Graphics by Krizza Enriquez [@kxxenriquez]

Written by R. Galvez [@the4ofustraveling]

I was asked earlier about my general assessment of Bb. Pilipinas and without hesitation I gave a positive outlook. Bb. Pilipinas is a well-established national pageant with a long history. Its prestige is unmatched. For example, while the Miss Universe franchise is no longer with Bb. Pilipinas, it is in fact responsible for bringing home all the 4 Miss Universe crowns of the Philippines.

No one in his or her right mind would think that Bb. Pilipinas is dying because it no longer have the Miss Universe franchise. Truth be told that many of the new franchise holders around the globe are newbies that wreak havoc to the Miss Universe brand. Take for example on what happened in Indonesia and Malaysia last year. 

Today, well-established and prestigious national pageants are fleeing from Miss Universe: Señorita Colombia, Star Hellas, Mexicana Universal, Miss Ecuador, Miss Vietnam, Miss Cambodia…the list can go on and on. And it doesn’t help that the Miss USA pageant is now a mess. Just read the full article published by the New York Times and one will truly understand on what is going on.

Bb. Pilipinas is still enjoying large support with a lot of sponsors. Quality delegates are still participating, and they are still attracted by the prospects of representing the Philippines at major pageants like Miss International. The pageant can still stage a glittering and sensibly timed finals night beamed live on national TV.

Having watched the prelims, I am still amazed by what Bb. Pilipinas is capable of. The swimsuit, gown and national costume competition are amazing and through those, we were able to deduce on who are the frontrunners. With the help of our seasoned beauty experts we came up with a new list for this week. Here’s Missosology’s 2nd Hot Picks fro Bb. Pilipinas 2024:

1. Abra – Myrna Esguerra

2. Pila, Laguna – Trisha Martinez

3. Kalayaan, Laguna – Monica Acuno

4. Cavite – Zianah Joy Famy

5. Pampanga – Jasmin Bungay

6. Calumpit, Bulacan – Roella Frias

7. Tarlac Province – Vera Corine Dickinson

8. Zambales – Christal Jean dela Cruz

9. Baguio – Marikit Manaois

10. Bulacan Province – Samantha Viktoria Acosta

11. Ormoc City – Liezle Jones

12. Calamba, Laguna – Vienne Şirin Feucht

13. Caloocan – Mae Kimberly de Luna

14. Iloilo – Nicklyn Jutay

15. Negros Occidental – Kara Daniela Villarosa

16. Lapu-Lapu – Phoebe Godinez

17. Oriental Mindoro – Myrea Manely Caccam

18. Quezon Province – Joyce Anne Garduque

19. Province of Laguna – Rendelle Ann Caraig

20. Aurora Province – Carmella Joy Cuaresma