After its successful maiden staging last year, Binibining Cebu has immediately established itself as one of the grandest local pageants the Philippines has ever seen. Binibining Cebu seeks to find an ambassadress who exemplifies today’s modern Cebuana, and in the process promote the beauty, heritage, culture, and commerce of the towns and cities of Cebu.
COVER PHOTO: 54 candidates will vie for the much-coveted Binibining Cebu crown.
This year, one Cebuana will stand out among her peers and be crowned as Binibining Cebu 2018. The highly anticipated pageant honors Cebu’s beautiful diversity and colorful stories, as told by Cebuanas through a celebration of their heritage, talent, and beauty.
The pageant will inspire and encourage young women to make their personal and professional pursuits a reality, as well as showcase the cultural identity of the 44 towns and 9 cities of Cebu. (Cebu City will be represented by two candidates – Cebu City North and Cebu City South)
(L-R): Allison Lo, 17 (Asturias), Marie Leolie Ursal, 18 (Barili), Mary Jae Felizarta, 17 (Bantayan), Alaia Doverte, 22 (Balamban), Mariah Gelina Lequin, 19 (Bogo City), Grace Nooriza Lumbang, 19 (Alcoy), Kinji Salinas, 21 (Argao), Angeli Christine Navarro, 18 (Aloguinsan), Ralphiela Lewis, 19 (Badian), Kimberly Covert, 23 (Alegria)
(L-R): Isabela Deutsch, 18 (Borbon), Karen Keith Go, 21 (Catmon), Vanessa Ammann, 29 (Cebu City South), Teri Marina Colmenares, 21 (Carmen), Sheena Marie Selerio, 23 (Boljoon), Amelie Mira Grauel, 27 (Compostela), Jasmier Murray, 20 (Consolacion), Rebekka Amesen, 18 (Daanbantayan), Augustina Odever, 17 (Alcantara), Dianne Padillo, 22 (Cebu City North), Melody Ann Infante, 20 (Cordova)
*Aeryka-Ann Robyn Pineda, the supposed candidate for Carcar City backed out on the last minute but will be replaced by another candidate soon.
(L-R): Steffi Aberasturi, 23 (Mandaue City), Sheena Balansag, 20 (Medellin), Marie Cielito Abendan, 20 (Lapu-Lapu City), Marianel Sacal, 19 (Malabuyoc), R-Jane Lugod, 19 (Liloan), Kristine Gillamac, 20 (Minglanilla), Princess Joesel Bajamonde, 20 (Dalaguete), Christine Rudolph, 17 (Danao City), Sharon Angel, 27 (Ginatilan), Tracy Maureen Perez, 25 (Madridejos), Marie Shane Ortega, 20 (Dumanjug)
(L-R): Freelyn Mae Flores, 22 (Poro), Gerly Cotimar, 22 (Pilar), Arianne Manquiquis, 22 (Pinamungajan), Rubby Clavel Verano, 22 (Oslob), Shaina Fame Mabatid, 18 (Moalboal), Ivy Esparcia, 20 (Samboan), Princess Donah Paraiso, 19 (San Francisco), Lou Dominique Piczon, 22 (Ronda), Mary Grace Castillo, 22 (San Fernando), Ivy Tapic, 20 (Naga City), Maria Fe Loayon, 18 (San Remigio)
(L-R): Sheene Lady Maxelle Paler, 21 (Tudela), Zenny Shun, 21 (Tabuelan), Angel Kate Uy, 19 (Sogod), Janine Gonob-Gonob, 19 (Tabogon), Raschel Uy, 25 (Talisay City), Trixie Ong, 21 (Tuburan), Ralene Lagudas, 24 (Sibonga), Kemberly Gillamac, 21 (Santa Fe), Niña Jane Cumayas, 17 (Santander), Mary Grace Tautuan, 22 (Toledo City)
Two new crowns added
Aside from the current Binibining Cebu, Binibining Cebu Tourism and Binibining Cebu Charity titles, the pageant committee decided to add two more crowns because five ladies crowned on stage just looks better, right? But kidding aside, they decided to add two titles to further promote the various advocacies of the candidates and to extend their impact to the community.
The two new titles are Binibing Cebu Heritage , who will promote the rich culture of Cebu and preservation of its colorful heritage. Meanwhile, Binibining Cebu Ecology will become the advocate for the care of the environment with the numerous challenges it is facing.
Pre-pageant activities and Coronation Night
Mark your calendars for the following pre-pageant activities that will drum up the excitement towards the grand Coronation Night!
September 26, 2018, Wednesday
6PM – Resort Wear and Swimwear Pre-pageant Gala Dinner at Mandani Bay
October 14, 2018, Sunday
1PM – Pre-pageant Interview at Mandani Bay
October 19, 2018, Friday
6PM – Binibining Cebu 2018 Grand Coronation Night at the Pacific Grand Ballroom, Waterfront Cebu City Hotel and Casino
Last year’s pageant was definitely groundbreaking, and I’m sure the organizers will do their best to raise the bar even higher this year.
Binibining Cebu is presented by the Binibining Sugbu Charity Foundation, Inc. in cooperation with the Sacred Heart School for Boys Batch 1985 Foundation, Inc., Yahoo! Philippines, Xionwei Techology, Emperor Watch and Jewellery, Mandani Bay, and San Miguel Corporation.
As we watch the pageant unfold, do you already have your own bets? Which candidate do you think will bring home the Binibining Cebu 2018 crown? Let us know in the comments section.