Masbate’s bet Hannah Arnold bags Binibining Pilipinas’ top crown

Ito na ang ikawalang pagsali ni Hannah sa Binibining Pilipinas. Matatandaang isa s’ya sa mga kandidata during the 2019 edition pero umabot lang s'ya sa Top 15.

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Ito na ang ikawalang pagsali ni Hannah sa Binibining Pilipinas. Matatandaang isa s’ya sa mga kandidata during the 2019 edition pero umabot lang s'ya sa Top 15.

Binibini #17 Hannah Arnold of Masbate successfully snagged the Binibining Pilipinas International crown in last night’s Binibining Pilipinas grand coronation ceremony held—live for the first time since the pandemic—at the Araneta Coliseum.  

The 24 year-old Filipino-Australian beauty bested 33 other candidates from all over the country and brought home the top crown.

(To those who remain confused, the Binibining Pilipinas Organization no longer owns the franchise of the Miss Universe Philippines. It is now with the Miss Universe Philippines Organization. Thus, the former top title Binibining Pilipinas Universe no longer exists.)

During the pageant’s question and answer portion, ang broadcast journalist na si Pinky Webb ang napili ng dalaga na magtanong sa kanya.

Tanong ni Pinky: “Given the reach and power of social media, do you believe that genuine freedom of speech exists in the Philippines nowadays? Why or why not?” 

“First of all, freedom of speech is a basic human right that we all must remember. It is important for a democracy,” sagot ni Hannah. 

“With our upcoming election, we definitely need freedom of speech,” pagpapatuloy n’ya. 

“For example, on Twitter, we are limited to a few characters, and what I have seen in these tweets is powerful. That has helped me think about who I'd like to vote for in the upcoming elections.” 

Ito na ang ikawalang pagsali ni Hannah sa Binibining Pilipinas. Matatandaang isa s’ya sa mga kandidata during the 2019 edition pero umabot lang s'ya sa Top 15.

Ngayong s’ya ang kakatawan sa Pilipinas sa Miss International pageant sa Japan this year, goal ni Hannah na maging ika-pitong Pinay na makapag-uwi ng korona at maihanay sa mga nagdaang winners gaya nina Gemma Cruz (1964), Aurora Pijuan (1970), Melanie Marquez (1979), Precious Lara Quigaman (2005), Bea Rose Santiago (2013), Kylie Verzosa (2016).

Samantala, kabilang sa mga kinoronahan kagabi ay sina Samantha Panlilio ng Cavite as Binibining Pilipinas Grand International; Cinderella Faye Obeñita of Cagayan de Oro bilang Binibining Pilipinas Intercontinental; at Maureen Ann Montagne ng Batangas as Binibining Pilipinas Globe.

Itinanghal namang First Runner-up si Gabrielle Basiano ng Borongan, Eastern Samar, at Meiji Cruz ng Valenzuela City bilang Second Runner-up.

Ilan pa sa mga nagtamo ng special awards ang mga sumusunod:

Best in National Costume - Maria Ruth Erika Quin (Nueva Ecija)

Best in Swimsuit - Meiji Cruz (Valenzuela)

Best in Long Gown - Gabrielle Basiano (Borongan, Eastern Samar)

Binibining Araneta City - Maria Francesca Taruc (Angeles City, Pampanga)

Miss Friendship – Lesley Anne Ticaro (Tagum City)

Miss Talent – Vianca Louise Marcelo (Bocaue, Bulacan)

Miss Photogenic – Patrizia Mariah Garcia (Manila)

Miss Alagang Silka –  Maria Francesca Taruc (Angeles City, Pampanga)

Jag Denim Queen –  Hannah Arnold (Masbate)

Miss World Balance –  Alexandra Faith Garcia (Olongapo City)

Miss Ever Bilena –  Maureen Ann Montagne (Batangas)

Miss Pizza Hut –  Karen Laurrie Mendoza (Iloilo)

Manila Bulletin Reader’s Choice –  Micca Rosal (Agoncillo, Batangas)

Miss Cream Silk –  Maureen Ann Montagne (Batangas)

Congratulations, ladies!

 

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