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Janicel Lubina, the Cinderella of Palawan is the new Bb.Pilipinas-International.


Much have been said, and discuss about the new Bb.Pilipinas International, the newest pride of the province of Palawan, Janicel Lubina of Narra. 19 years old Lubina quest to being a Bb.Pilipinas has now ended as she holds one of the major title, yet the forum are still ongoing, that many believe she deserve to be the Philippines bet for 64th Miss Universe.

But let’s accept it anyway, Lubina being Bb.Pilipinas-International is still a title to be great of, especially she now ended the 27 long years Palawan awaiting for a Bb.Pilipinas crown, the last Palaweña who got the title is Anthea Robles in 1988 as Bb.Pilipinas-International as well.



Prior to the coronation, I had a one-on-one interview with Lubina about her preparations and being a Palaweña. Below is the complete transcribe of my interview.

JC- Kumusta ka na ngayon, I’m seeing a lot improvements and changes sa yo,
JL: Sobrang happy, sobrang confident, bcoz I know in my self that I am ready, I have a lot of trainings na dinaanan, ginawa, I am very confident.

JC- Etu ba talaga ang pangarap ni Janicel, ang maging beauty queen?
JL: Yes, etu talaga, winning this pageant is a big opportunity. Life changing experience, and I want to make my parents proud, my family proud, and also to our province, the province of Palawan.

JC- Ramdam mo ba ang suporta ng mga Palawenyo sa yo?
JL: Yes, sobrang happy ako even hindi ko nakakasama ang mga taga-Palawan sa ngayon, sobrang napi-feel ko na chini-cheer nila ako, pinagtatanggol nila ako sa mga forums, and I know sa coronation darating sila para i-cheer ako sa competition na to.

JC- May mga tulong ba na ini-extend ang Province of Palawan or LGU’s?
JL: Sabi ng handler ko base sa napag-mitingan don, lahat ng Mayor tutulong sa akin even the province, and the City. Sabi ko nga yung matatanggap ko na pera para dito ay ibibili ko ng tiket, para sa mga bakla na galling ng Palawan na mag chi-cheer sa akin.

JC- Sino-sinong opisyal etu?
JL- Yung sa Narra, Si Mayor Demaala nag-pramis sila na magpapadala ng pambili ng tiket, and then yung Governor natin. Yung City Council nag promise din, at marami pang iba.


JC- How are you going to differentiate yourself from ordinary Narranians, now a Bb.Pilipinas candidate?
JL: Sobrang laki ng natutunan ko, parang ang laki na rin ng pinagbago ko ngayon, nararamdaman ko naman na sobrang laki ng improvement ko from a simple girl last 3 years ago, tapos ngayon lady na lady na. Halos hindi na ko makilala ng mga friends ko sa Palawan. Pero atleast 10 years after sa Palawan ko pa rin gusto tumira, gusto ko pa rin ang sarap ng buhay sa probinsya, sobrang simple.

JC- May mga suitors na ba?
JL: Wala po, since 2 years ago until now wala pong nanliligaw sa akin, siguro dahil priority ko ang family ko, siguro dahil lagi lang ako sa bahay, di ako nag-ni-night life. Siguro ganun.

JC- How would you react sa mga negative feedeback, na maganda ka lang daw pero di magaling sumagot sa Question and Answer portion?
JL: Happy ako to hear that,  kasi nagiging motivation ko sila, hindi ako yung tao na-ba-bad vibes pag nakakarinig ng mga ganun, ginagamit ko yun para pag-igihan ko pa, para mas galingan ko pa sa mga training ko, eh do-double time ko lahat para ma-prove ko rin sa kanila na mali ang iniisip nila, na hindi sa stage lang ka lang puede i-judge, kasi ilang minutes ka lang sa stage at lahat nagkakamali.  At hindi ka puede i-judge na matalino ka ba o bobo ka kung hindi mo nasagot ang tama ang isang tanong, isang tanong lang yan, pero kung makakasama mo yung tao sa araw-araw masasabi mo na may alam pala sya.

JC- What about the issue the gimik mo lang daw ang pagiging kasambahay at magsasaka?
JL:  Kahit pumunta sila sa province naming I can get some of my kasamahan, na magpapatunay na totoo yun, na ginawa ko yan, and sabi ko nga in-case ganapin ang buhay ko sa TV, I can do all the things I’ve done before, hindi ko na kailangan ng artista, ako mismo, kaya ko magsaka, i-act lahat. Gusto ko ipakita na hindi madali ang ginagawa ng mga magsasaka, sobrang mahirap, and maka-inspire ako ng mga tao na pahalagahan ang food natin.

JC- Anung plans mo, Manalo o matalo sa Bb.Pilipinas?
JL: I still want to pursue my studies at STI, yun ang gusto ng father ko na kahit manalo ako sa mga pageants, nak mag aral ka, at kung maka-graduate ako at yung 3 brothers ko, yun ang best gift naming sa parents namin.

JC- Puedeng malaman ang background ng mga Lubina?
JL: Sa Poblacion, Narra kami nakatira, sa mismong bayan. Yung father ko nag-migrate from Ilocus, and yung mother ko Cuyunin, Jaranilla apelyido. And sa Palawan na ako pinanganak, apat kaming magkakapatid ako ang eldest

JC- Miss mo na baa ng Palawan?
JL: Sobrang name-miss ko na, yung mga fresh na gulay, actually pag umuuwi ako ng Palawan sa bukid kami kumakain ng family ko, at sina-suggest ko talaga yun, tapos outing kami, at sinusulit ko talaga kasi mostly pag umuuwi ako usually 3 days lang ganun.

JC- Message mo sa mga Palawenyos.
JL: Thank you sa prayers, sa support and everything, and sana ipag-pray nyo ko sa coronation night.


Last March 15, at the coronation night of Bb.Pilipinas 2015 at the Smart Araneta Coliseum, Janicel won Best in Long Gown and Best in Swimsuit, and the Bb.Pilipinas-International crown, and management contract with Binibining Pilipinas Charities, Inc.,  and to represent Philippines in Japan for Miss International usually held every November of the year.

Lubina is a multi-titleholder of different pageants such as Ms.Scuba Philippines, Ms.Bikini Philippines in 2013, First Runner Up, Miss World-PH 2013, and Mutya ng Palawan 2012. She was under the arms and train by Roedgil Flores of Kagandahang Flores, in Palawan Lubina is being handled by Pageant organizer Thom Favila of Elitista search.  


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