Michele Gumabao bagged the Bb. Pilipinas Globe title at the pageant's grand coronation last night, March 18.
PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) had the chance to interview her during the candidates’ courtesy call and beauty workshop with Ever Bilena last January.
Prior to joining Binibini, Michele was co-captain of the De La Salle Lady Spikers. After graduating, she played professionally for several teams, and even had a coaching stint with Adamson University Lady Falcons. Her last team in the Philippine Super Liga was United VC.
Michele was also a housemate in Pinoy Big Brother: All In which aired in 2014.
Joining her first ever beauty pageant, she felt that her athletic training had worked to her advantage.
She told PEP.ph, “Siguro my background in being an athlete, of course, you learn how to be disciplined.
"You learn how to compete, you learn how to win. You train every single day.”
Having to balance her time as a student and as an athlete also prepared her well.
She said, “I’m used to a rigorous schedule, I’m used to being busy and being tired.
"It’s not something new to me. So I’m enjoying everything that we do in Binibini.
“Kasi it’s something new for me, and I’m actually more restless pag naka-standby lang ako.
"So I like going out, I like meeting new people, I’m actually really enjoying it.”
It was also much easier for Michelle to deal with the stiff competition in the pageant world.
She pointed out, “One of the major things that I will consider, being an athlete, you’re used to healthy competition. And here in Binibini, we’re 40 girls.
“Yes, we compete with each other but you make friends at the end of the day, you consider yourselves as family, and that’s how I consider these girls.
“Of course, some I’m more close to than the others, but that’s normal.
“But everybody here, I want to be friends with, and especially those from Aces & Queens 'cause you know, we trained together, we practiced together, even before Binibini started. So we kind of formed a bond early on na.”
She continued, “It’s the same in volleyball.
"You treat all your teammates, although you’re fighting for a position, you treat everybody as family.
"You help each other at the end of the day.”
Michele said joining Binibini was a way for her to widen her horizons, having already proven herself in the field of volleyball.
She narrated, “I’m 25 years old, and I’m at a point in my life where I’ve established myself in volleyball already, and I want something more.
“I want something bigger, and I was used to being in a bubble my whole college and after-college life.
“So I want something bigger, I want something different.
“I want to reach a different market and a different set of audience that I know I can contribute to, and in one way or another I know that I have skills, I have things that I want to share to them.
“And that’s really why I’m here.
"I want to be a part of Binibini. I believe in what Binibini stands for, and the organization, and how it helps people, and I wanna be a part of that.”