Meet the Bb Pilipinas 2014 official candidates
By Kai Magsanoc
MANILA, Philippines – Out of over a hundred hopefuls, only 40 has been chosen to compete in the final stage of the famed Binibining Pilipinas pageant.
On January 27 at 3pm, 60 young women faced the press and Binibining Pilipinas Charities Inc (BPCI) officials at Gloria Maris, Gateway Mall, for the final screening of the country’s biggest pageant.
The 60 young women walked on stage by batches and showed no sign of nervousness or tension, even if they knew there was a chance they were heading home disappointed.
BPCI chair Madame Stella Marquez-Araneta then took the mic and thanked the ladies before apologizing for being able to accommodate only 40 official candidates.
“Whether or not you make the cut, you will always be family,” Araneta said.
The 40 official candidates were announced soon after, in no particular order.
Their official candidate numbers have yet to be announced.
Several girls in this year’s roster are pageant veterans. According to Jory Rivera of pageant media OPMB Worldwide, they are:
• Diana Arevalo - competed in 2009 and 2011
• Mary Jean Lastimosa – 2nd runner-up in 2011, competed in 2012
• Ladylyn Riva – competed in 2011
• Parul Shah, Hannah Ruth Sison, Ellore Noelle Punzalan – competed in 2013
• Pia Wurtzbach – 1st runner-up in 2013
The 51st Binibining Pilipinas pageant will take place on March 30.
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