Below are videos of the interview guesting of our Miss Universe Philippines | Bb. Pilipinas 2019 Queens on The Bottomline with Boy Abunda.
Watch the entire episode first, then share your thoughts about each one of them after.
Who stood out among the six?
Photo by Gideon Estella
There are two Cebuanas who grabbed crowns in Miss Universe Philippines | Bb. Pilipinas 2019. Aside from Gazini Ganados, the representative of Cebu – Samantha Ashley Lo – is the second biggest pride of the Queen City of the South in the competition. And she is one of those tagged as big spoilers just days before the Grand Coronation last Sunday night.
We already know how good a communicator Samantha is, and she was able to put it into good use not only in her public interviews but also during the Top 15 Q&A when PBA Basketball Player Christian Standhardinger asked about her best non-physical asset. Re-watch her 30-second freetalk during the prelims below when pageant followers started to include her in the list of strong contenders.
Nawatt in Venezuela
A Binibining Cebu Tourism titleholder back in 2017, Samantha has already had the chance to represent us internationally when she took part in Best Model of the World 2018 held in Ankara, Turkey last December. But that was a stint that focused more on her catwalk/modeling skills instead of the ability to spontaneously express herself. I trust that she will be able to maximize her full potentials once she sets foot in presently crisis-laden Venezuela for Miss Grand International 2019. On top of her spirit for travel and adventure, she should be able to blend well with the locals in the city of Caracas (which is a relatively unusual choice to be at the helm of international pageant hosting
). And get on the good side of the eccentric Nawatt Itsaragrisil (right photo
) in the process of doing so.
Starting today, the new Queens deserve our all-out love and support. More than representing their respective provinces in the country, they are now wearing the Philippine sashes and will move forward to the international stages of competition starting 3rd Quarter of the year.
Gazini Ganados in Miss Universe 2019
Patch Magtanong in Miss International 2019
Resham Ramirez Saeed in Miss Supranational 2019
Emma Tiglao in the 48th Miss Intercontinental
Samantha Lo in Miss Grand International 2019
Leren Mae M. Bautista in The Miss Globe 2019
Mabuhay ang Pilipina!
Here are the Top 10 Finalists for the Best in National Costume Award announced at the end of the event held at New Frontier Theater.
Leren Mae M. Bautista, Laguna
Maria Andrea Aya Abesamis, Pasig City
Vickie Marie Rushton, Negros Occidental
Hannah Arnold, Masbate
Samantha Bernardo, Palawan
Cassandra Chan, Bacolod
Samantha Lo, Cebu
Jessarie Dumaguing, Puerto Princesa
Resham Ramirez Saeed, Maguindanao
Emma Tiglao, Pampanga
Voting starts tomorrow at http://www.bbpilipinas.com
The three advocacies of the 2019 #Binibinis closest to my heart:
1. Reading and Literacy – I am a firm believer that starting the kids at an early age to enjoy reading is a great foundation that will guarantee their individuality, communication skills (be it in oral or penned formats) and the overall ability to fluidly express themselves as teenagers and young adults. Having worked in the academe for close to a decade justifies my defense for this cause (and literacy in general). Hence, I share this advocacy with #Binibini24 Nicole Guerrero and #Binibini25 Samantha Lo.
2. Agriculture – as someone born and raised in the Province of Bulacan where agriculture and fishery are two of the main sources of livelihood, I believe it is crucial to give due focus to the underrated concerns of the farmers and the fishermen. Without their hard-earned work, we won’t have enough rice, vegetable and fish to fill our dining tables with simple and nutritious fares. As such, I share this advocacy with #Binibini32 Mary Faye Murphy and #Binibini36 Francia Layderos.
3. Anti-bullying – growing up gay in a conservative rural society is not easy, let alone being constantly teased and bullied for being that effeminate youngster who is the constant target of bullying from people of different age groups. Of course, I have grown old and wiser – a more iron-clad gay man. As a result, I share this advocacy with #Binibini14 Leren Mae M. Bautista.
I hope one of them wins the P100,000.00 special surprise for getting the most number of likes on the Miss Universe Philippines Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/TheMissUniversePH/
Which are your preferred causes among the #Binibinis?
Photos by Raymond Saldaña
#MsUniversePh #ConfidentlyBeautiful #AFilipinaEmpowers
First photo left to right: Aya Abesamis, Nicole Guerrero, Patch Magtanong and Samantha Lo
Second photo left to right: Kathryn Jade Cudiamat, Ruffa Nava and Ilene de Vera
Third photo left to right: Agatha Romero, Kimberly Penchon and Samantha Mae Bernardo
Fourth photo left to right: Kayesha Chua, Resham Ramirez Saeed and Vickie Marie Rushton
Last photo Sigrid Grace Flores (left) and Malka Shaver
All official photos when they filed for Bb. Pilipinas 2019 earlier.