As 2019 soon draws to a close, Binibining Pilipinas is already starting to prepare for the new year ahead.
The beauty pageant organization took to Facebook to announce that it is now accepting applications for its 2020 pageant.
"Binibining Pilipinas opens a new era with a bigger and better edition of the most prestigious beauty pageant in the country," the post read. "The search is on once again for a new batch of queens who will carry the name of the Philippines across the globe and cement its status as a powerhouse in international pageants."
Interested applicants can already start submitting their applications via the Bb. Pilipinas website. The instructions are explained under the site's Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) section. Applicants have until January 31, 2020 to apply.
Once application forms are submitted, applicants will go through a "rigorous screening process" administered by the Binibining Pilipinas Charities, Incorporated (BPCI) executive committee.
Applicants must be between the ages of 17 and 26 years old to qualify for the pageant. They must bring proof of their citizenship like a birth certificate or their Philippine passport.
Balikbayans with re-acquired Philippine citizenship and natural-born citizens outside of the Philippines, on the other hand, can present a report of birth issued by the Philippine consulate in their country of birth or an "NSO certificate stating that the birth was reported by the Philippine consulate and recorded in the Philippines."
Other requirements include a college or high school diploma, a medical certificate for good physical and mental wellbeing, a certificate of good moral character, 3R photos, and parent's consent if the candidate is below 18 years old.
In a statement issued by the Miss Universe Organization (MUO) on December 9, BPCI will no longer crown the Philippines' candidate to the Miss Universe pageant. She will be chosen by a new panel of experts under the Miss Universe Philippines organization, which will be led by Miss Universe 2011 third-runner-up Shamcey Supsup.