Bb. Pilipinas candidates' real professions
Will this year’s Bb. Pilipinas titleholder continue Shamcey Supsup and Venus Raj’s winning streak?
No one knows as of now. But the 30 beauties vying for the Bb. Pilipinas 2012 title surely hope so.
This year’s batch is a mixture of professionals, students, pageant first-timers and experienced contestants.
“This year, halos lahat sila titulado, meaning professionals. A lot of them are professionals, and then some are, like, siguro safe to say mga sampu, came back (to join),” Araneta Group’s Public Relations and Corporate Communications Manager Tessa Mangahas said.
The candidates were screened from a field of 100 hopefuls.
“Tumaas ang standards. Dahil more than just face and figure, (dapat) very smart ‘yung mga girls, hindi ba? Mrs. (Stella) Araneta (chair of the Bb. Pilipinas Charities Inc.) said before na, ‘You just know when you look at them,” Mangahas added.
Some of the candidates work as registered nurses. One is an interior designer. Another is a doctor. There’s a a certified public accountant and a fashion designer.
The candidates also have interesting backgrounds. Liezl Alcantara from Basco, Batanes is the first pure Ivatan who has joined Bb. Pilipinas. Ayelee Marie Dasalla used to be obese and thought of joining a beauty pageant as an impossible dream.
Other candidates are Karen Gallman, Romelin de Castro, Nicole Marable, Rose Ann Aguilar, Patricia Lae Ejercitado, Nicole Schmitz, Mary Jean Lastimosa, Jillean Camille Orbina, Marie Virgenia Peter, Katrina Dimaranan, Gina Joy Howell, Elaine Kay Moll, Anna Czarina Buenviaje, Janine Tugonon, Roxanna Jesalva, Giselle Munoz, Meiji Cruz, Goldy Baroa, Fer Baliquig, Chloe Zanardi, Annalie Forbes and Sherlyn Gonzales.
The Bb. Pilipinas 2012 coronation night will be aired live on ABS-CBN on April 15. A primer will be aired on ABS-CBN’s Sunday Best on April 8.