After several postponements, the 2019 Binibining Pilipinas queens have ended their two-year reign and passed their crowns on to their successors!
The Binibining Pilipinas 2021 coronation night was held at the Smart Araneta Coliseum on Sunday, July 11. Hosting the event were Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray and Miss Grand International 2016 1st runner-up Nicole Cordoves, the first time for the pageant to have all-female hosts.
The 34 candidates opened the show with a dance number wearing an ensemble of green, orange, and yellow dresses. The ladies then introduced themselves via prerecorded video as there was no mic onstage for the introduction part.
Shortly after, the special awards were presented. The candidates who received special recognition are:
Best in National Costume Award: Ma. Ruth Erika Quin, Nueva Ecija
Miss Friendship: Lesley Anne Ticaro, Tagum City, Davao
Most Talented: Vianca Louise Marcelo, Bocaue, Bulacan
Miss Photogenic: Patrizia Mariah Garcia, Manila
Catriona and Nicole then announced the candidates who qualified for the semifinals. 12 finalists were initially called, and each of them gave a short speech on what they learned over the COVID-19 pandemic. (READ: TRANSCRIPT: Binibining Pilipinas Top 13 finalists)
Cagayan de Oro, Misamis Oriental’s Cinderella Faye Obeñito was named the wildcard finalist. She was the candidate who got the most votes from pageant fans on the Binibining Pilipinas mobile app, making a total of 13 semifinalists for this year’s pageant.
The top 13 candidates then showed off their physique in the swimsuit portion. The candidates wore orange embellished swimsuits designed by Domz Ramos in collaboration with Mark Tamung, with shoes by Jojo Bragais.
Valenzuela’s Meiji Cruz was named Best in Swimsuit.
After that, the top 13 candidates were the epitome of grace and poise as they showcase their evening gowns. Details of their dresses were explained in voice overs as each candidate modeled their looks on stage.
Gabrielle Camille Basiona from Borongan, Easter Samar was named Best in Long Gown.
Miss Grand International 2020 1st runner-up Samantha Bernardo also returned to the Binibining Pilipinas stage.
The top 13 candidates then took on the question and answer portion of the competition. The women were given 30 seconds to answer questions from judges and celebrity panelists. (READ: TRANSCRIPT: Binibining Pilipinas 2021 Q&A segment)
Before the announcement of winners, each of the 2019 Binibining Pilipinas queens – Bb Pilipinas Universe Gazini Ganados, Bb Pilipinas Globe Leren Bautista, Bb Pilipinas Grand International Aya Abesamis, Bb Pilipinas Intercontinental Emma Mary Tiglao, and Bb Pilipinas International Bea Patricia Magtanong took their final walks and gave their last speeches as the reigning queens.
The excitement peaked as the winners were crowned, with Hannah Arnold as the Binibining Pilipinas International 2021.