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.”
The last time a beautiful lass from my hometown of Hagonoy, Bulacan stepped up to the national stage of pageantry was during 2014 and 2016 when Jeslyn Santos took part in both editions of Bb. Pilipinas. But it was outside this competition where she would achieve international fame. Iniially with Miss World Peace In Hingkong and more successfully, Miss United Continents in Ecuador where she became the first Filipina to win that crown for the country.
In 2018, another potential winner is representing Hagonoy, Bulacan and she has more than bragging rights for being the tallest Binibini this year at 5’11”. She is the reigning Binibining Bulacan Anjame Santos Magbitang, 20, who is a truly beautiful and exotic stunner who could either spoil things up for the early favorites or take the loving interest of the BPCI people and be groomed for something that she richly deserves.
I asked Anjame about her thoughts on being a 2018 Binibini:
“Beauty contests give women of different cultures and ethnicities all over the world the opportunity to showcase not just their beauty, personality and potentials but also their intelligence in local, national and international settings. Binibining Pilipinas serves as a training ground for women like me to gain courage and introduce meaningful advocacies. And if given a chance to win one of the crowns, I would use it as a symbol of faith and hope that a girl like me can be a beauty queen on my own merits. If I put all of my heart into something that I want, them the universe will surely conspire in my favor, as a famous quote goes.
A beauty pageant is a celebration of beauty, unity and camaraderie. I have very supportive parents who have always been there for me as not all the girls who join are supported by their family. And most of all, I have a child-like faith that God will walk me through the path of becoming one of the queens. I have prepared for this and I believe that I am equipped with all that it takes to be a Binibining Pilipinas winner.”
Your thoughts on Anjame, dear readers?