Monday, April 15, 2013

Binibining Pilipinas 2013 Coronation Night Winners

Wazzup Pilipinas!

Congratulations to the five newest queens of the Binibining Pilipinas 2013 beauty pageant. You might have kept the world waiting for this day, but you five were definitely worth every second of the long yet thrilling wait.

The Binibining Pilipinas 2013 winners and recipients of special awards were finally named during the coronation night at the Smart Araneta Coliseum last Sunday, April 14, 2013.

This event was very special for the Binibining Pilipinas pageant as it celebrates 50 years of beauty this year. The pageant has been able to produce 2 Miss Universe winners (Gloria Diaz in 1969 and Margie Moran in 1973) and 3 Miss International Winners (Aurora Pijuan in 1970, Melanie Marquez in 1979, and Precious Lara Quigaman in 2005) since its humble yet elegant beginnings way back in 1964. 

Ariella Arida is the new MISS PHILIPPINES-UNIVERSE 2013.

The 24-year-old Chemistry graduate from UP Los BaƱos who hails from Laguna bested 49 other contestants. She also won the Best in Swimsuit.

Ariella impressed  judges during the Q & A portion with her answer when PNP Director General Gen. Allan Purisima asked her what lesson about life could a woman teach a man she answered:

"One lesson in life that women can teach men is being sensitive. Men are more logical when it comes to decisions. They're rational and straightforward. Unlike women, we use our hearts and we tend to get emotional when we make our decisions. Sensitivity is something that we women can teach to men."

It was her simple but solid answer that gave her the edge above the favored ones.

Bea Rose Santiago from Masbate was named Bb. Pilipinas-International, while Joanna Cindy Miranda of Nueva Ecijia was crowned Bb. Pilipinas-Tourism and Mutya Johanna Datul of Isabela was crowned Bb Pilipinas Supranational (also Best in Evening Gown). Cagayan de Oro’s Pia Wurtzbach was named first runner up.
 
The pageant also had a few successes at the Miss Universe Pageant over the last 3 years with Venus Raj placing 4th runner up in 2010, Shamcey Supsup as 3rd runner up in 2011, and Janine Tugonon as1st runner up in 2012.


Kapamilya artists Xian Lim, Sam Milby, Sam Concepcion, and Matteo Guidicelli serenaded the candidates during the evening gown competition with the Smokey Mountain hit “Kailan,” Ric Segreto’s “Don’t Know What To Do,” Ariel Rivera’s “Ikaw ang Tunay na Ligaya,” and Basil Valdez’ “You.”

The event was hosted by Martin Nievera and Dawn Zulueta with commentary from Venus Raj and Shamcey Supsup.

What was more interesting to watch and carefully listen to was the Question and Answer portion where such questions as "Is the best things in life really free?" from TV Talk Show host Boy Abunda, and "Do you think you can be a good Catholic if you support the RH Bill?" by former Miss Universe Gloria Diaz which was also considered as the hardest question of the night. Sagot ko dyan: your Morality should not test your Faith. Sabeeeeeh?! Try lang.

"What is that one habit you would break?" Is it me or was that answer about junk food just for jokes? My Answer: "Thank you for that mind blowing question. Because of that I consider my self as third runner up. Charot!" I hoped a judge asked, "Who's better? Kobe Bryant or LeBron James?" So we could have settled this once and for all....and who could forget the word "eradicate" ......and yes! "world peace" is not yet dead.

The Binibining Pilipinas Gold is memorable because of  Ms.Junkfood, Ms.Obama, Ms.Eradicate, & Ms.RH Bill.


A candid shot of Pia, Cindy, Ariella, Bea & Mutya onstage after win

The 5 Winners
  • Bb. Pilipinas Universe 41 Ariela Arrida
  • Bb. Pilipinas Tourism 16 Joanna Cindy Miranda
  • Bb. Pilipinas Supra National 39 Mutya Johanna Datul
  • Bb. Pilipinas International 20 Bea Rose Santiago
  • Bb. Pilipinas Runner Up 15 Pia Wurtzbach

All the candidates onstage w host, Martin Nievara, on the far left


Top 15 Finalist (in no order)

  • 4 Ariella Arida
  • 45 Imelda sweighart
  • 39 Mutya Datul
  • 34 Shan Apuad
  • 13 Charmaine Elima
  • 43 Rhea Nakpil
  • 46 Amanda Navasero
  • 22 Alore Punzalan
  • 20 Bea Santiago
  • 16 Cindy Miranda
  • 12 Camille Nazar
  • 31 Maa De Leon
  • 25 Mary Joyce Respicio
  • 15 Pia Worscback
  • 33 Parul Sha

Wide shot of the stage right after opening!

Special Awards:
  • Best in National Costume: Maria Teresita Alaine Baccay
  • Friendship: Lourenz Grace Remetillo
  • Talent: Anna Carmela Aquino
  • Best in Swimsuit: Ariella Arida
  • Miss Photogenic: Mutya Johanna Datul
  • Best in Long Gown: Mutya Johanna Datul
  • Bb. Petron: Joanna Cindy Miranda
  • Manila Bulletin Readers’ Choice: Ellore Noelle Punzalan
  • Cream Silk Beyond Beautiful Woman: Joanna Cindy Miranda
  • Bb. San Miguel Zero Fit and Sexy Body: Pia Wurtzbach
  • Bb. Avon: Bea Rose Santiago
  • Bb. Philippine Airlines: Nicole Kim Donesa
  • Bb. Pilipinas-PAGCOR: Imelda Schweighart
Judges:
  • James Younghusband
  • Boy Abunda
  • Gen. Alan Purisima
  • Macau businessman Louis Ng
  • ABS-CBN chairman Gabby Lopez
  • Miss Universe 1969 Gloria Diaz
  • Liliana Marquez Zawadsky
  • Hirofumi Hashimoto
  • Chilean Ambassador Roberto Mayorga
  • Italian Ambassador Massimo Roscigno
  • Chairman - Department of Energy Secretary Rene Almendras


The stage of the Binibining Pilipinas 2013, or what they are calling Gold because of it 50 years, at the Araneta Coliseum boasts of an elegant light-changing colors that went from gold to pink then blue.



The grand opening just ended, the procession of the past beauty queens, is something to watch out for, and the comeback of the Binibining Pilipinas Theme Song. Bringing in the past Queens gave the pageant depth and a feeling of royalty.



The evening gown competition is spectacular and colorful and quite mesmerizing.


Binibining Pilipinas 2013 winners at their mini press conference after coronation.

The event was totally jawdropping with fabulous evening gowns, sexy bodies in swim wear, and magnificent production numbers, plus stellar performances of our artists and smart and witty hosting of popular celebrities and beauty queens.  Just like how Venus Raj described the Tagalog equivalent of jawdropping, it was simply "Nga-nga!"

More pictures and stories soon.....tulog muna ako!

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