Catriona Gray, Vickie Rushton, And Michele Gumabao Are Among This Year’s Binibining Pilipinas Candidates
The list of the Binibining Pilipinas 2018 candidates was finally released yesterday. After a deliberate and rigorous week-long screening process, the officials of Binibining Pilipinas Charities, Inc. led by chair Mrs. Stella Marquez Araneta, revealed the final 40 candidates. The applicants were first trimmed to 53, who all had to face the screening committee again in closed-door interviews. The ladies’ background, personality, and other special traits proved to be the key factors for determining who should make it to the Top 40.
This year’s roster features an interesting mix of women—from beauty pageant veterans, models, TV personalities, to professionals from different fields—who will represent the country in international beauty pageants: Miss Universe, Miss International, Miss Supranational, Miss Grand International, Miss Globe, and Miss Intercontinental.
The Binibining Pilipinas titleholders last year had notable achievements: Nelda Ibe - Miss Globe 1st runner-up, Elizabeth Clenci - 2nd runner-up in Miss Grand International, Rachel Peters - Top 10 finalist in Miss Universe, Chanel Olive Thomas - Top 10 finalist in Miss Supranational, and Binibining Pilipinas International Mariel de Leon was able to start a showbiz career via her debut project as Coco Martin’s leading lady in the movie Ang Panday.
In recent years, Binibining Pilipinas also produced other famous beauty queens: Pia Wurtzbach ended the country’s 40-year drought when she won Miss Universe in 2015, Kylie Verzosa emerged as the Philippines’ sixth Miss International in 2016, and Ann Colis won the Miss Globe crown in 2015.
Here are the Binibining Pilipinas 2018 candidates in photos:
Based on the likes on their photos posted on the official Instagram account of Binibining Pilipinas, early favorites as of this writing are Catriona Gray with more than 10,000 likes, Vickie Rushton with more than 4,000 likes, and Michele Gumabao with more than 3,000 likes. Currently, these three girls' follower count on Instagram are: Catriona - 127,562, Vicki - 419,708, and Michele - 253,557.
Photo courtesy of Binibining Pilipinas