BINIBINING CEBU 2017

What’s next for the newqueens?

Cebu Daily News - - FRONT PAGE - by Michelle Joy Pa­day­hag pho­tos by Junjie Men­doza

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.”

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