Representing Balanga, Bataan, lawyer Bea Magtanong, 24, was one of the six queens crowned at the Binibining Pilipinas 2019 coronation night. She was named Bb. Pilipinas-International 2019.
Magtanong was crowned by Bb. Pilipinas-International 2018 Maria Ahtisa Manalo. The latter is Miss International 2018 first runner-up.
Hosted by Richard Gutierrez, Anne Curtis and Nicole Cordoves, the Binibining Pilipinas 2019 coronation night took place at Smart Araneta Coliseum, Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines on June 9, 2019. It was the 56th edition of the national female beauty pageant of the Philippines.
A total of 40 Filipino women competed for six crowns. The winners will represent the Philippines in Miss Universe 2019, Miss International 2019, Miss Supranational 2019, Miss Grand International 2019, Miss Intercontinental 2019 and Miss Globe 2019.
Quezon City mayor-elect Joy Belmonte served as the chairman of the board of judges. Her fellow judges were actors Miss Universe 1969 Gloria Diaz, James Reid, Daniel Padilla and Nadine Lustre, basketball player Christian Standhardinger, Grab Philippines president Brian Cu, president of Asia at Alorica Inc. Rainerio Borja, ABS-CBN vice president for television Bobby Barrero, Ambassador of Italy to the Philippines Giorgio Guglielmino and Ambassador of Spain to the Philippines Jorge Moragas.
It was Borja who asked Magtanong in the question and answer portion. He asked, “If you could have the opportunity to meet somebody globally influential, who would that be and why?”
“I really idolize Angelina Jolie because she was blessed with such a thriving career in Hollywood,” Magtanong answered. “But then, as a woman, she was able to use that influence, that voice, and that audience, to advocate for the causes that she believes in, like world hunger with the UN, and someday, if I am given the chance, I would like to be just like her.”
As a lawyer, Magtanong wants to promote the rights of prisoners. She earned her law degree from the University of the Philippines in Diliman, Quezon City.
Aside from the Bb. Pilipinas-International 2019 title, Magtanong also won Bb. Megawide 2019 and Best in Swimsuit. Here is a clip featuring the Bataan native: