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.