40 years with the Binibini
FUNFARE - Ricky Lo () - March 2, 2004 - 12:00am
On Saturday, March 6, "live" from the Araneta Coliseum (as usual) and covered by GMA 7 (starting at 9 p.m.), the 2004 Bb. Pilipinas Pageant will be held in, as usual, grand fashion to select the successors to reigning queens Carla Gay Balingit (Universe), Maria Rafaela Verdadero Yunon (World) and Jhezarie Gamez Javier (International).

The event, hosted by Ruffa Gutierrez (herself one-time Bb. Pilipinas-World), marks the search’s 41st anniversary. There’s a reason to celebrate because the Binibining Pilipinas Charities, Inc., headed by Madame Stella Marquez de Araneta (take a bow, please!), has produced two Misses Universe (Gloria Diaz and Margie Moran), two Misses International (Aurora Pijuan and Melanie Marquez), a few other international winners and dozens of runners-up and special awardees.

Here’s Funfare’s "other beauty expert" Celso de Guzman Caparas for a recap of how the Binibinis have fared through four decades:

Louise Vail Aurelio, semi-finalist — Miss Universe 1965
Maria Clarinda Garces Soriano, semi-finalist — Miss Universe 1966
Nenita Tuazon Ramos, semi-finalist — Miss International 1968
Gloria Maria Aspillera Diaz, Miss Universe 1969 and top 10 Best in Swimsuit
Margaret Rose Orbe Montinola, semi-finalist — Miss International 1969
Aurora Mc Kenny Pijuan, Miss International 1970
Carmencita Hufana Avecilla, second runner-up — Miss Young International 1970
Vida Valentina Fernandez Doria, Miss Photogenic — Miss Universe 1971
Evelyn Santos Camus, second runner-up — Miss International 1971
Maricar Sison Zaldariaga, semi-finalist and Miss Photogenic - Miss Young International 1971
Milagros Dorado Gutierrez, third runner-up — Miss Charming International 1971
Armi Barbara Quiray Crespo, semi-finalist — Miss Universe 1972
Yolanda Adriatico Dominguez, second runner-up and Best National Costume — Miss International 1972
Maria Lourdes Mauleon Vallejo, semi-finalist — Miss Young International 1972
Maria Elena Suarez Ojeda, fourth runner-up, Miss International 1973
Maria Nanette Macapagal Prodigalidad, first runner-up and Miss Photogenic, Maja Internacional 1973
Maria Margarita Roxas Moran, Miss Universe 1973, Miss Photogenic and Best in Swimsuit
Guadalupe Cuerva Sanchez, semi-finalist — Miss Universe 1974
Pacita Eduarda Abrera Guevarra, third runner-up — Maja Internacional 1974
Rosemarie Singson Brosas, fourth runner-up — Miss Universe 1975
Jaye Antonio Murphy, semi-finalist — Miss International 1975
Annette Liwanag, fourth runner-up — Maja Internacional 1975
Jean Cuala Saburit, Miss Yukata (Best in Summer Kimono) — Miss Young International 1975
Maria Dolorez Suarez Ascalon, semi-finalist and Best National Costume — Miss International 1976
Dorothy Sue Sulce Bradley, first runner-up — Miss Young International 1977
Mimilanie Laurel Marquez, Miss International 1979, Miss Elegance and Best National Costume
Princess Ava Quibranza, Best National Costume — Maja Internacional 1979
Maria Rosario Rivera Silayan, third runner-up — Miss Universe 1980
Maria Felicidad Luis, fourth runner-up — Miss Young International 1980
Dianne Jeanne Christine Alegarme Chiong, semi-finalist — Miss International 1980
Maria Asuncion Spirig, semi-finalist and Best National Costume — Maja Internacional 1980
Alice Fernandez Sacasas, semi-finalist — Miss International 1981
Joyce Ann Fellosas Burton, semi-finalist — Miss Young International 1981
Josephine Relucio Bautista, semi-finalist, Miss Popular and Best National Costume — Maja Internacional 1981
Shalimar Orcullo Alcantara, semi-finalist — Miss Young International 1983
Maria Anna Cadiz, semi-finalist and Best National Costume, Maja Internacional 1983
Maria Desiree Erese Verdadero, third runner-up — Miss Universe 1984
Jane Destura Brumitt, semi-finalist — Maja Internacional 1984
Maria Luisa de Asis Gonzales, second runner-up and Best National Costume — Maja Internacional 1985
Jessie Alice Salones Dixson, semi-finalist — Miss International 1986
Maria Cristina Ramos Recto, Miss Talent and Best National Costume — Maja Internacional 1986
Geraldine Edith Villaruz Asis, semi-finalist— Miss Universe 1987
Maria Luisa S. Jimenez, semi-finalist — Maja Internacional 1987
Maria Muriel Oleriana Moral, Best National Costume — Maja Internacional 1988
Lilia Eloisa Marfori Andanar, Miss Friendship — Miss International 1989
Jeanne Therese Plata Hilario, second runner-up — Maja Internacional 1989
Selina Atanacio Manalad, Miss Sympathy — Maja Internacional 1991
Sharmaine Ruffa Rama Gutierrez, second runner-up and Continental Queen of Beauty for Asia - Miss World 1993
Charlene Mae Gonzales Bonnin, finalist and Best National Costume — Miss Universe 1994
Alma Carvajal Concepcion, semi-finalist and Miss Friendship — Miss International 1994
Gladys Andre Dinsay Duenas, semi-finalist — Miss International 1995
Tiffany Sayson Cuna, semi-finalist — Maja Internacional 1995
Aileen Marfori Damiles, Miss Photogenic — Miss Universe 1996
Yedda Marie Mendoza Kittilstvedt, semi-finalist — Miss International 1996
Abbygale Williamson Arenas, Miss Photogenic — Miss Universe 1997
Susan Jane Juan Ritter, semi-finalist — Miss International 1997
Joanne Zapanta Santos, Miss Tourism International 1997
Collete Centeno Glazer, semi-finalist — Miss International 1998
Miriam Redito Quiambao, first runner-up and Clairol Herbal Essence Award — Miss Universe 1999
Rachel Muyot Soriano, second runner-up, Best in Long Gown and National Costume — Miss Tourism World 2000
Zorayda Ruth Andam, second place Best National Costume — Miss Universe 2000
Michelle Cueva Reyes, Anatolia Miss Tourism International 2001, Miss Anatolia and Best National Costume
Maricar Manalaysay Balagtas, Miss Globe International 2001
Zorayda Ruth Andam, semi-finalist and Miss Tourism World for Asia - Miss Tourism World 2001
Joanna Maria Penalosa, Face of the Net — Miss Internet WWW 2001
Michelle Cueva Reyes, Miss Tourism World 2002, Model of the Universe for Asia, Miss Armada
Kristine Reyes Alzar, Miss Tourism International Ukraine Black Sea 2002 and Best National Costume
Katherine Anne Ramos Manalo, finalist — Miss World 2002
Karen Loren Medrano Agustin, fifth runner-up and Best in Swimsuit — Miss Globe International 2002
Maria Rafaela Verdadero Yunon, finalist, top 10 Beach Beauty Award and top 10 People’s Choice Award — Miss World 2003
Noela Mae Buhion Evangelista, Queen of Tourism International 2003, Queen of Continental Asia, Miss Elegance and Best National Costume

(E-mail reactions at rickylo@philstar.net.ph)

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