(Los Angeles, CA – July 19, 2015) – After an extensive and exhaustive search process, twenty (20) outstanding, young women representing five (5) states, several regions and of various backgrounds, were presented as the official candidates for the 3rd Annual Binibining Pilipinas USA Pageant at a press conference in Los Angeles.
Hosted by Porsche of Downtown Los Angeles, the candidates, ranging in age from 17 -25, will vie for the coveted title and along with it, an expanded prize package, Saturday, August 15, 2015, at 6 p.m., at The Carpenter Performing Arts Center in Long Beach, California.
Prior to finals night, the Swimsuit Competition and Runway Fashion Show will be held on Sunday, August 9, at 6 p.m., at Porsche of Downtown Los Angeles. A top highlight of this evening is a Victoria’s Secret-style swimsuit fashion show, modeled by the competitors in a flashy spectacular to determine the winner of the Binibining Best in Swimsuit award.
The 2015 Binibining Pilipinas USA candidates are:
Heather Prejillana Casignia, 19, Los Angeles;
Michelle Charlotte Thorlund, 18, Irvine;
Nyomy Obcemea, 23, Layton, UT;
Terri May Grell, 23, Oceanside;
Armalen Flores-Hernandez, 18, Riverside;
Ivy Gabrielle Nalo, 19, Dallas, TX;
Nicole Frances Garchitorena, 18, Wellington, FL;
Pauline Marantan, 20, Laguna Niguel;
Zeleen Santos, 23, Reseda, CA;
Sidette San Agustin, 23, West Covina;
Betty Davis, 18, San Jose;
Jill Marucut, 22, Sacramento;
Eriel Uy, 18, Cerritos;
Rochelle Fajardo, 23, Temecula;
Jennalyn Raquel Lopez, 17, Eastvale, CA;
Juanne Elisha Aquino, 20, Los Angeles;
Angelica Concepcion Alberto, 18, Stevenson Ranch;
Megan Lago Culp, 20, Sylmar;
Krystal Von Seyfried, 19, Boston, MA; and
Alyssa Monique Yuson, 20, Canoga Park
“We could not be more thrilled at both the quality and quantity of our candidates this year,” said Mildred Deang, CEO/President of Insider Productions, the pageant’s producers. “We’re convinced that we have twenty of the finest Filipina American young women on board for what will surely be an exciting and memorable competition.”
The grand winner of the Binibining Pilipinas USA 2015 crown will receive a generous prize package, including a roundtrip airline ticket to Manila and a chance to compete in an international pageant, along with a talent development contract with VIVA Entertainment to help establish a career in Manila‘s entertainment industry.
She will also serve as a goodwill ambassador for ABS-CBN Foundation International, its primary charitable beneficiary this year. “Because promoting Philippine tourism is one of the core values of this pageant, we’re honored to support the Foundation’s eco-tourism projects for poverty alleviation,” added Deang. “In fact, we plan to visit some of those projects with the titleholders in September to see them for ourselves.”
The top five titleholders in this competition will have the chance to travel to the Philippines in September to visit some of the best tourism destinations in the country as part of their prize packages. Additional titleholders will include Binibining Pilipinas USA-Tourism, who also receives a roundtrip ticket to Manila and will serve as an official goodwill ambassador for the Philippine Department of Tourism, among many other prizes.
New sponsors for this year include the Official TV Partner, LA18 KSCI-TV, which will bestow the award of Miss LA18 on its choice candidate as a special goodwill ambassador. For the third straight year, this pageant will be broadcast in its entirety during prime time. The pageant will air later this summer as a two-hour TV special on LA18 KSCI-TV.
Likewise, the pageant welcomes the Philippines’ national carrier, Philippine Airlines (PAL), into the fold as a new sponsor. PAL will select one lucky candidate to wear the title of Binibining Philippine Airlines to represent the company at corporate and public events as a goodwill ambassador. She will be awarded one roundtrip, business-class airfare to Manila as part of her package. Contributing sponsors include: Philippine Department of Tourism Los Angeles, Porsche of Downtown LA, Resorts World Manila, M Beauty by Dr. Tess, VIVA Entertainment, Malibu Design Group, Majestic Vacations, Republiq Dance Studio, Gerry’s Grill, Boston Studios, Leelin Bakery and Café, Karats N Stones, Gerry’s Grill, Philippines & Asian Report ASIAN Reader, WFS Wholesale Fashion Square, Cherry’s Salon. Binibining Pilipinas USA is a nationwide search for those special young women in today’s Filipino-American communities in North America with the beauty, grace and elegance to compete on an international level, and also have the dynamic personalities and intelligence that set them apart from the rest.