THE 40 official candidates of Binibining Pilipinas 2018 scintillated members of the media and sponsors during their Press Presentation on February 21, Wednesday, at the Novotel Manila Araneta Center.

Wearing their swimsuits, the gorgeous women competing in the country’s most prestigious beauty pageant wowed the guests with their beautiful physique and winsome personality as they introduced themselves and posed for photos at the hotel’s pool area.

The roster of aspirants this year is composed of registered professionals, flight attendants, entrepreneurs, public personalities, models, students and pageant veterans all vying for the chance to represent the Philippines in international beauty tilts. They are the cream of the crop, having been chosen by the Binibining Pilipinas Charities Inc. executive committee led by chairperson Mrs. Stella Marquez Araneta in a rigorous screening process.

Reigning queens Miss Universe Philippines Rachel Peters, Binibining Pilipinas International Mariel de Leon, Miss Intercontinental first runner up Katarina Rodriguez, Miss Globe first runner up Nelda Ibe, Miss Grand International second runner up Elizabeth Clenci, and Binibining Pilipinas Supranational Chanel Olive Thomas also graced the event and got to share some valuable tips to the candidates.

With less than a month to go before the Coronation Night, the candidates are in for more exciting and meaningful activities, and tougher competition as the Philippines aims to further live up to its powerhouse status in international pageants.

One of the most important aspects of the Binibinis’ journey is doing charity work, something that the organization has always made sure the ladies experience. Their most recent activity took all 40 candidates to the AFP Medical Center in V. Luna to spend some time with honorable wounded soldiers. With the help of the Makati Medical Center Foundation, the ladies brought cheer to the soldiers at the Heroes Ward by distributing food, clothes and toiletries. They also took time to interact with the soldiers and their families.

Pageant fans and followers will also get a chance to catch the ladies in the National Costume Competition at the Kia Theatre on March 3, and see them up close in the much-awaited annual Parade of Beauties, slated on March 10 at the Araneta Center grounds.

Join the ladies on their journey that culminates on Coronation Night, March 18, Sunday, at the Smart Araneta Coliseum. For tickets to the National Costume Competition, and the Coronation Night, visit or call 911-5555. (PR)