The dazzling motorcade was the second to the last official event of the pageant before the coronation night on April 14, Sunday. The next event is on April 11, Thursday: a fashion show that will showcase the ramp modeling prowess of the 50 candidates. Final details of the event have yet to be released.
The Parade of Beauties began its route at the Parking Garage South of the Smart Araneta Coliseum. Each candidate wore a fringed gold bikini and a feathered headpiece, and sat on a convertible car courtesy of Miata Club Philippines. Its end point was the Gateway Mall Pavilion, where the candidates introduced themselves one by one before performing a Latin dance number together.
It was a festival of beauty. Street bands accompanied the motorcade and energized the crowd, most of whom were attracted not only by the music but by the smiling candidates and reigning beauty queens who joined the parade. Miss Universe 2013 first runner-up Janine Tugonon, Miss Philippines International 2012 Nicole Schmitz, Miss Philippines Tourism 2012 Katrina Dimaranan, and Binibining Pilipinas 2012 first runner-up Elaine Mool (who was 3rd runner-up at the Miss Supranational 2012 pageant in Poland) added glitz to the motorcade with their beaded golden gowns and crowns.
Here are the candidates in the Miata cars during the parade [Photography by Edric Chen]:
Here are other moments from the event [Photography by Andrew Robles]:
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