How to Ace a Pageant

Have a heart in joining beauty pageants.

The most fundamental step in winning a pageant is by passionately joining one. Passionately joining means extending your participation not only through your physical presence but also by your heart and mind. You must join a beauty pageant because you love to not because you have to. Thus, you must have a mindset that pageants are held with purpose and not out of mere necessity. Everything is possible, even winning the pageant, if you invest your heart in whatever you do.

Set goals.


Another tip is to be a goal-oriented candidate. Having a vision of the end is a great way of beginning. Setting goals is important because it gives you a well-directed beauty queen journey. Your goals can be – garnering minor awards, winning the crown, boosting self confidence, improving your articulation, gaining friends, making your family proud, and many more. These goals serve as a fuel that fires your spirit up. Goals are pretty much the impetus that causes you to do better in rehearsals and in the pageant proper. These goals are the touchstones of your victory.

Enjoy yourself in the process.

Don’t stress yourself. Stop pushing yourself so hard. Enjoy the process. You must be free-spirited. Treat the conditions of the pageant as if you’re listening to music. Enjoy the melody. Understand the lyrics as if they were your own. Only then will you appreciate the whole song. The same is true with beauty pageants. You have to know how to put a genuine smile on your face. You have to stop treating the rehearsals as a waste of time but as a nourishment of your skills. Only then will you realize that pageantry is enjoying and learning at the same time.

Enjoying yourself in the process also means making new friends. Not pushing yourself too hard also means not comparing yourself with your fellow candidates. You must stop looking at them as a conflict to your goals but as an opportunity for companionship that could later evolve to friendship. No man is an island, they said. It’s indeed true. Your journey will be more fruitful if you experience new things with other people. Happiness is not something to be kept to yourself but rather be shared with others. Learning, too, is not fun by your own. Experience lingers if it is celebrated with your comrades.

Be yourself.

The only thing that you have as you join a beauty pageant is yourself, so you must believe in it. You must believe on what you have and on what you are. The most basic thing that you could do to be a winner is to believe that you have the capability of being one. Be proud of who you are and you must stop trying to be someone you’re not. Likewise, you must always remember that comparing yourself with other people won’t make you any better. You must accept your uniqueness. Find your own style, and that brand would be your edge among others – your one step towards victory.

Be limitless.

We all have our own limits. You have one, too. However, you must always remember that we should never cage ourselves to these limits we thought were our boundaries. A beauty pageant is an avenue where you can test your limitations and explore the undiscovered gems in you. Always remember that trying something new will give you more benefit than cost. Discovering your skills and limitations is not instant, it is a process. And some activities, like joining beauty pageants, are a significant part of this discovery process. Especially in today’s era when beauty pageants don’t only require you to be beautiful – you should also be talented, intelligent and confident.

Be confident.

After you have known yourself and have freed yourself from your limits, then you have to start showing off what you really got. You have to step out of your comfort zone. Do not let your limits hinder you but rather use it as an edge among others. Show your jawdropping walk, your wonderland body and your sweetest smile without any insecurities. Be optimistic; claim that if other people will be talking to you – it is about you being the best among the rest. Lastly, you have to own the stage as if it was made just for you.

Be contented.

Win or lose – contentment will make you a winner.

If you win, you have to be contented. Winning, whether the title or the runner-up ranks, is already a great fulfillment. Especially, when you know you have given your best and the outcome is fruitful.

If you lose, you also have to be contented. Being qualified to a prestigious pageant already makes you a winner, winning a title, sash or a crown is just a bonus. You have to realize that life is not always rainbows and rose gardens. The time is not always your time. Your plan doesn’t always fit God’s plan for you. However, you still have to be fulfilled with whatever you have been through. Afterall, the experience, knowledge and sportsmanship that you have acquired from joining a pageant already turned you from a bud to a blossoming rose who already knows her own beauty more than anyone else.

Leah Evangelista

The Author, “How to Ace a Pageant”

Things I learned from joining a pageant?

Being Miss Mangaldan 2016 First Runner Up has become one major turning point of my life. Walking the streets isn’t the same ‘walking’ anymore. It is now filled with both familiar and unfamiliar faces smiling at you. However, it is not actually about the title nor the fame that is remarkable but it is the courage that the pageant has engraved in me. The kind of courage that makes you grow. The courage that is nourished by support and experience.

Even without the sash or the crown or the title, I consider myself as a victor. A victor that is a learner at the same time. The pageant has taught me that life doesn’t stop in the four corners of your comfort zone. It pushed me to step out and show people what you really got. And I would like to thank every person who believed in me. Life, indeed, has its own ways on bringing out the most beautiful and genuine smile you could ever wear. The pageant had also made me realize that life never runs out of friends and good people to give you.

Having experienced such pageant myself, I claim that a beauty pageant is never a competition. It is an avenue where you enjoy yourself and explore your capability of being limitless. It is a place where you grow and sail your horizons. It is a nursery for blooming friendships. It is a boulevard of advocacy and self-expression. Lastly, it is a stage that empowers a woman. It gives every single girl a chance to save themselves from being stereotyped as weak and pang-bahay lang and gives them a chance to claim themselves as remarkable, confident and fearless.

To my family, friends and supporters, the courage that pushes me to do more roots from all of you. I learned that the most grandiose crown you could ever wear is neither made of silver nor diamond but that of the hearts of the people who truly believes in you. I also learned that a pageant doesn’t cage you to just being beautiful – it encourages you to be helpful. Thank you.

The Author, “How to Ace a Pageant.”

Leah Vinluan Evangelista

Binibining Pilipinas Pageant Questions

Binibining Pilipinas 2016

  1. One of Miss Universe Pia Wurtzbach’s advocasies is to stop cyber bullying, how would you help her with her advocasies?
  2. What is your message to the next president?
  3. Even if her parents can afford to send her to school, a 15-year-old girl wants to stop her studies. What would be your advice to her?
  4. What is the toughest challenge a Filipina of your age faces nowadays?
  5. How will you encourage a Filipino citizen who is feeling hopeless to cast his or her vote?
  6. If you could switch bodies with somebody for one day, who would it be and why?
  7. Why do you deserve to win a Bb. Pilipinas crown tonight?
  8. Winning of the crowns tonight will make you the country’s Ambassador of Goodwill. What international problem or issue would you focus of and how will you address the problem?
  9. Would you compromise your integrity and personal values just to win a crown? Why and why not?
  10. Women use make-up to enhance facial features, do you think it’s appropriate for men to do the same?
  11. If you are to choose between having a multi-million business or a crown, what would you choose and why?
  12. If you have the chance to ask our own Miss Universe Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach on question, what would that question be?
  13. What do you think is the most undervalued profession right now? And why?
  14. What kind of leaders do Filipinos needs today?
  15. If men and women are equal, why men are ought to give their seats to women in public transports.


Binibining Pilipinas 2015

  1. How would you describe or define your country, the Philippines, to a foreigner?
  2. Who is the international personality you would like to take a selfie with?
  3. In the wake of conflicts and controversies, how is winning a Binibini crown relevant?
  4. You will be a national figure if you win one of the crowns tonight. How will you handle fame?
  5. Would you marry a man who is less successful than you?
  6. Social media is now a very powerful tool of communications. Can you tell us your thought about Internet censorship?
  7. If you win one of the crowns tonight, will you become an Ambassadress of good will? What is your message of peace for your fellow Filipinos, especially at this time?
  8. Given the chance to meet Manny Pacquiao, how will you motivate him to win the upcoming Pacquiao-Mayweather fight?
  9. How has joining Binibining Pilipinas changed you?
  10. As a modern Filipina, what is more important, a successful career or a happy home?
  11. Tell us please, when is a woman truly successful?
  12. Aside from winning the crown tonight, what was your prayer when you woke up this morning?
  13. What would you tell a child, who longs for her OFW mother?
  14. March is International Women’s month. What do you believe is God’s greatest gift to women?
  15. In our modern age, do you think it is appropriate for women to court men? Why or why not?

Binibining Pilipinas 2014

  1. What city in the world do you think best suits your character and why?
  2. As a beauty pageant contestant, what would you say to people who lack confidence that you have?
  3. Should you win one of the titles, how would you use your crown to push for your advocacy?
  4. There is a song saying ‘All you need is love.’ Apart from love, what else do you think we need?
  5. March is the women’s month. For you, what is the greatest advantage of being a woman?
  6. Ano yung pinakamagandang leksyon na maituturo ng isang babae sa buong mundo?
  7. As a Binibini, you must be updated about the events happening around you. What particular current event or latest news affects you the most and why?
  8. Do you think that being a beauty queen is a plus or a minus in landing a serious job in the corporate world?
  9. If you’re given a chance to talk before an international audience, what would you tell them about Filipino heroism?
  10. I’m certain that you watch all the international beauty pageants especially the Miss Universe. In your opinion, what quality is inherent in a Filipino that will make her stand out in that beauty pageant?
  11. What do you think are the reasons why the Philippines became the number one powerhouse of beauty in 2013?
  12. Name one thing that you would sacrifice for a Bb crown?
  13. If you could go back in time what would you change and why?
  14. Would you fall in love and marry outside your religion, why or why not?
  15. What about being a Filipina woman are you most proud of and why?

Binibining Pilipinas 2013

  1. Name a lesson about life that women can teach men?
  2. The Beatles believed that all you need is love. Agree or disagree, and why?
  3. Many beauty queens have embraced advocacies after their reigns. What would be your advocacy?
  4. You know, in this digital age, on Facebook, everything is made public. So, for you, what for you should remain private, and why?
  5. Recently, a Filipino nurse was praised at President Obama’s State of the Union Address because of her heroism during typhoon Sandy. What is the trait that makes Filipinos stand out in the world?
  6. Do you think you could be a good Catholic if you believe in the RH bill?
  7. What can be your greatest contribution to your local community?
  8. If you have the opportunity to speak to the new Pope, what would you tell him?
  9. Complete this sentence: The ideal Filipino is…?
  10. What is a personal quality that most people remember about you?
  11. Which country in the world, aside from the Philippines, fascinates you and why?
  12. My question is, are the best things in life really for free? Why or why not?
  13. If you were to break one habit, what would it be and why?
  14. What do you think is the greatest achievement of Binibining Pilipinas in its 50 years of existence? Why do you think so?
  15. What would you tell a child who’s being bullied in school?

Binibining Pilipinas 2012

  1. Given the power to change a personal experience, what would you change and why?
  2. How would you define happiness?
  3. What do you think is the biggest obstacle that you’ve had to overcome in your own personal life?
  4. Social media has forever changed the world and made it a smaller place… What disadvantages do you see in this new form of communication?
  5. How would you show to the rest of the world that it’s more fun in the Philippines?
  6. What do you think is the most pressing problem of the world today and how do you think you can help solve it as a beauty queen?
  7. If you would be president for one day, what would you do?
  8. Many women nowadays forge a happy family life for a successful career. How do you feel about this?
  9. If there’s one thing you want to change in the Filipino culture what is it and why?
  10. If your future husband made you choose him and you career, what would you choose and why?
  11. Which would you rather be, someone who is respected or someone who is loved and why?
  12. Can you give us your own definition of defeat and victory?

Binibining Pilipinas 2011

  1. What is the best piece of advice you can give a teenager growing up today
  2. If there is one incident in the world that you would change what would it be?
  3. When you were child, what was your dream in the future? And has it change?
  4. Aside from the members of your family, who is your personal hero and why?
  5. What do you think Filipinas need nowadays in order to win an international competition?
  6. What is that one experience in your life that molded your personality or change your perspective in life?
  7. If you are to write a letter to the President of the Phil, what would you tell him and why?
  8. Our fathers are capable of carrying out the duties of a mother and vice versa?
  9. With what cause do you identify yourself and why?
  10. What is a major major lesson that men can learn from women?
  11. What gives you peace of mind?
  12. In the wake of worldwide conflicts and calamities around the world, how is winning beauty title important and relevant?
  13. What is your biggest accomplishment today? and what is your biggest goal in the next 12 months?
  14. Can you please name at least three things that make you smile and why
  15. What trait of yours do you want to change?


Miss Magic Pageant Questions

What do you think is the significance of Miss Magic pageant to the Magic Group of Companies?

An establishment that gives back to the community creates a relationship to the people. This makes Magic not only a business, but also an institution who cares to Give Back, Help, Develop People, Sustain Families or even to entertain. It makes Magic truly your Home.

What do you think is the significance of Miss Magic pageant to the Magic Group of Companies?

Miss Magic is an expression of gratitude of Magic Group of Companies to the customers through great show like this and through helping the 20 ladies to develop themselves and become great Pilipino citizens.

How can you promote Magic?

Magic aside from being a retail company providing quality goods, products, and services at a price that is easy and helpful to the people does more than that. Magic knows how to give back to the its consumers by doing projects like job fair, raffle draws, free Zumba fitness program, magic idol singing contest, bloodletting project, the miss magic pageant, and many more making Magic not only a business establishment but also a vital and integral part of the community that helps the people

What is the difference of Miss Magic to other beauty pageants?

Aside from being the biggest and most glamorous pageant in the region, Miss Magic is being finance by the Magic Group of Company which is a business entity; making the role of the miss magic title holder very crucial since she will become a company ambassador, and (Insert Generic Line below)

What is the essence of winning Miss Magic?

The essence of winning miss magic is to do and fulfill the roles, duties and obligations of being Miss Magic title holder. To be a role model and inspiration to other aspiring girls, to be a company ambassador, and to be (Insert Generic Line below)

What will be your role if you win Miss Magic?

My role if I win Miss Magic is to do and fulfill the duties and obligations of being Miss Magic title holder. To be a role model and inspiration to other aspiring girls, to be a company ambassador, and to be (Insert Generic Line below)

What will you do if you win Miss Magic?

If I win, I’ll fulfill the duties and obligations of being Miss Magic title holder. To be better and become the best of myself as a role model and inspiration to other aspiring girls, to be a company ambassador, and to be

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a catalyst for change when she tries to convince visitors, businessmen, and entrepreneurs to invest in our place or to become business partners to the magic group of company. Thru their investments, we create employment and help innumerable number of people.


Miss Silka Philippines Pageant Questions

How confident are you doing Miss Silka?

I am very confident, because I know that I am not just a beautiful woman, I am also a beautiful person. I have the cleanliness of body and spirit, pureness of heart and soul and goodness of actions and deeds. And that will make me win as Miss Silka.

How can u promote Silka products to non-Filipinos?

The fair skin and the unique shades of whiteness of a Filipina is the most wanted color of any foreigner who tries to have that dream complexion by sun bathing in our beaches but now, because Silka whiteness soup is already available to provide that coveted Filipina color, they don’t need to go to beaches and do the sun bathing all day long. Thanks to Silka!

What comes to your mind when you hear the word Silka?

When I hear the word Silka, the very first word that comes to my mind is the word Beauty. Specifically a beautiful face and a beautiful skin. Because for me, only Silka has established a name when it comes to owning a beautiful face and skin.

What is the difference of Silka products to other brands?

What is good about Silka is that it has a dual-purpose: it is a whitening soap and it is a moisturizer since it provides vitamin E that makes your skin soft and smooth,

What is the difference of Miss Silka to other beauty pageants?

Miss Silka beauty pageant is the only local pageant that gives an opportunity to the candidates to represent the province to the Miss Silka Philippines and consequently to the Miss World Philippines. Not to mention the opportunity to be chosen as one of the endorsers of a very prestigious beauty company – The Cosmetique Asia.

If someone ask you what is your experience in Miss Silka, What would you tell them?

I can say that the best organizer, most talented choreographer, and most skillful trainers are here in Miss Silka. That makes anyone among us feel so confident that we can make it  and do well.


Miss Binmaley Pageant Questions

If you will tour me around Binmaley, where would you take me? Why?

Well first, I will take you to its historical sites like that of our beautiful 17th century baroque cathedral church and the town’s beach as landing area of General Douglas Macarthur to liberate us from the Japanese. Then, we can go and take a look of the numerous aquacultures where the famous and delicious Binmaley seafood are coming from. Likewise, we should also be visiting the places where the exquisite wood carving products of our town is being done-  which is being visited by people in far places to buy one. Not to mention, as we tour around, that we will be meeting the beautiful people of Binmaley. In that way, I am sure that you will come back again in our nice and peaceful town.

Tell us three strong points about Binmaley?

If we are to mention three strong points of Binmaley then I would mention our rich seafood culture that supplies the whole province of Pangasinan and the neighboring provinces side by side with its spices like bagoong and the like. The second to mention would be the numerous exquisite wood carving products that we could see displayed along the roads of our town that is intentionally visited by people in other places just to buy one. And of course, I would mention the beautiful people who live in peace, in love, and in harmony helping one another to achieve the community’s projects, goals and endeavors under the good and outstanding leadership of our officials. A place where people revere and fear god. Those are the strong points of my town. My home.


Miss Mangaldan Pageant Questions

Why should we crown you as Miss Mangaldan ?

You should crown me as Miss Mangaldan because I am more than willing to promote and join government projects and willing to portray and show an epitome of a beauty queen, who is good and helpful to the endeavors of her place. I will be wearing the crown in my heart, and not in my head. I will fulfill my responsibility as a role model whom people can look up to especially the youth. 


What makes Mangaldan better than the other municipalities of the province?

As a citizen of Mangaldan, there are a lot of things that I can be very proud of. First, Mangaldan bagged the award for the 2010 cleanest river in Pangasinan, second, Mangaldan, for the record, is the most outstanding local government unit in the country; we are no. 3 in the entire Philippines.

But above all, there is one simple reason that stands out: the very privilege to be a citizen of Mangaldan itself. I am proud to say that it is nice to see how much Mangaldan has grown, how much it has developed. And with this, it is easy to see that not only our government officials are doing a great work but also my fellow citizens worked hard, too, for the prosperity and development of Mangaldan. That is why we are here together and united for as we stand as Mangaldan!

Explain to us what do you understand on the theme “quality leadership, quality service, quality life”?

As a contestant in this pageant, people would look up on to us as examples, meaning that they are looking forward to what actions we will take in the future. This goes the same with our leadership here in Mangaldan and everywhere else. When leaders provide good leadership qualities, this will surely motivate the citizens to provide high quality services. And when both quality leadership and service is present, the quality of life is sure to follow through.

If given the chance, what part of Mangaldan would you like to improve?

If ever I gain that rare opportunity, I would love to improve our town’s public market. The reason behind is that the market is the main source of our existence, food. I would like it to be more sanitary and more organized. This improvement will not only benefit the buyers but as well as the vendors themselves. And in return, this will entice more suppliers and potential investors to come and do business here in Mangaldan.

Can you give me 3 reasons why we have to stay here?

First, Mangaldan has a very affordable way of life. The food, the transportation fares and the cost of merchandise is very affordable. The second reason would be its warm and welcoming atmosphere that I always feel. The third reason is that it is really hard to resist loving this place, you really learn to adore and look for the unique feel that you experience in our town. It just feels like home.

As Miss Mangaldan, how would you promote Mangaldan’s products to other towns?

As Miss Mangaldan, I would be able to promote Mangaldan’s products to other towns by inviting fellow women – especially beauty pageant winners in their respective hometowns as ambassadors to a tour in our dear municipality and show them our products and delicacies. In that little thing, I would be able to promote our town’s products in a simple, yet effective way.

Is there is one thing you could do to change Mangaldan?

This place might still have some problems but we can fix it. And because of that, I would not change anything in this beloved town of ours for this is the very thing by which we are known- being ourselves; being part of Mangaldan itself.

It would be the _________________. I want to make it more tourists attractive to become another source of income, and use it for other plans and projects without asking the help of the national government. In that way (entrepreneurship approach). That would be all, thank you.

Miss Mapandan 2016 Screening Requirements

1. Contestants should be a bona fide citizen of Mapandan, Pangasinan;
To be bona fide, one must meet ANY of the following conditions:

a. birth certificate states that she is born in Mapandan
b. a registered voter of Mapandan
c. one of her parents is a citizen of Mapandan which could be proven by the following:
i. birth certificate
ii. voter’s registration or voter’s I.D.

2. must be aged between 16 – 23 years old at the time of the pageant
3. single; has never given birth nor have been through any valid or invalid, civil, legal, religious or tribal marriage ceremony;
4. atleast 5 feet and 3 inches tall;
5. must have pleasing personality;
6. must not have any existing pageant title contract;
7. must attend rehearsals and appearances as may be required;
8. must not have won any national pageant; and
9. must have parent’s or legal guardian’s consent.

Screening Requirements:
a. Bring two-piece swimsuit
b. One sexy pageant casual wear
c. One 4R headshot and, one 4r whole body shot in casual wear
d. Document as required by mechanics # 1 above.