On Sunday night, a gathering of the most beautiful and intelligent Filipinas today came together at the Smart Araneta Coliseum for the 56 Binibining Pilipinas beauty pageant. Up to 40 candidates graced the stage, stunning the audience with their wardrobes – national costume, swimsuit and evening gown – and their wit in answering questions in the case of the Top 15. The 2019 edition of the Bb. Pilipinas pageant also marked a closer level of cooperation between BP Charities Inc. and the Miss Universe organization which had established a Philippine office. In the end a feisty Cebuana won the title, crowned by the reigning Miss Universe herself.
As CNN Philippines tells us, Gazini Christiana Ganados of Talisay City in Cebu prevailed over her sister contestants this June 9, when she was accorded the highest honor in this year’s Binibing Pilipinas beauty pageant. That honor, as always, has been to be the official Philippine representative to the next Miss Universe competition. Ganados secured her spot as Bb. Pilipinas – Universe 2019 in part perhaps to her reply in the Question and Answer portion for the Top 15 contestants that made it past the 25 chosen from the starting 40.
For the Q&A, Ganados was asked by judge Bobby Barreiro how she might encourage more women in the workplace if she were to win the crown. Given 30 seconds for her reply, the Talisay, Cebu bet answered: “If I win the crown tonight, what I will do is to promote my advocacy. My advocacy is for us women to fight for our rights and for the elderly care and for us to be able to know that someone is loving and someone is pushing us to whatever ambitions that we have. We will be able to rise from our decisions to whatever dreams that we have, goals that we have, and we will achieve it because of those values, those wisdoms that they gave us.”
While it was enough to secure the crown and Miss Universe representation for Gazini Ganados (even being crowned by Catriona Gray herself), not all who watched in the audience or TV were uniformly impressed by her Q&A performance. Posts on social media noted that the Cebuana beauty will need to practice more, particularly as the Miss Universe pageant has one of the most nerve-wracking Q&A’s in any beauty pageant nowadays. Others however are hopeful that Ganados can shape up in time for Miss U 2019.
Following from Ganados, Bataan’s Bea Patricia Magtanong is Bb. Pilipinas – International 2019, the two of them representing the last remaining big beauty pageants that draw representatives from Binibining Pilipinas (as Miss World and Miss Earth have their own competitions). Minor pageant representatives include Resham Ramirez Saeed of Maguindanao (Bb. Pilipinas – Supranational 2019), Cebu City’s Samantha Ashley Lo (Bb. Pilipinas – Grand International 2019), Emma Mary Tiglao from Pampanga (Bb. Pilipinas – Intercontinental 2019), and Leren Mae Bautista of Laguna (Bb. Pilipinas – Globe 2019). Title-holders from the previous year, like with Catriona Gray, were on hand to crown their respective predecessors Sunday night. The pageant was hosted by Anne Curtis and Richard Gutierrez.
Image courtesy of Philippine Star