With forty (40) Binibinis vying for only six (6) titles at stake, any pageant fan or follower would be at a loss as to how to properly distribute the wins to way less than 1/4 of them. And so, the reason why I am doing a second round of articles for the ladies is so that you will get to know them even more. After all, pageant sites/blogs should give them all the equal exposure that the big networks and publications would not go into on an individual basis.
I give you back #Binibini29 Samantha Avestruz from the Province of Leyte who always strikes me as a far more outstanding (and underrated) delegate the minute you get to spend quality minutes with her. Bb. Pilipinas is her very first national pageant, and making it as an Official Candidate in her first try is already considered a big achievement.
Here are eight (8) facts about Sam that you may not be aware of yet:
1. Graduating Student of Political Science from the University of Santo Tomas
2. Spearheaded a project in her University entitled seminART: The Role of Visual Arts in Shaping Philippine Politics
3. She was a Literary Writer and Cartoonist for her School Newspaper
4. She was an Intern at the Senate of the Philippines
5. Started modeling at the age of 13 and was Miss Teen Leyte 1st runner -up and Miss Leyte Pintados runner-up.
6. She advocates raising political and social awareness through visual arts
7. Runs a personal blog where she showcases her poetry and writing
8. Skilled in photo shop and adobe illustrator, designing brochure for NGOs and other organizations
So what do you think of Sam, dear readers?
Credits for Sam’s topmost and third photos:
Photography / Ross Paris
Creatives/ It’s all about Fashion
Styling/ Yul Avestruz
Your #Binibini38 is what other pageant fans would describe as a “silent killer”. Karen J. Gallman may look pensive and mysterious most of the time, but once you get to sit down and talk with her, a more relaxed side starts to appear. And from there, she becomes both expressive and engaging. A delightful Aussie accent adds a flavor of charm in every word that comes out of her mouth.
Karen is not the type of beauty one would fall for easily if the requirements are leaned on superficial small talks. She can be quite a skillful conversationalist if the right questions are asked.
While she may have tentative plans of traveling to London mid-2018, she may need to postpone the trip if she wins one of the Bb. Pilipinas crowns this year. What do you think, dear readers?
Pat with mom Jovita
Earlier in the day, pageant media friends and I attended the birthday lunch hosted by Belmere Skin Care Centre for its Marketing & Promotions Head Jovita Laureola (#Binibini15 during the 1987 Bb. Pilipinas edition) who also happens to be the mother of your #Binibini37 Patrizia Mariah “Pat” L. Garcia in Bb. Pilipinas 2018.
I took the opportunity to interview Pat about her ongoing journey in the nationals and how she looks at the competition. She also answered a question on whether she is ready to go full steam ahead in the fight now that the Press Presentation is nearing. Below are clips from our talk in between shots taken by Joy Arguil for normannorman.com.
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.