Bb. Pilipinas 2017 Coronation

Friday September 1, 2017

Along with a spectacular evening of world class performances and star studded lineups, twenty extraordinary, young women, with an equally impressive group of nine teen candidates fought for gold at the 5th, grandest, and final installment of Binibining Pilipinas USA. In a first, the evening was hosted by KC Concepcion and KC Montero — remarkably, the first-time ever that the two KCs have hosted a show together.

“It took Binibining Pilipinas USA to bring us together,” quipped KC Montero.

Co-hosted by Emmy award winning producer of “The Talk,” Marc Anthony Nicolas, the night kicked off with a spectacular opening number featuring laser and LED effects, twin 20 foot dancing robots and high-flying, acrobatic moves by Asia’s Got Talent and WCOPA Grand Champions, Junior New System, to Coldplay and The Chainsmokers’ “Something Just Like This.” The audience joined in, waving their LED batons in the air.

“That atmosphere was absolutely electric,” said Olympic figure skater, Michael Martinez who was in the audience.

Hailing from seven states, the contestants competed in their national costumes, swimsuits, and evening gowns to a sellout venue. The toughest job of narrowing the bunch fell to the pens of the distinguished panel of judges chaired by Miss Universe 1993 Dayanara Torres, Undersecretary of the Philippine Department of Tourism Kat De Castro; world renowned fashion designer Elie Madi, “Voice builder to the world” Gary Catona, former Major League Baseball All-Star Royce Clayton, Ralph Moore, Hon. Cristina Perez (from the TV series Justice for All with Judge Cristina), Michelle Narvaez, and actor Reggie Lee (Grimm).

Special music performances by a pair of platinum recording artists, Dawn Robinson of En Vogue (“My Lovin’-You’re Never Gonna Get It”) and dance diva Cece Peniston (“Finally”) had the audience dancing and singing along enthusiastically.

Lastly, for a surprise number to celebrate five years of excellence. IEG brought back some Binibining Pilipinas USA and Teen USA alumni as they presented a dance number, “There’s Nothing Holding Me Back.”

The evening marked the final time the pageant would run as “Binibining Pilipinas USA”. KC Concepcion announced that the pageant would continue next year under its new moniker, “Miss Filipina International.”

“We couldn’t have been more thrilled with these past five years,” said Mildred Deang, BP-USA founder and Executive Producer. “At the same time, we’re excited for what the next five years will bring, but first, we need to catch up on some sleep!”

Special guests were Jacob Meir, founder of For the Stars Fashion House, actress Maria Conchita Alonzo, Olympic skater Michael Martinez, Consul General Los Angeles Adelio Angelito Cruz and wife, Director of Tourism Los Angeles Richmond Jimenez, actress Hilda Koronel, President of Hunt Enterprises Priscilla Hunt, Miss Universe Guatemala Virginia Argueta, Cinemoi President Daphna Zimans, Emmy-award winning producer Lisa Lew-Brennan, designer Joey Galon and a quartet of mainstream entertainment and fashion industry publicists Nerissa Silao, Eseel Borlasa, Josephine Dizon and Winston Emano. All were on hand to join the most awaited event of the year.

The winners were:
Binibining Pilipinas USA 2017
is Nikki Zulueta
Binibining Pilipinas USA Tourism
– Kylie Nishida
Binibining Pilipinas USA
1st Runner Up – Kelly Ceniza,
2nd Runner Up – Nicole Viera
3rd Runner Up – Nicole Colina.

Binibining Pilipinas Teen USA
Asia Aragon
1 st Runner Up Czarina Kwong
2nd Runner Up Patricia Santos
3rd Runner Up Lorey Caminos
Special Awards:
Binibining Photogenic and Popularity – Maristel Barrientos
Binibining National Costume
– Janet Hammond
Binibining Miss Congeniality
– Pamela Saguinsin
Binibining Top Runway Model and Binibining Philippine Airlines
– Amber Oconer
Binibining Best in Talent
– Cheska Angeles
Binibining Best in Swimsuit
– Kylie Nishida
Binibining Best in Evening Gown
– Kelly Ceniza
Binibining Social Media
– Rachelle Penaso
Binibining People’s Choice Award
– Kyra Decastro
Asia Aragon won all the following:
Bb. Teen Best in National Costume
Bb. Teen Miss Congeniality
Bb. Teen Top Runway Model
Bb. Teen Best in Talent
Bb. Teen Best in Swimsuit
Bb. Teen Best in Evening Gown
Bb. Teen Teen Social Media
– Patricia Santos
Bb. Teen People’s Choice Award
– Lorey Caminos
Bb. Miss Popularity – Angel Soliven
Bb. Miss Teen Photogenic
– Czarina Kwong

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