Sharing with you photos from the latest pictorial of Bb. Pilipinas Globe 2019 Leren Mae Bautista as photographed by Jai Murcillo.
Assistant Photographer: Noah Barbacena
Designer: Simoun Andres
Stylist: Dave Arden
MUA: Paula Maceda
Hair: Jericho Panotes Valenzuela
Special thanks to Jopay, Marc De Pedro HmuaRinar Padis and RM Bautista
Location: Lucky Buddha
Exactly a week ago today, Leren Mae M. Bautista was still one of forty #Binibinis dreaming of winning a Bb. Pilipinas crown. The dream came true shortly after. Now, she will be always known as #BinibiningPilipinasGlobe2019 – a responsibility she is whole-heartedly committing herself to.
Here are the credits for the photos in this blog entry:
Styled by Vhee Co
Gown by Chico Estiva
Earrings by Christopher E Munar
Hair by Paula Maceda
Make up by Jim Ryan Ros
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.
My #Infinity8 for Bb. Pilipinas Globe 2019
As we go to the fourth title of Bb. Pilipinas 2019, I can’t help but share with you the difficulty in assigning a potential winner for a crown that is considered by (practically) everyone to be less prestigious than the rest. And I say that without any hints of being on the offense or anything. After all, BPCI has always stated that all six (6) titles are of equal ranking. I’m just giving credit to the number of participating delegates, branding and media mileage that the other international competitions are getting annually in comparison.
The Miss Globe Beauty Pageant is a Montreal-based organization being run by the Deliart Association. Following the victory of Ann Colis last 2015, its image has been greatly benefitted in the Philippines by being officially included in the lineup of franchises BPCI has in its ownership. And while pageant fans and followers have not really given its full thumbs-up to the same, the affiliation with Binibining Pilipinas makes it a title still worth winning.
And so, I present to you my #Infinity8 for Bb. Pilipinas Globe 2019:
Jessica Marasigan of Malabon
Sigrid Grace Flores of Iloilo
Maria Andrea Abesamis of Pasig
Leren Mae Bautista of Laguna
Denise Omorog of Baras, Catanduanes
Ilene de Vera of Mandaue City
Emma Tiglao of Pampanga
Joanna Tolledo of Caloocan
We’re left with seven (7) choices after removing Emma Tiglao from the list. I really would love to see both Leren Mae Bautista and Ilene de Vera getting any of the six crowns. Both ladies have already proven themselves worthy after coming out on top of Mutya ng Pilipinas during their respective years. In my heart, I can give them the Globe crown without hesitations. I initially wanted to add Aya Abesamis to the fray, but I digressed because it will be such an odd play that would need tons of explanation to people who may or may not care.
Now how do I break the tie? After much consideration, I stacked their individual achievements and focused on what each can offer to the BPCI table. And I saw the Lagunense as someone who deserves to be crowned more than the lady from Mandaue City (not to mention that the former already has an international win to her name). The Miss Globe may not be the honor that her team is originally hoping for. But at the end of the day, a Bb. Pilipinas title is still more precious than a runner-up position. It is a platform by which she can use her empowered status to pay forward the anti-bullying empowerment to more people.
I choose Leren Mae Bautista to succeed Michele Gumabao. Therefore, she is my final pick for Bb. Pilipinas Globe 2019.
Leren Mae Bautista is normannorman.com’s final pick for Bb. Pilipinas Globe 2019