MANILA, Philippines -- For Nicole Schmitz, winning wasn’t just bringing home a title and a crown.
The 24-year-old Schmitz did her fellow Filipinos proud at the 52nd Miss International pageant in Okinawa, Japan last October 21.
She was evidently one of the crowd favorites based on the audiences’ reactions every time she stepped out on stage; hence, it was no surprise that she landed one of the Top 15 spots.
Her Top 15 speech which won her even more fans revolved around how we can all achieve global harmony through cultural diversity and offered herself as a compassionate, responsible, and independent international citizen.
The pageant ended with Miss Japan Ikumi Yoshimatsu winning this year’s Miss International crown followed by Viivi Suominen of Finland who won first runner-up, Madusha Mayadunne of Sri Lanka who placed second, Melody Mir of Dominican Republic who finished third, and Nicole Huber of Paraguay who won fourth place.
Indeed, it was a well-fought competition for Schmitz who feels happy for the reigning Miss International queen.
“I had a fantastic time in Okinawa. For one, the Japanese has a tremendous sense of culture. Their country’s very advanced and they embrace high technology, yet the people are so grounded and in touch with their historical roots,” the impressed Binibining Pilipinas-International 2012 said.
“I’d like to say domo arigatou gozaimasu or thank you very much to the Japanese for such an amazing experience during my stay. I especially loved the food!” she continued.
The Miss International competition also gave Schmitz and her family ample quality time.
“My mom, dad, and sister were there to support me, and that alone for me was enough. Their presence served as a reminder of who I am and gave me peace of mind in spite of the crazy schedule. My mom helped me prepare my national costume for the competition and all, which meant a lot to me,” she shared.
Schmitz also expressed her gratitude towards her countrymen. “I’m extremely grateful to everyone who believed and prayed for me. It’s always an honor to represent the Philippines,” she said.
And what does she want to do now before she continues to pursue the rest of her dreams which involves finishing law and getting busy with Philippine show business?
“I’m looking forward to a very relaxing massage and having my nails done,” she bubbly disclosed.