Stella Araneta and Melanie Marquez Booed on Bb Pilipinas Finals Night

March 16, 2015

Stella Araneta

Mrs. Stella Araneta (center)

Stella Marquez Araneta and Melanie Marquez were resoundingly BOOED by the Smart Araneta Coliseum crowd on Binibining Pilipinas 2015 coronation night held on March 15. Stella Marquez Araneta is the head of Bb. Pilipinas Charities, Inc. (BPCI), the organization behind Binibining Pilipinas. Melanie Marquez is a former Binibining Pilipinas-International winner and she went on to win Miss International 1979. She is also the aunt of Winwyn Marquez, one of the Top 15 semi-finalists of Binibining Pilipinas 2015.
Alfredo Barraza

Fashion designer Alfredo Barraza

Stella Marquez Araneta was booed by the audience when she was introduced. Many are suspecting that the reason she was booed was because of her refusal to allow Filipino designers to dress the BBP beauty queens and her remark that Filipino designers are not good enough. The booing was not seen on national television though as it was edited out and host Toni Gonzaga did another shot of the same intro during the commercial gap, which was what was shown on the delayed BBP telecast.

Melanie Marquez was seated at the back of the BBP 2015 judges carrying a placard of candidate no. 34, her niece Wynwyn Marquez. Melanie Marquez paraded down the floor behind the judges table with the placard, egged on by numerous supporters of Wynwyn Marquez seated in the upper sections of the coliseum. The supporters of the other candidates were up in arms with what Melanie Marquez did and they shouted to her, “Bawal yan!” and went on to boo her.

Hosts Toni Gonzaga and Xian Lim eventually announced during the show that Stella Marquez Araneta and or BPCI has formed a committee of five which will invite Filipino designers to design the national costume of the eventual winners in all their respective international pageants. No word yet on the most important evening gown design.

Wynwyn Marquez failed to snatch a crown, despite what some supporters say that she did pretty good in the Question and Answer portion.

Meanwhile, eventual BBP 2015 top plum winner, Miss Universe Philippines 2015 Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach, rumors say, had her opening number dress sabotaged by allegedly a fellow candidate/s. The dress went missing and when it was eventually found, it was dirty.

Another BBP 2015 scene: When host Toni Gonzaga asked the audience who was the most beautiful candidate, the audience chanted: “XIAN XIAN XIAN” rudely referring to host Xian Lim who is rumored to be gay.