Kylie is a gracious competitor. And she has accepted the crown given to her during the finals. I see no justifiable reason for others to “belittle” the Bb. Pilipinas International she won for several reasons. Firstly, it is a prestigious title that only a small number of Filipinas can lay claim to for several decades now. Secondly, Miss International is a pageant institution that continues to be looked up to by true-blue enthusiasts and experts. It may not have the glitz, glamour & pop appeal associated with Miss Universe, but the Mikimoto-encrusted crown is steeped in tradition and remains as one of the three most sought-after beauty honors anywhere in the globe. Thirdly, the entire Philippines has never failed in glorifying all the successful Filipino achievers in the same – from Gemma Cruz in 1965, Aurora Pijuan in 1970, Melanie Marquez in 1979, Precious Lara Quigaman in 2005 all the way to Bea Rose Santiago more than two and a half years ago today.
So what’s not to like about Kylie getting what people deem to be just the second-highest prize in Bb. Pilipinas? A mission is a mission. If hers is to spread the beauty and fierceness of the Filipina “internationally”, then let’s take it as a cue to help prepare her mind in winning the country’s sixth in Japan come October-November. After all, the people who decided on sending her to the Land of the Rising Sun can clearly see what she can offer in vast amounts in the bigger competition.So is this a case of seeing the glass either half-full or half-empty? I suggest that we all create an air of optimism here because – knowing what Kylie can achieve with her will and determination – she can raise the water up to the brim and eventually make us all proud of what she can do #ForThePhilippines. 🙂