We all know former Bb. Pilipinas Grand International Nicole Cordoves as part of the tandem (along with Caloy Buendia) behind The Silver Linings Academy. On her own, she has started a YouTube channel where she shares her expertise in Q&A mentoring and pageant preparations.
Below are her first three instructional videos on the subject matter.
Bb. Pilipinas Grand International 2016 Nicole Cordoves sits for the painters
It was the turn of Bb. Pilipinas Grand International 2016 Nicole Cordoves to sit for the members of the Filipino Portrait Artists Guild. Wearing the gorgeous Mak Tumang Filipiniana she used during the National Costume Competition of Bb. Pilipinas 2016, she patiently sat through the long session, kept her poise and charm all throughout and was rewarded with a collection of portraits that anyone can be truly proud of.
Nicole is one happy Queen! 🙂
One of the finished works of art
Nicole with boss Finance Secretary Cesar Purisima
Everyone knows that, before becoming Bb. Pilipinas Grand International 2016, Nicole Cordoves was working as a Speech Writer for Secretary Cesar Purisima of the Departmet of Finance. It was the kind of work that our Queen was committed to as she embraced government service before her sights were re-directed to a far more different job – and that is to assume the responsibility of representing the Philippines in an international beauty competition. She wanted this. She trained hard for this. She focused her sights on winning.
And now that Nicole has a national crown in the bag, she will need to bid her work at the DOF goodbye, at least for the next year and a few months. Will she miss the FUN-ance in Finance work? You bet she will. But is she 100% dedicated as Bb. Pilipinas Grand International and #ForThePhilippines? You bet she is. Does she want to win Miss Grand International 2016? You bet she wants. 🙂
Best of friends Maxine and Nicole clown around for the camera
Even before they became beauty queens, Miss Universe Philippines 2016 Maxine Medina and Bb. Pilipinas Grand International 2016 Nicole Cordoves have already become the best of friends. They simply click like halves of a heart-shaped locket being discovered in each other’s necks. Completing each other’s sentences would be a nice way of describing their level of sisterly bonding. And you can’t help but ride along with their kookiness when not in the prying eyes of the pageant-following public. Their individual quirks also blend well, and if pageant assignments abroad are to be considered, it’s looking more and more like both beauties will be Vegas-bound later this year.
Maxine and Nicole by Joy Arguil
Meanwhile, their schedules are mercifully more bearable nowadays. And that’s because their intensive trainings will start very soon! 🙂
More lady-like now, Maxine and Nicole
Nicole Cordoves in her AdMU graduation picture and as Bb. Pilipinas Grand International 2016
Nicole (center) with Grade 1 students of Makati Hope Christian School
A proud banner from her high school alma mater
You all know by now that, before being crowned Bb. Pilipinas Grand International 2016, Nicole Cordoves graduated with a degree in Economics from the Ateneo de Manila University last 2013 and worked as a Speech Writer and Executive Assistant at the Department of Finance under Secretary Purisima.
But did you also know that she is a proud graduate of Makati Hope Christian School (MHCS) during her secondary years where she was part of its successful championship-winning debate team? A picture above shows her bonding with the Grade 1 students of said school during a visit last September, 2014 when she was still Miss Chinatown Philippines. And the whole institution is mighty proud of her achievements. I actually passed by MHCS late last week and saw a big banner outside congratulating her and all.
A really wayback 2008 photo of Nicole (in blue) with other members of the then winning debate team of MHCS (Photo credit: Lio Carreon)
Such a fruitful journey for one of our new Queens who has successfully hurdled all her academic challenges as a student and is now ready to face a mightier mission for the country in Miss Grand International 2016 later this year.
Nicole as photographed by Dookie Ducay