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.
I am just as puzzled with the photo above. With no official statement from the organizers yet, I will not dare speculate.
UPDATE: I just got word that there might be a Press Conference from another national pageant next week. I reckon that an announcement will be made. Just do the math, folks.
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.
Binibining Pilipinas opens a new era with a bigger and better edition of the most prestigious beauty pageant in the country.
The search is on once again for a new batch of queens who will carry the name of the Philippines across the globe and cement its status as a powerhouse in international pageants.
Interested applicants have until January 31, 2020 to submit their application forms. They will then go through a rigorous screening process courtesy of the esteemed BPCI executive committee that will culminate on February 6.
Binibining Pilipinas Charities Inc. holds the most successful and decorated pageant in Philippine history; truly a significant milestone of Araneta City, The City of Firsts.
Download the application form at http://www.bbpilipinas.com or visit Bb. Pilipinas official Facebook page.
As to why Samantha Bernardo is not included in the promotional poster, I have no definite answer. Yet.
It was only a matter of time before I give her another featured spotlight. With ABS-CBN News and PEP.ph already uploading teasers for next year’s possible aspirants, then allow me to throw in mine.
I almost always get panned for blogging about former Binibini Julia Saubier. There are those who say that I am like a dedicated spokesperson when – just like the other pageant followers and enthusiasts – I am just here to write about her then.
Now with the election of Zozibini Tunzi as Miss Universe 2019, will the likes of Julia – strong-willed and outspoken – have the right ingredients to reconsider a second national pageant outing via Miss Universe Philippines 2020? She has the smarts and the confidence of steel to bravely dare. I have no issue about her looks because she remains beautiful to me – especially in person.
As far as her loss (and non-placement) during Bb. Pilipinas 2019 is concerned, we were still gazing at the direction of a beautiful face first and an articulate self after. Someone like Atty. Bea Patricia “Patch” Magtanong can definitely fit the mold if only she is not under contract with BPCI for 18 months. And that could stop this lawyer from giving up the Bb. Pilipinas International 2019 title in favor of MUP2020. She could gun for another glory in 2021 instead.
For now, let us look at possibilities using a slightly different formula by reversing the focus – articulate and commanding self first and gorgeous face after. After all, a national beauty pageant has the mandated physical requirements already in place.
Your thoughts, dear readers?