Model Leren Mae Bautista, 26, was one of the six queens crowned at the Binibining Pilipinas 2019 coronation night. Representing Los Baños, Laguna, she was named Bb. Pilipinas-Globe 2019.
Bautista was crowned by Bb. Pilipinas-Globe 2018 Michele Theresa Gumabao. The latter made it to the Top 15 in Miss Globe 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 Diaz who asked Bautista in the question and answer portion. Miss Universe 1969 asked, “How do you define success?”
“My definition of success is raising my flag of bravery against bullying,” Bautista answered. “It’s because I experienced hurtful words, heard so many things that hurt my feelings but the 10-year-old girl fights for her rights, fights for what she believes in, and she believes in herself and trusts herself.”
In 2015, Bautista won Mutya ng Pilipinas Asia Pacific International. In the same year, she was also crowned Miss Tourism Queen of the Year International.
Aside from modelling, Bautista is also a part of Philippine Tapestry project of the Department of Tourism. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Marketing Management at Colegio de San Juan de Letran Calamba.
Here is a clip featuring Bautista: