Binibining Pilipinas 2017 candidates face the media

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — Thirty-nine gorgeous ladies will be vying to represent the country in some of the world's most prestigious beauty contests — but first, they have to win their respective crowns in the Binibining Pilipinas pageant.

The candidates showed off their beauty and confidence as they walked on stage in swimsuits during the media presentation at a hotel in Quezon City on Wednesday.

Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach believes this year's competition will be a tough one for the judges.

"This batch of girls they're very trained, they're outstanding, they're gorgeous, and they're ready. What I like about the girls is that if they win today, they can actually compete tomorrow. They're actually prepared."

She said the next Binibining Pilipinas-Universe should be both confidently beautiful and could articulate herself during the nerve-wracking Miss Universe question and answer portion.

"Q&A is a very big factor now in deciding on who the winner is. It's not anymore the pageant of the most beautiful girl but it's the overall package," she said.

Binibining Pilipinas Charities Inc. Chairperson Stella Marquez-Araneta agreed that the question and answer portion will be a major factor in the upcoming pageant.

"In a contest, whether in any contest also, the girl has to know how to answer and how to project her thoughts about the country," she said.

Araneta was all-praises for this year's Binibini candidates, but declined to comment on a certain bet who was dropped from the lineup.

"I don't know. I'm not gonna tell the details but we are strict when we find out something that is not pretty for a candidate that will represent the Philippines abroad," she said.

The top six beauty queens will be crowned on April 30. They will be the next Binibining Pilipinas Universe, Binibining Pilipinas International, Intercontinental, Supranational, Grand International, and Globe.