The BPCI (Binibining Pilipinas Charities Incorporated) is one of the most notorious organizations when it comes to disqualifying candidates. Pageant fans become furious whenever their favorite candidate did not qualify to be included in the official list of candidate for a certain edition of the Binibining Pilipinas. Each year, the disqualification process is an expected scenario because there are applicants who were not aware of some basic rules and regulations. This is because the Binibining Pilipinas is the largest and the most anticipated beauty pageant in the Philippines. Many applicants prefer joining this beauty pageant to gain more exposure.

As a candidate, it is important to fix all requirements before joining the competition. They must have to prepare all legal requirements in order to penetrate the most prestigious pageant in the Philippines as a candidate. If one of the candidates has been found out to be lacking even one requirement, they are immediately out of the competition and will be forced to go home. All candidates are aware that fulfilling all the requirements is the first task required by the Binibining Pilipinas Charities Incorporated. They must have to complete all necessary papers and other important measures to ensure that their chances of entering the official list of candidates are high.
The Binibining Pilipinas logo on left and Madame Stella Araneta on the right
The Binibining Pilipinas beauty pageant is a local beauty pageant in the Philippines. This is the most prestigious beauty pageant in the Philippines with at least six guaranteed crowns waiting to send the next batch of ladies to international competitions. The winners will gain the license to represent the Philippines to international competitions. These are Misses Universe, International, Supranational, Intercontinental, Grand International, Intercontinental, and Globe. The runners-up are reservists who might replace any reigning crowned queen if they will be disqualified.

The disqualification process has a series of screening processes. The first process is during the filing of an application to become a candidate. If the candidate is late for submitting their application, they are automatically disqualified. There will be an initial screening of applicants wherein all applications will be reviewed by the staff of BPCI. Ladies with the highest potential of becoming a candidate will be called for a preliminary screening process. Girls who passed the initial phase of screening will be again called for the final screening process. They will be screened according to their physique, their mental alertness, politeness, personality, confidence, poise, and cause.

Even if a candidate wins the pageant, they are not yet safe from disqualification case. The staff will again make a final review of their application. The staff of the BPCI doesn't mind if they are looking for a needle in a haystack. Crowned winners of the Binibining Pilipinas are usually disqualified if the BPCI found out that there are inconsistencies with the citizenship. Binibining Pilipinas Universe 2010 winner Maria Venus Raj was the recipient of this disqualification award. Maria successfully reversed the decision after she fixed all her citizenship status. Aside from Venus, there were other winners such as Binibining Pilipinas Universe 1999 Janelle Delfin Bautista and former actress Anjanete Abayani as resigned Binibining Pilipinas Universe 1990.

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(1). Involved in an explicit material or behaviors in print or multimedia. The BPCI condemns all individuals who are involved in explicit activities or shows. This is especially when the candidate previously poses for a magazine that is involved in these unacceptable activities. As a result, there were previous candidates who were disqualified when they found out that they had photos that contain explicit content. Kim Ross and Sandra Seifert was an applicant or already a candidate when they were disqualified. There is one applicant or a candidate for Binibining Pilipinas 2018 who will be in danger of being removed or disqualified.

(2). Health is a serious issue for every candidate joining the Binibining Pilipinas. The pressure of joining the most prestigious pageant in the Philippines is very high. Ladies are expected to sleep in lesser hours such as three or four hours a day. This is due to a variety of numerous tapings, event gatherings, and promotional activities as part of the pageant's advertisement. If the candidate's health has serious issues, they will be disqualified. A candidate cannot be sent to international beauty pageants if they are suffering from a serious illness because the pressure continues until they pass their crown to their successor. One thing more, if a candidate is pregnant, then she is definitely out of the competition.

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(3). A candidate should not have any pending criminal cases. As a candidate, you are joining for the purpose of promoting a good riddance to the community. However, the essence of being an ambassadress will be in conflict of interest if there are pending cases filed against that particular person. An active pending case filed against the candidate can harm the reputation of the Binibining Pilipinas. In this case, any ladies who have been found out to be previously involved in criminal or unethical activities are automatically out from the competition. This is to prevent anomalous and scandalous reputation to the BPCI. Candidates with unpleasant personalities are usually investigated if they previously violated laws in the past.

(4). Citizenship is a serious issue for every contestant. An applicant should have a stable citizenship status even before they will file for an application to become a candidate for Binibining Pilipinas. This is the most blamed reason why crowned winners were disqualified, even just days before winning the pageant. Winners are set to fly out of the country to represent their nation for the upcoming international pageants. The BPCI are more keen on inspecting the credentials of candidates that have the highest potential to win or even to penetrate the semifinalist round. The winner should not have an inconsistent citizenship status to prevent any conflict of interests with the legal department of the BPCI. Candidates with dual citizens are at risk of being disqualified.

(5). Sometimes, age is an important factor why there are some candidates are disqualified. It is important for every candidate to be in a legal age prior to become an official candidate. If the candidate is still 17-years-old, they are not yet allowed to compete. If the candidate is already 27 and turning 28 during the competition, they are officially out. One example is the case of Stephanie Stefanowitz during the screening of Binibining Pilipinas 2017. This edition, expect that there will be some candidates who might be at risk of being disqualified due to age issues. Returning candidates are usually at risk for being disqualified due to the presence of age limit.

Who do you think will be disqualified in this edition of Binibining Pilipinas 2018?

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