Catching Up with Janicel Lubina, Slimmers’ World Miss Bikini Philippines 2013
I ran into one of my favorite beauty queens, Janicel Lubina, at the Creative Posing Competition of Slimmers’ World Miss Bikini Philippines 2014 where I was invited to help judge. It seems the Palawan beauty queen has moved on from a missed opportunity to compete in a pageant in Egypt. There was very little sign of disappointment on her face when I asked what went wrong. She just said, ‘security concerns’ got in the way.
So for now she plans take time off from competing and focus on studies instead.
But Janicel admits being nervous about enrolling in her course of choice which is Mass Communications because she feels that she won’t qualify. She comes from a poor family and did not have the best elementary and high school education. I can sympathize with that. Competition, whether on the pageant stage or in the academic world, can make you lose your nerve.
Nevertheless, she’ll be giving it a shot and applying at one of the universities in Metro Manila. All I can say is that with her amazing life experience of rising from poverty and succeeding in the world of pageants, any college would be stupid not to take her.
Meantime, what are Janicel Lubina’s pageant plans?
Right now, all I can tell you is that she will be back to compete but it won’t be soon. Apart from focusing on her studies, Janicel wants to finish her double reign as Miss Bikini Philippines 2013 and Miss World Philippines’s 1st Princess 2013 before joining any other pageant.
She has been accused by haters for being ‘swapang‘ for joining so many pageants and winning them! But in her defense, I have to say that being a beauty queen is now a legitimate career in the Philippines. However, just like many Olympic athletes, their careers are short ones because they age out in their mid 20s and can no longer compete.
With such a short time for a career, a girl who feels that pageant competition is her calling should be strategically joining as many competitions as she can while she is still young. Just my humble opinion.
Janicel Lubina will be passing on her Miss Bikini Philippines crown to a new queen on May 13, 2014 at the Resorts World Manila and although she is sad to end her reign she is excited for what the future holds for her!