IT’S goodbye to Miss Universe for Binibining Pilipinas after 56 straight years of holding the franchise and producing an envious record: four winners and a long host of runners-up and finalists.
Last Tuesday, Binibining Pilipinas posted its official statement on the non-renewal of the coveted franchise that has been awarded by the Miss Universe Organization to the new Miss Universe Philippines Organization with former Bb. Pilipinas and Miss Universe 3rd runner-up Shamcey Supsup-Lee.
“Binibining Pilipinas Charities Inc. and the ExCom headed by Mrs. Stella Marquez de Araneta, Ms. Conchitina Bernardo, Ms. Betsy Westendorp Brias, Mr. Raymund Villanueva and Ms. Irene Jao, wish to inform everyone that after 55 years of nurturing and protecting the brand, Miss Universe Organization has decided not to renew its license with BPCI.
“BPCI is proud to have held the Miss Universe license since 1964 and would like to thank the 55 winners who were sent to the Miss Universe pageant to participate. In all those years, we have garnered four Miss Universe winners, nine runners-up, and ten top 20 finalists.
“Under the leadership of Stella Marquez de Araneta, the annual Bb. Pilipinas Pageant has become the biggest and most anticipated beauty event in the Philippines with an impressive roster of empowered women who showcased Filipino beauty, intellect, culture and values before the international stage.
BPCI also cited its other current and past international brands – Miss International, Miss World, Miss Supranational, Miss Grand International, Miss Globe, Miss Intercontinental, among others – and their long list of winners, runners-up and finalists for each pageant.
“Moving forward, BPCI will continue to focus on its charitable initiatives and the staging of the annual Binibining Pilipinas Pageant – the fairest and most prestigious beauty pageant in the country,” the statement concluded.
We wish Miss World Philippines Michelle Marquez Dee all the best as she goes for the second Miss World crown for the Philippines at the 69th finals at the ExCel in London tomorrow night.
Michelle began her silent pageant campaign three weeks ago and is proving herself to be a “kicker,” a silent killer of sorts. She is one of the Top 10 in the Head to Head Challenge assured of a Top 40 slot going into tomorrow’s finals. A total of 111 delegates from as many countries are competing.
Michelle’s mom, former supermodel and Miss International Melanie Marquez will be in London to cheer and support her. National director Arnold Vegafria will also be there.