October 20, 2017, 12:37 am
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Athletic Caviteñas

THE 40 Binibining Pilipinas candidates were gorgeous in their swimsuits and elegant in their national costumes and ace photographer Raymund Saldaña captured them beautifully in photos that are on exhibit at the Gateway Mall Cineplex lobby beginning last Saturday.

Two of these empowered women are actually champions in their chosen sport, ready to shift their athletic prowess in the arena to the pageant catwalk at the finals at the Big Dome on April 30.

Binibini 5 is Joselle S. Mariano, 21, from Trece Martires, Cavite. She is a Tourism major at Cavite State University.

Joselle, who stands 5’6”, is a champion swimmer who has competed in national-level swim meets from age 4 until college. Her recent swim included the State Universities & Colleges Atheletic Association meet in 2012. She was also part of a swim relay team consisting of 4,732 swimmers that attempted to break the Guinness Book of World Record at Diliman Preparatory School in Quezon City on December 10-11, 2010 where each swimmer had to complete the length of 60 feet each. The attempt elicited much publicity but did not break the record of 5,028 swimmers of Italy.

Binibini 17 is Maria Camille Pau Manalo, 26, from Silang, Cavite. A graduate of Library and Information Science at the University of Santo Tomas, the 5’8” Caviteña is competing in her very first pageant.

Manalo admits her first love is taekwondo. She won the gold medal at the 2011 Southeast Asian Games in Jakarta Indonesia, competing in the lightweight division. The year before, she was also part of the Philippine team that competed at the Guangzhou Asian Games. At the 2012 Asian Taekwondo Championships in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, she won a bronze medal. After incurring a knee injury in 2012 that took her one year to recover, she stopped competing.

Camille is excited to wear bikinis and evening gowns in exchange for her dobok (taekwondo uniform) in Bb. Pilipinas 2017.

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Twenty-four good-looking and eligible bachelors from all over the Philippines are competing in the Mister Philippines (The Bachelors) 2017 grand finals to be held at Systems Plus College Foundation in Angeles City tonight.

The contestants were presented to members of media at Music Box in Quezon City last Friday and the press engaged them in a question-and-answer round. Pageant Watch was impressed with the batch for their candidness and confidence in delivering their answers.

The winners of the pageant, founded by Dr. Joseph Pallera almost a decade ago, will earn the right to represent the Philippines in international tilts including Mister Universe, Mister Global, Mister Teen Global and the soon-to-be-launched Mister Grand International.

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The National Association of Independent Travel Agencies on the Philippines (NAITAS) and La Unica Events, together with Hannah’s Beach Resort and Convention Center in Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte and the Department of Tourism and Tourism Promotions Board will stage the grand coronation night of NAITAS Face of Tourism 2017 at the SMX Convention Center in Pasay on April 9 as one of the highlights of NAITAS Trade and Travel Show.

All the best to the 16 contestants who were presented to the press at ICON Hotel, Timog Ave., Quezon City last March 25. The pageant is chaired by Roanne Samonte Refrea who was Miss Tourism Philippines 2015. 
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