We have a bumper crop of returnees who filed their application for Bb. Pilipinas 2019.
From the 2018 edition alone, nine (9) are set up to undergo final screening this coming Monday once more:
Vickie Marie Rushton
Samantha Mae Bernardo
Sherry Ann Tormes
Sigrid Grace Flores
Rose Marie Murphy
Kayesha Clauden Chua
Will all nine of them be shoo-ins to become part of the chosen 40 this year?
And I’m not even counting (yet) those who took part two or more years back.
Good luck, ladies! 😘
Earlier this year, Rose Marie Murphy tried her luck in Bb. Pilipinas 2018 and was fortunate enough to make it as one of the Official Candidates – #Binibini5 – in the competition. It was a rewarding experience for this beautiful Butuanon who stepped out of her shell and mustered the confidence to put forth her biggest appearance on the national pageant stage.
This time, Rose is in the midst of the beehive of pre-pageant activities for Miss World Philippines 2018 as Candidate No. 30. So far, she has made it as finalist in the Talent Challenge and will perform during next week’s Charity Gala Night. Check out my exclusive online one-on-one with her:
1. What sets you apart from the 39 other candidates of MWP?
“I believe that the qualities that really set me apart from my co-candidates are my life experiences. My father is an American and my mother is Filipina. I grew up in the province of Agusan del Norte and learned deep Filipino values. I witnessed the hardships that our fellow citizens face, and has first-hand experience living in a rural community. But even during the tough times, you can always see the smile on their faces. I believe that this kind of values plus resilience – to keep on fighting and fighting – are the most important lessons that I learned in my life. Though the color of my skin might be different, my heart will always be as a Filipino.”
2. Your profession may be nursing but your talent is dancing (reason why you made top 7 in talent). How has this helped form the character in becoming the person that you are right now?
“As a nurse, every day is a challenge. There are a variety of situations where you will encounter difficult scenarios, and there are times that it will test your limits. You are a caring hand to the people in need, yet you are also prone to different kinds of disease. Through my experiences as a nurse, I learned to be patient, disciplined in every instance, determined in every step and understanding of other people. Being a nurse helped me to be a better person. My performance showcases tribal dancing in Agusan del Norte, and with every step in every move, it portraits the very lessons I learned in being a nurse.“
3. What good will it do the Miss World Philippines Organization if you win one of the titles on October 7?
“I used to be a very shy and skinny young girl with low self-esteem until the day came when I have learned to embrace the beauty that I have in me and started to join and win local beauty pageants which paved the way for me to join the most prestigious beauty pageants in our country today. And this is precisely why there is the Miss World Philippines – to showcase the beauty and advocacy of women who embrace not only their outer but inner beauty as well, who have become women of substance through the years of experience, women who pursue advocacy in the fields they set their sights in and – modesty aside – I strongly believe that I am that woman who deserves to earn the title of Miss World Philippines 2018.“
Credits for the evening gown pictorial of Rose –
Hair & Make Up | Paolo Adrian Mondejar Castillon
Designers | Kim & King Creatives (Kim Amora & King Aranchado), Rhoey Gulde Bernat
Wardrobe Assistant | Mychal John Ceniza
Stylist | Clubby Aggy
Photography | Yul N. Jimenez
Studio | Terra Nostra
She was #Binibini5 during this year’s national finals at the Big Dome. Let’s see what else this beautiful and kind-hearted lady still has to offer to the World.
Rose Marie Flores Murphy, 26, comes from Agusan del Norte. Of half-Filipino, half-American mix, she was born in the US but raised here in the Philippines. A registered nurse by profession, she is currently working at Butuan Medical Center.
“Some people may ask me why are you working in a government hospital? Why not private? I just simply say that serving people in need has a special place in my heart. As a nurse, and a public servant at that, I feel that I can help more people as a public health nurse than in a private hospital. It is harder to work in a public hospital due to the sheer number of patients but the feeling of being able to help ordinary Filipinos is an honor on its own.”
“For more than a year of public service as a city nurse and someone who’s used to living in a barrio, I have observed that one of the major health problems in rural communities is the lack of health awareness and the importance of preventive health care especially in cases of tuberculosis (TB) and hypertension. Based on statistics, 73 die in a day due to TB. It is the fifth leading cause of death here in the country. On the other hand, hypertension is the most common medical condition linked to lifestyle and is the number six leading cause of death. TB is an infectious disease that can be lethal if taken for granted but can be cured and managed if the person is willing to undergo early medication. That is why, a group of health professionals and I continuously conduct health education to our patients and expanding our advocacy on urban and rural communities to foster health awareness since we all know that prevention is better than cure.”
With this pageant, I am truly seeing Rose in an inspiringly different light.
Best of luck in the competition, dear!
Congratulations are in order for these 37 (of 40) beauties! The Official Candidates of Miss World Philippines 2018
1. Barmae Chua
2. Erica Larkins
3. Kylah Sanchez
4. Alyssa Muhlach
5. Tamara Caballero
6. Katarina Rodriguez
7. Neesha Murjani
8. Marie Danica Reynes
9. Crissia del Atienza
10. Jigg Kirsty Ang
11. Angeline Mae Santos
12. Arienne Calingo
13. Kim De Guzman
14. Marianne Marquez
15. Michelle Oliva
16. Chanel Morales
17. Jerelleen Rodriguez
18. Maria Gail Devora Tobes
19. Mary Jeanne Boniao
20. Rose Murphy
21. Katrina Zayas Acaylar
22. Joemay-an Leo
23. Pearl Hung
24. Maria Divine Angela Veranga
25. Gianna Llanes
26. Eiffel Rosalita
27. Angelica Estrevillo
28. Paulina Labayo
29. Abbyjun Dizor
30. Denielle Denj Magno
31. Angelica Tuzon
32. Annalita Pagunsan Vizcarra
33. Elaiza Alzona
34. Maureen Montagne
35. Pauline Deveraturda
36. Bettina Penales
37. Kathryn Jade Cudiamat
The last 3 ladies to complete the final 40 candidates will be announced next week because they will come from Filipino Communities overseas. #MWP2018
Binibini5 Rose Murphy
“When I was a child, I have always wanted to help others in my own simple way. My mom and my aunts would tell me a story that when I was just 4 yrs/old, I would get the loafbread of my dad just to share it to the children outside, even if they are scared of me due to my very fair skin-tone which is not common in our place since we are living near the beach. I would chase them just to be able to share the bread. Being able to share even a small portion of what we have and seeing the smile and joy on their faces makes me truly happy. That is why I make it a point wherein I would save money every year so that on Christmas day I would be able to share a portion of my earnings to those in need. And so when a designer friend of ours encouraged me to screen for a beauty pageant, my mom grabbed the opportunity for me to come out of my shell and to show to others who I truly am as a person. And ever since I started joining beauty contests, Bb. Pilipinas has always been my inspiration. I like their advocacy which is helping those who are less fortunate and in need. And the influence that they have to the people is something remarkable and impactful. And being able to win a crown would be an honour and a priviledge that I would carry with grace and with a genuine heart.”
Tell me about being the representative of Agustin del Norte in Bb. Pilipinas.
“It is very seldom that an aspirant from Agusan del Norte would try their luck for Bb. Pilipinas due to the distance. That’s why I am very thankful and grateful to the people of my province for the support that they have given to me. I am flattered by the positive feedbacks I’ve received. I am thankful to everyone who believe in me. Especially to my fellow Tubaynons, Cabadbaranons, and Butuanons who have been there to shower their support and love. From the bottom of my heart Thank you.”
Below is the personal interview of Rose.
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“I am a half Filipino – half American. Born in US but grew up here in the philippines.
I started joining beauty pageant when I was 18 yrs/old. The titles I have won are;
* Mutya Hong Butuan 2nd runner up 2010
* Ms. Cabadbaran 2011
* Mutya ng Surigao del Sur 2011
* Mutya ng Caraga – Tourism 2011
* Ms. Agusan del Norte – Tourism 2012
I graduated Bachelor of Science in Nursing at Father Saturnino Urios University in Butuan City. I currently working as a registered nurse at Butuan Medical Center. During my lull times, I love to play tekken7 with my brother, and I also enjoy making and experimenting on desserts. I am also into DIY Crafts and DIY jewelry during my college days.”