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.

Press Presentation

(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.

Juanne Elisha Aquino BPUSA2105

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.

Winner BPUSA2105

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.

Fil Am Pageant BP USA

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.”

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