Interview with Binibini #19 Rachel Louise Peters Pt.2

This is the second part of our exchange of thoughts with Binibini 19 Rachel Louise Peters. The 5’10” beauty is as captivating as we all expected her to be. Read on to see it for yourself…

What do you think is the relevance of the Binibining Pilipinas pageant in this day and age?
Binibining Pilipinas is not only a celebration of beauty but also a platform for women to promote their personal advocacies, which in turn better our society. The pageant is a test of ones strength and willpower and throughout the journey, Binibining Pilipinas empowers strong women to have a voice to effect meaningful change.
What was the most difficult part of your training for the pageant?
I’d say the hardest part of training for the pageant isn’t the training itself but knowing how to balance your time between work, training, hair and make up, working out, family & loved ones and of course (the most important)- ‘me time’.
What is your message to your fans and ask for support in the coming pageant?
Hi guys, I just want to say a massive thank you for the love and support you have shown. I super appreciate it all and will use your good energy to give my best shot at winning a crown for us! I’m sorry I can’t reply to all your messages but I’d like you to know that I see them all and they warm my heart! Hope you keep supporting me for the rest of my journey and hope to see everyone at coronation! ☺

In this interview, Rachel is showing us why she is clearly on of the top frontrunners in this year’s batch. This Miss Universe Philippines contender surely has the gift of the gab, the sophisticated beauty of a socialite and the killer body to beat them all. 


Interview with Binibini #19 Rachel Louise Peters Pt.1

Binibini #19 Rachel Louise Peters is considered to be one of the top-contenders for the Miss Universe Philippines title and it is such a treat to have her in an interview with Sashes&Scripts…

In three words, how would you describe yourself?
Why do you think you deserve to be the next Miss Universe Philippines?
I believe that I’ve done everything in my power to be the best version of myself that I can be. I have the heart, the willpower and the drive to continually strive for self-improvement. There is nothing more that I’ve ever wanted than the honor of being the face and the heart of the Philippines – the country I love so dearly, and the country that I call home.
What are you most proud about our country and why?
Besides all the natural beauty and the rich history and culture the Philippines has to offer, I am proud of the Filipino people. I’ve travelled to many countries around the world and no matter where I go, I meet Filipinos and I really feel we are amongst the happiest, most hospitable and of course resilient people in the world. Honestly, I get so excited to hear people speaking Tagalog outside of the Philippines- it always reminds me how proud I am to be a Filipina.
Who is/are your role models that you look up to and why?
A role model is someone who inspires you and cliché I know, but my family are the ones who inspire me. They have taught me many valuable lessons that I carry with me everyday. They taught me to always be considerate of other people’s feelings, to be respectful and most especially to be grateful for the things I have and the people in my life.

That’s just the tip of the proverbial iceberg… there is more to this lady than what meets the eye… Part 2 coming up soon!

Interview with Binibini #12 Angelique de Leon Pt.2

This is a continuation of our two-part interview with Binibini 12 Angelique de Leon.

5. Who is/ are the role model/s you look up to and why?
I’m a fan of Emma Watson. She’s a UN Ambasadress of Goodwill for the HeForShe campaign. It focuses on helping men empower the women in their lives and see them as equals.
6. What do you think is the relevance of the Binibining Pilipinas pageant in this day and age?
On a personal note, Binibining Pilipinas changed my life and I believe that it has changed so many lives since it started. Imagine a 180-lb girl watching BBP and once dreamt of becoming the best Filipina ever and now, I’ve been part of the pageant 3 times! And hopefully, win a crown this time to prove to myself and everyone who are looking up to me that it is possible to do the impossible.
7. What was the most difficult part of your training for the pageant?
The hardest training of all is having thick skin throughout the whole process. You have to make sure negative vibes don’t take its toll on you and your mindset. It’s challenging to block it out but it’s a must for you to survive the pageant.

8. What is your message to your fans and ask for support in the coming competition…
Hi Angeliqueens! For those who started supporting me last 2014, 2016 and even if you just found out about my existence this 2017, your support is still appreciated in so many ways. I would like you all to know that no matter what happens, this is not my fight anymore. This is ours. I joined because of you. I joined for the last time to fulfill your wish to have a queen who will fight for you. Keep on fighting and I will keep on fighting for us.
There you have it. Keep supporting this lady in her quest for a Binibining Pilipinas crown. 

Interview with Binibini #12 Angelique de Leon Pt.1

I have always been supportive of Binibini 12 Angelique de Leon since 2014, now that she is in her third and final try for Binibining Pilipinas I feel that a crown is finally beckoning. For today’s post, we feature our exclusive interview with this lovely 5’8″ beauty from Mandaluyong.

1. How would you describe yourself?
I’m a strong independent woman who hugs herself to sleep. 😂 Kidding. (Is my joke considered as one sentence?)
On a serious note, I would like to believe that I’m smart, sexy and sassy. I’m smart in a way that I am quick in solving problems at work and in life. (Please don’t ask me math questions). I may not be physically sexy all the time but my wit and my humor is where a lot of people find me sexy. My version of being sassy is in the way I communicate with people. I have a talent of making people feel at ease when I talk to them. I make sure I enter the room like sunshine — I’ll just brighten your day with my sassy comments in life.
2. Why do you think you should be the next Binibining Pilipinas winner?
As Spongebob puts it, “I’m ready! I’m ready!” Although it’s my 3rd time, I still have so much to offer given the chance to represent the country. I will represent it with so much pride and I will work so hard it will beat diamonds in the hardness scale.
3. What are the charitable causes you want to highlight and how do you bring more awareness to them?
I have been an advocate for women empowerment and it has been clear to me that I want to focus on domestic violence against women due to financial dependence. I would like to empower women by letting them discover career and business opportunities that they would enjoy and give them financial freedom and gain respect from their partner and the society.

4. What are you most proud about our country & why?
One of the many things I’m proud of about the Philippines is our smile. We are the happiest people on earth for sure. We always have a reason to smile despite what we go through.
Stay tuned for more of this lovely lady. Part 2 coming very soon!

Interview with Binibini #1 Dane Felise Marasigan Pt.2

We continue the two-part special with Binibini #1 Dane Felise Marasigan’s exclusive interview with Sashes&Scripts.

5. Who is/ are the role model/s you look up to and why?
One of my role models is Michelle Obama. She is a strong and brave woman who empowers people especially the youth. She reminds us that it doesn’t matter where you come from or what the color of your skin is, what’s important is the content of your character. If you believe in yourself then anything is possible.
6. What do you think is the relevance of the Binibining Pilipinas pageant in this day and age?
Binibining pilipinas pageant is our platform to bring awareness on the issues we truly care about in a global scale. This will help us reach many people and motivate them to help us fulfill our advocacy. Furthermore, it brings happiness and pride to every country.

7. What was the most difficult part of your training for the pageant?
Joining a pageant is never easy. It’s not all glitz and glam as most people would think. The greatest challenge would be not letting self-doubt get the best of me. No one puts you down more but your own self. Doubting oneself put an even bigger strain on trainings. It is in believing in oneself that we can truly perform our best and let our winning personality shines through.
8. What is your message to your fans and ask for support in the coming competition.
Thank you for your unwavering support and i hope you will continue to support me in my journey to a Binibining Pilipinas crown. Please follow the binibining pilipinas page and vote/share my photos/video to your friends and family. Thank you.
She may be one of the underrated girls in this year’s competition yet she still manages to charm people with her ever smiling persona. With interviews and personality getting a heavier weight this year, we might see just a surprise with Dane come finals…

Interview with Binibini #1 Dane Felise Marasigan Pt.1

Sashes&Scripts is able to talk and dig deep with Binibini #1, Dane Felise Marasigan. Don’t let the sweet-face fool you as this lass has a fighter inside that people don’t usually see…

1. In three sentences, how would you describe yourself?

I’m fond of challenges and conquering my fears because it gives me knowledge that would take me one step closer to my dreams. I am a fighter who refuse to give up amidst adversity. And I always strive to be the healthiest, happiest and best version of myself.
2. Why do you think you should be the next Binibining Pilipinas winner?
I should be the next title holder because i’m determined and dedicated to fulfill all the responsibilities of a Binibining Pilipinas queen. I will commit to do my best to represent our country in an international pageant the best way i can. I will devote all my time and effort in bringing honor to our country just like the previous queens and make the whole Filipino nation proud.

3. What are the charitable causes you want to highlight and how do you bring more awareness to them?
My primary advocacy is to create a support group for children with cancer. My older sister died of leukemia when she was 10. She was very depressed when she found out and being depressed worsens cancer. From that experience, my goal is to help patients and family cope with emotional stress. I want to help them feel more hopeful and less depressed.
4. What are you most proud about our country & why?
What I’m most proud about our country are the people. The Filipino people are claimed to be the happiest nation on earth because we have an uncanny ability to find the silver lining despite calamities. We can still smile, laugh and be optimistic. Filipino resiliency is truly inspiring. What makes me even more proud is that Filipinos are always eager to extend a helping hand not only to our countrymen but to all the people in the world. I believe that the true spirit of the Philippines is being compassionate.
Part two coming up soon, so keep posted here in the blog.


Interview with Binibini #20 Christagale Borja Pt.2

Yesterday we posted the first portion of our interview with Binibini 20 Christagale Borja. This is part 2 of our interview with the 5’10” who grew up in London.

5. Who is/are the role model/s you look up to and why?
Definitely my two sisters, they’ve been my role models ever since I was young. Yes, I’ve looked up to supermodels and pop singers in the past, however in terms of life experience and wisdom, my two sisters takes the trophy. They are my greatest teachers. Both of them have been so supportive with my journey for Binibining Pilipinas. They both taught me to always value my integrity, keep myself grounded and always have faith in God and in myself.
6. What do you think is the relevance of the Binibining Pilipinas pageant in this day of age?
Especially with our recent host for Miss Universe and Pia Wurtzbach’s setting the bar high for beauty aspirants, Bb Pilipinas is more than skin-deep. It is about giving an outlet to women to showcase their talent and capabilities. Bb. Pilipinas helps candidates like me to exude confidence on stage, have the opportunity to continue the legacy of the Philippines and become an advocate to many charitable causes. I hope that through joining this pageant, I’m able to inspire the youth and people are able to relate to my story as their hopeful Bb. Pilipinas titleholder.
7. What was the most difficult part for the pageant?
Definitely adapting to the change (moving from London back to Philippines). Putting yourself to the unknown is risky, however I believe change is an opportunity for self-development and being out of your comfort zone can give you the greatest rewards in life. Though I’ve been away from my mom, my other sister and friends back in London –I know this is only a temporary sacrifice for a permanent success. I wouldn’t change this experience for anything! I am happy that I’m taking the leap of faith.

8. What is your message to your fans and ask for support in the coming competition?
I just want to say thank you to everyone who’s been showing love & support! To be honest, I’ve never expected to have supporters aside from my family and relatives. I am very flattered and honoured that people can see my potential for the competition. I will continue to work my hardest to achieve our goal and I hope to all see you soon on April 30th for the coronation night! Keep sharing and liking our photos and don’t forget our amazing hashtags #Binibini20 and #ChristaCorona. Maraming Salamat po!
This proves that this lady is a girl to reckon with when it comes to interviews. And with Binibining Pilipinas givin that segment bigger weight, we can expect that Christa would do a killing on that portion.

Interview with Binibini #20 Christagale Borja Pt.1

We have been able to talk and interview Binibini #20 Christagale Borja and today you will be in for a treat with this interesting lady. This London-educated lady is quite an interesting one. Having immigrated to the United Kingdom at such a young age, she has managed to adapt to the bustling city while keeping true to her Filipina roots.

1. In three statements, how would describe yourself?
* I love putting myself out of the comfort zone!
*I am modest, but hard working that takes control of a situation and sets form goals for myself.
* I love to eat! But I also enjoy staying fit!
2. Why do you think you should be next Binibining Pilipinas winner?
Being in the competition itself is a privilege. Standing right next to many beautiful and inspirational candidates is an honour already and I am forever grateful for this experience.
However, I believe what sets me apart from the rest is my character. I am an empowered individual but I keep myself grounded.
Having lived in UK for more than a decade, I am proud that still have my Filipino values and traditions intact -which for me is important especially when one is vying to represent the country for an international pageant.
Also being an immigrant myself, I’ve experienced a lot of hardships in life (i.e. first hand bullying, discrimination, being exposed to different culture and diverse society). I want to share my experience & use it to raise my personal platforms and advocacies. I want to be a leader of change and inspire others that beauty pageants is more than just physical beauty, it is beauty with a purpose.
3. What are the charitable causes you want to highlight and how do you bring more awareness to them?
I used to be a volunteer for an animal shelter for 3 years during my time in college, so definitely I want to bring more awareness to animal rights! It’s actually great timing since Bb. Pilipinas did a recent visit with PAWS and I wish to continue being an advocate for them.
Another platform I’d like to raise upon is equal rights for differently able’d people –whether it’s physical or mental condition. My sister has a physical disability and I’ve witness her struggle from the time she was studying until she started working full-time for the Office of the President. It’s very disheartening to see how people discriminate my sister because of her physical condition, when in fact she’s one the most successful/smartest people you’ll ever meet! I want raise equal rights and give importance in providing the right education, public facilities, employment opportunities and social awareness for people suffering from the same or different condition.

4. What are most proud about our country and why?
I am proud that Filipinos are known to be driven and tenacious. No matter what country you go and whatever profession it may be, Filipinos are known to be dedicated and hard working. We are known to dream big! We value our future and our families so much that we’re determined in adapting to any situation/environment put into. Our fighting spirit is exactly what I’m proud of!
There is more to this lady in this two-part interview with her. Watch out for second and final part!

EXCLUSIVE Interview with Mister Tourism World, Okkar Min Maung Pt2

This is the second part of the two part exclusive interview with Mister Tourism World, Okkar Min Maung. The 5’10” Southeast Asian looker details with us his plans for the future and what to expect from him during the remainder of his reign.

What is the next activity in your schedule? What are things your fans and supporters should look out for?
I went to Jakarta, Indonesia in Feb to attend the International Youth Forum as a guest speaker. Currently, I participated in one major fashion week in Myanmar. I also performed a few concerts. I was also shooting editorial fashion and style on the cover of magazines and journals, and going to be a part of a new feature film in March. I also volunteered in some nonprofit charity events and did some humanitarians works. I will continue to fulfil the duties that my org wanted me to do and travel around the world during this year. I will also keep working on my artist career. I am also planning to start a talk show, but negotiation is still in progress with the producers. I’ve already planned to do my list until next year. I am also working for my family’s restaurant business and travel & tour business as well. It’s hard to adjust my time and profession to keep it balanced.

What do you want to accomplish by the end of your reign?
I want to accomplish so many things. I am greedy. I will never stop trying. All upcoming duties of MTW are very exciting, and challenging. I like that because it keeps me motivated. I want to start up my own charity group to help more people as well. I have so many things that I want to do so I’m trying day by day, one step at a time. I will continue to work together with MTW org even after my reign. I am also discussing with other national organizers to host Mister Tourism World 2017 at the end of this year in Myanmar. That will be an amazingly effective approach to promote Myanmar’s tourism industry, and build strong ties and friendship with other countries. That will be very inspiring for new generation as well. I am writing down in my diary about all the experiences that I had during all of this. After that, I am planning to publish a book about it as Mister Tourism World journey.

Please give a final message to your fans and supporters…
I sincerely appreciate everyone for loving me, supporting me and standing by me. I am trying as best as I can to serve until my last breath and help others in need. For me, every new day is another chance to improve my life and others’. I will go as far as I can in my career goals without giving up. My dream is to be able to leave my footprints in people’s heart even after I’m gone. I will do my best to work for the positive outcomes in the society and fight for what I believe in. I want to be a good example for this generation and many more to come. Please love me more if you still have more rooms in your heart. I am truly honoured to be loved by you all. Thank you so much.
There you have it… stay tuned for this hunk as we are expecting to see and hear more from him in the coming months to come!

EXCLUSIVE Interview with Mister Tourism World, Okkar Min Maung Pt1

Sashes&Scripts recently had a one-on-one interview with the reigning Mister Tourism World, Okkar Min Maung from Myanmar and had an interesting time talking with him about his journey to the title.

How has it been since you won Mister Tourism World last year, any notable experience so far since winning?
It has been great. My life has changed in so many ways. I am really grateful for that. I am the third person who had won the international pageant in my country. I am very honoured and blessed to have won this prestigious title for my beloved country, and of course for my beloved fans. It is definitely one of the best things that have ever happened in my life. Many had been hoping for me to win the title ever since I announced to public about this. I believe winning this title will help me reach my future goals and make dramatic changes in my career. I would like to use my voice to influence the new generation for positive outcome. I want to help them, motivate them, inspire them and I want to stand up as a great role model to them. I am very grateful that I have the support and appreciation from my fans. I believe my hard work and good preparation paid off. It wasn’t easy to win. I had to pass through a lot of challenges, interviews with Filipino media and journalists, Q&A with Students from Northern University of Philippines, doing speeches for Tourism Forum, tourism exhibition and other activities coordinating with different kinds of people when I was in Philippines. I can say for sure that it was one of the best experiences of my life. Now, I need to be more responsible to fulfill my duties during my reign. Being the first winner in MTW org history, I want to make sure that I have made dramatic changes in many positive ways for the society as a bright leader and a great ambassador. I also would like to promote tourism factors in various ways and accomplish other humanitarian works. My schedule has been crazy busy since I had won. I participated and was being interviewed by many of the TV programs and talk shows in Myanmar as well as the ones from Philippines and plenty of magazines and journals. I’m glad that I have the opportunity to share my experiences regarding this competition. I am very grateful that I can make my country, my parents and family proud.

Last year you were easily the favourite to win the title, but did you ever had any doubts about winning the title?
I had doubts even though I was well prepared and confident with myself. All of the representatives are very talented and smart. They did their best for their countries. They were really amazing to be honest. We became very close to each other’s like brothers within a few days. Since then, I didn’t even feel like competing anymore. Pageant makes me feel like all contestants have become united. They all are well deserved to win. I prepared myself for the best and worst outcome for this competition. I was ok with whatever future was going to bring me. I have never won first prize in my life. I’ve competed in 2 local pageants when I was young but I didn’t win. I have lost a lot of chances and opportunities in my life and I learned not to take anything for granted from the past experiences. I also learned that opportunities never come twice. No matter what the experiences were, I had never given up. I always do my best in any situation. I believe that the right things will happen when it’s the right time. Even if I didn’t win, it wouldn’t be the end for me. I will always keep on going what I believe in. It was very controversial for me to be competing in this pageant. I was under a lot of pressure. My father passed away not too long before the pageant. A lot of people supported me and a lot criticized me at the same time. I got so many negative comments about this. Some people discouraged me to be a part of this. However, I didn’t let myself distracted by those comments; I did not pay attention on whatever they were saying. I had hope. I was determined that I was going to do it no matter how depressed and emotionally and physically broken down I was. I decided to work hard. Criticisms made me stronger. I turned negative criticisms into constructive criticisms and I stayed focused. Every challenge made me stronger than ever and this has become a great example for the youths of today who’ve been criticized by society or had been a victim of cyber bullying. My favourite motto is “No matter how hard it is, as long as you have your goals, aspirations, passion and determination, nothing is impossible“.
Tourism is gaining momentum over the past few years as a strong economy-booster industry, what do you think are the biggest contribution to that?
Picnic spots with beautiful sceneries often attract large numbers of tourists. Accessibility is one of the most important factors in booming tourism industry. All tourist centres must be easily accessible by various modes of transportation like roads, railways, air and water. To enjoy Nature’s incomparable beauty, traveling by roads and railways is a better option. Tourism is the best platform for the country to promote its culture, foods and language. Many are also attracted to places of historical significance where there is a legacy of rich cultural heritage. People love exploring destinations where there are famous ancient monuments, marvelous forts, castles and palaces and even studying the religious monuments.

If you were to invite tourists to your country, what would you tell them? How would entice them to visit Myanmar?
I would say Myanmar will be your most remarkable dream destination of a lifetime. Myanmar is a very beautiful country where you can experience the untouched innocence of Nature. It’s also known as the land of smiles. The visitors will definitely fall in love with our culture, traditions, natural resources, breath-taking sceneries, historic sites, wonderful beaches, incredible architecture, monuments, traditional authentic cuisines, and our own fashion. All of it will charm every visitor for sure. We have everything that you can ever imagine, if not even beyond that. Exotic animals and wild life, hiking and snorkelling will totally attract the tourists. I am sure whoever visited, they will definitely come back again. I will absolutely recommend visiting Vigan, which is the land of thousand pagodas, Mandalay, which is where the royal palace of the last monarchy of Myanmar is and Yangon, of course. I would definitely recommend visiting Shwedagon pagoda, one of the most famous pagodas in the world. Kyeit Htee Yoe, which is where the well-known pagoda perched at its summit, as well as a lot of religious sites, hundreds of astonishing landmarks such as Inn Lay Lake in Shan State or U Pain Bridge in Mandalay. Everybody is very helpful and it is safe to travel here for tourists.
Stay tuned for the next installment of this 2-part interview…