I just want to sit, rest from speed-blogging for awhile and post a feature on the three individuals who churn out beautiful Filipinas for all of us year in and year out. True, they may have their respective team experts who focus on the more detailed aspects of training, transforming and polishing the ladies. But in the end, their leadership stands out as the glue that unifies the camp – the driving force that inspires members to set aside a good chunk of free time from individual jobs to pour out their talents without expecting much by way of compensation.
Jonas Gaffud of Aces & Queens, Rodgil Flores of Kagandahang Flores and John de la Vega of Team JDV – while rivals in Philippine pageantry – share the same mission: to look for the most promising (and good-looking) Filipinas out there, bring out the best in each one of them and have them groomed for the numerous beauty pageants in the country.
It ain’t easy. The labor of love can even be thankless and intrigue-laden from time to time. But the fulfillment in seeing diamonds in the rough turn into gems of distinction is more than enough to make them shrug off the stressful days and nights. What’s more, the mere witnessing of the crowning of a small handful is an experience they will not exchange for anything in the world.
Jonas, Rodgil and John may have earned different levels of success in what they do. But we must look at them as titleholders of equal importance, much like the crowns of Bb. Pilipinas International, Bb. Pilipinas Universe and Bb. Pilipinas World during the time when all three honors were still housed under the same organization.
Thank you may not be enough. So I say, “Thank you very much!” for leading the way. 🙂