Early Monday morning, during the Binibining Finals night at Araneta Coliseum, Gazini Christiana Ganados from Talisay, Cebu wins as the official representative of the Philippines for Miss Universe 2019.
A crowd favorite for her aura and confidence, the 23-year-old Ganados was named as The Face of Binibini (Miss Photogenic) and Best in Long Gown. Next to Vickie Rushton of Negros Occidental, Ganados also had the most likes on the Facebook page of the pageant before the Binibining Pilipinas competition. Fans were already confident that she would go home with the highest title at the end of the competition.
In the most awaited part of the competition, the Top 15 contenders were given only 30 seconds to answer in the Q&A portion. Read Gazini’s winning answer below.
Pageant judge Bobby Barreiro, Integrated Events Head of ABS-CBN, asked the 23-year-old Ganados: “If you win the crown tonight, what can you do to get more women in the workplace?”
This is her winning answer: “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, [the] goals that we have, and we will achieve it because of those values, those [pearls of] wisdom that they gave us.”
The five-foot-eight Tourism graduate from the University of San Jose-Recoletos emphasized on her advocacy for the elderly by improving their quality of life. Gazini reportedly grew up with her grandparents, which could be why she focused on the importance of taking care of the elderly.
Samantha Ashley Lo, a fellow Cebuana residing in Cebu City, was also given a crown as the Philippines’ representative for Miss Grand International 2019. As for their fellow Cebuana who was also a pageant favorite, Ilene De Vera of Mandaue City, Cebu, fans were surprised she failed to make it into the top 25 of the competition.
The following contestants have been awarded as this year’s Bb. Pilipinas winners who will represent the country in international pageants:
Miss Universe Philippines 2019: Gazini Ganados of Talisay, Cebu
Bb. Pilipinas-International 2019: Bea Patricia Magtanong of Bataan
Bb. Pilipinas-Supranational 2019: Resham Saeed of Maguindanao
Bb. Pilipinas-Grand International 2019: Samantha Ashley Lo of Cebu City
Bb. Pilipinas-Intercontinental 2019: Emma Mary Tiglao of Pampanga
Bb. Pilipinas-Globe 2019: Leren Mae Bautista of Laguna
Bb. Pilipinas 2019 1st Runner-up: Maria Andrea Abesamis of Pasig
Bb. Pilipinas 2019 2nd Runner-up: Samantha Mae Bernardo of Palawan
Before she joined Binibining Pilipinas, Ganados was named Miss Cesafi in 2016, Miss Bohol 2017 first runner-up, and was a Miss World Philippines 2014 contestant. If Ganados will be victorious for Miss Universe 2020, she will become the Philippines’ fifth Miss Universe titleholder, following Gloria Diaz (1969), Margie Moran (1973), Pia Wurtzbach (2015) and Catriona Gray (2018).
All images courtesy of Bb. Pilipinas (Official) Facebook page.
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