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2014 Bb. Pilipinas pre-pageant contest heats up

Manila, Philippines — The pre-pageant competition for the 2014 Binibining Pilipinas pageant heats up with a fashion extravaganza at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum in Cubao, Quezon City on Thursday, March 6.

Earlier, the preliminary round for the country’s most prestigious beauty contest kicked off with the swimsuit competition during the press presentation of the 40 official candidates held in Pasay City.

Aside from the fashion show, other activities leading up to the grand coronation night on March 30 include the Swimsuit Photo Exhibit at the Gateway Cinema Lobby on March 15 and the Parade of Beauties around the Araneta Center on March 22. The candidates will also take part in various charitable missions and outreach programs under Binibining Pilipinas Charities, Inc. and its partners.

2010 Miss Universe fourth runner-up Ma. Venus Raj said the current batch of hopefuls is a strong one, adding that their preparations could already be compared to preparations in the international level.

“Ang mindset ng mga candidates this year hindi na pang local level lang kundi pang international level na rin,’’ said Raj.

There are no special formula in winning pageants, Raj said. But determination and fighting spirit will help. “Just enjoy the pageant. But most of all, be nice to all the girls. Kasi matalo ka man, mag-kakaroon ka ng maraming kaibigan kung mabait ka,’’ added Raj, whose “major, major” answer in the Q&A portion of the most prestigious beauty contest became her moniker.

Beauty expert Jay Patao said beauty and wits plus focus and luck will help the candidate win in the beauty pageant.

Aces and Queens head Jonas Gaffud, who is also the talent supervisor of Mercator Creative Person and Management, Inc., said the candidate should have a beautiful face to win the contest. “We always look for beauty of the candidate. Then the height also matters.’’

Gaffud and his team are responsible for the successful Top 5 finish of Philippine candidates in the Miss Universe pageant in recent years. Starting with Raj in 2010, she was followed by Shamcey Supsup, 3rd runner up, 2011; Janine Tugonon, first runner-up, 2012; and Ariella Arida, third runner-up, 2013. The country’s first Miss World Megan Lynne Young also belongs to the same beauty camp.

This year’s new list of official candidates are Julian Aurine Flores, Mary Ainjely P. Manalo, Joanna Angelica M. Romero, Parul Shah, Hanna Mariz D. Dela Guerra, Anabel Christine G. Tia, Aiza Faeldonia, Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach, Joy Antonette Diaz, Shauna Indra Salina Curran, Laura Victoria Lehmann, Sarah Jireh Asido, Kris Tiffany M. Janson, Emma Mary F. Tiglao, Kimverlyn O. Suiza, Zahara Mae O. Soriano, Diana B. Arevalo, Ellore Noelle Punzalan, Mae Liezel J. Ramos, Kenneth Santiago, Racquel D. Kabigting; Mary Anne Bianca G. Guidotti, Nichole Marie R. Manalo, Ednornance Agustin, Mary Jean Lastimosa, Hanna Sheena L. Manuel, Hannah Ruth Sison, Carla Jenina Cabrera Lizardo, Krischelle DG. Halili, Joy Marie Gangan, Angelique Celine L. De Leon, Jeslyn Santos, Gabrielle Erika Tilokani, Leonalyn D. Dela Cruz, Yvette Marie A. Santiago, Krystal Alonday, Vanessa N. Saliba, Janine A. Asanion, Ladylyn Riva and Vessica L. Sambo.