Last April 2017, Michele Gumabao enlisted to join Aces and Queens, a beauty pageant training camp that specializes in coaching women hoping to compete in national beauty pageants. All the hard work and effort paid off as the former DLSU Lady Spiker was recently crowned as the 2018 Bb. Pilipinas-Globe during the 55th edition of Bb. Pilipinas, held at the Smart Araneta Coliseum, last March 18.
From volleyball to beauty pageants
Everyone knows Gumabao as a well-known Lasallian athlete from back in the days when she was once part of the Lady Spikers. Not only was she a member of the one of the most notable universities in the UAAP, but she was part of the team that led the Green-and-White to three consecutive UAAP Volleyball championships in Seasons 73, 74, and 75.
After her stint in the UAAP, Gumabao went ahead and joined the professional league where she played for different teams such as the AirAsia Flying Spikers, Generika Lifesavers, and the Pocari Sweat Lady Warriors. She recently decided to join Creamline Cool Smashers, as she reunited with another former Lady Spiker and teammate, Melissa Gohing.
However, on January 16, a few days after joining Creamline, it was to the surprise of many when Gumabao posted on her Instagram that she has been officially added to the list of contestants in the 2018 Binibining Pilipinas pageant.
She tells that taking part in this prestigious beauty pageant has always been a dream of hers. She wanted to show the world the versatility that she can bring not just in the world of sports. Since people have already looked up to her in the world of volleyball, she wishes to also inspire people in this field as well. “My ultimate dream is to be an inspiration to everyone. As long as I can be someone people can look up to I’ve done that in volleyball I want to do it here.”
Despite only joining sports related competitions and events, she knows that she has what it takes to be another Pia Wurtzbach and bring pride back to the Philippines.
Bb. Pilipinas and plans after
From professional athlete turned celebrity, businesswoman, coach, and now a beauty queen; the possibilities are endless for the former Lady Spiker as she continuously aims to motivate other girls to pursue their wildest dreams and the craziest things they come up with in their imagination. Thus, the newly crowned queen decided to extend the existing Michele Gumabao Volleyball Camp to a beauty pageant training camp.
The fusion of the two training camps is the perfect avenue to inspire physical fitness and women empowerment at the same time. Gumabao believes that the camp concentrates on developing the self. She shares that through this new training camp, “You get to know your strengths, your weaknesses, and you focus on what you have to focus on.”
Best friend and former teammate, Gohing beams that Gumabao will succeed in this new campaign of hers, “She’s really a woman who would do anything to make her dreams happen, from sneakers to high heels, you just don’t know how much I’m proud of you, Big MG!”
The nervous jitters in volleyball competitions prepped the fighting spirit in Gumabao today as she continues to overcome any kind of shortcoming in the court and on stage. She only wishes to share the knowledge she has learned to aspiring volleyball players and beauty queens as well. Individuals who wish to attend the camp would also get free products from Cream Silk as Gumabao was also hailed as Miss Cream Silk during the coronation night.
After clinching one of the vied crowns in Bb. Pilipinas 2018, not only does she want to continue to flourish her career in the field, but also to help more people to achieve their dreams. When she decided to extend her volleyball camp to a beauty pageant school, Gumabao states, “If I can be a volleyball player with a crown on top of my head, why can’t they also?”
She plans to open up her beauty pageant school after her one-year stint as Bb. Pilipinas-Globe, hoping to spread her love of not only volleyball, but also competing in beauty pageants.