How are you sizing up the life of a Binibini now that you have experienced it so far
“It’s pretty tough, Tito Norman. But I’ve been learning a lot. And I’m seeing so much improvement in my character that I want to continue pushing myself further. It’s been a big struggle since I know so little about actually being in pageants, but I think I’m keeping up and doing better po.
Do you believe that your academic and professional credentials significantly matter in the competition?
“Yes. I believe so. Beauty pageants today have evolved into showcasing ladies with not just pretty faces and nice bodies. They have become a platform for women of substance. I know that each of the girls I’m with have something to show and stories to tell. And each one of us possesses something that inspires other people. For me, being a scholastic achiever, a CPA, a teacher, a future lawyer and a beauty queen will inspire people to dream more and to strive more for those dreams.”
What can we expect from Jerelleen between now and March 18?
“Between now and March 18, expect a Jerelleen with the greater fire to win a crown. I started from nothing and throughout my journey, so far, I have seen my supporters and loved ones who have given so much for me and believed in me. It goes both ways that when I receive messages from people on how much i inspire them, I get inspired myself. This one is for all the individuals who continue to have faith in me.”
Rodgil with Kristine Caballero Aplal and Adney
Big shoutout to the loving and gentle Tito Rodgil Flores of beauty camp Kagandahang Flores!
Happiest Birthday to you!
May your day be showered with love and kisses, not only from the people you care for most, but also from the ones you have selflessly helped through the years!
From Joy, Joseph and I at normannorman.com
Photo credit: Gelbert Aplal
Binibini5 Rose Murphy
“When I was a child, I have always wanted to help others in my own simple way. My mom and my aunts would tell me a story that when I was just 4 yrs/old, I would get the loafbread of my dad just to share it to the children outside, even if they are scared of me due to my very fair skin-tone which is not common in our place since we are living near the beach. I would chase them just to be able to share the bread. Being able to share even a small portion of what we have and seeing the smile and joy on their faces makes me truly happy. That is why I make it a point wherein I would save money every year so that on Christmas day I would be able to share a portion of my earnings to those in need. And so when a designer friend of ours encouraged me to screen for a beauty pageant, my mom grabbed the opportunity for me to come out of my shell and to show to others who I truly am as a person. And ever since I started joining beauty contests, Bb. Pilipinas has always been my inspiration. I like their advocacy which is helping those who are less fortunate and in need. And the influence that they have to the people is something remarkable and impactful. And being able to win a crown would be an honour and a priviledge that I would carry with grace and with a genuine heart.”
Tell me about being the representative of Agustin del Norte in Bb. Pilipinas.
“It is very seldom that an aspirant from Agusan del Norte would try their luck for Bb. Pilipinas due to the distance. That’s why I am very thankful and grateful to the people of my province for the support that they have given to me. I am flattered by the positive feedbacks I’ve received. I am thankful to everyone who believe in me. Especially to my fellow Tubaynons, Cabadbaranons, and Butuanons who have been there to shower their support and love. From the bottom of my heart Thank you.”
Below is the personal interview of Rose.
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“I am a half Filipino – half American. Born in US but grew up here in the philippines.
I started joining beauty pageant when I was 18 yrs/old. The titles I have won are;
* Mutya Hong Butuan 2nd runner up 2010
* Ms. Cabadbaran 2011
* Mutya ng Surigao del Sur 2011
* Mutya ng Caraga – Tourism 2011
* Ms. Agusan del Norte – Tourism 2012
I graduated Bachelor of Science in Nursing at Father Saturnino Urios University in Butuan City. I currently working as a registered nurse at Butuan Medical Center. During my lull times, I love to play tekken7 with my brother, and I also enjoy making and experimenting on desserts. I am also into DIY Crafts and DIY jewelry during my college days.”
Photo credit: Joman Radaza
Her are the credentials of your #Binibini36 Patrizia Mariah L. Garcia:
23 yrs old
-A graduate from De La Salle University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Educational Psychology
-Competitive swimmer for 5 years
-Appointed corporate secretary at Ina Foundation
-Active member of AHS Foundation
-Advocacy: Social welfare of children with special needs.
Despite the hectic schedule, Pat is masking the pain of losing her maternal grandmother very recently. The smile on her face will show the commitment and sincerity to what she signed up for. And she knows that wherever her Lola is right now, she will be constantly guided all throughout the competition.
Here is Pat’s personal interview video now. Watch.
#Binibini38 Karen Gallman
From 2012 to 2018. A lot has changed about your Binibini 38 Karen Gallman. Back in the time when she was only 19 years old and a pageant newbie, this Fil-Aussie stunner already showed a lot of promise. And that catapulted her to a Top 12 finish.
In the midst of strong contenders this year, Karen remains steadfast in her game plan for the competition. She remains one of the favorites, owing to a gorgeous face and mysterious aura. But how far can she exceed her personal best in the nationals? Will one of the titles be within her clutch?
Let us watch her personal interview video now.
During yesterday afternoon’s tour of the Bb. Pilipinas 2018 Official Candidates at the Gateway Gallery, we missed the presence of your Binibini 1 Vickie Marie Milagrosa Rushton who had to rush back home to Bacolod for an emergency family concern she needed to attend to.
The good thing is that BPCI already uploaded some of the personal interview videos of the ladies. So instead of your blogger doing a new article from scratch, please watch the video above and let Vickie do all the talking. She is one sweet and beautiful contender who deserves our attention just as much as the others.
I will give the floor now to your Binibini 9 Agatha Romero from Quezon City with an introduction to her basics plus a peek inside her thoughts about being an Official Candidaten of Bb. Pilipinas 2018:
“Hi Tito Norman! Here is a little background about myself. I am Agatha Lei M. Romero, 23 years old from Fairview, Quezon City. I am a Licensed Civil Engineer and a product of University of Santo Tomas. I come from a family of Civil Enginners wherein my father works in government specialized projects in water works while my brother and I have our own construction firm wherein we design and build, not just appearance but experience.
Just a little trivia, I was a former chess varsity player and scholar from elementary (Diliman Preparatory School) to high school (USTHS).”
“I am in the point in my life where I have decided to come out of my shell to show everyone what I am capable of. Many were surprised by this big step I made as I was in a field wherein it is very rare for us to be part of. It is significant for me to win a crown not just for the fulfillment of my dream to represent our country in the international stage but moreso for my advocacy to give opportunities to the less fortunate by creating a self sustaining community which aims to educate the poor and provide them with the proper skills training for them to discover the best of their potentials until the time they can stand on their own.”
Tell me just a little more about the male-dominated profession you are in.
“It is true that the world of engineering is dominated by men, but I don’t think there has ever been an issue when it comes to gender in my own experience. We, women, do the same things that men do with no reservations and exceptions. Being in engineering has opened my eyes that these genders may be different but still equal. I have learned and realized that it is just us who create our own path and so our strengths and weaknesses.”