Binibining Pilipinas 2012 candidate No. 28 Marie Irisha Arcenas is a cousin of Kapamilya actor Matteo Guidicelli.
“My mom and his mom are sisters,” the 22-year-old beauty pageant contestant told PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) at the store visit of the Binibining Pilipinas 2012 candidates in TriNoMa Mall earlier today, March 28.
The morena beauty was also born in Cebu like her famous cousin.
Being in the same age range, the cousins share a special bond.
“Yeah, we’re close ’cause out of all the cousins, we’re the ones with the same age. We’ve been playmates ever since,” said Mia (her nickname).
Even when Matteo went to Australia and Mia to Los Angeles, California for college, she said he still made an effort to communicate or visit her.
According to Mia, Matteo shows his all-out support for her by entreating the help of his girlfriend, Maja Salvador, as well as his friends.
“Sometime he’ll tweet it and if ever there’s something like, especially now, like text voting…uhm, he’ll retweet it.
"And like Maja and whoever else, retweet it as well."
The public can vote through SMS for their favorite candidate to become the People’s Choice for the Face of Binibining Pilipinas 2012.
Whether she wins a Binibining Pilipinas title or not, is Mia considering entering showbiz?
“You know, my mind is open for anything. If it happens, then it happens.
"Yeah, this whole journey is really exciting.
"It’s actually my first time,” she said about joining a beauty pageant.
With her beauty and showbiz affiliation, it will not be a surprise if Mia gets offers and follows the long list of beauty queens who have crossed over to the entertainment industry.
“Yeah, there’s just so much going on right now.
"I’m actually trying to concentrate on the competition.
"Whatever opportunities that happen after, I’m in it," she said.
The Binibining Pilipinas coronation night will be held on April 15 at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.