MANILA, Philippines – In a celebration parallel to the Chinese New Year festivities, the top 40 Binibining Pilipinas candidates were formally presented to the public on January 31, first at the Farmers Plaza activity area, and then at the Flavors Food Park at Gateway Mall.
Standing tall in their casual best (the ladies wore red short-sleeved Binibining Pilipinas shirts, jeans, and heels), the candidates beamed and waved to the crowd while audience members showed off signs bearing the names of their favorites.
A fireworks display capped off the short program, as the crowd looked on in delight.
Click through the slideshow below to see photos of this year’s top 40 contestants. – Rappler.com
All photos by Mark Cristino