MANILA - Young star Janine Gutierrez reacted to suggestions that she should follow in the footsteps of her friend, actress-dancer Teresita Sen "WynWyn" Marquez, who has joined the Binibining Pilipinas pageant.
The niece of Miss World 1993 second runner-up Ruffa Gutierrez said she would rather focus on show business for now, noting that she is not that passionate about beauty pageants.
"Hindi ko naman kasi talaga passion 'yun eh. Ayaw ko naman pong sumali nang half-hearted lang," Janine explained in a recent interview during the launch of her newest endorsement, Boardwalk. "Siyempre, mas gusto ko po 'yung pagbutihin kung ano 'yung ginagawa ko ngayon na pag-aartista. 'Yun naman po talaga 'yung gusto kong matutunan. So, focused lang ako doon."
Janine went on to say that she is supporting Wynwyn, the daughter of Alma Moreno and Joey Marquez, in the upcoming Binibining Pilipinas pageant.
"Supporter na lang ako ni Wynwyn... Matagal ko nang sinasabi sa kanya na talagang pang-beauty queen si Wynwyn. Lahat naman tayo alam 'yon, hindi ba? So good luck sa kanya, I wish her the best talaga," she said.
Aside from Wynwyn, a number of beauty pageant veterans are also part of this year’s Binibining Pilipinas. Some of them include Pia Wurtzbach and Hanna Ruth Sison, who were both finalists in previous editions of the pageant.
The reigning Binibining Pilipinas Universe, Mary Jean Lastimosa, joined the pageant three times before winning the crown.
She is currently in Miami in preparation for the Miss Universe coronation night on January 25 (January 26 in Manila).
Meanwhile, Janine said she is proud of her mother, Lotlot de Leon, who got her first best supporting actress award at the 2014 Metro Manila Film Festival for her performance in the horror movie "Kubot: The Aswang Chronicles 2."
"Super happy ako para sa kanya kasi alam ko na talagang deserving siya," Janine said of her mother. "Lahat naman ng napapanood ko sa kanya, kahit sa telebisyon, alam ko na karapat-dapat ang award."
"Magaling talaga si Mama, idol ko talaga siya pagdating sa pag-arte. She was so happy... so ang saya ko talaga para sa kanya," she added.
Janine said she considers her mother as one of her sources of inspiration when it comes to her showbiz career.
"Nakikita ko kung paano siya magtrabaho. Parang she leads by example. Talagang sobrang sipag niya tapos lahat ng role niya, kahit anong role... Kahit 'yung sa 'Kubot' nga ay kakaiba 'yun kasi nakakatawa usually drama-drama si Mama tapos doon pa siya nanalo ng award. So inspiring to see na lahat ng role niya nagagampanan niya nang mabuti at talagang napapansin siya kasi bigay na bigay siya sa lahat,” she said.