QUEZON CITY, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – Every so often, we at The Adobo Chronicles take some things very seriously, among them our beauty pageants. We know we’re not alone in this.
So today, we’re taking a break from our usual posts and stories to bring you our honest-to-goodness prediction for this year’s Binibining Pilipinas (Miss Philippines) pageant which will pick our representatives to different international beauty contests.
In no particular order, these are our 6 top choices who we think will wear one of the coveted crowns:
MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles) – Canada may be the first country to allow a transgender woman (Jenna Talackova) to compete in the local Miss Universe pageant, but the Philippines is the first to officially open up its national beauty pageant to drag queens and transgender persons.
Whether you are a heterosexual male who just wants to dress in drag or someone assigned the male gender at birth who has transitioned into a woman, you now have an equal chance as the rest of the ladies to win one of the coveted crowns in the Binibining Pilipinas (Miss Philippines) pageant.
The Binibining Pilipinas Charities, Inc (BPCI) today released the revised contestant application form that includes a question on one’s gender or sex (sic). The charity is the local franchisee for several international beauty pageants, including Miss Universe and Miss International
BPCI chairperson Stella Marquez Araneta said that beauty queen aspirants no longer need to lie about their gender. “All are welcome to apply — male, female, drag queens, transgender women or men.”
LAS VEGAS, Nevada (The Adobo Chronicles) – Last September, Donald Trump sold the entire stock of the Miss Universe Organization to WME/IMG.
The new pageant owner has already made significant changes beginning with this year’s pageant which culminates with the crowning of the new Miss Universe tonight at Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino in Las Vegas.
Among the changes:
The pageant has a new television broadcast home — FOX
WMC/IMG has reduced the number of celebrity judges from the usual 10 to just 4 (Emmy Award-nominated actress Niecy Nash, celebrity entertainment mogul Perez Hilton, 2012 Miss Universe Olivia Culpo and football legend Emmitt Smith)
Television viewers will be able to vote for their favorite candidate in real time, and results will help determine the winner. (In the past, viewers and netizens could vote but only for Miss Photogenic, Best in National Costume and 16th finalist spot)
Viewers will also have the opportunity to ask the final question on pageant night
Beginning with the 2016 pageant, however, WMC/IMG announced that it will implement a ‘no makeup’ rule, meaning that contestants will not be allowed to wear any makeup.
“We believe in natural beauty, inside and out,” WMC/IMG said, “so our goal would be to find the most beautful woman in the universe sans cosmetics.”
The Miss Universe Organization is also reportedly considering additional pageant rules, including having all contestants wear the exact same evening gown for the competition.