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HIGHLIGHTS: Binibining Pilipinas 2024 coronation night

By PhilSTAR L!fe Published Jul 07, 2024 8:01 pm Updated Jul 08, 2024 1:46 am

After months of waiting, the Philippines finally met the new Binibining Pilipinas queens. 

On Sunday, July 7, Binibining Pilipinas Charities Inc. (BPCI) crowned two of its 40 candidates—Myrna Esguerra of Abra and Jasmin Bungay of Pampanga—who will bring the Philippine flag on the international stages of the Miss International and Miss Globe pageants, respectively, happening later this year.

After showcasing their charms and stage presence from the swimsuit and national costume competitions, the 40 binibinis impressed the judges one last time with their wits, beauty, and elegance at the grand coronation night. 

In this diamond jubilee edition, the two winners will take over the reins from current titleholders Binibining Pilipinas International 2023 Angelica Lopez, and Binibining Pilipinas Globe 2023 Anna Valencia Lakrini. They will also receive new crowns and P1 million each. Meanwhile, the runner-ups will receive P400,000 each. 

The hosts of the evening were Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray, Miss International 2016 and actress Kylie Verzosa, Miss Universe 2014 semifinalist MJ Lastimosa, former beauty queen and actress Ruffa Gutierrez, and Miss Grand International 2016 1st runner-up Nicole Cordoves. 

The crowd was also given stellar performances from P-pop Kings SB19, TJ Monterde, Maki, and OPM legends Martin Nievera and Gary Valenciano. 

Check out the highlights of the Binibining Pilipinas 2024 grand coronation night below.

Binibining Pilipinas 2024 winner announced

The new queens are here! After a series of competitions, Abra's Myrna Esguerra and Jasmin Bungay of Pampanga have been hailed the new Binibining Pilipinas International and Binibining Pilipinas Globe respectively.

The two bested 38 other candidates from all over the country. They will now take over the reins of Angelica Lopez and Anna Lakrini who represented the Philippines in the last international pageantries. They will be the first ones to wear new crowns by Manny Halasan and will receive P1 million each. 

Christal Dela Cruz of Zambales was the first runner-up, while Trisha Martinez of Pila, Laguna finished as the second runner-up.

Miss International 2023 Andrea Rubio takes the center stage

Miss International 2023 queen Andrea Rubio has shared a short but sweet message ahead of the final part of the competition. Following her win in the international stage last year, Ruffa Gutierrez asked her about what it takes to win the highly coveted crown. 

“I think there is not secret in winning Miss International, I think all these beautiful ladies that we’ve seen in ourselves, they are so empowering, smart, and beautiful not only on the outside, but [also] on the inside; That’s what you need to be Miss International,” Rubio said. 

Binibining Pilipinas / YouTube

Coming from Venezuela, the country that is currently leading with most MI winners, Rubio said that she’s “loving it” having the opportunity to meet Filipina beauty queens who she described are “amazing” and “so charming.” 

The Top 15 candidates show their wit in the Q&A

Apart from the glitz and glamor, the first set of finalists showcased their wit in answering the questions by their chosen judges.  

Binibining Pilipinas / YouTube

Binibining Pilipinas / YouTube

The questions revolved around what qualities and physical assets a Binibini to stand out, which story from previous Binibini queens inspired them, what legacy they want to leave, and even pressing issues like the West Philippine Sea and Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity, and Expression (SOGIE) Bill, among others. Some were also asked personal questions that helped the judges get to know them better. 


Bb. Pilipinas 2024 top 15 candidates announced 

We’re just a few moments away from meeting our new Binibining Pilipinas queens! After the series of competition, only 15 were able to advance to the question and answer round. Among the candidates included are the returning candidates Vienne Feucht who landed as the first runner-up in Miss Bikini PH 2022; Phoebe Godinez who reigned as the Hiyas ng Pilipinas-Tourism Queen International in 2022, and Trisha Martinez who was among the Top 11 finalists in last year’s competition. 

Apart from securing a spot, Samantha Acosta of Bulacan was also awarded the Playtime Binibini.   

Here are the rest of the Top 15 candidates: 

  1. Bb. 36 Samantha Acosta, Playtime Binibini awardee (Bulacan province) 
  2. Bb. 13 Roella Solis (Calumpit, Bulacan)
  3. Bb. 24 Monica Acuno (Kalayaan, Laguna)
  4. Bb. 26 Phoebe Godinez (Lapu-Lapu City, Cebu)
  5. Bb. 32 Carmella Cuaresma (Aurora Province)
  6. Bb. 11 Kim De Luna (Caloocan)
  7. Bb. 25 Kara Villarosa (Negros Occidental)
  8. Bb. 10 Christal Dela Cruz (Zambales)
  9. Bb. 14 Vienne Feuct (Calamba, Laguna)
  10. Bb. 21 Jasmin Bungay (Pampanga)
  11. Bb. 40 Myrna Esguerra (Abra)
  12. Bb. 22 Tracy Sunio (Bacolod City)
  13. Bb. 30 Trisha Martinez (Pila, Laguna)
  14. Bb. 20 Shannen Lazano (General Santos City)
  15. Bb. 1 Marikit Manaois (Baguio City)

Binibining Pilipinas recognizes outstanding candidates with special awards

The road to the crown gets even more exciting!

Before the next winners of Binibining Pilipinas are named, the organization recognized the talents and outstanding achievements of their candidates by giving them special awards. 

Each winner will receive coveted prizes and perks, adding another layer of excitement before the much-anticipated coronation.

40 candidates dazzle in their evening gowns

It’s all glitz and glam as the Bb. Pilipinas 2024 candidates walked the stage in their stunning dresses during the evening gown segment at the grand coronation night.  

Each candidate made sure to stand out with their charm, stage presence, and specially curated gowns by their chosen designers. 

Binibining Pilipinas / YouTube

Binibining Pilipinas / YouTube

The segment also featured special performances by TJ Monterde with the song, Palagi and Maki's hit song Dilaw.

40 candidates sizzle in their swimwear

The heat is on! 40 candidates shine wearing their pink bedazzled swimsuits by Justine Aliman and accessories by Christopher Munar, styled by Patrick Henry. 

P-pop Kings SB19 continued to hype up the crowd with their energetic performance of Moonlight during the first round of competition.

Meet the board of judges

This year's all-female selection committee includes Beautéderm founder Rhea Tan, Miss International 2013 Bea Rose Santiago, volleyball player Fifi Sharma, Conchitina Bernardo, and Miss Universe titleholders Pia Wurtzbach, Gloria Diaz, Margie Moran, and Miss International 2023 Andrea Rubio.

Among the  BPCI executive committee are Stella Araneta, Conchitina Bernardo, Irene Jose, Vianna Fores, Vida Doria, Abbygale Arenas, Pia Roxas, and Precious Lara Quigaman. 

40 Beauties take the stage at Binibining Pilipinas 2024

The grandest edition of the Binibining Pilipinas pageant has begun! 

The show started with the 40 candidates—clad in metallic silver gowns—dancing to a remixed version of Rihanna’s Diamonds

The 40 candidates are now introducing themselves to the roaring Araneta Coliseum crowd.

Also introduced on stage were former queens and the evening's hosts Miss Grand International 2016 First Runner-Up Nicole Cordovez, Miss Universe Philippines 2014 MJ Lastimosa, Miss World 1993 Second Princess Ruffa Gutierrez, Miss International 2016 Kylie Verzosa, and Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray.

SB19 opens the night with a performance of 'Win Your Heart'

SB19 in the house!

In videos shared on X, SB19 could be seen singing Binibining Pilipinas' revamped theme song, Win Your Heart, originally written by Nonong Pedero. Joining them were Gary Valenciano and Martin Nievera.

On the stage with them were former Binibining Pilipinas queens including Marina Benipayo, Gloria Diaz, Margie Moran, Catriona Gray, and Pia Wurtzbach.

The digital release and official music video of Win Your Heart was released on July 15, 2022.

Miss International 2023 Andrea Rubio arrives at the Binibining Pilipinas red carpet

Miss International 2023 Andrea Rubio has arrived.

Rubio, who hails from Venezuela, told the Philippine media on July 6 that there were "a lot" of standouts from this year's roster.

“I saw them doing the opening. So I saw them dancing [and] given all the steps they had. I had the opportunity to talk to them and they are really excited,” she said.

She added that she also gave the "anxious" candidates a short pep talk.

Courtesy of Binibining Pilipinas

“They are very anxious. And I put myself into their spot, and of course there are [thoughts] that you don't know what is going to happen. But I just told them to have fun, to enjoy this as [a] once-in-a-lifetime experience,” Andrea said.

Andrea arrived in Manila on Wednesday, July 3. The Binibining Pilipinas organization said she will have a "significant role" at the event.

Former Binibining Pilipinas queens reunite for this year’s grand coronation night 

In celebrating the pageant’s 60th year, Filipina beauty queens from previous editions graced the red carpet ahead of the coronation night. 

Some of the queens that are present tonight include Pia Wurtzbach, Venus Raj, Shamcey Supsup, Patch Magtanong, Hannah Arnold, Gloria Diaz, and Michelle Dee.  

On the sidelines, Miss Universe 1969 Gloria Diaz shared some advice to the binibinis vying for the two highly coveted crowns. 

“I’ve always said this: Enjoy the moment. Winning is a lot, but more than anything, it’s the memories you get during the competition,” the former beauty queen said. 

Reigning queens Bb. Globe 2023 Anna Lakrini and Bb. International 2023 Angelica Lopez, and their runner-ups Katrina Anne Johnson and Atasha Reign Parani reminisced about their journey in last year’s competition as well as their hopes for their successors.