Precious Lara Quigaman says Binibining Pilipinas doesn't forbid former beauty queens from pursuing a showbiz career.
Precious Lara Quigaman accepted the invitation of Stella Araneta to watch the preliminary screening of the contestants of the Binibining Pilipinas 2011. During the event, Lara, Miss International 2005, and Madame Stella, the director of Binibining Pilipinas Charities Inc. said hello to each other and proved to the public that all is now well between them. The two had a rift in 2008 when Lara established her own beauty pageant, Turismo Pilipina, allegedly to compete with Binibining Pilipinas.
During the press conference of the teleserye Mutya where she is part of the cast, Lara told reporters, "Sobrang okay na kami ngayon ni Mrs. Araneta. She invited me and Venus (Raj) sa screening ng bagong Bb. Pilipinas. Okay naman kami. Wala naman talaga kasing nangyari. Petty tampuhan lang 'lsquo;yun."
Lara has been too busy the past two years acting in several teleseryes so she hasn'rsquo;t had time to organize another Turimo Pilipina pageant search. But she said she and her team in the pageant still want to do another search, and hopefully Mrs. Araneta won'rsquo;t feel bad about it. "We want to continue it kaya lang ngayon may mga kanya-kanya kaming ginagawa kaya hindi pa namin napaplano 'lsquo;yung pageant. I hope hindi siya magtampo kapag itinuloy namin. Hindi pa kami nakakapag-usap about it."
Lara also commented on the issue regarding Binibining Pilipinas beauty queens who choose to venture into showbiz like her, Bianca Manalo, and Venus Raj. According to Lara, Mrs. Araneta never interfered with the career choices of the beauty queens. "She'rsquo;s very supportive of it. Sobrang okay sa kanya na mag-showbiz kami. Wala akong narinig sa kanya even before na nagkatampuhan kami. Hindi naman niya ako pinagbawalan na mag-showbiz."
After her roles in the TV drama May Bukas Pa and Precious Hearts Romances presents Impostor, Lara scored another big role, this time in Mutya as the mother of a child mermaid. The beauty queen-turned-actress shared the challenges she faced when she shot a scene with leading man Alfred Vargas underwater. "Ang hirap, nakakaloka! Pero pambata naman 'lsquo;yung show kaya hindi sobrang sexy. May mga kissing scene under water, mga lambingan. Ang ginagawa sa amin ni Alfred, may regulator sa ibabaw ng tubig para makihinga kami, then lulubog para maglambingan and all, tapos aangat uli para makahinga. Ang hirap kasi sa dagat talaga kami hindi lang basta sa pool."