Friday, July 31, 2009

2009 Bb. Pilipinas-Universe Pamela Bianca Manalo: No. 14 in internet "judging"

2009 Bb. Pilipinas-Universe Pamela Bianca Manalo: No. 14 in internet "judging". 2009 Bb. Pilipinas-Universe Pamela Bianca Manalo is being trained in “poise and grace” in Colombia before she competes with around 80 other delegates from the same number of countries in the 58th Miss Universe Pageant to be held in the Bahamas on Aug. 23 (Aug. 24 Philippine Time). Bianca left last week determined like the Binibinis before her to bring home the country’s third Miss Universe crown (after Gloria Diaz in 1969 and Margie Moran in 1973).

“It’s an awesome task,” said Bianca, 22, whose aunt, Nini Ramos, was 1968 Bb. Pilipinas-International, and sister, Kate Manalo, 2002 Bb. Pilipinas-World. “It makes me nervous because I feel that people are expecting me to surpass the records of Tita Nini and Ate Kate. All I can promise is I will do my very best. Yes, they are giving me pointers.”

Funfare’s “beauty expert” Felix Manuel (now working as a nurse in New York) said that Bianca is an “imposing presence on and off stage.” A former PAL flight attendant, she’s an Advertising graduate from Assumption College, statuesque and very regal at 5’10”.

“She’s fiercely independent and driven, with a keen sense of volunteerism,” added Felix. “She finds fulfillment in being involved in community-based projects.”

Said Bianca in an earlier interview, “I am very thankful that my family has always been blessed but I’m also concerned about the plight of the less fortunate families in our community and in our society as well.”

Felix noted that before Bianca joined the Bb. Pilipinas pageant, she volunteered for Gawad Kalinga in building houses for the poor, joined medical missions and helped in feeding programs.

Bianca stood out in cheerleading during her high school and college years. She dabbled in modeling when she was 14 and also tried her hand at TV hosting. During her safety training as a flight attendant, she graduated 1st Honorable Mention among 75 cabin crews. Her experience with PAL surely helped her clinch the Binibini title.

Aside from her training in Colombia, Bianca took up language courses, and reviewed Philippine history, geography, economics, and arts and culture. She also tried to learn as much as she could about the Bahamas.