More of the Bb. Pilipinas 2019 Glam Shots as taken by Raymond Saldaña and Owen Reyes.
Here are Aya Abesamis, Maria Isabela Galeria, Denise Omorog, Hannah Arnold, Ilene de Vera, Julia Saubier and Anne Barker.
Assisted by Redgina Tarasova
Stylist : Vhee Co and Francis Chee
Assisted by Shone Rivera
My final choices for the Miss Universe Philippines | Bb. Pilipinas 2019 titleholders
Since I have already completed my Final Predictions for Miss Universe Philippines | Bb. Pilipinas 2019 titleholders, let me share the two runners-up in my list.
Even at the onset of competition, I have always been consistent in discussing to my pageant media colleagues that Hannah Arnold is a potential Miss Universe Philippines winner if she will return in 2020 – by which time all the loose threads in her preparations will have been neatly stitched for one big final viewing.
Yes, I know. Jessarie Dumaguing is not even in my list of Top 20 released earlier last week. But her performance of late has convinced me that I should’ve included her in the first place. And for this lady from Puerto Princesa to advance to the Top 15 and inch her way up to the winners’ circle is not an impossibility by now.
That being said, I will share four (4) big spoilers on Sunday night aside from Jessarie:
If anyone among Ilene de Vera, Resham Ramirez Saeed, Samantha Lo and Nicole Guerrero will get the biggest break when it matters most, then expect one or two of them to get past the expected winners and get their due rewards.
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
Earlier in the day, Ilene de Vera of Mandaue City, Cebu faced members of the pageant media during an intimate gathering held at the Tribu Babaylan in Quezon City. She was at her most relaxed throughout the afternoon affair as she gamely answered all fielded questions without a trace of stress or pressure that would usually be evident in #Binibinis who have just a little over a week before the Grand Coronation Night.
Ilene is ready for whatever fate has in store for her. She knows that the coming week would be more tough as judgment day draws nearer and nearer. But the renewed sense of empowerment in her has given a great source of emotional strength.
Watch my one-on-one with Ilene below.
Ilene with Rodgil Flores of KF and Miss Tourism International 2017 Jannie Alipoon
“I lived in Cebu my whole life and it has been a part of me — the people, the culture, the food and there’s nothing I want more than to represent my city, Mandaue City, my province,” shares by the beach and lechon lover. The towering Cebuana lass was a BA Mass Communication graduate from University of the Philippines Cebu. She was an active youth advocate then and a campus queen too. From being Miss UP 2015, she tried her first national pageant. She joined Mutya ng Pilipinas 2017 and bagged the major crown. She represented the Philippines and competed with global candidates for Miss Asia Pacific International 2017. A pre-pageant favorite, she finished 4th Runner-up in the international pageant.
“It has been an amazing experience that I wish I could live it all over again,” shares by the print and ramp model under the Models Association of Cebu. “All of this has taught me to never give up on my dreams no matter what other people say. I share my success to the people who have been with me from the very beginning”.
Ilene is also a marketing executive in a real estate company. “This world is a jungle. You either fight or run forever”. A woman with substance, she is compelling her pageant competency to the whole new level as one of the finest contenders in Binibining Pilipinas 2019. “To be Miss Universe Pilippines, one must be strong-willed, dauntless and limitless”.
“Thank you to everyone who are supporting me on this journey. You’re the reason for this big smile on my face,” quips by our dear #BB19. Raised by a single mom, the inspiration behind her advocacy to support women especially solo-parent.
Last night’s National Costume Competition of Bb. Pilipinas 2019 was a showcase of the best in the Filipino Designers and their world-class artistry, especially in creating both traditional and richly-creative masterpieces for their #Binibinis.
The Top 10 finalists have already been announced. Allow me to share four (4) more personal favorites which could have also made it had there been more spots to fill. They are just as fabulous – or significant – as the qualifiers. The scores must have been close, I reckon.
1) Nicole Guerrero of #IlocosSur in Michael Barassi’s tribute to the Philippine carabao
2) Ilene de Vera of #MandaueCity in Malayka Yamas’ tribute to the famous Cebu guitars
3) Honey Grace Cartasano of #Rizal in Paolo Ballesteros’ tribute to the “Magsusuman” of Rizal Province
and for patriotic reasons,
4) Samantha Poblete of #Cavite in Emar Vida’s tribute to the heroism of the Filipino and the rich history of the Province of Cavite.
Unlike last year when the highest crown was a lock for Catriona Gray since Day 1, the competition for this year’s Miss Universe Philippines alone is like a tight basketball playoff among eight (8) teams wanting to win the championship trophy. I say eight (8) because it symbolizes infinity where the movement is unending. Nobody has an idea where it will stop until the buzzer (or announcement of winners for that matter) finally sounds off on the night of June 9.
Of course, the organizers of Miss Universe Philippines and Binibining Pilipinas may already have clearer choices on who they would be happy to see winning among the forty (40) Official Candidates. But those preferences remain as such. They can still be upended by the Board of Judges during deliberation. The important thing is to make it to the eight-highest spots to be part of the winning circle from where the six (6) titleholders and two (2) runners-up will emerge.
This time around, I am taking a different approach in handing out my predictions for Miss Universe Philippines | Bb. Pilipinas 2019. Instead of just one collective blog entry two days before the Coronation Night, I will share with you my individual shortlists for the six (6) crowns at stake (read: six separate blogs) before zeroing in on who should win and who could win in my humble opinion.
But before starting off with my dedicated posts on who Miss Universe Philippines, Bb. Pilipinas International, Bb. Pilipinas Intercontinental, Bb. Pilipinas Supranational, Bb. Pilipinas Grand International and Bb. Pilipinas Globe could be, allow me to list down the names of the Binibinis who made it to the upper half of my choices – the Top 20, that is.
These twenty (20) ladies will – in one way or another – be part of the #Infinity8 for each of the titles. In the order of their assigned numbers now:
1. Jessica Marasigan of Malabon
2. Martina Turner Diaz of Muntinlupa
3. Sigrid Grace Flores of Iloilo
4. Marianne Marquez of Marikina
5. Gazini Ganados of Talisay, Cebu
6. Maria Andrea Abesamis of Pasig
7. Leren Mae Bautista of Laguna
8. Maria Isabela Galeria of Sorsogon
9. Denise Omorog of Baras, Catanduanes
10. Bea Patricia Magtanong of Bataan
11. Hannah Arnold of Masbate
12. Ilene de Vera of Mandaue City, Cebu
13. Julia Saubier of Daraga, Albay
14. Nicole Guerrero of Ilocos Sur
15. Samantha Lo of Cebu City
16. Emma Tiglao of Pampanga
17. Samantha Bernardo of Palawan
18. Resham Ramirez Saeed of Maguindanao
19. Vickie Marie Rushton of Negros Occidental
20. Joanna Tolledo of Caloocan
Gut-feel is telling me that all the winners will come from the above group.
Next stop: Who could be the next Bb. Pilipinas Globe?