AS the Philippines continues to cement its reputation as a powerhouse in international pageants, Binibining Pilipinas is now searching for a new batch of queens.
Interested applicants have until Monday to submit their forms. They will then go through a rigorous screening process led by Binibining Pilipinas Charities Inc. chairwoman Stella Marquez Araneta, which will culminate on Jan. 15.
The prestigious international titles up for grabs at this year's competition are Binibining Pilipinas Universe, Binibining Pilipinas International, Binibining Pilipinas Grand International, Binibining Pilipinas Supranational, Binibining Pilipinas Globe and Binibining Pilipinas Intercontinental.
In 2015, Pia Wurtzbach ended the country's 43year drought when she won the Miss Universe title. A year later, Kylie Verzosa bagged the country's sixth Miss International crown.
Nelda Ibe finished first runnerup at the Miss Globe competition held in Albania, while Elizabeth Clenci emerged second runnerup at the Miss Grand International contest held in Vietnam. Rachel Peters landed in the Top 10 of the Miss Universe pageant in Las Vegas, while Chanel Olive Thomas also scored a Top 10 finish and the Miss Friendship award at the Miss Supranational.