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Leren Bautista Finishes As The Second Runner-Up At The Miss Globe Competition

"I couldn't place the right words to say in expressing how happy I am to have represented the Philippines and carry our nation's colors at a global platform," she says

Congratulations, Leren!

The 26-year-old finished the Miss Globe 2019 competition held in the beautiful coastal destination of Ulcinj, Montenegro as its second runner-up, with the crown eventually being passed on to Mexico's Alejandra Díaz de León. The coronation night took place last October 21 (Montenegro time).

Though her dream of becoming the country's third Miss Globe titleholder wasn't realized, Leren Bautista still acknowledged all the great experiences and once-in-a-lifetime opportunities the journey had blessed her with. 

Days after the competition, Leren took to Instagram and wrote, "They say love is sweeter the second time around. To be able to represent the Philippines in an international pageant is one proud moment - being able to do so again is another story. I am honored and grateful to have been crowned Binibining Pilipinas Globe, and even more humbled to represent the Philippines in the Miss Globe 2019 pageant."

"I stand on the shoulder of giants - the Filipinos who have supported me from day one! The outpour of love is overwhelming and I couldn't place the right words to say in expressing how happy I am to have represented the Philippines and carry our nation's colors at a global platform. I love you all, and this journey was such an amazing one made even more extraordinary by all of your love. Mabuhay!" she continued. 

The Laguna-based beauty ended the heartfelt post by saying that she had no regrets and believes that God has a different plan for her that's simply waiting to be realized. 

Aside from elevating the status of the Miss Globe competition in the international pageant arena, it's also worth noting that the marketing management graduate decided to take up the challenge of pageantry for other reasons: to advocate against bullying and to prove that unconventional beauty could be worthy of the world stage.

In the months leading up to the competition, Leren had openly shared stories about her childhood—that she had been relentlessly teased for towering above her peers (she stands at a proud 5'8") and having mocha-hued skin (an asset that many Filipina morenas these days are proud, and not ashamed, of). 

By going onstage and confidently being herself, dusky complexion and all, Leren believed that she could be a positive role model for girls and young women in need of a confidence boost. (She even released a short video about this last summer. Watch it below). 

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Before I forayed into the pageant scene, I was your usual timid and shy girl - always in the background, bullied for my looks and non-conforming beauty. Fast forward to close to two decades, from a school pageant back in College, straight to municipal and provincial tilts, eventually copping a national title and an international one shortly thereafter, this Miss Globe bid aims to end my pageant story with a succint note - that everyone is beautiful and that no one should ever dull another's sparkle. I am Leren Mae Bautista and this is my story I want to share with my province, my country, and the world globe. Mabuhay! Videographer/Editor| JJ Maghirang Creative Director| Cris De Leon Make up artist| Carlo Lim Algarne Hair stylist| Mark Navea Stylist| #StyleItPh by Vhee Co & Francis Chee Associate Stylist| Aura Nicole De Jesus Little Leren| Jay Ann Bautista Tegerl please include Jumpsuit| Pablo Cabahug Gown| Chico Estiva

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Leren was crowned Bb. Pilipinas Globe 2019 alongside Miss Universe Philippines 2019 Gazini Ganados, Bb. Pilipinas International 2019 Bea Patricia "Patch" Magtanong, Bb. Pilipinas Supranational 2019 Resham Ramirez Saeed, Bb. Pilipinas Grand International Samantha Ashley Lo, and Bb. Pilipinas Intercontinental 2019 Emma Mary Tiglao. 

She was one of the first in her batch of queens to compete and signals a strong start for this year's pageant winner hopefuls. 

To learn more about Leren and her fellow queens, read their stories today on Metro.Style

Photos from @lerenmaebautista