Marie-Ann Umali is Miss Philippines (Binibining Pilipinas World) 2009. See photos, video and a biography of the beauty queen here. The beauty pageant took place on Saturday 7 March 2009 at Araneta Coliseum in Quezon City. The program was hosted by Paolo Bediones and Iza Calzada and sent live in Norway over GMA channels.
In all, there were three Binibining Pilipinas 2009 winners, the other two winners were Melody Gersbach, crowned Binibining Pilipinas-International and Pamela Bianca Manalo, crowned Binibining Pilipinas-Universe.
Marie-Ann Umali also won the Best in Long gown and Miss photogenic plum competitions during pageant. (A talent competition was held, a week earlier.) She competed against 23 finalists to win the crown three of the finalists in the original, Sandra Inez Seifert, was disqualified when it was discovered she had asked for a provocative photo spread in a man ' s magazine.
As Binibining Pilipinas World, Marie-Ann Umali will now continue to compete in the Miss World pageant in South Africa later this year.