When Cindy Marriah Dumol heard her name announced as Miss Republic of the Philippines 2018, her reactions were priceless. She had the least expectation of winning the crown after seeing how competitive her opponents are. But fate has its way of showing what is meant for her. Perhaps, it was her raw and natural charm that did it for the judges. Or it could also be the sincerity in her heart whenever she expresses her answers and emotions.
Be that as it may, here is my exclusive interview with Cindy, who is now back in Roxas City, Capiz to share the victory with the people she loves the most:
How does it feel to be the new Miss Republic of the Philippines titleholder?
”Until now I’m still so overwhelmed. It almost feels like a dream to me. Getting the crown last Wednesday night was really unexpected because I saw that there are a lot of candidates who are just as deserving to win. But then, I am very thankful to God, to my family and friends and those who supported me for giving me strength all throughout my journey to getting the crown of Miss Republic of the Philippines.”
2. What for you is the most important problem of the youth nowadays that you can help address with your title?
”For me, the most important problem of the youth nowadays is social media addiction. With this title, I believe I could address it by using my voice and my position to educate the youth of the harmful effects of being too tied up with social media. I will set myself as a positive example because I know that the best way to teach someone is to show them how it’s done.”
3. One of the main platforms of Mr & Ms RP is Education. Do you believe that you are a good role model in this regard?
“I am confident that I can be a good role model in this platform because I value my education very much. Even if I am joining pageants, I never let such pursuits hinder me from going to school and passing my subjects. I want to stand as an inspiration to my fellow youth, that you can reach your dreams and not take your education for granted at the same time.”
4. How can you help strengthen the Tourism objectives of Roxas City and the entire province of Capiz considering that tourists usually skip it in favor of other more commercial destinations in the Visayas?
”I can help strengthen the tourism objectives of Roxas City and the entire Province of Capiz by personally promoting it whenever I can. Before getting the crown, it is already my personal aim to promote Roxas City and Capiz itself. I want the world to know that my city is just as beautiful as those other famous places in the region they always hear about.”
5. Any words of advice to young women who will take inspiration from your win?
”Do not give up on your dreams. If you want something, work hard for it and God will reward your efforts in the end. Always be kind. Do not let others underestimate you. Keep your head held high and continue to inspire with or without a crown.”
”To all the people behind my back who supported me every step of the way, a million thanks to you. Winning this title is a blessing I want to wholeheartedly share. This crown will be meaningless if not put into good use. This should be an inspiration so I can serve you all with the best way that I can. Your cheers, prayers, and words of encouragement are my swords and shield in the battle. Now, the victory is shared to all of you. Thank you Almighty God for this great challenge.”