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On 3rd try, Vickie Rushton, Samantha Bernardo hope to finally win a Binibining Pilipinas crown

MANILA, Philippines – The official candidates for Binibining Pilipinas 2020 were announced on Thursday, February 6, with two familiar names gunning for their 3rd try in the pageant: Vickie Rushton and Samantha Bernardo.

For Vickie, who was 1st runner-up in 2018, the 3rd try is an opportunity to redeem herself. She was widely touted to be a shoo-in for the crown – until she got distracted and was unable to answer the Q and A properly. (READ: Will Vickie Rushton try Binibining Pilipinas one more time?)

Speaking to reporters after the announcement, Vickie said that she has been working on her communication skills.

"Hindi ko alam, hindi ko masasabi pero gusto ko paghandaan at hindi na ako kabahan (I can't say for sure but I want to be prepared so I don't get nervous)," Vickie said when asked if she's less nervous about the Q and A portion this time around.

When asked if she's ready for another round, the former Pinoy Big Brother: All In contestant said: "Of course. I won't join if I am not ready." 

View this post on Instagram @vimrushton returns for the 3rd time in #bbpilipinas2020 will she finally get the crown she dreams of? A post shared by Alexa Villano (@alexavvillano) on Feb 6, 2020 at 7:52am PST

 

Samantha, who's won 2nd runner-up twice, said she's more relaxed and prepared this time.

"I feel like I'm already me from all what happened from last year and I hope really this year, Bb Pilipinas will acknowledge that and will reward me from all my hardwork and my passion," she said.

ISAM BESES PA. Samantha Bernardo hopes to finally win a crown and represent the Philippines after 2 runner up placements. Photo by Alexa Villano/Rappler

ISAM BESES PA. Samantha Bernardo hopes to finally win a crown and represent the Philippines after 2 runner up placements.

Photo by Alexa Villano/Rappler

Aside from Vickie and Samantha, other familiar faces include Hannah Arnold, who placed as part of the Top 15 last year and Miss Eco International 2019 1st runner-up Maureen Montagne.

SECOND SHOT. Hannah Arnold says she is better version of herself after last year's Top 15 placement. Photo by Alexa Villano/Rappler

SECOND SHOT. Hannah Arnold says she is better version of herself after last year's Top 15 placement.

Photo by Alexa Villano/Rappler

UNFINISHED BUSINESS. Maureen Montagne is gunning for another shot to represent the Philippines. Photo by Alexa Villano/Rappler

UNFINISHED BUSINESS. Maureen Montagne is gunning for another shot to represent the Philippines.

Photo by Alexa Villano/Rappler

The Bb Pilipinas coronation night is scheduled on April 26. – Rappler.com