Binibining Pilipinas USA 2016 crowns new Queen and Her Court


(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.  

The full list of titleholders is as follows:

Nicole Ceniza, Binibining Pilipinas USA 2016, Pasadena, CA
Jacqueline Aluning, Binibining Pilipinas USA – Tourism, Diamond Bar, CA
Kassius Lanzarotta, Binibining Pilipinas USA – 1st RU, Elk Grove, CA
Krystal Fernandez, Binibining Pilipinas USA – 2nd RU, Anaheim, CA
Shekinah Paguirigan, Binibining Pilipinas USA – 3rd RU, Garden Grove, CA

Special Awards Winners

Binibining Best in Talent – Samantha Abaya-Campos
Binibining Photogenic – Frances Pascual
Binibining Social Media – Ellaine Munsayac
Binibining People’s Choice – Tisha Alyn Abrea
Binibining Popularity – Charissa Valdez
Binibining Best in Swimsuit – Kassius Lanzarotta
Binibining Best in Evening Gown – Jacqueline Aluning
Binibining Top Ramp Model – Samantha Abaya-Campos
Binibining Congeniality – Johanna De Guzman
Binibining Best in National Costume – Johanna de Guzman (Designer: Carl Andrada)
Binibining Philippine Airlines – Nicole Ceniza

CheyAnne Ladiero Knight, Binibining Pilipinas Teen USA 2016, Menifee, CA
Carly Peeters, Binibining Pilipinas Teen USA - 1st RU, Porter Ranch, CA
Aira Lei Maigue, Binibining Pilipinas Teen USA - 2nd RU, Las Vegas, NV
Alexandria Palma Boreman, Binibining Pilipinas Teen USA - 3rd RU, Oceanside, CA

Teen Special Awards Winners

Binibining Best in Talent – Gillian Robles
Binibining Photogenic – Carly Peeters
Binibining Social Media – Heather Santos
Binibining People’s Choice – Heather Santos
Binibining Popularity – Gillian Robles
Binibining Best in Swimsuit – Carly Peeters
Binibining Best in Evening Gown – CheyAnne Knight
Binibining Top Ramp Model – CheyAnne Knight
Binibining Congeniality – Gillian Robles
Binibining Best in National Costume – CheyAnne Knight

Hosted by actress Iza Calzado and TV host Marc Nelson, the show opened with the critically-acclaimed folk arts dancers of Kayaman Ng Lahi, leading to the opening of the Parade of National Costumes.  Top Filipino designersfrom the Philippines and the US competed for the Best in National Costume award, with L.A-based Carl Andrada taking this year’s honors.  

A formidable roster of judges made up this year’s panel: former Miss Universe Margie Moran, acclaimed actress Hilda Koronel, NBA Hall of Famer Jamaal Wilkes, Miss Earth 2014 Jamie Herrell, Grammy-winning rap artist, former Bb.Pilipinas International and Emmy-winning producer Lisa Manibog-Brennan, beauty queenmaker Jonas Antonio Gaffud, award-winning journalist Janet R. Nepales, Porsche DTLA GM Allen Hsiang, Phil. Department of Tourism attaché Richmond Jimenez, philanthropist Priscilla Hunt, skin care and beauty expert Zehra Sun, PAL executive Tess Garces.  

Members of the Filipino-American Symphony Orchestra (“FASO”) provided the musical background for the evening gown competition, later followed by a serenade to the finalists by pop-opera singer Jonathan Badon.  Ryan Gallagher also performed with his spin on a classic standard.  

Ceniza starts her reign with a roundtrip ticket and a two-week sponsored trip to the Philippines in September 2016.  She was also awarded a second, business class ticket to Manila for being selected Binibining Philippine Airlines.   Aluning joins this tourism promotion trip as part of her prize package.  Knight also was awarded two roundtrip tickets to Manila for winning her crown.  

New sponsors for this year include real estate development firm Hunt Enterprises, world renowned luxury resort Eskaya Beach Resort and Spa, and prime hotel resort Discovery Suites.

The pageant welcomes back the Philippines’ national carrier, Philippine Airlines (PAL), as a returning sponsor.
Contributing sponsors include:  Philippine Department of Tourism Los Angeles, Porsche of Downtown LA, VIVA Entertainment, Malibu Design Group (Official Swimwear Sponsor), Majestic Vacations (Official Travel Partner), MD Sun, Republiq Dance Studio (Official Dance Studio), Innovative Tours & Travel, Carrington Real Estate & Mortgage, Estela Skin Care Clinic, Leelin Bakery and Café, Integrity Escrow, Jeff Reyes (Official Photographer), Cherry’s Salon and Michael Vincent Academy (Official Hair and Makeup Sponsors), MoVe Fitness, Gerry’s Grill, Bobby Crisostomo and Ramie Dador (Official Events Photographers), Audio Push Entertainment (Official DJ), Pomp & Regalia Fine Jewelry, Integrity Escrow and media partner, Manila Express.

For the fourth straight year, this pageant will be broadcast in its entirety during prime time.  Tune in to TFC on Sunday, August 14th, 2016, 11:00pm PST for Binibining Pilipinas USA 2016 Coronation Night.


Photo by Ramie Dador

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