MANILA, Philippines– Pia Wurtzbach, of Cagayan de Oro City, was crowned Binibining Pilipinas Universe 2015 on Sunday night at Smart Araneta Coliseum in Quezon City.
It was Wurtzbach’s third time in a row to join the contest. She was Bb. Pilipinas 2013 first runner-up and also made it to the Top 15 last year.
Wurtzbach, was also now awarded Bb. Creamsilk, triumphed over 33 other competitors from across the country.
Being one of the pageant’s crowd favorites, the 25-year-old professional model and culinary arts graduate was tearful and beaming as she received her crown and sash from the outgoing Bb. Pilipinas Universe Mary Jean Lastimosa.
During the question and answer portion, she was asked by Rep. Leni Robredo about her thoughts on Internet censorship.
“I think that we should be careful with what we post online especially our thoughts and our opinions that we don’t hurt anybody. Especially selfies, we have to be careful with what we post, especially with our bodies and our faces. So always think before you click,” Wurtzbach answer.
Janicel Lubina, of Palawan, was proclaimed Bb. Pilipinas International. She also won the Best in Long Gown and Best in Swimsuit awards.
Ann Lorraine Colis, a BS Management Accounting graduate, took home the Bb. Pilipinas Tourism title.
Bagging the Bb. Pilipinas Supranational award was 23-year old Rogelie Catacutan.
Christi Lynn McGarry, of Nabua, Camarines Sur, was declared Bb. Pilipinas Intercontinental.
One spot shy of the crown was first runner-up Hannah Ruth Sison. Kimverlyn Suiza was second runner-up.
Teresita Ssen Marquez, daughter of actor Joey Marquez and actress Alma Moreno, seized the Best in Talent, Best in National Costume and She’s so Jag 2015 awards.
Other winners include Toni Alyessa Hipolito (Ms. Friendship), Cannielle Faith Santos (Ms. Photogenic and Manila Bulletin Readers’ Choice awards) and Kylie Versoza (Bb. Philippine Airlines).
Among those who made the Top 15 cut were: Princess Joy Camu, Brenna Cassandra Gamboa, Teresita Ssen Marquez, Maolin Yalung, Alaiza Flor Malinao, Justine Beatrice Felizarta, Anja Vanessa Peter and Kylie Versorza.
Binibining Pilipinas, now in its 52nd edition, is the longest-running and most prestigious beauty pageant in the country. It chooses the country’s representatives to major international beauty contests.
|Binibining Pilipinas Universe 2015 Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach|
The most awaited Binibining Pilipinas coronation night was hosted by Kapamilya stars Toni Gonzaga and Xian Lim together with former Miss Universe runners-up Shamcey Supsup-Lee, Venus Raj and Ariella Arida as co-presenters.
The panel of judges was led by Secretary Leila de Lima and Binibining Pilipinas pageant director Stella Marquez Araneta. Other famous personalities in the panel of judges include basketball player Kiefer Ravena, TV personality and comedian Vice Ganda, Sofitel Hotel general manager Bernd Schneider, International Model Sarah Meier, COO of Robinsons Land Corporation Frederick Go, Chief of Staff of AFP General Gregorio Pio Catapang, Ambassador of the Republic of France to the Philippines Gilles Garachon, Ambassador of theRepublic of Chile to the Philippines Luis Lillo and Camarines Sur Congresswoman Leni Robredo.
Miss Universe Philippines: Bb Pilipinas Candidate 10, Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach
Bb Pilipinas International: Bb Pilipinas Candidate 11, Janicel Lubina
Bb Pilipinas Supranational: Bb Pilipinas Candidate 25, Rogelie Catacutan
Bb Pilipinas Intercontinental: Bb Pilipinas Candidate 19, Christi Lynn McGarry
Bb Pilipinas Tourism: Bb Pilipinas Candidate 24, Ann Lorraine Colis
1st runner-up: Bb 28, Hannah Ruth Lulu Sison
2nd runner-up: Bb 8, Kimverlyn Suiza
|Bb Pilipinas Tourism: Bb Pilipinas Candidate 24, Ann Lorraine Colis|
|Bb Pilipinas International: Bb Pilipinas Candidate 11, Janicel Lubina|
|Bb Pilipinas Intercontinental: Bb Pilipinas Candidate 19, Christi Lynn McGarry|
|Bb Pilipinas Supranational: Bb Pilipinas Candidate 25, Rogelie Catacutan|
|1st runner-up: Bb 28, Hannah Ruth Lulu Sison|
|2nd runner-up: Bb 8, Kimverlyn Suiza|
|Janicel Lubina , Binibining Pilipinas 2015 Best in Swimsuit|
|Best in national costume: Bb 34, Teresita Ssen Marquez|
Bb Friendship: Bb 6, Toni Alyessa Hipolito
Bb Talent: Bb 34, Teresita Ssen Marquez
Miss Photogenic: Bb 5, Cannielle Faith Santos
Best in national costume: Bb 34, Teresita Ssen Marquez
Best in swimsuit: Bb 11, Janicel Lubina
Best in long gown: Bb 11, Janicel Lubina
Bb Phil Airlines: Bb 12, Kylie Verzosa
Manila Bulletin choice award: Bb 5, Cannielle Faith Santos
She’s so JAG 2015: Bb 34, Teresita Ssen Marquez
Miss Cream Silk: Bb 10, Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach