Binibining Arawatan 2019 changes rules

October 16, 2019

Binibining Arawatan 2019 changes rules and walked away from what we’ve gotten used to in the past.

But before anything else, here’s a refresher.

In previous years, the pageant went on as Ginoong Agrikultura and Binibining Turismo as part of Occidental Mindoro Arawatan Festival celebration. This 2019, organizers had it short as just Binibining Arawatan, changing the name and the rules.

And the reason? Grapevines have it that majority of eleven (11) municipalities declined or refused to join.


No particular or clear reasons however was made open to the public.

In previous years, for a candidate to join Binibining Arawatan Pageant, one must be endorsed by the Local Chief Executive of the participating municipality. This is so since the candidate is to “officially” represent the latter.

But that won’t be the case this year.

Anyone may join the pageant. Endorsement is no longer needed. Thus, number of candidates may come aboard the beauty cruise line, say 3-5 candidates, from a certain municipality.

There will be no such thing as “official candidate”. Except, maybe, if a municipality decides to have one.

The fact that Tourism Office changes rules is an indication that something is brewing.

Why is that? What’s with the change on pageant’s plot? Do you think municipalities declined to join the pageant? That remains to be seen.

But here’s the catch.


The participating candidates will have to shoulder all of the expenses pertaining to the pageant, from makeup to wardrobes and everything else. They won’t be getting any financial assistance from their municipality. Well, not unless their LCE will be gracious enough to give them a helping hand.

Before, an LGU may shell out as much as P500,000.00 to support their candidate. This time. Nada! But as mentioned earlier, if their Mayor got some heart, they’ll get some.

However, the candidates still have to go through the usual activity like presentation to the Governor, radio interview, talent and swimsuit competition, and the Grand Coronation Night.

But before anything else, they must pass the screening stage scheduled on October 19, Saturday, 1:00pm at Capitol Training/Cultural Center. Interested candidates should come on sleeveless white top and black jeans.

changes rules binibining arawatan 2019

Other requirements include:

  • Single
  • Minimum of 5’4″ in height
  • Bonafide resident of Occidental Mindoro
  • With parental consent
  • Open schedule for rehearsals
  • With pleasing personality
  • Never bore a child or cohabiting with a man or woman
  • And with good moral character

Take note. A candidate should have “never bore a child or is not cohabiting with a man or woman”? This should ring a bell.

The candidates will face-off for awards like Best in Talent, Best in Festival Wear, Best in Swimwear and Best in Filipiniana/Long Gown.

There’s one more twist. The Organizers highly recommend that the Filipiniana/Long Gown be made of indigenous or recyclable materials.

Are we missing something? Yes, there is.

Sorry boys. This year’s pageant will only be for ladies.

It’s still a month or so before the pageant night. Just keep your fingers crossed.

The Top 3 candidates will be declared as:

  • Binibining Arawatan 2019 (Php 30,000.00 cash + Trophy + Sash)
  • 1st Runner Up (Php 20,000.00 + Trophy + Sash)
  • 2nd Runner Up (Php 10,000.00 + Trophy + Sash)
  • Non-winners (Php 5,000.00 cash each)

The declared winners will have the honor to be the ambassadress of the following:

  • environment conservation
  • protection of tourist destinations
  • preservation of the cultures and traditions of the province
  • promotion of the agriculture and tourism products of the province, and
  • development of trade and commerce among the member LGUs of the province

(Click here to download the Pageant Entry Form)



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