This is Mirjan Hipolito, and you can call her Mirj. She is 24 years old and hails from Angeles City, Pampanga. Her name is Croatian, a masculine name. But she is pure Filipina. She is the third among four siblings. She also loves to write.
Mirj has been a journalist ever since elementary and for more than ten years, she has followed the stories of people. That gave her early exposure to the direction that she wanted to pursue in life. She took up Tourism Management from the City College of Angeles where she graduated Magna cum laude – top of her class. Straight out of school, she was nominated and later became an alumna of The Outstanding Students of the Philippines from Region 3. This organization brings together student leaders all around the country who have excelled not only at the leadership table but are also academically excellent and have devised their own projects to help their respective communities. That experience gave her a clear objective on how she can better participate in nation-building.
For her first official job, Mirj worked as a flight attendant for PAL Express – a dream come true. Her first airplane ride was wearing the carrier’s uniform. After three years of flying, she made a graceful exit last year to pursue greater growth. Earlier this year, she graduated from advanced schooling in ASEAN Studies at the University of The Philippines OU. Currently, she works as a writer on financial markets and monitors hundreds of stock market movements and economic indicators every day. It can get overwhelming at times but it gives her a different kind of fulfillment to see more women in the field, which, years ago, was almost impossible to happen.
In a brief background of her past pageants, Mirj was crowned Mutya ning Angeles City in 2015 at the age of 17. She joined Mutya ning Kapampangan the same year where she placed second runner-up. For her last stint, she was crowned as Miss Association of Local Colleges and Universities National in 2016.
Now, she is potentially on the road to becoming a Phenomenal Woman.