Proud at excited na din si 2005 Miss International Precious Lara Quigaman para sa nalalapit na laban ni 2017 Binibining Pilipinas International Mariel De Leon ngayong darating na November sa Japan.
Kuwento ni Lara, ready na para sa kanya ang pambato ng Pilipinas.
"Sobrang napaghandaan na niya ang Miss International kasi lahat ng sumasali sa Binibining Pilipinas ay talagang ready na sila. So pagdating ng International pageant ang kailangan na lang niya gawin ay i-enjoy, pray, and seek God first before anything," sabi pa ni Lara.
Dahil isa ang Miss International sa may matatagal na oras ng programa ng coronation night, may espesyal na tip din si Lara para kay Mariel.
"Kailangan mo kumakain ng chocolate, yun talaga ang sikreto. During my time nga ang tawag sa akin is Ms. Chocolate kasi ako yung tagabigay ng chocolate sa mga girls. Kasi karamihan talaga hindi kumakain and kalagitnaan ng pageant hinihimatay so kailangan talaga ng chocolate kasi hindi ka naman tataba in one day," ani pa ni Lara.
Bukod sa tip ng pagkain ng chocolate sa pageant night, mas importante din umano sa Miss International ang pagsasapuso ng kanyang winning speech.
10 years ago I won Miss International. Wait what??? Has it really been a decade ago? Wow! 10 years... The best and worst moments of my life happened in the last 10 years. Thinking about the best moments- that winning moment ofcourse, meeting my husband, giving birth to noah- but the best happened quite recently... finding joy in my salvation again! The worst- my papa passed away and things I never even want to remember.. But looking back, all I can see is how good God has been. Yes God has been so good and faithful even during those times that I have lost my way. When I just lost all hope. He never gave up on me and I am just overwhelmed with gratefulness thinking about how he didn't just struck me down dead during those awful times... He still gave me a chance to get back up and repent! Oh Thank You Father God! Knowing what God has revealed to me now, I never would have joined a pageant (not that I see anything wrong with it now) but I would have just wanted a much simpler life serving God, perhaps I would have avoided all those wrong decisions and hurtful, destructive situations.. But ofcourse, God always knows what's best for us, I would never have met my husband or be in the position I am now had He never placed that desire to join the pageant in my heart. Now I understand that even though the decisions I took seems right at the time but turned out to have harmed me instead, still God intended it for good to accomplish what needs to be done at this moment! One of the usual questions that are asked in beauty pageants is 'How we see ourselves 5 or 10 years from now'- My answer used to be: i'll be married, have children, be really happy and successful. If you ask me that question now: I'll tell you this- I don't know what the future holds. Anything can happen in a year, in a day and even in an hour. But 5 or 10 years from now, It doesn't matter where I am in life or what I have or who I'm with as long as I'm giving God all the glory honor and praise everyday until he takes my life away or until He comes back. And my prayer is that I never forget the cost of my salvation. And that for the rest of my life- I will live for Him alone. My Saviour and my God! 👇
"Kailangan lang talaga from the heart, hindi mo din kailangan isipin kung ma-impress yung mga tao, ang isipin talaga dapat muna ay kung ano ang laman ng puso mo kasi nakikita talaga ng mga judges yung sincerity ng isang tao," pahayag pa ni Lara.
Kung papalarin, magiging pampito si Mariel na Pilipina na makakapag-uwi ng karangalan mula sa Miss International beauty pageant.