Will any of these 40 women be the next Pia Wurtzbach and bring the fourth Miss Universe crown for the country?
The Binibining Pilipinas Charities Inc. (BPCI) recently released the official portraits of the 40 candidates of the Binibining Pilipinas 2016.
The candidates will vie for five crowns in the said pageant: Miss Universe Philippines, Bb. Pilipinas International, Bb. Pilipinas Intercontinental, Bb. Pilipinas Supranational, and Bb. Pilipinas Tourism.
Beauty pageant aficionados are hoping that this year’s batch will repeat the performance of the 2015 queens—with Wurtzbach posting the biggest win for ending the country’s 42-year Miss Universe crown drought.
This year’s edition features eight “repeaters,” most notable of whom is Kyle Verzosa who got a spot in last year’s Top 15.
The girls who competed in previous editions of the Binibining Pilipinas pageant aside from Verzosa were Leonalyn dela Cruz, Nichole Marie Manalo, Mariella Castillo, Jeslyn Santos, Paula Rich Bartolome, Angelique Celine de Leon, and Sissel Ria Rabajante.
The Binibining Pilipinas 2016 coronation night will be held in April. AJH