Three Bb. Pilipinas 2019 candidates who ranked well in all pageant surveys but did not make it to the winner’s circle have moved on from failure in pageantry as they thanked all their supporters in their journey.
Candidates Ilene De Vera (Mandaue), Julia Saubier (Daraga, Albay) and Samantha Bernardo (Palawan) who were all predicted to be major winners but failed posted on Instagram their sentiments and lessons learned from joining the most prestigious national beauty pageant.
De Vera, a former Mutya ng Pilipinas titleholder, said: “The greatest lesson I learned last June 9, 2019:
‘Don’t try to understand everything. Sometimes it is not meant to be understood, just accepted.’ ”
“Before stepping on stage to finally do our last performance as Binibini candidates, I whispered a prayer to the One up above and asked Him to “prepare my heart for whatever happens.” Indeed, He enlightened and blessed me with so much strength and wisdom to carry on through the night;
“I won’t deny my disappointment when my name wasn’t called during the first cut. There were only 2 girls left uncalled to complete the top 25 and I already knew my game was over. It was hard to digest at first but I knew better than to blame myself. Some things really happen for a reason. I’ve been a firm believer of that for as long as I can remember. My heart was filled with so much gratitude that it only left no room for negativity to dwell in;
“This post is meant to cap my entire Binibini experience and to give thanks to everyone who I was able to share this journey with,” said De Vera, who also congratulated the new batch of winners.
Saubier, a Filipino-French who competed in a national pageant for the first time, said: “Growing up I was upset that we placed so much value on physical beauty. I came here because I wanted to expand our definition of beauty—I spoke about whitewashing, body shaming, and plastic surgery—and ran my campaign on my values of authenticity and honesty. I wanted to inspire Filipinos to take pride in who we are;
“But more importantly, I wanted to go beyond beauty and move us towards critical thinking and global ambition. From the beginning of my campaign, I said that this was about my voice and my vision for my country;
“With this year’s beyond beauty theme, to not have been able to represent this change in the pre-selected top 25 feels disappointing. I believe this to be emblematic of a larger problem here in the Philippines. It’s part of a system of lip service, appearances, and politics, where ideas and values are relegated second-best to business, sponsor influence, money, and clicks. If we want a better, more inclusive, stronger Philippines, then we need people to stand up and speak out on these shortcomings,” said Saubier.
Bernardo, last year’s 2nd runner up and earned the same placement this year, said: “No words can express how I feel right now. I just want to extend my deepest gratitude, love, and positivity to all of you especially to my new reigning queens of Bb. Pilipinas Miss Universe Philippines Gazini Patch Resham Samantha Emma Leren Aya. May we always find beauty, substance, and purpose in everything that we do.”