PH bet in Miss Supranational 2012 banking on hard work, Filipinos’ support to win crownBy Jamie Elona
MANILA, Philippines – Everything is ready for the Philippines’ candidate to the upcoming Miss Supranational 2012 pageant in Poland. All the same, the Samar-born lass says she will still need all the support of Filipinos worldwide if she were to win.
In a send-off party at the Gateway Suites in Quezon City before she left for Warsaw, Poland Monday, Elaine Kay Moll revealed that she started preparing herself for the contest in April – soon after her Binibining Pilipinas stint – where she was proclaimed first runner-up.
“Ever since we won in April, we’ve been in training. We go to the gym, watch our diet, do pasarela [catwalk] and Q&A [question and answer] training,” the 20-year-old candidate said, adding that while she is excited, she is, at the same time, nervous, as this will be the first time that she will be visiting Europe.
The 5’11” model and student athlete from Catarman, Northern Samar said that she also underwent personality development trainings, photo shoots, and various TV guestings and appearances in high-profile events.
“From [putting on make-up, to hairstyle to the cat walk, [everything] really requires a lot of hard-work,” Moll said, when asked about what she considered was the hardest part of her preparation.
Moll said she was banking on the support of a large Filipino community in Warsaw. “Filipinos naman are very supportive,” she said.
Proof of that support has been evident even here.
“You already have everything—the height, the figure, the face—all you need to do is be confident because you have already done everything,” Miss Universe 2011 3rd Runner Up Shamcey Supsup said in Filipino, adding that not everyone gets the chance to travel and represent the country.
“[But] aside from competing, [I told her to] let go of herself and enjoy everything there . . . because it’s more of the relationship that you create while you’re in the competition—[it’s] not all about who gets the crown and who messes things up,” Supsup said.
Binibining Pilipinas International 2012 Nicole Schmitz said she believed that Moll’s stellar personality would make her stand out in the competition. “Over the past year, I’ve gotten to know her as a sweet, funny, and happy-go-lucky kind of girl, and I know it is these qualities that will make her shine and take her far in the competition.”
This year’s pageant will be the fourth. It was organized in 2009 in Poland by the World Beauty Association. Monika Lewczuk of Poland is the reigning Miss Supranational.
Over 50 candidates representing different countries around the world will compete. Fans and supporters can vote for Moll online at the Miss Supranational website at http://www.misssupranational.com/VotingPage.html.
The candidate with the most votes will automatically advance to the semifinals.
Voting ends on Friday, September 14 at 12 midnight.