Emma Mary Tiglao, 24, of Mabalacat, Pampanga was one of the six queens crowned at the Binibining Pilipinas 2019 coronation night. She was named Bb. Pilipinas-Intercontinenal 2019.
Tiglao was crowned by Bb. Pilipinas-Intercontinental 2018 Karen Juanita Gallman. The latter is the reigning Miss Intercontinental 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 Guglielmino who asked Tiglao in the question and answer portion. He asked, “Is free press important in a democratic society?”
“Yes it’s important because with the press, we are able to be aware not only in our country Philippines but also around the world of what’s happening,” Tiglao answered. “And as a press, we should be responsible and also as a citizen we should be responsible on the credible sites that we should look for.”
This is the second time Tiglao competed in Bb. Pilipinas. When she joined the pageant in 2014, she finished in the Top 15.
Aside from winning the Bb. Pilipinas-Intercontinental title, Tiglao also won Ms. Ever Bilena Advance 2019, Ms. Pizza Hut 2019 and Pitoy Moreno Best in National Costume.