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.



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