Four of our reigning Bb. Pilipinas Queens enjoyed a spa day at Midori Clark Hotel and Casino in between their hectic schedules and duties for the ongoing national competition.
Left to right: Gazini Christiana Jordi Ganados, Emma Tiglao, Leren Mae M. Bautista and Aya Abesamis.
Yesterday – and in the midst of the non-stop flurry of Bb. Pilipinas 2020 applicants flooding the office, our 2019 Queens were reunited at nearby Novotel Manila Araneta Center. Gazini, Patch, Resham, Emma, Leren, Aya and Samantha had a good time catching up with each other. They also had a belated birthday celebration for Leren.
The next time these six beauties will get together again should be the Final Screening that will choose this year’s Binibinis. And their serious mode will be back in session by then.
Bb. Pilipinas 2019 Queens (left to right) Aya Abesamis, Patch Magtanong, Gazini Christiana Jordi Ganados, Emma Tiglao and Leren Mae M. Bautista are present during today’s top-off ceremony for Ibis Styles Hotel – the newest accomodation inside Araneta City that will be built attached to the new Gateway Mall.
Last January 9, I spent 24 hours with Bb. Pilipinas International 2019 Atty Bea Patricia “Patch” Magtanong when we were invited to the Miss Kuyamis 2020 Finals in El Salvador City, Misamis Oriental. It was more than enough time for your blogger to sit down and have quality conversations with one of our beautiful Queens. I did not record our talks anymore because it always took place with at least one or two companions huddled around. Hence, a more casual chit-chat was in order.
While Patch is seriously considering legal practice the minute her contract with BPCI expires, she remains open to the possibility of joining Miss Universe Philippines. She is quite clear, though, that it won’t happen this year. 2021 perhaps? And with a smile, she signaled the timing would be more appropriate for such move. While she appears perfectly happy having represented us in Miss International 2019, I could feel a sense of longing for Miss Universe. We all know that she targeted that competition. So the alleged “green card” issue during the Bb. Pilipinas 2019 judges’ deliberations (that reportedly kept her name from being considered for the Miss Universe Philippines 2019 title) was like a fly in the ointment so to speak. She is happy for Gazini Ganados. But I know the subtle feeling of frustration in not getting what one worked hard for – with a “less-than-convincing” reason to accept as part of the fate.
So instead of a 2020 teaser, consider this blog entry as a year-long wait for a beautiful lady before she finally embarks on a second path in her pageant career.
Who would have thought that my dear Leren Mae Bautista would actually be the best-performer after all the winners of Bb. Pilipinas 2019 have completed their respective missions abroad? I know that she will do well in The Miss Globe 2019 and a 2nd Runner-Up finish was what she brought home to the Filipinos from Ulcinj, Montenegro. This may not fully make up for our higher expectations from the other international pageants of Miss Universe, Miss International, Miss Supranational and Miss Intercontinental. But at the end of the year, we should still remain thankful that – except in Miss Grand International – we successfully placed in the rest:
Top 8 in Miss International 2019 (Patch Magtanong)
Top 20 in Miss Universe 2019 (Gazini Ganados)
Top 20 in Miss Intercontinental 2019 (Emma Tiglao)
Top 25 in Miss Supranational 2019 (Resham Saeed)
They still deserve our congratulations.
Now let us watch the full finals show of The Miss Globe 2019.
First off, Pauline C. Amelinckx has the unique bragging rights of having defeated the reigning Miss Universe Philippines Gazini Ganados during Miss Bohol 2017 where the latter was named 1st Runner-Up.
The win propelled the tall, beautiful and eloquent Boholana-Belgian to level up to the nationals. And indeed, she was part of the highly competitive 50th Anniversary edition of Mutya ng Pilipinas where she was crowned as the country’s representative to Global Beauty Queen which was supposed to be hosted in Korea. Alas, that international beauty pageant did not push through, which left her upset for some time.
She was able to beautifully move on from the said chapter in her life. In fact, she was able to turn into hosting here in Manila and in the province, while doing runway shows for Designer Mikee Andrei and the like. And it’s looking like we’ll see more of her in 2020.
If you want a good speaker, then Pauline fits the bill. She also has continuing advocacies for the underprivileged in her home province of Bohol. With more polish, she can be a definite Miss Universe Philippines contender.
Who’s with me on Miss Amelinckx?
On this day, a Queen was born 24 years ago.
Super wonderful shoutout to Miss Universe Philippines 2019 Gazini Christiana Jordi Ganados who has grown a lot wiser after the biggest journey in her young life.
Happy Birthday, Beautiful! 😘
Photo credit: Bj Pascual
Makeup: Mickey See
Hair: Renz Pangilinan
Stylist: Qurator Studio