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Past Beauty Queens Reveal Their Most Memorable Experiences

Things they won't ever forget.
Past Beauty Queens Reveal Their Most Memorable Experiences
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Things they won't ever forget.

Being a beauty queen may look like an endless show of glitz and glamour, but these former pageant princesses are proof that the whole process can involve a good laugh, too! Below, they recount their most unforgettable experiences as the Philippines' loveliest ladies:

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“The night that I was going to pass on the crown to the next girl, I wasn’t feeling too well. So before the actual coronation, six doctors were attending to me. After I got on stage and passed on the crown, people started coming to the new girl and I was almost pushed off stage!" - GLORIA DIAZ, Bb. Pilipinas-Universe 1969

"Signing an autograph for the first time after I was crowned made me realize I was already a celebrity. I never thought that I would be doing that in my lifetime, it was surreal. Another memorable event was the time a co-candidate asked me for a beauty tip before pageant night; I told her to put cucumber in her eyes before she goes to bed. The following morning, her eyes were swollen, I asked her what happened and she told me she squeezed the cucumber and placed the extract in her eyes; we just started laughing and during the finals we kept on laughing about how she misunderstood my instructions and that kept us calm backstage." - ANTHEA ROBLES, Bb. Pilipinas-International 1988

"In one of the pre-pageant activities, a fellow candidate got hurt and needed urgent care. Being a nurse by heart, I know what is expected of me. While the others urge me to finish the rehearsal I chose to give first aid and stabilize the candidate. She was very grateful that I helped her. I am glad too that she got well. Being in the competition did not stop me from performing my obligation as a nurse; it was even more fulfilling." - MICHELLE REYES, Bb. Pilipinas 2001 1st runner-up

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"I met Muhammad Ali and spent an hour chatting with him right before a Sugar Ray Leonard fight in Las Vegas. Also, I had ice cream with Smokey Robinson in the kitchen of his home, then sat next to Sammy Davis Jr. in a comedy bar and spent the evening chatting with him." - JOYCE ANN BURTON, Bb Pilipinas-Universe 1985

"There was a PR girl in Los Angeles who asked me to date a movie actor whose name was Clint Eastwood. I said no since at the time I was dating a Filipino. After 10 years, I went back to the States, famous na si Clint Eastwood. I called her up and told her, 'Why didn’t you force me?' She told me, 'You were snooty...'" - MYRNA PANLILIO-BORROMEO, Bb. Pilipinas-Universe 1964

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"Meeting Nelson Mandela, who was the symbol of struggle and triumph, and speaking to him in Afrikaan might be the high point of my reign! Standing in his presence was simply mindblowing."REHAM SNOW TAGO, Bb. Pilipinas-World 1995

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"I will always remember when Madam Stella Araneta personally made our salad for our diet before competing abroad. She was my favorite mentor because she treated me and all other ladies like her own daughters." - MARICARL TOLOSA, Bb. Pilipinas-International 2001

"When I shouted “Philippines!” during Ms. International and the crowd, especially the Filipinos there, roared and cheered. I felt so proud and happy to be there, I almost cried.  I thank God there were so many people who came in to support me; some of my co-candidates even thought Macao used to be a part of the Philippines because of the number of Filipinos there!" - PATRICIA FERNANDEZ, Bb. Pilipinas-International 2008

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