Pamela Bianca Manalo, simply Bianca to friends, is an imposing presence both on and off stage. Standing regally at 5’10,” this 22-year-old Advertising graduate from Assumption College also works as Flight Attendant for Philippine Airlines. Bianca was recently presented to the press prior to her departure for the Bahamas where the next Miss Universe pageant will be held.
Bianca comes from a family of beauty queens, her older sister Kate Manalo-Hernandez being a former Ms. Philippines-World and an aunt, a former Ms. Philippines-International.
Aside from the Bb. Pilipinas-Universe title, Bianca took home several titles, the most significant among them the Manila Bulletin Reader’s Choice Award. Other titles she won include the Miss Natasha, Miss Philippine Airlines and Best in Swimsuit award.
Constantly striving for excellence, Bianca stood out in cheerleading during high school and college. She dabbled in modeling when she was 14 and also tried her hand at TV hosting. During her safety training as a flight attendant, she graduated at the top of her class.
Bb. Pilipinas-International Melody Gersbach, Bb. Pilipinas-Universe Bianca Manalo and Bb.Pilipinas-World Marie Ann Umali will be competing in the most prestigious international pageants. They will be joining Gloria Diaz, Miss Universe 1969; Margie Moran Miss Universe 1973; Aurora Pijuan Miss Internatinal 1970; Melanie Marquez Miss International 1979; Ruffa Gutierrez Miss World 2nd Princess 1993, Miriam Quiambao, Miss Universe 1st Runner-Up, 1999 and Precious Lara Quigaman Miss International 2005 in an impressive roster of beauty queens that the pageant has produced.
Now on its 45th year the annual Bb. Pilipinas Beauty Pageant is a project of Bb. Pilipinas Charities Inc. It is a non-stock, non-profit organization founded by its chair, Ms. Stella Marquez de Araneta. The pageant was envisioned as a fundraising activity for projects that would benefit orphans and indigent families. Apart from producing the country’s best beauties as representatives in various international competitions, BPCI has been a strong contributor to nation-building. For over four decades they have provided skills training, educational workshops and mission work for marginalized sectors of society.