Binibining Pilipinas candidates-turned-TV and movie actresses

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Binibining Pilipinas candidates often get a following, whether they win the crown or not.

Most of the time, these Binibining Pilipinas candidates are invited to join showbiz and take part in acting projects.

Some Binibining Pilipinas candidates become familiar faces in the entertainment scene, earning them career longevity and at times, acting awards.

These crowned beauty queens prove that apart from their beautiful faces, they also have acting talent that allowed them to stay longer in showbiz.

PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) lists down the Binibining Pilipinas candidates who also made it big in the world of acting.

GLORIA DIAZ

Gloria Diaz joined the sixth edition of Binibining Pilipinas in 1969. She eventually represented the Philippines in the Miss Universe pageant in 1969.

She won the global pageant that year, making her the first Filipina to win the coveted crown.

After her reign in Miss Universe, Gloria pursued an acting career. Her big break in the movies came in 1975 when she was cast as the lead in the critically acclaimed movie, Ang Pinakamagandang Hayop Sa Balat ng Lupa.

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In 1996, Gloria tried acting on television for the first time via GMA-7 and VIVA Television’s Sunday afternoon drama series, Anna Karenina.

She later became a part of the 2001 Kapuso political-themed drama series, Kung Mawawala Ka, as Czarina, the second wife of the town’s governor, played by Eddie Garcia.

Gloria then did various teleseryes for both ABS-CBN and GMA-7.

Her ABS-CBN shows include Sarah, The Teen Princess (2004), Sana Maulit Muli (2007), Nagsimula Sa Puso (2009), Kung Ako’y Iiwan Mo (2012), May Isang Pangarap (2013), Mirabella (2014), and Dream Dad (2014).

Meanwhile, her projects with GMA-7 were: Kool Ka Lang (2001), Kung Mawawala Ka (2001), Diva (2010), Beauty Queen (2010), and Pamilya Roces (2018).

She currently appears in the Kapamilya afternoon series Precious Hearts Romances presents Los Bastardos as Soledad.

Gloria is also set to appear in the second season of the Netflix original series Insatiable.

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PIA WURTZBACH

Prior to winning the Miss Universe title in 2015, Pia started her career as an actress in ABS-CBN, using the name Pia Romero.

She made her television debut in the short-lived youth-oriented series K2BU in 2002. Among her cast mates were Bea Alonzo and Shaina Magdayao.

Pia also had roles in the Kapamilya teleseryes It Might Be You (2003) and Sa Piling Mo (2006), but her longest TV show was the late-night sitcom, Bora (2005-2006).

She also did the movies All My Life (2004) and All About Love (2006).

She then temporarily took a break from show business.

In 2011, Pia returned to acting by doing various roles in Maalaala Mo Kaya. In 2012, she did a special appearance in the fantasy series Aryana, playing the role of a jellyfish.

She joined Binibining Pilipinas in the years 2013, 2014, and 2015 until she eventually bagged the Miss Universe-Philippines title.

Pia then became the third Filipina to be crowned as Miss Universe in December 2015.

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Two years after her reign, in 2017, Pia signed a contract with ABS-CBN. Her acting projects included the movies Gandarrapido: The Revenger Squad (2017) and My Perfect You (2018).

On television, she hosted the reality show World of Dance Philippines.

At present, Pia is shooting a movie with Vhong Navarro, where she will play a "psycho girlfriend."

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ARIELLA ARIDA

Ariella Arida joined Binibining Pilipinas in 2013, which was the 50th edition of the pageant. She was chosen to represent the country at the Miss Universe pageant, where she finished 3rd runner-up.

Three years after joining the pageant, in 2016, she became a co-host in Willie Revillame’s GMA-7 variety program, Wowowin. This allowed her to get an acting stint in one of the episodes of Dear Uge, a Kapuso comedy-anthology.

In 2018, Ariella transferred to ABS-CBN to do the daytime series Playhouse, where she played the third wheel to Angelica Panganiban and Zanjoe Marudo’s love team.

She later left the series as part of the story.

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MAXINE MEDINA

Before Maxine Medina’s Top 6 finish in the 2016 Miss Universe pageant, she was first seen in a bit role in the 2014 film, Beauty and a Bottle.

She then joined Binibining Pilipinas in 2016, and was chosen as that year's Miss Universe representative. The Miss Universe pageant was held in the Philippines back then.

A year after her Miss Universe stint, in 2017, Maxine joined the afternoon series, Hanggang Saan, as the third wheel to Arjo Atayde and Sue Ramirez. It was her first teleserye stint.

This was followed by a guest appearance in the court-drama anthology, Ipaglaban Mo, where she portrayed a legal wife who filed a case against her husband’s mistress.

Maxine is currently seen in the afternoon series Precious Hearts Romances presents Los Bastardos, as one of Jake Cuenca’s leading lady.

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PILAR PILAPIL

Pilar Pilapil was the Philippines’ representative to the Miss Universe pageant in 1967, after winning as Binibining Pilipinas Universe.

After the pageant, Pilar pursued a career as an actress. She was able to do several movies and won acting awards.

She was named Best Actress at the 1970 Manila Film Festival for the movie, Imelda, Ang Uliran. This was followed by another Best Actress award, this time in the 1987 Gawad Urian, for the film, Napakasakit, Kuya Eddie (1986).

Pilar also starred in TV shows. Her first teleserye was VIVA TV’s short-lived series, Mukha ng Buhay, aired in RPN-9 in 1996.

She became one of the main villains in the Claudine Barretto's, Sa Dulo ng Walang Hanggan, which aired from 2001 to 2003.

Other teleseryes that Pilar did were: Lobo (2008), Agua Bendita (2010), Ina, Kapatid, Anak (2012-2013), and The Blood Sisters (2018).

She is currently part of the daytime series Nang Ngumiti Ang Langit.

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MJ LASTIMOSA

MJ Lastimosa joined the Binibining Pilipinas pageant three times: in 2011, 2012, and 2014. On her third try, she won the chance to represent the country at the Miss Universe pageant.

During MJ's Miss Universe stint, she had a Top 10 finish.

In April 2015, MJ’s life story was featured in ABS-CBN’s drama anthology, Maalaala Mo Kaya, where she was tapped to play herself.

This jumpstarted her acting career, and she was immediately included in the 2015 afternoon series, All of Me, as a fairy. It was her first and last teleserye.

She also ventured into TV hosting via the short-lived Kapamilya game show, Game ng Bayan, which ran for six weeks.

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VENUS RAJ

Venus Raj joined Binibining Pilipinas in 2010, where she was chosen to represent the Philippines at the 2010 Miss Universe pageant.

After several years of not placing on the top five, Venus finished fourth runner-up in the Miss Universe 2010 pageant.

A year later, in 2011, she had a guest appearance in the ABS-CBN teleserye, Mutya. She also appeared in an episode of Wansapanataym.

In 2012, Venus portrayed herself when Maalaala Mo Kaya televised her life story. In the same year, she also became a part of the horror movie, Pridyider, produced by Regal Films.

Acting engagements were rather rare for Venus, as she was groomed by ABS-CBN as a TV host. She used to be a regular host in the morning program, Umagang Kay Ganda, from 2011 to 2016.

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BIANCA MANALO

Bianca was crowned Binibining Pilipinas-Universe 2009 and represented the country in the Miss Universe 2009 pageant.

Bianca's first acting stint was in the ABS-CBN 2010 series Magkaribal, as the best friend of Bea Alonzo.

Her acting in Magkaribal allowed her to top-bill her first title role in the afternoon series Juanita Banana, which aired while Magkaribal was still on air.

Bianca also showed her skills in hosting as one of the mainstay hosts in the Kapamilya noontime variety show Happy Yipee Yehey! in 2011.

Bianca shared the stage with co-hosts Randy Santiago, John Estrada, the late Rico J. Puno, Pokwang, and Toni Gonzaga. This was also the show where she met John Prats who also became her boyfriend.

When the noontime show ended its run in 2012, Bianca became part of the cast of the mermaid series Aryana, starring Ella Cruz.

She also became a part of the miniseries Positive, aired in TV5 in 2013. She was also part of the prime-time series On The Wings of Love, starring James Reid and Nadine Lustre, in 2015.

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Currently, Bianca is one of the main cast members of Ang Probinsyano.

Bianca Manalo

MIRIAM QUIAMBAO

Miriam won the Binibining Pilipinas-World title in 1999.

However, due to controversies faced by the crowned Binibining Pilipinas Universe, Janelle Bautista, Miriam was asked to take over the title and represent the Philippines in Miss Universe 1999.

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During the preliminary round of the evening gown competition, Miriam slipped and fell on stage. Despite this incident, she regained composure, finished her walk gracefully, and drew applause from the audience. Because of the confidence she shown, she emerged as the Miss Universe 1999 first runner-up.

After the pageant, Miriam returned to the Philippines and started working as a TV host and correspondent for GMA-7. In 1999, she co-hosted in Unang Hirit. She also joined Paolo Bediones in hosting the reality program Extra, Extra and Extra Challenge.

In 2003, she starred in a GMA Telesine episode titled "Sa Di Inaasahang Pagkakataon," where she was paired with Bong Revilla.

She also took part in ABS-CBN, TV5, and GMA-7 teleseryes Kung Tayo'y Magkakalayo (2010), Bangis (2011), and Second Chances (2015).

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NINA RICCI ALAGAO

Nina Ricci won the Binibining Pilipinas Universe title in 2000.

After her Miss Universe stint, Nina Ricci tried acting in TV shows.

Her first acting stint was in the movie Got 2 Believe starring Claudine Barretto and Rico Yan.

She was also part of the prime-time series Sana'y Wala Nang Wakas, where she acted alongside her husband, Michael Flores.

Since then, she did projects for both ABS-CBN and GMA-7.

One of these shows was the 2017 series Wildflower, where she played Mercedes Palacios and did action stunts with Maja Salvador.

Her last acting project on television was for the GMA-7 prime-time series Inday Will Always Love You.

Nina is currently active in the art scene. She joins exhibits to showcase her talent in painting.

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CHARLENE GONZALEZ

Charlene won the Binibining Pilipinas-Universe 1994 title and represented the country at the Miss Universe 1994 pageant held in Manila.

She produced one of the most famous answers in an international beauty competition. When asked by the host about the number of islands in the Philippines, she boldly asked back, "High tide or low tide?"

In 1994, Charlene got her first film role with Fernando Poe Jr. in The Emilpaco Velasco Story.

In 1996, Charlene landed the title role in the re-telling of the popular comics character Dyesebel, with Matthew Mendoza as her leading lady.

She also starred in the VIVA Films-produced movies Ikaw Naman Ang Iiyak and Bridesmaids.

She hosted the program Eezy Dancing a dance program on ABC-5 from 1997 to 1998 and Keep On Dancing from 1998 to 2001 on ABS-CBN.

Charlene married actor Aga Muhlach in 2001, the same year she did her last movie, Iligpit Si Bobby Ortega, Markang Bungo 2.

After her wedding, Charlene concentrated on hosting.

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She hosted the Kapamilya lifestyle show At Home Ka Dito from 2004 to 2007, and The Buzz from 2010 to 2012.

Charlene Gonzales

DINDI GALLARDO

Dindi was crowned Binibining Pilipinas Universe 1993 and represented the Philippines at Miss Universe 1993, which was held in Mexico.

In 1996, Dindi appeared in the movie Dyesebel, top-billed by Binibining Pilipinas-Universe 1994 title-holder Charlene Gonzales. Dindi was also part of Fernando Poe Jr.'s Ang Probinsyano, where she played the role of Lily.

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On television, Dindi was part of the 1998 VIVA Television-produced series Ganyan Kita Kamahal, starring Carmina Villarroel, Bobby Andrews, and Onemig Bondoc.

After taking a long break from showbiz and staying in the United States for several years, Dindi returned to the Philippines and acting in 2015. For her acting comeback project, she was part of the Cinema One Originals movie Dahlin' Nick, where she played the role of Imelda Marcos.

She was also part of the teleseryes Bakit Manipis Ang Ulap? in 2016 and The Blood Sisters in 2018.

Dindi Gallardo

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MARIA ISABEL LOPEZ

Maria Isabel was crowned as Binibining Pilipinas-Universe 1982 and represented the country at the Miss Universe 1982 pageant in Lima, Peru.

This is despite being almost dethroned due to an immorality clause set by Binibining Pilipinas Charities Inc. founder, Stella Araneta. This was because Maria Isabel was a sexy lingerie model in the past.

Her movie appearances also became controversial because of her provocative, sexy roles, which was not usually the career track of a former beauty queen.

However, this did not stop her from earning her longevity as an actress, as she is still active in showbiz today, doing several ABS-CBN and GMA-7 teleseryes and appearing in indie and mainstream movies.

In 2015, Maria Isabel slayed the red carpet at the Cannes Film Festival wearing a green gown with her scene-stealing pose.

Currently, Maria Isabel is part of ABS-CBN’s prime-time series, Sino Ang May Sala? along with Jodi Sta. Maria, Bela Padilla, Kit Thompson, and Tony Labrusca.

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Maria Isabel Lopez

CHAT SILAYAN

Chat won the Binibining Pilipinas-Universe 1980 crown and became the third runner-up at Miss Universe 1980 pageant.

A year after her stint in Miss Universe, her acting career began by appearing in several movies.

On television, Chat is mostly known as for her role in the iconic drama series Esperanza, starring Judy Ann Santos.

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The last teleserye of Chat was the 2002 musical-drama series Bituin, where she was cast as the best friend of Nora Aunor. Her last acting stint was in the 2003 movie, My First Romance.

In 2004, Chat was diagnosed with colon cancer. Her battle with the Big C ended in 2006, and she died at the age of 46.

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KYLIE VERZOSA

Second time's the charm for Kylie when she joined Binibining Pilipinas for two consecutive years.

She did not get lucky the first time in 2015 but she was finally crowned as Binibining Pilipinas-International in 2016.

She later became the sixth Filipina who was crowned Miss International in that same year.

In late 2017, it was announced that Kylie would take part in the Metro Manila Film Festival entry Ang Panday, as one of Coco Martin's leading ladies.

She later signed up with VIVA Artists Agency.

Her provocative role in the 2018 movie Kasal was noticed by the viewing public, paving the way for her to get more acting projects.

At present, Kylie appears in Precious Hearts Romances presents Los Bastardos, where she figures in a love triangle with Jake Cuenca and Maxine Medina.

Kylie is also currently in a romantic relationship with Jake.

Kylie Verzosa

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CARLENE AGUILAR

In 2005, Carlene was crowned Binibining Pilipinas-World and was part of Miss World’s top 15 semi-finalists.

The Filipina-Chinese beauty queen began her acting career in the GMA-7 afternoon series Agawin Mo Man Ang Lahat in 2007, as one of Marian Rivera's kontrabidas.

Carlene's other TV shows were Ang Babaeng Hinugot Sa Aking Tadyang (2009), Rosalinda (2009), One True Love (2012), and Kakambal ni Eliana (2013).

Now, Carlene occasionally does guest appearances in TV shows.

Carlene's last TV appearance was a guest role in Dragon Lady, a fantasy drama series starring Janine Gutierrez on GMA-7.

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PRECIOUS LARA QUIGAMAN

Lara won the title of Binibining Pilipinas-International in 2005. She also won the crown in the Miss International 2005 pageant.

After her reign, Lara appeared in an episode of the defunct ABS-CBN romance anthology Love Spell in 2007. It did not take long before she became a host in the noontime show Wowowee.

Lara also appeared in several ABS-CBN TV series such as Princess Sarah (2007), That’s My Doc (2007), Kung Fu Kids (2008), Dyosa (2008), and May Bukas Pa (2009-2010).

In 2010, she played kontrabida to Maja Salvador in the afternoon series Precious Hearts Romances presents Impostor.

Her more recent projects were the teleseryes Bagani and Halik, both aired in 2018.

She is happily married to Marco Alcaraz and a beautiful mom to two kids.

Precious Lara Quigaman

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ALMA CONCEPCION

In 1994, Alma bagged the Binibining Pilipinas-International crown. That same year, Alma starred in her first movie, Massacre Files.

On television, Alma's most notable role was the villain Kabagona in the sci-fi-themed series Krystala, top-billed by Judy Ann Santos.

From being a beauty queen, Alma is now an interior designer and businesswoman.

Still, she was tapped to appear in TV series. Her latest acting stint was in the early prime-time series Wildflower.

Just recently joined It's Showtime’s compatibility game "KapareWho," which targets middle-aged men and women.

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MARINA BENIPAYO

Marina was crowned as Binibining Pilipinas-Maja International in 1992, but competed in the Miss World pageant in the same year, replacing Marilen Espino who became sick days before her departure for the contest.

After her Binibining Pilipinas reign, she became active in modeling.

Years later, she tried acting via ABS-CBN TV shows.

One of her first few shows was the romantic-comedy series My Binondo Girl in 2011. Through this show, she crossed paths with her old friend Ricardo Cepeda, paving the way for them to enter into a relationship that remains strong until now.

Marina also appeared in ABS-CBN teleseryes Princess and I (2012), Bukas Na Lang Kita Mamahalin (2012), and The Better Half (2017), and in GMA-7 shows Hahamakin Ang Lahat (2016) and Onanay (2018).

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ALICE DIXSON

Alice was crowned Binibining Pilipinas-International 1986 and became a part of Miss International's Top 15.

After the pageant, Alice officially entered showbiz when she played Faye, Vic Sotto's wife in Okay Ka, Fairy Ko! (1987-1991). She got her big break in the movies by starring in the 1988 film Nagbabagang Luha alongside Lorna Tolentino.

Alice also played the iconic role of Dyesebel in 1991.

After starring in a string of movies, Alice temporarily took a break from showbiz in 1999 and stayed in Canada.

In 2002, Alice returned to the Philippines and did the GMA-7 teleserye Ang Iibigin Ay Ikaw in 2002. The success of the show allowed it to get a sequel titled Ang Iibigin Ay Ikaw Pa Rin. Her co-stars were Richard Gomez and Christopher de Leon.

In 2005, Alice reunited with Lorna Tolentino in the Kapuso TV series Hanggang Kailan, which ran for five months.

Alice left showbiz that same year and was based in Canada for a while.

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In 2011, Alice returned to acting via TV5's first teleserye, Babaeng Hampaslupa. This was followed by several more teleseryes.

In 2017, Alice moved to ABS-CBN where she appeared in the movie Ghost Bride and the teleseryes FPJ's Ang Probinsyano and Ngayon at Kailanman.

JOYCE ANN BURTON

Crowned as Binibining Pilipinas-Universe 1985, she represented the country at the Miss Universe 1985 pageant in Miami, Florida.

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She also appeared in a few movies after her reign.

In 2013, Joyce did her first teleserye, the GMA-7 series Ang Lihim ni Annasandra, top-billed by Andrea Torres.

In 2017, Joyce played mom to JC de Vera in the afternoon series The Better Half.

Her last acting project to date was in the Kapamilya afternoon teleserye Precious Hearts Romances presents Los Bastardos.

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RACHEL ANNE WOLFE

After Rachel Anne won the Miss Young Pilipinas title in the 1984 Binibining Pilipinas pageant, she was able to do acting projects.

Rachel Anne had the chance to work with the late Action King Fernando Poe Jr. in One Day, Isang Araw, and with the late Comedy King Dolphy and Nora Aunor in Bugoy Goes To Congress.

She was also a host of GMA Supershow.

Rachel Anne then migrated to the United States and left showbiz.

In 2009, she returned to the Philippines to do the prime-time series Lovers in Paris, as the mother of Piolo Pascual.

During her recent visit to the Philippines, she had a reunion with GMA Supershow co-hosts Dawn Zulueta, Mariz Ricketts, among others.

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MELANIE MARQUEZ

At the age of 15, Melanie bagged the Binibining Pilipinas-International title in 1979 and was crowned as Miss International 1979. It was the third Miss International crown of the Philippines.

In 1987, Melanie won as best actress for her self-portrayal in her life story, The Untold Story of Melanie Marquez, which was an entry to the Manila Film Festival.

While doing a few acting stints, Melanie continued helping fellow beauty queens by coaching and training them and became a modeling and image-enhancement coach.

Under her wing, she trained beauty queens Ruffa Gutierrez, Charlene Gonzales, and Miriam Quiambao.

In TV acting, Melanie became a part of several ABS-CBN and GMA-7 shows such as Whattamen (2001-2004), Hawak Ko Ang Langit (2004), Marinara (2004), and A Love To Last (2017).

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JEAN SABURIT

Jean was crowned Binibining Pilipinas-Young in 1975.

She was seen in several films after the pageant. These movies include Ang TV Movie: The Adarna Adventure (1996), Alfredo Lim (1977), and Totoy Saudi (1982).

She remains active on television by accepting villain roles.

Jean played kontrabida in the Kapuso afternoon series Now and Forever: Ganti (2005).

She also did several shows in the Kapamilya network such as Tubig at Langis (2016), Two Wives (2014-2015), and Annaliza (2013-2014).

After doing the show Asawa Ko, Karibal Ko with GMA-7, she is now back as Kapamilya and is the newest addition to the cast of Precious Hearts Romances: Los Bastardos, playing a kontrabida role.

Jean Saburit

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