|Binibining Pilipinas 2016 Team with Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach. Photo credit: Philippine Pageants.|
|Newly-crowned Miss Philippines-Earth 2016|
Imelda Schweighart with Jamie Herrell Miss
Earth 2014 and Angelia Ong Miss Earth 2015
We all know that a few months from now, our bets will be competing in their respective international tilts overseas. Winning the top plum this time can be an uphill battle, if not an almost insurmountable mission to accomplish especially with Miss Universe, Miss Earth and Miss Globe since the reigning queens are Filipinas as well and getting the back-to- back victory seems to be nearly impossible, more so in Miss Earth where a three-peat win from a host country would surely receive a negative backlash. This is the major hurdle that Maxine Medina and Nichole Manalo will face with Imelda Schweighart getting the most difficult task among the three, however I believe that their team are preparing each of them for their biggest challenge to date.
|Binibining Pilipinas 2016 Queens: (L-R) Jennifer Hammond, Maxine Medina, Kylie Verzosa, Nichole Manalo, Joanna Eden and Nicole Cordoves|
The future seems to be shining brighter for Kylie Verzosa who is vying for the country's 6th Miss International crown in Tokyo, Japan. She has an exquisite beauty that the Japanese would surely love and the wit that could charm her audience. Nicole Cordoves on the other hand is a great contender for the Philippines' bid to win its first Miss Grand International crown which will be contested in Las Vegas, Nevada this October. The Philippines placed Third Runner-Up last year with Parul Shah duplicating Ali Forbes' feat during the pageant's inauguration in 2013. Nicole's communication skills are her strongest asset and she'll definitely ace the interview portion once she's given the opportunity to speak. So there is no doubt that Nicole's stars will shine unless politics will haunt her in Mr. Nawat's owned pageant.
|Binibining Pilipinas 2016 Queens: (L-R) Nicole Cordoves, Jennifer Hammond, Maxine Medina, Kylie Verzosa, Joanna Eden and Nichole Manalo.|
Joanna Eden is poised to be the second Filipina to wear the Miss Supranational crown after Mutya Datul's victory three years ago. Honestly, I didn't notice her during the recently-concluded Binibining Pilipinas pageant and her win came as a surprise. I was actually rooting for Dindi Pajares or even Angelique Deleon to be part of the winning circle, however, it was Joanna who breezed to the top during the finals. I am hoping she can also pleasantly surprise us on the upcoming Miss Supranational edition. The same can also be said with Jennifer Hammond who is vying for PH's first Miss Intercontinental crown. Although, I already hinted in my
|Miss World Philippines 2016 aspirant|
It is quite interesting though, that there is somewhat an ascending succession of the Philippines' victory in Miss Intercontinental. If you could still vividly recall in 2013, Koreen Medina was proclaimed Third Runner-Up. The year after, Kris Tiffany Janson (who was lauded by the pageant aficionados as the 'real winner') ended as Second Runner-Up. And just last year, returnee Christi McGarry almost nabbed the crown when she was named First Runner-Up. Will Jennifer Hammond finally get the elusive crown this time? I am hoping she will be able to continue the streak if not surpass her predecessors' achievements.
Miss World Philippines 2016 is yet to name its representative but it's pretty apparent that Catriona Gray is the clear winner. She has what it takes to follow the footsteps of Megan Young and she has the greatest potentials among the hopefuls this year to win the title.
The beauty battle abroad will be stiffer and it wouldn't be a competition for the faint-hearted. Nothing would surely come easy for our delegates as they vie for the world's most prestigious crowns. I am assured however that our girls would fight tooth and nail to make their countrymen proud as they compete in the spirit of goodwill and camaraderie. The goal to achieve the coveted honors of winning the world-renowned beauty titles might be a long shot, but as long as they do their utmost best in representing the country in their mission overseas, win or lose they would still come home as victors in the eyes of their believers as well as their fervent supporters.
Good luck ladies! Break a leg:)