Tagbilaran, Sunday, 26 June 2011 02:59:18
After winning the prestigious titles of Binibining Jagna 2010 and Miss UB Personality 2009 1st runner-up, Charmaine S. Agas prepares herself for the upcoming Miss Bohol Sandugo 2011, the province's most prestigious pageant on July 16 at the Bohol Cultural Center (the talent competition is on July 14 at the Tagbilaran Port Area).
A Pisces (March 15), Charmaine stands 5'5"; weighs 105 lbs., and has a vital statistics of 32-26-35, is an imposing presence both on and off stage. This 17 year old Accountancy student of Holy Name University has put a face to the name and what a very beautiful face it is, matched by a beautiful mind and a beautiful body with which the cameras love to flirt.
God-fearing, simple, optimistic, driven and bestowed with keen sense of volunteerism, Charmaine finds fulfillment in being involved in community-based projects. She is encouraging the young people to actively participate in community activities and help in nation-building.
"The activeness of youth," said Charmaine. "There are activities in the community that the youths are the people working behind it. Like religious, sports, recreational activities and alike. This quality should be given importance to develop leadership, camaraderie and skills."
Jagna is not only famous of their calamay (a sticky sweet delicacy) but also of their beautiful women. It is the only town in Bohol that has the most number of Miss Bohol Sandugo winners. It accomplished the first-ever three feats in the Miss Bohol Sandugo when the town's entries successively triumphed from 1990 to 1992: Tiffany Yap (1990), Ma. Recelle Adlaon (1991) and Celevel Ranoco (1992). Also in 2003, Fatima Liora Lloren Rana was crowned Miss Bohol Sandugo.
Is she nervous or pressured for the competition?
"Kinda pressured... but I trust myself. Whatever happens, I am still a winner and all of us (candidates) of Miss Bohol Sandugo are winners. It' just that there is a winner in competitions. There will be a lesson that molds me to a better person. I believe that experience matters most," she said with a beguiling smile.
Who are her inspirations to join Miss Bohol Sandugo?
"I'm inspired by the persons who trust me and those who don't trust me. To those who trust me because they remind me that I am capable and to those who don't trust me because they challenge me and taught me to be strong and be the best that I could," she stressed.
The municipality of Jagna under the leadership of Mayor Fortunato 'Bicbic' Abrenilla is supporting Charmaine in her quest to win the crown. Mayor Abrenilla is designating her niece, Manol Ocio, the chairman of the successful Little Miss Jagna 2010, to take care of Charmaine.
Despite the pressures, hectic schedules and seemingly daunting task ahead of her, Charmaine is determined to purge head on in her pursuit of Miss Bohol Sandugo title. Constantly thankful for the privilege of being a beauty queen who represents Jagna, she is more than ready to undergo any challenge to bring the title where it truly belongs....home to the Calamay country.
What are your preparations for the Miss Bohol Sandugo 2011?
"I minimize the amount of food I eat everyday. It's very hard for me to do that since I am a food lover. I appreciate food so much! I exercise daily like sit ups and reading and surfing for info that are useful and important."
What kind of diet do you have?
"Eating fruits, vegetables and drinking lots of water."
Drinking a lot of water is good for the skin, they say.
"I am drinking more than six to eight glasses per day."
What part of your body do you think needs improvement?
"My tummy or "bilbil (belly fat)" because I have a big one. I really want have those sexy and shaped body! And it takes a lot of workout to have that body I want have."
And what part is your favorite?
"My face. The shape of my face is my asset. And I can say it since many of my friends told me that it is the asset that they find the best in me. There was a time that I looked in the mirror and then thought that it really is my asset!"
Who is your role model and why?
"Fatima Soriano. I love all her songs, the lyrics and its meanings. I admire her simplicity, humility and faith in God. I remember the line of her song, "my sufferings are my offerings and I'm offering all of my sufferings. And if ever I will face more trials and more pains, I will offer them gladly again." Inspiring, right?"
Yeah, very inspiring. Young people today are liberated and adventurous, willing to try everything. What's your stand on pre-marital sex?
"It's very true; youths want to experience things because of curiosity. Premarital sex is rampant in our society but I say there is a right time for that and to avoid that matter, keep yourself busy with your studies. Temptations come for sure, to overcome it, just think of your family and the consequences of doing it."
And what is your stand on the Reproductive Health Bill?
"I am anti-RH Bill. For me, it destroys the gift to multiply that God had given us. Overpopulation? This bill is not the solution to it. Self-discipline and respect instead are the things that we should have and practice."
Why do you think education is important?
"Education is important because it cannot be given to others nor taken from you unlike power, position, wants, and alike. If you have this, you will be knowledgeable enough to handle yourself and your life."
If you were somebody else, who would you like to be and why?
"Layla of the movie Sky-high. I love nature so much that's why I also want to have powers like her. She can control the plants, trees and everything in nature. And if I'm given the chance to have this, I'll probably use this power wisely."
What are your beauty secrets?
"My beauty secret is... wearing charming smile all the time. I believe that being beautiful is being friendly and smiling to everyone. When you do this, you'll look younger and your day will be fun!"
"Well, sometimes I go out with friends at night to watch programs, activities and to relax. And speaking of permission, my parents (Ernesto and Lodelia Agas) are okay with nightlife because it is one way of practicing responsible freedom."
What is your greatest inspiration?
"God is my greatest inspiration. I believe that everything happens for a reason. I am not here if I'm not chosen... having Him in my heart and life makes me alive, kicking and optimistic in life."
If you were to change something in yourself, what would it be?
"That is being so contended. Yes, contentment is a good thing. But too much of contentment is not good. So I want to change it and I want to have goals and aims in life and will work hard to achieve it."
What is your favorite quote?
"Do your best, do what is right and let God do the rest."
How's your love life?
"Good. I'm single and happy. No commitment at all and ready to mingle also. But as of now, I want to focus on my studies first because I just graduated from high school and I am still in my adjustment period in college. But hopefully soon!
What do you find sexy in a man?
"A man who knows how to handle and carry his self. It boosts one's confidence and if he's confident he will be able to show his true self."
What qualities do you want in a man?
"Honestly, looks for me doesn't matter that much. But attitude matters the most. Being gentleman, thoughtful and responsible are the qualities that I'm looking in a man."
And what turns you off?
"I don't know but maybe a man who is "bastos." Well, so far, it doesn't happen to me yet. But if it will happen, it will totally be turned off!
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Leo P. Udtohan