Having said all of these, may I present to you my early favorites. Dim the light, here we go....
These are the girls who are giving those with "sash factor" a run for their money. Even before the arrivals, these girls are already making noise in the world wide web. Check them out.
The Sash Factor (Old and New Powerhouse Countries)
Although I can't really say they are my favorites, I have to give it to them. I know they worked hard and are well prepared for the competition. Some of them have been ready-ing since they were kids. I am tired seeing the same structure of faces (maybe done by the same doctor, who knows), but having their sashes make them ones to look forward to each year. They could get in the semi-finals in their own merits but whether we like it or not, they have the sash factor. They have the highest probability of getting in and/or winning.
This is where patriotism comes in. I may be hyping about Miss Philippines but a back-to-back Runner-Up placements in 2010 and 2011 say a lot about how our candidates prepare for the battle. One can really argue if whether or not we already have the "sash factor". But one thing is for sure. Our girls did it in their own merits. There were no online voting in 2010. And fan-vote winner in 2011 was Portugal. There is high probability for Miss Philippines to be in the Top 16. Will she advance to Top 10 or Top 5? That will depend on her performance and her fate is in the hands of the judges.
To wrap it up. This list is still subject to change come preliminary competition on the 13th. There are always surprises. Some girls are really in it to win it. Those girls who are not giving up on shining are the ones to look forward to on Thursday (Friday morning Manila Time).
If we are in the perfect world, sash factor aside, here are my personal favorites who are also doing great in Las Vegas. Some exude freshness and confidence. They might just steal the show. Watch out!
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