Mariel, hindi pinalad

Tempo - - Front Page - By ROBERT R. REQUINTINA

REIGN­ING Bb. Pilip­inas In­ter­na­tional Mariel de Leon failed to ad­vance to the Fi­nal 15 of the Miss In­ter­na­tional 2017 beauty pageant held in Tokyo, Ja­pan last Tues­day af­ter­noon.

Can­di­dates in the Fi­nal 15 are: Cu­ra­cao, Venezuela, Slo­vakia, United Kingdom, Ghana, Hon­duras, Ja­pan, Ecuador, Fin­land, Laos, Indonesia, Panama, Thai­land, Aus­tralia, South Africa A to­tal of 69 can­di­dates com­peted in this year’s Miss In­ter­na­tional con­test.

The Con­ti­nen­tal Queens are: Miss In­ter­na­tional Asia, Korea; Miss In­ter­na­tional Europe, United Kingdom; Miss In­ter­na­tional Amer­ica, Bo­livia; Miss In­ter­na­tional Africa, Ghana; and Miss In­ter­na­tional Ocea­nia, New Zealand.

The Philip­pines has al­ready won six times in the 57-year-old beauty con­test. Other Filipino win­ners were Gemma Cruz (1964), Aurora Pi­juan (1970), Me­lanie Mar­quez (1979), Pre­cious Lara Quiga­man (2005), Bea Rose San­ti­ago (2013) and Kylie Ver­zosa (2016).

Mariel, who stands 5’8, stud­ied cook­ery at the North Shore In­ter­na­tional Academy in New Zealand. She plans to open her own cafe in the Philip­pines.

Aside from cook­ing, she is a surfer and an opera singer. She de­scribes her­self as a home­body who loves be­ing with her dogs.

In 2013, Mariel joined the Bb. Pilip­inas beauty pageant for the first time at the age of 19. She placed in the Top 15 that year in the con­test won by Ariella Arida.

Mariel has also started shoot­ing for her de­but film “Ang Pan­day,”

an en­try to the 2017 Metro Manila Film Fes­ti­val.

But Mariel said she is not sure if she would pur­sue act­ing, a field in which her par­ents – Christo­pher de Leon and Sandy An­do­long – re­ally ex­cel.

“This is a re­ally a new ex­pe­ri­ence for me. I haven’t de­cided which path I’m gonna do ac­tu­ally so I’m just dip­ping my clothes in the wa­ter and see how it goes. I’ll do my best in the movies and we’ll see what hap­pens,” she said.

Given the chance, Mariel said hat she wanted to ap­pear in hor­ror movies. “I re­ally love hor­ror movies. I want scream­ing and run­ning for my life.”

In May, Mariel be­came con­tro­ver­sial when she was bashed on so­cial me­dia by some ne­ti­zens af­ter she voiced her opin­ion on pol­i­tics.

“There are so many other un­bi­ased, ed­u­cated, and re­spected (and re­spect­ful) peo­ple who de­serve her place. There are so many other un­bi­ased, ed­u­cated, and re­spected (and re­spect­ful) peo­ple who de­serve her place,” said De Leon af­ter she tweeted about the ap­point­ment of Mocha Uson as as­sis­tant sec­re­tary for so­cial me­dia un­der the Pres­i­den­tial Com­mis­sions Op­er­a­tions Of­fice last May 10.

Marie added: “I love my coun­try

so it breaks my heart to know some­one like her got a po­si­tion in the gov­ern­ment.”

Later, Mariel apol­o­gized to Uson fol­low­ing her com­ments on the ap­point­ment of Uson.

“Like all Filipinos, I love my coun­try and I hope for a bet­ter Philip­pines. With or with­out a crown, I will con­tinue to show my love for the na­tion by dis­cussing is­sues that af­fect us. I apol­o­gize to any­one who was of­fended as it was not my in­ten­tion to do so.

I wish Asec Mocha Uson suc­cess in her job. Mov­ing for­ward, I will use this ti­tle as a plat­form to pro­mote unity for the coun­try .# Any­thingAnd Ev­ery­thing For The Philip­pines ,” she said.

“Bi­ased and dis­re­spect­ful. She in­sults those who are against her. I’m not for her, I’m not for the other side (what­ever that may be). I love my coun­try so it breaks my heart to know some­one like her got a po­si­tion in the gov­ern­ment,” the beauty queen said then.

(In­sta­gram)

MARIEL de Leon

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