The final screening for Bb. Pilipinas 2009 search was held February 2 at Gateway, the Mandarin Suites.
From the original 170 plus applicants, only 36 were asked to return for final judging. The 6 gruelling hours were filled with pressure and tension among the hopefuls, parents, as well as supporters.
Among those who were asked for final callback were April Love Jordan, Jaysel Arrozal, Mary Ann Umali, Bianca Manalo, Carieshiela Kaujpers, Cheryl Oliveros, Kimberly Bramdon, Abby Cruz, Zephora Mayon, Bianca Paz, Diana Arevalo, Barbara Salvador, Keanne Mallari, Loraine de Guzman, Rich Asuncion, Sthepanie Sineres, Priscilla Mae Honorio, Melody Gersbach, Giselle Rivamonte, Sandra Siefert, Fianca Cruz, Shayne Dimaapi etc…..
The Final Official Candidates Announced
Binibining Pilipinas 2009 Beauty Pageant kicks off with the announcement of their twenty four official candidates to selected members of the press and media at the Gateway Cinema in Araneta Center Quezon City.
The lucky 24 candidates are:
• Ma. Paula Bianca Paz
• Mary Jane dela Cruz
• Jaysel Arozal
• Regina Hahn
• Richell Angalot aka Rich Asuncion
• Mary Tifanny Jones
• Vanessa Johnson
• Melody Gersbach
• Priscilla Navidad
• Abegail Lesley Cruz
• Diana Arevalo
• Barbara Salvador
• Marie Ann Umali
• Hazel Sutch
• Cheryl Oliveros
• Carishiela May Kaujpers
• Keann Mallari
• Marie Loraine de Guzman
• April Love Jordan
• Stephanie Sineres
• Priscila Mae Honorio
• Sandras Inez Seifert
• Pamela Bianca Manalo
• Gizelle Jasmin Rivamonte
The coronation night is happening on March 7, 2009 as televised on GMA-7.
Brief on some of the candidates:
#2 – Carishiela Kuijpers : a Filipina Dutch model who in mid-2008 won a model search for an international beauty brand in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
#3 – Richell Angalot aka Richie Asuncion : a GMA 7 TV contract star whose gain to fame was when she placed as one of the finalists of Starstruck, GMA Network’s star search reality show.
#4 – Gizelle Rivamonte : from Quezon City who competed at last year’s Miss Philippines Earth pageant
#6 – Bianca Paz aka Bianca Villamorez : a Balikbayan beauty from Los Angeles, CA. She is an aspiring model.
#10 – Priscilla Navidad: 19 year old deaf beauty from Davao. Represented Mindanao at the 2007 Miss Teen Philippines where she was chosen as 1st RU. Her claim to fame and stradom was when she was chosen to be among the housemates of the highly popular Pinoy Big Brother – Teen 2008 Edition.
#12 – Regina Hahn: pretty, charming mestiza beauty from Makati. An AB Foreign Service graduate of Ateneo de Manila University. Said to be niece of Miss Universe 1975 4th RU and Bb. Pilipinas Universe 1975 Rosemarie ‘Chiqui’ Brosas-Hahn.
#13 – Sandra Inez Seifert : a fashion and commercial model who has modeled around the world. She was a runner up at the tender age of 15 in the 1998 Elite Look Philippines Model Search.
#15 – Pamela Bianca Manalo : a fashion model and a domestic flight attendant for Philippine Airlines. This tall (5′9 1/2″) looker is a dead ringer for actress Carmina Villaruel. Her elder sister, Katherine Ann Manalo was Miss World 2002 semifinalist and Bb. Pilipinas World 2002. An aunt (the sister of her mother) , Nini Ramos is the first Bb. Pilipinas International titleholder.
#17 – Marie Ann Umali : another of the bevy of mestiza beauties at this year’s Bb. Pilipinas. She was a Bb. Pilipinas 2007 semi finalist. A Hotel Restaurant Management student at DLSU – College of St. Benilde.
#20 – Melody Gersbach : a Filipina German beauty who is the reigning Miss Bicolandia.
#23 – Barbara Salvador: a popular Philippine fashion and commercial model who has a degree in communications from the prestigious Ateneo de Manila University. She is daughter of Ten Outstanding Filipino Doctors 2008 awardee, Dr. Bles Salvador.
#24 – Abby Cruz: another GMA 7 TV network contract artist who was chosen as 2007 Bb. Pilipinas 2nd RU.