MANILA — Binibining Pilipinas, the country's premier pageant, is undergoing a major revamp, going by a teaser from past queens Catriona Gray and Nicole Cordoves.
On Instagram on Friday, Gray and Cordoves each shared the same photo of them together with similar captions: "Forever a Miss Philippines...forever a Binibini. Pageantry redefined."
They tagged the official account of Binibining Pilipinas, hinting their involvement in speculated changes in the 55-year-old pageant.
Neither has specified an official role in Binibining Pilipinas Charities Inc. (BPCI), which is led by Stella Marquez-Araneta.
BPCI was set to launch a "new era" this year, following the departure of the Miss Universe license after decades with the group.
The organization, however, decided to postpone the national pageant indefinitely, as it "recognizes the pressing and urgent need to protect the health and safety of the candidates, their families and friends, all the passionate pageant supporters, and the general public."
A new date has yet to be announced.
Prior to the postponement, BPCI teased that fans can look forward to "a bigger and better edition of the most prestigious beauty pageant in the country."
The 2019 pageant awarded crowns to representatives to six pageants: Miss Universe, Miss International, Miss Globe, Miss Intercontinental, Miss Supranational, and Miss Grand International.
The local franchise of Miss Universe is now with a different group headed by 2011 Miss Universe-Philippines titlist Shamcey Supsup, which is set to hold its pageant in October.