After Janine Tugonon’s impressive Miss Universe stint last year, it is expected that the 2013 Binibining Pilipinas is going to be tougher and much more exciting. The pageant also marks its 50th anniversary so for the very first time; a whooping number of 50 beautiful ladies from all over the country will battle it out to win the coveted crown.
Some of Cebu’s own beauties have made the cut and one of them is the 25 year old Maria Theresa Gorgonio. Matet is one of the metro’s top models who hails from Poro Camotes, Cebu. Standing tall at 5 feet and 8.5 inches, this stunner proves that she’s more than just a pretty face. Despite her hectic schedule, she shared some of her thoughts with ZeroThreeTwo.
Matet: My Nanay inspired me to join. This has always been our dream. Though she can’t make it on the coronation night to cheer for me personally, I know she’ll be clapping and crying non-stop as soon as she sees me on stage. Another person who inspired me to join is Kuya Chicoy Tomol. It all started with a “Why not join Binibini?” He has been very supportive since then.
032: Who are the beauty queens you look up to? Any Cebuana beauties?
Matet: I look up to all the beauty queens who have established their own names and brought pride to the country. They all have their specific strengths which made them truly shine, but I mostly look up to my sisters in MAC (Karla Bautista, Melanie Ediza, Anna Igpit, Stephanie Señires, Mai Honorio and Angel Luzano). I personally know them so I do know they have the qualities that are more than just what beauty queens should be.
032: We all know that you model, but what is your pageantry background?
Matet: I represented Cebu for Miss Teen 2004. In 2007, I placed 3rd runner up in Miss Cebu. Since then, I haven’t done anything related to pageants because I’ve been away. I do fashion shows every Sinulog though, but being on stage feels really different now. I’m back to fighting stage fright. I feel like I’m such a newbie again.
032: Who is Matet on a random day? What does she look like?
Matet: I think I’ve become boring. =) I had my days of fun and being always out there. The Matet now prefers to stay at home, read a book, sleep, and sleep a lot. I’m the shorts-tshirt-tsinelas kind of person. I go for comfort clothing most of the time. Trivia-ish: I never go out of the house without having my eyebrows done. Hahaha!
Matet: I think we Cebuanas have always been known as very cheerful, friendly and outgoing. These traits have helped me a lot especially in making friends with the other 49 lovely ladies.
032: What have you been doing to prepare for the pageant?
Matet: I’ve been preparing myself mentally. There’s just too much stress that we have to handle every day. A little bit of exercise if there’s time and I’ve also been ‘trying’ to eat as healthy as possible which believe me, is the hardest.
032: What would you like to tell your ZeroThreeTwo fans and the people who are rooting for you to win?
Matet: Of course, I would like to thank and hug everyone for the support that I have received which I never thought was possible. To all the Cebuanos, daghan kaayung salamat! This year probably has the most number of candidates who are equally worthy of the title. I won’t promise any crown, but I promise I’m not going make it easy for them either.
032: I also took the opportunity to ask Matet some questions from beauty pageants. Be the judge!
Matet: I’d choose to be in a cover of Vogue. I find that magazine very iconic and stylish. Of course, it would be a pleasure to be in ZeroThreeTwo as well.
If you are given the chance to be someone in history, who would it be and why?
Matet: I’d choose to be Amelia Earhart. I admire her bravery, her passion for aviation and how she was able to set records in a man’s world during her time.
The 2013 Binibining Pilipinas coronation night will be on April 14 and will be aired in ABS-CBN. I will definitely tune it to watch the pageant because as what Matet mentioned, she won’t promise any crown, but a good fight! That’s a true blue Cebuana fighter right there!
FYI, Matet is candidate no.30.
Photos from Binibining Pilipinas.