I get all kinds of messages in my inbox – from simple inquiries to praise messages to press release requirements to anonymous hate mails. One kind of online engagement that never fails to amuse me, though, are interview requests from thesis-bound students who want to incorporate my views and opinions on everything pageant-related.
Funny how some of these inquisitive young ones would take a long time gathering their composure when directly asking me of the possibility of doing a one-on-one. Truth be told, it always excites me when learners would look up to me as a source of information. In the end, they are pleasantly surprised that they got more than what they initially hoped for. After all – as someone who taught in the academe for nine years – I have learned to give back and share. Unconditionally, if you will.
So without further ado, below is one of the question-and-answer turns I have provided in the most recent past. My answer should give readers an idea on why I passionately do what I do:
1. How long have you been a pageant enthusiast?
“For as long as I can remember! When the Philippines won its first two Miss Universe crowns, I was already hooked, although I dedicated my professional life to the same when I started blogging last 2009.”
2. In your opinion, what are the positive impacts of the beauty pageants?
“Beauty pageants are both aspirational and inspirational for the joiner and watcher, respectively. They serve as foundations for the dreams of young women to grow and become much improved versions of themselves en route to following their career goals in life. As for the watcher, it gives them different levels of pride and joy while seeing the achievements of world-class Filipinas in the national and international stage.”
3. In your opinion, what are the negative impacts of the beauty pageants?
“As a pageant blogger and expert, I see no negative impact. There is nothing counter-productive in joining one. They are progressive exercises in physical and personality improvement that cannot be acquired faster anywhere else.”
4. Do you think beauty pageants help boost the Tourism industry?
“In the Philippines, it definitely does. The country continues to enjoy a high global regard in this industry. We have our own homegrown international competitions like Miss Earth and Miss Asia Pacific International where the foreign delegates themselves become unofficial Tourism Ambassadors given their positive experiences. Our country is known not only for its breathtaking sights and warm locals but also for the beautiful people who welcome tourists with open arms.”
5. What do you think are the ways to promote the Tourism industry of the Philippines through beauty pageants?
“Beauty pageants incorporate the rich culture and traditions of the country, while zeroing in on the countless tourist destinations in different cities and provinces nationwide. That alone constitutes an effective way of promoting the Philippines and how fun it is to visit or stay here.”
6. Why do you support beauty pageants?
“It is my passion. Once you find something that fuels you to guide young individuals in achieving their dreams, then everything else follows in succession. It also helps that I used to teach in the university so my nurturing side is utilized in more ways than one. Beauty pageants – believe it or not – is already in the mainstream of Philippine lifestyle that will continue to add color and excitement in building our modern day history.”
Norman Tinio is a pageant blogger and coach, and cited as one of the Philippine Empowered Men and Women in 2017. Follow him on Facebook at normannorman.com