Janette Sturm: Independently Beautiful in Binibining Pilipinas 2018

I met Janette Roanne Sturm in one of the candidate meet and greets earlier this month. And what I observed is a very unassuming beauty who is going at the nationals as an independent candidate.

Janette is 26 years old and stands just a little over 5’7″. Janette is from General Santos City. She was born in Vlissingen, Netherlands but was raised in General Santos City. She graduated Cum Laude from Ateneo de Davao University with a degree of Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communications. You probably remember her from her stint at Miss World Philippines in 2015.
What I vividly remembers about our conversation is how she told me that I am perhaps one of the few people who could pronounce her last name correctly. The core topic of our short conversation was how difficult for her to be an independent candidate. She have to everything herself from coordinating with designers for outfits, ex-deals with photographers for photoshoots and still be on time for daily Bb. Pilipinas activities. You have to admire that kind of grit and determination in her. She also said that being 26 years old, it is now or never. She sent in her applications because she does not believe in living life with “what ifs” nagging behind her head.

She was also instrumental in my blogpost regarding the age requirements of the Alpha pageants. Janette mentioned that she was worried that she isn’t eligible for several titles at stake. I clarified to her that she is still eligible for a number of titles including the Miss International pageant as they have already increased the ceiling ages.
I hope her the best in her bid for a title in this year’s Binibining Pilipinas pageant. I would be happy to see her coming home triumphantly.


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