Beauty titlist ‘pressured but motivated’ to win Miss International Crown
After months of extensive training, reigning Binibining Pilipinas-International Janicel Lubina says she is prepared to compete in the 55th Miss International pageant in Japan on Nov. 5.
“I am more motivated now to win the title. I am so thankful for the trainings that Binibining Pilipinas offered to all our queens and I can say that at this point, I am really prepared to compete internationally,” she said in a press conference on Thursday.
“I am pressured but I have to win,” Lubina said, adding she was “pressured but motivated” after her fellow beauty titlist, Ann Lorraine Colis, was crowned Miss Globe 2015.
“Actually, super pressured ako right now. But I use this as a motivation to push myself,” said the 20-year-old beauty queen from Palawan.
Despite some negative feedback on social media, Lubina said she remained focused and used the criticisms to improve herself.
“I have to win,” she said, adding that her life story as an ordinary girl from the province served as her motivation.
“I can inspire a lot of girls, especially those from the province,” she said.
Aside from physical and mental training, she also said she had been praying a lot for guidance.
“I know God will guide me,” she said, adding “nothing is impossible.”
Lubina won the Binibining Pilipinas-International title in March. If she wins the Miss International crown, she will be sixth Filipina to win the title.
Previous Filipina Miss International titlists were Gemma Teresa Cruz (1964), Aurora Pijuan (1970), Melanie Marquez (1979), Precious Lara Quigaman (2005), and Bea Rose Santiago (2013). RC