Ladies of the Land

Sun.Star Cebu Weekend - - Profiles - Text: Pa­tri­cia May P. Catan & Chris­tian Jay B. Quilo SunStar Week­end Writ­ers With Irene Mariell Labu­cay & Naomi Jemimah Liao STC MassCom In­terns

Last Oc­to­ber, we bore wit­ness to the coro­na­tion of Cebu’s new­est am­bas­sadors in the sec­ond year of the Binib­in­ing Cebu pageant. Af­ter months of search­ing for right­ful in­di­vid­u­als to rep­re­sent Cebu, amid in­ten­sive screen­ing, train­ing and pocket com­pe­ti­tions lead­ing to the big an­nounce­ment, five strong and stun­ning women came out on top. Epit­o­miz­ing beauty, wit and most of all, heart, meet the reign­ing Binib­in­ing Cebu and her court: Aberas­turi is not a new face in the pageantry scene, but the lat­est Binib­in­ing Cebu was her first pageant af­ter years of hia­tus. Aberas­turi said her de­ci­sion to join this year’s pageant was not be­cause of the crown but for the di­rec­tion it can give her. She wishes to make a big dif­fer­ence and take a leap to­wards her goals in life, and Binib­in­ing Cebu al­lows her to do just that. “I be­lieve Binib­in­ing Cebu opens doors for more pro­duc­tive op­por­tu­ni­ties that will en­able my skills and ca­pa­bil­i­ties to be shared across the is­land,” says Aberas­turi. Long be­fore the screen­ing sched­ule for Binib­in­ing Cebu was an­nounced, Aberas­turi al­ready had her mind fixed and even took the lib­erty of call­ing her han­dler. “I was ex­cited and scared at the same time be­cause I stopped join­ing pageants for a while. But I was so ea­ger to join and make my fam­ily and friends proud of me once again,” Aberas­turi shares. She adds that her fam­ily and friends helped boost her con­fi­dence. The de­ci­sion to join the pageant was only the first step, and next was the gru­el­ing prepa­ra­tion process. Like any other beauty pageant con­tes­tant, Aberas­turi vis­ited the gym thrice a week and did train­ings with her Ka­gan­da­hang Flores fam­ily, on top of prac­tices with the other 52 con­tes­tants. “It was tir­ing but noth­ing in life comes easy, so I just had fun all through­out the com­pe­ti­tion and grabbed the chance to know my 52 sis­ters bet­ter,” Aberas­turi re­veals. She never saw Binib­in­ing Cebu as a com­pe­ti­tion but an op­por­tu­nity to make friends and im­prove her­self. Aside from bring­ing her name to the pageant, Aberas­turi also rep­re­sented the city of Man­daue, which she says of­fers fun ac­tiv­i­ties, fes­ti­vals like the Mantawi Fes­ti­val, del­i­ca­cies like bib­ingka, a col­or­ful his­tory, and di­verse arts and cul­ture. “Man­daue may be far from pris­tine beaches or mag­nif­i­cent moun­tains, but what makes it beau­ti­ful is the preser­va­tion of its colo­nial-era gems that can be found at the very heart of the city,” Aberas­turi adds. Aberas­turi never ex­pected to win the Binib­in­ing Cebu 2018 crown, but Aberas­turi’s name was called at the end. “I wasn’t able to con­trol my emo­tions and cried on stage. Prayers are re­ally pow­er­ful and it can move moun­tains.” Now with a crown on her head, Aberas­turi is in the process of co­or­di­nat­ing with the peo­ple of Man­daue for fu­ture projects. And for a big­ger ad­vo­cacy as a beauty queen, she plans to re­vive and cul­ti­vate the art of weav­ing. With plans and an ad­vo­cacy in dis­cus­sion for her reign, Binib­in­ing Cebu has taught Aberas­turi to be more re­spon­si­ble in her ev­ery­day ac­tions and to hum­ble her­self be­fore oth­ers. Aberas­turi’s jour­ney as a beauty queen doesn’t end on the last day of her reign for she plans to com­pete at a na­tional level, with Pia Wurtzbach as her in­spi­ra­tion. “She is very de­ter­mined in achiev­ing her dreams and mak­ing a pos­i­tive mark in this world. I hope to fol­low her foot­steps one day be­cause it’s not the longevity that I seek or a life well lived but a le­gacy I can carve and leave.”

I be­lieve Binib­in­ing Cebu opens doors for more pro­duc­tive op­por­tu­ni­ties that will en­able my skills and ca­pa­bil­i­ties to be shared across the is­land.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Philippines

© PressReader. All rights reserved.