After being crowned at the Binibining Pilipinas pageant earlier this year, Maxine Medina admitted her life has turned around a 180-degrees since she became Bb. Pilipinas-Universe. "Yes, right after the coronation, imagine may 4 pm call time, agad. After nun, straight, interviews, non-stop interviews for about two months and then after, ayun na, training na. Everyday training. Like we have J. Robert Powers every Tuesday and Thursday and then Dale Carnegie every Wednesday and Friday. Ganun ka-hectic. Parang, ang day ko na lang for my rest day is Sunday and then Saturday, Monday may training ako for fitness. Nag gy-gym ako. So all of that, wala akong idea about pageants. So ngayon ko lang sya natututunan within six months after winning the crown," she shared.
The 25-year-old interior designer and model admitted that she never dreamed of joining the beauty pageant circuit and that she had dreamed more of becoming a host someday. "First time talaga ako sumali. Kaya nga parang, my God, everything is overwhelming. Lahat ng pinagdadaanan ko ngayon parang, my God. In every sense ang di-ne-dream ko talaga maging host, na I keep on wondering kung paano at paano ko talaga sya matututunan. Ito na yung stepping stone ko to achieve it so sobrang excited ako. Dream ko sya na I never thought na kaya kong gawin. And that’s somehow, someday, na kaya ko pala syang gawin. Di ba?" she explained.
Maxine also said she is thankful for her family's continuous support. "Every Sunday lagi kaming lumalabas to eat outside. Tapos, ano lang, talagang bonding lang. As much as possible every Sunday bonding with the family. Ganun. So parang siguro na-earn yung, na-earn yung ano, learning from my parents that you have to respect someone, to respect everyone, para ma-respect ka din nila. Be humble all the time, at least, pray the Rosary. Laging ganun so feeling ko yun yung parang nagb-brighten up sa akin to be myself on that stage," she said.
With the Miss Universe pageant slated to happen on January 30 in Manila next year, Maxine shared how she has been preparing herself mentally. "Nung narinig ko na dito gagawin, medyo na-excite na ako. Eventually siyempre, kapag nasa ibang country ka, yung, helpless ka eh. Ikaw lang lahat. Pero pag andito ako, at least family ko nandiyan pati friends ko din," she said.