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Bb. Pilipinas 2018 early favorites: Catriona Gray, Michele Gumabao, Vickie Rushton

More than 100 beauty queen aspirants beat the deadline of the application for Binibining Pilipinas 2018 on January 8, 2018. Among the early favorites among the Filipino beauty pageant fans are Catriona Gray, 24, Michele Gumabao, 25, and Vickie Rushton, 25.

Catriona Gray (Facebook/Catriona Gray)

Catriona Gray (Facebook/Catriona Gray)

Born in Cairns, Queensland, Australia, Gray currently resides in Manila. Her father is Australian while her Filipino mother is from Oas, Albay.

As Miss World Philippines 2016, Gray competed in Miss World 201 on December 18, 2016 in Washington, D.C. She made it to the Top 5.

Binibining Pilipinas 2018 will be the second national beauty pageant for Gray and Rushton. But for Gumabao, it will be her first.

Michele Gumabao (Facebook/Michele Gumabao)

Michele Gumabao (Facebook/Michele Gumabao)

Gumabao was born in San Mateo, California. From 2012 to 2013, she served as the co-captain of the Lady Spikers, the women’s volleyball team of De La Salle University.

In 2014, Gumabao and Rushton joined the 11th season of “Pinoy Big Brother,” the Philippine version of the “Big Brother” reality game show created by John de Mol, Jr. Gumabao was evicted on Day 57 while Rushton finished fourth place.

Rushton was born in Bacolod City, Negros Occidental to a British father and a Filipino mother. Representing Talisay, she won the local pageant Lin-ay sang Negros in 2009.

In 2011, Rushton won Mutya ng Pilipinas but as the winner, she was not able to compete in Miss Intercontinental 2011 in Alicante, Spain because of the delayed schedule of the national pageant. Currently, the Philippine representative to Miss Intercontinental is from Binibining Pilipinas.

On March 18, 2018, six titles will be given at the Binibining Pilipinas 2018 coronation night at the Smart Araneta Coliseum in Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines. Crowns will be given to the country’s representatives to Miss Globe 2018, Miss Intercontinental 2018, Miss Grand International 2018, Miss Supranational 2018, Miss International 2018 and Miss Universe 2018.

On January 15, 2018, the 40 official candidates of Binibining Pilipinas will be announced. Here is a list of the Filipino women who were reported to have submitted their application:

  1. Ana Patricia Asturias
  2. Aya Abesamis
  3. Catriona Gray
  4. Charmaine Elima
  5. Danica Reyes
  6. Edjelyn Gamboa
  7. Ena Velasco
  8. Eva Psychee Patalingjod
  9. Gezza Avila
  10. Istique Cequeña
  11. Janette Roanne L. Sturm
  12. Janice De Guzman Roman
  13. Jehza Huelar
  14. Jerelleen Rodriguez
  15. Juliana Kapeundl
  16. Karen Gallman
  17. Kayesha Chua
  18. Kim Penchon
  19. Larissa Alivio
  20. Loren Mar Atajos
  21. Marah Muñoz
  22. Maria Ahtisa Manalo
  23. Maria Isabel Alves
  24. Michelle Dee
  25. Michele Theresa Imperial Gumabao
  26. MJ de Castro
  27. Muriel Adrienne Orais
  28. Noelle Uy-Tuazon
  29. Patrizia Maria Garcia
  30. Ramona Yamat
  31. Rhona Aileen Arcilla
  32. Samantha Bernardo
  33. Sandra Lemonon
  34. Shane Quintana Tormes
  35. Sigrid Flores
  36. Sirene Sutton
  37. Sophia Baino
  38. Stasha Sison
  39. Stefanoni Nunag
  40. Trixia Marie Maraña
  41. Vicky Marie Milagrosa Rushton
  42. Wynona Van Joy Buot
  43. Zara Carbonell
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