|From left: MJ Lastimosa, Isabella Manjon, Shamcey Supsup, Dianne Necio and Janine Tugonon|
The 2010 architecture licensure exam topnotcher and magna cum laude graduate ended up as the winner in last night’s finals. Shamcey vastly improved from when she was still auditioning for the competition: instead of seeing an awkward-looking pageant contestant neophyte, she worked that stage like she has been a veteran of such competitions. (I wished Shamcey chose a stronger shade of lipstick though as in her previous appearances. Ako na ang choosy! :-P) I have no doubt she will be very prepared by the time she competes in Sao Paolo, Brazil for the Miss Universe pageant in September. (But again, to superstitious fans, she will have to break a long line of UP graduates who never made it as Miss Universe finalist: Nina Alagao, Zorayda Andam, Lia Ramos and Anna Licaros.)
I would have agreed with this Top 5 if only tricycle driver Luzelle Felipe (Monch, you called it rightly!) made it as Bb Pilipinas International, or at the least, as first runner-up. The actual first runner-up gave out a scripted answer, only slightly related to the question, and Mon and I were surprised the judges bought it. Bleh.
I also loved the fact that Luzelle answered in English even if she struggled with the language in her past interviews and she could’ve answered in Tagalog anyway. (And she gave a nice answer. I also give props to Jenn-Roe Gubat.) As was written here, Philippines delegates at Miss Universe have no choice but to answer in English during the question-and-answer portion; they are not allowed to use an interpreter.
Also, the good news is that no one made a fool of herself in the interview round, so yey!
Here is the competition in videos:
Long gown 1:
Long gown 2: