All of us are aware of her story right from the time she was plucked out of UP Diliman after graduating Magna cum Laude with a degree in Architecture up to that fateful year in Bb. Pilipinas 2011 when she was crowned the country’s representative to the Sao Paolo-hosted Miss Universe where she placed in the Top 5 and was named 3rd Runner-Up to Leila Lopes.
But how much do you really know about the life of Miss Universe Philippines 2011 Shamcey Supsup-Lee before she became a Beauty Queen, TV host and now, a successful restaurant owner with her husband Lloyd Lee?
Well, let’s allow Shamcey to do all the talking in this 15-minute video I stumbled upon on YouTube. It was taken last year when she was invited as one of the inspirational guest speakers for Accenture Philippines’ “Many Facets of Being a Woman” series where she detailed about her life before the pageant and how dreams can be transformed into reality. Watch now.
courtesy of Accenture Careers
courtesy of Bb. Pilipinas (Official)
From the mail, I just received a message alert from YouTube. Interesting that the online channel of Bb. Pilipinas Official uploaded a 2 minute 38 seconds long video piecing together the swimsuit and evening gown presentations of Shamcey Supsup, Janine Tugonon and Ariella Arida in their respective Miss Universe participations. Most of you might have already seen a similar clip comparing the three, but this one should give us a clearer segue of the three ladies. Or it could also be a way of preparing local pageant fans on how Miss Universe Philippines 2014 MJ Lastimosa could be trained. Will her style be a combination of all three? ;-)
Cidada de Fortaleza, Brazil
And so it came to pass that Brazil – as earlier buzzed – will host Miss Universe 2014 in early October.
But where exactly is this place they call Fortaleza? We all know Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and Brasilia. Let it be known that it is a beach city (the 5th largest in the South American country) which makes hosting this year’s edition of Miss Universe more exciting.
I bet the ladies who will join Bb. Pilipinas 2014 are now giddy upon knowing the host city. Who won’t be? Your blogger is just as thrilled.
Okay, will the Portuguese-speaking applicants please stand up? ;-)
At the reception (left to right): Miss Singapore Universe 2011 Valerie Lim, Jonas Gaffud and Miss Korea Universe 2011 Sora Chong
I had to blog this photo because it is heartwarming to see Shamcey Supsup-Lee’s closest friends from Miss Universe 2011 coming over for her wedding – Miss Korea Universe 2011 Sora Chong and Miss Singapore Universe 2011 Valerie Lim.
Back in Sao Paulo, Sora was Shamcey’s roommate. They shared almost a month of friendship and non-stop bonding that has delightfully extended beyond the competition and up to now that she has become a must-attendee in her pal’s grand wedding.
Valerie, on the other hand, became Shamcey’s other very close Asian competitor in the said edition of the pageant. In fact, she was also present during the engagement party last year.
This is valid proof that pageant friendships do last. :-)
Mrs. Shamcey Supsup-Lee
Lovely bride Shamcey!
Shots from the wedding
Familiar faces among the guests
It’s now official! Bb. Pilipinas Universe 2011 and Miss Universe 2011 3rd Runner-Up has already tied the knot with dashing Lloyd T. Lee. She was the picture of blissful radiance wearing a heavenly Cherry Veric creation (hair and make-up by Albert Kurniawan) as she walked down the aisle to marry the man of her dreams. It was reported that tears started to flow when the two exchanged their vows, but moreso when they gave a touching tribute to their parents.
From this blogger, my warmest congratulations to the newly-married couple. May you have the good life and may your children grow up to be the best that you want them to be. :-)
So many beautiful guests. Can you name all of them?
Photo grid credit: Queenie Rehman
No diet for now: the sumptuous food served during the Lee-Supsup Nuptials at the Grand Ballroom of EDSA Shangri-la Hotel (Photo credit: Gerry Diaz)
On the afternoon of December 29, Bb. Pilipinas Universe 2011 and Miss Universe 2011 3rd Runner-Up Shamcey Supsup will walk down the aisle to marry Lloyd T. Lee, the man she will spend the rest of her life with.
The Holy Matrimony will take place at the Church of the Risen Lord (inside U.P. Diliman), with strictly-by-invitation reception following at the Isla Ballroom of EDSA Shangri-la Hotel.
I’m pretty sure the entourage will include some of our most beautiful beauty queens to make it the most celebrated Binibini wedding – not only of 2013 but in a long while.
Best wishes to the sweet couple!
Alyssa pours her heart out
Read Alyssa’s complete account HERE.
It took Miss USA 2011 Alyssa Campanella more than two years to finally come out in the open and share her personal pains during Miss Universe 2011 and how she was able to propel herself back to some degree of normalcy in life thereafter.
It is true that advancements in social media have done us both good and bad. In the case of beauty pageants, gone were the days when the competition would start and end with everyone relying on just traditional news reports and scattered photographs of what is actually happening in the host city. Except for eyewitness stories of people who are actually in the same place, there was no way to directly bash candidates and put down their feelings with great impact.
Nowadays, anyone can post anything online, upload non-regulated videos, alter photographs to make a humorous – albeit hurtful – statement, and fire away loose cannons in message boards. And Alyssa’s dangerously anorexic built during her stay in Sao Paulo was something feasted upon in more destructive ways than one.
I sympathize with her, especially during accounts of almost always binging on food just to gain more weight (and fat) on her body and not seeing any kind of “improvement” in size. Some people might actually fault her for even complaining about not gaining weight despite taking in so much calories. But this one is such a unique problem that would be hard to understand unless you are the one on the hot seat experiencing the endless bombardment of negativity and foul comments.
But beyond the specifics of Alyssa’s concerns, what really did her in and practically spoiled her entire stay in Sao Paulo was the constant pressures from other people (both live and online) pushing her to the edge of misery and downheartedness. There will always be those (both open and/or hiding behind a poster name) who find extreme satisfaction in dealing others an un-healthy dose of unhappiness. And at the rate our technology is advancing, there’s no guessing how much more sophisticated they can get in the near future.
My hope is that we extend some reasonable degree of understanding as to what these pageant ladies actually undergo in their attempts of winning a crown. Criticisms will always be welcome, but constant bashing and bullying should be self-regulated.