Binibini 39 Ria Rabajante wouldn’t have it any other way. The circumstances – however nerve-wracking and disappointing at first – that led to her third and final appearance as part of the Bb. Pilipinas 2016 Official Candidates, that is.
Truth be told, it was a big risk for her to plunge into pageant action once more. But she was willing to take up to the challenge. After having moved from her original R-L’s Angels to Aces & Queens, she reinforced herself with a newfound confidence that went with her deep-seated desire to win and become a national titleholder. And she didn’t even bother looking at other competitions. It’s only going to be Bb. Pilipinas for her.
Read Ria’s personal account now and get to know more about how she is looking at her 2016 stint in the nationals.
It was very heart-breaking when I didn’t make it to the official 40. I cried a river, got the cliche messages from my family telling me that there’s an even better opportunity coming, supporters were shocked, again it was very painful but I had to accept it. That week really humbled me and made me surrender my dream of becoming Miss Universe, until exactly a week after the screening, I got a callback from BPCI, I’m in again. I thought the Lord was very tricky, I didn’t see that coming. Right now, I can say it was all meant to happen. I wouldn’t have it any other way.
Success begins at the pit, not at the pedestal. I’ve already endured so much pain caused by my dream and to be given a chance to pursue it again made me really delighted and grateful. You have no idea how happy I was that day when BPCI contacted me! This year, it’s more relaxed than the rest of the years I’ve had. 2013, I was full of fears. 2014, I took a rest. 2015, I was overly competitive and calculative. I think my journey this year is just right. The common denominator of it all is the desire that is never ceasing. My eyes are on it, on the crown, I want a back to back win for my country, I want to make an impact to the society, and I’m serious and excited about this. But I’ve learned to surrender for exaltation doesn’t come from me, it comes from someone bigger than me. Someone who knows when I’m ready. That doesn’t mean I’m slacking off, I’ve been trying to do things my way for the longest time, now I do what I can do in the physical realm and leave the rest up to Him. Whatever happens, I sincerely hope I’d be ready. Greater things are yet to come, there’s no other way but up! Xoxo.
What chances are you giving Binibini 39 Ria Rabajante now? Will 3rd time be a true charm for her? 🙂