All set to fly out of the country for the Reina Hispanoamericana pageant in Santa, Cruz, Bolivia happening next month, Winwyn Marquez said she has been busy with preparations after joining the Miss World Philippines pageant last September. “We only have less than a month of preparations so medyo mahirap for us but humahawak kami sa momentum namin since after Miss World tuloy-tuloy naman so fresh pa yung trainings and everything. I did a little bit of Spanish course but it’s minimal lang talaga. I just want to learn some words kahit papaano maintindihan ko kung ano yung sinasabi nila. Even key words pag nagsasalita sila. I trained for walking so maiiba yung walk ko ng konti,” she said during her Miss World Philippines send-off presscon last October 18 in Quezon city.
Part of the preparations she has been doing also includes researching past pageants and her competitors. “I watched their past videos. Oh my God it’s about performing talaga. Makikita mo lahat sila marunong sumayaw, lahat sila marunong um-emote, lahat sila magaganda. So it’s basically really about performance, about your confidence, and of course you also have to answer smart as well. Pero siyempre ang una nilang makikita kung paano ka mag-perform. So dun tayo mag-fo-focus,” she added.
The 25-year-old daughter of actors Joey Marquez and Alma Moreno admitted that her parents seem to be more excited about her upcoming pageant than she is. “Parang sila yung lalaban eh (laughs). So parang sila yung ina-advise ko to calm down and relax. Basically they just tell me to enjoy and have fun. It’s only going to happen once in a lifetime so sabi nila, ‘Enjoy mo lang. Huwag ka masyadong maging nega. Let people say whatever they want to say pero ikaw kung kilala mo yung sarili mo and you know that your going to do well then dun ka maniwala,” she shared.
During her send-off presscon along with Miss World Philippines 2017 winner Laura Lehmann, Winwyn could not help but be touched after hearing messages from her fellow Miss World winners. “Hearing all the messages from my sisters and our national director Arnold Vegafria makes me very calm right now because I know that there will be support and that they will pray for me wherever I’ll be. It’s going to be a challenge for me because it’s a land full of talented girls. We all know that latinas are very good in pageants, they’re very good in dancing. They’re very, very good. But I wouldn’t want to put myself down because I know that I’m standing for my country and that I’ll do my very best,” she said.
Winwyn also wants to assure Filipinos that she is not intimidated by the language barrier that she might encounter abroad. “Language can be learned through will and determination. For me to give honor to my country cannot be learned. So yun ang hawak ko pagpunta ko ng Bolivia. Language is not a basis but the heart to perform and the heart to bring honor to the country is something that we have to consider first. So I want everyone to pray for me, help me in the votation also. And I hope I make you proud. I hope I’ll be win-win there but I’ll use Teresita there. I hope ma-win-win tayo for the first ever Reina Hispanoamericana!” she said.