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For the first time: Binibining Pilipinas opens ‘wild card’ online vote for 2021 pageant

By CHUCK SMITH Published Jul 04, 2021 2:39 pm

Binibining Pilipinas is incorporating a lot of online innovations for this year’s pageant, which will be held on Sunday, July 11.

This year, the pageant is launching a fan vote system, where fans can vote for their favorite candidates via the newly launched Binibining Pilipinas mobile app.

The candidate with the highest number of votes on the mobile app will secure a wildcard slot in the Binibining Pilipinas semifinals on its coronation night on July 11.

A registered user of the Binibining Pilipinas mobile app can vote only once a day.

Voting ends on the midnight of July 10.

This is the first time the Binibining Pilipinas is utilizing an online fan vote system that could get the contestant into the competition’s semifinals.

Since 2017, the Binibining Pilipinas pageant winnows down its candidates to a Top 25 during the coronation night, before announcing a Top 15 and, ultimately, its final set of winners.

But Binibining Pilipinas is rumored to change the format of their pageant this year. Reportedly, the pageant will do away with the Top 25 and Top 15 cuts and will instead announce a Top 12 after the introduction of contestants.

During the press conference for the 2021 Binibining Pilipinas pageant last month, the Binibining Pilipinas Charities Inc. refused to comment on the rumors, adding that they don’t want to preempt the format changes that they may make for the July 11 coronation night.

Online fan participation is very prominent in the events leading up to the 2021 Binibining Pilipinas. Its national costume special award, the show which was streamed online, will also be decided via online fan vote.

There are four titles up for grabs this year in the Binibining Pilipinas: Binibining Pilipinas International, Binibining Pilipinas Grand International, Binibining Pilipinas Intercontinental, and Binibining Pilipinas Globe.

Banner photo: Winners of the Binibining Pilipinas 2019 pageant from the Binibining Pilipinas official Facebook page