What wonderful things await the Miss Universe Philippines 2020 Official Candidates during the two months of pre-pageant competition?
Take it from the organization:
“A holistic approach to the development of every contestant will be employed in Miss Universe Philippines. For 2 months, they will be trained in hairstyling and make up by Mickey See with Nix Studio, master the art of doing question and answer with Ana Teresa Licaros and Atty Nad Bronce, enhance understanding of women empowerment with Lia Ramos, learn how to work the runway from Jonas Gaffud, and attend insightful talks by Shamcey Supsup, Pia Wurtzbach, Catriona Gray, Venus Raj, and many more! If you want to witness your own beautiful transformation, join Miss Universe Philippines today!”
Since it’s a Good Friday, I thought it would be fitting to have a (hopefully) calm and sober discussion.
Previous years have seen the likes of Attorneys-at-Law Zorayda Ruth Andam (2001) and Anna Theresa Licaros (2007) joining and winning the Bb. Pilipinas-Universe title. Way way back in 1976, Neurologist Dr. Lizbeth de Padua also participated and was named the same. The one common thread among the three (aside from being UP Diliman alumni) is their excellent communication skills in English on top of intelligent (scholarly, if you will) minds. Of course, it goes without saying that they are beautiful. Sadly, such qualifications failed to lift them to notable placements in their respective Miss Universe stints.
Has the trend changed for the better? In this year’s batch of Bb. Pilipinas, we have a Doctor (Golda Mae Soller) and a Lawyer-to-be (Giselle Angelica Munoz) in the roster. They may not be the most talked-about candidates, but the minute you hear them speak, everyone listens. It cannot be denied that both ladies are very likely to nail their preliminary interviews. And should their scores in other areas manage to catch up, a semifinal slot or two is in the works.
So my question is this: can Doctors and Lawyers become good Beauty Queens? We all know by now that Shamcey Supsup has proven the affirmative for Architects. But does it really matter what profession they each have? Or are they just relying too much on their English fluency or gift of gab?
Do share your thoughts, but spare us of any form of bashing in keeping with the spirit of the Lenten Season. At least for today and tomorrow. 😉
Licensed Physician and currently General Practitioner Golda Mae Soller
Law Graduate and Soon-to-be-Bar-Exam-Taker Giselle Angelica Munoz