One Kapamilya and two Kapuso artists are among the 24 lovely candidates for the Binibining Pilipinas 2009 pageant. They will compete to earn the right as the country's representative in the Miss Universe, Miss World and Miss International pageants.
Pinoy Big Brother: Teen Edition Plus's Priscilla Navidad is candidate No. 10, while StarStruck: The Next Level First Princess Rich Asuncion is candidate No. 3, using her real name Richelle Angalot. Both are Binibini first timers.
Rich's fellow Kapuso Abegail Lesley Cruz or Abby Cruz enters the pageant for the second time for a shot once again to win any of the three Binibini crowns at stake. She was second runner-up in the Bb. Pilipinas 2007 pageant. She is now candidate No. 24. Abby is also the current girlfriend of Paolo Bediones, who, incidentally, is hosting this year's pageant.
The press presentation of the Bb. Pilipinas 2009 candidates took place at the Sunset Pavilion of the Sofitel Philippine Plaza in Manila, yesterday, February 24. Paolo Bediones hosted the affair which was attended by representatives from print, broadcast and web media.
The other girls vying for the crowns are candidates: 1—Vanessa Johnson, 2—Carisheila May Kuijpers, 4—Gizelle Jasmin Rivamonte, 5—Diana Arevalo, 6—Ma. Paula Bianca Paz, 7—Jane dela Cruz, 8—Cheryl Oliveros, 9—April Love Jordan, 11—Regina Hahn, 12—Jaysel Arrozal, 13—Sandra Inez Seifert, 14—Keann Mallari, 15—Pamela Bianca Manalo, 16—Mary Tiffany Jones, 17—Marie-Ann Umali, 18—Marie Loraine de Guzman, 19—Stephanie Señires, 20—Melody Gersbach, 21—Hazel Sutch, 22—Priscilla Mae Honorio, and 23—Barbara Salvador.
Also present at the event were last year's winners, Patricia Fernandez (Bb. Pilipinas-International), Jennifer Barrientos (Bb. Pilipinas-Universe) and and 1st runnerup Danielle Castaño who replaced Janina San Miguel as Bb. Pilipinas-World winner.
Before the coronation night, which will be held at the Araneta Coliseum on Saturday, March 7, 9:30 pm, the candidates will make TV guestings and will showcase their runway skills in a special fashion show at the Gateway Mall Activity Center on Saturday, February 28, 6 pm.
The next day, Sunday, March 1, Araneta Center shoppers and visitors will catch a glimpse of the candidates in a colorful Parade of Beauties scheduled to kick-off at 4 pm.
Meanwhile, ongoing until February 27, is the photo exhibit that chronicles the glorious years of Bb. Pilipinas at the Gateway Mall Activity Center.
The coronation night will be broadcast live by GMA-7. Paolo Bediones and Iza Calzado will be the hosts.