Is your Binibini 20 starting to peak in the competition?
Pageant observers are starting to think that your #Binibini20 Christagale Borja is being underrated in the thick of the competition for Bb. Pilipinas 2017. And I can’t help but agree. Here is a lady who is slowly inching her way inside the radar of enthusiasts from their coming-out event during the Press Presentation till now. She has this banging body that cannot be ignored, a good height that puts her on top of the pack and communication skills that will convince the grammar nazis with her gift of gab. What’s more, she has this sweet and engaging personality beneath the fierce anf unsmiling aura she projects onstage.
I finally cornered Christa with my two questions, and below are her answers:
1) A good number of pageant fans have installed you as one of the dark horses for this year’s titles. But still, you cannot do away with the doubters. What can they expect from you within the next couple of weeks to erase their reservations and become Christa converts?
“I’m incredibly grateful already. To be at this point of the competition and my efforts are being recognised? It feels amazing. I didn’t expect to have this much support from other people apart from my family of course. Prior joining to Bb. Pilipinas, I already knew its impossible to please everyone and criticism is inevitable. The fact that this year’s batch is composed with so many beautiful ladies, I knew its going to be a tough competition. What people can expect from me for the next couple of weeks is that I will still continue being myself. I’ll continue working hard towards my dreams but also remembering to stay grounded no matter what happens. I’ll keep enjoying this once in a lifetime experience! I’ve also learned from the past that life is not always about the destination, its about enjoying the process. People can expect that I’ll continue being a catwalk diva! Only because I TRULY enjoy strutting down the runway! It’s my favourite thing to do! People can expect more fierceness and of course my smile! People are telling me to smile more but in all reality I am! I just love being fierce in front of the camera.”
2) In just a little over a month from now, a new set of Bb. Pilipinas titleholders will be crowned. Why should you be one of them?
“I believe what sets me apart from the rest is my character. I am an empowered individual but I keep myself grounded. Having lived in the UK for more than a decade, I am proud that I still have my Filipino values and traditions intact -which for me is important especially when one is vying to represent the country in an international pageant.
Also being an immigrant myself, I hope to be relatable to many OFWs around the world. I’ve experienced a lot of hardships in life i.e bullying and discrimination. I want to share these and use it to raise my personal platforms and advocacies. I want to be a leader of change and inspire others that beauty pageants are more than just skin deep, it’s beauty with a purpose.”
What do you think of Christa now, dear readers?
Anyways, please keep on supporting your Binibini20 in the Miss Photogenic voting. Check out bbpilipinas.com for the options or cast your votes via Choicely.
Christa (leftmost) with the other Binibinis during an ABSCBN event