Binibining Pilipinas USA presents candidates for 5th Annual Pageant-- It's Grandest Yet


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. 

The candidates, products of a year-long national search, represent the latest batch in what has been an impressive presentation of outstanding young Filipina American women by the Los Angeles-based organization.

From behind brightly colored LED walls, the Binibining Pilipinas USA and Binibining Teen USA candidates emerged one by one, and presented to an eager and boisterous crowd, flaunting trendy bodysuits, encrusted with glimmering ornamentation, specially designed by acclaimed Hollywood celebrity Filipino-American designer Rocky Gathercole of For the Stars Fashion House.  The 5th Annual Official Press Presentation goes on the books as wildly successful and the most grandiose to date.  IEG continues to raise the bar of excellence that others can only hope to half imitate. With a transparent, glass runway erected over the waterfall pool, the guests were on hand enveloping the stage from all sides.  The beautiful lush tropical foliage makes one feel like being in a paradise.  The audience was treated to gourmet hors d'oeuvres from celebrity chef, winner of the Food Network's “Chopped" show, Charleen Caabay, as well as a number of open bars and concessions.

The 2017 Binibing Pilipinas USA candidates are Christal Ann Simanski, Kylie Nishida, Karina Hernandez, Pamela Saguinsin, Glee Custodio, Sherrie Dario, Eunice Martinez, Nicole Viera, Maristel Barrientos, Rachelle Penaso, Kelly Ceniza, Nicole Colina, Heather Domingo, Amber Oconer, Michelle Molina, Cheska Angeles, Janet Hammond, Kyra Decastro, Nikki Zulueta, Dayanara Tempra, and Brooke Legaspi. The 2017 Binibining Pilipinas Teen USA candidates are Czarina Kwong, Melanie-Joy Torres, Patricia Santos, Lorey Caminos, Angel Soliven, Jessica Velasco, Arielle Santos, Asia Aragon, and Skylar Legaspi.

All told, the contestants will vie for a prize package including: roundtrip airline tickets to the Philippines, an opportunity to participate in a two-week tourism promotion campaign highlighting the country’s tourism destinations, a talent development contract with Viva Entertainment, and much, much more. But, beyond that, what’s at stake is the most prestigious title of its kind in the continent.

“It really does take a special person to be a Binibini,” says Mildred Deang, Executive Producer. “We ask a lot of our candidates because we take our pageant and our titles seriously and truly impress that it all must be earned.

“We’re thrilled with this year’s batch,” she said. “We are confident that these young women represent the best from their respective communities and are more than up to the task.”

Brought to you by For the Stars Fashion House and P&L Media, the fifth edition represents IEG’s most ambitious production and, leading up to its annual fashion show and Coronation Night, respectively, includes its usual litany of industry-standard professional workshops in media training, fitness, hair and make-up, etiquette and choreography for the candidates. 

The pageant will be nationally televised again this year on The Filipino Channel (TFC), and the producers recently announced that multi-awarded actress and singer KC Concepcion and top model and commercial endorser KC Montero will serve as lead hosts for the telecast. 

“Since our start, we’ve made it a point to challenge ourselves to make the next year a little bit more grand and this year is our grandest yet,” said Deang. “What we have put together -- from the candidates, emcees, judges and very special guest performers -- will surprise people in a very good way.

“We’re amazed that this is our fifth year because it’s been a lot of hard work and, at times, it’s been a blur,” she added. “But, we promise that this one will be special, one worthy of a fifth year celebration.”

Coronation Night is scheduled to take place on Sunday, August 20, 2017, at the Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center, in Redondo Beach, CA.  It will be preceded by the Preliminary Competition on Friday, August 18, 2017, at the same venue. 

Sponsors for this year include Philippine Airlines - Official Airline Partner , Solaire Swimwear - Official Swimwear Sponsor , Diamond Sponsors - Porsche of Downtown LA, Hunt Enterprises and Viva Entertainment, Platinum Sponsors – Discovery Suites, M Beauty by Dr. Tess and P&L Media, Gold Sponsors – Chevrolet Philippines and Estela Skin Care Clinic, Bronze Sponsors – Leelin Bakery & Cafe, Gerry’s Grill and The Roca Firm, Official Hair and Makeup Sponsors – Cherry’s Salon and April Love Pro Makeup Academy, Official Tabulator – Harrington Group, Official Dance Studio – Republiq Dance Studio, Official Photographers – Raen Badua, Rex Vincent and Gerry Villaroman, Official Nutrition & Fitness Consultant - MoVe Fitness, Official DJ – Audio Push Entertainment, Philippines & Asian Report, Hula Girl Beverages, Elaine Swann Enterpises, Kangen Water and Lotus 1. Special thanks to Philippine Department of Tourism Los Angeles.

This event will benefit three deserving charitable organizations: Yellow Boat of Hope Foundation, Foundation and Smile Train.

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