Unlike last year when the Miss Universe Philippines title is being strongly tossed between two ladies – Maxine Medina and Kylie Verzosa – the battle for 2017 is shaping up to be a race among 3-4 (even more) ladies for the highest honor. One of those in strong contention is your #Binibini15 Maria Angelica “Mariel” de Leon who is definitely eyeing the biggest prize in the nationals. She wants to be Miss Philippines in the 66th Miss Universe which still remains unclear as to when and where it will be hosted.
I tracked down Mariel to answer two questions for this 2nd round of features for the ladies. Here are her answers:
1) Pageant fans have installed you as one of the favorites for this year’s titles. But still, you cannot do away with the doubters. What can they expect from you within the next few weeks to erase their reservations and become Mariel converts?
“The people who doubt me can expect the fire within me to grow and grow more as the days in Binibini go by. I can really feel in my heart that I will win a crown this year. That fire and passion within me will show through my hard work and perseverance. Those doubters will then see how much I want it and how much I’m willing to work for it and that would erase all their reservations about me.”
2) In just a little over a month from now, a new set of Bb. Pilipinas titleholders will be crowned. Why should you be one of them?
“I believe I should be one of the Bb Pilipinas title holders because I can show people a different kind of beauty queen if I win. A kind that isn’t afraid to voice her opinions even if it may not be the popular and safe opinion. A kind that isn’t afraid to get her hands and feet dirty in order to help others. A kind that isn’t afraid to really be herself and teach others to love and accept themselves first before anything else.”
The Q&A above may be brief, but you can already sense the iron-clad determination in Mariel to go for a clear victory. She will not let herself slack down during unguarded moments, and the might will grow even strong in the weeks to come.
Let’s see how the first half of April will unfold for your #Binibini15 Mariel de Leon. In the meantime, keep supporting her in the Miss Photogenic voting of Bb. Pilipinas 2017 on the FB page of the pageant or via Choicely.