BINIBINING PILIPINAS 2016: AT THE HOMESTRETCH (PART 3)

BINIBINING 21 – Jessica Gonzales.  She’s generally a solid contender but not generating that much buzz.  She could be considered an underrated contender.  U – 8; I – U; S – 8; IC – 8; GI – 8; G – 8

BB 21

BB21

BINIBINING 22 – Apriel Smith.  This dark-complexioned Cebuana has been making a major splash, that she can be that unconventional spoiler choice for one of the titles.  If Japan can send an Ariana Miyamoto to Miss Universe, why not this lady?  U – 9; I – 7.5; S – 8.5; IC – 8.5; GI – 8; G – 8.5

BB 22

BB22

BINIBINING 23 – Angela Gene Valdez.  She is reportedly not affiliated with any beauty camp but she is making a solid impression on her own.  With the current framework, it may seem the odds are stacked against her, but given a fair shake she deserves to make serious inroads.  U – 8.5; I – 8; S – 8; IC – 8; GI – 8; G – 8.5

BB 23

BB23

BINIBINING 24 – Niza Sabrina Sophia Limjap.  Her standout quality is her singing voice, as she is the strongest singer in this group, and is most likely to win Miss Talent this Sunday.  Everything else?  Not enough to make the final cut.  If she wants to, she may want to try out for Miss World Philippines as the corresponding international pageant do make room to allow her special talent to make inroads, but the thing is Miss World Philippines does not really employ the same selection process/criteria as the main pageant.  U – 5.5; I – 5; S – 5; IC – 5.5; GI – 5; G – 5.5

BB 24

BB24

BINIBINING 25 – Anjelica Lopez.  She is a semifinalist possibility for the more “native” contingent.  She is a sleeper possibility for the finals.  Interestingly she made the Top 13 of Miss World Philippines 2013, and following her is another batchmate from that pageant who also had the same showing as her…  U – 8.5; I – 7.5; S – 8.5; IC – 8.5; GI – 8; G – 8.5

BB 25

BB25

BINIBINING 26 – Jennifer Hammond.  She has a cosmopolitan vibe and strong communications skills that could help her make the final cut in this pageant.  She looks like she has an inside track into the Top 15, but I don’t think her vibe would translate well in the international arena.  U – 7.5; I – 8; S – 7.5; IC – 7.5; GI – 7.5; G – 7.5

BB 26

BB26

BINIBINING 27 – Dindi Joy Pajares.  Facewise, she’s not conventionally pretty, but she has a couple of major aces–her buffed figure and superb stage projection skills.  She looks like a shoo-in to win the Best in Swimsuit award as pageant fans and pundits have been raving about her figure and proportions, and she can win the judges over with her strong projections skills. Can she end up with a title?  U – 9; I – 8; S – 8.5; IC – 9; G – 8.5; G – 9

BB 27

BB27

BINIBINING 28 – Nichole Marie Manalo.  We have to give her credit that she improved considerably from her previous outing two years ago.  And with her pedigree, there is heavy talk she would be guaranteed one of the titles.  However, she is of maximum age, and she is only qualified for Miss Universe and Miss Intercontinental.  Does she have the qualities to be a great follow-up to Pia Wurtzbach?  To be blunt, most pundits (including myself) feel that if she was chosen for Universe, she is only in the same caliber as her sister Bianca when she competed seven years ago.  But then, some would argue that she might enjoy some concessions especially with our recent track record (culminating with last year’s win) that she might end up sustaining our streak, especially if rumors are true that we are going to be the host country for this year’s pageant.  We’ll see how it all plays out on Sunday.  U – 8.5; IC – 9

BB 28

BB28

BINIBINING 29 – Maria Mika Maxine Medina.  With Kim Ross’s disqualification, this lady rose up the ranks as the big favorite.  She definitely seems to have all bases covered and looks to be a titleholder shoo-in.  Many pageant fans and pundits are hoping she’ll win the Miss Universe Philippines title on Sunday.  Will that be realized?  U – 10; I – 10; S – 9.5; IC – 9.5; GI – 10; G – 9.5

BB 29

BB29

BINIBINING 30 – Crescent Anne Samaco.  Her key strengths are her intelligence and communication skills. She also has a trim enough figure and adequate presence, but facewise she’s not a standout.  U – 7; I – 6.5; S – 6.5; IC – 6.5; GI – 7; G – 6.5

BB 30

BB30

COMING UP:  BINIBINING 30-40 plus the “FEARFUL” FORECAST

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