The quotes from Parul Shah were lifted from the Press Release provided by Bb. Pilipinas (Photo credit: Raymond Saldana)
“There’s a difference between interest and commitment. When you’re interested in doing something, you do it only when it’s convenient. When you’re committed to something, you accept no excuses – only results.” – Kenneth H. Blanchard
Bb. Pilipinas Tourism 2014 Parul Shah won’t admit it, but she must already have entertained thoughts about getting the least-favorite crown among the five offered during the pageant. But a crown is still a crown – an honor anyone else would love to get just to seal victory. And now that the running buzz is that Miss Tourism Queen International 2014 will be hosted in Guiyang, China, the thoughts running inside her head must be one of growing excitement. If she ends up being the first among the new titleholders competing abroad, then I expect an initial commitment to give her very best.
At this point, let me share a short excerpt from the article written by Kenneth Boa about the subject:
“A chicken and a pig were walking down the road together. They passed a sign for a local diner advertising its breakfast special: “Ham and Eggs – $2.95!” The chicken said, “That’s our whole contribution to society: breakfast food!” The pig replied, “For you, it may be a contribution. For me it’s a total commitment.”
Life in the modern world has programmed us to expect a life of ease. It’s not merely that we want everything to be easy; who wouldn’t want that? What is troubling is that we now expect to receive abundant rewards with minimal effort. If something requires effort or time, it must not be meant to be, and we feel thoroughly justified giving up. Worse yet are those who believe legitimate goals may be sought through illegitimate means, provided that those means offer a short-cut to the goal in mind.
Unconditional and commitment co-exist. They should always be linked together. When commitment is conditional, it only means that the individual can only offer his/her undivided devotion up to a certain extent or when a condition is met. That can never be a winning arrangement in the truest sense of the word. Just like marriage, there should be no ifs or buts. No ulterior motives or vested interests.
How about you, dear readers, have you committed yourself lately?
You may not be that familiar with the girl, but she is the Kapampangan who took part in Miss Filipinas 2014 and was named Miss Visayas.
Mary Grace Abrugar figured out in a vehicular accident of late and had her beautiful face badly damaged as a result. If you can find it in your heart to reach out and help, please contact the numbers above.
Melanie Balagtas - Miss Fil-Sydney in MPE2014 - and your blogger
Actually, our meeting last Sunday night was already the second. The first time, however, was just an initial introduction that consisted of small talks and perfunctory pleasantries.
When I finally got around into sitting down with this beautiful Lia Andrea Ramos-deadringer, I discovered a young lady of 22 summers who is approaching the Miss Philippines Earth 2014 with the mix of nervousness and excitement expected from someone dipping her feet in a national competition for the first time. While our conversation was spiced with a few juicy inside tidbits that I promised won’t see the light of blogging anymore, she captured my attention with the way she puts her message across – sweet and unpretentious.
Melanie Balagtas has the passion for learning and improving herself – something that is topmost in her head right now. Not wanting to disappoint the people back in the Filipino Community of Sydney, Australia, she constantly yearns for comments and criticisms (especially from Jonas Gaffud who was observing and giving her on-the-spot tips that night) that would help improve the way she speaks and presents herself to everyone. And while the little girl inside still peeks during unguarded moments, she has transformed herself into the classy mold of a modern Filipina.
Miss Fil-Sydney knows that the competition is tough, and she hasn’t fully learned how to fend off all the intrigues and fellow candidates with unpredictable personalities yet. But she sure is ready to give it a good fight till the very end. Element or no element in hand. ;-)
Valerie Weigmann during an earlier visit to the A&Q offices (Photo credit: Jonas Gaffud)
The big question is whether Valerie Weigmann will join Miss World Philippines 2014 or not. I know that the girl is raring to make the plunge, but some things still need to be double-checked so as not to spoil the possible enlistment. For now, my level of anticipation is high. I want her to formally take part in the pageant.
In an earlier closed-door meeting with Jonas Gaffud, details may have been discussed at length. I am not privy to the results of the one-on-one. Yet. But I’m keeping my fingers crossed that everything will turn out positive.
So what will be the hashtag for her? #ValerieWeigmannforMWP2014 perhaps. :-)
The quotes from Laura Lehmann were lifted from the Press Release provided by Bb. Pilipinas (Photo credit: Raymond Saldana)
Among the Aces & Queens bets, Bb. Pilipinas 2014 1st Runner-Up Laura Victoria Lehmann is considered the baby of the group and the one who approached the whole pageant experience with wide-eyed enthusiasm and wonder. And when she found herself moving up the ladder during the finals and eventually securing a spot in the Top 7, the reaction she showed was so delightfully genuine. In fact, she was all set to beautifully charge everything to experience and possibly return to her schooling in the US. Hence, there was no difficulty in dishing out the feeling of contentment now that she has gotten even much more than what she initially bargained for.
Contentment is at its best when looked at as a rare gem co-equal in value with happiness. When a person harbors such blissful emotion, there is an underlying avoidance of unnecessary stress which can only complicate situations if endlessly pursued.
But truly, how much is enough to be content? I am now led to share another anec-quote from Khaled Hosseini who is the author of the bestselling-book-turned-into-a-movie The Kite Runner. He states, “That same night, I wrote my first short story. It took me thirty minutes. It was a dark little tale about a man who found a magic cup and learned that if he wept into the cup, his tears turned into pearls. But even though he had always been poor, he was a happy man and rarely shed a tear. So he found ways to make himself sad so that his tears could make him rich. As the pearls piled up, so did his greed grow. The story ended with the man sitting on a mountain of pearls, knife in hand, weeping helplessly into the cup with his beloved wife’s slain body in his arms.”
Big shout-out to Laura! I know you’ll be reading this. :-D
KF beauty Lorraine Kendrickson is getting ready for MWP2014
Rodgil Flores and his Kagandahang Flores team has given us a peek into one of his upcoming entries for Miss World Philippines 2014. The girl’s name is Lorraine Kendrickson whom we have already featured once last January.
The reigning Miss Dumaguete looks like she’s channeling an inner Megan Young vibe. In fact, she has already had encounters in public where people would mistake her for Miss World 2013. A sign of things to come?
Anyways, Lorraine is in the middle of training for the pageant that is tentatively being scheduled for a July 31 finals. Let’s see how much more transformation can be seen between now and the screenings come late June. ;-)
Since today is the start of Holy Week (actually it officially kicked off yesterday with Palm Sunday), I am beginning a 7-day series on “Anec-quotes” or quotes from our seven Bb. Pilipinas 2014 victors that tell us their feelings and or personal stories on the achievement they made in the tough competition. From there, I will endeavor to link an inspiring core values. Let us now unfold with 2nd Runner-Up Hannah Ruth Sison.
The quotes from Hannah Ruth Sison were lifted from the Press Release provided by Bb. Pilipinas (Photo credit: Raymond Saldana)
When Hannah Ruth Sison was named 2nd Runner-Up in Bb. Pilipinas 2014, there was gratitude. She could have easily taken the path of questioning why – of all the candidates – the lowest spot in the Top 7 was given to her. But instead, she respected the outcome and took it as a sign that the organizers have noticed her as a strong contender who was capable of giving the crown-bearers a run for their money. She chose to look at the glass half-full than half-empty. And during the entirety of her official reign as a lady-in-waiting, I am inclined to believe that she will aim to fill the glass to the rim with her cooperative spirit and discipline. In the process, BPCI will hopefully see her dedication to become a true beauty queen – be it in the mid-term or right after she turns 26 next year.
In life, it is always adhered upon that respect is earned just as it is given to those who deserve the same. We cannot do much about individuals who would rather go against the flow. But if I can find it in myself to treat each individual (real or online reel) with courtesy, then wouldn’t it be a nicer way for everyone to forge friendly relations more than hate?
Note: Your blogger will be on a brief Holy Week break. Time to fully recharge. Regular blogging will resume on Easter Sunday. Please focus and process your thoughts with the daily “anec-quotes” and hopefully, it will give you some value-filled thoughts during Lent. :-)