A total of 40 contestants out of 108 who participated in the January 29 Saturday screening at the Gateway Suites, Araneta Center, Quezon City made the final cut to vie for the titles of Binibining Pilipinas Universe, International, and World in the 2011 Grand Binibining Pilipinas Coronation night in April.
According to Binibining Pilipinas Charities, Inc. (BPCI) chairperson Stella Marquez Araneta, the screening and selection process is usually done closed doors in previous years, but BPCI decided to allow the media to witness the event this year.
Araneta also said this year’s beauty pageant will not be different from previous competitions except that ABS-CBN will broadcast the pageant this year
Meanwhile, Binibining Pilipinas Universe 2010 Venus Raj recalled her experience when she was aspiring to become a finalist last year. Raj also gave her advice to the candidates who did the cut to work hard and do their best during the competition. For those who did not qualify, she said they must aspire again next year since not all contestants qualify on their first attempt.
The cast of this year’s finalists came from different parts of the country like Las Pinas, Quezon City, Manila, Batangas, Davao, La Union, Bulacan, Urdaneta City, Caloocan City, Isabela, Baguio City, Bataan, Pasay, Albay, Aklan, Nueva Ecija, Marikina City, Laguna, Angeles City, Iloilo City, and Iligan City. The contestants from abroad came from Australia, and USA.
The Grand Coronation Night will be held at the Araneta Coliseum in April with live exclusive telecast on ABS-CBN.