Celebrating Pinay beauty: Official candidates for Binibining Pilipinas named

Known as one of the beauty pageant powerhouse of the world, the Philippines is definitely home to smart and beautiful women. As a new series of beauty contests is set to once again commence, Binibining Pilipinas Charities, Inc. (BPCI) has released the list of the official candidates for Binibining Pilipinas 2018.

Here’s the list of the 40 women that will compete on March 18, 2017 to represent true Filipina beauty and wit in various international beauty contests including Miss Universe, Miss International, Miss Supranational, Miss Grand International, and Miss Intercontinental, among others:

#Binibini1: Vickie Marie Milagrosa “Vim” Rushton, 25, from Talisay City, Negros Occidental
#Binibini2: Kathrine “Kath” Ventura, 22, from Antipolo City
#Binibini3: Muriel Orais, 26, from Cebu City
#Binibini4: Ana Patricia “Patrik” Asturias, 25, from Tacloban City, Leyte
#Binibini5: Rose Marie Murphy, 25, from Cabadbaran City, Agusan del Norte
#Binibini6: Janice Roman, 25, from Manila
#Binibini7: Sigrid Grace Flores, 25, from Catanduanes
#Binibini8: Marie Sherry Ann “Shane” Tormes, 26, from Polangui, Albay
#Binibini9: Agatha Lei Romero, 23, from Quezon City
#Binibini10: Kayesha Chua, 25, from Legazpi, Albay
#Binibini11: Maria Andrea “Aya” Verdadero Abesamis, 26, from Pasig City
#Binibini12: Janette Roanne Sturm, 26, from General Santos City
#Binibini13: Kristie Rose “Istie” Cequeña, 26, from the City of Santa Rosa
#Binibini14: Samantha Bernardo, 25, from Puerto Princesa, Palawan
#Binibini15: Juliana Kapeundl, 26, from Balayan, Batangas
#Binibini16: Annalita Vizcarra, 23, from Murcia, Negros Occidental
#Binibini17: Ma. Ahtisa Manalo, 20, from Candelaria, Quezon
#Binibini18: Rosantonette Mendoza, 26 years old from Bacoor, Cavite
#Binibini19: Michele Gumabao, 25, from Quezon City
#Binibini20: Catriona Elisa Gray, 24, from Albay
#Binibini21: Anjame Magbitang, 19, from Hagonoy, Bulacan
#Binibini22: Sophia Juliann C. Baino, 24, from Nasugbu, Batangas
#Binibini23: Ena Louis Velasco, 23, from Bacolod City
#Binibini24: Edjelyn Joy Gamboa, 25, from Oriental Mindoro
#Binibini25: Jerellen Rodriguez, 25, from Nasugbu, Batangas
#Binibini26: Wynonah Van Joy Baluyot, 24, from Cebu
#Binibini27: Henna Kaizzelle Nicole Cajandig, 25, from Sultan Kudarat
#Binibini28: Angelica Mae Corbe, 24, from Legazpi City, Albay
#Binibini29: Samantha Kaye Avestruz, 20, from Tacloban City, Leyte
#Binibini30: Sarah Margarette Joson, 24, from Manila
#Binibini31: Jehza Mae Huelar, 23, from Davao City
#Binibini32: Eva Psychee Patalinjug, 23, from Cebu City
#Binibini33: Stephanie Joy Abellanida, 22, from Pigcawayan, North Cotabato
#Binibini34: Mary Joy “MJ” de Castro, 22, from Davao del Norte
#Binibini35: Sandra Lemonon, 23, from Pasig
#Binibini36: Loren Mar Artajos, 27, from Ilocos
#Binibini37: Patrizia Garcia, 23, from Cainta, Rizal
#Binibini38:Karen Gallman, 25, from Ubay, Bohol
#Binibini39: Trixia Marie S. Maraña, 25, from Dumaguete City, Negros Oriental
#Binibini40: Angelie Aubrey Asuncion, 24, from Tabaco, Albay

Prior to the coronation night, the candidates will participate in a series of events and activities like charity visits.

Considered as a powerhouse in international beauty contests, the Philippines has won a number of prestigious titles including Miss Universe from three winners Gloria Diaz (1969), Margarita Moran (1973), and Pia Wurtzbach (2015), in addition to six Miss International winners Gemma Cruz (1964), Aurora Pijuan (1970), Melanie Marquez (1979), Lara Quigaman (2005), Bea Santiago (2013), and Kylie Versoza (2016).

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