When Binibini 9 Joy Antonette Diaz was scouted by Team JDV’s John dela Vega for Bb. Pilipinas, there were raised eyebrows from a few snooty individuals who expected that the Fil-Am could have directly knocked on the doors of BPCI. After all, she is the niece of Miss Universe 1969 Gloria Diaz who is thought to have enough clout to pull strings with Madame Stella Marquez de Araneta.
The girl did not push her luck that way, though. Instead, she opted to go through the whole process taking the long and winding route. She established her residency first, while starting month-after-month of training with John and the other wannabes. By the time she screened for this year’s batch, there were no doubts about her qualifications anymore, and she breezed through the different rounds until being called to the Top 40 Official Candidates.
I reckon that Joy knows where she stands in the competition. She will not brag about being a top pick for one of the crowns, but she will pin you down the minute she opens her mouth and expresses her mind with casual eloquence.
I’ve always thought of Joy as one of the Top 3 contenders from Team JDV (with Racquel Kabigting and Kenneth Santiago being the other two) and is just as capable of pulling an upset if the constantly-on-the-buzz ladies start falling by the wayside – not the most exciting scenario to hope for, but at least it gives the chance to prove that she is an ideal Binibini. ;-)