MANILA, Philippines – It’s heating up.
With just a few weeks to go before Coronation Night on March 30, the top 40 finalists of the Bb Pilipinas 2014 pageant were formally presented to the press at the Sofitel Philippine Plaza on February 19.
This time, the top 40 – composed of returning contestants, newcomers, and even finalists who previously placed – left their more formal outfits at home for turns on the stage in colorful swimsuits.
See the photos of each candidate here:
All photos by Jose Del / Rappler
Watch a clip from the show here:
Ariella Arida (Miss Universe 2013 3rd runner-up), Joanna Cindy Miranda (Bb Pilipinas Tourism 2013) and Mutya Johanna Datul (Miss Supranational 2013) were present, and praised this year’s top 40 for their progress throughout the season. Venus Raj (Miss Universe 2010 4th runner-up), Shamcey Supsup (Miss Universe 2011 3rd runner-up), Precious Lara Quigaman (Miss International 2005), were also at this event and took to the stage to greet the crowd.
(SEE THE PHOTOS: Bb Pilipinas top 40 presented to the public, Jan. 31)
The activities are leading up to the big coronation night on March 31, which will also feature a performance from prominent pop star Emin, as well as an appearance from the reigning Miss Universe, Venezuela’s Maria Gabriela Isler.
Check back here for more updates on Bb Pilipinas 2014. – Rappler.com