“My advocacy has never changed since I joined the recent Ms. Earth-Philippines because this is the advocacy that should be implemented, and that is to reduce the use of plastic and to educate each and every one of us on how to preserve the ocean layer of the earth.”
Come November 28, 18 years old Bulakena stunner Leandrea Batingan is all set to compete in the first ever Ms. Teen Universal 2018 pageant to be held in Bali, Indonesia. She is a proud discovery of Len Carillo, talent manager of 3:16 Talents and Events, the discoverer of the all-female dance group Belladonas and fast-rising boy band Clique 5.
“Actually, it was my manager who encouraged me to join the pageant. Sumali na rin po kasi ako sa Circle of Ten where I was one of the candidates. After the pageant, she contacted me. She said I have the potential of becoming a beauty queen. She told me that she likes me, then pinapirma niya ako ng contract for 3:16,” shared by the young international beauty queen aspirant.
She revealed that she joined 3:16 to be a part of Belladonas. “Hilig ko po kasi ang dancing and singing. Kasi, whenever I have a pageant, ang special talent ko is singing. But when it comes to dancing, my manager told me that it’s not my path since my figure is so tall for the frame kapag sa dancing,” she explained.
A senior high school (grade 12) student from College of St. Anthony’s in San del Monte, taking up Humanities and Social Science, Leandrea also revealed that she’s no stranger to the spotlight. “Nag-compete po ako sa Ms. Earth-Philippines 2018 pero hindi po ako nanalo,” she declared. Although she did not win any title in the said pageant, she confirmed that she’s giving pageantry another try.
“I think, one of the things that motivated me to join more is kasi po noong nasa Ms. Earth-Philippines ako, I wasn’t really a loser at that time. I have something to be proud of kasi I was crowned as Ms. Hana 2018. I received the best in long gown award and I also received the gold medal for being the darling of the press. Maybe it’s not my time yet. That’s why I’m striving for more so that I could know when my time is,” she averred. “I believe also in the saying that ‘Your dream has no expiration date, you simply have to take a deep breath and try again,’’’ she added.
She also said that she learned a lot from joining Ms. Earth-Philippines. “Bukod sa na-boost iyong confidence ko, I think, one of the greatest lessons that I learned is to stay strong. At this young age, I learned to be a strong,and independent. During Ms. Earth-Philippines, I was like …I’m the only person who handles myself. I do my own makeup, my own hairstyle. I prepare my own clothes. I pamper myself. Sama-sama po iyon. Ako iyong handler ng sarili ko. Iyon ang natutunan ko,” she quipped.
And what are her preparations leading to the coronation night? “Just like the basics, siyempre iyong healthy diet. When I have time, I do ramp or catwalks at home and I wear my heels and of course, sa question and answer portion, I always watch Q&A videos on YouTube. Then, I really get inspired by Karen Ibasco. She’s one of the powerful voices we have today in the Philippines. I really get inspired by her, of course,” she disclosed. She hopes to join the Bb. Pilipinas in the near future and she’s not closing her doors on show business.