You’ve won in several pageants (Miss Philippines-Australia 1998, Mouton Cadet Runner Up, Mrs. Philippines Globe 2009 Best in swimsuit). Anything kinky happening backstage among beauty contestants that you shouldn’t be dishing out to us?
Not much kink, actually. If anything, some contestants can be quite feisty. After all, a pageant is not a pageant without catty-ness. Before the actual pageant night, you’d think some girls are friendly. But on the actual night, you see the claws starting to come out. There usually are a lot of pushing and shoving backstage so that they can get to their next outfit. I remember Miss India shoving me because she wanted to be in front of me. I didn’t want to stoop down to her level so I just ignored her. But not all girls are that feisty. I got along well with some girls because we were just enjoying ourselves and not stressing over the hype of the contest. I became good friends with Miss Iceland, Miss China, and Miss Japan. Until now, we still keep in touch.
[firstpara] You also won the Best in Swimsuit award in Mrs. Philippines Globe 2009. How was that experience for you?
That was unforgettable because I joined just a few months after giving birth. I joined when my baby girl was only four months old and I was still breastfeeding. There was tension at first, though, because the other contestants created a petition to kick me out. They didn’t know that I made a special request with the organizers that I would not be able to participate in most of their guestings because of my newborn baby. All was forgiven and forgotten after. The girls apologized.
PHOTOGRAPHY: DOC MARLON PECJO
INTERVIEW: RHEA M. CATADA
STYLING: REY SANTOS
MAKEUP: RUEL PAPA
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