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Binibining Pilipinas 2016 Beauties Crowned

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The quest for the coveted Binibining Pilipinas crowns ended early Monday morning of April 18 as winners of this year’s exciting pageant were revealed before a capacity crowd at the Big Dome.

A climax of the competition which lasted for three months, the finals night saw 40 beautiful and outstanding women from all over the country vying for the six Binibining Pilipinas titles at stake.

Admittedly this was a tough competition following the stellar successes of the reigning 2015 beauty queens. The historic win of Pia Wurtzbach at the Miss Universe 2015 pageant became a shining moment of glory for the Philippines which can now claim to be a beauty pageant powerhouse. The winning streak also continued with Anne Colis winning the Miss Globe 2015 title held in Toronto, Canada, as well as the impressive showing of Parul Shah, who was 3rd runner-up in the Thailand-based Miss Grand International 2015 and Christy McGarry’s 1st runner-up honor earned at Miss Intercontinental 2015. While Rogelie Catacutan was a semifinalist in the Miss Supranational 2015 pageant held in Poland, Janicel Lubina made it into the Top 10 in the Tokyo-based Miss International 2015 pageant, where she was also awarded Best Dresser.

Nothing short of grand, the coronation night was themed the Best Party Ever with reigning Miss Universe Pia Wurtzbach present and later crowned her successor. Her presence added luster to the already star-studded event – ably emceed by Xian Lim and KC Concepcion, and Bb. Pilipinas 2014 2nd Runner-Up Laura Lehmann, Bb. Pilipinas International 2014 Bianca Guidotti and Miss Intercontinental 2014 2nd Runner-Up Kris Tiffany Janson – with a bevy of reigning and past queens and a distinguished panel of judges in attendance.

Bb. Pilipinas Grand International: Nicole Cordoves; Bb. Pilipinas Supranational: Joanna D. Eden (also Best in Swimsuit); Bb. Pilipinas Intercontinental: Jennifer Hammond (also Best in Long Gown); Bb. Pilipinas Globe: Nichole Marie Manalo (also Miss Cream Silk); Bb. Pilipinas Universe: Maria Mika Maxine Medina (also Miss Philippine Airlines); Bb. Pilipinas International: Kylie Versoza (also Face of Binibini, JAG She’s Got the Look, and Manila Bulletin Readers’ Choice)

Nicole Cordoves currently works at the Department of Finance. She is also an active member of Iris Philippines, a non-governmental organization that is geared towards helping women and children.

Joanna Deapera Eden is currently in her second year at the De La Salle University studying International Studies major in American. She has a penchant for music and knows how to play the flute and saxophone.

Jennifer Hammond graduated cum laude in BS Nursing and was a topnotcher in the Nursing board exams. She is a model and a member of Professional Models Association of the Philippines. She is also a blogger with a penchant for arts and crafts.

Nichole Marie Manalo is a nursing graduate from Manila Doctors College, and is currently an ICU nurse in a government hospital. She likes being of service to others and engaging in various charitable programs. She loves traveling, swimming, and surfing.

Kylie Verzosa graduated from Ateneo De Manila University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management. She also worked as a pre-school teacher, and is a volunteer for the Natasha Goulbourn Foundation. She loves surfing and also enjoys baking.

Maria Mika Maxine Medina is an interior designer who graduated from the Philippine School of Interior Design with experience in designing residential condominiums. She also does modeling on the side.

The1st Runner-up honor goes to Angelica R. Alita while 2nd Runner-up is Jehza Mae S. Huelar.

Vina P. Openiano, who was early in the program given the Miss Friendship and Miss Talent awards, and Kimberlie Mae Penchon, Riana L. Pangindian, Roshiela N. Tobias, Edjelyn Joy Gamboa, Apriel Smith, Dindi Joy Pajares rounded up the semi-finals’ Top 15.

Angela Lauren D. Fernando won for designer Frederick Peralta the Best in National Costume award.

The Binibining Pilipinas 2016 pageant is presented by the Araneta Center, ABS-CBN, CreamSilk, PLDT Home DSL, JAG Jeans, PAGCOR, Manhattan Garden City, Pizza Hut, Dairy Queen, Taco Bell, the Manila Bulletin – the official print partner, DZRH News, Easy Rock, YES FM, Novotel Manila Araneta Center – the official residence, Philippine Airlines – the official airline, Charter Ping An Insurance Corp., David’s Salon, Gold’s Gym, Powertrac, Inc., Picture City, Raymond Saldaña Photography, Bruce Casanova, and Jojo Bragais Shoes.