Memorable Faces of Binibining Pilipinas 2018

If I were to choose 10 of the most beautiful and memorable faces that left a strong impression among the Binibining Pilipinas 2018, my list would comprise of the following ladies…

Vickie Marie Rushton – they didn’t just place her at #1 for nothing. The 5’6″ mestiza looker was strategically placed first to give a good first impression of the batch. She is undeniably one of the best faces of the pageant.
Muriel Orais – the former MPE elemental queen has tons of charm and has a face made for product endorsements. She reminds me former Bb. Pilipinas International Patricia Fernandez with how bubbly her energy is. Watch out for her as she is a threat for the crown.
Ana Patricia Asturias – one of the less popular girls form her camp but should be given more attention to. She is actually more gorgeous than some of the perceived frontrunners in the competition.

Sigrid Grace Flores – a girl can go from sweet to sultry with just a swish of a make up brush. The 5’7 1/2″ beauty could give several frontrunners a run for their money in terms of the “beauty of face” criteria alone.
Samantha Bernardo – not the prettiest face but definitely a sultry beauty. She has a strong presence that you can spot her without effort in a line up of 40 girls.
Catriona Gray – her vacation in Oz surely tanned her enough to amazing results. Though the lighting inside the Kia Theater didn’t flatter her new tan that much, she nevertheless still manages to capture attention
Edgelyn Gamboa – despite a weak energy emanating from her, she still has one of the best faces in the batch. She photographs well but she does need to learn how to stand out in a line up of equally pretty ladies.

Wynonah Buot – a former Miss Cebu that needs giving more attention to. She has the “hispanic alta” vibes with her strong facial features, and that is her biggest asset. Pump up the fierce because that works for her…
Eva Psychee Patalinjug – one of the girls with a universally appealing faces. One that is easily meant for any of the top 3 titles in BBP. She has one of the most undeniably “winnable” faces among the batch.
Karen Gallman – pack up girls ‘coz I think Karen has the Miss Photogenic award in her bag… Kidding aside, Karen would be deserving to win this award yet again. She knows how to work best her angles with her Kendall Jenner-ish beauty.
Did I miss any of your favorites? List them down on the comments below and I will try to pay more attention to them in the next Bb. Pilipinas activity…


Sigrid Grace Flores, An Introductory Profile

RL’s Angels is back in Binibining Pilipinas this year and they are fielding a beautiful lass in the name of Sigrid Flores.  Let’s get to know a little bit more on this lovely lass, this year’s Binibini #7…

Sigrid during the application period…

Full Name: Sigrid Grace Flores
Age: 25 years old
Height: 5’7 ½”
Province: Born in Cavite, grew up in Catanduanes and Iloilo
Profession: Motivational Speaker, Missionary/ Philanthropist, co-Founder of Sons & Daughters in 2013 (a non-profit organization/ movement devoted to loving on people. The heart of this group is to love the entire world one movement at a time. They do activities like counseling for the depressed and emotionally unstable, hospital visits,  and feeding programs in slums.)
Educational Achievement:
* Consistent honor student, Valedictorian of her class since grade school
* AB Political Science, University of the Philippines, Visayas before shifting and finishing Mass Communications at the Central Philippine University in Iloilo

And that is just the tip of the iceberg as we will be getting to know more of this lady. She is one of the girls with a very interesting backstories in the competition this year. Not to mention her work as a host/motivational speaker as well as a co-founder of Sons & Daughters.
Beauty, grit plus intelligence, she is a combination of such and we hope to get to know more of her backstory as the weeks progresses.

What Happens During the Bb. Pilipinas Official Numbering

So I was very lucky to have been one of the few press people to get inside Kia Theater during numbering the official Binibining Pilipinas candidates. Here are the things that I thought the pageant fans should know about the process…

* The pyramid line up is enforced once again this year. This means that the tallest girls are placed at the center with the shorter girls at the left and right sides. The girls are asked to remove their shoes and were asked to line up according to height. This was the more accurate way of lining them up in height as some of the girls wore really tall shoes.
* All press were instructed not to take photographs of the girls without their shoes on.

* During the numbering for Binibini 20 and 21, Catriona Gray and Anjame Magbitang were deadlocked in the middle of the girls. But who gets 20 and 21? So they were asked to stand back against each other to see their head heights and we saw that they were both 5’10” each. Their difference was Catriona had longer neck while Anjame had longer legs which made her look taller.
* It doesn’t mean that if you are assigned Binibini #3 or #6 you are taller than #1. It just so happens that all 5’6″ girls were grouped together at the first set and last set of 5 girls. Because in each group, ABS-CBN would re-arrange the girls so that no two morenas or mestizas or chinitas as side by side each other. This would have to do with how they would look evenly distributed on camera when filmed or photographed together.

* When asked if any of the girls had questions after their numbers were almost finalized, Samantha Bernardo spoke up and said that she and Samantha Avestruz are numbered one after the other at 28 and 29. So in order for both girls to have a stronger recall, they were separated and Samantha Bernardo was moved to #14.
* After the numbering, the press was asked to take photos for about 20 minutes before we were asked to leave the premises. The girls were given some additional instructions from ABS-CBN and BPCI. What followed after that would be the photo taking of the girls with their official numbers which was later posted on the Bb. Pilipinas Facebook page.

* After their respective shoots, we were able to catch some of the candidates as they left Kia Theater. There were girls who really looked better in person such as Agatha Romero, Ena Velasco and Juliana Kapeundl. Those that stood out with really gorgeous faces were Eva Patalinjug, Muriel Orais, Sigrid Grace Flores, Ana Patricia Asturias, Vickie Rushton and Karen Gallman. Sarah Joson and Angelie Aubrey Asuncion seemed to be the girls full of personality. I found Aya Abesamis a bit on the quiet side with an unassuming personality. Edjelyn Gamboa and Ahtisa Manalo also look good up close. Anjame Magbitang forces you to take a second look because despite being raw she has the potential to be transformed into a winner. Wynonah Buot and Sandra Lemonon are the ones having strong aura emanating from them.

Sash Factor’s First SashPicks for Bb. Pilipinas 2018

Here is Sash Factor’s first Sashpicks for this 2018 Binibining Pilipinas season! These names are the ladies that gave us a good first impression during the final screening and numbering of the Bb. Pilipinas 2018 candidates. A number of stunners mixed with ladies with gret personality makes up our first list! Did your favorite make the cut?

Miss Universe Philippines – Catriona Gray
Bb. Pilipinas International- Eva Psychee Patalinjug
Bb. Pilipinas Supranational- Jehza Mae Huelar
Bb. Pilipinas Intercontinental- Karen Gallman
Bb. Pilipinas Grand International- Aya Abesamis
Bb. Pilipinas Globe – Vickie Rushton
1st Runner Up – Sandra Lemonon
2nd Runner Up – Sigrid Flores
9 Ana Patricia Asturias
10 Athisa Manalo
11 Muriel Orais
12 Anjame Magtibang
13 Michelle Gumabao
14 Sarah Joson
15 Juliana Kapuendl
16 Kayesha Chua

Vickie Marie Rushton: From PBB to BBP

Former Pinoy Big Brother housemate Vickie Marie Rushton is heading to another house, the Binibining Pilipinas house that is.

The former PBB housemate, Ang Probinsyano & La Luna Sangre actress, and former Mutya ng Pilipinas winner is now giving the Bb. Pilipinas pageant a try after almost a 5-year absence from pageantry. She was supposed to represent the Philippines in the Miss Intercontinental 2011 pageant in Alicante, Spain. However due to timing issues, another rep was handpicked to go. This nevertheless did not derail her from pursuing acting as she was later seen finishing 4th overall in Pinoy Big Brother: All In. Her hosting gigs and time in front of the camera surely has also added layers of experience  and confidence on the 5’6″ stunner.

The 25-year old mestiza looker have also shifted camps to Kagandahang Flores this year in the hopes of nailing a crown. She is at the right age to win any of the major titles up for grabs this year. Her face is one that the cameras would love and her showbiz stint in ABS-CBN surely has given her the advantage of being comfortable in front of an audience.
And if my gut feel is right, she might be one of the three possible main camp flagbearers, and rightfully so. I can’t wait to see what she has instore for us come competition proper…

January 15: Official Screening Day for Bb. Pilipinas 2018

Today is the Binibining Pilipinas 2018 screening and I am expecting a bumper crop of names to be revealed as official candidates. I am sure that today, the nerves is creeping in among the Binibini hopefuls and today is going to be a challenge on stamina for them.

So far these are the 25 names that I am looking forward to be named as possible official candidates in this year’s competition…
* Larissa Louise Alivio
* Ana Patricia Asturias
* Sofia Baino
* Wynonah Buot
* Samantha Bernardo
* Zara Carbonell
* Istie Cequeña
* Rose Flores
* Sigrid Grace Flores
* Karen Gallman
* Edjelyn Gamboa
* Michele Gumabao
* Catriona Elisa Gray
* Jehza Huelar
* Juliana Kapuendl
* Sandra Lemonon
* Ahtisa Manalo
* Marah Muñoz
* Murielle Orais
* Eva Psychee Patalinjug
* Perla Peabody
* Vickie Rushton
* Kimberle Pechon
* Ena Velasco
* Aya Verdadero-Abesamis ( I think she should use her mother’s maiden name for faster recall)
Hopefully it won’t be an overnight-er just like last year and that the girls would have enough rest and take in food in between. If there would be an interview during the screenings, then we might see this as a whole day event.

The Philippines’ Longest Streak in Miss Universe

2010-2017 has been longest streak of the Philippines in terms of placements in Miss Universe.

It started off with 4 successive runner up placements with Venus, Shamcey, Janine and Ariella. Then came the Miss Universe win of Pia and culminated with the top 10 placement of Rachel.  This is partly due to the support that the girls have received from the Binibining Pilipinas organization headed by Madame Stella Marquez-Araneta. 8 consecutive years of placements that is only seconded by the 4 successive placements of the Binibining Pilipinas Universe winners of 1972-75. SMA surely stands tall with how her ward has made the country proud.

2010 – Venus Raj, 4th runner up
2011 – Shamcey Supsup, 3rd runner up
2012 – Janine Tugonon, 1st runner up
2013 – Ariella Arida, 3rd runner up
2014 – Mary Jean Lastimosa, Top 10
2015 – Pia Wurtzbach, Miss Universe
2016 – Maxine Medina, Top 6
2017 – Rachel Peters, Top 10