There is a question mark in the title of this feature because, up until now, I could not fully internalize the increasing clamor and wildfire-like talks about Miss Philippines Earth 2012 and Miss Earth-Air 2012 Stephany Stefanowitz planning (or seriously considering) a brave move to apply for Bb. Pilipinas 2017. All the risks are in place. And if eventual success will be achieved in doing the same, she will only be the 2nd to do so. Back in 2005, Carlene Aguilar (roughly four years after reigning as the very first Miss Philippines Earth aside from being a semifinalist in the inaugural edition of Miss Earth) crossed over to BPCI and successfully wrested the Bb. Pilipinas World title. That was a clear upgrade because of pageant rankings.
This time around – and if 26 year-old Stephany Stefanowitz does push through with joining – there will be only two titles higher than her previous achievement – Miss Universe Philippines and Bb. Pilipinas International. This is not a scenario for the weak-hearted. Wisdom, maturity and experience must have given her the strength and passion to go for the bigger crowns.
So if it’s a final go for Stephany – or before she signs on the dotted line of the application form for Bb. Pilipinas 2017 – care to share your thoughts, dear readers?