By Arnulfo Distor
“Sensitivity is the one thing that women can teach men”- Ariella Arida
The golden edition of the Binibining Pilipinas adhered to the template of choosing the winner for the Miss Universe Philippines title. A BS Chemistry graduate from the University of the Philippines who hails from the province of Laguna was crowned in a night of glittering fashion. Ariella “Ara” Arida, was not a fan favorite but wowed the audience on the fashion show and finally claimed her call to fame on the coronation night. She was also chosen as Best in Swimsuit.
Bea Rose Santiago was chosen as the Bb. Pilipinas-International 2013, a multi-talented model and grew up in Canada but eventually came back to her Filipino roots to fulfill a dream to represent the Philippines in the Miss International contest. She said that the ideal Filipino is both proud and happy. She emphasized that love of her mother country the Philippines make the family go back to their roots every year. She was also adjudged as Miss Avon.
Bb. Pilipinas-Tourism is Joanna Cindy Miranda who had two special awards during the evening. She was adjudged as the Miss Petron 2013 as well as Cream Silk Beyond Beautiful Woman Award. When asked what personality quality people remember about her, she quipped that she is unstoppable and that she wanted to do everything and she does as long she knows it is the right thing to do.
Erstwhile fan favorite Mutya Johanna Datul settled for the Bb. Supranational title. Mutya was well-loved as she had a lot of fans rooting for her. She won the Miss Photogenic and Best in Evening Gown special awards. I am not at a surprise of the two special awards she had. She was always good in pictures and she was simply resplendent in the evening gown department as even noted Philippine fashion designers were admirably clapping for her during the segment. Everyone was on their heels during the Question and Answer portion where pageant fans think that this is her waterloo. When asked by Ambassador Roberto Mayorga about her advocacy, she said, she wanted to extend help to people in need especially those people who are within the sponsorship of the BPCI charities.
Pia Wurtzbach, another front-runner was first runner-up. When asked about the greatest achievement of Bb. Pilipinas, she quipped that it is not only the candidates but also everyone because the organization has touched a lot of people’s lives and it has become an inspiration to everyone.
Fifteen semifinalists were chosen and the others that completed the circle were Parul Shah, Maria Angelica de Leon, Merry Joyce Respicio, Camille Carla Nazar, Amanda Noelle Navasero, Ellore Noelle Punzalan, Charmaine Elima, Rhea Nakpil, Grace Yann Apuad and Imelda Schweighart.
Photo Credits: Bb. Pilipinas, Critical Beauty, OPMB, Missosology