Binibining Pilipinas 2014 (8th Update): It’s a Family Affair!

Before Binibining Pilipinas 2014 started to accept applications, I heard rumors that the daughter of Desiree Verdadero (Miss Universe 1984 3rd Runner-up) was actually joining the pageant. However, there was no Aya Abesamis in the screening.

Despite Aya’s absence in Binibining Pilipinas 2014, we are now seeing three other hopefuls who are connected to another Binibini 🙂 Proving that being a beauty queen is something that is in their genes and is (simply) a family affair, these three ladies are brave enough to go through the whole process of competing. Fans should understand that these ladies are in such challenging position because no matter what happens, people will have something to say. If they will be successful, some people will attribute it to her Binibini connection. If in case the bid will be unsuccessful, she will be compared to the achievements of her much more famous relative. I just wish that these ladies will be judged fairly and that they will reach the placement that they truly deserve 🙂

Nichole Marie Manalo


Photo Credits: Sash Factor & Brix Vera

Nichole comes from a family of beauty queens. In fact, her family already has 3 (three) Binibini titles to brag – her aunt Nini Ramos competed and was a semifinalist in Miss International 1968, her older sister Kate Manalo was the country’s representative to Miss World 2002 where she placed in the Top 10 and another older sister is Bianca Manalo who competed in Miss Universe 2009. I don’t know if Nichole felt some pressure into entering Binibini but she just needs to be positive at this point and think that there are three people who are in the best position to coach her through this journey. I am very positive that she will be considered as an official candidate and I am excited to know her performance!

Lea Forbes


Photo Credits: Sash Factor & Brix Vera

Another Binibin sibling is out there trying her luck in the same pageant that made her sister famous. Lea Forbes is the younger sister of Binibining Pilipinas 2012 Runner-Up Ali Forbes. Ali also participated in an international pageant and placed so I bet that she has a longer set of pointers and reminders for her sister. If my memory serves me right, Ali was a “favorite” of Mdm. Stella Araneta. Will Lea be getting the nod of approval as well?

Joy Antonette Diaz


Photo Credits: Dencio Natividad & Sash Factor

If the other two ladies I introduced earlier had Binibini connections, this 3rd beautiful hopeful has a Binibini AND Miss Universe connection. Yes! Joy Antonette Diaz is the niece of Miss Universe 1969 Gloria Diaz. Double the pressure if you will ask me! What is interesting with Joy’s outing is the fact that she decided to join the House of JDV – headed by John Dela Vega which haven’t produced a Miss Universe Philippines crown yet. Of course, with the pageant experience and hardwork of John, an MUP title is just within their camp’s reach. In fact, John is  the man behind the success of Ali Forbes. What do you think with Joy’s chances?


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