The Journey to the Crowns are All Set for 3 Binibinis!
Report: Raymund Golez | Managing Editor
Photos: JR Noses | Chief Photojournalist & Photo Editor
Three Binibining Pilipinas 2016 Queens are confidently excited to make waves in their respective international pageant competition. Bb. Pilipinas International Kylie Verzosa, Bb. Pilipinas Intercontinental Jennifer Hammond, and Bb. Pilipinas Grand International Nicole Cordoves graciously greeted the members of Philippine media, along with their families and friends during their official send-off press conference held on September 28 at Novotel Manila, Araneta Center, Philippines.
The ladies are set to leave for their respective competitions in this month of October, which is considered to be an exciting month for pageants fans. Fans are enjoined to give their all out support for not jut one, but three lovely Bb. Pilipinas Queens.
Jennifer will represent the Philippines in the Miss Intercontinental beauty pageant on October 16 in Colombo, Sri Lanka. Just days after, Nicole will carry another Philippine flag to the Miss Grand International pageant to be held in Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.A. on October 25. Finally, Kylie will attempt to bring home the sixth (6th) Miss International crown for the country when she competes on October 27 in Tokyo, Japan.
It is interesting to know that Filipino designers worked with the ladies to create their National Costumes for their respective pageants. Jennifer will be wearing a Nat Manilag creation, Nicole will be wearing a Mak Tumang, while Kylie will be wearing a creation by Francis Libiran.
Kylie, Jennifer, and Nicole received words of encouragement from their fellow Bb. Pilipinas 2016 winners – Miss Universe Philippines Maxine Medina, Bb. Pilipinas Supranational Joanna Eden, and Bb. Pilipinas Globe Nichole Marie Manalo. Also on hand to inspire the queens were Binibining Pilipinas Charities Inc. (BPCI) co-chairperson Madam Conchitina Sevilla-Bernardo, and board member Madam Betsy Westendorp.
About the Pageants
Miss International is Tokyo-based international beauty pageant organized by The International Culture Association. Also known as “Miss International Beauty”, the pageant was first held in 1960.
The pageant opens doors for women to serve as “Ambassadors of Peace and Beauty” by demonstrating tenderness, benevolence, friendship, beauty, intelligence, ability to take action, and most importantly, great international sensibility. Its ultimate goal is to promore world peace, goodwill, and understanding.
It was in 1968 when BPCI acquired the local franchise for the pageant. To date, the Philippines has already won five Miss International crowns.
Miss Intercontinental is an annual international pageant by the World Beauty Organization that is located in Panama. While the sash and crown have become pop culture mainstays, the Miss Intercontinental event has grown to become an ultimate show and icon of female beauty and success.
The world has changed a lot over the years, and Miss Intercontinental has mirrored these changes by showcasing the diverse beauty of women from all over the world. Since 1971, the pageant has produced titleholders that composed of accomplished women from different sectors of society, from the government to business, finance, film, and fashion. These are all women of power and grace, commitment and intelligence, style and substance.
In 2014, BPCI acquired the local franchise for the pageant and has sent Filipina delegates to Miss ntercontinental since.
MISS GRAND INTERNATIONAL
Miss Grand International (MGI) pageant’s objective is to end all forms of violence and hostility. It wants to rid the world of conflict to improve the quality of human life for the sake of the children and the generations to follow.
MGI is committed to spreading the message of happiness with the slogan, “Stop War and Violence”. BPCI acquired the rights to franchise the local pageant last year.