BINIBINING PILIPINAS 2019: AT THE HOMESTRETCH (CONCLUSION)

BINIBINING 31:  SAN PABLO, LAGUNA – Danielle Dolk.  Her features are what I would classify as unconventionally beautiful.  It’s interesting to see her fair complexion in contrast to her very native features.  But I don’t know if that’s the sort of exoticism that would appeal to international tastes.  U – 7; I – 6; S – 7; IC – 7; GI – 7; G – 7.

BINIBINING 32:  TARLAC – Mary Faye Murphy.  She’s a polished mestiza type who proves to be a strong communicator as exhibited in her free speak on “cursing” where she covered contexts on when this could be allowed (generally based on intention and the company you keep).  Looks like a possible inside track to the Top 15 and beyond.  U – 8.5; I – 8.5; S – 8;  IC – 8.5; GI – 8.5; G – 8.5.

BINIBINING 33:  PUERTO PRINCESA – Jessarie Dumaguing.  She reminds me of PASIG (Aya Abesamis), but with rising buzz as besides striking a charismatic vibe with her Asian features, she proves to be well-spoken and nearly eloquent that many are buzzing she can make a play for the winners’ circle.  U – 9; I – 8; S – 9; IC – 9; GI – 8.5; G – 9.

BINIBINING 34:  BATANGAS – Alanis Binoya.  She has highly appealing native features, but would her looks be enough for her to advance as she was a bit disorganized in the free speak round.  U – 7; I – 7; S – 8; IC – 8; GI – 7.5; G – 8.

BINIBINING 35:  LA UNION – Kimberle Mae Penchon.  Yes, she made the Top 15 three years ago but judging from her free speak and overall impression it’s going to be an uphill battle for her to equal that feat.  U – 7.5; I – 7; S – 7.5; IC – 7.5; GI – 7.5; G – 7.5.

BINIBINING 36:  LIBON, ALBAY – Francia Layderos.  Like BATANGAS she has that strong native appeal.  Now, I’m torn by her off-tangent take on the topic “End Times” as she associated it with a moment where one has to make a stand on something like in a situation of sexual “harashment [sic[“, nothing at all associated with the Apocalypse.  I don’t know if it’s her lack of comprehension of what “end times” actually meant hence we have such a bizarre, off-tangent answer.  There might be some judges who might let her get away with it, but I won’t.  U – 7.5; I – 7.5; S – 8.5; IC – 8; GI – 7.5; G – 8.

BINIBINING 37:  CAVITE – Samantha Poblete.  She’s proven to be a solid contender, so even if she is not highly buzzed, a Top 25 finish remains conceivable.  U – 7.5; I – 7; S – 7; IC – 7.5; GI – 7; G – 7.

BINIBINING 38:  NEGROS OCCIDENTAL – Vickie Marie Rushton.  She was 1st runner-up last year, and now she’s making a play for one of the titles, and based on special awards received, she seems on-track to garner one of them.  Though I was more impressed with CATANDUANES’ take on “Darna”, Vickie also delivered a well-composed take on the topic.  U – 9; I – 9; S – 9; IC – 9; GI – 9; G – 9.

BINIBINING 39:  CARAGA – Dia Nicole Magno.  For me, she’s the winner of this year’s “BB Sweepstakes”.  But besides those very prominent assets, she’s otherwise raw and in the distant likelihood that she gets sent to Miss Grand International, she’ll get a severe tongue lashing from Nawat.  U – 6; I – 6; S – 6.5; IC – 6.5; GI – 5.5; G – 6.5.

BINIBINING 40:  CALOOCAN CITY – Joanna Tolledo.  She has appealing native features and is a great representative for the duskier set. She’s also a solid communicator so it looks like she can make a serious play for the Top 25 and possibly even beyond.  U – 8; I – 7.5; S – 8.5; IC – 8.5; GI – 7.5; G – 8.5.

Now that I have assessed the 40 candidates, here is my “Fearful” Forecast:

TOP THREE:  17 (BATAAN), 26 (PAMPANGA), 38 (NEGROS OCCIDENTAL),

TOP SIX: 12 (TALISAY, CEBU), 14 (LAGUNA), 27 (PALAWAN),

RUNNERS-UP:  25 (CEBU), 30 (MAGUINDANAO)

TOP 15:   7 (RIZAL), 13 (PASIG), 18 (MASBATE), 19 (MANDAUE), 20 (DARAGA, ALBAY), 32 (TARLAC), 33 (PUERTO PRINCESA)

TOP 25:  1 (MALABON), 3 (MUNTINLUPA), 10 (MARIKINA), 15 (SORSOGON), 16 (CATANDUANES), 22 (ZAMBOANGA), 23 (QUEZON CITY), 28 (BULACAN), 29 (BACOLOD), 40 (CALOOCAN)

BUBBLING UNDER:  2 (PANGASINAN), 4 (ZAMBOANGA SIBUGAY), 35 (LA UNION), 36 (LIBON, ALBAY), 37 (CAVITE)

It’s actually a tough call on who will clinch the winners’ circle.  It’s going to be a tall order for whoever would clinch the titles so all of them I would say, Best of Luck!

JUST ME!

JOSEPH

BINIBINING PILIPINAS 2019: AT THE HOMESTRETCH (PART 3)

BINIBINING 21:  ISABELA – Pauline Anne Cordero Barker.  Her only main advantage is her height, as she’s the tallest of this year’s batch at 6’0″.  Otherwise, her facial features are of an angular sort, and she was a hot mess in the free speak round when discussing water shortage–what does her “clean water” advocacy have to do with addressing water shortage?  She unfortunately was unable to organize her thoughts to relate them.  U – 6.5; I – 6.5; S – 6; IC – 7; GI – 7; G – 6.5.

BINIBINING 22:  ZAMBOANGA – April Short.  Despite her surname, she’s one of the tallest candidates at 5’11”.  She has good looks and a polished presence, but she didn’t nail her free speak on “Press Freedom” as she wasn’t able to connect the concept of free expression with press freedom.  U – 8; I – 8; S – 9; IC – 8.5; GI – 8; G – 9.

BINIBINING 23:  QUEZON CITY – Larah Grace Lacap.  She previously made the Top 15 two years ago in this pageant, along with a 2nd runner-up finish at Mutya ng Pilipinas seven years ago.  Repeating her previous showing in this pageant is far from assured but she’s a solid performer who at least is a Top 25 shoo-in.  U – 7.5; I – 7.5; S – 7.5; IC – 8; GI – 8; G – 7.5.

BINIBINING 24:  ILOCOS SUR – Jean Nicole Guerrero.  Sure, she has good English diction, but that still does not excuse her for her disastrous free speak segment, where she attempted to associate the battle between “Couture vs RTW” with environmental issues.  She’s obviously raw, so prospects for her making the Top 25 is distant.  U – 6; I – 6; S – 7; IC – 6.5; GI – 6; G – 7.

BINIBINING 25:  CEBU – Samantha Lo.  Many are buzzing that she could be one of the possible title usurpers as even if others exude more charisma, she can keep up with the best of them, and is reportedly aces in interview, as displayed with her well-composed free speak on the topic of “social media”.  U – 9.5; I – 9.5; S – 9; IC – 9; GI – 9.5; G – 9.

BINIBINING 26:  PAMPANGA – Emma Mary Tiglao.  She reminds me a lot of Bb. Pilipinas – World 2009 Marie Ann Umali especially with her highly prized mestiza features that are highly prized in these circles.  She seems poised to improve on her Top 15 showing in this pageant five years ago as she can make for a play in the winners’ circle.  U – 9; I – 9.5; S – 9; IC – 9.5; GI – 9.5; G – 9.

BINIBINING 27:  PALAWAN – Samantha Mae Bernardo.  She made the winners’ circle last year placing 2nd runner-up.  Can she clinch a title this time?  I’m not that crazy about her looks though I respect her very polished presence.  It’s also interesting how she tackled the topic of “political dynasty” in the free speech round as she took a pro stance on this–in her province’s case, the province as a whole benefited from a dynasty running their province hence you understand her stance.  It does make her intriguing and interesting.  U – 9; I – 9; S – 8.5; IC – 9; GI – 9; G – 9.

BINIBINING 28:  BULACAN – Rubee Marie Faustino.  She’s a good-looking girl-next-door type who can make a play for the Top 15.  U – 8; i – 8; S – 8; IC – 8; GI – 8; G – 8.

BINIBINING 29:  BACOLOD CITY – Cassandra Chan.  Being shortlisted in National Costume and her strong communication skills (as exhibited on how she was able to fluidly associate the term “photoshop” with women’s self-image and self-esteem) seems to indicate she can make a serious play for the Top 15.  Her very Chinese features are not really my cup of tea, but I respect that she’s a strong contender.  U – 8.5; I – 8; S – 8; IC – 8; GI – 8.5; G – 8.

BINIBINING 30:  MAGUINDANAO – Resham Saeed.  She wasn’t one of the big favorites in the early goings of this pageant, but buzz seems to be rising about her, especially since she’s shortlisted in National Costume and the strong impression she made in the free speak round when she expounded on “moving on” and talked about timing and how to accept when things don’t go your way.  There are angles about her that stun me and she casts this exotic spell, and as long as she works those angles, I feel she can make a play for the winners’ circle.  U – 9; I – 9; S – 9; IC – 9.5; GI – 9; G – 9.5.

COMING UP:  BINIBINIS 31 TO 40 plus the “FEARFUL” FORECAST

 

BINIBINING PILIPINAS 2019: AT THE HOMESTRETCH (PART 2)

BINIBINING 11:  POLANGUI, ALBAY – Sherry Ann Tormes.  Here’s another one who placed in the Top 25 last year.  However, she doesn’t seem to be styled right as all I could notice is her nose.  Her prospects of improving last year’s showing would depend on the right styling.  U – 7.5; I – 7; S – 7; IC – 7; GI – 7; G – 7.5

BINIBINING 12:  TALISAY, CEBU – Gazini Granados.  She’s one of the buzzed about favorites to make the winners’ circle, if not be a title holder.  She does seem to have strong qualities, especially how she was able to effectlvely deflect the politically-charged phrase “moving on” into a context that is more general and personal at the same time.  She looks like a Top 15 shoo-in, at the very least.  U – 8.5; I – 8.5; S – 8; IC – 8.5; GI – 8.5; G – 8.5.

BINIBINING 13:  PASIG CITY – Maria Andrea “Aya” Abesamis.  Yes, she has pedigree as she’s the daughter of Miss Universe 1984 3rd runner-up Desiree Verdadero.  But even now, it’s obvious communication skills are not her strongest suit, so making a play for the Miss Universe title seems a pipe dream.  She finished in the Top 15 last year, and at least she seems a shoo-in to finish at that level.  But making beyond that remains a big question.  U – 8.5; I – 8.5; S – 9; IC – 9; GI – 8.5; G – 9.

BINIBINING 14:  LAGUNA – Leren Mae Bautista.  Back in 2015, she got one of the top titles in Mutya ng Pilipinas and won the Malaysian-based Tourism Queen of the Year International.  With that achievement already in her belt, could she make a play for one of the titles, if not the plum one?  Yes it is possible, and I respect she expressed herself well when tacking the “Build, Build, Build” topic in the free speak round–but I object that her points are actually the opposite of what is actually going on as the projects are reportedly benefitting the Chinese people and not the Filipinos.  U – 9; I – 9; S – 9; IC – 9; GI – 9; G – 9.

BINIBINING 15:  SORSOGON – Maria Isabela Galeria.  She’s generally a solid contender in all aspects, and can make a serious play for the Top 15.  U – 8.5; I – 8.5; S – 8.5; IC – 8.5; GI – 8.5; G – 9.

BINIBINING 16:  CATANDUANES – Denise Omorog.  Her features are very much the native sort, and for most pageant fans and pundits, she’s not treated as a serious contender.  However, she is one of the big standouts in the free speak round, in my opinion, with her impressively focused take on the subject “Darna”.  Now, like NEGROS ORIENTAL, will her strong interview skills be enough for her to make a play for the Top 25 and beyond?  U – 7.5; I – 6; S – 7; IC – 7; GI – 6.5; G – 7.

BINIBINING 17:  BATAAN – Bea Patricia Magtanong.  She’s garnering buzz as one of the most likely to clinch the Miss Universe Philippines title, as she exudes abundant polish and charisma in her appearances.  She is also well-spoken, even if there are more impressive speakers out there.  She seems to be one of the most “complete packages” in this year’s batch thus far.  U – 9.5; I – 9.5; S – 9.5; IC – 9.5; GI – 9.5; G – 10.

BINIBINING 18:  MASBATE – Hannah Arnold.  With her height and half-Australian heritage, many (including myself) presumed she could become Catriona’s successor to represent us at Miss Universe.  But her luster dimmed a bit and the free speak round created a “pageant patty” impression of her as her answer is a tad too generic.  Still, a play for one of the titles remain in sight.  U – 9; I – 9.5; S – 9.5; IC – 9.5; GI – 9.5; G – 9.

BINIBINING 19:  MANDAUE:  Ilene De Vera.  Like LAGUNA, her winning a title at Mutya ng Pilipinas helped her notch a strong showing in an international pageant–in this case, 4th runner-up at Miss Asia Pacific International 2017.  She didn’t quite nail her free speak segment but I agree with her stance of being against political dynasties–she just need to organize her thoughts better.  I still see her as a Top 15 shoo-in with a possible play for the winners’ circle.  U – 9; I – 9; S – 9.5; IC – 9; GI – 9; G – 9.

BINIBINING 20:  LEGAZPI CITY – Julia Saubier.  She’s not one of the prettiest in this batch, but she is one of the tallest candidates at 5’11”, and she gave an impressive message in the free speak round when she associated “Keto Diet” with self-esteem and that we should not focus on what we weigh but on how healthy we feel overall.  U – 8.5; I – 8; S – 8; IC – 8; GI – 8.5; G – 8.

COMING UP:  BINIBINIS 21-30