MANILA, Philippines – Family and friends of 2010 Binibining Pilipinas-International Krista Kleiner on Sunday night threw a surprise party for the 21-year-old beauty, who is set to leave for China on October 20 for the Miss International competition.
“Hindi ko na-feel na aalis ako kasi I’m so busy preparing. And may dinagdag pa sila na talent competition so gusto ko talagang manalo. Tinodo ko talaga ang preparations ko,” Kleiner said.
The reigning Miss Philippines-International is singing her own composition in the talent portion.
She said she co-wrote a song titled “Beauty Queen” with boyfriend R&B singer Jay-R. According to her, the song is “very upbeat, very fun, danceable and catchy.”
“I’ve been focused on the talent competition because I just found out a week and a half ago [about it]. And I didn’t want to sing and dance any song... We co-wrote it together. He did all the music. I got some help with the choreography. I really want to show them that Filipinos have talent,” she said.
She said she has been busy for the past days rehearsing the dance moves. “I can’t wait to perform it there…. I think it will be a good number.”
“I want to do [this] for all the people that have been supporting me all along. And I really want to make all of them proud - my family, my friends and everyone in the Philippines. I’m representing a nation, hindi lang sarili ko. So, I’m using this moment to absorb that good energy,” she said.
She was also told that she is one of the early favorites to win the title.
She shared: “A couple of days ago someone sent me a picture of a Chinese newspaper and may mga pictures ng candidates doon na mga favorite nila. Tapos ang picture ko ang pinakamalaki. So, sobrang na-excite ako doon… They’re saying I’m one of their favorites. So, sana tuloy tuloy ‘yong magandang energy na yan.”
She asked the public to “keep me in your prayers during the time I’m there; that I can bring more pride back to the Philippines.”
The 50th Miss International will be held at Sichuan Province Gymnasium in Chengdu, Sichuan province on November 7.
The reigning Miss International is Anagabriela Espinoza from Mexico.