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.
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.
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.
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.
In the risk that this might look like an infomercial/ plug for the country’s flag carrier, I had a great time flying the Jakarta-Manila route with two Binibining Pilipinas alums. It was en route to Manila for the start of the Miss Universe pageant and I did not expect that my flight will be in line with the most beautiful event in Manila.
Being a PAL Mabuhay Miles member, I get the perks of always boarding the plane ahead of other passengers… a convenience that I truly enjoy with our flag carrier. Boarding the PR 536 flight bound for Manila last January 8, I was surprised to find that Binibining Pilipinas 2016 semifinalist Edjelyn Gamboa was one of the lovely crew on board. The pretty flight attendant hasn’t lost her stately posture and aura. And I had to do a double take when I first saw her inside the plane, that was because she has one of those warm friendly faces. Then when it was my time going back to Jakarta last January 16th, I was even more surprised to find another BBP2015 alum on board PR539. Jessica Gonzales, the statuesque (even on flats) lass was much more beautiful in person and very amiable. She was as striking as she was when she competed last year and also informed me that Ria Rabajante and Gail Ventic, her fellow batchmates, were also with Philippine Airlines. This begs the question, what is it with PAL that our beauty queens seem to want working with this company? All I know is that we have an over abundance of lovely ladies on board our flag carrier.
Who should I meet next time I fly PAL? Will I be meeting Ria Rabajante and Gail Ventic next? Or perhaps Dindi Pajares will be my FA in my next travel? How about Charmaine Elima? Who knows. With Philippine Airlines, I can’t wait to be surprised!