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…

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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

Binibining Pilipinas 2018: Another Year for Crossovers and Repeaters Plus Legacies!

While a number of pageant fans have decided that the pageant may not be exciting this year, I believe otherwise… and that the level of excitement is gonna reach peak within the next few weeks.

The Crossovers: Catriona Gray, Vicky Rushton & Eva Patalinjug…

2017 was the year of crossovers and repeaters with only 1 out of the 6 titleholders without prior pageant experience. But for this 2018, I am betting that the addition of two Bb. Pilipinas sorority legacies will be a shake up in the competition. For those not in the know “A sorority legacy is woman whose specified relative has been a member of the sorority in which the young lady desires membership“. Even if Michelle Dee isn’t part of the line up, at least two other girls are  BBP legacies: Aya Abesamis (daughter of former Bb. Pilipinas Universe 1984 and MU runner up Desire Verdadero) and Larissa Louise Alivio (niece to Bb. Pilipinas International 1992 Joanne Alivio). And I feel that these two could pull a number of “internal  strings” with their inside connections to get noticed by the powers at be. Bt they have to show up for it and perform.

Repeaters: Edjelyn Gamboa and Karen Gallman…

Let’s name some of the crossovers from other pageants: Catriona Gray, Sandra Lemonon, Mara Muñoz, Murielle Orais, Eva Psychee Patalinjug, Samantha Bernardo, Vicky Rushton, Ahtisa Manalo and Zara Carbonell. Repeaters on the otherhand included Jehza Huelar, Edjelyn Gamboa, Istie Cequeña, Kimberle Penchon and Karen Gallman. Call them the veterans of the game, these women are out for a kill and would make it tough to select what titles are to be won.

The “Legacies”: Larissa Louise Alivio & Ma. Andrea ‘Aya’ Verdadero-Abesamis…

So I am expecting that this is going to be an exciting edition. The batch seems to be filed with diamonds-in-the-rough that have lots of potentials to win internationally.

The Surprise Application of Catriona Gray

If there was a major surprise among the Binibining Pilipinas girls this year, that would be of Catriona Gray.

After rumors from sources close to her that she is decided to join the 2019 edition of Binibining Pilipinas, she was a real surprise at the application deadlines last January 8th in Cubao. The 5’10” Filipina-Australian beauty was a real head turner during the application. There was a major clamor by pageants fans for her to join this year and the pageant gods might have heard their prayers. The change of heart is very much welcome not only to fans but to pageant connoisseurs as well.
As early as January 6th, a number of pageant fans have messaged me on whether Catriona is submitting her application come deadline. This is a testament to her fan following.

The transformation of a queen…

Another major surprise is that this year, Catriona is going at it as an independent, much like Sirene Sutton who was also an independent last year . This is a very brave move on her part. And I am the more impressed because when she wins, she can claim it for herself and not because of any pageant camp. That move takes balls. Just for that she really deserves all the support she gets from the fans.
My gut tells me that she has something up her sleeves and we will all be awed as spectators of what she has planned. You just don’t jump into a pool of sharks without a gameplan. This may just be an exciting year for Binibining Pilipinas fans like me.

2,019 Shades of (Catriona) Gray?

A lot of pageant friends and acquaintances have been asking me the same questions: Is Catriona Gray joining Binibining Pilipinas 2018? Even when I was covering Miss Universe in Las Vegas, I still get that question by pageant fans… And I give them the same thing I have said over and over again:  I am not sure but perhaps in 2019.

I say that in hopeful longing because if she is indeed has plans, then we would have heard some news from her camp Aces & Queens about any murmurs of joining. From what I have heard in Las Vegas, the heads of the camp is trying to convince her to join Binibini but with not much updates if they were successful in doing so.
In fact, there is a prevalent rumor that she is about to switch camps to Kagandahang Flores. Not a bad move considering that among the Binibining Pilipinas queens of 2017, KF trained girls managed to snatch 1st runner up in Miss Globe, 2nd Runner up in Miss Grand International and a top 10 finalist in Miss Universe. This is in contrast to the top 10 finish of A&Q in Miss Supranational and a non-placement in Miss International (our bet in Miss Intercontinental is yet to compete come January due to postponement of the pageant). If indeed Catriona jumps ship, there wouldn’t be anything wrong with that as pageant girls have been noted to change camps every now and then.

And these would just be another rumor until Catriona would finally shut down speculations by a confirmation. She had the busiest reign as Miss World Philippines with public appearances left and right. She earned a break, both from her tirelessly working schedules and even from pageants. As fans, we should allow her that time to decongest. She is just 24 years old and she can always return to pageants and give Binibining Pilipinas a try when she’s 25. After all some of the oldest Miss Universe winners Pia Wurtzbach and Brooke Mahaelani Lee were 26 when they sought the title of Miss Universe.
For now, let’s just wait for her to be ready mentally and physically. Do you think I might get to talk to her and convince her to join in BBP2018? #HopeSpringsEternal… Who knows, if I get to chat with her again in the future I might be able to ask her to put the final nail to the question: 2018 or 2019?

Who is Afraid of Catriona Gray?

Who is Afraid of Catriona Gray? Well apparently everybody is. 

The latest behind-the-scenes photos of the campaign shoot for Jojo Bragais perfumes features Mister Philippines Man of the World and Miss World Philippines Catriona Gray. And guess what?
Catriona’s styling is so perfectly spot on! No wonder we are hearing insider buzz that if Catriona will enter her application to Binibining Pilipinas 2018, a number of returnees are re-thinking of joining in 2019 instead. Well, who wouldn’t blame them? It won’t be easy to knock down someone like Catriona. We have seen how diligent she is and how determined she is if she sets her eyes on something. However, if insider gossips are true that Catriona is indeed thinking of joining Binibining Pilipinas, albeit for 2019, then anyone thinking of joining should re-think their game strategy.

Catriona has the face, height and body, not to mention the fan-following to propel her towards Miss Universe. So you tell me, who shouldn’t afraid of Catriona Gray? 

Are You Ready for Another Bout of Mobstar Voting in Miss World?

Several days ago Miss World Philippines Laura Lehmann posted on the Miss World Philippines Facebook page that there will be a Mobstar voting for the Multimedia challenge. But what was unnerving to see is how Pinoy pageant fans have reacted to this news on the MWP Facebook page. And Filipino pageant fans didn’t hold back…

A huge number of Pinoys fans expressed their dislike of the Mobstar voting and have expressed that they would still support Laura but just not on Mobstar. Others expressed that Laura do better in other challenges as the Mobstar voting is a lost cause. None seem to want to download the app once again and swipe crazily like they did during Miss World 2016. Last year’s well organized Mobstar voting was a huge disappointment to Pinoy fans upon seeing Catriona Gray settle for  2nd place behind Mongolia for the Talent award. The Talent fasttrack was done thru Mobstar voting after a top 10 was selected by a preliminary judges. This supposedly last minute decision was a deviation from the usual judges who pick the winner for this fasttrack.

The Mobstar voting will be perhaps a major contributor to the Multimedia challenge and perhaps not on Facebook. As we all know China’s strict governmental controls on social media platforms has barred Facebook in its territory, hence it is very unlikely that Facebook would be part of the Multimedia challenge.