The 30 official candidates were selected from 55 beauties who were screened during the final call held yesterday, Feb. 11.
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BINIBINING PILIPINAS 2012 - List of Official Candidates
(in order of announcement)
*Marie Virgenia Cecilie Peter
*Fer Mary Baliquig
*Rose Ann Aguilar
*Marie Irisha Arcenas
*Katrina Jayne Dimaranan
*Giselle Angelica Muñoz
*Angelee Claudett delos Reyes
*Jillean Camille Orbina
*Annalie 'Ali' Forbes
*Gina Joy Howell
*Mary Jean 'MJ' Lastimosa
*Patricia Lae Ejercitado
*Anna Czarina 'Inna' Buenviaje
*Roxane Joy Jesalva
*Elaine Kay Moll
*Romelin Roxanne de Castro
*Maria Alicia Elena Ariosa
A lot of recycled beauties have made it to Binibining Pilipinas 2012's official candidates, including last year's runners-up Janine Tugonon and MJ Lastimosa (photo below).
In the past 3 years, three Bicolana beauties were consecutively crowned each year with a Binibining Pilipinas title: Melody Gersbach (RIP), Venus Raj and Diane Necio.
We'll see if the streak continues in Bb. Pilipinas 2012, as 4 of the 30 official candidates come from Bicol and they are:
Jaine Hidalgo from Naga City (Miss Philippines Earth 2011 candidate)
Elaine Kay Moll from Buhi, Camarines Sur (Miss World Philippines 2011 Top 10 semi-finalist)
Roxane Joy Jesalva from Irosin, Sorsogon (Miss Bicolandia 2011 titleholder).
and Anna Czarina Buenviaje from Malinao, Albay (1st Runner Up to Dianne Necio in Tabaco City's Miss Tabak 2009)
The Binibining Pilipinas 2012 Press Presentation will be held tomorrow, Feb. 13.
Photos courtesy of BPCI