support from both supporters and followers. She just might surprise if the popular ones start lagging behind (and I can see the ones whose stars are slowly waning).
Here is my brief Q&A with Gabriela:
1) A good number of pageant fans have installed you as one of the dark horses 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 Gabriela converts?
“I never forget that beauty pageants are in essence a competition. So there are always favorites, doubters, dark horses and underdogs. I’m flattered to know that I have stood out and people are actually now looking at me as a potential contender. To all the doubters out there, in the next few weeks, I will show you why I have successfully been
selected as one of the 40 Binibinis out of the hundreds who have competed and applied. I will show them that even as a first timer, my determination and hard work have singled me out in a crowd. I know that beauty pageants of the 21st century are no longer just about outward appearances. It is also about intelligence, poise, sophistication and the ability to represent Philippines in an international arena successfully. I have all those qualification so I am saying to all the doubters out there…just sit up and pay attention to #34!”
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 do believe I am another version of a Filipina. I feel I represent my mom and dad, OFWs that work hard and far away from their families. I may have grown up in Spain but I always promoted my country, our values and culture. I am a Filipina with an open mind and with an intercultural background, which I think is enriching and gives me chance to succeed in the International competition. I like the fact that beauty queens in the Philippines are respected and looked up to as real ambassadresses of the country. We are representing proud and confident women that take responsibilities seriously, and it would be a great honor and a most fulfilling undertaking to represent the Philippines.”