That is the hashtag your Binibini 18 Rosantonette I. Mendoza is attaching to her Bb. Pilipinas 2018 bid. And I can clearly see why. She used to be tall and overweight (left photo), but with willful determination and discipline, she lost a lot of pounds and gained much self-esteem. Look at her now.
At any rate, Rosan is from Mandaluyong City but considers Bacoor, Cavite her hometown. She is a BS International Relations major in International Trade at the Lyceum of the Philippines University – a budding entrepreneur and aspiring Diplomat.
Let’s hear from Binibini 18 herself after the jump.
“I would have to say that becoming a Binibini is initially to fulfill a childhood dream. But later on, I realized that my intentions should be far deeper than that. A Binibini is more than just a beacon of beauty. Being one – or a potential Queen for that matter – gives her a national platform to voice out opinions to a broader audience. It gives opportunities to spark positive changes, specifically on society’s views about beauty and health. It’s also a chance to be a leader and a representative of the modern Filipina in relevant and intelligent dialogues. We get to advance our advocacies and help encourage fellow Filipinos to go for the things that they’re passionate about. Knowing that you are there to inspire other people, not just women, gives significance to a Binibining Pilipinas crown.”
As far as her personal advocacy goes, Rosan adds:
“Sadly, discussions on mental health and depression is not as common here in the Philippines compared to other countries. In our society, there’s still the stigma that prevents people from getting access to professional help. Also, in this age of social media, cyber bullying continues to corrupt our mindsets that it’s easier to get “likes” and “followers” when you spread hate and intolerance. Having experienced these challenges first hand, I plan to continue spreading optimism and acceptance. I will continue to encourage discussions about the impact and consequences of cyber bullying and depression.
With or without a crown, I know that I’ll still have the drive, commitment and passion. We must understand that a Queen is identified not by the piece of bedazzled metal on her head, but by her actions, intelligence, and eagerness to help others.”
Rosantonette I. Mendoza is now a part of Aces & Queens.