The 2022 campaign of Team Philippines in the world of pageantry is off to a great start, with two Filipinas bagging top honors in two prestigious international pageants over the weekend. Respected pageant coach and mentor Rodgil Flores, who was behind the preparations of both pageant winners, updated The Thrillmaker on how his conversations with both Filipinas went when he got to talk to them shortly after their winning moments.
“They’re both very happy. Si Shannon ay masayang-masaya sa kanyang naabot dahil ginawa naman daw nya ang lahat ng kanyang magagawa,” shared Flores, referring to Shannon Tampon’s reaction after winning first runner-up honors at the Miss Elite Pageant held in Egypt.
Indeed, Tampon has something big to be proud about with her feat Saturday night. She’s had her taste of competing in several national pageants in the past and not being rewarded with the crowns that she’s been aiming for. The Caloocan City native first joined Miss Philippines Earth in 2019 but ended up just outside the competition’s elemental court. In 2020, she tried her luck in another national pageant by joining Binibining Pilipinas where she concluded her campaign, unplaced. Not the type to ever give up on a dream, she persisted in pursuing pageantry with the guidance given to her by ProMedia and by training hard under the Kagandahang Flores Camp. Her efforts were finally rewarded when she found herself finally holding hands onstage for the Miss Elite crown with India’s Deep Supriyam, who was eventually declared the winner. Tampon also won Miss Elite Asia 2022 and Best in Evening Gown.
According to Flores, this may not be the last that we will see from this Marketing graduate from FEU Diliman who is now also taking up a Chemical Engineering course in New Era University.
“Habang ka-video call ko sya pagkatapos nyang manalo, sinabi ko sa kanya: Anak, isa pa ha? Sasali pa tayo ha? And she smiled back at me,” reveals Flores.
Tampon is presently 25 years old.
While it seems Tampon’s will be a continuing journey, Shane Tormes’ win in Friday night’s Miss Global International Pageant in Bali, Indonesia is a story of sweet endings.
Now in her early 30s, Tormes has been spending most of her life in the last decade under the pageant spotlight.
She first joined in Miss Philippines Earth in 2017 representing Mandaluyong City and was unplaced, save for a special award given to her by a chain of supermalls that eventually led to some hosting gigs which somehow honed her communication skills. Her onstage experiences gave her the courage to try out for 2019’s Binibining Pilipinas edition, where, again she was not rewarded with a crown on her head. She took consolation in the fact that it was her good friend, Gazini Ganados, who went home with the top plum. Knowing that time is her nemesis as she is almost ageing out of pageant standards, she joined Miss Philippines Earth a second time in 2020, where she was given the title, Miss Philippines Earth-Fire, not the top crown but still an added feather to her cap.
Last December, Tormes experienced a major heartbreak when she lost her mother to a lingering illness. While recovering from this personal setback, the opportunity to represent the country in the Miss Global International Pageant came her way. Not the type to shy away from what could be pageantry’s final call on her, Tormes made a go of the opportunity, armed with her most precious learnings from her previous pageants.
“Nakausap ko po siya bago yung laban nya at ang sabi nya: Hindi na ako mag-o-overthink. I’ll just put in my story para mas effective at para may ma-impart ako sa mga tao,” Flores shared and that was exactly what Tormes did on stage that made her edge out her final one-on-one rival from Malaysia. Tormes also bagged Miss Talent honors.
“These are girls who never had the privilege to wear a national crown,” notes Flores, which somehow reminds us of a verse written by prophet Luke in the holy book, saying: “Truly, no prophet is accepted in his hometown.” To that, I will add: …but internationally, they can hit it big!” Congratulations, ladies!