BINIBINING CEBU 2017
What’s next for the newqueens?
JUST hours after she was crowned as the first Binibining Cebu 2017, Apriel Smith has already set her sights on what to do next as she assumes her duties and responsibilities as Cebu’s newest ambassaddress.
The 22-year-old student and professional model—who represented the town of Badian—said she wants the children and youth to engage in sports.
“Sports can divert young people away from drugs. It keeps them fit and healthy,” Smith, who also won Best in Swimsuit, told CEBU DAILY NEWS.
Smith, a former Varsity volleyball player, said she dreams of having a sports clinic for the children and youth who want to pursue a career in sports.
Aside from the crown and title, Smith also won P500,000 cash; a round trip ticket to Las Vegas, USA—all expenses paid with accommodation worth P135,000; a three-day, two-night trip to Hong Kong worth P70,000; P50,000 gift certificates from Bikram Yoga; P36,000 worth of dental services from GAOC; and P10,000 worth of gift certificates from ZINK Fitness Studio.
Smith said that some of her money will be allocated for her studies as she is taking up Bachelor of Science in Tourism Management at the University of San Carlos .
She will not be celebrating her victory alone as she wants to give back to those who supported her journey, like the local government unit (LGU) and the Association of Kawasan Canyoneering Operators in Badian (ACKOB).
“I am very overwhelmed kay unexpected kaayo. Wala ko mag- assume og any man gud. Ang ako lang ga focus lang ko every portion sa pageant. Wala ko ga expect mo win,” she said.
Smith emphasized value of family and time during the pageant’s final question and answer portion.
All candidates were asked one question: “What is the important life lesson that a millennial should learn and why?”
Smith’s answer was: “There is only one thing that I can share to you is that the man of my life passed away, whom I can call my father. His peaceful goodbye changed my perspective of life which I can call the values and the time. Because we cannot take time because time is gold and I know that when you have time with your family, cherish and embrace (them) with your time especially to the younger ones because we never know when our time is up. That will be a very important lesson to the millennials — values and time,” Smith answered. SAMANTHA’S PLANS “IT feels so incredible and I just can’t believe it. I just wanted to get through the day. I was just expecting to stand for the next eight hours with six-inch heels,” said Samantha Lo, newly crowned Binibining Cebu-Tourism.
Lo, who represented the town Asturias in the pageant, confirmed that she is joining
BINIBINING Cebu 2017 Apriel Smith of Badian (center) with her court (from left): first runner-up Ingrid Elizabeth Gerodias (Minglanilla), Binibining Cebu-Tourism Samantha Ashley Lo (Asturias), Binibining Cebu-Charity Maria Gigante (Bantayan) and second runner-up Kathleen Mae Lendio (Danao City)
APRIEL Smith: “Sports can divert young people away from drugs. It keeps them fit and healthy.”