Bb 28: Mercegrace Raquel, 19, Nueva Ecija

BINIBINI 28, MERCEGRACE RAQUEL. Future teacher Merce is proud to be morena. Photo courtesy of Araneta Center Marketing

BINIBINI 28, MERCEGRACE RAQUEL. Future teacher Merce is proud to be morena.

Photo courtesy of Araneta Center Marketing

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MANILA, Philippines - The victories of Venus Raj and Janine Tugonon in Miss Universe inspired Merce to join Binibining Pilipinas. She wanted to represent the “true” Filipina morena beauty in the pageant.

A BS Math and Science Education student, Merce comes from a family of teachers and professors. 

She is also a blogger and maintains a blog about beauty pageants.

SWIMWEAR COMPETITION. Mercegrace Raquel at the March 18 press presentation at Makati Shangri-La Hotel. Photo by Manman Dejeto

SWIMWEAR COMPETITION. Mercegrace Raquel at the March 18 press presentation at Makati Shangri-La Hotel.

Photo by Manman Dejeto

NATIONAL COSTUME COMPETITION. Mercegrace Raquel at the March 18 press presentation at Makati Shangri-La Hotel. Photo by Manman Dejeto

NATIONAL COSTUME COMPETITION. Mercegrace Raquel at the March 18 press presentation at Makati Shangri-La Hotel.

Photo by Manman Dejeto

PARADE OF BEAUTIES. Mercegrace Raquel at the Parade of Beauties on April 6, Araneta Center, Cubao. Photo by Edric Chen

PARADE OF BEAUTIES. Mercegrace Raquel at the Parade of Beauties on April 6, Araneta Center, Cubao.

Photo by Edric Chen

OFFICIAL SWIMWEAR. Mercegrace Raquel in the Bb Pilipinas official swimwear photo from the Araneta Center Marketing Department

OFFICIAL SWIMWEAR.

Mercegrace Raquel in the Bb Pilipinas official swimwear photo from the Araneta Center Marketing Department

ALL HAIL THE NATIONAL ARTIST. Mercegrace Raquel in Pitoy Moreno haute couture at the April 11 fashion show in the Smart Araneta Coliseum. Photo by Edric Chen

ALL HAIL THE NATIONAL ARTIST. Mercegrace Raquel in Pitoy Moreno haute couture at the April 11 fashion show in the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

Photo by Edric Chen

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