MISS FILIPINA INTERNATIONAL

(Los Angeles, CA – October 23, 2017) After five memorable years of serving the Filipino-American community, BINIBINING PILIPINAS USA has grown to be a big family. Throughout the years, we have celebrated the beauty of exceptional Filipina-American womanhood together.  As this year’s chapter is coming to a close...we are sad to report that this will be the final year ever of Binibining Pilipinas USA and Binibining Pilipinas Teen USA.  We thank you all for being part of that extended family.  Binibining Pilipinas USA and Binibining Pilipinas Teen USA and its former alumni will always be a part of the storied history of the organization.

But fear not, Binibining Pilipinas USA lives on, and is upgrading!  Binibining Pilipinas USA and Binibining Pilipinas Teen USA have simply grown too big to stay on the national level, and to remain limited to Filipino-American sponsors and advertisers.  It is now catering to a wider mainstream audience across the globe, as MISS FILIPINA INTERNATIONAL (MFI) and MISS FILIPINA TEEN INTERNATIONAL (MFTI)!  MFI and MFTI are expanding its scope to a global search, to include candidates from the Philippines and to every place where a Filipino community exists.  This marks an unprecedented milestone in adding to the prestige of an already lauded organization.  Insider Entertainment Group has proven to have raised the bar in Filipino-American Productions.  It now has opened its demographic to ambitious new summits, while continuing to promote Philippine tourism as its core mission.  

So we thank you for your continued support, as we ask you to come along with us on this exciting journey to the future of MISS FILIPINA INTERNATIONAL (Your DESTINY Awaits!) and MISS FILIPINA TEEN INTERNATIONAL (Your DESTINY Begins!).

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(Los Angeles, CA – October 18, 2017) – Freshly crowned following a spectacular Coronation Night celebration, six Binibining Pilipinas USA titleholders, led by BP-USA Tourism Kylie Nishida set out on a whirlwind, two-week, island-hopping campaign that covered Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao, including  the historic cobble stone streets of the North,  to the raging whitewater rapids of the South, and in between, braving the challenging canyons and waterfalls of the Visayas. 

As part of their prize packages, the first leg of the trip whisked the Binibinis to Manila and the surrounding cities of the National Capital Region. While in Manila, the Royal Court was treated to opulent accommodations at Discovery Suites in Ortigas, a longtime partner of the pageant. The succeeding days involved grand welcomes from its sponsors, Chevrolet Philippines and Toyota Alabang, who provided the official land transportation for the Binibinis in Manila.  

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(Redondo Beach, CA - August 20, 2017) – Along with a spectacular evening of world class performances and star studded lineups, twenty (20) extraordinary, young women, with an equally impressive group of nine (9) teen candidates fought for gold at the 5th, the grandest, and final installment of Binibining Pilipinas USA.

In a first, the evening was hosted by KC Concepcion and KC Montero -- remarkably, the first-time ever that the two KCs have hosted a show together.

"It took Binibining Pilipinas USA to bring us together," quipped KC Montero.

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The "Runway to Destiny Fashion Show,” BP-USA’s annual charity fashion show, takes a giant leap forward, as it celebrates five years of excellence by moving its annual event this year to Boulevard3, the Hollywood venue with more than 70 years of fabled stories and celebrity antics.  Held in conjunction with the pageant’s Preliminary Competition, this year's candidates, patrons, and guests will walk the very same halls that legendary Hollywood luminaries called their playground.

After four seasons at Porsche of Downtown LA, event founder Insider Entertainment Group spared no effort this year in chartering the illustrious location for its fifth and grandest season to date.   Favorite elements of the Binibining Pilipinas USA’ Preliminary Competition are scheduled: A Parade of National Costumes, highlighting intricate, theatrical versions of traditional ensembles from every region of the Philippines, the Talent Competition that showcases the most talented entrants, and the fashion show unveiling the bold designs, along with a sprinkling of well-known Hollywood talents. The perennially popular Swimsuit Competition closes the evening’s festivities.  

Thursday, 20 July 2017 06:01

KC + KC TOGETHER FOR THE FIRST TIME

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 (Los Angeles, CA – July 19) DUELING KC’S:  Multi-awarded actress, singer and host KC Concepcion, will be joined by her charming co-host, former MTV VJ and host, KC Montero, as mistress and master of ceremonies, respectively, for the Coronation Night of the 5th Annual Binibining Pilipinas USA 2017 and Binibining Pilipinas Teen USA, scheduled to take place on Sunday, August 20, 2017, at the Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center in Redondo Beach, CA.  DON’T MISS IT!  TICKETS ARE SELLING FAST!  GET YOUR TICKETS NOW at www.BinibiningPilipinasUSA.com.

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30 Young Women From All Over The Country Vie For Continent’s Most-Coveted Fil-Am Beauty Title

(Los Angeles, CA – July 13). Insider Entertainment Group, LLC (IEG), producers of BINIBINING PILIPINAS USA -- its pioneering, oft-imitated and much anticipated annual event celebrating the longstanding Filipino tradition of beauty pageantry -- officially kicked off its landmark 5th year by proudly presenting its Class of 2017 on Sunday, July 9th, 2017, at a private estate in Hollywood Hills, CA. 

Tuesday, 09 May 2017 08:38

Binibinis featured in Runway Magazine

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International fashion magazine RUNWAY recently featured the Binibining Pilipinas USA queens – Nicole Ceniza, CheyAnne Knight, Jacqueline Aluning and Kassius Lanzarotta in a recent photo shoot, held at the high-fashion showroom For the Stars Fashion House, announced IEG Productions’ CEO Mildred Deang.   “We are proud and happy to see some of our pageant winners showing the mainstream fashion world what they’re capable of, and we hope this will lead them to greater heights,” said the company’s founder.  

Thursday, 20 April 2017 12:23

Coronation Night Announced

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Binibining Pilipinas USA and Binibining Pilipinas Teen USA 2017 announces its Coronation Night on Sunday, August 20th, 2017, at the Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center, Redondo Beach, CA. First orientation to be held on May 28th. APPLY ONLINE NOW to compete for the most coveted crown in the Filipino-American community. “YOUR DESTINY IS HERE!”

BPUSACares

BINIBINING PILIPINAS USA CARES is pleased to announce that the Filipino-American beauty pageant - BINIBINING PILIPINAS USA - has chosen the Yellow Boat of Hope Foundation as a beneficiary partner for its annual pageant. This cooperative venture came about in an effort to raise awareness and create social impact, as well as a way to highlight the needs of disadvantaged Filipino children.

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   (Los Angeles, CA) - Organizers of the annual Binibining Pilipinas USA pageant, now in its 5th edition, have commenced a nationwide search for candidates for this year’s event, scheduled to take place in Summer 2017, in Redondo Beach, CA.  After the sold-out success of last year’s event, company President/CEO Mildred Deang announced that this year, the challenge to continually improve upon last year’s results are paramount.  “It’s very important to us as producers to always strive for the highest levels of artistic achievement, and this year holds a special meaning for us, because we’re in our fifth year, and it’s an important milestone,” said Deang.    

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(LOS ANGELES, CA) - Insider Entertainment Group announced the release today of its annual Philippine tourism promotion video, featuring the BP-USA titleholders promoting several of the top tourism destinations in the Philippines.  The annual project, which was shot over 2 1/2 week time period in September 2017, featured spectacular landmark attractions in Cebu, Bohol, Baguio, La Union, Manila, Tagaytay and Batangas and the Binibinis engaged in fun and exciting activities.  Binibining Pilipinas USA Nicole Ceniza, accompanied by her fellow titleholders, led by BP-USA Tourism Jacqueline Aluning, BP-USA 1st RU Kassius Lanzarotta, BP-USA 2nd RU Krystal Fernandez, and BP-USA 3rd RU Shekinah Paguirigan, and BP-USA Teen CheyAnne Knight, all made the annual trek to the Philippines for a whirlwind tour, as part of their prize packages.  

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(Los Angeles) -The Binibining Pilipinas USA’s organization’s tourism promotion activities took center stage recently at the U.S. Tour Operators Association convention, held in Scottsdale, AZ on December 7th, 2016.  Almost a thousand attendees, comprised of travel and tour professionals from around the country, were treated to a lavish fashion show, featuring the fantastical creations of Filipino-American designer Rocky Gathercole.  Rocky Gathercole has dressed many A-list celebrities, like Katy Perry, Ariana Grande, Jennifer Lopez, Britney Spears, Lady Gaga, Paris Hilton and Thalia, to name a few.  

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Binibining Pilipinas USA, in keeping with its stated mission to use its unique platform to promote tourism to the Philippines, today announced the launching of “Tourism Tuesdays,” a series of photo expositions of some of the most beautiful tourism attractions of the Philippines.  Framed by some of the beauteous titleholders who have graced the organization’s history, these photo essays will help whet your appetites for your next Philippine vacation.  

PhilTour

(LOS ANGELES, CA) – Led by Binibining Pilipinas USA Nicole Ceniza, the 2016 titleholders of Binibining Pilipinas USA pageant recently completed a whirlwind, two-week tourism promotion trip to the Philippines, during which they visited some of the most popular tourism destinations in the Philippines, as part of the organization’s support for the “It’s More Fun in the Philippines” tourism promotion campaign of the Philippine Department of Tourism.  

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(Los Angeles, CA) This year’s winners of Binibining Pilipinas USA and Binibining Pilipinas Teen USA are all set with preparations to depart for the Philippines on a two-week tourism promotion trip, from Sept. 13-30, 2016. The ladies have been briefed on their itinerary, and are excited to be on what is sure to be a memorable journey. The group is expected to visit Cebu, Bohol, Baguio, Laguna, Batangas, and Manila, among other destinations, to produce a video supporting the Department of Tourism’s “It’s More Fun in the Philippines” tourism promotion campaign. Leading the delegation is Jacqueline Aluning, a 19-year old from Diamond Bar, CA, who won the Binibining Pilipinas USA – Tourism 2016 crown, on July 23rd, 2016. Binibining Pilipinas USA Nicole Ceniza, BP-USA 1st RU Kassius Lanzarotta, BP-USA 2nd RU Krystal Fernandez and BP-USA 3rd RU Shekinah Paguirigan make up the rest of the group. BP Teen USA CheyAnne Knight is the youngest among the group.

DVD

Missed seeing BINIBINING PILIPINAS USA 2016’S Coronation Night in person?  Now you can have your own HD DVD of the pageant’s Coronation Night, with lots of bonus video footage, behind the scenes, bloopers and more.  For only $50.00, you can enjoy viewing this special event for years to come.  Order now and receive discounts for multiple copies.  Call 213-788-3323 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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HOLLYWOOD, CA, August 3, 2016 – Avalon, one of Hollywood’s best and most historic landmarks that hosted the first West Coast performance of The Beatles in 1964 and voted Best Dance Club by LA Weekly last year, pulsated with theatrical excitement, imagination, energy and magic as avant-garde Filipino designer Rocky Gathercole unveiled his electrifying collection before hundreds last Thursday at “Rock The Runway”, a fashion fundraiser for Bantay Bata (Child Watch), an ABS-CBN Foundation International program for abused children.

Winners

(Los Angeles, CA) – A loud and boisterous crowd cheered on their favorite candidates on Saturday, July 23rd, 2016, at the Coronation Night of BINIBINING PILIPINAS USA, at the sold-out Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center, in Redondo Beach, CA, to witness the crowning of Binibining Pilipinas USA 2016 Nicole Ceniza, 23, of Pasadena, CA.  The evening also saw the crowning of the inaugural Binibining Pilipinas Teen USA 2016, CheyAnne Knight, 17, of Menifee, CA.  

Thursday, 21 July 2016 02:59

Behind the Scenes Host: Joey Galon

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Filipino-American Fashion Designer & Reality TV Personality, Joey Galon, will be the Binibining Pilipinas USA Pageant's Behind the Scenes Host capturing all the excitement and activities that goes on behind the scenes with the contestants and pageant production.

Mr. Galon is known for his Joey Galon, ATELIER haute couture evening gowns gracing the stages at Miss USA, Miss America, Mrs. Universe, Miss International as well as celebrities on the Oscars red carpet. The 2015 Binibining Pilipinas USA title holders and runner-ups will all be making their final appearances on stage wearing Joey Galon, ATELIER evening gowns.

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(LOS ANGELES, CA) – For many of this year’s candidates of Binibining Pilipinas USA and Binibining Pilipinas Teen USA, this Sunday evening marks the beginning of the end of months of preparation, practice and perseverance, as the official start of the contest commences with the Preliminary Competition, to be held again at Porsche of Downtown Los Angeles, starting at 7:00 p.m.  

 New for this year’s prelims is the judging for the Best in National Costume award, a perennially crowd-pleasing part of the show that attracts entries from many of the top Filipino and Filipino-American fashion designers from around the world.  

Kicking off the competition is the off-stage private interview.  Away from public view, twelve judges will have the chance to ask questions of each candidate and score them accordingly.   Each candidate will be hoping to make a lasting impression that will carry them deeper into the competition.  

Funraiser

In keeping with the mission of Binibining Pilipinas USA (“BP-USA”) to help the less fortunate among us, the BP-USA organization has committed again this year to benefit a worthy organization, the Apl.de.ap Foundation International.  Founded by Allan Pineda, more popularly known as Apl.de.ap of the multi-Grammy award winning supergroup the Black Eyed Peas, the foundation has created many charitable projects in the Philippines to benefit disadvantaged children.  Among its most recent projects, the foundation has spearheaded necessary training for medical doctors and nurses in the Philippines to combat loss of vision in newborn infants, a condition from which the founder himself suffered, resulting in lifelong visual impairment.  The organization has also pledged to build up to 10,000 new school classrooms in the country, and is well on its way to its ambitious goal.  

bpusa1(Los Angeles, CA) Organizers announced today that a treasure trove of prizes await the winners of this year’s Binibining Pilipinas USA and the inaugural Binibining Pilipinas Teen USA.  As in prior years, the candidates will compete before an expected sellout crowd of supporters and pageantry fans.  This year’s event will take place at the Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center, on July 23rd, at 4:30 p.m.  

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(Los Angeles, CA) – There are few musical performers that induce a high degree of cultural and artistic pride among overseas Filipino communities around the globe through their performances.   Three such performers will showcase their exceptional, world-class talents on Saturday, July 23, 2016, during the Coronation Night of Binibining Pilipinas USA 2016 pageant, at Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center, in Redondo Beach, CA.  

Swimsuit

From a private and secluded Hollywood Hills estate, 30 beautiful and talented young women vying for the crown of Binibining Pilipinas USA and Binibining Pilipinas Teen USA spent the day in their sultry and exclusive Joey Galon POOL COUTURE, styled by the designer himself. This experience allowed these young ladies to see how much hard work goes into being a swimsuit model. "Being a fashion model is not as easy as it looks," added Mr. Galon, "and these ladies are finding out first hand." The collection was recently launched at Joey Galon ATELIER's highly-touted fashion show during L.A. Fashion Week's Art Hearts Fashion. At the end of the day, it was valuable experience that will come in handy in preparation for the Binibining Pilipinas USA pageant's swimsuit competition coming up on July 17th, 2016, at Porsche of Downtown Los Angeles. Photography by Ramie Dador

 

Jonathan

Classically-trained vocalist Jonathan Badon, a multi -awarded Filipino pop- opera artist, will showcase his unique talents on Coronation Night of Binibining Pilipinas USA, to be held on July 23rd, 2016, in Redondo Beach, CA. He has performed in various concerts, diplomatic shows and international cultural festivals in  Switzerland, France, Germany, The Netherlands, Italy, Qatar, the United Kingdom, Japan, Korea, China and Thailand, including his debut performances at the world famous Carnegie Hall in New York and the Vatican in Rome.  He is an award-winning composer and arranger in his own right, winning the grand prize in the AFP National Songwriting Contest for the song “Dugong Pilipino.”

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One of the most highly anticipated Special Awards to be awarded on Coronation Night of Binibining Pilipinas USA 2016, scheduled to take place on July 23, 2016, in Redondo Beach, CA, shall be awarded the Philippines' national flag carrier, Philippine Airlines. One lucky candidate will be selected "BINIBINING PHILIPPINE AIRLINES" and will receive the following prizes: 1. Roundtrip Business Class ticket from LAX to MNL (some restrictions apply) 2. Serve as an Official Goodwill Ambassador representing Philippine Airlines at official events for one year following the pageant. 3. Sash to be awarded onstage during Coronation Night. Which deserving young lady will take home this coveted award?

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(Los Angeles - CA) On Saturday, July 23rd, 2016, at 4:30 p.m., the eyes of pageant fans from all over the country will be on Coronation Night of the 4th annual Binibining Pilipinas USA, scheduled to take place at the Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center, in Redondo Beach, CA. Organizers have pulled out all the stops for this year's glitzy, glamorous conclusion to this annual pageant, dubbed, "The Premier Filipino-American Beauty Pageant." This is also the inaugural year for Binibining Pilipinas Teen USA, a contest featuring younger contestants between the ages of 13-17. In all, 30 beautiful young ladies from all over the US will vie for the coveted crowns.

Iza

Acclaimed as one of the finest actresses of her generation, multi-awarded actress, TV host, cover girl and model IZA CALZADO has signed on to be the female host for Binibining Pilipinas USA and Binibining Pilipinas Teen USA 2016! An ABS-CBN contract artist, she has recently appeared on FPJ’s Ang Probinsyano and Deal or No Deal.

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Binibining Pilipinas USA and Binibining Pilipinas Teen USA are proud to have international TV personality and supermodel Marc Nelson as our male host. Marc is no stranger to the pageant world, having hosted the Miss Earth International Pageant five times. He is also the host of Asia's biggest and most successful show, "Asia's Got Talent," which aired in over 300 million households worldwide.

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In 2014, actress, TV host, public speaker, entrepreneur and women's advocate Jamie Herrell of the Philippines bested 88 other countries to win the Miss Earth crown before a hometown crowd in Manila, Philippines. Miss Herrell will join the distinguished panel of judges for Binibining Pilipinas USA's Coronation Night on July 23rd, 2016, in Redondo Beach, CA.

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Multiple Grammy award-winning musician Apl.de.ap of the Black Eyed Peas, has agreed to serve on the distinguished panel of judges on Coronation Night of Binibining Pilipinas USA, scheduled to take place on July 23rd, 2016, at the Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center, Redondo Beach, CA. It will be his 4th consecutive year as a judge and representative of one of the pageant's charitable beneficiaries, the Apl.de.ap Foundation International, which provides needed services to disadvantaged children in the Philippines.

Jonas

World-renowned queenmaker Jonas Antonio Gaffud, trainer and mentor to reigning Miss Universe Pia Wurtzbach, former Miss World Megan Young, along with Philippine pageant icons Venus Raj, Shamcey Supsup, Janine Tugonon and dozens of other international pageant crown holders, will serve on the distinguished panel of judges on Coronation Night, July 23, 2016 in Redondo Beach, CA. Jonas Antonio Gaffud, is the President/CEO of Mercator Artist and Model Management, one of the top talent and modeling agencies in the Philippines.

Hilda

One of the Philippines' iconic and multi-awarded film actresses, HILDA KORONEL, has agreed to serve on the distinguished panel of judges at Binibining Pilipinas USA's Coronation Night on July 23, 2016, in Redondo Beach, CA. Honored at 2013 Cannes Film Festival, her legendary career and body of work includes winning the FAMAS, Urian and Luna awards, an extremely rare accomplishment.

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BREAKING NEWS: Former Miss Universe Margie Moran will serve as the Chairperson of the Board of Judges during Coronation Night of Binibining Pilipinas USA 2016 on July 23, 2016, at the Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center, Redondo Beach, CA. She will be available for a meet and greet session for fans in the lobby from 4:00 pm - 4:30 pm on behalf of one of the pageant's charitable beneficiaries, SMILE TRAIN. Meet this timeless beauty icon in person! A once in a lifetime opportunity!

 

Candidates

This is already their 4th Edition, and boy, are the organizers of Binibining Pilipinas USA and Binibining Pilipinas Teen USA 2016 really stepping it up several notches from the last. With twenty one (21) Fil-American beauties vying for the main title, nine (9) equally qualified young lasses are competing for the Teen counterpart of the honor.

And there is more than a handful of outstanding contenders who can really add the extra level of prestige to the whole event. Read the Press Release and the check out the individual photos of the Binibinis afterwards.

Los Angeles, CA – June 26, 2016) – After an extensive, nationwide selection process, twenty-one (21) extraordinary, young women, along with an equally impressive group of nine (9) teen candidates, collectively representing seven (7) states, several regions and of various backgrounds, were presented as the official candidates for the 4th Annual Binibining Pilipinas USA Pageant at a press conference in Los Angeles. This year, the pageant also coincides with the 1st Annual Binibining Pilipinas Teen USA 2016, a showcase for younger candidates.

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(Los Angeles, CA – June 26, 2016) – After an extensive, nationwide selection process, twenty-one (21) extraordinary, young women, along with an equally impressive group of nine (9) teen candidates, collectively representing seven (7) states, several regions and of various backgrounds, were presented as the official candidates for the 4th Annual Binibining Pilipinas USA Pageant at a press conference in Los Angeles. This year, the pageant also coincides with the 1st Annual Binibining Pilipinas Teen USA 2016, a showcase for younger candidates.

Eleaine

On June 12, 2016, Binibining Pilipinas USA and Binibining Pilipinas Teen USA candidates received professional training in special events from renowned lifestyle and etiquette expert Elaine Swann, thus helping to prepare them for their future roles as social and cultural ambassadors. One of the benefits of being a Binibini.

Elaine Swann is one of the leading and most nationally recognized lifestyle and etiquette experts in the country. Elaine uses her experience as a former pageant contestant to coach contestants for pageants within the Miss USA and Miss America systems. An authority on etiquette and lifestyle standards, Elaine’s advice has been called upon by the TODAY Show, CNN Headline News, the Style Network, TMZ Live, Huffington Post Live, ABC, NBC, CBS, The CW and FOX. She’s been featured on radio programs and quoted in countless newspapers and national magazines, such as Kiplinger, Real Simple, Modern Bride and more. A New York Times article dubbed Elaine, among others, “the Emily Post of the Digital Age.”

Orientation

Welcome to the first batch of candidates for Binibining Pilipinas USA and Binibining Pilipinas Teen USA 2016! Taken during Candidates' Orientation held on May 22nd, at Republiq Dance Studio.

 

Fil Am Pageant

By Prosy Abarquez Delacruz, J.D.

“Being a woman is hard work. Not without joy and even ecstasy, but still relentless, unending work. Becoming an old female may require only being born with certain genitalia, inheriting long living genes and the fortune not to be run over by an out-of-control truck, but to become and remain a woman command the existence and employment of genius. The woman who survives intact and happy must be at once tender and tough. She must have convinced herself, or be in the unending process of convincing herself, that she, her values and her choices are important. She must resist considering herself a lesser version of her male counterpart. She will need to prize her tenderness and be able to display it at appropriate times in order to prevent toughness from gaining total authority and to avoid becoming a mirror image of those men who value power above life, and control over love.”  – Maya Angelou, 1993.

Is there an upside to beauty pageants when some women believe that pageants are commercializing women’s bodies? While others view pageants as self-serving for the organizers, coaches approach them as women development academies, witnessing young girls bloom into women.

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20 year old Los Angeles resident Juanne Elisha Aquino walked away with numerous special awards which included Binibining Best in Talent, Binibining Philippine Airlines and Binibining Best in Evening Gown before landing the top crown in the 3rd Edition of the Binibining Pilipinas USA pageant produced by Insider Productions held this year at the Richard and Karen Carpenter Performing Arts Center in Long Beach, CA with movie actor Gabby Concepion and beauty queen Venus Raj as hosts. 

Binibining Pilipinas USA is a US-based search aimed to promote the beauty, grace and elegance to compete in an international level. As what your blogger has observed, BBP-USA had their own causes, making them an important competition for Fil-Am beauties throughout the country.

Smile Train

Smile Train Ambassadors Jeff Krebs and Fritz Friedman recently joined Smile Train’s Justin McCarthy and celebrity judge Tia Carrere at the 2015 Binibining Pilipinas USA Pageant. The team met with pageant participants and fans alike, creating awareness of the thousands of free cleft surgeries we provide to children in the Philippines.

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By Prosy Abarquez Delacruz, J.D.
Published: September 5, 2015

“What’s the point of being at the top if you would just be boasting?  You should just level down to people and bring them up with you. There’s no point since you are already up there, people are already looking up to you. That’s enough to be proud of, and you need to include other people in your successes.”  – Juanne Elisha Aquino, Bb.Pilipinas-USA, 2015.

“Being a woman is hard work. Not without joy and even ecstasy, but still relentless, unending work. Becoming an old female may require only being born with certain genitalia, inheriting long living genes and the fortune not to be run over by an out-of-control truck, but to become and remain a woman command the existence and employment of genius. The woman who survives intact and happy must be at once tender and tough. She must have convinced herself, or be in the unending process of convincing herself, that she, her values and her choices are important. She must resist considering herself a lesser version of her male counterpart. She will need to prize her tenderness and be able to display it at appropriate times in order to prevent toughness from gaining total authority and to avoid becoming a mirror image of those men who value power above life, and control over love.” —Maya Angelou, 1993.

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LONG BEACH, California – A star-studded panel of judges and evening entertainment gave even more sparkle to the coronation night of Binibining Pilipinas USA on August 15 at Long Beach’s Carpenter Performing Arts Center.

Bb. Pilipinas USA 2015 Juanne Elisha Aquino did not think she would make it to the Top 2, but she said ambition and determination eventually contributed to her success.

“It took ambition and determination through this journey to the crown. I did face a few health issues. I was in Vegas last week and my feet were getting numb. Today, I’m in complete shock and I almost fainted on the red carpet,” said Aquino, “I definitely made a lot of friends and learned a lot of leadership skills, also confidence, I lack in that, so this pageant definitely helped me gain confidence.”