The Best Moments From The Binibining Pilipinas 2019 Grand Coronation Night
And the winners are in!
The annual Binibining Pilipinas competition hosted by Anne Curtis and Richard Gutierrez and held at the Smart Araneta Coliseum concluded on Sunday night with six of the Philippines' big bets for this year's round of pageants, much to the delight of pageant-loving Filipinos.
Leading the roster of stunning Pinays set to take the world by storm is Miss Universe Philippines Gazini Ganados, Bb. Pilipinas International Bea Patricia Magtanong, Bb. Pilipinas Supranational Resham Saeed, Bb. Pilipinas Grand International Samantha Ashley Lo, Bb. Pilipinas Intercontinental Emma Mary Tiglao, and Bb. Pilipinas Globe Leren Mae Bautista.
Aside from participating in a glitzy evening gown showcase to highlight their physical beauty and grace, candidates also tested their mettle during one of the night's most anticipated segments: the Q&A round.
Questions centered on women's empowerment and rights as well as relevant issues of migration, freedom of the press, and the consequences of social media, among others, truly tested each girls' ability to think under pressure and express themselves with sophistication and intelligence.
There to assess answers was a panel of judges composed by celebrities James Reid, Nadine Lustre, Daniel Padilla, Zalora and Grab Taxi Philippines co-founder Brian Cu, ABS-CBN Integrated Events Head Bobby Barreiro, Italian and Spanish Ambassadors Giorgio Guglielmino and Jorge Moragas, Miss Universe 1969 Gloria Diaz, Gilas Pilipinas baller Christian Standhardinger, Asia at Alorica Inc. president Reinerio Borja, as well as Quezon City mayor Joy Belmonte.
At the end of the competition, the new queens were met by 2018's set of titleholders who appeared together for the last time and shared an embrace, each passing on their crowns to their successors alongside the responsibility that comes with them.
The Philippines' first-ever Miss Intercontinental Karen Gallman, Miss International 2018 first runner-up Ahtisa Manalo, newly married Bb. Pilipinas Supranational 2018 Jehza Huelar, Binibining Pilipinas Globe 2018 Michelle Gumabao, and Binibining Pilipinas Grand International 2018 Eva Patalinjug were in full force, each beautiful and radiant in their couture outfits.
Reigning Miss Universe Catriona Gray's time onscreen proved to be most emotional of them all, as she delivered a farewell speech that recounted her best memories of her pageant experience and what her title has come to mean for her.
Focusing on her advocacy of education for impoverished Filipino youth, the chance to represent her country, and all the moments that allowed her to learn more about herself, Catriona couldn't help but tear up during her time onstage.
With training sessions, local tours, and international visits on the agenda, we're sure that Gazini, Samantha, Bea, Leren, Resham, and Emma couldn't be more excited to begin their own journeys to the crown.
Best of all, they can always count on Filipinos to support them all the way!
Good luck to the new Binibinis!
Photos from @bbpilipinasofficial