Bb.Pilipinas Rosantonette Mendoza shared an inspiring story on her weight-loss journey.
In her FB account, this 26 year old beauty from Bacoor, Cavite made a long post on how she was able transform herself from the“hala, parang nanay na” body as what her bashers told before to a “pageant fit” body that made her candidate no. 18 in the Bb.Pilipinas 2018 pageant. .
According to Rosantonette Mendoza, Siera Bearchell who is Miss Canada in the Miss Universe 2017 that was held here in the Philippines, inspired her to change.
As we all know Sierra was subjected to criticisms during the pageant because of her size and weight. In a press conference she was even asked , how it feels to be “larger” that the other Miss Universe candidates. Siera via her IG account made a very inspiring post on body shaming.
There are 40 candidates for Bb.Pilipinas 2018 . Coronation night will be held on March 10, 2018 at Araneta Coliseum.
Here is is Rosantonette’s full post.
Warning: Lengthy Post
I’ve been joining beauty pageants since I was 15 and the first title that I had was Mutya ng Bacoor in 2007.
Beauty pageants made me feel good about myself. It became a venue for self-expression and women empowerment. I was able to connect with other people and inspire them with my life experiences.
2012, I graduated with a degree in International Relations. I really wanted to become a diplomat, because why not?
Beauty Queens x Diplomats
We share the same goal – to represent our country well, because once you’re out there, you are an extension of our state. We try to promote what the Philippines has to offer and do our best to improve relations among other nations at the same time. Super fun!
Come 2013, I went on with my beauty queen dreams and joined a provincial pageant. Then came my worst nightmare – I was bashed in social media because I was too “FAT” to be a beauty queen. Comments like, “hala, parang nanay na” “ano ba yan, bat may naligaw jan” and the likes. I have to admit, it almost ruined me.
I stopped aiming for those crowns. I went on with my life, got myself a pretty cool job at a retail company and even started my own business. I fell in love with food so much, you have no idea. Desserts – I love chocolates! I ate whatever I wanted. As in no control at all.
(Don’t get me wrong, coz’ I have zero regrets.)
It was December 2016 when it hit me – I was almost 90kgs. I knew I lost it.
I got tired easily, my sugar level was high, had a hard time breathing – lahat lahat na. I was very unhealthy.
Then Miss Universe came to the Philippines early 2017. It was Miss Canada, who got my attention. Confidently beautiful with her body. That’s when I realized, it’s not over. Not yet.
It has always been my dream to become a Binibini. I knew I had to work extra hard for that goal, my last hoorah to join.
I got myself a gym membership, hired a great trainer, prepped meals, diet etc.. lahat ng work out na try ko na ata, bes 😅
So last day of applications for Binibining Pilipinas 2018. I wasn’t confident. I remembered the 2013 incident, kasi in reality, my body still wasn’t “pageant fit”. But I tried anyway. Wala namang mawawala.
And now, just a few more days until the coronation night, I still can’t believe that I’m writing this as your Binibini 18. I’m still in awe.
I’ve learned that it’s good to have dreams. But it’s better to have goals. Work hard and do whatever you can to achieve them!
Thank you Binibining Pilipinas for giving me this opportunity to inspire other people with my transformation.
So para sa mga matataba, dating mataba, feeling mataba, dun sa gustong tumaba, at sa malapit nang tumaba — you are beautiful. Just be yourself. At the end of the day, it is still what’s in your heart that matters.