Many people recognize Joanna Louise Eden as the winner of Binibining Pilipinas Supranational 2016.
But the 22-year-old Fil-Australian is working on spreading her wings recently, as evidenced by her attempt at courtside reporting during the opening night of the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League on Friday.
Eden said working behind a mic is something she has always dreamt of, one of the reasons why she joined Binibining Pilipinas back in 2016.
“This is my very first time, and it’s something I really want to do,” she told ABS-CBN News.
“Hosting is really in my heart for a long time and in a way ‘Binibini’ was kind of a stepping stone for me.”
Eden flew to the Philippines 4 years ago for a short vacation. Back then, she also wanted to dabble into commercial modeling.
“Being a beauty queen is kind of something I never really imagined I would do,” she said.
“You know when you’re a kid and dream of doing that pero parang sa totoo lang isipin mo hindi ko kaya talaga, that I won’t be able to do it.
“Then bigla, the opportunity came. As soon as I started training, I really fell in love with it because it’s all about improving yourself, your appearance, mentally, emotionally, you have to grow so much, be so strong to be able to do that and put yourself in front of everyone.”
Obviously, she did well. She was crowned Binibining Pilipinas Supranational 2016 and went as far as the quarterfinals of the 2016 Miss Supranational.
“Binibining Pilipinas was my very first pageant. I wasn’t really a pageant person so for me if I was going to do it, I want to give it my all, and that’s the biggest show in the Philippines,” she said.
In some cases, sports reporters aspire to become beauty queens, but Eden is reversing the formula.
Before she got the courtside-reporting gig, she had to work on her language skills, which include speaking fluent Tagalog.
“Before I moved here, I knew nothing (Tagalog). I really want to learn because I want to be a host dito so kailangan talaga mag-Tagalog,” she said.
She acknowledged being nervous on her first day of courtside reporting, but she vowed to improve.
“I’ve never done anything related to sports before, I definitely made mistakes but like I said it’s something I really want to do. When I do something I put everything to it. It was so much fun,” Eden said.
“It’s different from what I expected. I didn’t know what to expect, so it’s really fun. I really hope that I get to do more so I can improve.”
And how about acting?
“Of course, I’d like to try and never say never to everything, but hosting is really in my heart for a long time. But we’ll see. You can’t lose by trying something new,” she said.