Being a Binibini can be quite overwhelming for Clarice Villareal
Clarice during the Talent Competition
As you all are aware by now, your #Binibini25 Clarice Marion Villareal is the sole independent coming from an already long-accredited candidate provider of Bb. Pilipinas – Galatea Family of designer-siblings Jontie and Nickky Martinez. And she is not ashamed to admit that she applied for Aces & Queens late last year, but did not meet the camp’s set standards for the Class of 2017. She remained unfazed and was recommended to Jontie for Bb. Pilipinas fielding. She made it, and is in the midst of a thrilling rollercoaster ride in the nationals.
Continuing now with our Lenten features on some of the ladies, Clarice shared her thoughts on how spirituality has shielded her from the difficult and trying days as a Binibini.
“At such a young age, I was already exposed to the environment of an all-girls Catholic school and even until college, the setting was almost the same since I studied at UST. Throughout my life, I have always had strong faith in God and I believe it is what kept me going through all the hardships and breakthroughs that have happened to me. I have doubted myself before I even began my quest in becoming a Binibini and a beauty queen and I think that what helped me most – aside from the support and coaches I’ve been getting from the people I love – are prayers. Being a Binibini is definitely not just a challenge but moreso, a commitment which we need to devote ourselves into. As we all know, the pressure of being one can really become overwhelming and yes, behind those flashing lights and charming smiles, all of us have our breakdowns. I don’t know about the others but for me, it is only in prayers and talking to God that i find solitude and able to calm and relax myself.
Keep on supporting your #Binibini25 in Bb. Pilipinas 2017
#Binibini25 is one clear proof of how being part of the nationals can make-or-break even the most determined fighter. But she is still keeping her head held high, hoping that her efforts will be rewarded in the end.
Let’s keep on supporting Clarice in the Miss Photogenic and Jag Denim Queem voting of Bb. Pilipinas 2017. You can go to bbpilipinas.com for more details.
Your Binibini 25 Clarice Villareal comes from the Galatea Family of Jontie Martinez
Your Binibini 25 is the sole entry of Galatea Family of designer-siblings Jontie and Nickky Martinez. She is Clarice Marion Elbo Villareal, 23 years old, and comes from Antipolo City. This 5’8″ Architecture graduate from the University of Santo Tomas has varied interests which include painting, playing the guitar and playing volleyball.
How does Clarice feel that she got in as Official Candidate of Bb. Pilipinas 2017?
“Everything still feels surreal. I wasn’t expecting I’d actually land a spot in the Top 40 official candidates of this year’s Binibining Pilipinas – given that I am inexperienced and an independent candidate. Just months before, I attempted to enter a major beauty camp although unfortunately, I didn’t get in. Needless to say, it was really disheartening for me which is why going to the screening was actually a snap decision I made just two weeks prior to it.
Many thanks to my family and my handlers who lifted my spirit up, coached me and guided me. Without them, I really wouldn’t be here. Also, one thing I wouldn’t forget, prayers do work; there is nothing a prayer can’t answer. This journey is going to be a one tough ride but I am now ready to face it with conviction and full determination.”
courtesy of Beauty Pageant Updates
Photographer Edward dela Cuesta took this photo of Clarice Villareal
Not much is known about Clarice except the contents of this article and the video. But it won’t be long till you see her in full bloom as your Binibini 25.
Let’s talk about her chances, shall we? 🙂
Here are the 40 Official Candidates during their individual announcements at the Kia Theater early last night.
For now, the numbers are stacking up like this:
Eighteen (18) for Aces & Queens
Leitz Camille Ang
Ana Patricia Asturias
Maria Angelica de Leon
Jennyline Carla Malpaya
Dane Felisse Marasigan
Gabriela Patricia Ortega
Chanel Olive Thomas
Maria Gail Tobes
The 18 from Aces & Queens
Fifteen (15) for Kagandahang Flores
Sammie Anne Legaspi
Larah Grace Lacap
Angelique de Leon
The fifteen from KF
Six (6) Independents
Maria Camille Manalo
Kristi Rose Cequeña
Karla May Manongsong
One (1) for Galatea Family
Clarice Marion Villareal
I say ‘for now’ because all or some of the Independents might be adopted by either Aces or KF so a couple of minor adjustments may be made.
Let the discussions begin, dear readers. 😉