I am very happy to share with you my Week 4 Leader Board for Bb. Pilipinas 2013. This is a major turning point for the pageant for me as this Leader Board did not only cover the much awaited Press Presentation performances but also covered my assessment of each candidate and their performances since the pageant started. Click THIS for Week 1, THIS for Week 2 and THIS for Week 3 Leader Boards to see how my list evolved.
After reviewing my list, I realized that the trend follows the usual trend in beauty pageants. You will find three groups of girls in a pageant – (1) those who are consistently strong; those who were favorites even before the pageant started and were able to maintain the hype with strong performance (2) those who fizzled-out; they were favorites when the pageant started but due to several mistakes or lukewarm performances they are slowly falling from the top and (3) the rising starts; those who were unnoticed but when they saw an opportunity they seized it and are holding on! So let me group the girls here!
Consistently Strong: Pia Wurtzbach, Ria Rabajante and Charmaine Elima survived week after week holding on to their Top 5 positions. This proves that these three are the ladies to beat this year. However, as always, no one is safe! Charmaine “underperformed” during the press presentation and I am disappointed. If this is her strategy then it is not working for her. If you remember, Venus Raj had a very timid and calculated presentation performance because talks were ripe that Mdm Stella Araneta prefer her queens to be timid on stage. But Venus is Venus and you can’t call it as “underperformance”.
Fizzling-Out: I will probably place here Mariel De Leon, Cassandra Naidas and Anna Buquid. I had high hopes for these three when the pageant started. Anna, with her height, stood out. As a fan who favors taller queens, I wanted Anna to capitalize on those “eternal” legs with an amazing catwalk, great styling and lovable personality. I am not sure on the personality factor but I can tell you that her catwalk was just average and forgettable and her styling is not the best in the group. Cass is also loosing steam after her name made the rounds of pageant forum with those celebrated candids. The problem is the fact that the candids did not translate to better pageant pictures. Her average press presentation performance didn’t help as well. Lastly, Mariel wasn’t able to capitalize on the spotlight she received after a successful talent performance. Her awkward catwalk and pauses made it very difficult for her to compete against the catwalk and pageant divas.
Rising Stars: I will put her Mutya Datul, Matet Gorgonio and Hannah Sison. These 3 started behind the heavy weights but slowly I am seeing them putting their cards one by one to the surprise of the fans. Mutya started strong even before the pageant started but she is always behind the heavy favorites. With her press presentation performance, she can now be considered as a frontrunner. Matet and Hannah were nowhere in sight when the pageant started but the both released fan-friendly candids telling everyone that their headshots were irrelevant. As the participate in activities, fans realized how beautiful and confident they are. Then they stole the press presentation spotlight with superb performances.
I am still adamant to put the rest into the three categories above. I will probably need another week or two to observe them. I have to welcome Gabrielle Runnstrom, Mercegrace Raquel and Parul Shah to our Leader Board. Oh how I love seeing them here!
15th Place: (31) Mariel de Leon
14th Place: (44) Gabrielle Monique Runnstrom
13th Place: (21) Lourenz Remetillo
12th Place: (28) Mercegrace Raquel
11th Place: (50) Krisma Pascual
10th Place: (33) Parul Shah
9th Place: (26) Anna Buquid
8th Place: (19) Hannah Ruth Sison
7th Place: (30) Matet Gorgonio
6th Place: (24) Cassandra Naidas
2nd Runner-up: (13) Charmaine Elima
1st Runner-up: (20) Bea Santiago
Bb. Pilipinas Tourism: (39) Mutya Datul
Bb. Pilipinas International: (01) Ria Rabajante
Miss Universe Philippines: (15) Pia Wurtzbach
There you go….
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