Having completed their respective stints in the UAAP, former Lady Spikers Mika Reyes and Michele Gumabao have been trying their hand at various endeavors on top of their duties as players in the Philippine Super Liga (PSL). Keeping themselves busy with some modeling gigs and other personal pursuits, it has also been confirmed that the two former La Salle star players have recently enlisted to join the beauty pageant training camp of Aces and Queens, a group that specializes in coaching women who plan to enter local beauty pageants.
The former La Salle standouts have since pronounced their future plans of trying their luck in national beauty contests such as Binibining Pilipinas, the pageant from which the representatives for the larger international contests are chosen. “Actually, for now, training pa lang talaga like yung mga pang-beauty queen na lakad, ganun,” relates Reyes. (Just training for now, like for beauty queen pageants.)
“Kasi yung pagsali sa local pageants like Binibining Pilipinas, there’s another application and selection process, so as of late, we’re just training to prepare for [that actual selection],” Gumabao adds.
Aces and Queens have scouted and trained Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach and Miss World 2013 Megan Young, to name a few. It is worth noting that Philippine representatives have consistently stood out in international pageants for the past few years, and added pressure is carried on to future candidates as the country has won titles in Miss World 2013, Miss Universe 2015, and Miss International 2016. On top of this, the Philippines also recently hosted the 2016 version of Miss Universe, where our candidate Maxine Medina, also trained by Aces and Queens, landed in the Top Six.
“We’re very optimistic about training with Aces and Queens kasi they’re really known for producing beauty queens like sina Pia [Wurtzbach], and they really have a good track record over the years,” Gumabao expounds.
“Excited kami, sana maging fruitful yung training at mag-qualify kami sa pageants sa future,” Reyes further remarks. (We’re excited, hopefully the training is fruitful and we can qualify in pageants in the future.)
Furthermore, Reyes and Gumabao cheerily mentioned that their former teammates in the Lady Spikers have expressed their support for their pageant plans. “Masaya kami kasi sobrang naka-support sila samin,” shares Reyes. (We’re happy because their support has been tremendous.)
Reyes also clarified that despite their pageant training, they will still continue and remain focused with playing volleyball in the PSL. Noting that they will not compromise their volleyball training for pageant coaching, they assured that they would be managing their time and schedule in order to fit all their endeavors together. Gumabao explains, “Anyway, we’re just [pageant] training pa lang naman, so we can still fit everything into our schedule. Perhaps, when the time comes that we’re actual pageant candidates, that’s when we might take a break from volleyball. But rest assured, for now, volleyball won’t be compromised.”