Report by Ameer Gamama and Drew Francisco

As correctly predicted by Missosology, Masbate’s Hannah Arnold was crowned Bb Pilipinas International 2021 during the Binibining Pilipinas 2021 grand coronation night, which took place July 11 at the Smart Araneta Coliseum with limited audience due to pandemic restrictions.

The 24-year-old forensic sciences graduate, who was a Top 15 finalist in Bb Pilipinas 2019, bested 33 other candidates for the title and the right to represent the Philippines at the 60th Miss International beauty pageant in November in Japan.

Arnold will vie for the country’s seventh Miss International crown.

Other winners were Bb Pilipinas Intercontinental 2021 Cinderella Faye Obenita (Cagayan de Oro), Bb Pilipinas Globe 2021 Maureen Montagne (Batangas), and Bb Pilipinas Grand 2021 Samantha Alexandra Panlilio (Cavite). Borongan’s Gabrielle Camille Basiano and Valenzuela’s Meiji Cruz placed first and second runners-up, respectively.

The rest of the Top 13 were Patrizia Garcia (Manila), Karen Laurrie Mendoza (Iloilo), Graciella Lehmann (Oriental Mindoro), Ma. Francesca Taruc (Angeles), Jashmin Lyn Dimaculangan (Albay), Patricia Denise Babista (Quezon Province), and Honey Cartasano (Rizal).

The winners of special awards were:
Miss Creamsilk: Maureen Montagne (Batangas)
Best in Swimsuit: Meiji Cruz (Valenzuela)
Best in Evening Gown: Gabrielle Camille Basiano (Borongan)
Bb Araneta City: Ma. Francesca Taruc (Angeles)
Best in National Costume: Binibini 18 Ma Ruth Erika Quin (Nueva Ecija)
Miss Friendship: Lesley Anne Ticaro (Tagum)
Miss Talent: Vianca Marcelo (Bocaue)
Face of Bb Pilipinas (Miss Photogenic): Patrizia Garcia (Manila)
Bb Alagang Silka: Ma. Francesca Taruc (Angeles)
Jag Denim Queen: Hannah Arnold (Masbate)
Miss World Balance: Alexandra Faith Garcia (Olongapo)
Miss Ever Bilena: Maureen Montagne (Batangas)
Miss Pizza Hut: Karen Laurrie Mendoza (Iloilo)
Manila Bulletin Readers Choice: Micca Rosal (Agoncillo)

Miss International 2016 Kylie Verzosa served as a member of the judging panel, while Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray and Bb Pilipinas Grand 2016 Nicole Cordoves served as the hosts – the first all-female hosting tandem in Bb Pilipinas history.

The Philippines currently ranks 4th in Missosology Big 5 Ranking. Missosology.Org