In this years Bb. Pilipinas beauty pageant, there’s a highly competitive batch of Filipinas vying for the various titles.
The batch is led by Teresita Sen Marquez, or WynWyn to most televiewers. She is Alma Moreno’s sexy daughter by Joey Marquez. Also in the group is Janicel Lubina, a former Miss Bikini Philippines and runner up to Megan Young in Miss World Philippines.
The 34 official candidates were presented to the press at the Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila recently where a short list of standouts has emerged for the top title as representative in the Miss Universe pageant.
Winwyn Marquez, a shoo-in for the Miss Talent award, and Lubina whose life is likened to Cinderella, are highly favored to claim one of the four titles at stake. Other contenders are Pia Wurtzbach, Christi Lynn Mc Garry, Renee Soraya Hassani, Kimverlyn Suiza, Princess Joy Camu, Paula Rich Bartolome, Alaiza Flor Malinao, Anja-Vanessa Peter, Justine Beatrice Felizarta, Ann Lorraine Colis, Nancy Lee Leonard and Patricia Lae Ejercitado, and Hannah Ruth Sison.
The Bb. Pilipinas talent show was earlier held with Marquez showcasing her natural dancing prowess, reminiscent of Moreno’s in her Loveliness days, while Lubina did a captivating Hawaiian dance followed by Anabel Christine Tia with a bossa nova number and Inah Dominica Guerrero’s traditional dance.
Ejercitado showed her painting skills, while Hassani did some magic tricks and Mia Allyson Howell played the saxophone. Peter, Felizarta, Sison, Samantha Balbin and Jenny Feliz Gonzales sang to the delighr of the big crowd at the Gateway Mall.
While no one among the 2014 Bb. Pilipinas winners managed to bring home a crown last year, it was still a good showing with the top 20-finish for Yvethe Marie Santiago in Miss Supranational 2014, 2nd Runner-up for Kris Tiffany Janson in Miss Intercontinental 2014 and the most-talked-about top 10-finish of Mary Jean Lastimosa in Miss Universe 2014.
The official candidates will be seen at the anticipated Parade of Beauties in Araneta, Cubao on March 7. The 52nd Bb. Pilipinas’ exciting grand coronation night will be held at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum on March 15 and will be aired on ABS CBN Channel.