Bb. Pilipinas crowns winners following pandemic postponement

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(From left to right) Bb. Pilipinas Grand International Samantha Alexandra Panlilio, Bb. Pilipinas Globe Maureen Ann Montagne,    Bb. Pilipinas International Hannah Arnold, and Bb. Pilipinas Intercontinental Cinderella Faye Obenita. (Source: bbpilipinas.com)
(From left to right) Bb. Pilipinas Grand International Samantha Alexandra Panlilio, Bb. Pilipinas Globe Maureen Ann Montagne, Bb. Pilipinas International Hannah Arnold, and Bb. Pilipinas Intercontinental Cinderella Faye Obenita. (Source: bbpilipinas.com)

The Binibining Pilipinas pageant has finally pushed through with its coronation on Sunday (July 11) following its postponement last year due to the pandemic’s outbreak.

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The country's most prestigious national beauty pageant held a three-hour show at the Smart Araneta Coliseum in Quezon City, more than two years since its last competition in June 2019. Only 34 of the original 40 delegates were left to compete for the four crowns.

Hannah Arnold from Masbate bagged the Bb. Pilipinas International crown title. Samantha Alexandra Panlilio from Cavite won Bb. Pilipinas Grand International, Cinderella Faye Obenita from Cagayan De Oro won Bb. Pilipinas Intercontinental, and Maureen Ann Montagne won Bb. Pilipinas Globe.

Arnold will now represent the Philippines in the 60th edition of one of the most enduring global tilts, the Miss International pageant, which was also postponed last year, and is now set to be staged in Yokohama after the Summer Olympics in Tokyo.

Gabrielle Basiano from Borongan, Eastern Samar was first runner-up, while Meiji Cruz from Valenzuela was second runner-up

Nicole Cordovez, 2016 Miss Grand International first runner-up, and Catriona Gray, 2018 Miss Universe, hosted the contest as the pageant’s first all-female tandem.

This year's coronation night was closed to the public due to restrictions set by the inter-agency task force (IATF) against the pandemic on the staging of live events. Only a few people – pageant administrators, visitors, jurors, employees, and members of the media – were present when the winners were chosen.

Ana Catalina Paje is a development journalist passionate about grassroots communication geared towards genuine social change. She also writes about showbiz, lifestyle, and all things Pinoy pride. The views expressed are her own.

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