Well, after more than 2 months of following, watching and observing all the candidates of Binibining Pilipinas 2017 we finally reach the part where we can separate the basic girls from the fierce crown worthy queens!.
Like what I said before, this batch is one of the best because of the quality of girls competing this year. Kudos to the Binibining Pilipinas organization and to Madam Stella Araneta for screening properly all the applicants this year. With that I can safely say that 2017 will be another great year for the Philippines in the world of pageantry.
Narrowing the candidates in 15 is hard already because of the quality of contestants we have this year what more selecting the 6 ladies who will represent our country is even more difficult, it’s giving me a headache actually. Good thing I have a score sheet from the start of the competition so I’m using that as my guide. With rumors as well that this year’s competition will be patterned more on the Miss Universe pageant where they’re looking for a winner who is not just beautiful but can express her thoughts confidently in front of everybody. In short, they’re giving more weight to the Q&A portion. That would be my main consideration for my final hot picks.
First, lets begin with the ladies who I think might penetrate into the Top 15 and would love to see them part of it, but because of the fierce competition they weren’t able to penetrate on my list. Im talking about #Binibini18 Nelda Ibe, #Binibini21 Jamaica Ambal, #Binibini20 Christagale Borja, #Binibini9 Vanessa Saliba, #Binibini34 Gabriela Ortega, #Binibini36 Gillian Colcol.
#Binibini18 Nelda Ibe. At first Nelda was not really getting my attention. She’s not really standing out until this past few weeks. I’ve been getting that Lara Quigaman vibe on her lately. I would love to see her compete again next year. Highest placement would be Top 15 but if lady luck will be on her side ill be happy to see her placing 2nd Runner Up.
#Binibini21 Jamaica Ambal. You will definitely notice her because she’s one of the tallest candidates this year. Aside from that Jamaica has this dusky and exotic beauty that I love. The girl is smart as well. My impression on her changed when I saw how she delivered her answer during the Q&A portion on The Road to the Crown special. Highest Placement: Top 15.
#Binibini20 Christagale Borja. One of the tallest girl and one of the best body in the competition. Christagalel is a confident lady and you would notice that on the way she present herself. Highest Placement: Top 15
#Binibini9 Vanessa Saliba. I find her as a sweet and “kikay” kind of girl which is very likable. Beautiful face also. Her communication skills are good also. Highest Placement: Top 15.
#Binibini34 Gabriela Ortega. Another smart lady. She has a Masters Degree in Architecture in one of the Universities in Spain and a European Licensed Architect. Love her accent too. Highest Placement: Top 15.
#Binibini36 Gillian Colcol. Though Gillian is a replacement and came to the competition late, but she made sure her presence will be noticed and it did. She’s one of the Top 10 Finalists for Best in National Costume. Love her very Pinay kind of beauty. Highest Placement: Top 15.
The next ladies are part of my official list for the Top 15. They are #Binibini28 Juliana Kapeundl, #Binibini8 Leitz Camyll Ang, #Binibini39 Elizabeth Durado Clenci, #Binibini30 Mae Liezel Ramos
#Binibini28 Juliana Kapeundl. At first I was like yeah, she’s beautiful and that’s it. But as the competition progresses, I appreciate her beauty more. This Fil-Austrian is more than just a pretty face. She can express her thoughts well. I wanted Julianne to get one of the crowns this year, but I have a strong feeling that it’s not her time yet. I wanted her to join next year. She’s a rough diamond that needs to be polish. Highest Placement: 1st Runner Up.
#Binibini8 Leitz Camyll Ang. I’m getting a Nicole Cordoves vibe on her. Not just in the physical aspect, but with her personality and wit as well. Leitz might pull a surprise this coming April 30. Highest Placement: 2nd Runner Up.
#Binibini39 Elizabeth Durado Clenci. This is her 2nd time joining Binibining Pilipinas (first in 2011) and I love how she transformed into a better version of herself. As much as I wanted her to bag one of the crowns this year I have a feeling that the highest placement she could get is 1st Runner Up.
#Binibini30 Mae Liezel Ramos. Another re-entry candidate is Liezel. This is her 3rd try already and she’s more polished and relax now. But with how fierce the competition this year is I’m afraid she might not get one of the crowns. Highest Placement: 1st Runner Up.
Moving up with my Hot Picks, these sets of girls are crown worthy candidates that I would be happy seeing them wearing one of the crowns comes the coronation night on Sunday. If there’s 11 crowns at stake all of them will get one.
#Binibini26 Ruffa Nava. This Ilonnga reminds me of Venus Raj, both have this striking beauty which is definitely an edge for you to stand out. Good and inspiring background story. Ruffa is a bread winner of her family. Her waterloo is her communication skills, but as what I have seen on The Road to the Crown special she improved a lot. Highest Placement: Binibining Pilipinas Globe.
#Binibini12 Angelique Celine De Leon. Another candidate joining the competition for her third try. This time Angelique came back strong, she’s more polished now. A candidate with full of personality. She’s the type of candidate that you want to be friend with. Very likable and witty. Another edge of this lady is her pasarela. Highest Placement: Binibining Pilipinas Supranational.
#Binibini22 Chanel Olive Thomas. Chanel without a doubt is a crown contender this year. A good speaker and her catwalk are impressive as well. I love her charming personality too. I can see her a contender for the Binibining Pilipinas Intercontinental title.
#Binibini31 Katarina Rodriguez. If you’re not impressed on how she answered the Q&A during The Road to the Crown Special then there’s something wrong with you. It’s one of the best. With her beautiful face, I won’t be surprised if she won the special award Face of Binibini or more known as Miss Photogenic this year. The type of beauty which I believe the Japanese would love. Highest Placement: Binibining Pilipinas International or Binibining Pilipinas Intercontinental.
#Binibini2 Arienne Louise Calingo. This girl can speak 6 different languages fluently. Arabic, Egyptian, Spanish, Thai, English and Filipino. She’s not just smart and beautiful, she’s talented also. She can sing, play the violin and a ballet dancer. Impressive, right?. She’s definitely a dark horse of the competition. Highest Placement: Binibining Pilipinas Grand International
#Binibini10 Jehza Huelar. Finishing last year as a 2nd Runner Up and now I strongly believe that Jehza deserves a crown on her head. From her well proportion and gorgeous body, to the way how she speaks and present herself, her transformation was amazing. With that being said I believe the best title suited for her is the Binibining Pilipinas Globe
#Binibini24 Dindi Joy Pajares. From all the re-entry candidate this year the “Gigil Factor” to get a crown goes to Dindi and I love that attitude from her. To be honest Dindi deserved a crown last year. She’s the Pia Wurtzbach of 2014 but I believe that everything happens for a reason. With her “Eyes on the Prize” and the competitiveness kind of attitude she’s the perfect girl to be sent and get our first Intercontinental crown, that’s right she’s my top choice for the Binibining Pilipinas Intercontinental title.
#Binibini13 Sirene Sutton. Her decision to go independent despite of getting offers from different pageant camps is admirable. There is no doubt Sirene is a strong contender and I don’t mind seeing her getting the most coveted crown this year, the Binibining Pilipinas Universe title. She has all the qualifications to get that title. She’s beautiful, a model which comes naturally for her to have an impressive walk and can pull off great photos. Aside from that she can express her thoughts well. Given the numbers of “front runners” this year and how tough the competition is I’m placing her to the Binibining Pilipinas Grand International title. With all that qualities mentioned above, Nawat would definitely love her and finally give the Philippines its first Grand International crown.
#Binibini19 Rachel Peters. To be honest, Rachel is my second top choice to get the Binibining Pilipinas Universe title and I would be very happy to see her wear that crown on the coronation night. If we are still in the Trump Era then she would definitely be my top choice. I really have high hopes for Rachel. I have this gut feeling that she would bring an International crown for the Philippines this year. She got the face, she’s oozing with sex appeal and has the body to die for!. Like what I said in my previous blog her body and her aura reminds me of Gabriela Isler. She got the best in the competition and she’s my Best In Swimsuit awardee this year. Most importantly, her communication skills are superb. Due to her age, she can no longer compete in Miss International. With her impressive catwalk skills and undeniably winning aura she’s perfect for Binibining Pilipinas Supranational.
#Binibini32 Charmaine Elima. This girl blossomed into a beautiful lady. Her face is definitely her strongest asset in the competition. Her transformation from the first time she joined Binibining Pilipinas wayback 2013 is commendable as well. Charmaine came with her guns fully loaded. Her speaking skills improved a lot. I know that the idea or the chance of getting a back-to-back win is almost impossible in Miss International but for me shes the perfect fit to achieve that goal. The type of beauty Elima has, is the opposite of the current Queen which is Kylie Verzosa. Both have a very distinct type of beauty so I think that would be an advantage for Elima competing in Miss International. She’s my top choice for the Binibining Pilipinas International title.
#Binibini15 Mariel De Leon. The most desired crown of all the girls in the competition goes to Mariel. That’s right, Mariel remained as my Top Choice to get the Binibining Pilipinas Universe title. I’m not a fan of her during the 2013 competition, but something beautiful happened in her life that she transformed into the most beautiful girl in the competition. She got this ethereal beauty that I love. It’s sweet, so calm and so angelic. Mariel is another example of a chameleon beauty. She’s my top choice to win the Face of Binibini this year. I was blown away with her performance during the Q&A with a Twist during the Road to the Crown. It is one of my favorites! She would be a great speaker. She’s confident on delivering her thoughts without being so cocky. A great trait of a true winner is to have that “quiet confidence” and I’m seeing that with Mariel. I’m going with my gut feel from the very beginning when I saw some latest photos of Mariel that I’m seeing the successor of Maxine Medina. I’m aware that she doesn’t have the best body at the moment, but hello?, remember Janine Tugonon and Pia Wurtzbach?. Her camp can do wonders, so I’m confident she will be transformed to near perfection for the Universe. She will definitely make us proud. Binibini 15 Mariel De Leon is my top choice for the Binibining Pilipinas Universe title.
My Official Final Top Picks for Binibining Pilipinas 2017
Binibining Pilipinas Universe: #Binibini15 Mariel De Leon
Binibining Pilipinas International: #Binibini32 Charmaine Elima
Binibining Pilipinas Supranational: #Binibini19 Rachel Peters
Binibining Pilipinas Grand International: #Binibini13 Sirene Sutton
Binibining Pilipinas Intercontinental: #Binibini24 Dindi Joy Pajares
Binibining Pilipinas Globe: #Binibini10 Jehza Huelar
Binibining Pilipinas 1st Runner Up: #Binibini2 Arienne Louise Calingo
Binibining Pilipinas 2nd Runner Up: #Binibini31 Katarina Rodriguez
#Binibini22 Chanel Olive Thomas
#Binibini12 Angelique Celine De Leon
#Binibini26 Ruffa Nava
#Binibini28 Juliana Kapeundl
#Binibini8 Leitz Camyll Ang
#Binibini39 Elizabeth Durado Clenci
#Binibini30 Mae Liezel Ramos
Bubbling Up: #Binibini18 Nelda Ibe, #Binibini21 Jamaica Ambal, #Binibini20 Christagale Borja, #Binibini9 Vanessa Saliba, #Binibini34 Gabriela Ortega, #Binibini36 Gillian Colcol.
There you have it my Final Top Picks for this year’s competition. I’m wishing good luck to all the ladies this coming April 30. Your thoughts about my prediction? Feel free to drop your comments below.