Bb. Pilipinas 2012 (3rd Update): The Official Candidates

The moment has finally arrived. Presenting the official candidates of  Bb. Pilipinas 2012 below.

Who will inherit the crowns?!?

Miss Universe Philippines 2012

Bb. Pilipinas International 2012

Bb. Pilipinas Tourism 2012

Here are the girls:

(the number corresponds to their numbers during the screening)

Photo Credits: Bruce Casanova for Bb. Pilipinas (Official FB Page)

(01) Romelin Roxanne de Castro

(08) Sherlyn Gonzales

(09) Patricia Ejercitado

(12) Jaine Hidalgo

(16) Maria Alicia Elena Ariosa

(17) Marie Irisha Arcenas

(19) Giselle Angelica Munoz

(23) Marie Virgenia Cecilie Peter

(24) Chloe Zanardi

(27) Katrina Jayne Dimaranan

(29) Elaine Kay Moll

(31) Annalie Forbes

(33) Anna Czarina Buenviaje

(34) Fer Mary Baliquig

(39) Angelee delos Reyes

(41) Gina Joy Howell

(43) Roxane Joy Jesalva

(44) Meiji Cruz

(45) Karen Gallman

(46) Roxanne Tadique

(48) Nicole Schmitz

(53) Janine Tugonon

(54) Rose Ann Aguilar

(59) Mary Jean Lastimosa

(65) Nicole Marable

(81) Liezl Alcantara

(83) Goldy Baroa

(85) Jillean Camille Orbina

(90) Maxine Medina

(91) Golda Soller

Those in RED are the girls that impressed me on videos and pics that I saw during the screening. Let us see on what can they offer 🙂

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10 Responses to Bb. Pilipinas 2012 (3rd Update): The Official Candidates

  1. Alyanna Capiral says:


  2. i like romelin roxane of course.the rest of candidates?Must be joking!!!let see the pride of de’s about time!!Go!roxy go!

  3. Catherine Villamor-Liu says:

    Nicole Marable. Simply beautiful. Definitely the #1 pick.

  4. august16 says:

    I think Nicole Marable is simple but, beautiful. She seems soft and most people look for the same kind of faced people but, Marable shows true beauty and she really impressed Kattera because her name is in red.

  5. maria irisha arcenas

  6. Billie Pilar says:

    Il go for Nicole Marable, sweet very natural, fresh and full of potential.

  7. frez says:

    fer mary baliquig # 24

  8. ARIEL ALLERA says:

    BB. PILIPINAS 2012: And The Crown Goes To?


    Three ladies will be named as the most exceptional Filipinas come April 15, at the Binibining Pilipinas 2012 coronation night to be held at the Smart Araneta Coliseum, Cubao, Quezon City. While this year’s batch is overwhelmed with highly deserving Filipinas to represent our country abroad, it is quite disheartening to note that only three will be chosen, and they will be crowned as Binibining Pilipinas-Universe 2012, Binibining Pilipinas-International 2012, and Binibining Pilipinas-Tourism 2012.

    Following the remarkable finishes of fourth runner-up Venus Raj and third runner-up Shamcey Supsup at Miss Universe 2010 and Miss Universe 2011, respectively, it is no wonder why Binibining Pilipinas Charities, Inc. (chaired by Stella Marquez de Araneta) made sure that this year’s list be fielded with 30 statuesque and dynamic Filipinas who possess a voracious drive to steal the thunder of the globally competitive Latina beauties. If, indeed, we want to bring home the third Miss Universe crown this year, or at least come closer to a victorious culmination than last year and the previous year, we need to send a delegate who can also bring more promise to the table.

    Standing five feet seven, Cainta-Rizal’s Patricia Lae Ejercitado is perfect Miss Universe material, while trailing right on her heels is Balanga City-Bataan’s Janine Tugonon. Patricia was a candidate in 2010, but lost the night to Venus who was chosen as Binibining Pilipinas-Universe.

    Quite evidently, our country has been getting a good rap from the Miss Universe Organization for the past two years, so it can be utterly thrilling to think that maybe, just maybe, this would be the year that all of us may have been waiting for since 1973, when Margarita Moran came home with the last Miss Universe crown, succeeding Gloria Diaz in 1969.

    Patricia Lae Ejercitado is fit for the Binibining Pilipinas-Universe crown because of the way she comes across in print, on T.V., and of course, on stage. Her seductive and exotic demeanor will surely make her become an instant early favorite the moment she steps out of the plane, glides along the airport runway, and meets and greets members of the press awaiting the candidates’ arrival. She is fierce! What with her chocolatey skin, curvaceous body, and delicious cheekbones, there’s no doubt that Patricia will trump her rivals. After all, she is a combo of Miss Universe 2006 Zuleyka Rivera (Puerto Rico) and Miss Universe 1995 Chelsi Smith (U.S.A.) walk- and look-alike.

    Having taken advantage of the same training as her colleagues—BB Pilipinas Universe 2011 Shamcey Supsup, BB Pilipinas International 2011 Diane Necio, and BB Pilipinas Tourism 2011 Isabella Manjon—last year’s first runner-up Janine Tugonon will have to hold herself firmly against Patricia Ejercitado who is deemed to be her strongest competitor for the Binibining Pilipinas Universe title.

    It is going to be a neck-and-neck competition between the two, but it looks like Patricia’s daintily brown complexion and enticing sex appeal will edge out Janine whose only vantage is that she’s taller by three-fourth inch. However, Janine’s fierce Oriental facial features will separate her from the rest of the pop pageant patties across the globe, and that alone could help make her dream come true and possibly clinch the third Miss Universe crown for the Philippines. But if only the Miss World title was not taken out of Binibining Pilipinas, then Janine could step aside and make a stride towards that direction instead. Being a dead ringer for Miss Universe 1999 first runner-up Miriam Quiambao (Philippines) and Ford Supermodel of the World 2011 winner Danica Magpantay (Philippines) simply means that her beauty is universally world-class.

    Davao City’s Mary Jean Lastimosa and Cebu City’s Nicole Schmitz may have the perfect face and figure fit for a Miss Universe, but I have reservations about their chances of winning due to their unimpressive height. Both are veteran beauty titlists. What differentiates them from each other is that MJ has the body to die for, while Nicole can hold all the aces during question-and-answer. MJ resembles Miss Universe 2010 first runner-up Yendi Philipps of Jamaica; Nicole reminds me of Femina Miss India-Universe 1999 Gul Panag and Miss World 1995 Jacqueline Aguilera from Venezuela.

    If, for this year and for a change, the Miss Universe Organization would drop off the weight of height as an essential criterion for choosing its beauty queen cum spokesmodel, then either MJ or Nicole may get a slot in the top five list and—with the former’s excellent catwalk skill, glamazonic presence, and exotic Arabian-Filipino beauty; the latter’s dainty style, jovial personality, and classic German-Filipina beauty—standing out would be as easy as wearing the Miss Universe 2012 sash. At any rate, they would also fare well either at Miss International or at Miss Tourism Queen International. But if you’re wondering why Gloria Diaz and Margie Moran became Miss Universes considering their below five-feet-seven height, well, those were the days…

    It seems the Binibining Pilipinas-International crown has always been reserved for the lady whose appeal is more charming than enticing. Whatever the opposite of being fiercely attractive is, that means a possible fifth Miss International from the Philippines—following Gemma Cruz (1964), Aurora Pijuan (1970), Melanie Marquez (1979), and Precious Lara Quigaman (2005).

    Among this year’s bevy of beauties, Angeles City-Pampanga’s Gina Joy Howell tops my favorite picks for the title of Binibining Pilipinas-International 2012. Why? She’s a natural charmer, a pretty lady, a lovely lass, some perfect girlfriend material. I will never ever fall in love with a woman, but I have a feeling that’s what a Miss International is mostly about—however, the smart and gorgeous Gina may not be able to prove her brains in this event that traditionally skips the all-important interview competition. And because the Miss International Beauty Pageant may not be quite particular about height, Gina’s five-feet-nine stature would be an ace up her sleeve.

    Gina Howell’s immaculate, almost porcelain-white skin stems from an unblemished mix of American and Filipino blood. She glides like a darling of the crowd. While many missologists are saying she looks like Binibining Pilipinas-International 2004 Margaret Ann Bayot, I would say that she bears more than a passing resemblance to Miss International 1979 Melanie Marquez, only a little fairer in complexion. And because Melanie was awarded by Global Beauties as the Most Beautiful Miss International 1960 – 2000, it would be perfect if Gina be given the Binibining Pilipinas-International crown, so that the Miss International Beauty Pageant organizers in Japan would feel visited by the most memorable winner that has ever walked their stage. Needless to say, Gina would also make a strong contender for Miss Tourism Queen International, but she is too pretty for Miss Universe.

    In 2006, Justine Gabionza of the Philippines was crowned as Miss Tourism Queen International, and among this year’s Binibining Pilipinas aspirants, Marie Irisha “Mia” Arcenas—who graduated summa cum laude with a degree in Apparel Manufacturing and Management from the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising in Los Angeles—looks like she’s going to wear the second Miss MTQI crown. Justine did not come through Binibining Pilipinas, but there’s one thing that she and Mia have in common, and that is their refined Filipina features. Last year, our very own Isabella Manjon received a Miss Charity special award, but was unplaced, because, as what many missologists observed, her figure was too bodacious for a Filipina beauty queen. With Mia’s body that is voluptuous enough for an Asian, not to mention her immaculately olive brown skin, who among the other candidates could take the place of this beauty and brains that is a member of an elite family in Cebu City?

    Mia Arcenas can relax, considering she has a little bit of everything, compared to someone whose winsome smile, beautiful face, perfect figure, impressive height, catwalk skill, or gift of gab is her only weapon to snatch the crown. Mia will make an exemplary tourism emissary should she be chosen as Binibining Pilipinas-Tourism 2012, but her wit would only be put to waste if she competed at Miss International, because the pageant does not have a spontaneous question-and-answer segment. Otherwise, she might as well go for Miss Earth where, almost always, brains count more than beauty.

  9. ARIEL ALLERA says:

    The first time I saw Gina Joy Howell was during the Search for 2010 Mr. & Miss University-Philippines, an annual national inter-varsity beauty pageant held at the University of the Philippines Theater in Diliman, Quezon City, in which she placed first runner-up to Sabrinne Al-Tawil, one of last year’s Binibining Pilipinas official candidates. I was the Region 7 delegate’s makeup artist and Gina represented Region 3. She was very sweet and well-mannered. Her impeccable Amerasian countenance, smooth skin, silky black hair, and stunning elegance made me think that she should consider joining Binibining Pilipinas beauty pageant someday. Such combination of beauty and height should not be put in vain, for many are called but only few are chosen. There are a lot of beautiful girls out there who would kill to become Binibining Pilipinas, but could only keep on wishing, because their height won’t suffice. When I saw Gina popping out of the Gateway Suites after the Binibining Pilipinas 2012 final screening last February 11, I couldn’t help but take pride in my hunch two years ago. I was so happy to see her there, especially that she’s one of the standouts from this year’s lineup. I congratulated her on making it as an official candidate, and am very proud of her because she has what it takes to represent our country internationally.
    – (Ariel Allera, Cebu City)

  10. Janine Tugonon (No. 18) is the best candidate for Miss Universe Bb. Pilipinas 2012 (beauty and brain-cum laude – Pharmacy UST graduate). Very proud of her to represent the Philippines for Miss Universe.

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