Another generation of queens took the stage as the Binibining Pilipinas 2018 pageant came to a close.
All roads led to the Big Dome for the #BbGrandCoronationNight2018. Seats were filled with supporters cheering for their fave pick. Onstage, Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach was confidently beautiful and every bit the queen as she hosted the grand event. Joining her and looking dapper in his suit was co-host Richard Gutierrez.
It has been quite a journey of transformation for the forty Binibinis who dared lay claim to the title #BbPilipinas2018. Their personal stories tell of the trials and tribulations of the Modern Filipina. Just as Cream Silk Customized Hair Solutions make a difference for all hair types, so does each Binibini serve as an inspiration to those around them. Of the many hopefuls, six stunning women stood out above the rest. With confidence, these ladies are all set to share their vision of hope and empowerment in the international arena.
Bb. Pilipinas 2018 Globe Michele Theresa Gumabao followed the footsteps of Queen P as Miss Cream Silk, an award given to a Modern Filipina who wears the crown confidently and proves that she can transform lives positively. What is real and true has no room for fake news, and Michele urges everyone to do their share in fighting it. “We must first know what we are reporting, know what we are reading. At the same time, be accountable for what we say, especially online. And I hope that media always filters their news, their resources, to always deliver true and authentic news.”
Bb. Pilipinas 2018 Intercontinental Karen Gallman is no stranger to pressure and how it can be limiting. Her 30-second answer may have caused some raised brows, but she fearlessly stood her ground and addressed the actual problem: the existence of discrimination. “Everyone is equal no matter what shape, sex, religion, or race. But in today’s world, it’s upsetting that we still have discrimination,” she clarified. “Yes, I believe there should be a third restroom for transgenders. However, only as an alternative for those who are yet to fully embrace such a transitional change.”
Bb. Pilipinas 2018 Grand International Eva Psychee Patalinjug was hailed as The Face of the Binibini, but she definitely is so much more than a pretty face. A beauty queen, she believes, has a greater role to play. “The role of a beauty queen is to be a voice.” She then proceeded to be exactly that, and sent a message to all: “In these time of uncertainty taking over our country, we have to remain steadfast and have faith in all of its challenges. As a united nation, what we should do is set aside our political differences, economic, and social preferences. Let our love and loyalty to our country rise above all, in the hopes of making a peaceful country.”
Bb. Pilipinas 2018 Supranational Jehza Mae Huelar has always been goal-oriented, if her going for a third try at the crown is anything to go by. She believes that having a clear mission and vision is key to progress. “I think the most important quality a millennial woman has to have is ambition. With her vision, she should have the attitude and perseverance so that she can achieve her goals. She will be able to express herself freely. I hope that all the millennials out here would really adhere to our culture and tradition so that we can inspire others. We can impact people.”
Bb. Pilipinas 2018 International Maria Ahtisa Manalo is one of the younger ones in this years’ pageant, but she exhibited maturity that proved she can indeed hold her own as she represents the country abroad. Ahtisa acknowledged the need for balance when handling criticisms and standing one’s ground. “A beauty queen should always respond to criticisms constructively. We beauty queens are public figures and we put ourselves in a position to be judged. Nonetheless, we should always filter which comments we should accept and which we should not.”
Miss Universe Philippines 2018, Catriona Elisa Gray already bagged five special awards early in the evening, including the Pitoy Moreno National Costume Award, Best in Swimsuit, and Best in Long Gown. While she was clearly one of the top picks, what sealed the deal was her empowering message to the women of war-torn Marawi. “Be strong. As women, we’re the head of the household and we have amazing influence not only in our families -- as mothers, sisters, and friends – but also in our community. If we could get the women to stay strong and be that image of strength for the children and the people around them, then once the rebuilding is complete and is underway, the morale of the community will stay strong and high.”
Resilience amidst adversity, grace under pressure – these are essential elements of transformation, not just in the Binibining Pilipinas pageant but in life. Ladies and gentlemen, give a warm welcome to the reigning queens of Binibining Pilipinas 2018. These Modern Filipinas are all set to #WearTheCrown with pride as they inspire, encourage, and empower other women to be the best version of themselves.