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Little Miss Philippines 2019 is the 26th edition of Eat Bulaga!'s iconic child beauty pageant for little girls who are adorable, talented, and witty. The segment premiered on 8 July 2019 and concluded on 20 July 2019.

Since its inception in 1984, Little Miss Philippines has been an important stepping stool for little girls dreaming to become like their favorite celebrities they see on television.

This 2019 edition only had a short two-week run. It is part of the show's 40th anniversary resurgence of its "Tatak Eat Bulaga!segments, such as Mr. PogiBebot, and Maid in the PhilippinesThe short-lived revival of these segments is meant to give the new generation of Filipinos an opportunity to get a taste of the show's several iconic competitions. These segments are done in "limited engagement" only. 

Three-year-old CJ Keith "Kit-kit" Longcanaya of Parañaque City was crowned as the Little Miss Philippines 2019 grand winner. Six-year-old Althea Ruedas was declared as the first runner-up, while five-year-old Ysabella Espinosa was hailed as the second runner-up of the competition.

Overview

Registration and audition

The child pageant was open to little girls who are 7 years old or below. On 1 July 2019, the show announced the revival of the iconic segment and held a week-long audition at APT Studios. Alternatively, aspirants may send their audition videos to a specific email address provided by the show.

Daily rounds

The daily rounds occurred from Monday, 8 July to Wednesday, 17 July 2019. They were hosted by Maine Mendoza, Jose Manalo, and Little Miss Philippines 2012 grand winner Ryzza Mae Dizon.

There were a total of ten daily rounds. Each daily round featured three new contestants who must compete against one another. The children must first introduce themselves with a witty saying (kasabihan).The contestants must then show their talent in the talent portion. Their intelligence and wit were finally tested in the question-and-answer portion.

The criteria for judging were as follows:

  • 35% – Talent
  • 35% – Intelligence and wit
  • 30% – Personality

Daily winners received a cash prize of ₱10,000. They also advanced to the prejudging round of the competition. Consolation prize of ₱5,000 was given to the other daily contestants.

Prejudging round

The prejudging round was held on Thursday, 18 July 2019 at 3:30 pm. Hosted by Ruby Rodriguez, Luane Dy, and Ryzza Mae Dizon, it was live streamed on the official YouTube channel, but was not broadcast on television. From the ten winners of the daily rounds, the prejudging round determined the Magic 5 contestants.

The prejudging round was similarly formatted with a talent and a question-and-answer portion. The contestants may either provide the same exact talent or have a different performance for the talent portion. Their wit and intelligence were then tested in the question-and-answer portion with the panel of judges providing a different question to each of the ten contestants.

The judges included actress Gladys Reyes, child psychologist Leni Sanchez, teacher Maireen Joy Nunez Perez, and radio DJ Nicole Hyala. The criteria for judging were as follows:

  • 50% – Talent
  • 30% – Intelligence and wit
  • 20% – Personality

No decision was immediately announced at the end of the round. Announcement of the Magic 5 was made on Saturday during the grand finals.

Grand finals

The grand finals of Little Miss Philippines 2019 was held on Saturday, 20 July 2019. It was primarily hosted by Jose Manalo and Maine Mendoza.

The judges included television host Daphne Oseña-Paez, Little Miss Philippines 1990 grand finalist Atty. Patricia Leticia Ramos-Syson, psychologist Lillian Ng Gui, Little Miss Philippines 1992 second runner-up Patricia Ann Roque, businesswoman Cristalle Bello, Eat Bulaga! host Pauleen Luna, and comedian Michael V. The criteria for judging were as follows:

  • 50% – Talent
  • 30% – Intelligence and wit
  • 20% – Personality

For the final time, the ten contestants took their introductory walk during the opening presentation of the pageant.

Announcement of prejudging round results (Magic 5)

After their introductory walk, the ten finalists were narrowed down into the Magic 5 based on the results of the prejudging round that occurred previously. The Magic 5 finalists were CJ Keith Longcanaya, Chelsea Rye Cornel, Althea Olivienne Ruedas, Ysabella Espinosa, and Kzhoebe Nichole Baker.

Final results

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Winners of LMP 2019

The Magic 5 finalists underwent final talent and interview portions. The contestants may either provide the same exact talent or have a different performance for the talent portion. Their wit and intelligence were tested in the question-and-answer portion with the panel of judges providing a different question to each of the five finalists.

Three-year-old CJ Keith "Kit-kit" Longcanaya was hailed as the grand winner of Little Miss Philippines 2019, taking home ₱100,000. She then competed in the "Tatak Eat Bulaga!" grand showdown against the winners of other revived segments.

First runner-up Althea Olivienne Ruedas of Antipolo, Rizal was awarded ₱30,000. Meanwhile, second runner-up Ysabella Espinosa of Bacoor, Cavite took home ₱20,000.

Hosts

Below is a list of hosts who were involved in the segment at some point in its run. This includes main, co-, substitute, and one-time presenters.

  • Jose Manalo
  • Ruby Rodriguez
  • Pia Guanio

  • Maine Mendoza
  • Luane Dy
  • Allan K

  • Ryzza Mae Dizon
  • Vic Sotto


Results

Daily rounds

The daily rounds were held from Monday, 8 July to Thursday, 18 July 2019. They were broadcast live on television. Each daily round featured three new contestants who must compete against one another. Daily winners advanced to the prejudging round of the competition. The daily rounds were hosted by Maine Mendoza, Jose Manalo, and Ryzza Mae Dizon.

Week of 8 July–13 July

Date Contestant Age Origin Result
Monday
8 July 2019
Zendra Kaitlyn del Rosario 4 Lipa City, Batangas Eliminated
Belle Alarice Marmeto 4 Olongapo City, Zambales Eliminated
CJ Keith Longcanaya 3 Parañaque City Winner
Tuesday
9 July 2019
Nina Allison Verastigue 5 Alaminos, Laguna Winner
Bianca Maria Francisca Cruz 3 Parañaque City Eliminated
Scarlette Faith Sarabia 5 Quezon City Eliminated
Wednesday
10 July 2019
Serenity Domalanta 5 Cauayan City, Isabel Eliminated
Jewel Phiona Milag 6 Pasig City Eliminated
Chelsea Rye Cornel 6 Quezon City Winner
Thursday
11 July 2019
Scarlett Astrid Feliciano 5 Bulakan, Bulacan Eliminated
Hanna Elijah Sotto 5 Novaliches, Quezon City Eliminated
Althea Olivienne Ruedas 6 Antipolo, Rizal Winner
Friday
12 July 2019
Yuuna Ara Naono 4 Silang, Cavite Eliminated
Ogina Crizel Maginit 6 Antipolo, Rizal Eliminated
Sophia Kathleen Palermo 5 San Mateo, Rizal Winner
Saturday
13 July 2019
Loreyn Rock Estrella 5 Olongapo City Eliminated
Pola Mae Domingo 4 Marikina City Eliminated
Eliza Almendra 4 Antipolo, Rizal Winner



Week of 15 July–18 July

Date Contestant Age Origin Result
Monday
15 July 2019
Nikola Maree Toledo 5 Hagonoy, Bulacan Winner
Shailey Margarette Blando 5 Quezon City Eliminated
Nicki Santos 6 Pateros Eliminated
Tuesday
16 July 2019
Ishaeinna Pauline Adviento 5 Quezon City Eliminated
Ava Victoria Mariz Singson 5 Marikina City Eliminated
Ysabella Espinosa 5 Bacoor, Cavite Winner
Wednesday
17 July 2019
Dianne Levina Moldez 5 Kawit, Cavite Eliminated
Alleja Jhimel Borja 4 Calumpit, Bulacan Eliminated
Ezra Mhariel Africa 4 Antipolo, Rizal Winner
Thursday
18 July 2019
Keishalyn Cassie Cruz 4 Sampaloc, Manila Eliminated
Kzhoebe Nichole Baker 5 Sta. Rosa, Laguna Winner
Lana Elisha Ward 5 Taytay, Rizal Eliminated



Prejudging round

The prejudging round was held on Thursday, 18 July 2019 after the live show. It was live streamed on the show's official YouTube channel, but was not broadcast on television. The ten daily round winners participated in the prejudging in order to be narrowed down into five grand finalists. Announcement of the Magic 5 was made on Saturday during the grand finals. The prejudging round was hosted by Luane Dy, Ruby Rodriguez, and Ryzza Mae Dizon.

Date Contestant Age Origin
Thursday
18 July 2019
CJ Keith Longcanaya 3 Parañaque City
Nina Allison Verastigue 5 Alaminos, Laguna
Chelsea Rye Cornel 6 Quezon City
Althea Olivienne Ruedas 6 Antipolo, Rizal
Sophia Kathleen Palermo 5 San Mateo, Rizal
Eliza Almendra 4 Antipolo, Rizal
Nikola Maree Toledo 5 Hagonoy, Bulacan
Ysabella Espinosa 5 Bacoor, Cavite
Ezra Mhariel Africa 4 Antipolo, Rizal
Kzhoebe Nichole Baker 5 Sta. Rosa, Laguna



Grand finals

The grand finals was held on Saturday, 20 July 2019 at APT Studios. The show was broadcast live on television. It was primarily hosted by Jose Manalo and Maine Mendoza.

Grand Finalists
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CJ Keith Longcanaya
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Nina Allison Verastigue
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Chelsea Rye Cornel
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Althea Olivienne Ruedas
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Sophia Kathleen Palermo
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Eliza Almendra
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Nikola Maree Toledo
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Ysabella Espinosa
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Kzhoebe Nichole Baker



Announcement of prejudging round results (Magic 5)

The ten finalists were immediately narrowed down into the Magic 5 based on the results of the prejudging round. The five remaining finalists then competed for the last time in the final talent and interview portions.

Contestant Age Origin
CJ Keith Longcanaya 3 Parañaque City
Chelsea Rye Cornel 6 Quezon City
Althea Olivienne Ruedas 6 Antipolo, Rizal
Ysabella Espinosa 5 Bacoor, Cavite
Kzhoebe Nichole Baker 5 Sta. Rosa, Laguna



Final results

The Magic 5 finalists underwent final talent and interview portions. In the end, three-year-old CJ Keith "Kit-kit" Longcanaya was hailed as the grand winner.

Contestant Age Origin Result
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CJ Keith Longcanaya 3 Parañaque City Grand winner
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Althea Ruedas 6 Antipolo, Rizal First runner-up
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Ysabella Espinosa 5 Bacoor, Cavite Second runner-up

Trivia

  • The grand finals of Little Miss Philippines 2019 was replayed in full on Tuesday, 24 March 2020. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic that resulted in the suspension of all live shows, Eat Bulaga! opted to replay throwback videos of some of its most iconic segments and other special presentations from way back in the past.

List of contestants

A total of 30 contestants competed in the 2019 edition of Little Miss Philippines. The contestants are listed in alphabetical order based on their last names.

Full List of Contestants
Contestant Age Origin
Ishaeinna Pauline Adviento 5 Quezon City
Ezra Mhariel Africa 4 Antipolo, Rizal
Eliza Almendra 4 Antipolo, Rizal
Kzhoebe Nichole Baker 5 Sta. Rosa, Laguna
Shailey Margarette Blando 5 Quezon City
Alleja Jhimel Borja 4 Calumpit, Bulacan
Chelsea Rye Cornel 6 Quezon City
Bianca Maria Francisca Cruz 3 Parañaque City
Keishalyn Cassie Cruz 4 Sampaloc, Manila
Zendra Kaitlyn del Rosario 4 Lipa City, Batangas
Serenity Domalanta 5 Cauayan City, Isabel
Pola Mae Domingo 4 Marikina City
Ysabella Espinosa 5 Bacoor, Cavite
Loreyn Rock Estrella 5 Olongapo City
Scarlett Astrid Feliciano 5 Bulakan, Bulacan
CJ Keith Longcanaya 3 Parañaque City
Ogina Crizel Maginit 6 Antipolo, Rizal
Belle Alarice Marmeto 4 Olongapo City, Zambales
Jewel Phiona Milag 6 Pasig City
Dianne Levina Moldez 5 Kawit, Cavite
Yuuna Ara Naono 4 Silang, Cavite
Sophia Kathleen Palermo 5 San Mateo, Rizal
Althea Ruedas 6 Antipolo, Rizal
Nicki Santos 6 Pateros
Scarlette Faith Sarabia 5 Quezon City
Ava Victoria Mariz Singson 5 Marikina City
Hanna Elijah Sotto 5 Novaliches, Quezon City
Nikola Maree Toledo 5 Hagonoy, Bulacan
Nina Allison Verastigue 5 Alaminos, Laguna
Lana Elisha Ward 5 Taytay, Rizal
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