October 20, 2017, 2:27 am
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The ‘Binibini’ beauties to beat

THE 54th Binibining Pilipinas will hold its most awaited grand coronation night at the Big Dome on Sunday, April 30 to be aired on ABS-CBN and hosted by Xian Lim and Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach.

Forty empowered ladies are raring to clinch one of six titles at stake, namely: Miss Universe, Miss International, Miss Grand International, Miss Supranational, Miss Intercontinental and Miss Globe.

We have picked 14 candidates who will most likely advance to the next rounds and win the coveted titles. They are: Nelda Cunan Ibe, 24, a cadet pilot of Alpha Aviation Group Philippines from Tarlac; Rachel Obregon Peters, 25, a British-Filipina from Camarines Sur; Sirene Sutton, 23, a professional ramp and runway model from Las Piñas; Ma. Angelica “Mariel” Andolong de Leon, 23, a classical opera singer from Las Piñas and the daughter of actors Christopher de Leon and Sandy Andolong; Ruffa Nava, 24, a professional model from Iloilo; Charmaine Francisco Elima, 24, a flight attendant of Philippine Airlines from Binangonan, Rizal; Jehza Mae Sotillo Huelar, 22, last year’s 2nd runner-up, from Davao; Arienne Louise Brago Calingo, 24, a graduate of Georgetown University (Washington, DC) who speaks six languages; 

Angelique Celine Lorenzo de Leon, 26, a manager for a corporate image company from Mandaluyong; Christagale Borja, 26, a fashion merchandiser from Samar; Chanel Olive Villamayor Thomas, 26, a half-Australian model and host from San Antonio, Nueva Ecija; Mae Liezel Jaucian Ramos, 26, a registered nurse and volunteer for an HIV organization from Naga City; Katarina Sonja Rodriguez, 24, a model and competitive long distance runner from Davao City; and Elizabeth Dorado Clenci, 26, a Filipino-Romanian bassist who was born in Canberra, Australia, representing her mother’s hometown of Mandaue.

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Congratulations to Representative Florida Perez-Robes of the lone district of San Jose del Monte City, Bulacan for being named as one of the 45 Outstanding Women of the Year by Women’s Journal in celebration of their 45th anniversary.

 A BS Psychology graduate of St. Paul’s College, Robes was a beauty contestant (for Mutya ng Pilipinas 1988 but withdrew because of the strict rules against beauty tilts by her school), commercial model (Jollibee and Close-Up Toothpaste) and actress (under Regal Films), and was into road construction and catering business before she married Arthur Robes, the current mayor of San Jose del Monte City.
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