By Carlo Tenerife
The most awaited pageant season has finally come. This is the point in time of the year where pageant enthusiasts in this ever pageant-obsessed homeland are getting crazier finding and choosing their bets to cheer on. Yes, the Bb Pilipinas time is here and today is the second day of the official screening. The final screening of the official 2013 BB Pilipinas candidates is tentatively scheduled anytime this week. There are over a hundred applicants from all over the country who have passed their applications for this year’s Bb Pilipinas, now on its 50th year of celebrating the pageantry and the beauty of the Filipina.
Bb Pilipinas or BPCI is official national franchise holders of Miss Universe, Miss International, Miss Tourism International and just last year of Miss Supranational.
Maria Angelica de leon
It’s been the real clamor of the nation to clinch the Philippines’ 3rd Miss Universe crown and the 5th Miss International crown. We all know we have been almost there as evident in the last three great successes of Maria Venus Raj (2010 Miss Universe 4th runner up), Shamcey Supsup (2011 Miss Universe 3rd runner up) and Janine Mari Tugonon (2012 Miss Universe first runner up). The three-peat in Miss Universe meant we are at the brink of clinching the Miss Universe crown but needed perhaps is a little more push on luck side. In Miss International, we have not missed the semifinals since 2008 and that is 5 consecutive years of good track record.
As of yet, there are no official candidates as official screening for Bb Pilipinas is ongoing but here’s the list of the “early bets” among the applicants we have seen and heard so far. Let us watch out for their Bb Pilipinas journey.
Theresa Marie Fenger
Theresa Marie Fenger, 25, 5’9”, also known as Lana Roi in showbiz won the 2009 Century Tuna Superbods search, a former member of a singing group Eurasia, into hosting is one to keep an eye on. She belongs to camp Aces&Queens
Charmaine Elima is the newly crowned Miss Mandaluyong and 2012 Miss Rizal of camp KF or Kagandahang Flores. She is 20, 5’7, studying at Sienna College of Taytay and said to be graduating with distinction.
Anna Fernandina Buquid is 5’11 3/4′,21, a model and a student of DLSU ST Benilde.
Shan Apuad from Agusan del Sur, is 5’8.5? and a Mass Communications graduate from St Scholastica College. She once competed in Supermodel of the World Philippines where she finished as a semifinalist. She is with camp Aces&Queens
Pia Wurtzbach also known as Pia Romero, 5’5″ is a Filipina-German, television personality was once part of the ABS-CBN’s Star Circle Batch 11 and appeared in several TV shows. She is from camp Aces&Queens
Maria Angelica De Leon is the daughter of celebrity couple Christopher de Leon and Sandy Andolong. At 19, she is 5’8” tall and from camp Aces&Queens
Cassandra Naidas is 22, 5’10” graduate of DLSU major in Psychology from camp Aces&Queens
Imelda “Imee” Schweighart or ‘Imee Hart’, 18, 5’7″ is a Filipina-German co host of TV5’s Willing Willie, and belongs to the camp of KF or Kagandahang Flores.
Jacqueline Mayoralgo, Miss Makati Tourism 2008, 5’8′ tall, 23, belongs to camp Aces&Queens.
Merry Joyce Respicio is statuesque at 5’11”, 19, of camp JDV or John dela Vega. She was 2012 Bb.Bulacan
Truly this year is going to be very exciting as the applicants and beauty pageant camps come in ultra prepared for the competition. We heard some beauty camps have started training since October last year.
Cheers to everyone-pageant fans, candidates, handlers for keeping the Philippine pageant culture brightest and most awaited.
*Photo Credits to the respective owners of the photos, most photos are lifted from online forums.