around 27 years old in 2019, and as rules of the Miss Universe say that contestants must be at least 18 and under 28 years of age before January 1st in the year they hope to compete in the pageant. That means she is still eligible for the MUP title. Aside from that, the Miss International is extending the age eligibility to 27 this year, then Aya has a shot on both top titles. 

Sashes&Scripts’ Mister International 2019 Final Leaderboard

Despite not having much fanfare this year, we list down our favorites for the Mister International title!
If there is something that male pageants have to learn about schedules and timing, that is to never coincide it with a Miss Universe homecoming parade. This is one lesson that the Mister International male pageant should have learned as all of pageantry’s attention is on Miss Universe Catriona Gray’s grand homecoming.

Nevertheless we still have listed our favorites for the title to be vacated by Seung Hwan Lee of South Korea. Here are the gents on our list!
Possible Spoilers:
Slovenia, Peru, Philippines, Indonesia, Mexico
Semifinalists – If there will only be a top 15 this year, these are the hunks that we feel will most likely make it past the first cut.
15. Lebanon, Mohamad Taha (5 ft 11 1⁄2 in)
14.  India, Balaji Murugadoss (6 ft 12 in)
13. Spain, Jesús Collado (6 ft 5 12 in)
12. Korea, Hwang Dae-woong (5 ft 11 in)
11. Panama, Juan Ángel Barragán Gaviria (6 ft 1 in)
Top 5 Alternates 
Australia, Harrison Hans Luna (6 ft 3 in)
Poland, Tomasz Zarzycki (6 ft 2 in)
Norway, Mathias Duma (6 ft 1⁄2 in)
Thailand, Nick Nolte (5 ft 10 in)
Puerto Rico, Julián Rivera (5 ft 11 in)
Top 5 – This is a strong top 5 pick as each of these hunks could equally be deserving of the title. Nobody below 6′ tall made it surprisingly in this list of top candidates!
5. Dominican Rep, Arturo ‘Tuto’ Paredes (6 ft 3 in)
4. Vietnam, Trinh Bao (6 ft 1 in)
3. Hong Kong, Wai Kin Kwan (6 ft 12 in)
2. Czech Republic, Jirka Kmonicek (6 ft 1 in)
1. Venezuela, Francesco Piscitelli (6 ft 0 in)

Catriona Gray Fever is On!

The Queen is home. Two months after winning the Philippines’ fourth Miss universe crown, Catriona Gray will finally get her grand homecoming and touch base with her Filipino supporters.

Anticipation is at a fever pitch for the activities lined up for Catriona by the Binibining Pilipinas Charities Inc. and the Araneta Center, in coordination with the Miss Universe Organization.
Even Catriona, who arrived in the Philippines from New York over the weekend, said she could not contain her enthusiasm to be home again. “Philippines, I’ve missed you!! I can’t wait to see and celebrate with all of you!!!” Catriona said in an Instagram post Monday.

Catriona’s Binibining Pilipinas sisters have also expressed their excitement to reunite with her and congratulate her for her  astonishing victory.
I am happy and excited for her homecoming, We Filipinos are all so happy and proud of Cat’s achievement and she deserves the best homecoming,” Karen Gallman said, the country’s first ever Miss Intercontinental, said.
Cat worked really hard for this. Her homecoming activities are just the beginning of her reign as Miss Universe. She deserves everything she has now, and I cannot wait to see what’s in store for her. I am beyond proud,” Binibining Pilipinas Supranational Jehza Huelar said.

I’m excited to see her and congratulate her personally. I can’t wait to hug her and tell her how proud we are of her, that she deserves where she’s at right now. She is an inspiration to everyone,” Binibining Pilipinas Grand Eva Patalinjug said.
Catriona’s journey starts to come full circle on February 23, as parades around Araneta Center, where her quest for the Miss Universe crown started.

On February 24, Sunday, she will be feted in a show dubbed as “Raise Your Flag for Catriona Gray (Miss Universe 2019 Homecoming),” at the Smart Araneta Coliseum. Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach, Maymay Entrata, Bamboo, KZ Tandingan, Morissette Amon, Jed Madela, TNT Boys, ABS-CBN Philhamonic Orchestra, and Vice Ganda lead a constellation of stars and world-class Filipino talents in the program, which will start at 7pm. The show will be hosted by Boy Abunda.
Beginning Tuesday, February 26, Catriona will also visit organizations closest to herheart, and will also pay courtesy calls on the country’s top officials including Vice President Leni Robredo.

Binibining Pilipinas Trivia, Part 4

This is part 4 of the Binibining Pilipinas Trivia series on the blog. The Bb. Pilipinas pageant is the most respected and revered national pageant in the country. With a rich history in its 56 years, we celebrate the history and wonderful legacy that the pageant has stamped in Philippine pageant history. Theirs is a legacy of what the Filipina can offer not only to the world, but to the universe!

* The least number of candidates joining Bb. Pilipinas was in 1964 on its inaugural year. Only 15 official candidates were called from 30 applicants. The 1968 Miss Philippines pageant organized by the Binibining Pilipinas Charities Inc. (for Miss International) won by Nenita “Nini” Tuazon Ramos only had 11 candidates.
* 1973 was the year with the most number of candidates with 73 (according to this site). 7 winners were named with the 1st and 2nd runners up handpicked later to become  Bb. Pilipinas Maja and Miss World Peace Philippines. There were so many candidates that year that they called 20 semi-finalists in the competition.
Full winners below:
Binibining Pilipinas-Universe = Maria Margarita Roxas Moran
Binibining Pilipinas-International = Maria Elena Suarez Ojeda
Miss Young Pilipinas = Maria Milagros de la Fuente
1st runner-up = Maria Nanette Macapagal Prodigalidad (later named the very first Bb. Pilipinas – Maja ever given)
2nd runner-up = Joan Gatlin Salas (later on Miss World Peace Philippines)
3rd runner-up = Mercedes Ditas Zabarte
4th runner-up = Pacita Rosalinda Yuviengco
1974 has the second most number of candidates with 54 and 1975 with 53.

* The BBP 1994 pageant was the first edition of the pageant to be held a year earlier. With the preparations due for the Miss Universe pageant in May of 1994, the 1994 was moved to October of 1993, a full 4 months earlier than the traditional February finals. This gave Bb. Pilipinas Universe Charlene Gonzales 6 months preparation time compared to the usual 2 months of her predecessors.

* Winner with the Most Number of Bb. Pilipinas special awards – Nina Ricci Alago is the BBP winner with the most number of special awards won in the history of the pageant with 6 special awards: Miss Vaseline Healthy Glowing Skin, Miss Slimmers World, Best in Swimsuit, Miss Philippine Airlines (PAL) Sunniest Personality, Binibining Avon and Miss Talent.
2018 Miss Universe and Miss Universe Philippines Catriona Gray comes in 2nd with 5 special awards (Pitoy Moreno National Costume Award, Jag Denim Queen, Miss Ever Bilena, Best in Swimsuit and Best in Long Gown).
* Best in Swimsuit – Special Award with the Most Bb. Pilipinas Universe/ Miss Universe Philippines wins. Since it was first won by Chiqui Brosas in 1975, 21 winners of this special award ended up with the Bb. Pilipinas Universe title. Recipients of this award who were also BBP-U are: Rose Marie “Chiqui” Brosas, Rosita Capuyon, Desiree Verdadero, Perfida Limpin, Germelina Leah Padilla, Maria Lourdes “Alou” Gonzales (elevated to BBP-U after Anjanette Abayari’s dethronement), Elizabeth Berroya, Melinda “Dindi” Gallardo,  Charlene Gonzales, Joanne Santos, Aileen Damiles, Abbygale Williamson Arenas, Nina Ricci Alagao, Maricar Balagtas, Lia Andrea Ramos, Gionna Cabrera, Bianca Manalo, Ariella Arida, Mary Jean Lastimosa, Rachel Peters and Catriona Elisa Gray.

* The Most Successful BBP Batch would be the Binibining Pilipinas Gold batch of 2013. All 4 title holders ended up with high placements in their respective tilts: Ariella Arida was 3rd runner up in Miss Universe, Bea Rose Santiago was Miss International 2013, Mutya Johanna Datul was Miss Supranational 2013 and Cindy Miranda was a top 15 placer in miss Tourism International. Lone runner up that year, Pia Wurtzbach, would later become Miss Universe in 2015.

* The Binibining Pilipinas pageant is the oldest surviving national beauty pageant in the Philippines. It was first established in 1964. It is the official Philippine franchise holder of the Miss Universe pageant since 1964, Miss International since 1968.
Below are the links for the entire Binibining Pilipinas Trivia:
Part 1
Part 2
Part 3

The Bb. Pilipinas Executive Committee

Time to meet and be familiarized with the Binibining Pilipinas Charities Incorporated’s Executive Committee.
The members of the executive committee belong to old-world elegance and high-society. And it is quite easy for the new generation of pageant fans to easily dismiss them coming from a previous generation. What most people may not know about them is the fact that they are well-accomplished in their own respective fields.

Chairperson, Stella Marquez Araneta – she is a native of Colombia but left her country of birth to join her husband, the tycoon Jorge Araneta. Madame SMA was a top 15 semifinalist in Miss Universe 1960 (some say that she placed 6th overall) and was the first Miss International winner in 1960. Under her helm, the Philippines has won 4 Miss Universe crowns, 5 Miss International titles and countless runners up and semifinalist finishes.
Vice Chairperson, Conchitina Sevilla Bernardo – she has one of the most colorful resumes amongst Manilas most well-known socialites having worked as a model, a pioneer in the country’s first finishing school, a doyenne of social graces, an editor, an author, a diplomat’s wife and a civic leader. She was one of the founders of the Karilagan School which was the first finishing and secretarial school accredited by the Department of education. She is now busy with BPCI and her new-found love of painting.
Betsy Westendorp Brias – she is a well-known painter among the upper echelons of high-society. Just like SMA, Betsy Westendorp Brias was married to Antonio Brias, a Spanish Filipino, then a high-ranking executive of San Miguel Corporation nonetheless. She was also a recipient of the Presidential Medal of Merit for her works of fine art.
Raymond Villanueva – he is a notable fashion and beauty pageant Director, who has also directed as well as sat as judge in past Bb. Pilipinas pageants. He has choreographed and directed some of the most notable fashion shows in the country since the 90’s.

The fashion Czar Jose “Pitoy” Moreno and the first Binibining Pilipinas winner, Myrna Panlilio were also part of the executive committee of the BPCI prior to their passing.
The BPCI executive committee has been with the pageant for ages and they certainly know what works and what doesn’t. We are hoping that they would be able to pass on their wisdom to the younger generation of pageant followers fans so that the legacy would be able to continue…

Grand Homecoming Parade of Miss Universe Catriona Gray!

The Binibining Pilipinas Charities, Inc. (BPCI) and the Araneta Center, in close coordination with the Miss Universe Organization, have been planning a series of activities for Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray’s grand homecoming that is truly fit for a queen.

All happening this February, thousands of fans and supporters can expect to see the reigning Miss Universe during two victory parades that will showcase her triumphant return to the country.
On February 21, Thursday, Catriona will board a majestic float and parade around the cities of Pasay, Manila and Makati. The parade will start at 2 p.m.
Starting at the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) grounds in Pasay City, Catriona’s parade will proceed to Roxas Boulevard, Kalaw Avenue in Manila, Taft Avenue, Buendia Avenue, and end on Ayala Avenue in Makati City.
People are already eagerly anticipating what the float will look like, with some speculating the design to either look like her diamond and pearl-encrusted Mikimoto crown or her magma-inspired evening gown by Mak Tumang.
On February 23, Saturday, Catriona will have another parade, this time at the Araneta Center where her journey to the Miss Universe crown started. Festivities start at 4 p.m.

The parade will start at the Novotel Manila Araneta Center and will go through the main road Aguinaldo Avenue, and around the 35-hectare lifestyle hub before making a stop at the Green Gate of the iconic Smart Araneta Coliseum, where she won the Miss Universe Philippines crown in March last year.
Fans are encouraged to gather on the streets on these dates to greet Catriona and show their support that’s filled with true Filipino pride.
Similar to Pia Wurtzbach, who brought joy to the country when she won the Miss Universe crown in 2015, the 25-year-old fashion model, advocate and aspiring musician from Albay will also headline a thanksgiving show on Sunday, February 24, at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

Staying true to her core advocacy of helping underprivileged children as well as those living with HIV and AIDS, Catriona will visit and bond with the beneficiaries of Young Focus, LoveYourself PH and Smile Train—organizations closest to her heart—with BPCI Chairperson Mrs. Stella Marquez Araneta.
Catriona is also scheduled to have courtesy calls in the offices of some of the country’s most prominent leaders including Vice President Leni Robredo.

Catriona Understands Why She Didn’t Win a Title Before Miss Universe

Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray now understands why she didn’t win a major international title before Miss Universe…


Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray now has a better and a deeper understanding of why she had to go through all the heartbreaks and setbacks that took place in her young life. “Yeah, I believe everything happens for a reason in God’s perfect timing.” says Catriona in her interview with GMANetwork.com.
The 25-year-old beauty queen adds that while these experiences were painful, she knows that they were necessary.
I wouldn’t have had the same outlook or the same life experience or the same character had I not gone through all of those things even since childhood. Everything led me up to this point,” she says. “I’m definitely a believer that everything happens for a reason.”
Catriona didn’t identify what those setbacks are, but one can safely assume that those include her loss at Miss World 2016. At the 66th edition of the Miss World pageant, Catriona was heavily favored to win the crown. Pageant aficionados say that she had a big chance of taking home the crown especially after she gave a strong and convincing answer in the final Q&A round.
Two years later, the Universe made things right again.

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Selamat malam from Indonesia! Miss Universe Catriona Gray's finals night styling is recreated for her YouC1000 commercial. Rumor has it that she will be coming to Manila for her homecoming on February 24th. … Repost from @bubahalfian …. Miss Universe @catriona_gray for @youc1000vitamin dari dulu sy berharap banget lagu neyo ini dinyanyikan di MU,alhamdulillah setelah 2008 ke 2018,dan 5 tahun yg lalu ketemu Neyo di backstage dan sy blg,klo sy suka lagu ini dan semoga dia bawain di MU,eh beneran terjadi.. thank @neyo  #youc1000vitamin #missuniverse2018 #catrionagray #bubahalfian #beauty #makeup#makeupartist . . . #SashesandScripts #UltimatePageantBlog #PageantBlogger #pageantblog #pageant #MissUniverse #MissUniversePhilippines #BbPilipinas

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Catriona, who came close to turning her back on beauty pageants, became the fourth Filipina to win the coveted Miss Universe crown in Bangkok, Thailand. Fans couldn’t agree more with the way things turned out for Catriona. That’s why on top of being happy (and relieved that the competition is over), Catriona is excited to prove that she’s the right woman for the job.
I’m really ready to work. I’m ready to be flung into the midst of the media [interviews] and all of my duties. It’s not exhausting at all. The only thing is jet lag, but I’m almost over it na.
Admittedly, Catriona is just beginning to grasp the scale or extent of the Miss Universe job. “I’m starting to experience it now and actually, I’m enjoying what I’m doing. The last two days have been the official activities of Miss Universe and I’m just really, really enjoying it. It’s a little bit challenging knowing that I have such a wide audience now and that so many people are listening to what I have to say, but it’s something I’m really enjoying talaga.
Nevertheless, she’s looking forward to taking on her responsibilities and making the most of her Miss Universe experience.

Catriona Gray’s heart is filled with gratitude. “This is what I’ve always dreamed about, this is what I’ve always aimed for, and now that I am able to live my dream I’m so, so happy and so, so grateful.
The Universe, indeed, has brought this beautiful young woman to her destination.

This blogpost is a colection of snippets from an article written by Gabby Reyes Libarios last January 16, 2019 for gmanetwork.com
You can read the full, unedited article on this link

What’s with the Silence, Miss Universe Org?

What’s with all this ‘cloak and dagger’ secrecy surrounding Miss Universe Catriona Gray? What is the Miss Universe organization trying to hide?
First was the very quiet post crowning activities that culminated in a hushed trip to New York. Then the uncanny quiet news (or lack thereof) on the transfer of the Miss Universe Philippines franchise. And now the secret arrival of Catriona last February 15th in Manila. With these things seemingly being hidden by the MUOrg, we are wondering what is the MUOrg  trying to hide from Filipino pageant fans?

Right after the crowning of Catriona Gray in Thailand, she immediately flew to Manila for a charity event that was devoid of news on the issues that were flying around; mainly the Miss Universe Philippines franchise transfer. There seemed to be a gag order not to talk about that, thus we understand the hushed atmosphere that surrounded even Catriona’s flight to New York earlier in January. The MUOrg may already have arrived on the decision on the MUP franchise then but had probably backtracked in making announcements upon seeing how loyal the Filipino fans are to the Binibining Pilipinas pageant. Making an announcement then that the franchise has been transferred would not have been beneficial to a newly crowned MU. It would have definitely taken the spotlight away from the newly crowned Miss Universe.

But in doing so, there hasn’t been a massive impact on Catriona’s win that is supposed to rival that of Pia Wurtzbach’s phenomenal crowning. After her media tour, which lasted for a couple of weeks, there hasn’t been much of media talk around Catriona except for several public appearances (and let’s not talk about the flak that happened around several of the styling choices that didn’t go well with some fans). If the MUOrg doesn’t make any announcement soon, it would only give the impression that they are indeed hiding something. If the transfer of the franchise is the reason for this silence, then it means that they might have miscalculated in giving LCS the MUP franchise (if we are to believe that Chavit has already ‘purchased’ the franchise).

The Miss Universe Org  may choose to run from these hounding questions but Sashes&Scripts doubts that they could hide away from it for so long. And that there is something that will eclipse even Catriona’s coming home, this facade of sorts is to hide the real question that pageant fans wants answered. Despite this jubilant celebration of her upcoming homecoming parade, pageant fans are more curious in knowing only one thing: Who between BPCI and LCS now owns the MUP franchise? And that is a question which either a yes or no answer will have consequences to all…

Bb. Pilipinas 2019 Wish List: Alaiza Malinao

The Pinay Glamazon! Dusky, full of personality and heart, amazingly tall with perfect bone structure and proportions, blessed with a gorgeous Filipina looks that translate internationally, and a force to reckon with on the runway. That, ladies and gentlemen, is Alaiza Malinao.

Alaiza has been one of my faves during the Binibining Pilipinas 2015 pageant. She is one of the ladies that you know will stand out in any line up of equally gorgeous gals. Mere presence alone, Alaiza has it in spades. Not to mention that she comes with a great story that has molded her to the independent spirit that she is. Yet despite that there is a certain softness to her that catches you unexpectedly. She is also the type of gal you’d want to be friends with but at the same time you would look up to.

After several mestiza beauties being sent to Miss Universe, I believe it is time once more to send a Filipina goddess to the competition – one that has piercing dark brown eyes and personality to boot. Alaiza is definitely just that…

Catriona Gray is Now in Manila!

Newsflash! Miss Universe Catriona Gray has arrived in Manila as confirmed by Robert R. Requintina of the Manila Bulletin!

Here is the article published on the website of the newspaper:
Miss Universe Catriona Gray arrived in Manila Friday night for her homecoming parades and other related activities which will kick off on Wednesday, Feb. 20.
Gray arrived past 9 p.m. at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (Naia) Terminal 3 in Paranaque City aboard Qatar Airways Flight No. QR-928, according to a report by “State of the Nation” news program on GMA News TV hosted by award-winning broadcast journalist Jessica Soho. Wearing simple white tops, jeans, and sneakers, Gray was accompanied by staff members from the Miss Universe Organization.
From the passengers’ tube, Gray rode the electric cart as she waved at the people at the airport. The beauty queen did not grant any interviews upon arrival. The same news program said that media men covering the airport were also barred from taking pictures of the beauty queen. It also reported that Gray’s arrival was kept from the media and they were initially told that she was not coming.
However, media men waited at the airport and finally saw her coming out of the VIP exit of the premiere airport. Organizers did not say where Gray would be staying prior to her press conference and homecoming parade next week.

Binibining Pilipinas Trivia, Part 3

The Binibning Pilipinas pageant is undoubtedly the pinnacle of national pageants in the Philippines. As it celebrates is 56th year, Sashes&Scripts is honoring the pageant’s history with BBP/ BPCI trivia posts every Saturdays of the month!
More ‘firsts’ as we continue the Binibining Pilipinas trivia today!

* In the year 1973, the Bb. Pilipinas pageant sent its first Bb. Pilipinas Maja to the Miss Maja Internacional pageant with Maria Nanette Prodigalidad who was initially Bb. Pilipinas 1st runner up. The succeeding year, the four official titles would become Binibining Pilipinas Universe, international, Maja and Miss Young Pilipinas, a tradition that will only stop in 1985 when the Miss Young International was dropped. 1974 also scored the first, and only, Filipina Miss Photogenic winner to win Miss Universe with Margie Moran.

* Rosemarie “Chiqui” Brosas was the first recipient of the Best in Swimsuit special award in Binibining Pilipinas. She is the first of 21 best in swimsuit recipients to later win the top title at the BBP pageant, the Bb. Pilipinas Universe crown. Did you know that the terno she wore for the national costume segment of the Miss Universe pageant was turned into a gown she wore for the finals? She took out the butterfly sleeves and made it into her evening gown. She ended up as 3rd runner up in MU 1975.

* Lizbeth de Padua – the first summa cum laude Bb. Pilipinas Universe winner in 1976. She was 19-year-old was a graduate of BS Biology of the University of the Philippines Los Banos and the first one with a full college degree to ever win a Binibining Pilipinas title. She later completed her medical degree and is a neurologist in the US.

* The year 1978 was the first year that all Bb. Pilipinas winners did not place in their international competitions. The years that all national winners failed to make first cut in their international competitions were: 1978, 1982, 1988, 1990, 1992, 2000, 2001, 2006 and 2007.
* Maria Cristina Alberto – was the first Bb. Pilipinas winner to voluntarily withdraw from an international pageant. Nicknamed Pinky, she voluntarily left and flew back to Manila 10 days before the Miss International 1977 finals in Tokyo due to some irregularities in pre-pageant events. So far she is the only BBP winner to do so.
* Crowned in their Evening Gowns – since its inception in 1964, the winners of the pageant were traditionally crowned in their swimsuits. 1988 marked the first year when the winners were crowned wearing their evening gowns instead.

* Anjanette Abayari – became the first woman to be dethroned of her BBP title for failing to meet residency and/or citizenship requirement. She later found fame as an actress and became famous for her role as the iconic Pinay superhero, Darna. Tisha Silang resigned her title upon failing to provide a Philippine passport in 1998 (she was a Canadian citizen), and Janelle Bautista was dethroned upon investigation that her Philippine passport was a tampered one. Venus Raj was the only Bb. Pilipinas winner who was stripped off her title but reinstated after being able to secure a Philippine passport.

* Sharmaine “Ruffa” Rama Guttierez – the first and only Bb. Pilipinas to crown her successor and be crowned with a Bb. Pilipinas title on the same night. A year prior she was handpicked to represent the Philippines in Elite Model Look 1992, then competed and won Bb. Pilipinas World 1993. She was also the first Bb. Pilipinas titleholder to pass on her national title even before competing in her international competition. She had to pass on her BBP-World title to Caroline Subijano during BBP94 (held in October 1993) to prepare for the coming Miss Universe 1994 pageant in the Philippines.
This isn’t the last of the series as we still have part 4 coming soon!
For those that missed the earlier posts, here are the links for the BBP Trivia Part 1 and Part 2. Go check them out now!

Binibining Pilipinas FAQs (AKA Everything You Need to Know)

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.

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Did you know that the Binibining Pilipinas pageant used to crown it's winners as Binibining Pilipinas and Miss Philippines? The Miss Philippines winner is sent to Miss International and the Binibining Pilipinas was sent to Miss Universe. During the year 1972, the titles were officially changed to Miss Philippines Universe and Miss Philippines International ( or more commonly now known as Bb. Pilipinas Universe and Bb. Pilipinas International). This was the first time that the pageant titles reflected the name of the founding organization. More BBP trivia by clicking on the link in bio! . . . . . #SashesandScripts #PageantBlogger #UltimatePageantBlog #PageantBlog #pageant #pageantry #BBP #BPCI #BbPilipinas #BinibiningPilipinas #BbPilipinas1972

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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.
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Ilene Astrid de Vera: Another Cebuana Eyes Miss Universe Philippines Crown

Another Cebuana beauty sets her eyes on the Miss Universe Philippines crown! Mutya ng Pilipinas 2017 and a Miss Asia-Pacific International runner up, Ilene Astrid de Vera is setting her eyes on the top crown of the Binibining Pilipinas pageant this year.

A Kagandahang Flores Cebu ward under Jonas Borces (who gave us Kris Tiffany Janson, Rogelie Catacutan, Cynthia Thomalla and Eva Patalinjug) is preparing for the prestigious national pageant. This 5’9″ Mass Communication graduate of the University of the Philippines Cebu would only be joining pageants for the 3rd time. Her first foray into pageantry during her Mutya ng Pilipinas she admitted that she felt like a freshman in a batch of seniors. This time around she’ll be bringing in more pageant experience for the finals and we are hoping for a more polished, more physically fit and more confident version of her.
This time around, I want to be 101 percent ready. I want to be ready in all aspects: physically, mentally, emotionally, financially and spiritually. It’s a really big help that I already have built wide and stable connection here in Manila ever since I decided to move here last 2017,” she said in an interview with Cebu Daily News.

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* https://cebudailynews.inquirer.net/210691/another-cebuana-beauty-queen-will-join-bb-pilipinas-also-eyes-mup-crown

Bb. Pilipinas 2019 Wish List: Teresita ‘Wynwin’ Marquez

Teresita Ssen Marquez, a name that has proven her worth in the international pageant arena. But there is still clamor for her to join the Binibining Pilipinas 2019 pageant. Question is, will she?

At age 26, she’s turning 27 this May, she is still eligible for a number of titles should she join BBP 2019. While some people might say that she will be risking being Reina HispanoAmericana 2017 for another shot at a Bb. Pilipinas title, I believe that she should give it at least a thought. Agree that height might be a factor against her, but height seems no longer to be might in the international arena. Some may also argue that no multiple crossover (BBP to MWP back to BBP) has ever won in the Araneta-based pageant, I can only say that a thing is only impossible until someone does the impossible. Who knows, luck may be on her side this time around in BBP?

IMHO, I’d rather put bets on one who has pageant experience like her over a newbie. With the way she is looking more and more gorgeous nowadays, I believe she could have a good shot in BBP should she give it another try.