For my second feature this Sunday, I am giving Binibini 20 Christa Borja the space as she actually composed a well thought-of write-up about herself. She details the joirney that led her to this participation in Bb. Pilipinas 2017. Read on.
“SOMEONE’S OPINION OF YOU DOES NOT HAVE TO BECOME YOUR REALITY.
Hello everyone! My name is Christagale Borja, but you can all call me Christa for short. I’m an individual full of aspirations, compassion and dreams!
My roots come from both Bulacan and Samar. I am blessed to be a part of such loving family that possesses strength and diligence. My father is a Structural Engineer and my mother on the other hand is a Senior Staff Nurse in London. Both of my older sisters graduated in University of the Philippines. Christine Borja is a Division Chief Head of Correspondence Office (Office of the President Philippines); while Chriszelle Borja is a MA Marketing graduate from London School of Business and Finance.
I moved to London at the age of 14 to seek a better future with my mom. I struggled during my first few years in Britain. I found it challenging trying to adapt in a foreign country with different culture and people. I was even bullied in school for reasons that I was not sure of. I was once pushed on the stairs that it took me off guard. There were times I wanted to give up and fly back home but I told myself to continue being strong. My parents helped me overcome those rough times. They taught me to always have faith (in myself and God) and never lose sight of my dreams. As my dad would always say: ‘because in life there should only be one direction –and that is to go up!’
A decade after, I managed to graduate with First Honours (equivalent to Magna Cum Laude). I worked with several British designers as an intern and eventually landed a permanent role in the corporate scene for Marks and Spencer’s Head Office. I have a great life in London! I do miss my friends, my adopted pets, my family (my mom and sister, Chriszelle who are still based there) and the amazing Filipino community in Britain whom supported me since the day I won Miss Philippines UK.
Now I’m in a different chapter of my life and I’m so excited for what’s in store. Having the fortuity to represent Philippines and standing alongside with so many beautiful/inspirational candidates is an honor already. I can’t even express how grateful I am to my family for being the biggest support system that anyone could ask for. Win or lose in the competition I know I’ve pushed myself mentally, physically and emotionally. It’s been tough for the past few months training towards Binibini Pilipinas, however I wouldn’t change this experience for the world. I’ve come to realize that it’s important to live my life with no regrets and taking risks is okay. Putting yourself out of your comfort zone is an opportunity for self-development. Whatever the outcome is for the competition, I know I can handle anything in life with poise, grace and beauty.”courtesy of beauty pageant updates