Funfare by Ricky Lo
They are the 40 aspirants for the 2011 Bb. Pilipinas pageant set for April, chosen last Saturday after three rigorous screenings. Only two titles are at stake this year, Bb. Pilipinas-Universe and Bb. Pilipinas-International.
For the first time in the pageant’s 47-year history, the preliminary screenings for the Bb. Pilipinas search were opened to the media. More than 112 aspirants showed up. During the three screenings, the last of which was held last Saturday, the number was trimmed down to 40 instead of just 26.
“There were too many beautiful aspirants, so we decided to increase the number to 60,” said Madame Stella Marquez de Araneta, head of the Bb. Pilipinas Charities, Inc. (BPCI).
Stella herself chaired the screening committee that included BPCI executive director Pitoy Moreno, artist Betsy Westendorf, Miss Universe Philippines Venus Raj, fashion director Raymond Villanueva, and past and present binibinis.
Only two titles (Bb. Pilipinas-Universe and Bb. Pilipinas-International) are at stake in the grand finals set for April. The bet for Miss World (who used to be known as Bb. Pilipinas-World) will be chosen by a new franchise-holder.
The pageant will be aired live by ABS-CBN with which the BPCI recently signed a contract. It was GMA which telecast the pageant for 13 years. It’s also ABS-CBN which has been airing live the Miss Universe pageant, this year to be held in Brazil in September. The Philippine Star, Manila, 01.02.11
2011 BB. PILIPINAS top 40 Official Candidates:
1 - Jeanette Noguchi 2 - Elizabeth Clenci 8 - Gianna Therese Quintos
11 - Shamcey Supsup 12 - Diana Arevalo 13 - MJ Lastimosa
18 - Jenilyn Olivar 19 - Teresa Pamela Ludovice 20 - Tina Marasigan
21 - Queenie Rehman 26 - Camille Alexis Baltazar 27 - Glennifer Perido
29 - Krystle Ann Dizon 31 - Jennielyn Natividad 32 - Patricia Tumulak
34 - Paula Camille Figueras 35 - Roxanne Cabanero 38 - Marish Alyssa Marquinez
39 - Hazelyn Santos 40 - Ara Hanesh 41 - Carla Lacson
43 - Martha McCulley 49 - Dianne Necio 51 - Luzelle Felipe
52 - Jen Roe Gubat 54 - Isabella Manjon 55 - Bianca Paz
58 - Ladylyn Riva 64 - Kathleen Subijano 68 - Wendy Lucas
70 - Sabrine Al Tawil 73 – Janine Tugunon 75 - Kenneth Dimaapi
84 - Angelia Ong 85 - Samantha Purvor 88 - Sephora Mayon
90 - Carolyn Ty 98 - Grendel Alvarado 106-Sarah Clenci
109-Winter Della Frissange