Following Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray and Miss Grand International 2016 first runner-up Nicole Cordoves, this year's Bb. Pilipinas candidates share their life stories through a workshop dubbed as #iambinibini.
One story of a candidate caught the attention of Catriona and Nicole, who shared her experience becoming a person under investigation or PUI last March when the lockdown was imposed due to the pandemic.
Kimberly Ann Tiquestiques, Bb. Pilipinas candidate No. 19 from Balagtas, Bulacan, was put in isolation from March to April 15 after she experienced body pain. She became a PUI last March because of her travel history in Manila.
She was traveling back and forth from Bulacan to Cubao for Bb. Pilipinas.
“Sabi ko, bakit ako pa? Parang mali ito! Pero thankful ako andun ang suporta ng pamilya at mga kaibigan ko,” she said.
Thankfully she was cleared as a PUI in April.
The next challenge she needed to face was how to earn money amid the pandemic.
In order to make a living and help her family with expenses, Kimberly decided to sell street food.
“Naisip ko mag-tindera ako. I am proud to be a tindera. Nagtitinda po ako ng fishballs, kikiam and other street food," she stated.
The Bb. Pilipinas candidate added, "Actually di na siya bago sa akin dahil during high school, nagtitinda na talaga ako during summer vacation kasi kailangan ko ng income siyempre past time na rin before. But now more on income talaga kasi gusto kong makatulong sa pamilya ko, mabili 'yung pangangailangan nila lalo na at naubos 'yung ipon dahil sa nag-PUI ako ang daming gastusin."
Kimberly's story of resilience was lauded by Catriona and Nicole.
“You gave us lessons in going through your challenges," Catriona told Kimberly when she presented her story.