Pageant watchers – both inside the Smart Araneta Coliseum and the TV telecast over ABS-CBN – were messaging me as to why newly-crowned Bb. Pilipinas Globe 2019 Leren Mae Bautista appeared to be low-spirited when her name was called to centerstage as one of the six titleholders. Instant conclusions followed, saying that she was not pleased with the honor she got and the like. Re-watch the video below, if you will.
So off I went to the target of such talks, knowing that she will definitely not sugar-coat anything. We had a serious chat. Contrary to what others may think, she is grateful for the honor of being named one of our new Queens.
“I’ve been reading those comments too, Tito Norman. 😔 I was really happy that I got in Top 15 itself and was able to answer the Q&A portion. That was the goal I wanted to successfully accomplish that night because it will determine the six big winners. The people who are close to me know how nervous I get with the Q&A because I do not want to mess it up. There were so many things running inside my head during the time of announcement Tito, and I do not even know what to feel to be honest. But when Laguna was the first to be called as Bb. Pilipinas winner, it was a big relief. The happiness inside of me was real even if some people took it to mean something else.
Until now, it hasn’t really sunk in yet, Tito.. that I am FINALLY a Binibining Pilipinas winner 😭😭😭 Tito a winner!!! 😭😭😭 After 3 long years!!!”😭😭😭
There you go.
Our Bb. Pilipinas Globe 2019 has spoken. She is the new owner of the title. And it will stay with her until she wins “The Miss Globe” crown for the Philippines later this year. She had already bagged one international beauty in the past (Miss Tourism Queen of the Year International 2015-2016). Getting a second is now her top priority.