The loss of Teresita "Winwyn" Ssen Marquez at the Binibinang Pilipinas 2015 took many pageant watchers by surprise, not the least her family and friends.
She was an early favorite at the grand coronation night held a week ago, March 15, with netizens placing her in the top five.
As it happened, she did not even make it to top eight.
But the 22-year-old actress has kept her spirit up since then, "I’m very, very good.
"Ang daming supporters na nagsi-send ng message sa akin, okay lahat, masaya."
During an interview with the press at Rajo Laurel’s “LOVE 2” Collection, Winwyn made special mention of people who sent her messages of comfort.
She said, "Siyempre thank you sa lahat ng supporta, yung iniisip ko, at least nakita nila yung effort ko.
“Oh my gosh, kay Ms. Ruffa [Gutierrez], salamat po. Ms. Sunshine [Cruz din], she tweeted.
"Wala po akong masasabi kung 'di, thank you. Thank you talaga.”
THEORIES. Netizens speculated why Winwyn lost her bid for a crown at the Binibining Pilipinas beauty pageant.
So did her parents, Alma Moreno and Joey Marquez.
But it was her dad who had more to say and, according to Winwyn, "was sad."
“Nagulat siya, siyempre, pero sabi niya nga everything has a reason.
"Hindi naman lahat mananalo, may talo pa rin, okay naman sila.”
TITLE-WORTHY. What does Winwyn have to say about rumors surfacing that she was robbed of her crown?
“Oh my gosh, hindi! You know what, all the winners are deserving, lahat sila.
"My sisters Pia [Wurtzbach], Christi [McGarry], and Ann [Colis], galing Aces & Queens.
"I’m very proud of them, they’re all deserving, they’re all smart."
She owned up to feeling bad after losing her chance at this year’s Binibining Pilipinas, “Siyempre, after the pageant, I cried.
"Of course, sino ba naman... 'di ba? I wouldn’t lie naman, I cried.
"Siyempre, all the efforts, all the sacrifices, I thought ano bang kulang sa akin? I doubted myself for a while.
"Yes, I did cry, pero saglit lang kasi si Tita Melanie [Marquez] she went backstage agad, and some other beauty queens went up to me also.”
LOOKING UP. She said she had no idea why she did not bring home a title.
“I don’t know about that. I have no idea, I didn’t ask kung anong nangyari.
"I just lifted it up to the Lord and said thank you. 'Di na ako nagtanong kung anong nangyari.”
Is she open to joining the Bb. Pilipinas Pageant for a second time?
“There is a second time, pero let’s see if I’ll join again, wala pa sa isip ko. Let’s see.”
“Ngayon itutuloy ko yung sa showbiz, I’m building my own foundation.
"I’ll go around schools, mag-i-story telling ako.
"Magtuturo ako sa public school, and yun muna siguro, then let’s see.”