Mary Jean Lastimosa was crowned winner of Bb. Pilipinas-Universe 2014! MJ will represent the Philippines to this year’s Miss Universe pageant.
The 26-year-old from Tulunan, North Cotobato bested 39 other contestants during the Bb. Pilipinas Grand Coronation Night.
During the question-and-answer portion, Lastimosa was asked by reigning Miss Universe Queen Gabriela Isler, “What is the greatest advantage of being a woman?”
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A confident Lastimosa answered: “The greatest advantage of being a woman is being able to compose herself. Just like here, we’re standing in front of thousands of people, not knowing if you’re going to cheer for us or boo us. But we try to compose ourselves. We keep the emotions and show the beauty that is in us and tonight, thousands of people are standing here, celebrating the beauty of women.”
Check the complete winners of Binibining Pilipinas 2014 here.
Meanwhile, Mary Anne Guidotti was named Bb. Pilipinas-International, Parul Shah was named Bb. Pilipias-Tourism, Yvethe Marie Santiago and was named Bb. Pilipinas-Supranational.
Bb. Pilipinas–Intercontinental, the fifth and newest title given at the Binibining Pilipinas pageant, was given to Kris Janson.
Last year, the country brought home three beauty pageant titles: Mutya Johanna Datul won Miss Supranational, Bea Rosa Santiago won Miss International, and Megan Young won Miss World.
Among the judges in Bb. Pilipinas 2014 include reigning Miss Universe Gabriela Isler, ABS-CBN channel head Cory Vidanes, news anchor Korina Sanchez, collegiate basketball player Jeron Teng, and senator Juan Edgardo Angara, among others.