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IN PHOTOS: Stars at Binibining Pilipinas 2016

GLORIA DIAZ. Miss Universe 1969 Gloria Diaz watches the Binibining Pilipinas 2016 coronation night live at the Araneta Coliseum. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

GLORIA DIAZ. Miss Universe 1969 Gloria Diaz watches the Binibining Pilipinas 2016 coronation night live at the Araneta Coliseum.

Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

MANILA, Philippines – The energy was high at the Binibining Pilipinas 2016 coronation night, as the crowd eagerly anticipated who Pia Wurtzbach would crown as her Miss Universe Philippines successor.

Many local stars and Pia's guests from the Miss Universe 2015 pageant were there at the Araneta Colisuem on Sunday, April 17.

Bianca Manalo and her boyfriend, Fabio Ide, were there to support Bianca's sister, Nichole Marie Manalo.

Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler
Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Hosting the event were actors Xian Lim and KC Concepcion.

Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Pia was there, together with the other Bb Pilipinas reigning queens, Janicel Lubina, Rogelie Catacutan, Christi Lynn McGarry, and Ann Lorraine Colis.

Photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler
Photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

Bb Pilipinas 2014 MJ Lastimosa was also at the 2016 pageant. 

Photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

Former Miss Universe queen from the Philippines, Miss Universe 1969 Gloria Diaz were also present to watch Pia crown her successor. 

Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Pia's friends from Miss Universe 2015, Miss USA and Miss Universe 2nd runner-up Olivia Jordan, Miss Malaysia Vanessa Tevi Kumares and Miss Myanmar May Thaw were there as her guests.

. @MissUniverse @PiaWurtzbach 's guests at #BbPilipinas2016, Miss Malaysia and Miss Myanmar! @rapplerdotcom pic.twitter.com/Ywq4FGRRdH — vernise tantuco (@verntantuco) April 17, 2016

 

Olivia was one of the judges at the pageant, too along with actor Ian Veneracion and Paolo Roxas, son of presidential candidate Mar Roxas.

Photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler
Photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

. @MissUSA heading to the #BbPilipinas2016 coronation night! @rapplerdotcom pic.twitter.com/HNM5jWlpKD — vernise tantuco (@verntantuco) April 17, 2016

 

Aside from Pia's friends, another member of the Miss Universe Organization was there – president Paula Shugart.

. @MissUniverse Organization president Paula Shugart is watching #BbPilipinas2016 too! @rapplerdotcom pic.twitter.com/senzzxmhKm — vernise tantuco (@verntantuco) April 17, 2016

 

– Rappler.com