It’s no secret that one of the major come-ons in joining Miss Resorts World Manila 2013 is the juicy cash prize (PhP500,000.00) going to the winner. And because of this, the official list of candidates this year contain four very familiar names – Samantha Purvor who was already Miss Water in Miss Philippines Earth 2012, Jaysel Arrozal who placed 4th Runner-Up in Miss World Philippines 2011 plus Rhea Nakpil & Gabrielle Runnstrom who were two of the Official Candidates in Bb. Pilipinas 2013.
There were certainly risks they took in joining, but none more glaring than what both Samantha and Jaysel put themselves into. Having been top-tier finishers of big national pageants in the past, they stood losing more in the eyes of pageant followers (and even those who know them personally). And to be defeated by relative newbies made it extra disheartening in the end. I’m sure these ladies have already moved on from the surprisingly weak placements. I just feel slightly bad for them.
I do hope that they can now put their pageant-joining years to rest and start new chapters in their respective lives where sweeter victories can be achieved. 😉