Just hours earlier, your blogger met up with #Binibini39 Dia Nicole Magno and her mentor Rodgil Flores for an afternoon merienda where we discussed about her Bb. Pilipinas 2019 journey and how extremely excited she is about the whole journey.
I took the opportunity to interview this 24 year-old lady who will represent Butuan City in the competition with her advocacy geared towards sports and women empowerment. And below is my brief one-on-one with her.
Dia Nicole Magno with her mentor Rodgil Flores of KF
Get to know #Binibini36 Francia Papa Layderos through the eyes of a farmer’s daughter who works as a travel channel host.
There might have been a time in the recent past when you got to watch the Island Living Channel on TV screens in the departure gates of your local or international flights. One of the pretty faces who explored different sights in the country and served as host is this lady who is now a #Binibini.
Fondly called by her friends as “Papaketchup”, 26 year-old France is a proud Albayana. She is an adventurer, mountain climber, lover of art and a culinary enthusiast.
Having grown up in the agricultural town of Libon in Albay, the rice fields served as her happy playground. Her parents are farmers whose hard and humble work enabled her to finish a Bachelor’s Degree in Information Technology from Bicol University.
By being part of Bb. Pilipinas 2019, she will continuously advocate for better policies and greater appreciation for agriculture. She believes in the abundance of our natural resources and the invaluable contribution of farmers to the Filipino economy.
Earlier at the launch of Ali X – the cool, hip and newest wing of Ali Mall at The Araneta Center, the 40 Binibinis of Bb. Pilipinas 2019 made their first public appearance. The ladies really enjoyed the Art+LifestyleXInterest vibe of the place.
Below are some of the photos taken during the event.
Get to know your #Binibini20 Julia Saubier through her world travels.
If this towering (there’s a reason why she got assigned one of two numbers right smack in the middle of the pack) KungFu-trained halfie could visit every country in a map on her motorbike, she would. But that’s what trains, planes and automobiles are for.
Prior to settling in the country for good, Julia was like your typical citizen of the world. She finished a degree in Social Research and Media Policy #MagnaCumLaude at the New York University Abu Dhabi that allowed her to do coursework in Budapest, Hamburg, Istanbul, Jerusalem, Kathmandu, Sarajevo, London, Milan, New York, Washington DC, Paris and Buenos Aires. If that’s not enough, Masteral studies at Peking University gave her the opportunity to learn Mandarin when she immersed herself in places like Guangzhou, Nantong, Shanghai, Tianjin, Xi’an and Macau.
It might interest you to know as well that she was an integral part in the production of a film – “Remnants of the Hive” – that had its European premiere during the 70th Cannes Film Festival.
But enough of the glowing credentials. Julia is now in the new phase of her life – a pageant journey that will require more than outstanding academic records and rich cross-cultural experiences to see her through.
She is not about to rest on past laurels. She is set to prove herself worthy of winning a good crown in Bb. Pilipinas 2019.
#JuliaSaubier #JuliaForU #BbPilipinas2019
Get to know your #Binibini6 Jane Darren G. Genobisa through her tribe and a life full of trials and tribulations.
Jane was orphaned at early age. Her mother passed away when she was only 6 months old, while her father died from a fatal accident when she was 12. Raised by her grandparents, she was nurtured to become a person with strong values amidst the realities of life. She grew up in different town plazas because the family’s major source of income is running a #perya or amusement fair. Her childhood was like a merry-go-round full of ups and downs.
Jane has experienced sleeping on the streets and even in shanties. She met a lot of people with different personalities, attitudes, backgrounds and even encountered a string of humiliations because of her status in life. Tough love and situations molded her to become what she is today – a strong fighter.
This #Binibini’s ancestors are the Lumads who belong to the group of the Bagobos from Tagabawa tribe. And her advocacy is to uplift the health, education and safety of the Bagobo children, while preserving their culture and traditions as well as the other indigenous groups in the country.
Photo credits: Mark Caceres and Bb. Pilipinas (Official)
Get to know more about your #Binibini29 Cassandra Chan through dance.
She is a certified ballet dancer of the Philippine Ballet Theatre. What’s more, she graduated cum laude from the University of the Philippines with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Visual Communication.
Watch the brief video clip below.
“Crème de la crème” means the ‘best of the best’ and “Premier Classement” means ‘first classification’. In the just started Bb. Pilipinas 2019, it would be extremely difficult to make early pronouncements as to who will win the six titles at stake.
So for now, I give to you the twelve (12) #Binibinis who made strong initial impacts on me. I took the liberty of not ranking them according to my preferences just yet. Instead, I am listing the names down according to their respective numbers in the competition:
Binibini 13 Aya Abesamis
Binibini 14 Leren Mae M. Bautista
Binibini 16 Denise Omorog
Binibini 17 Patch Magtanong
Binibini 18 Hannah Arnold
Binibini 19 Ilene de Vera
Binibini 20 Julia Saubier
Binibini 22 April May Short
Binibini 26 Emma Tiglao
Binibini 27 Samantha Mae Bernardo
Binibini 33 Jessarie Dumaguing
Binibini 38 Vickie Marie Rushton
My next post about the subject should be uploaded after a string of personal appearances from the ladies (including the Press Presentation perhaps) where the basis for putting one ahead of the others should be relatively more definitive.