Today marks the 26th birthday of former Mutya ng Pilipinas and Miss Tourism Queen of the Year International Leren Mae Bautista. And people in the pageant scene are already aware of her plans to join Bb. Pilipinas 2019. I also heard that she might – just might – do a Catriona Gray and pursue another national crown as an Independent. Not 100% confirmed yet, although I don’t see anything wrong with taking that route. After all, Queen Cat has already set a precedent. Following her trail will always be a nice option to seriously consider.
Happy Birthday, Leren dear! 🙂
Here now is the resumption of our #BinibiniWishList2019 series with a beauty from Northern Samar named Julie Ann Tarrayo.
Confidence becomes Julie Ann, the reigning Miss Pintados. She got an even stronger boost when now Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray picked her hometown region in the Visayas to be part of the now iconic “Celebrate” National Costume for the competition.
“I believe that I have proven my region that I have the potential to shine on the bigger stage of pageantry. My team and I have been wanting to penetrate the nationals and I think now is the best time to do so. I am gathering all my bullets so when the competition comes I would be ready to drop bombs. I am a firm believer that what we think about we bring about. We must be positive and definite on what we set our mind into for us to get definite results. I definitely want to be a binibini this year and hopefully my stars will align with my visions.”
Will this 23 year-old graduate of BS Tourism Management at Northwest Samar State University – who stands 5’9” – be able to bring her dream into a reality?
Watch out for her!
Photography by Jan Marquez
HMUA Drew Galleguez
Here now is the 8th on my #BinibiniWishList2019: Emma Tiglao
You can’t deny the beauty of Emma. She who has really evolved through the years. And one who has paid her dues in pageantry.
Experience speaks for itself. And it was also her best teacher, no doubt. This time around, she could be pulling out all the stops to make a grand re-entry into the nationals.
I will warmly welcome her back if ever. Because once and for all, I want to see her shine on the Bb. Pilipinas stage. And hopefully wear the sash of her dreams for the Philippines.
📸 Brian Ordonez
💄 Malonne Ursal Pangan
💇🏻♀️ MJ Sanchez Bell
👗 Kenneth Ramil Yturralde
#BinibiniWishList2019: Apriel Smith
2016 – #Binibini22 and Top 15 of Bb. Pilipinas
2017 – the first ever Binibining CEBU
2019 – Back to Bb. Pilipinas?
Will her journey back to the Araneta Coliseum resume this year?
I know that Apriel has told me before that she is eyeing 2020 as her possible return to the nationals. And yes, timing is important. But what if 2019 is when she is really destined to make that important step?
She is ready and has always been ready for a comeback. And I will be one of the first to cheer her all the way from Day 1 to the Finals.
What say you, dear readers?
Photo credit: Nico Liu
Gown by: Janice T. Warner
Let’s flit now to a fresh-faced national pageant newbie who is as smoldering hot as any island girl can get. She can potentially follow the footsteps of fellow Palaweña Janicel Lubina.
Jessarie “Black” Dumaguing is a 23-year old from the province of Palawan. She graduated Bachelor of Science in Tourism Management at the Palawan State University.
She held the titles of Miss STRASUC Olympics 2015 and Binibining MIMAROPA Festival Queen 2017. She is currently the ambassador of Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park (PPSRNP), also known as the Puerto Princesa Underground River (PPUR). It is a responsibility given to her by the City of Puerto Princesa last November 2018 after she was crowned as the Subaraw Festival Queen 1st Runner-up.
Also known as “Black” by her co-models, friends, former teachers and classmates; she possesses a great stage presence whenever participating in pageants or strutting her stuff on the runway. Just like her alias, she is not only a dark horse but also a crowd favorite.
Jessarie stands 5’7″ and advocates for the promotion of education to the younger generation.
#BinibiniWishList2019: Alaiza Flor Malinao
They say that once is not enough.
And if one had to do it all over again, everything has to be planned right.
Back in 2015, Alaiza was #Binibini21 and hopeful of winning one of the titles. But perhaps, the timing just wasn’t right. She needed to develop herself even more, while undergoing a string of life experiences that would make her realize that pageantry is the world that will bring her greater glory. Modeling was good while it lasted. But as loyal supporters can agree, she is cut out to wear a national crown sooner or later.
Four years have passed since. And Alaiza is prepared more than ever to fulfill an unfinished business she started before. She is meant to be a Binibini for a second time. And she is bound to prove herself worthy of becoming a Bb. Pilipinas.
#BinibiniWishList2019: Leren Mae M. Bautista
She temporized for years, hoping perhaps that the perfect year to join gives her a clear sign before taking the risk of getting back into the nationals with an international beauty title already secured with her name on it. Beyond everything, your Mutya Ng Pilipinas 2015 won MISS TOURISM QUEEN OF THE YEAR INTERNATIONAL 2015/2016 – maybe not big enough as an achievement for some, but still an honor for the country that she bagged on her own merits.
Fast forward to January, 2019.
The best time could be now. The waiting is over. And short of pressuring Leren to finally say “yes” to becoming a Binibini, let’s help her decide by a show of hands (or likes and loves if you will).
Who wants this gorgeous Lagunense to join Bb. Pilipinas 2019?
Photo credit: Albert Tamayo Molina