The search for the next Binibining Pilipinas titleholders has now formally started with the press launch held at the Gateway Suites on February 2.
Present to officially open the search were Binibining Pilipinas Charities, Inc. (BPCI) chair Stella Marquez Araneta, reigning Binibining Pilipinas titleholders Shamcey Supsup, Dianne Necio, and Isabella Manjon together with the pageant sponsors and past Binibining Pilipinas title holders.
The past two years saw the Philippines reclaiming its lofty position as the beauty capital of Asia with back to back top five finishes at the prestigious Miss Universe pageant.
Apart from Miss Universe-Philippines Shamcey Supsup’s top five finish at the Miss Universe Pageant in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Bb. Pilipinas-International Dianne Necio landed a spot in the semifinals and won Miss Internet Popularity at the 2011 Miss International Pageant. Bb. Pilipinas-Tourism Isabella Manjon also won the Miss Charity award at the 2011 Miss Tourism Queen International.
With the strong showing of Shamcey, Dianne, and Isabella in prestigious international beauty tilts last year, the Binibining Pilipinas Charities, Inc. (BPCI) now calls on single Filipinas age 17 to 25 years old to take a crack at becoming the next Filipina pride.
Application to the Binibining Pilipinas 2012 pageant is now open to interested single ladies ages 17 to 25 years old, with Filipino citizenship, at least 5 feet 6 inches tall, at least a high school graduate, and of good moral character. Application forms may be downloaded from the Bb. Pilipinas official website, www.bbpilipinas.com.
Prospective candidates are encouraged to apply in person. Aside from the accomplished application form, the other requirements include: original birth certificate (authenticated by the National Statistics Office), certified true copy of high school diploma, Philippine passport (if any), close-up and full body photos, and written consent from parents (if under 18 years old). Applications are accepted from Monday to Friday, 10am to 6pm at the BPCI office in the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
Launched in 1964, the Binibining Pilipinas pageant has become the biggest and most anticipated beauty event participated in by hundreds of aspirants from all over the country.
After a rigorous selection process, the exceptional ladies who exemplify the true Filipina beauty, whose innate poise, grace and intelligence set them apart from the rest, is crowned Binibining Pilipinas Universe, Binibining Pilipinas International, and Binibining Pilipinas Tourism respectively.
Winners of the celebrated beauty titles serve as official Philippine representatives to the most renowned international pageants.
They will be joining Gloria Diaz, Miss Universe 1969; Margie Moran, Miss Universe 1973; Aurora Pijuan, Miss International 1970; Melanie Marquez, Miss International 1979; Ruffa Gutierrez, Miss World 2nd Princess 1993; Miriam Quiambao, Miss Universe 1st Runner-up 1999; Precious Lara Quigaman, Miss International 2005; Maria Venus Raj, Miss Universe 4th Runner-up 2010; and Shamcey Supsup, Miss Universe 3rd Runner-up 2011 in an impressive roster of beauty queens that the illustrious pageant has produced.