Miss Universe Philippines has started donating food on Monday to stranded students in UP Diliman and families at the National Children’s Hospital. Due to the lockdown, the families and the students have limited access to food. National Director Shamcey Supsup-Lee is spearheading this drive through Pedro and Coi’s Byaheng Busog project. For those who wish to help, please check their website byahengbusog.com.ph on how to do so. Free delivery for a minimum order of 50 food packs. You can also donate food packaging materials and ingredients. For donations you can contact 8936-1963 and look for Ira.
“Successful women are called exceptional because there WAS an idea that they did not have what it takes to get there. I envision a society where this exception is the new standard.” – Jerelleen Rodriguez
No one should be put down just because of their gender. Let us continue to lead and push forward in this direction. Together, let us break away from stereotypes and stand for inclusivity, equality, and diversity.
To say that Miss World Philippines 2018 Candidate No. 19 Jerelleen Rodriguez is an achiever would be an understatement. She continues to fluorish in three (3) different disciplines – teaching, accountancy and law. And she fulfills the demands of each with the grace and humility of a true Professional.
Read my online Q&A with the “Profesora” below:
1. What sets you apart from the 39 other candidates of MWP?
“I’ve only entered the world of pageantry this year and I can say that the best experience I had was having to meet ladies from different walks of life, all equally amazing in different ways. I would sometimes stare at awe and just start [low-key] fangirling on my co-candidates. But in the sea of beautiful, intelligent, and powerful ladies, what sets me apart is how deeply rooted I am in the service to my country as a way of giving back for what it has given me. I have been giving back by way of teaching to students from every region of the country who take my classes in UP, with the hope that they will excel, replicate or even exceed my accomplishments and hopefully, give back to their respective communities. As a beauty queen, representing my community, and hopefully, the Philippines, is going as far as I can go in espousing the values of honor and excellence, and to give back every accomplishment to the Filipino people as they are the reason (as an iskolar ng bayan) for getting where I am today.”
2. You are into several disciplines from the academe to the fields of Accountancy and Law. How have these specializations helped form the character in becoming the person that you are right now?
“The greatest lesson I learned from getting my degree and pursuing more in the academe is discipline and commitment. I spent hours reviewing and practicing exercises for my exams. I answer any exam booklet I could get my hands on. Once I finished everything, I’ll do it again. This time, with a different approach. So that no matter how the examiners phrase the problem, I will be able to answer it. This is the same discipline I’ve been applying now. The discipline of continuously practicing and the commitment to achieving my goal is what keeps me focused. I once thought of Accountancy as something that is not for me. I failed some of my major exams even if I thought I did all I could. But then i started thinking that what if it is really for me and I just didn’t do enough. So I committed myself into always giving my all. Until the system actually kicks me out, I will stay, I will fight, I will win.”
3. What good will it do the Miss World Philippines Organization if you win one of the titles on October 7?
“The best thing that the Miss World Philippines Organization has done for me is that I learned to accept myself. I learned to know that I am strong without any titles; that if you strip off the profesora, the CPA, the beauty queen, I will still be strong and beautiful as Jerelleen Alix Rodriguez. And this is what I want to share with everyone else. Right now, I know I can stand up for my self, but with a crown, it gives me the power to stand up for others. Miss World Philippines Organization will be able to get a testament of how they changed one girl’s life, and transformed her into a queen.“
Bb. Pilipinas Universe 2010 and Miss Universe 2010 4th Runner-Up Maria Venus Raj continues to be an inspiration inside and out of the pageant world. After getting credited for starting the placement streak of the Philippines in Miss Universe, she has achieved another milestone in life by graduating (see her graduation photo above) from the University of the Philippines-Diliman with a Master’s Degree in Community Development. This was not the easiest task to complete, but with sheer discipline and determination, she was able to add an entirely new facet to her already colorful life as a Beauty Queen.
Venus will now be able to pursue her other “more meaningful” life objectives as she plots a career in public service, initially in her home municipality of Bato, Camarines Sur where she wants to give back in more ways than one.
I salute you, Venus.
Ready for a fresh new learning approach about one of our favorite subject matters? Well then, join the beeline to Room 207 of Palma Hall inside University of the Philippines-Diliman this coming Thursday, March 31 from 1-4pm. Here’s the pitch:
Faces and Spaces: An Alternative Classroom Learning Experience (ACLE) about The Geography of Beauty Pageants, a geographic forum organized by the Geographic Society of the University of the Philippines (GSUP). The event will be on March 31, 2015 (Thursday) from 1-4 pm at Palma Hall (PH) Room 207, University of the Philippines Diliman, Quezon City. Open to the public.
My friend and long-time pageant “fellow”, Professor Wendell Capili Ph.D. of the UP Department of English and Comparative Literature, will lead the learning forum discussions along with Jonas Gaffud of Aces & Queens, designer Bessie Besana also of Aces & Queens and Miss Global Philippines 2015 Candice Ramos.
This should be very interesting. Thanks to the Geographic Society of the University of the Philippines (GSUP) for organizing.
Attend if you’re available. It’s open to the public. 🙂
Call Jerome Tabayoyong the big brother among all the Official Candidates of Misters 2015 The Pageant. At 29, he is the oldest in the batch and does not really mind being tagged as everyone’s ‘Kuya’. Interestingly, he is also like that at home – to his elder brother John Philip who was born and diagnosed as Non-Verbal CWA (Children with Autism). That is where some of his life’s dramatic moments started, but where the more inspiring ones originated as well.
“I used to be his rival. Hindi ko siya maintindihan and there were times na sinasaktan ko siya noong bata kami. Kasi kapag sinisira niya books ko, ako pa rin pinapagalitan ng magulang ko“, intimated Jerome.
“I took SPED (Special Education) for the purpose of going abroad and financial security. But as years passed by, I got to learn by experience that destiny paved its way for me to be the one to teach my brother. He used to have a nanny for thirteen (13) years. But when she went abroad, nag iba lahat ng routines niya. So its up to me to make daily plans and strategies to control him. When you take out something from a special child, their whole routine changes and part of it their behaviors change too.”But while taking care of his brother is a mission he set upon himself, Jerome also wants to fulfill a lifelong dream of joining a male pageant. This is like the second mission he is looking to accomplish with Misters 2015. Check out the Q&A we had. I must admit that his original answers required a lot of editing to shorten some of the lengthier explanations.
1) As a Misters 2015 candidate, give me a 30-second intro about yourself which will make followers show more interest in you.
Hello everyone, I am Mr. Jerome Tabayoyong, I am 29 years old. I play dota, billiards, soccer, a bit of golf and basketball and I faithfully go to the gym. I am an alumna of Claret School of Quezon City where I served as member of the Football Varsity and which helped me qualify to be part of the UP Men’s football Team. I played soccer at the same time fulfilling my duties as a UP student…My motto in life is to serve a purpose. Without purpose, life is pointless.
2) As one of the candidates, what image do you want to show the others?
I came from humble beginnings. When I was young, I was subjected to teasing and mockery since looking dark and very Filipino contradicted the more popular Caucasians or fair-skinned actors/models. I believe that this has psychological effects on young children and society. Most people want to change their skin tones/facial features through medical advancements. I want to exemplify the value that true beauty is about being distinct in culture and ethnicity. It is to work with the given and love yourself.
Gusto ko pong itaguyod na ang isang Pilipino katulad sa mga nakasulat sa libro ng Hekasi, Sibika at Araling Panlipunan. Hindi hadlang ang pagkakaroon ng pangong ilong, biluging mata, biluging noo at kayumangging balat upang ipagmalaki na ang isang Pinoy ay hindi papahuli, talagang may kalidad sa trabaho at may puso sa kahit sino mang lahi o kababayan.
For me it is the Color Red. Red symbolizes love and the heart. A heart’s purpose is to pump blood throughout the body. Same in life, to live life with love and heart with the unsung heroes of nowadays. ..
4) Not everyone can win a special award in the competition, but if you are qualified for the following, which would you prefer to win: Mister Friendship or Mister Talent?
I would prefer Mr. Talent. It is my frustration to become a rockstar or a lounge singer. But kidding aside, I want to use my singing talent if your ears won’t hurt. I want to share them to the potential kids and less privileged. And one day they could have a sense of master-apprentice relationship just like what my mentor Bidz Dela Cruz told me.
5) If you win one of the titles, people will expect you to be a good role model. How will you start building that image if ever?
It is really not for me to tell or assume winning one of the titles. But if by fate and God’s will, I want to send out a message that to listen and to respect someone is based not on stature, level of achievements or from the school you came from…
6. Have you joined other male contests in the past? If so, what difference do you expect in terms of handling Misters2015 competition? Will you adopt a new gameplan, this being a tougher field?
This is my first time to participate in a very big event. Before I was only able to bring the name of my org and UP Men’s football team. But now, on my shoulders is the name of Claret-UP Diliman and UP Men’s Football team. It is a big pressure as this pageant is to showcase the Flag of the Philippines. I was overwhelmed since my fellow candidates are mostly title holders, models. And objectively speaking, you cannot feel the pressure among them for they are very humble, bubbly and with good characters even behind the cameras.
My gameplan for this pageant is to accept constructive criticism, to listen to the people who know best and accept your limitations. To avoid comparisons since every person is distinct to their own physicality, spirituality, intellect and character.
7. How do you expect your life to change after being named an Official Candidate of Misters of Pilipinas 2015?
I am really overwhelmed by this experience. My only prayer to God was to experience the life as a model. And he gave more than expected. Being part of a prestigious competition will enable you to use them as credentials not for something to boast about. Instead to serve as teacher not limited in the classroom setting. To apply these lessons in real life to form a legacy in this world…
Normally, when people graduate from UP, it is highly expected that you have the brains. But I do not consider myself as one of them. There are two kinds of people in UP –ang Matalino at Ang Maabilidad. I can firmly say that I belong to the Maabilidad.
9) How will you factor in your age, being the oldest in the group? Advantage or disadvantage?
Being the oldest in the group is an advantage. I can share my life experiences to my younger co-candidates. One of the best fulfillments in life is to guide them in the right path if they permit me to. Being 29, almost reaching 30 is the peak of the modelling career for men. But when things are on the edge, life becomes more meaningful. To savor every moment, meet new people and learn from them. Getting traits from different sets of people is a priceless gift you can keep for the rest of your life.
10) Any message to your followers, Jerome?
To the Claret Football team, to the Claretians, to the UP community, UP Men’s Football team and to all the teachers out there, please support Misters 2015. This is not only for me but for my co-candidates/friends as well. I want you to watch this experience as later on it will serve as an inspiration to follow your dreams. According to Disney’s Hercules: “A Hero’s strength is measured by his heart”
John de la Vega wanted a pageant venue that gave the best balance of space (size), control and relative intimacy for the finals night of the inaugural search for Miss Grand Philippines 2014. And he found everything that he needed at the GT-Toyota Asian Cultural Center inside the UP Diliman campus. While the auditorium can only seat a maximum of five hundred (500) guests, it was enough to make the culminating event grand enough without spending an arm and a leg in logistics that could shoot expenses beyond budget.
Keep up the good work in covering all bases and insuring the success of Miss Grand Philippines 2014, JDV! 😉
And just to refresh your mind on the application for the contest (with a June 25 deadline), please refer to the image below.
Top (L-R): Christine Paula Love Bernasor and Karla Camille Mangalonzo
Bottom (L-R): Jane Mai Cuyugan and Charisse Marie Sisperez
When I stated in an earlier post that a participating Filipina in Miss Scuba International is capable of wiping out the competition, my confidence wasn’t shattered when I finally saw the ten (10) ladies competing for Miss Scuba Philippines 2012. At least half of the group is strong enough to wrest the title once fielded in the world finals to be held in Bali, Indonesia come November 30.
I can see any one among Janicel Lubina, Hannah Joy Demit, Christine Paula Love Bernasor, Raizza Guerra and Maria Espinoza as potential winners of the local contest, and easily stand out against the delegates from other countries (which include Australia, Belgium, China, Indonesia, Italy, Malaysia, Mexico, Mongolia, Netherlands, New Zealand, Panama, San Marino, Singapore, Thailand, the United Kingdom and the United States).
One of them will be crowned winner on October 27 at the Toyota Asian Cultural Center inside the UP Campus in Diliman. Whoever she is will travel to Bali to participate in diving expeditions and marine conservation projects prior to the coronation night at the Samur Paradise Hotel. My Top 2 picks are obviously Janicel and Hannah Joy. Hopefully, one of them comes out on top. 😉