Favorites in the Bb. Pilipinas 2014

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The past few years have been an exciting time for pageant fans as the Philippines slowly established itself as a beauty pageant powerhouse.

Last year, four of our candidates brought home international titles –Miss World, Miss International, Miss Supranational and Miss Tourism International—or finished well in several others including Miss Universe.

Three of those title holders, Bea Rose Santiago, Mutya Johanna Datul, and Angeli Dione Gomez, were winners of the Binibining Pilipinas, the country’s most prestigious beauty pageant.

With our newfound reputation at stake, it seems the organizers have also become even more meticulous in their screening process to ensure that only the best candidates are accepted even at the local levels.

The quality of the 40 candidates were quite evident when they were first presented last month, with observers and even experts having a tougher time to choose their favorites.

But as the pageant progressed, several candidates have made themselves stand out with their consistent performances earning them a spot among the favorites to win the competition.

Here are some of the early favorites based on the buzz they have generated online and during the preliminaries.

PIA WURTZBACH
PIA WURTZBACH

#8 PIA WURTZBACH
Being named first runner up in last year’s pageant made candidate Wurtzbach an easy pick. Besides her experience of reaching the finals, the former Star Circle further improved her skills as she joined the other Bb. Pilipinas title holders in their promotional engagements.

The 24-year-old beauty from Cagayan de Oro also wowed the Miss Supranational 2013 audience by placing 1st runner up to pageant winner Mutya Johanna Datul.

LADYLYN RIVA
LADYLYN RIVA

#39 LADYLYN RIVA

Getting a late number may have been a disadvantage for other candidates but not for this 26-year-old Aklan native.

A registered nurse, freelance makeup artist and print and commercial model, this very active “Lady” is also into tennis, badminton, and wakeboarding.

She is considered a ‘dark horse’ because of her past experiences in joining Bb. Pilipinas in 2011 and other prestigious pageants such as Miss Casino Filipino where she both did extremely well.

Using the support of her provincemates as her inspiration, Ladylyn has been gaining attention with her stunning looks,  poise, and her signature walk she calls her “dynamite walk.”

Will she be able to strut her way into the finals and ignite the judges’ decision enroute to winning the crown?

PARUL SHAH
PARUL SHAH

#4 PARUL SHAH
Another returning candidate is the 25-year old Filipino-Indian from Pangasinan Parul Shah. She also made it to finals of last year and has shown more improvement and focus this time around.

YVETTE MARIE SANTIAGO
YVETTE MARIE SANTIAGO

#35 YVETTE MARIE SANTIAGO
Prior to joining the Bb. Pilipinas, Santiago won World Miss University in Korea, when she was only 17 years old. It may be the first time this Certified Public Accountant from Daraga, Albay is away from her parents who are in Korea, but her determination and tenacity has been very evident especially during the swimsuit competition. She was also number 1 in Missosology.org’s initial “Official Hot Picks.”

TIFFANY JANSON
TIFFANY JANSON

#13 KRIS TIFFANY JANSON
Will the #13 be lucky for this 24-year-old Finance Analyst? Despite her seemingly serious job, Tiffany is a skim boarding enthusiast, loves travelling and would love to fulfill her departed dad’s wish to win a major beauty pageant.

MARY ANNE GUIDOTTI
MARY ANNE GUIDOTTI

#22 MARY ANNE BIANCA GUIDOTTI
Another newbie is this 24-year-old from Taguig. Easy to spot because of her towering height of 5’10 Guidotti holds a degree in European Studies and speaks fluent Portuguese. She was also among the top 5 picked by analysis site Missosology.org.

MARY JEAN LASTIMOSA
MARY JEAN LASTIMOSA

#25 MARY JEAN LASTIMOSA
Will her third try prove to be the charm for this pageant veteran? While she has done well in the past– a 2nd runner-up finish in 2011 and a semifinal spot in 2012, this 26-year-old North Cotabato native is out to use her experience to finally win the crown.

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