2009 kicks off with the most refreshing faces from all over the Philippines vying for the most coveted title of Binibining Pilipinas. 24 promising beauties have been selected as official candidates in the country’s longest-running and most prestigious pageant. 24 candidates aspire to live up to the ideals of being the embodiment of the true Filipina beauty—a dazzling combination of poise, grace, and intelligence—committed to various humanitarian and ideal causes. The selected candidates were formally presented to select members of the media on February 6 at Cinema 4 of Gateway Cineplex 10 in Araneta Center. The coronation night is set on Saturday, March 7 at the Araneta Coliseum, which has been the official home of the pageant in its four decades of glorious existence.