Being a representative for the History Society in the Faculty of Arts & Letters is such an honor and a priviledge. The AYAA, or the Artlet Youth Ambassador and Ambassadress, is not an ordinary pageant. At first, I didn't want to join because I am not really into pageants. Yes, I love watching Miss Universe or Binibining Pilipinas, but I never imagined myself being a contestant. When the president of the History society messaged me on facebook saying that she wants me to join, I thought that I should give it a try. Let's back up a little. Before I entered college, I promised myself that I will take any good opportunity that comes my way.
When I screened for the spot of being Ms. History, I didn't get my hopes up. I was this boyish girl who had no interest of becoming a beauty pageant contestant. When I got home, I just forgot all about the screening. I was listening to music, talking to my friend on Viber, then I suddenly got tagged in a facebook post congratulating me on being the 2015 Ms History. I had no response whatsoever.
This is the time when the contestants were revealed in AB. Specifically, the press conference. We had to state our advocacies and there will be questions asked from the judges and the press. I think all of us were really nervous for this press conference, as in we were almost at our lowest point due to this nerve-wrecking event. But once we were there, the nervousness was just gone. It just vanished.
From runway trainings, to dance choreographies, to friendship bonding; my AYAA experience has been really good. Despite my back aches and swollen feet, it's worth the pain.
This is probably most formal photoshoot ever. I had more liberation in my graduation pictorial. But it was a fun experience though!
My favorite part of this journey is getting to know my fellow candidates and gaining new friends. I didn't feel any competition among us. They are really warm-hearted people. At first I got scared because of the pageant rumors I hear. Like the beauty contestants putting itching powder on her rival's gown. I thought it'll be like that, I was wrong. It was more like a friendship camp than a competition. I am going to miss them all so much.
Proud of this! It's not everyday that your big face gets posted on school grounds.
I just want to thank my friends and family who came to support me.
To my fellow candidates:
Hey guys! I already miss you all! Please keep in touch! I would never enjoy this journey without you guys. We helped each other grow, and we became each other's family. You are my new family. Congratulations to us all! We are all winners here, and we did it for our societies and most of all, God. I thank you for all the memories, from the orientation, to runway trainings, to Gulaman Avenue, to Coronation night. I love you to the moon and back.
To my mentors (Jed, Ysa, Jan, Ate Pau, Knicole, and Dom):
I want to simply thank you all. Thank you for believing in me, for teaching me, and for not giving up on me. I hope I made you guys proud. Thank you for bringing out my feminine side when I walk and when I talk. You guys did a great job organizing this event and for giving AYAA a meaning. Not just for beauty, but also for brains and personality. Just like you guys. I love you guys very much!
To the History Society (Quina, Jaimee, Mercury, Ate Pau etc!!!):
First, thank you for giving me a chance to compete in AYAA. I've always thought that pageants in the Philippines are for white skinned girls. I love that you chose a chocolate complexioned girl who'll represent our society. Brings out the Filipino pride. This journey opened my eyes on a lot of things, and it surely helped me grow as a person. Thank you for all your help in my advocacy, and for supporting me even though I didn't win. For that, I am eternally grateful.
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