Pinay beauties' edge over Latin ladies: Warmth

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Oct 07 2008 05:35 PM | Updated as of Oct 08 2008 01:37 AM

(L-R) Bb. Pilipinas International Patricia Fernandez, Bb. Pilipinas World Danielle Castaño and Bb. Pilipinas Universe Jennifer Barrientos talk to "[email protected]" host Ginger Conejeros

For years now Latin ladies have dominated the world of international beauty pageants but Filipino beauties are unfazed.

Reigning Binibining (Bb) Pilipinas Universe Jennifer Barrientos, Bb. Pilipinas World Danielle Castaño and Bb. Pilipinas International Patricia Fernandez said Filipino beauties are unique.

In an interview on “[email protected],” the three women said Filipinas have their own style. 

“We show more warmth and friendliness,” Fernandez said.

It is not easy being a beauty queen though. Before they can represent the country in international competitions, the winners of the prestigious beauty contest are required to undergo rigorous trainings.  

Barrientos emphasized the importance of preparing for the competitions.

“The secret is how you prepare and how you keep the power within. It’s how you concentrate, keep your focus,” she said.

Castaño, on the other hand, said: “Just finish school first before you go into something like beauty pageants and then that’s when you focus. If you want something and just keep dreaming, just be strong and you’ll succeed.”

The hard work though pays off even if the country’s representatives fail to bring home the crown.

Barrientos, who represented the country in Miss Universe 2008 held in Vietnam, for instance, said because of the experience she got to meet new friends from other countries.  

“The whole experience was very fun. I got to meet new people, new friends from other countries. And I got to experience all of the things that other beauty queens experienced,” she said. 

Fernandez and Castaño are set to compete in Macau and South Africa, respectively, in the coming months.

“I really pray that I will be able to bring honor to our country but, of course, I could only prepare,” said Fernandez who is leaving the country next week for the Miss International competition in November. 

For Castaño, she said she has been undergoing trainings to prepare her for the Miss World pageant in December. 

Ever wondered what’s up with beauty queen hand wave? The three beauties said it is for picture taking.