And yet, one more Cebuana queued at the Bb. Pilipinas offices to file her application for the 50th Anniversary of the pageant. Herlie Kim Artugue is a Registered Nurse who participated and became 4th Runner-Up in Miss Cebu 2012. Prior to that, she took part in Miss Mandaue, Miss Lapu-Lapu and Miss University of San Carlos (where she represented the College of Nursing). She also reigned as Miss Philippines Student Nurses Association. Whew! That’s a lot of contests she joined. But then again, she is one pretty young woman who should show off her beautiful face to everyone. At 5’6″, though, she may still be middling in height. Nevertheless, let’s see if she would be convincing enough come screening time.
Below is the video of Roxanne Cabanero when she was featured on GMA-7′s Wish Ko Lang last January 8, 2011;
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You can say all you want. Roxanne Cabanero is riding on the wave of being Venus Raj’s look-alike. Earlier last month, she was shown on GMA-7′s Saturday afternoon “good samaritan” show “Wish Ko Lang where she expressed her hopes of joining the Binibining Pilipinas and possibly follow the footsteps of her idol and deadringer, Venus Raj. Nothing wrong with that. The girl has the height and exotic looks to dream Beauty Queen-big. She even had encounters with people who mistake her for Venus and rode along for fun.
Fast forward to the announcement of the Bb. Pilipinas 2011 Official Candidates. The girl went through the rigorous screenings and had the good fortune of making it to the list of 40. And if she plays her cards right and ends up in the winning circle, the achievement will be a major, major step from her days as a Miss Mandaue candidate.
But aside from looks, does she have the right moves and X-factor appeal to do a Venus Raj? My answer is no. She is no clone of our Bb. Pilipinas-Universe 2010. She is still raw and unpolished. But is she a potential beauty queen? My answer is maybe. She is an Official Candidate, right? And if she buckles down to diligently doing her homework and instilling the desired attitude and discipline needed to be one, then my answer might just be a tentative yes!