Bb. Pilipinas 2015 Official Candidates: 8 repeaters, 14 crossovers, 12 newbies

Binibining Pilipinas 2015 official candidates, the aspirants for the titles Miss Universe Philippines 2015 (to succeed Mary Jean Lastimosa), Bb. Pilipinas 2015 International (to succeed Bianca Guidotti), Bb. Pilipinas 2015 Intercontinental (to succeed Kris Tiffany Janson) and Bb. Pilipinas Supranational 2015 (Yvethe Marie Santiago), were announced already last Saturday, much earlier than usual.

Last year, there were 40 Bb. Pilipinas 2014 official candidates, but this year, there's only 34, many of them are REPEATERS or have been a candidate already of the pageant in previous years. 4 of them are even doing an MJ Lastimosa - joining the pageant for the 3RD time: Pia Wurtzbach, Hannah Ruth Sison, Patricia Lae Ejercitado and Toni Alyessa Hipolito. Will they be third-time lucky just like MJ and finally win one of the titles?

[NOTE: The numbers of the candidates in the pictures were during the screening. What you see beside their names are already their official numbers. All pics credit to Bruce Casanova/BPCI. You can also pick your favorites in our fun poll at the bottom of this post.]

BB #10 Pia Wurtzbach (1st RU in Bb. Pilipinas 2013, Top 15 in Bb. Pilipinas 2014) and BB #28 Hannah Ruth Sison (candidate in Bb. Pilipinas 2013, 2nd Runner Up in 2014)

BB #30 Patricia Lae Ejercitado (candidate in Bb. Pilipinas 2010, Top 12 in 2012, Top 13 in Miss World Philippines 2013) and #6 Toni Alyessa Hipolito (Top 10 in Bb. Pilipinas 2008, unplaced in 2010)

Meanwhile, in addition to the above-mentioned ladies, 4 others are also trying their luck again, but as 2nd-time joiners: BB #3 Sissel Ria Rabajante (candidate in Miss Bikini Philippines 2008, Bb. Pilipinas 2013 and Miss World Philippines 2013), BB #8 Kimverlyn Suiza (dethroned Miss Philippines Earth Air 2013, candidate in Bb. Pilipinas 2014), BB #13 Mae Liezel Ramos (candidate in Ms. World Philippines 2011, Top 15 in Bb. Pilipinas 2014) and BB #26 Anabel Christine Tia (candidate in Bb. Pilipinas 2014).

These veterans definitely have the edge, the Binibini experience, but it's one of the toughest editions ever of this pageant. The other candidates are also strong and definitely will give them a good fight for the crown: those crossover beauties (already joined and placed in other national pageants or competitions in the country) such as Janicel Lubina, Alaiza Malinao, Christi McGarry and Christine Balaguer, and those pageant newbies who have consistently been part of every fan's Bb. Pilipinas wishlist, Kylie Verzosa and WynWyn Marquez.

CROSSOVERS: They've been to other national pageants and contests.

BB #11 Janicel Lubina (Megan Young's runner-up, Best in Swimwear, Miss Photogenic at Miss World Philippines 2013, also Miss Bikini Philippines 2013) and BB #21 Alaiza Flor Malinao (1st Runner Up, Miss Photogenic at Century Tuna Superbods 2014)

BB #19 Christi Lynn McGarry (Mutya ng Pilipinas Asia Pacific 2010, then represented the Philippines at Miss Intercontinental 2010 and won the Asia and Oceania title) and BB #5 Christine Balaguer (the deaf-mute contestant in Miss World Philippines 2014 where she was a Top 13 semi-finalist and Miss Friendship awardee). Balaguer's life story is MMK's feature in its next episode Saturday, January 17, with Venus Raj portraying her.

Other contestants in this category are BB #4 Renee Soraya Hassani (Philippine representative at Miss Diversity Culture International Philippines 2014 and won 1st RU), BB #2 Maria Jenny Feliz Gonzales (Top 10 in Ms. Philippines Earth 2014), BB #15 Paula Rich Bartolome (candidate in Ms. World Philippines 2012), BB #17 Brenna Cassandra Gamboa (Miss Philippines Earth 2011 Top 10, Miss World Philippines 2012 2nd Princess), BB #18 Crissa Marie Mendiola (Top 15 in It's Showtime 'Gandang Babae 2014' contest, candidate in Miss Global Philippines 2014), BB #25 Rogelie Catacutan (Winner, Best in Swimsuit, Best in Evening Gown, Miss Talent at Miss Casino Filipino 2014, Top 12, Ms. Talent, Ms. Friendship in Ms. World Philippines 2011), BB #29 Nancy Lee Leonard (Miss Air title winner at Miss Philippines Earth 2013), BB #27 Ina Dominica Guerrero (candidate in Ms. Phil. Earth 2012, Top 13 in Ms. World PH 2014), BB #32 Danita Joan Ruazol (candidate in Miss Casino Filipino 2014), BB #9 Maolin Yalung (also a candidate of Miss Casino Filipino 2014) and BB #33 Namrata Neesha Murjani (Top 12, Miss Talent, Miss Friendship in Miss World Philippines 2011). {Yalung replaced Kimberle Mae Penchon, the original candidate 9 who withdrew from the pageant. Read: Bb. Pilipinas 2015 candidate withdraws)

NEWBIES: They're joining a national pageant for the very first time (some of them have already joined and won local or regional pageants).

BB #34 Teresita Ssen Marquez aka WynWyn Marquez, TV actress, and BB #12 Kylie Verzosa, model, Management graduate from Ateneo. These lovely ladies also got beauty pageant connections: WynWyn is the daughter of Joey Marquez and Alma Moreno, and niece of Miss International 1979 Melanie Marquez, while Kylie is the daughter of Bb. Pilipinas 1985 Top 15 semi-finalist, the equally beautiful and very nice Ma'am Gemma Raquel Fausto.

Other BB newbies: #1 Samantha Barbara Balbin, #7 Enrica Roxiele Guieb, #14 Princess Joy Camu, #16 Marvi Ann de Lima, #20 Tanya Angelina Nicole Hyde, #22 Anja Vanessa Peter (Fil-German, one of the top-ranked tennis players of the Philippines during her junior years), #23 Justine Beatrice Felizarta, #24 Ann Lorraine Colis and #31 Mia Allyson Howell (a SEA Games silver medalist in fencing).

ACES & QUEENS vs KAGANDAHANG FLORES: 15 of the 34 official candidates came from beauty camp that trained the likes of Venus Raj, Shamcey Supsup, Janine Tugonon, Ariella Arida and Megan Young, while 16 are from KF (the training camp of Mary Jean Lastimosa and Bea Rose Santiago). Those from Team Aces & Queens are: Malinao, Colis, Gamboa, McGarry, Balaguer, Mendiola, Felizarta, Suiza, Verzosa, de Lima, Murjani, Bartolome, Wurtzbach, Guieb and Marquez.

The KF beauties on one hand are Hipolito, Sison, Lubina, Camu, Ejercitado, Leonard, Guerrero, Ramos, Gamboa, Catacutan, Gonzales, Peter, Hyde, Tia, Penchon and 1 other.

The real challenge actually for these 2 beauty camps is how their candidates will fare in finals, who from their respective teams will place in the Top 15 and win a title.

THE BICOLANA BEAUTIES: Beauties from Bicol usually do great and win titles in Bb. Pilipinas (Miriam Quiambao, Precious Lara Quigaman, Venus Raj, Dianne Necio, Elaine Kay Moll, Bea Rose Santiago, Yvethe Marie Santiago and the late Melody Gersbach). This year's candidates from the region are McGarry, Rabajante, Ramos, Guerrero, De Lima, Camu and Sison.

CANDIDATES WITH HOT BOYFRIENDS: GFs of 3 of the hottest models we have in the country are among the candidates: Alaiza Malinao - John Spainhour, Kylie Verzosa - Laurens Tolenaars, Toni Hipolito - Bryan Foronda

The Grand Coronation Night of Binibining Pilipines is on March 15, 2015. -

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