Flashback to 2018 during the Preliminary Competition of Binibining Cebu when I got the chance to have a chit-chat with Apriel Smith (still the reigning titleholder then). I asked her right away if she will return to the nationals after serving her contract with the regional organization. She quickly answered “not yet, Tito”. “Perhaps in two years?”, I asked. And she gave a meaningful smile.
So I skipped on nagging Apriel about the matter for a period of one year. And it is only now that I am blogging about her. 2020 is barely two weeks away. Applications for Miss Universe Philippines are now open. And I reckon that this is the time she is waiting for.
I want Apriel to join not just because she will definitely be a physical standout. She has also matured a lot from the first time she joined Bb. Pilipinas up to her triumph as the first Binibining Cebu. She has the right mind set plus a more open heart that can withstand the rigors and demands of the same. Pressure is part and parcel of everything. The grace to handle the same is now in place.