BINIBINING 11 – Laura Victoria Lehmann. During the primer Road to the Crown, she is the one who made the biggest impression with her excellent combination of classic beauty and superb communication skills. She could become a possible usurper for a title over several perceived favorites. U – 9; I – 10; TQI – 9; S – 9; IC – 9
BINIBINING 12 – Sarah Jireh Asido. To be blunt, looking at her photos made me think that she’s the weakest link in this group. But her native features register better on TV and I could understand how she made this cut. But still, making the 40 is achievement enough for this lady. U – 6.5; I – 6; TQI – 6; S – 7; IC – 7.
BINIBINING 13 – Kris Tiffany Janson. This lady is garnering major buzz as a front-runner, and she has sealed her status after the Road to the Crown TV special as she was declared winner of the National Costume competition, with her exquisitely dreamy white terno. She does have the native features that tend to do well in Miss Universe, and be better appreciated in European-run-or-staged pageants like Intercontinental and Supranational, and she does prove to deliver the goods onstage. She looks to be on-track of garnering a title–whether she’ll get the one most highly coveted is the big question. U – 10; I – 9.5; TQI – 9; S – 10; IC – 10
BINIBINING 14 – Emma Mary Tiglao. This former Mutya ng Pilipinas 2012 1st runner-up is generating relatively muted buzz, but she does possess the qualities worthy of making the final cut. U -8.5, I – 8.5; TQI – 8; S – 8.5; IC – 8.5.
BINIBINING 15 – Kimverlyn Suiza. She was Miss Earth-Air last year She looks like also another contender for the semifinals in this pageant, though I don’t envision her nailing a title — I have a key issue about her narrow shoulders. Other than that quibble, she has proven to be worthy of a semifinalist slot. U – 8; I – 8.5; TQI – 8; S – 8; IC – 8
BINIBINING 16 – Zahara Mae Soriano. In a less competitive year, this two-time competitor at Miss Resorts World Philippines (semifinalist in 2012, failed to make the cut in 2013) would’ve made more serious inroads into the semifinals. But with this group, simply making the 40 candidates is achievement enough. U – 7; I – 7; TQI – 7; S – 7; IC – 7
BINIBINING 17 – Diana Arevalo. She is a three-peater in this pageant, having competed in 2009 and 2011, in both cases being well regarded and making the semifinals. It would be nice to see her finally clinch a crown, but again, the issue is this is a highly competitive group and there are bigger standouts who currently seem to have the upper hand. Still, do not count her out. U – 9; l – 9; TQI – 9; S – 9.5; IC – 9.5/
BINIBINING 18 – Ellore Noelle Punzalan. She surprised me by making the cut last year, and I realize I should not discount her personality as this was her ticket to making it last year, and she can use that again to make the final cut again. But definitely she is not on track of garnering any of the big titles up for grabs. U – 7.5; I – 7; TQI – 7; S – 7.5; IC – 7.5
BINIBINING 19 – Mae Liezel Ramos. This Bicolana is generally a polished contender, strong in all the aspects you expect from a pageant candidate. A semifinalist showing for her is in the realm of possibility. U – 8; I – 7.5; TQI – 7.5; S – 8; IC – 8
BINIBINING 20 – Kenneth Santiago. This lady with a boy’s name is best known for her entrepreneurial spirit, as she runs a business designing shoes. Her beauty is not of the conventional sort, but with her 5’11” height and trim figure, she does make a strong enough impression. U – 7; I – 7; TQI – 7; S – 7.5; IC – 7.5
COMING UP: BINIBINING 21-30