It was very kind of Bb. Pilipinas Charities Inc. to allow selected members of the press (including this blogger) to take a sneak peek on Shamcey Supsup’s photoshoot. BPCI will be choosing photographs from this session to send as her official registration photos to the Miss Universe Pageant 2011 which will be held in Sao Paolo, Brazil in September.
BPCI’s founder, Madame Stella Araneta was there in a mustard brown jacket and black pants. Her South American hospitality emerged when she personally opened the doors to let us into the Gateway suite where she proudly presented Shamcey Supsup and the rest of her court of beauties – Dianne Necio (Bb. Pilipinas International 2011), Isabella Manjon (Bb. Pilipinas Tourism 2011), 1st Runner-up Janine Tugonon and 2nd Runner-up MJ Lastimosa. Also present were Czarina Gatbonton (Bb. Pilipinas World 2010) and Venus Raj, the Bicolana who made us all proud when she placed 4th runner-up in Miss Universe 2010.
After we all settled down, Shamcey Supsup made her entrance in an aquamarine Cumbia gown. Her figure was still slight as a whisper but I noticed more rounded shoulders and more shapely arms. During the Q&A session she had with the press right before her photoshoot, Shamcey Supsup said that “Trainer to the Beauty Queens” John Jay Cuay was pushing her hard in the gym – she’s not into exercising but with all the amazing bodies competing in Miss Universe, Shamcey needs better muscle tone. So far, she’s gained 7lbs (since she won Bb. Pilipinas Universe 2011) by eating more protein and cutting back on rice which is a tough since she’s a big eater. Shamcey said, “I can’t live without rice. It’s the Filipina in me. I need two cups for every meal but now I only have one cup per meal.” She added that she needed to gain about 3 more pounds to reach the goal that John Cuay has set for her.
As I listened to her field questions from the press, half my mind wandered to the first time I saw her in the line-up of final contestants for Bb. Pilipinas 2010. She was my choice for the Universe crown the second I saw her, mostly because of her stunning smile which lights up her face like the spreading of an angel’s wings. Now I don’t want to turn poetic on you so let me just say I was pleased as pie when she won the Bb. Pilipinas Universe title that night.
After the pageant, I stumbled upon her Mother (Tita Marcie Supsup) and her Aunt Joan. I spent nearly an hour with these two spunky ladies, partying in one corner of Shamcey’s victory party, rejoicing as we demolished hors d’oeuvres. We also fellowshipped together – I discovered that just like me, they were Born Again Christians and in the course of our conversation, Tita Marcie asked for prayers for Shamcey to always honor God and avoid all the pitfalls she meets on the beauty queen path.
Tita Marcie, who named Shamcey after a character in a Mills and Boon romance novel, said that her daughter was just like Esther in the Bible who was chosen over many other beautiful women by the King to be his bride. But Esther’s story doesn’t end there – she goes on to save her people, the Hebrews, by convincing the King not to kill them. I wonder if Shamcey Supsup will go on to do even greater things just like Queen Esther…
But my mind wanders. Back to the photo shoot, Shamcey Supsup deftly evades a touchy question – Will she choose to have a translator in the Miss Universe pageant or will she speak in English? After beating around the bush a little she said, “What matters most is the content and not really the medium or the language).” Then she went on in pure Filipino to say that both languages are important. Did she answer the question? Not really. Not even after they asked her a second time, “So will you have a translator?” She continued to hedge the issue most graciously. I think President PNoy should hire her to be his spokesperson. LOLOL!
As she continued to answer questions, I got the feeling she wouldn’t be needing a translator and won’t be asking for one either. Hindi naman kasi talaga niya kailangan. The girl makes sense when she speaks and her grammar is solid. I don’t know why Filipinos are so finicky about English grammar when so many Miss Universe winners don’t even speak English!
Anywhoo, when it comes to Shamcey, I don’t think we need to worry about the Q&A portion. I was quite impressed by her answer to this question: Are there are any Architectural principles that you can apply to your beauty queen stint?
Without batting an eyelash extension, Shamcey quickly said,
“Yes, like symmetry and beauty – two important things in Architecture. Foundation is also very important. If you build a beautiful house, what use would it have if the foundation was weak? It would only be destroyed by floods and earthquakes.”
I told you she was a fast one!
But, as one commenter on my blog said, it’s not about how academically smart a contestant is; it’s about her beauty and competitiveness. I tend to agree with that opinion – Shamcey Supsup’s Magna Cum Laude honors in Architecture won’t win her the Miss Universe 2001 crown, however, she will have to use her brains to strategize how to present herself before the judges.
If I were in her shoes, this would be my gameplan – I wouldn’t focus much on announcing my coconut’s contents. Instead, I’d maximize my best physical assets by being fierce on stage. When off-stage I’d be Miss Congeniality. And when facing the judges, I’d be smiling like there’s no tomorrow, enjoying my beautiful self and the people around me.
So, Shamcey Supsup has her work cut out for her – she still has days of training to go before she flies off to compete in Miss Universe 2011. Currently, she’s studying Spanish and Portuguese, working out and dieting, practicing her catwalk and posing, and – dig this – she’ll be undergoing some further training with ABS-CBN. No details were given about it but it was confirmed by Madame Stella Araneta that ABS-CBN will help her get comfortable strutting her stuff in front of TV cameras. Sounds exciting to me!
While I (and all pageant fans are excited) Shamcey says her own excitement is tempered by the pressure of meeting expectations – specially since Venus Raj gave us a major, major 4th runner-up victory in Miss Universe last year. I know it’s not fair to compare because we all have our own journeys to walk but it is very human to want our current queen to do better than previous one. I think it’s okay to want that, but I don’t think it’s okay to expect it.
Well, so there, we’ve gotten to know Shamcey Supsup a little more – here’s looking forward to the Miss Universe 2011 pageant and millions of TV channels all over the world flashing her smile on screen… a smile that’s just like the spreading of an angel’s wings.
Thanks to Madame Stella Araneta, Tessa Mangahas, Gus de Castro and Liliana of BPCI for your awesome hospitality!
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