Binibining Pilipinas 2015 beauty queens weigh in on the value of social media

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[Rogelie not indentified in photo. Just looked at her photo in internet; pls confirm] Binibining Pilipinas International 2015 Janicel Lubina (second from left) is all smiles after Top 10 finish in the Miss International pageant in Tokyo, Japan. The next beauty queen who will vie for an international title is Binibining Pilipinas 2015 Miss Supranational Rogelie Catacutan (rightmost).


For Binibining Pilipinas International 2015 Janicel Lubina, doing her best in the recently-concluded Miss International Pageant in Tokyo was more important than her Top 10 finish.

"Hindi naman si Miss Janicel—Philippines ang name ko doon, kundi si Janicel Lubina," she told PEP.ph (Philippines Entertainment Portal) in an exclusive interview during her homecoming last November 9, in Gateway Mall, Cubao.

She stood out in the competition as the Cinderella of the Philippines, creating an impact on the board of judges with her life story about rising from poverty.

Janicel also bagged the Best Dresser Award with her stunning Leo Almodal gown in the National Costume presentation.

Janicel's homecoming coincided with the send-off for Binibining Pilipinas Supranational 2015 Rogelie Catacutan, who hopes to represent the modern Filipina in the internationnal pageant the best way she knows how—by being herself.

SOCIAL MEDIA AS TOOL. Janicel underlined the massive support she got during the Miss International pageant, thanks to social media.

"Kasi sobrang hindi ko in-expect na ganun po ako ka-threat sa mga girls sa Japan, sa mga kalaban ko."

Janicel recalled the many fans who asked her a selfie.

"Out of 70 girls, sila, ang dami sa kanila [nagtatanong], ‘Miss Philippines, can I have a seflie with you kasi my fans are asking a picture of you?’

"Parang, yung dating sa 'kin no'n, napaka-powerful ko. Parang takot silang lahat. Parang super fan, super like nila si Miss Philippines.

"Siyempre, hindi naman ako magugustuhan ng ibang tao kung wala ang support ng Pilipino na sini-spread nila yung information about sa 'kin, about sa ating country.

"Siyempre lahat tayo nagtutulungan para ipagpanalo ang laban na ito kasi pride naman ng ating country."

SOCIAL MEDIA PROS AND CONS. Binibining Pilipinas Intercontinental 2015 Christi Lynn McGarry and Miss Globe 2015 Ann Lorraine Colis echoed the same sentiments about social media as a means of influencing people in a good way.

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They acknowledged that it has setbacks as well, however.

Christine said, "Depending on how you use it, I take it as a really postive, important tool to spread messages and influence and to inspire people.

"We are the generation of social media, beginning with, one, the Internet, YouTube, and then Facebook."

And most things have become a click a way.

She continued, "Now everyone’s just the star of their own show or is able to send messages from across the world of different advocacies or jokes or, sometimes, to offend people too.

"But um, for the most part, if we all work together in a positive way, it can have a very positive impact."

Ann added, "It has a big role as well, and it’s a big help as well to connect to other people. At saka it’s good way to market yourself.

"May chance na tayo ma-voice out kung ano man ang saloobin natin.

"But then, we just have to be careful as well kung ano ang ma-post natin.

"Dapat maging careful din if it's hurting someone or if it’s violating the law."

Rogelie related the story of Essena O'Neil, a young model who quit using social media because it's "fake," and promotes "dishonest and contrived" sense of beauty.

"Social media, somehow, it can damage or, I would say, make someone else’s life blossom. And that’s what social media is doing to us right now.

"She’s [Essena] only 18 years old, and I believe she has been through a lot when it comes to social media.

"Maybe, looking back, and if she will age or age in advance, and she will look back in that video, I would say that what she did was a wake up call to everyone who actually relies on social media and whose life revolves around social media, that life isn’t about technology.

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"It’s more of how you communicate to people. It’s more of how you genuinely get in touch with them, and that’s what matters most."



STARTING CHANGE. Now that the country is preparing for the 2016 elections, the beauty queens have pieces of advice for new registered voters, especially the youth.

Janicel's recent competition abroad has assured her that Filipinos know what they are doing.

"Matatalino ang mga Pilipino. Hindi yung basta basta."

Ann advices voters to choose candidates with a heart for the masses.

"Dapat tapat at totoo ang puso niya para sa Pilipino."

Christi and Rogelie, for their part, view the country's search for change as something that starts from within.

"I think the generation needs to understand that politics plays a massive role in the way society and the country work, but we also have our own voices to make a difference within our own communities.

"It should begin with yourself also, [so] make your own difference in the world starting with you."

Rogelie believes in the power of love to bring about change.

"Alam n'yo po, I believe, love is harder to win than war.

"The only thing that we lack is love and when I say love, it’s love sa sarili, love sa kapwa at love sa bayan natin.

"As you can see, a lot of people have been traveling out of the country, working out of the country.

"It doesn’t mean that they don’t love the country. They just see the country as a place of less opportunities to get jobs. But I just want to tell them that there are numerous and a lot of opportunies for us.

"It’s just that we are being influenced by the sparkling opportunities the other countries are offering us.

"It’s not bad to get those.

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"But always remember that we can never be what we are right now without the help of the country that we are in and without the help of the people that has helped make this country the Philippines."

Rogelie Catacutan will fly to Krynica-ZdrÓj, Poland, to represent the country in the Miss Supranational pageant on December 4.

Christi Lynn McGarry will compete in the Miss Intercontinental pagent in Magdeburg, Germany on December 18, while Pia Wurtzbach will fly to Las Vegas, Nevada for the Miss Universe competition on December 20.

PEP asked Janicel, Rogelie, Binibining Pilipinas 2015 Intercontinental Christi Lynn McGarry and Miss Globe 2015 Ann Lorraine Colis about their thoughts on the importance of social media in today's world.

For Janicel, its value to the society is an 80% out of a hundred, she said. "Kasi sobrang hindi ko inexpect na ganun po ako ka-threat sa mga girls sa Japan, sa mga kalaban ko."

Numerous international fans kept approaching Janicel for a selfie, "Out of 70 girls, sila, ang dami sa kanila, ‘Miss Philippines can I have a seflie with you kasi may fans are asking a picture of you?’

"Parang, yung dating sa'kin nun napaka powerful ko, parang takot silang lahat. Parang super fan, super like nila si Miss Philippines,

"S'yempre hindi naman ako magugustuhan ng ibang tao kung wala ang support ng Pilipino na sinispread nila yung information about sa'kin about sa ating country.

"S'yempre lahat tayo nag tutulungan para ipagpanalo ang laban na ito kasi pride naman ng ating country."

For Christi and Ann, they echoed the same sentiments that social media is a tool for positive influence, but acknowledged that it also had its setbacks.

"Depending on how you use it, I take it is a really postive, important tool to spread messages and influence and to inspire people." said Christi.

ADVERTISEMENT - CONTINUE READING BELOW

"We are the generation of social media, beginning with, one, the interent, Youtube and then Facebook.

"Now everyone’s just the star of their own show or is able to... send messages from across the world of different advocacies or jokes or, sometimes to offend people too, but um, for the most part, if we all work together in a positive way, it can have a very positive impact."

Ann elaborated on the thought, "It has a big role as well and it’s a big help as well, to connect to other people, at saka it’s good way to market yourself.

"May chance na tayo ma-voice out kung ano man ang saloobin natin, but then we just have to careful as well kung ano ang ma-post natin.

"Dapat maging careful din if its hurting someone, or if it’s violating the law."

Rogelie related the story of Essena O'Neil, a young model who quitted social media because it was "fake", to her view on how social media should be.

"Social media, somehow, it can damage or, I would say, make someone else’s life blossom and that’s what social media is doing to us right now.

"She’s (Essena) only 18 years old and I believe she has been through a lot when it comes to social media.

"Maybe, looking back, and if she will age or age in advance and she will look back in that video,

"I would say that what she did was a wake up call to everyone who actually relies their lives to social media and whose life revolves around social media that life isn’t about technology,

"It’s more of how you communicate to people. It’s more of how you genuinely get in touch with them and that’s what matters most."

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ON STARTING CHANGE. With the country soon to be participating in the 2016 elections, social media has integrated itself into the process of evaluating which candidates should people vote for.

The beauty queens give their advice to the new registered voters especially to the young generation.

Janicel's recent competition stint abroad has made her confident that Filipinos know what they are doing, "Matatalino ang mga Pilipino ah... hindi yung basta basta."

Ann advices the generation to vote for the candidate with heart, "Dapat tapat at totoo ang puso niya para sa Pilipino."

Christi and Rogelie, on the other hand, see a different perspective on the country's search for change, "I think the generation needs to understand that politics play a massive role in the way society and the country work, but we also have our own voices to make a difference within our own communities.

"It should begin with yourself also, [so] make your own difference in the world starting with you."

Rogelie believes there also needs to be a wider sense of love to spark the change, "Alam n'yo po, I believe, love is harder to win than war.

"The only thing that we lack is love and when I say love, it’s love sa sarili, love sa kapwa at love sa bayan natin.

"As you can see, a lot of people have been traveling out of the country, working out of the country.

"It doesn’t mean that they don’t love the country, they just see the country as a less opportunity to get jobs, but I just want to tell them that there are numerous and a lot of opportunies for us.

"It’s just that we are being influenced by the sparkling opportunities the other countries are offering us.

"It’s not bad to get those, but always remember that we can never be what we are right now without the help of the country that we are in and without the help of the people that has helped made this country Philippines."

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Binibining Pilipinas 2015 Supranational Rogelie Catacutan starts her journey to win the title of Miss Supranational at Krynica-ZdrÓj, Poland. The pageant will be on December 4.

Binibining Pilipinas 2015 Intercontinental Christi Lynn McGarry will vie for the title of Miss Intercontinental on December 18 and Miss Universe Philippines 2015 Pia Wurtzbach will compete on December 20 for Miss Universe.


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