Back in 2016, Riana Agatha Pangindian was still a 19 year-old pageant newbie who joined Bb. Pilipinas mainly for the experience. And what a journey she fondly relishes from that stint. An inclusion in the Top 15 was almost unexpected – given that she had to battle with the likes of Maxine Medina, Kylie Verzosa, Nicole Cordoves, Jennifer Hammond, Nichole Manalo and Joanna Eden who went home with the crowns. But she was actually part of that essential cut.
Instead of pushing herself into joining more beauty contests after that experience, Riana opted to finish her studies first. She graduated June of last year and took the board exams. She is now licensed to teach Biological Science. Her plan is to return to pageantry one more time before she finally focuses on becoming a full-time Educator. Her personal advocacy is actually inspired by her profession:
“I would like to focus on the importance of mentorship to the next generation. Growing up, I have been exposed to this process until I ventured to the field of education up to now that I am already a Professional Teacher. I learned that this is a key method to exponential wholistic growth of a person, whether young or old. So if we can invest on our current and future teachers – by supporting them emotionally, mentally, physically, and spiritually – it could help inspire and rekindle their joy and passion to teach with love and have respect for one another, moreso to the students they encounter.
This might be a huge undertaking, and I know I can’t do it on my own. So for now I’m starting small by mentoring younger women in my community which I believe is vital in their journey to adulthood. In all of these I know that I’m not alone because I have a God who is able to do far more than what I can think.”
I would really like to see the much-improved version of Riana in the coming months. And it’s looking like we can all see her return. As to which national pageant, let’s just wait and see.
Atty Nad Bronce (2nd from left) with Megan, Kylie and Pia
The Q&A Mentor/Specialist of Aces & Queens – Atty. Nad Bronce – has now left the beauty camp.
I think it is through my training sessions with candidates that I developed my passion for mentoring. I have to constantly learn and relearn skills, styles and strategies throughout my 18 years of being the Q and A trainer for A&Q. Haha. I have to love challenges as I need to constantly challenge myself. Overall, this has been a learning experience. More than that, however, it is the friendships formed that are more invaluable. Thank you to all former and present AQ members for the friendship! Thank you, Mama J and Mama Ru! Direk Jeff, Direk Ces, and Tito Gerry, thank you for “discovering” me. Haha. I am grateful. I am most thankful though for all the girls I have trained. To paraphrase Miss Universe Pia Wurtzbach’s words, it’s the candidates- the girls- who are A&Q’s legacy. I am forever thankful for the opportunity to meet all of you and though my contribution is just a little, I am happy to have been part of your lives. Proud of all of you! Lately though, I’ve been thinking about new challenges in legal and policy work. Yes, the responsibility of training girls and see them grow into confident women is an honor, but I hope to focus on these new challenges for now. So with a heavy heart, I have to leave A&Q. 😦 You have been a family! Thank you, Aces and Queens! My gratitude to all of you! #acesandqueens
1965 Gemma Cruz
1970 Aurora Pijuan
1979 Mimilanie Marquez
2005 Precious Lara Quigaman
2013 Bea Rose Santiago
2016 Kylie Verzosa
Will our 7th Miss International be crowned soon? Will Atty. Bea Patricia Magtanong be the one to bring us that honor and follow the glorious trail started by the six women above?
We will all know during Tuesday night’s finals of Miss International 2019 LIVE from Tokyo Dome City Hall in Bunkyo district, Tokyo, Japan.
Ever wondered how the romance between Miss International 2016 Kylie Verzosa And Actor Jake Cuenca started?
Photos of Miss International 2016 Kylie Verzosa from her talk – Mental Health & You: How to Handle Your Mental Health at D’ Cup Coffee Republic. I just love her equal dedication to this particular cause, aside from HIV Awareness. And the video above for World Health Organization further strengthens the involvement.
Photos by Joy Arguil
Miss International 2016 Kylie Verzosa is going beyond the beauty queen-turned-actress tag. She is now a Filipina Superhero as EPIK Studios launches her as #Osyana – “Beautiful, mysterious, wild and free. The ocean is all I want to be.”
At the History Con 2018 happening at the World Trade Center, our Queen was introduced as the lead star in the movie to be made based on the graphic novel by Charles Santino and illustrated by Jim Jimenez. Straight from the Filiipino folklores of the Badjaos, comes the fearless Sea Siren “Osyana”!
The movie will be have principal photography rolling in by 2019, with a projected release in 2020. Comic books are now available in your favorite news stands/book stores.
Video credit: Rhadson Mendoza