Samantha Lo, 26, of Cebu City was one of the six queens crowned at the Binibining Pilipinas 2019 coronation night. She was named Bb. Pilipinas-Grand International 2019.
Lo was crowned by Bb. Pilipinas-Grand International 2018 Eva Psychee Patalinjug. The latter was unplaced in Miss Grand International 2018.
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 Standhardinger who asked Lo in the question and answer portion. He asked, “What is your best non-physical asset and why do you say so?”
“I believe the best non-physical asset could be your spirit,” Lo answered. “I believe that when we have a strong spirit, a strong aura, we shine from within, we spread it. It’s a beautiful butterfly effect and I continue to encourage everyone to have positivity and show love.”
“There’s no need for negativity,” Lo continued. “There’s nothing productive about it. Let’s continue to shine and show love.”
Currently, Lo works as an English as a Second Language instructor. She was crowned Binibining Cebu Tourism in 2017.
Aside from winning the Bb. Pilipinas-Grand International 2019 title, Lo also made it to the Top 10 of Best in National Costume. Here is a clip featuring the Cebu City native: