Adventures of a Beauty Queen’s Shortlist for Bb. Pilipinas 2010


Adventures of a Beauty Queen presents the 24 Candidates in the Bb. Pilipinas 2010 Beauty Pageant. The names highlighted in RED are my initial picks based on photos I have seen online. Right now, I’ve got my eye on 8 contestants. I will most likely add names to this initial list.

This year’s batch of lovelies is mostly made up of experienced contestants who have joined pageants before. Some of them have national and/or provincial titles and two contestant even placed in the semi-finals of thier respective international pageants!

I must highlight the fact that this year’s pageant will also feature several bikini pageant winners and placers so the battle for Best in Swimsuit will be a very exciting one this year.

We also have one and half tv celebrities and quite a few professional models. A couple are pageant virgins while two or three are Bb. Pilipinas repeaters.

I thoroughly enjoyed looking through thier photos and would like to thank all my photo sources starting with beauty expert Felix Manuel, OPMB Worldwide, Mabuhay Beauties, Missosology.org and Edades Photography.

CANDIDATE #1 - MARIELLA CASTILLO

Mariella Castillo was first-runner up in the Slimmer’s World Ms Bikini Philippines 2009. Click here to see photos and my article on that contest.

CANDIDATE #2 - RACHEL ANN BUSTAMANTE

Rachel Ann Bustamante won 1st Runner-up in the Mossimo Bikini Summit 2009 and is the titleholder of Miss Oriental Mindoro 2008.


CANDIDATE #3 - PATRIXIA SHIRLEY SANTOS

Patrixia Santos is Miss Bicolandia 2009 and according to Gerry Diaz, chair of Miss Bicolandia 2009, Patrixia gave one of the best answers in Bicolandia pageant history.

CANDIDATE #4 - SELENA ALEXIS ANTONIO

Selena Alexis Antonio is a fashion model who wants to make her mark in the world by becoming an influential pre-school teacher (and I guess beauty queen too, when she wins!) Learn more about Selena Antonio here.

CANDIDATE #5 - NICOLE KAUFMANN

Yasmin Nicole Kaufmann has modeled in the US and Europe. Click here to see her VTR audition for a Philippine talent agency.

CANDIDATE #6 - PATRICIA LAE EJERCITADO

Patricia Lae Ejercitado is a UST Fine Arts and Design Grad. She also won the People’s Choice Award in Century Tuna’s Superbods 2009. Watch Patricia Ejercitado in the Superbods intro video here.

CANDIDATE #7 - LAURESE ANN CAPARAS

I had the pleasure of being a judge at the La Bulaquena 2009 Beauty Pageant which was won by Laurese Ann Caparas. Click here to read about that and see some photos!

CANDIDATE #8 - ANA MARIE PULPULAAN MORELOS

Ana Marie Pulpulaan Morelos was Mutya ng Pilipinas Tourism International 2007, the secondary title in that pageant. She was given the primary title (Mutya ng Pilipinas Asia Pacific International) when the original winner Zephora Aldana Mayon abdicated her crown. Ana Marie Pulpulaan Morelos went on to place 4th runner-up in the Miss Tourism Metropolitan International in Malaysia.

CANDIDATE #9 - LAICA JOY JIMENEZ

Laica Joy Jimenez of Bustos, Bulacan was a contestant in the Mutya ng Pilipinas 2008. She went on to join and win the Mutya ng Ilog Angat 2009. Read more about it and see some photos here.

CANDIDATE#10 - MA. VENUS BAYONITO RAJ

Ma. Venus Bayonito Raj won Miss Philippines Eco-Tourism (which is 4th Runner-up) in the Miss Earth Philippines 2008 beauty pageant.

CANDIDATE#11 - KRISSA MAE ARRIETA KLEINER

Krissa Mae Arrieta Kleiner is better known in the Philippines as Krissa Mae Arrieta. This Fil-Am model and TV personality has co-hosted on GMA 7’s GoBingo and has a supporting role in the same network’s show Gagambino. Krissa Mae Arrieta was also Ms USA Philippines 2008

CANDIDATE #12 - REINA MAE MAERINA

Reina Mae Maerina joined the Miss Earth Philippines 2009 Beauty Pageant and represented the city of Lipa but was unplaced.

CANDIDATE #13 - GWENDOLINE GAELLE SANDRINE RUAIS

Gwendoline Gaelle Sandrine Ruais was a candidate in the Ms Teen Philippines 2005 and is the sister of Gwenaelle Ruais who backed out of theĀ  Bb Pilipinas in 2005 to pursue the MTV VJ search that year.

CANDIDATE#14 - MARY ANN ROSS MISA

Mary Ann Ross Misa is one of the freshest faces in the Bb. Pilipinas 2010. She has no experience in pageants and is just starting her career in modeling. If anybody can refute this, please drop a comment!

CANDIDATE #15 - JAM CHARISSE LIBATOG

Jam Charisse Libatog began her runway and print modeling career in Cebu. She won the Mutya ng Pilipinas Tourism 2008 and when she went on to represent the Philipines in the Miss Tourism International 2008 she placed in the Top 15. Jam Libatog was also Mutya ng Puerto Princesa Palawan in 2008, the Ms Valentines -Nursing of Cebu Doctors University and was Ms Cebu 2nd Runner-up in 2008.

CANDIDATE #16 - TONY ALYESSA JAAFAR HIPOLITO

This is Tony Alyessa Jaafar Hipolito’s 2nd attempt at the Bb. Pilipinas. She joined Bb. Pilipinas 2008 and placed in the Top 10. Tony Hipolito was one of the suitcase babes of ABS-CBN’s Deal or No Deal.

CANDIDATE #17 - ROSE ANN AGUILAR

Rose Ann Aguilar is another fresh face in the Bb Pilipinas 2010 with hardly any exposure in other pageants or in the modeling or acting world, at least that’s to my knowledge. Rose Ann Aguilar is from Cavite City.

CANDIDATE #18 - HELEN NICOLETTE HENSON

Helen Nicolette Henson is a freelance fashion model for Modelli Talent Agency. She was an Elite Model Look finalist in 2005 and also won the Mutya Ning Kapampangan in 2006.

CANDIDATE # 19 - KATE PRINCESS ALIMURONG

Kate Princess Alimurong was one of the Top 15 finalists in the Mutya ng Pilipinas 2007. Kate Princess Alimurong passed the Nursing Board Exams in June 2009.

CANDIDATE #20 - MARIE YSABELLE MATUBIS

Marie Ysabelle Matubis is another pageant virgin with no experience in beauty competitions (I think.) What I have been able to glean about her is that she is a UP Diliman alumnus alumna who graduated Cum Laude.

CANDIDATE #21 - CZARINA CATHRINE GATBONTON

Czarina Cathrine Gatbondon is winner of the Bb. Malolos 2009. See photos of her in that pageant. I first saw her in the La Bulaquena 2009 Beauty Pageant where she made it to the semi-finals if I am not mistaken. I have to say that she has REALLY improved and her new-found confidence is seen in the photo above.

CANDIDATE #22 - DIANNE NECIO

Dianne Necio seems to be a collector of province beauty titles. She won theĀ  Ms Iriga 2009 Beauty Pageant, was 1st Runner-up in the Miss Bicolandia 2009 contest and also holds the Ms Tabak 2009 beauty title.

CANDIDATE #23 - MHIRRA HERNANDEZ

So far, what I have gathered is that Mhirra Hernandez is a Registered Nurse who joined the Lakan at Lakambini ng Bulacan in 2007 and did really well – she won First Runner-up.

CANDIDATE #24 - ANGELICA DAMIAN

Angelica Damian who is from Bulacan was a contestant in Mutya ng Pilipinas 2008.

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Adventures of a Beauty Queen congratulates the Bb. Pilipinas organizers for a gorgeous bevy of beauties this 2010. And to each of the ladies, I wish you the best in this year’s Bb. Pilipinas 2010 ~~~ from the Joyce Burton Titular, the blogging beauty queen

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