Maybelle Pameroyan of Sta. Barbara, Pangasinan is the Limgas na Pangasinan 2015 title holder. She is also a candidate of Miss Earth Philippines 2016. Aside from being a beauty queen, she is a licensed high school government teacher at one of the schools here in the province. Let us have her thoughts below:
Common Pageant Questions
What word describes your personality best?
The word that best describes me is amiable because I am fond of making friends with a lot of people. Though when I was young I was a shy type of girl, I learned to come out of my shell and to be more open to friendships and it helped me a lot. I believe that through my amiability I get to learn more about others and this concerns how to properly deal with different kinds of people.
What have you learned from this pageant?
I have learned to fully trust my capabilities as a person and to never doubt myself. I have also learned that in whatever competition you choose to take part of, you’ll always be a winner if you see what you have gained. I can say that I have gained a lot – experience, friends, and additional lessons in life that will guide me all throughout.
How will you accept defeat?
For me, defeat in any part of one’s life is inevitable. Even the most successful person in the world was once defeated. I will accept whatever God gives me, may it be success or defeat, open heartedly and open mindedly. I believe that in the midst of defeat, one still becomes successful because he/ she has still proved something to herself and not only that she has become more matured as an individual with the additional life’s lessons she has gained. Defeat truly becomes defeat if you don’t see the ray of opportunity it brings to you as a person.
If given a chance to change any part of your body, what would it be?
If given this chance, I will choose none for what I am today is what God has molded me into becoming. Every individual has been created in a unique way and my body, besides my character, is what makes me unique. I consider myself to be blessed to be created this way and that the way I look now is truly God’s masterpiece. The best way on how I can repay him is to be fully contented and thankful for what I have.
What is a Modern Filipina?
A Modern Filipina is a woman full of hope, love and wisdom. She is a person who has a ‘say’ in societal transformation and knows her possible contributions for the improvement of the society which are now evident in many Filipinas today. Examples are those who choose to lead, and excel in different fields of endeavor. In addition to that, a Modern Filipina is a woman who knows how to combine courage and self-confidence with chastity and purity which should still be innate in every Filipina.
How will you feel if you will not win this pageant?
No matter what is the outcome of this pageant, if I win or not, I will still feel so blessed to be given the opportunity to be a part of this prestigious event and I know that as my life goes on this will be noted as one of the most unforgettable experiences that I’ve had in my life. I know that no matter what happens I will still come out a winner because the overall experience that I’ve had, will remain to be one of the best prizes one can garner from this pageant.
Do you believe in pre-marital sex?
No, I don’t. Primarily because I believe that sex is a sacred sacrament which should only be done by those who have received the grace of holy matrimony. Sex before marriage is not the exemplification of love but it is maintaining purity and chastity in a relationship until the proper time comes.
What is your ideal man?
My ideal man is someone who has great faith in the Lord because I know that he will also see the beautiful plans God has in store for both of us and he has a wide understanding of what is happening in our lives. I believe that a man of great faith and belief in the Lord is a man who possesses the positive attributes any daughter of God would pray for. It is difficult to have any relationship with a man who doesn’t know how to put God in the center of it.
What is your stand in the RH Bill?
The RH Bill or the RH Law as it is known now, is still up to now very controversial. In my own perspective, the RH Law has positive aims and that is the development of the country yet I still disagree to the universal access to the methods of contraception and fertility control that this law guarantees. I believe that the large population in the Philippines should not be considered a problem yet an asset to the country. Making contraceptives easily accessible will make the youth bolder to engaging themselves to pre-marital sex. Instead of making this as this the remedy, the Philippine government should have stressed on finding ways to open new job opportunities, and improvements in the educational system.
Are you in favor of live-in relationship?
No because for me it violates the sanctity of marriage. Engaging in a live-in relationship should not be a consideration in testing the compatibility of couples. There will always be times that a couple may seem incompatible, even in a marriage, but settling differences will make them stronger and from there, they will realize that their marriage has bonded to truly become one.
What are the values of a Filipina woman that you want to preserve?
Filipinas in the current generation are obviously greatly influenced by the Westerners. Though many of these influences have benefited us, there are some Filipina values which I think should be preserved. Filipinas should preserved their conservativeness, chastity, hospitality, fidelity and strong family orientation. We are known to be the kind of women to be greatly respected because we know how to properly act, speak and dress. Many men of different nationalities also admire us for being devoted to our families and to our husbands. We, Filipinas, are well known for our uniqueness and exotic beauty combined with the notable values we have. We must continue to preserve these values which we are known for.
Which would you prioritize, Love or Career?
Choosing the two is really a difficult decision but between love and career, I would prioritize my career because many opportunities in one’s career often happen once and never happen again. If a guy truly loves me, he would understand and support me in what I need to do to become fulfilled in my chosen field of endeavor.
What is your stand on the K to 12 program of the DepEd?
The K to 12 is really a big leap done by the DepEd to our educational system. I believe that this program will be beneficial to our future graduates. The added 2 years in the secondary level of students will surely prepare them to be globally competitive and catch up with the demands of the international community. Even though many of our schools are still adjusting to change in the curriculum, as the years pass they will be able to cope with it and prepare our students for a better tomorrow.
Do you believe that you will win this contest?
Yes, I greatly believe that I will win this contest because I have physically, mentally and spiritually prepared for this. My faith in God, in myself, and in the people who have trained and helped me will surely lead me to my victory.
What is your stand on Climate Change?
Climate Change is one of greatest issues that all of us should give attention to. It is experienced in the entire world and it is the Earth’s desperate cry for help. What we are experiencing now are the products of our malpractices towards Mother Nature and with this we have to take a stand and move to preserve what’s left of nature’s beauty. Every one of us can make a change if we just try and do so.
What is the common problem of the youth of today?
The common problem of the youth of today is coping up with the demands of today’s century. The youth of today often feel the pressure of becoming the assets of the community and meeting the expectations of the older generations. They feel that they should always be prepared to face for judgments, questions and ridicules yet I see that the youth of today are growing into mature and strong individuals and not long they will become future leaders.
What advice can you give to young people who want to join beauty contests?
I would like to advice young people who want to join beauty contests to reach for their dreams and to be prepared for the challenges in store. They should allow themselves to improve in the different aspects needed in beauty contests like poise, walk and others and once they’re already in a beauty contest, they should savor every moment of it. Opportunities often come once and they should make the best of it.
What is your ideal beauty queen and why?
My ideal beauty queen is a woman who is worthy to be emulated not only because of her beauty, body, wit and talent but because of her genuine personality. It is because for me a beauty queen is a source of inspiration and one can really be an inspiration if she knows how to keep her feet on the ground, deal with others without prejudice and be thankful for what she has achieved.
In one word, how are you going to describe yourself?
Patient. I would often describe myself to be patient. Though I and my mom have been through many hardships, I remained to be patient and to trust in what God has planned for us. Even though I have been put down by other people, I remained patient with them and if I try enough and strive more, I can prove to them what I can do.
Limgas na Pangasinan Sample Questions
Why did you join this pageant?
I joined this pageant for particular reasons. First is for my self-growth and for me to achieve a sense of fulfillment. This pageant for me is my springboard to surpass my limitations and to build within myself true confidence and courage. The second reason is for me to raise the banner of my hometown, Sta. Barbara which I hold so dear to my heart. Lastly, I want to be involved in the promotion of Tourism here in Pangasinan and I know that the Limgas na Pangasinan Pageant targets to encourage many tourists to visit our province through showcasing the beauty, wit and talent of its Pangasinense women. Because of the reasons I have mentioned, I decided wholeheartedly to join this prestigious pageant.
Say something about your barangay, town, city, province.
BARANGAY – My barangay’s name is Pob. Norte and it is considered the heart of Sta. Barbara for there stands the municipal hall of our town together with other government offices such as the Police Station, Health Center, and the town’s mother high school, the Daniel Maramba National High School. It is also the center of leisure and recreation as it also holds the town’s auditorium, park, and orbos gymnasium. When it comes to the residents there, based on my observations, I can say that they are business-minded and hardworking individuals for in their simple ways they engage in entrepreneurship such as putting up sari-sari stores and selling goods like vegetables and fruits. Though a bit small in land area, I can say that my barangay is a place in Sta. Barbara worth visiting.
TOWN – One of the first class municipalities of Pangasinan, Sta. Barbara is filled with hard-working residents who work hand-in-hand to produce our agricultural products such as rice, yellow corn, mangoes and vegetables and even manufactured products like handicrafts, bamboo craft , red bricks, and many more. Not only are its residents hardworking but many of them are also talented as it is exemplified by 1st place winning of our dance troupe in the recently held Balitok-A-Tawir 2013 Grand Finals. I can also say that it is a place where history is preserved as it is the hometown of Don Daniel B. Maramba,”the Grand Old Man of Pangasinan” who served as one of the governors of Pangasinan. Simple yet historical and very productive, Sta. Barbara is truly worthy to be proud of. J
PROVINCE – The third biggest province in the whole Philippine archipelago, Pangasinan is endowed with the richness of nature’s beauty for it has many beautiful scenic spots like the beaches of Lingayen enchanted cave of Bolinao, and the mountain of Balungao. It also preserves the solemnity of Christian faith as embodied by the different churches found in the province. Our province is also well-known for the world class products that it showcases like the famous “puto Calasiao”, “bangus” of Dagupan, Lingayen Bagoong, native delicacies and many more. Besides that, Pangasinan continues to preserve and enrich its culture through the support its local government has been giving to the celebration of the different “fiestas” here in the province. Many noted personalities are also from our province. This displays that Pangasinenses are prominent in different fields. To mention some, we have the recent winner of the Voice of the Philippines, Mitoy Yonting, lawmaker Jose de Venecia Jr., and former president Fidel V. Ramos. Pangasinan is truly a beautiful province worthy to be visited and to be proud of.
What makes me proud being from Pangasinan?
The overall package that Pangasinan exhibits makes me proud that I’m a Pangasinense. The fact that it has beautiful sceneries and landmarks, rich culture and history, hardworking and talented people, responsible leaders and an efficient government will make any citizen proud of her homeland. I can say that I am overjoyed to be from here.
What are the qualities of being Miss Limgas na Pangasinan?
Being Miss Limgas na Pangasinan, a woman should not only show that she is beautiful, intelligent and talented but she must be able to couple those qualities with humility and responsibility.
Being a beauty title holder bears a great responsibilities and that is to be a great example for the citizens of Pangasinan through which one may further promote Pangasinan in its entirety. Miss Limgas should be a person who is aware of her responsibilities to her throne and to her province and is ready to fulfill her responsibilities. Besides that, Miss Limgas na Pangasinan should also be a person who knows how to keep her feet on the ground because through this she is able to reach out to people more no matter what status they have. Miss Limgas na Pangasinan is an epitome of what Pangasinenses are and with this she should bear in mind responsibility and humility.
If tourists visit your place, where you bring them here in Pangasinan?
If I were to have visitors, I would bring them to the Hundred Islands, National Park. I want them to experience the majesty of the well-known islands here in the province and besides that I want them to appreciate the preservation and protection given to the flora, fauna and wildlife found in these islands. Not only will they be amazed but they will also gain love for the preservation of nature.
If given the chance to be the Governor of Pangasinan, what immediate projects will you implement?
If given the chance to be the governor of Pangasinan, I would provide scholarship programs for the children of our province’s hardworking farmers and fishermen especially to those who have no capability to send their children to school. I find it very sad that the people contributing to the success of the people in food production are the ones who can’t even send their children to school, not only in college but even in high school. This will help their families and I know will further strengthen their drive to contribute more to the province.
What can you say about the capitol of Pangasinan?
The capitol of Pangasinan is really majestic as it appears to be one of the temples found in Rome. It really deserves to be hailed as a popular destination here in our province. It can be compared to woman who is beautiful inside and out from its outer structure to its elegant offices. It can really be considered one of the most beautiful capitols here in the entire Philippines.
Difference between Limgas and other beauty contests.
Limgas is truly different from other beauty contests. It is more prestigious compared others because besides displaying the physical beauty, intelligence, and talent of Pangasinense women, it also targets to promote Tourism here in Pangasinan through these women. I can also say that the winners of the Limgas pageant are more knowledgeable not only on the answers to judges’s questions but of the entirety of Pangasinan.
Who is you’re A.) Governor of Pangasinan? B.) the Vice Governor? C.) Congressman in your district?
(You have to know your officials too!)
Name three (3) tourist destinations in Pangasinan.
- The Hundred Islands National Park of Alaminos
- Bolinao Beach
- Our Lady of Manaoag Shrine
What is the number 1 tourist destination in Pangasinan?
The number 1 tourist destination in Pangasinan is the Hundred Islands.
These are just some few of the possible pageant interview questions and answers that might be asked.
Remember that pageant interview questions and answers for your casual interview will vary depending on the information you have provided to the committee. It would be a help to think before you write on your next pageant application form because this is your passport to join the top finalists and eventually to the crown. That makes the casual interview questions equally important just as the beauty pageant questions asked for the final interview.