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…

Demi-Leigh Says “For Me, It has Always been Miss Universe”

It has always been Miss Universe for Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters… at least that is what she revealed post Miss Universe crowning.

South Africa is one of the countries that has always sent its main winner to both Miss Universe and Miss World competitions. Most often than not, they would compete in Miss World first before thinking of competing in Miss Universe. But when the pageant dates overlap, the winner usually gets to decide which pageant she would prefer to compete in.
In the case of Demi-Leigh, she revealed that it has always been Miss Universe for her. When MW President Julia Morley and the 2016 MW winners visited South Africa, fans thought that Demi might be competing in MW. Most pageant fans would have wanted her to compete in MU and that she would perhaps be wasted in MW (who traditionally prefers taller women). Then came the reveal that Demi would be competing in Miss Universe. Her decision led her to winning the title in Las Vegas last November 26th. A good decision since even her Miss South Africa runner up Ade van Heerden also gets to compete in Miss World. Ade landed among the top 10 of MW last year.


Pitoy Moreno: Farewell to a Binibining Pilipinas Stalwart

Sad news upon receiving the passing of Binibining Pilipinas stalwart and Fashion Czar of Asia, Jose “Pitoy” Moreno. He was 87 years old.

In memory and in salute to his contributions to Philippine pageantry, this post is a photo-collage of his works during his stint at Bb. Pilipinas.

This gown was the gown worn by Binibining Pilipinas Universe Charlene Gonzales during the Bb. Pilipinas 1994 pageant held in November 1993. The national pageant was moved earlier due to preparations for the 1994 Miss Universe pageant. The gown was later worn by Karylle during the Metro Society Tribute show for Pitoy.
Pitoy dressed up Bb. Pilipinas Universe 1993 Melinda “Dindi” Gallardo both in Binibining Pilipinas and in Miss Universe. He later revealed in a 1994 article with Inquirer that Dindi “had no business loosing in Miss Universe” that year… Dindi was a favorite in Mexico as she was seen at the front of the stage during the opening. In the 90’s most of the crown favorites and MU favorites were placed at the front of the stage.
In 2013, during the 50th Anniversary of the pageant, the #BinibiniGold candidates were dressed up in creations of the Fashion Czar during the annual Jag Fashion Show. It was said that this was the time when pageant fans noticed SMA clapping for Ariella Arida who was later to win Miss Universe Philippines.
During the Alfreado Barraza years of BPCI (circa 1999-2014) only in 2012 did we see Pitoy Moreno’s creation as a national costume in Miss Universe.  Note that the crown worn by Janine would later be used as the Bb. Pilipinas Supranational crown. Way before Barraza up until the mid 90’s, most of the Philippine reps to Miss Universe wore national costumes by the Fashion Czar of Asia.
This costume is a mix of Maranao influences with a malong ornately decorated in chinoiserie embroidery (made famous worldwide through the Manton de Manila). Not known to many, aside from Miss Universe Margie Moran (who worn this for a Philippine Tatler spread), the gown part was previously worn by Jeanette Fernando in Bb. Pilipinas 1993 and Kristine Florendo in 1997.
One of the most iconic costumes ever designed by Pitoy Moreno is this Manobo and T’boli inspired costume. Worn by Bb. Pilipinas 1st runner up Ali Forbes at the Binibini Gold fashion show, this was also paraded in a tribute show to Pitoy several months before. This iconic pageant national costume worn by Charlene Gonzales in Miss Universe 1994 is the only Philippine costume to win the Best in National Costume award in MU.


#MANicMondays: Male Pageant Titleholders of 2017

There was an overabundance of male pageant competitions last year. And we couldn’t keep up with all of them. Nevertheless, we list down the 2017 winners of male international pageants…

Man of the World – Mustafa Galal Elezali, Egypt
Man of the Year – Parinya Yaochueang, Thailand
Manhunt International – Truong Ngoc Tinh, Vietnam
Men Universe Model – Kevin Montes, Puerto Rico
Mister Gay World – John Raspado, Philippines (it is worthy addition to add the only big name male pageant for gays into the list in recognition of the LGBTQ community)
Mister Global – Pedro Gicca, Brazil

Mister Grand International – Michael Angelo Skyllas, Australia
Mister International – Paul Iskandar, Lebanon (the 2016 pageant was moved due to the demise of the King of Thailand where the pageant was supposed to be held. Hence, Paul is considered here as the 2017 titleholder as well)
Mister National Universe – Pankaj Ahlawat, India
Mister Supranational – Gabriel Correa, Venezuela
Mister Tourism World – Joshua Lennet, Borneo
Mister Universal Ambassador – Luong Gia Huy, Vietnam
Mister World – Rohit Khandelwal, India (since the pageant is held every other year, Rohit is considered winner for 2016-2017)

This 2017 no contests were held for Mister Tourism International, Mister United Continents and Mister Model International. The Mister United Continents pageant is to be held in January of 2018 and Mister Model International will be held in Miami, Florida on March 10th 2018.

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