MANILA – Miss Universe 1999 first runner-up Miriam Quiambao shared her thoughts on the major change happening in the Philippine pageant scene.
After 55 years, Binibining Pilipinas Charities Inc. (BPCI) led by Stella Marquez Araneta will no longer crown the Philippines’ representative to Miss Universe.
BPCI had been sending national winners to various international pageants, including Miss International, and at one point, Miss World.
Now, the search for Miss Universe Philippines will have its separate pageant, under a different group headed by 2011 titlist Shamcey Supsup.
Speaking to ABS-CBN News on Monday, Quiambao said she had mixed emotions about the big change, which was announced early last month.
“Actually very sudden 'yung biglang news na hindi na nga Binibing Pilipinas kasi for the longest time, institution na talaga 'yung BPCI and wala kang ibang maiisip na mag-o-organize ng Miss Universe kundi BPCI. So nung nabalitaan ko nga na hindi na sila, parang nalungkot ako pero at the same time nagpasalamat din ako,” she said.
Quiambao said she is grateful for BPCI for it was instrumental in making a lot of women’s dreams of becoming a beauty queen come true.
“Nabuksan ang mga pinto. Binigyan nila ng pagkakataon. I am very thankful to BPCI. Pero dahil na rin nga ilang dekada na rin na sila ang nag-o-organize and siguro si Mrs. Araneta medyo she’s not getting any younger, perhaps it’s time for a new breed of organizers to come in,” she said.
Having said that, Quiambao could not think of a better group to take over the franchise than that of Supsup and beauty queen maker Jonas Gaffud.
“Who else to organize it but a Miss Universe representative herself ‘di ba? Si Shamcey and 'yung grupo nila Jonas. Ilang dekada na rin sila nagpre-prepare ng mga babae. Kitang kita naman natin ang kakayahan nila. Marami silang napag-uwing korona na mga babae dahil na-train nila,” she said.
Quiambao believes Supsup and Gaffud’s group “will give a new energy into the Miss Universe.”
“They give the best trainings for our representatives. There is so much more that we can hope for dito sa bagong organizers ng Miss U dahil sa tingin ko, there’s no one else better to organize it but their group,” she said.
And now that the applications for the Miss Universe Philippines crown is about to end, Quiambao only has one tip for those hoping to represent the Philippines in the international pageant one day.
“Ang laging binibigay kong tip is first and foremost is start with your purpose. Everything begins and ends with your purpose. Maraming mga kababaihan, sumasali ng pageant or talent competition dahil gusto nila to bring a name for themselves. But in my experience, if 'yung pangalang pansarili ang laging iniisip, may hangganan 'yan," she said.
"Ngunit kung layunin ang iniisip natin, 'yung purpose that is greater than ourselves, manalo or matalo, ang layunin mo mas pang matagalan iyan. So ang tip ko, isipin nila kung ano ba ang layunin nila kung bakit sila sasali. Pang-sarili ba or para sa mas higit pa?” she added.