It's the time of the year again--no, it's not Christmas--wherein salons and beauty parlors and the whole queer community unite, forming judgments in their own thoughts and clutching fists on who will win the crown this time as Binibining Pilipinas Universe 2017.
Forty women are going to strut their way towards victory, and one of them is candidate number 15 Maria Angelica "Mariel" De Leon, daughter of veteran actors Christopher de Leon and Sandy Andolong.
In Mariel's Instagram post, she is celebrating her Binibining Pilipinas candidacy and thanked her parents for "always 100% supporting" her. But she reiterated that having celebrity parents isn't an advantage. What she considers her edge is the experience she gained from joining two years ago.
"Alam ko na what are the things na hindi ko dapat gawin and ngayon siguro I should listen more. Aside from the usual training, I also prepare my mind. I always tell myself to take it easy this time, just go with the flow and not to care what strangers may say about me," Mariel shared.
"This time they just told me to be myself and have fun, not to pressure myself too much anymore," she added.
This year, Mariel proclaims "De Leon will roar."
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