QUEZON CITY – University of the Philippines magna cum laude and architecture board topnotcher Shamcey Supsup was named the 2011 Binibining Pilipinas Universe during the pageant coronation night on April 10 at the Araneta Coliseum in Cubao, Quezon City.
Other winners were Dianne Necio (Binibining Pilipinas International) Isabella Manjon (Binibining Pilipinas Tourism); Janine Tugonon (first runner-up) and Mary Jean Lastimosa (second runner-up).
Special award winners were: People’s Choice: The Face of Binibining Pilipinas: Angelia Ong; Best in swimsuit: Queenirich Rehman; Best in long gown: Luzelle Felipe; Ms. Friendship: Samantha Purvor; and Manila Bulletin Reader’s Choice: Luzelle Felipe.
Shamcey, who hails from General Santos City, bested 39 candidates and will represent the country in the Miss Universe Pageant in Sao Paolo, Brazil.
“I still can’t believe it. Parang panaginip. Kanina nung nag announce na sabi ko it’s God’s will. If it’s for you, it’s for you. You just have to believe it,” Shamcey said in an interview after the pageant.
“Whatever happens, it happens for a reason and God has a plan for every one of us… Ang dami talagang magaganda. Ang dami talagang magagaling. Feeling ko the judges had a hard time choosing the winner for the year,” she added.
Asked if she’s now feeling the pressure of accomplishing the feat of Venus Raj, who won fourth runner up in the Miss Universe pageant in Las Vegas last year, Shamcey said:“I’m not pressured at all kasi I believe I was here for a reason and whatever my destiny is, I’ll do my best.”
She added: “I’m just gonna give it my all and I hope that whatever I’m gonna do there [Brazil] yun ang hinahanap nila at kung para talaga sa ‘yo para talaga sa ‘yo.”
Shamcey also won three special awards: Miss Cream Silk, Ambassador of Philippine Airlines, and Miss Talent.
Other winners were Dianne Necio (Binibining Pilipinas International) and Isabella Manjon (Binibining Pilipinas Tourism).