|Beauty queen Shamcey Supsup. File photo
MANILA, Philippines – Beauty queen Shamcey Supsup is returning to the Miss Universe stage, this time as a host of the Internet coverage of this year's pageant.
Binibining Pilipinas Charities chairperson Stella Marquez-Araneta made the announcement on Tuesday afternoon, during the send-off ceremonies for this year's Miss Philippines-Universe, Janine Tugonon.
Araneta said Miss Universe viewers should expect more of Supsup on the Internet and she is hoping that her presence will also help Tugonon’s chances of taking home the crown.
“As Janine prepares to go to defend the Philippines in the Miss Universe, I ask you to please start voting for her because if she gets high votes, she will be one of the semi-finalists. I know that the Filipinos will vote and will make her win,” she said.
Araneta added that Supsup’s job involves interviewing this year's candidates for a behind-the-scenes look at the competition.
Meanwhile, Supsup only has good words for Tugonon as she prepares to compete in the international pageant.
“Ngayon pa lang, proud na kami sa narating mo. Proud na kami sa transformation mo. Proud na kami sa lahat ng efforts na binigay mo para lang ma-prove ang sarili mo sa lahat ng aspeto kaya doon pa lang, winner ka na. Pagdating mo doon, act like a winner because you’re already in the Filipinos’ eyes,” she said.
Miss Universe 2011 fourth runner-up Venus Raj also wished Tugonon well as she represents the Philippines in this year's beauty pageant.
“December 19, ito 'yung kumbagang pinaniniwalaan nating itinakdang date para sa iyo. Just pray. Iyon naman talaga ang kailangan natin. Napakaraming Pilipino ang magdadasal sa iyo. Napakraming Pilipino sa States na papalakpak at magpapalakas ng loob mo. Huwag kang mawawalan ng loob,” she said. - with a report from ANC