Miss Philippines

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Binibining Pilipinas or Miss Philippines is the most prestigious beauty pageant in the Philippines. Winners of this pageant often go on to compete in one of three international beauty pageants. It is the official Philippine franchise holder of the Miss Universe pageant since 1964, Miss International since 1968, and the Miss World pageant since 1992. One of its main organizers is Maria Stella Márquez Zawadzky (more commonly known as Madame Stella Márquez de Araneta), a former Miss Colombia who was a Miss Universe semi-finalist and the winner of the first Miss International beauty pageant in 1960..

The organization has produced two Miss Universe winners (Gloria Diaz in 1969 and Maria Margarita Moran in 1973) and three Miss International winners (Aurora Pijuan in 1970, Melanie Marquez in 1979, and Precious Lara Quigaman in 2005). Gemma Cruz, winner of Miss International 1964, is a product of the Miss Philippines pageant, the predecessor of the Binibining Pilipinas pageant. The Philippines has yet to produce a Miss World, but have come rather close: four consecutive Binibining Pilipinas-World (2002 to 2005) became semi - finalists and finalist in the past four years.

Philippines' first Miss Universe, Gloria Diaz


Binibining Pilipinas Universe

From 1952 to 1963, the Miss Philippines pageant was held to select the representative of the Philippines to the Miss Universe Pageant. See Philippines representatives to Miss Universe from 1952-1963 for a complete list of Miss Philippines winners prior to 1964.

In 1964, Madame Stella Márquez de Araneta (former Miss Colombia and the very first Miss International winner) started the Binibining Pilipinas-Universe Pageant after acquiring the local franchise for the Miss Universe Pageant. The winner of the Bb. Pilipinas Universe title is the official representative of the Philippines to the Miss Universe Pageant. See Bb. Pilipinas-Universe winners for a complete list of winners from 1964 to the present.

Binibining Pilipinas World

The Philippines first sent a contestant to the Miss World pageant in 1966. From then to 1976 the Philippine representative to Miss World was chosen through the Miss RP (Miss Republic of the Philippines) pageant. In 1977, franchise was transferred to the Mutya ng Pilipinas (Beauty of the Philippines) pageant which selected the official Philippine delegate until 1991. See Philippines representatives to Miss World from 1966-1991 for a complete list.

In 1992, the Bb. Pilipinas Charities, Inc. (organizer of the Binibining Pilipinas Pageant) of Madame Stella Márquez de Araneta acquired the local franchise to choose the Philippine representative to the Miss World Pageant. The local title was renamed to Binibining Pilipinas-World and was added to the two other major beauty titles: Bb. Pilipinas-Universe and Bb. Pilipinas-International respectively. The winner of the Bb. Pilipinas-World is the official representative of the Philippines to the Miss World Pageant. See Bb. Pilipinas-World winners for a complete list of winners from 1992 to the present.

At present the Miss World crown has proven elusive for the Philippines. Its highest placement came in 1973 when Evangeline Pascual placed second. Ruffa Gutierrez placed third in 1993. Carlene Aguilar was predicted a winner in 2005. She was the number one favorite of the bookmakers; she ended up as one of the semi-finalist.

Binibining Pilipinas International

In 1968, the BPCI acquired the local franchise for the Miss International pageant. The following year, the title Bb. Pilipinas-International was proclaimed together with the Bb. Pilipinas-Universe in one grand Coronation Night, setting the trend for multiple proclamations of beauty titles. See Bb. Pilipinas-International winners for a complete list of winners from 1968 to the present.

For a complete list of Philippines representatives to Miss International prior to 1968, see Philippines representatives to Miss International from 1960-1967.


Miss Universe 1973, Margarita Moran

Bb. Pilipinas-Universe winners

Year Winner
1964 Myrna Sese Panlilio
1965 Louise Vail Aurelio
  • Semifinalist
1966 Clarinda Soriano
  • Semifinalist
1967 Pilar Pilapil
1968 Charina Zaragoza
1969 Gloria Aspillera Diaz
1970 Simonette Delos Reyes
1971 Vida Valentina Doria
  • Miss Photogenic
1972 Armi Barbara Crespo
  • Semifinalist
1973 Maria Margarita "Margie" Roxas Moran
  • MISS UNIVERSE 1973 & Miss Photogenic
1974 Guadalupe Sanchez
  • Semi-finalist
1975 Rosemarie "Chiqui" Brosas
  • 4th Runner-up
1976 Lizbeth Samson De Padua
1977 Anna Lorraine Kier
1978 Jennifer Cortez
1979 Criselda "Dang" Cecilio
1980 Maria Rosario "Chat" Silayan
  • 3rd Runner-up
1981 Maria Caroline "Maricar" Mendoza
1982 Maria Isabel Lopez
1983 Rosita Capuyon
1984 Desiree Verdadero
  • 3rd Runner-up
1985 Joyce Anne Burton
1986 Violeta Naluz
1987 Geraldine Edith "Pebbles" de Asis
  • Semi-finalist
1988 Perfida Reyes Limpin
1989 Sarah Jane Paez
1990 Germelina Leah Padilla
1991 Ma. Lourdes Gonzales*
1992 Elizabeth "Liza" Berroya
1993 Melinda Joanna "Dindi" Gallardo
1994 Charlene Bonnin Gonzales
  • Finalist and Best National Costume
1995 Joanne Santos
1996 Aileen Marfori Damiles
  • Miss Photogenic
1997 Abbygale Williamson Arenas
  • Miss Photogenic
1998 Jewel Mae Lobaton*
1999 Miriam Quiambao*
  • 1st Runner-up and Herbal Essence Style Award
2000 Nina Ricci Alagao
2001 Zorayda Ruth Andam
  • Best National Costume 1st runner-up
2002 Karen Loren Agustin
2003 Carla Gay Balingit
2004 Maricar Balagtas
2005 Gionna Cabrera
  • Miss Photogenic, Thai Airways Silk Award &

Best in National Costume Top 5

2006 Lia Andrea Aquino Ramos
  • Miss Photogenic
2007 Anna Theresa Licaros
  • *In 1991, Anjanette Abayari was crowned as Binibining Pilipinas Universe but resigned because she was an American citizen. In 1998 Olivia Tisha Silang was crowned as Binibining Pilipinas Universe, but resigned due to her Canadian citizenship. In 1999, Janelle Baustista was crowned Binibining Pilipinas Universe, but was dethroned because of citizenship issues.

Philippine representatives to Miss Universe from 1952-1963

Year Representative
1952 Teresita Sanchez
1953 Christina Pacheco
1954 Blesilda Ocampo
  • Semi-finalist
1955 Yvonne Delos Reyes
1956 Isabel Rodriguez
1957 Mary Ann Carmen Philipps Corrales
1958 Carmen Tuason
  • did not compete
1959 Christina Matias
  • did not compete
1960 No Representative
1961 No Representative
1962 Josephine Estrada
1963 Lalaine Bennett
  • 3rd Runner-up

Bb. Pilipinas-World winners

Year Winner
1992 Marilen Camilen Espino *
1993 Sharmaine "Ruffa" Rama Gutierrez
  • Second Runner-up and Asia & Oceania's Queen of Beauty
1994 Caroline "Cara" Villarosa Subijano
  • Semi-finalist
1995 Reham Snow Hamdi Tago
1996 Daisy Garcia Reyes
  • Miss Personality
1997 Kristine Rachel Gumabao Florendo
1998 Rachel Muyot Soriano
1999 Lalaine Bognot Edson**
2000 Katherine Annwen Dantes De Guzman
2001 Gilrhea Castaneda Quinzon
2002 Katherine Anne Ramos Manalo
  • Finalist
2003 Maria Rafaela Verdadero Yunon
  • Finalist
2004 Maria Karla Rabanal Bautista
  • Finalist and Asia & Oceania's Queen of Beauty
2005 Carlene Ang Aguilar
  • Semi-finalist
2006 Anna Maris Arcay Igpit
2007 Margaret Nales Wilson
  • *In 1992 Marilen Espino was crowned as the very first Binibing Pilipinas World. Days before her departure for the 1992 Miss World pageant, she was replaced by Marina Bennipayo as Philippine representative due to health reasons. Despite not being able to compete in Miss World, she still retained her title.
  • **In 1999, Lalaine Edson was appointed as Binibing Pilipinas World when original titleholder Miriam Quiambao was officially given the Binibing Pilipinas Universe crown. Original Binibining Pilipinas Universe title holder Janel Bautista was dethroned due to citizenship issues.

Philippine representatives to Miss World from 1966-1991

Year Representative
1966 Vivien Lee Austria
1967 Margarita Gomez
1968 Arene Cecilia Amabuyok
  • 4th Runner-up
1969 Feliza Teresa Miro
1970 Minerva Cagatao
  • Semi-finalist
1971 Onelia Jose
  • Best National Costume
1972 Evangeline Reyes
  • Semi-finalist
1973 Evangeline Pascual
  • 1st Runner-up
1974 Agnes Rustia
1975 Suzanne Gonazales
1976 Josephine Conde
  • Withdrew
1977 Ana Melissa Veneracion
  • Withdrew
1978 Louvette Hammond
  • Miss Talent
1979 Josefina Francisco
1980 Maria Milagros Nabor
1981 Suzette Nicolas
1982 Sarah Jane Areza
  • Semi-finalist and Asia's Queen of Beauty
1983 Marilou Sadiua
1984 Aurora Elvira Sevilla
1985 Elizabeth Cuenco
1986 Sherry Rose Byrne
  • Semi-finalist and Asia's Queen of Beauty
1987 Maria Lourdes Apostol
1988 Dana Narvadez
1989 Estrella Querubin
1990 Antonette Ballesteros
1991 Gemith Gemparo

Bb. Pilipinas-International winners

Year Winner
1968 Nenita Ramos
  • Semi-finalist
1969 Margaret Rose Montinola
  • semifinalist
1970 Aurora Pijuan
1971 Evelyn Camus
  • 2nd Runner-up
1972 Yolanda Dominguez
  • 2nd Runner-up
1973 Maria Elena Ojeda
  • 4th Runner-up
1974 Erlynne Bernardez
1975 Jaye Murphy
  • Semi-finalist
1976 Maria Dolores Ascalon
  • Semi-finalist and Best National Costume
1977 Maria Christina Alberto
  • withdrew
1978 Luz Policarpio
1979 Mimilanie Marquez
1980 Dianne Jeanne Christine Chiong
  • Semi-finalist
1981 Alice Sacasas
  • Semi-finalist
1982 Maria Adela Lisa Manibog
1983 Flor Eden Pastrana
1984 Maria Bella Nachor*
1985 Sabrina Simonette Marie Artadi
1986 Jessie Alice Dixon
  • Semi-finalist
1987 Maria Lourdez Enriquez
1988 Maria Anthea Robles
1989 Lilia Eloisa Andanar
  • Miss Friendship
1990 Jennifer Pingree
1991 Maria Patricia Betita
  • Semi-finalist
1992 Joanne Timothea Alivio
1993 Sheela Mae Santarin
1994 Alma Concepcion
  • Semi-finalist and Miss Friendship
1995 Gladys Andre Dueñas
  • Semi-finalist
1996 Yedda Marie Mendoza Kittilsvedt
  • Semi-finalist
1997 Susan Jane Ritter
  • Semi-finalist
1998 Colette Centeno Glazer
  • Semi-finalist
1999 Georgina Ann Sandico
2000 Joanna Maria Peñaloza
2001 Maricarl Tolosa
2002 Kristine Alzar
2003 Jhezarie Javier
2004 Margaret Ann Bayot
  • Semi-finalist
2005 Precious Lara Quigaman
2006 Denille Lou Valmonte
2007 Nadia Lee Shami
  • *In 1984 Catherine Jane Brummit was crowned as Binibing Pilipinas International. However, due to some entry restrictions, she was replaced by Maria Bella Nachor as Philippine representative. Despite not being able to compete in Miss International, she still retained her title.

Philippine representatives to Miss International from 1960-1967

Year Representative
1960 Edita Vital
  • Semi-finalist
1961 Pilar Arciaga
1962 Cynthia Ugalde
1963 Monina Yllana
  • Semi-finalist
1964 Gemma Teresa Cruz
1965 Isabel Santos
  • appointed, 1st Runner-up Binibining Pilipinas 1965
1966 No Contest
1967 Margarita Romualdez

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