MANILA, Philippines – There were cheers, whistles, roars of approval, all against the parade music and the official Binibining Pilipinas song.
This was the cacophony that greeted spectators standing by at the 2014 Binibining Pilipinas Parade of Beauties on March 22, which began at the Expo Centro and concluded at the Gateway Pavillon.
Riding colorful floats themed according to popular Philippine festivals, this year’s top 40 binibinis dressed up in their bikini best, all while wearing elaborate headresses and basking under the summer sun.
See the photos below:
All photos by Mark Cristino / Rappler
In a separate float were the 2013 Bb Pilipinas title-holders: Ariella Arida (Miss Universe 2013 3rd runner-up), Joanna Cindy Miranda (Bb Pilipinas Tourism 2013), Mutya Johanna Datul (Miss Supranational 2013), and Bea Rose Santiago (Miss International 2013).
(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 30, 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.
This also follows the previous events in this year’s Bb Pilipinas calendar, which includes February 14’s talent show, which saw 12 out of the top 40 give their all in song and dance, February 19’s swimsuit presentation, and two runway shows: the casual wear fashion show and national costume competition, both on March 6.
(SEE THE PHOTOS: Bb Pilipinas talent show 2014)
Who are your favorites to take home the big titles this year? Don’t forget to head over here to view profile pages of each individual Bb Pilipinas candidate on Rappler, where you’ll see trivia, their introductory videos, video clips from the talent show (for those who participated), and individual photo galleries from each candidates Bb Pilipinas journey. Plus, vote for who you think looks best in swimwear, had the best national costume, and is the most photogenic! – Rappler.com