After Bb. Pilipinas 2019 concluded, Julia Saubier did not waste time to move on from the pageantry route she devoted herself to from March to early June.
She headed to South Cotabato for a 5-day cultural and spiritual retreat – coupled with entries she can add to her motorcycle diaries in and around Polomolok (we all know by now that she finds maximum thrill in traveling around on top of a motorbike).
And just recently, Julia walked the runway for Designer Leo Almodal. She remains to be in true fighting form on the ramp.
As to where life will lead her next, it still remains to be seen. But I’m pretty sure she has already started plotting her next mission. If it’s going to be another national beauty pageant, we’ll see. But if it’s going to bring her back to different parts of the world, then I can’t wait to follow her next adventures.
Below is her belated message on social media about the entire Bb. Pilipinas experience:
A belated 3-week late update! Shared this on my Instagram account a while back, but wanted to post it here as well since I‘ve have received support from friends and family from around the world through Facebook as well! 💓 I have lost before, but never this publicly 😂 I do however, feel content knowing that I never compromised on my vision or values, and that I gave it my all! Thank u guys for supporting me love uuuuuu
Congratulations to all the newly crowned queens! We have such a diverse set of ladies to represent us internationally, I am so excited for you all, and I know you will make us all proud. To all the other ladies—most especially to my BFF @ilenedevera—you have all worked so hard, there is still so much to celebrate. ⠀⠀
Growing up I was upset that we placed so much value on physical beauty. I came here because I wanted to expand our definition of beauty—I spoke about white washing, body shaming, and plastic surgery—and ran my campaign on my values of authenticity and honesty. I wanted to inspire Filipinos to take pride in who we are. ⠀
But more importantly, I wanted to go beyond beauty and move us towards critical thinking and global ambition. From the beginning of my campaign, I said that this was about my voice and my vision for my country.⠀
With this year’s beyond beauty theme, to not have been able to represent this change in the pre-selected top 25 feels disappointing. I believe this to be emblematic of a larger problem here in the Philippines. It’s part of a system of lip service, appearances, and politics, where ideas and values are relegated second-best to business, sponsor influence, money, and clicks. If we want a better, more inclusive, stronger Philippines, then we need people to stand up and speak out on these shortcomings. ⠀
Nevertheless I feel immensely grateful to have been given this unique learning opportunity. Thank you to everyone who has joined me on this journey. It tells me that Filipinos value authenticity, intelligence, and goodwill. You guys have inspired me to stay true to who I am and to use my voice with utmost courage. You made everything worth it.