Looking at the bevy of Filipina beauties parading at the Sofitel Philippine Plaza Hotel last Tuesday, one is compelled to think how Bb. Pilipinas will tackle the challenge of the next edition of Miss Universe and Miss International. What we’ve seen are confident, sassy/classy, and proud beauties who are all ready to face whatever tasks that comes along with title and the crown. After a an excellent performance in 2013 followed by a dismal 2014 performance, Bb. Pilipinas is back with vengeance and who will eventually carry its banner at the international pageants this year is still an open game as of the moment.
Bb. Pilipinas remains the longest running and the most prestigious beauty pageant in the Philippines. It is a pageant that still commands the respect and following of the majority of Filipinos. Sure, they are not a perfect organization but its contribution to the country as a whole is simply priceless. It has produced 2 Miss Universe titles and 4 Miss International crown. No wonder that when the Bb. Pilipinas season opens up, the interest on beauty pageants in the Philippines spikes up. And because of its recent victories at Miss International (2005 and 2013) and a series of Top 5 finish at Miss Universe (2010-2013), Bb. Pilipinas as a pageant also generated keen interest from fans abroad.
It would be interesting to see how the strategies will change at Bb. Pilipinas. The non-inclusion of Bianca Guidotti at Miss International and the failure of Mary Jean Lastimosa to sustain the Top 5 run will definitely compel the pageant to review its strategy. The pageant is now seriously considering to tap local designers to dress the Filipina beauties for international pageants. In recent years, Bb. Pilipinas spectacularly made the Philippine sash a serious threat at the Miss Universe pageant. This was partly achieved for example by labelling the signature walks of its beauties which interestingly was not given the same emphasis in the last edition of Miss Universe. As the Miss Universe crown remains a top priority, expect Bb. Pilipinas to focus on spectacular walks and locally designed gowns and costumes.
The vast array of beauties competing at Bb. Pilipinas this year is dizzying. There is no telling who shines the most as more than half of the beauties are of international caliber. What can be definitely ascertained is that the pageant will provide a solid competition and will spark fears to other nations competing at Miss International and Miss Universe. Bb. Pilipinas has contributed so much in establishing the Philippines as a beauty superpower and it is of little wonder that the interest and following to this pageant – an institution in itself – never wanes.