April May Short of Zamboanga City was one of the pleasant surprises during the Grand Coronation Night of Miss Universe Philippines | Bb. Pilipinas 2019 when she managed to reach Top 15 and even gave a good answer during her Q&A with the judges. She was actually one of my fresh picks during the early days of the competition. But somehow, I felt that she was not rising to my expectations as the weeks and months progressed.
Now we are all aware that this tall and pretty Zamboangueña sported long dark hair all throughout the pre-pageant. But on the night of June 9, she suddenly appeared onstage with cropped hair that gave her a modelesque look beneath that sweet exterior. I was told that her trusted team (which included my friend, HMUA Lei Ponce) made the decision to cut the long tresses around 3:00am of Sunday. And the strategy worked because the judges were convinced to score her swimsuit and evening gown presentations high enough to reach the second round.Supporters and followers from Zamboanga were earnestly hoping that April May would at least get a runner-up position. But I told one of them that she is still young with a bright future ahead in pageantry. Being part of Bb. Pilipinas 2019 is a good learning experience from where she can draw the strength and improvements for a second attempt in 2020 or 2021.
Looking forward to seeing more of April May Short in future pageants!