Actor-comedian Joey Marquez on Sunday admitted that he did not want his daughter, newly crowned Reina Hispanoamericana 2017 winner Winwyn Marquez, to become a beauty queen.
But since Winwyn really wanted to join pageants, he eventually agreed on one condition: that she pursues a doctorate degree once she has achieved her goal.
"'Yan ang kapalit ng ginagawa mo," Marquez told DZMM, adding that he has always advised his children to prioritize their education because it is something that they can keep forever.
He also admitted that they were skeptical about her participation in the Reina Hispanoamericana pageant, since Winwyn is not fluent in Spanish.
"Actually noong una kinakabahan kami eh kasi among all the candidates, siya lang ata ang hindi ganun kabihasang mag-Kastila. Kaya nga sabi ko, papaano na kaya ngayon,"Marquez said.
Nonetheless, Marquez is very happy with his daughter's latest achievement. He also praised Winwyn for all the sacrifices she made just to get the crown.
"Alam mo 'yung disiplinang ginawa ni Wynwyn, kahanga-hanga ho. Parang hindi ko makayanan eh. Actually, minsan naaawa nga ako sa kanya kasi nagdiyeta, nag-exercise, nagpa-practice. Minsan sinasabi ko nga sa kanya, is it worth it na magkasakit ka sa ginagawa mo?" Marquez said.
"Eh ayaw daw niyang mapahiya, at sabihing mali ang pagkakapili sa kanya para ilaban sa ganung kalaking contest," he added.
Marquez also said he will make sure that Winwyn keeps her promise to study, now that she has won the crown.
Winwyn is expected to return to the Philippines next week, but she is expected to fly back to Bolivia to fulfill her duties as Reina Hispanoamericana 2017.
The very first Filipina to compete and win in the beauty pageant, Winwyn bested 26 other beauties in the competition, which celebrates the Hispanic heritage and culture. She succeeded Maria Camila Soleibe from Colombia.