BB Pilipinas 2013, Laguna native Ariella Arida will represent the Philippines to the Miss Universe pageant later this year after she was hailed Binibining Pilipinas-Universe 2013 during the coronation night held at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum Sunday evening.
Arida, a 24-year-old Chemistry graduate from Alaminos, Laguna, not only bagged the coveted Bb. Pilipinas crown, but also took home the Best in Swimsuit Award.
Following Arida’s win are Bea Santiago, who was named as Bb. Pilipinas-International; Joanna Cindy Miranda as Bb. Pilipinas-Tourism; Johanna Datul as Bb. Pilipinas-Supranational; while Pia Wurtzbach bagged the first runner-up trophy.
Other ladies who made it in the Final 15 are Imelda Schweighart, Grace Yann Apuad, Charmaine Elima, Rhea Nakpil, Amanda Noelle Navasero, Ellore Noelle Punzalan, Camille Carla Nazar, Maria Angelica de Leon, Merry Joyce Respicio, and Parul Shah.
The contestants who bagged special awards were Grace Rementilo as Bb. Friendship; Anna Carmela Aquino, Bb. Talent; Johanna Datul, Best in Long Gown; Alaine Baccay, Bb. Best in National Costume; Johanna Datul, Bb. Photogenic; Ellore Noelle Punzalan, Manila Bulletin Readers’ Choice Award; Cindy Miranda, Bb. Petron 2013 and Cream Silk Award; Pia Wurtzbach, San Mig Zero Award; Bea Rose Santiago, Bb. Avon; Nicole Kim Donesa, Bb. PAL 2013; and Imelda Scheweighart, Bb. PAGCOR 2013.
Fifty entrants from all over the Philippines participated in this year’s Bb. Pilipinas pageant.
The entrants were judged by footballer James Younghusband, King of Talk Boy Abunda, ABS-CBN Chairman Gabby Lopez, Philippine National Police Director General Allan Purisima, Miss Universe 1969 Gloria Diaz, among others.