WINWYN Marquez is back in town after winning the Reina HispanoAmericana title in Sta. Cruz, Bolivia on November 4. From Bolivia, she passed by New York and Washington DC. “Naka-five days rin ako roon, konting bakasyon lang to rest,” she says.
Upon arrival at our airport from the U.S. last Monday afternoon, Arnold Vegafria of Miss World Philippines took her right away to the Bench office in BGC where she signed a contract as their newest endorser and then did some fitting for the undies she would wear in the coming Bench show at MOA Arena. From there, she was whisked to a bienvenida-victory party Arnold hosted for her at Annabel’s.
“I am proud of my unique heritage and to be the First Filipina and only Asian to join and win in Reina HispanoAmericana,” says Winwyn when she joined our table. “When I won the Reina HispanoAmericana Filipinas title, people belittled it saying it’s an unknown, a small, insignificant pageant. But if they really took time to know more about it, they’ll know the pageant is really big in South America and most of the Latina beauty queens who won in other international pageants later have joined it first.”
Does she feel vindicated after some folks insinuated she wouldn’t win because she’s not Latina? “Hindi naman vindicated.
But I was overwhelmed when I arrived at our airport, kasi akala ko, hindi ako masyadong papansinin. But very warm ang reception ng mga sumalubong sa’kin dito at sobrang dami ng security. When I made it to the top ten, nagpasalamat na ako. After I won, sabi nila, I can still join other pageants kasi marami ngang nanalo roon na sumali later sa Miss Universe, etc. I can join again, yes, but I won’t. Basta happy na ako sa crown na nakuha ko.”
She said her first few days in Bolivia was hard. “It was really tough, kung alam nyo lang, at naiyak talaga ako kasi hindi ako marunong ng salita nila at wala akong personal interpreter. But I pushed myself and got encouraged dahil sa mga Pinoy na nagpalakas ng loob ko, gaya ng Wynaddicts na pinasasaya ako sa group chat.
Lahat ng tumulong, like fans of my friends, ang Aldub and others, salamat sa inyo, sa mga kaibigan kong walang sawang mag-boost ng confidence ko. To my Aces and Queens family under Sir Jonas Gaffud, si Sir Arnold, my family, my mom (Alma Moreno), my dad (Joey Marquez), my sisters, my pangga (Mark Herras) na naniwala sa akin kahit maraming nagda-doubt noon, thank you so much for holding my hand all the way to achieving my dream.”
She also thanked her older brother and an aunt who accompanied her to Bolivia. “To my brother Yeoj and my Tita Ailyn who stayed with me kaya hindi ko naramdamang nag-iisa lang ako roon, thanks. 'Yung bashers ko at 'yung ibang taong hindi naniwala sa akin, salamat na rin po dahil nagsilbing challenge 'yun para patunayan ko sa sarili kong kaya ko. Sa lahat ng Philippine beauty queens, saludo ako sa inyo dahil hindi nila alam kung gaano kalaki ang hirap na pinagdaanan natin. Gusto ko ring magpasalamat kay Papa Jesus na ginabayan ako at sa lahat ng Pinoy sa buong mundo na nagpadala ng message sa akin. Sana naging proud kayo sa akin.”
Winwyn’s contract with GMA7 has expired and it would have to be renegotiated now that she’s an international beauty titlist. For movies, she has signed up with Regal Entertainment. All future projects are reserved for next year.
As an actress, she says she still prefers to play character roles. “Kasi mas challenging pa rin sa’kin magkontrabida. Mas magandang paglaruan.”
She might go back to Bolivia by next month to tour other South American countries and fulfill her duties there as the reigning Reina. “Pero inaayos pa,” she adds. “Nothing’s definite. Magki-Christmas na, e. Gusto ko ring makapag-salita ng fluent Spanish at may kinuha nang tutor ang brother ko para turuan ako.”
To Winwyn, bravo for a job well done! We’re all proud of you!
MIGUEL PRESSURED BY COMPETITION
MIGUEL Tanfelix is very thankful for the new primetime show that GMA7 has assigned to him and his ka-loveteam, Bianca Umali. Still untitled as of now, it will start airing on November 27 to replace “Alyas Robin Hood”.
“Sobrang nakakatuwa kasi right after ‘Mulawin vs. Ravena’, heto may follow up project agad kami,” says Miguel. “Ang bilis nga, wala pa kaming masyadong pahinga, tapos meron agad bagong show and we really appreciate it na hindi kami nabakante nang matagal.”
They will be up against “LaLuna Sangre”. How do they feel about it? “Siyempre po, matindi ang pressure,” he says. “But we’re confident na maganda ang aming show. Sa story, nang makita namin ni Bianca ang makakasama naming veteran stars na sina Gloria Romero,
Christopher de Leon, Jean Garcia, Alfred Vargas, Carmina Villarroel, Marvin Agustin at iba pang magagaling na aktor, sobrang na-excite kami. Alam naming marami kaming matututuhan sa kanila while working with them, and at the same time, magsisilbi silang challenge sa amin para mag-level up kami at makasabay sa husay nila sa acting.”
They will play their most mature roles so far in this new show. “Sinabihan kaming malayo na ito sa pa-cute at pa-sweet roles na ginagawa namin before. Kaya nae-excite talaga kami kasi we’re all fired up to meet the demands of our roles and this new show, sa tulong ng director naming si Don Michael Perez.”
He’s glad that Bianca and he took the BOVA acting workshop offered by GMA Artist Center a few months ago. “It was conducted by the acting coach from New York, Anthony Bova, based on the works of Eric Morris at malaking tulong ito sa amin to come up with more authentic performances, para matuto rin kaming makipagsabayan at hindi mapag-iwanan ng veteran stars na kasama namin sa show.”
Miguel is also happy that he and Bianca are in the cast of a new movie, “Barbi, D Wonder Beki”, of OctoArts Films and T-Rex Productions. “Sa story, si Bianca is Miley at ako naman, si Cyrus. Kaya kami si Miley Cyrus. Nag-enjoy po kami doing this is Paolo Ballesteros, Joey de Leon, Ejay Falcon, Joey Marquez, sa direction ni Tony Reyes, opening po ito on November 29.”