It’s not often that I get formally recognized for the work that I do in pageantry and media coverage. So last night’s awarding of the Philippine Empowered Men and Women of 2017 is something that I looked forward to ever since the organizers informed of my inclusion in the roster of honorees.
You see, the daily blogs that I come up every single day is just a significant one-third of the work that I have decided to do on a full-time basis. Aside from covering pageants and other events outside of the industry, I also went full blast with training/coaching/mentoring of young women and men who wish to enter beauty competitions. It may not be the kind of profession that will make me the richest in terms of monetary rewards. But the fulfillment/happiness I get is immense. This despite the intrigues, controversies and small talks that come with it. I have learned to dodge the slings and bullets from individuals who are just waiting for my next wrong move even with the slightest of mistakes. And I have also mastered (sort of) the art of choosing my battles and ignoring the hits that are either envy-induced or non-bearing. I am no Chanel Olive Thomas who will pick up a Miss Friendship vote left and right. But one thing is for sure. I always have good intentions in all projects and commitments entrusted by individuals who believe in my ability to make noise and spread awareness, as well as impart my hard-earned knowledge on how to improve the varying personalities of those who want to aspire for their slice of fame and fortune in pageantry.
Once more, I want to thank Richard Hinola of RDH Entertainment Network and the different media outlets who find me deserving of the recognition. This will push me to step up the game more than ever.