The Binibinis and the Avengers

by Voltaire E. Tayag

The year 2019 will probably go down as the year of the “Avengers: Endgame” movie toppling box office records worldwide. In some ways, there are parallelisms between this movie franchise and Bb. Pilipinas. Both are the most highly anticipated every summer and bring an excitement like no other. One can also say that the 6 infinity stones are the equivalent of the 6 coveted crowns in Bb. Pilipinas. The Binibing Pilipinas queens are the most powerful and infuential queens in Philippine pageantry. As as empowered and as intelligent as these women are, they also have possess wit and a sense of humor. The same qualities that have endeared the Avengers heroes to billions of people around the world.

When the Binibinis are not busy saving the world through their advocacies, they are these amazingly charming women that many can relate to. During the media day, I had the opportunity to interview all the Binibinis. But instead of asking them the usual round of pageant questions, I asked these two fun questions that bring out the fun side of the Binibinis.

You can tell alot about a Binibini’s personality the way she handles non-pageant and light hearted questions. Their body language sometimes convery much more than the actual words they are saying. You can immediately tell which ones are naturally serious and those who are crazy funny.

It is also very interesting to see the difference in their demeanor in answering the two questions. 

1. If you could be any Avenger, who would you be?

2. If you could date any Avenger, who would you choose?

For the first question, the answers were quite spread out. This seems to show that they have different ideas of what a hero is and how they perceive power. Their – answers were as follows:

Captain Marvel – 9 Binibinis (Hannah Arnold, Denj Magno, Samantha Bernardo, Emma Tiglao, Leren Mae Bautista, Ilene de Vera, Samantha Lo, Dia Magno, Vickie Rushton)

The Binibinis who would like to be Captain Marvel.

Black Widow – 5 Binibinis (Melba Macasaet, Martina Turner Diaz, Nicole Guerrero, Maria Isabela Galeria, and Francia Layderos)

The Binibinis who admire Black Widow’s power and strength.

Thor – 4 Binibinis (Gazini Ganados, Joahnna Saad, Malka Shaver, and Denise Omorog)

These Binibinis were not confined to gender roles and chose Thor as the Avenger they would like to become.

Ironman – 4 Binibinis (Marianna Marquez, Jessica Marasigan, Samantha Poblete, Sherry Ann Tormes)

They admire Tony Stark for his brilliance and wouldn’t mind changing places with Ironman.

Wonder Woman – 3 Binibinis (Reasham Saeed, April Short, Rubee Faustino)

These Binibinis are not Avengers fans but definitely Wonder Women.

Avengers with Single Votes

Starlord – Sigrid Grace Flores

Captain America – Patch Magtanong

Scarlet Witch – Aya Abesamis

Groot – Kimberle Penchon (Yes, she was serious)

Dr. Strange – Mary Fay Murphy

Mantis – Julia Saubier

  Catwoman – Danielle Dolk

These Binibinis have a mind all their own as they are the only one who chose their Avengers characters.

However, for the question on who to date, one couldn’t help remember Julia Robert’s character in “Notting Hill” saying, “I’m just a girl, standing in front of a boy, asking him to love her.” The Binibinis were very cute with some shrieks of “kilig” from many of them. Here are the Avengers hearthrobs according to the Binibinis.

Captain America – 20 Binibinis (Jessica Marasigan, Melba Macasaet, Denielle Magno, Honey Grace Cartasano, Martina Turner Diaz, Joahnna Saad, Samantha Bernardo, Nicole Guerrero, Emma tiglao, April Short, Kimberle Penchon, Sherry Ann Tormes, Maria Isabela Galeria, Samantha Lo, Mary Faye Murphy, Gazini Ganados, Anne Barker, Denise Omorog, Francia Layderos, Vickie Rushton)

Here are the first batch of Binibinis who would love to date Captain America.
More Binibinis dreaming of a date with Captain America or Chris Evans. We really don’t know which one they like more.
It would interesting to have fun questions during the Finals Night to bring out this side of the Binibinis.
  1. Thor – 8 Binibinis (Denielle Magno, Malka Shaver, Samantha Poblete, Patch Magtanong, Aya Abesamis, Rubee Faustino, Julia Saubier, Hannah Arnold)
The God of Thunder, Thor, was a distant second to Captain America. The Binibinis seem to prefer the clean cut over the rough guy.
  1. Ironman – 4 Bininibis (Marianne Marquez, Reasham Saeed, Leren Mae Bautista, Dia Magno)
  1. Black Panther – 1 Binibini (Ilene de Vera)           

      Starlord – 1 Binibini (Sigrid Grace Flores)

      Hulk – 1 Binibini (Jane Darren Genobisa)

      Superman – Danielle Dolk

Some of the hilarious and unexpected responses are from this group of Binibinis who have their own taste in men.

Watch the videos and see the Binibinis in a relaxed interview where they let their hair down and allow their personalities to shine. 

The Bb. Pilipinas Grand Coronation Night will be on June 9 at the Smart Araneta Coliseum where six new queens will be crowned. 

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