When Ma. Paula Bianca Paz was crowned Miss Philippines Fire 2014 last Sunday night, many of the online comments kidded about her getting another 3rd Runner-Up placement after two editions of Miss World Philippines with the same rank. I don’t see anything ghastly about the whole thing. I believe that it’s better to have made it to the magic circle than not to have made it at all. And besides, that is where the risk of re-joining enters the picture, just as the presence of younger competitors who are just hungry for the top crown.
Bianca knew right from the start that Jamie Herrell was a fierce opponent, and that she needed triple time to even eclipse her in the final rounds. She could have managed to get Air or Water, but two other ladies (Diane Querrer and Kim Covert) were deemed better in the Q&A.
Back to the drawing boards, where will she head to next? For now, I think it would be for her best interest (and her camp) to fulfill the year-long responsibilities as the element of Fire first. The clock may be ticking faster – age-wise – but there’s no other option that will serve her better at this juncture. 😉