JANICEL LUBINA MISS WORLD PHILIPPINES 2013 1st RUNNER-UP Photos!
Janicel Lubina is the newly crowned First Princess (1st Runner-Up) of Miss World Philippines! She was born and raised in Palawan, Philippines where her mother come from, although her father is from Tagudin, Ilocos Sur. Janicel was Mutya Ng Palawan 2012, and was Miss Bikini Philippines 2013. Janicel reveals in an interview, she comes from the poorest of the poor in Palawan. The town she grew up in, Narra, is a 2-hour drive from the island’s capital, Puerto Princesa. Her home is a ramshackle hut with no chairs, curtains, or beds. At night, she curls up on bamboo pallet that is half her height. There is no floor to speak of. Not even a single picture frame. Janicel says that her father Constantino Lubina, a gasoline boy and her mother, Nida, a house-helper never had enough to buy a camera. They never were interested in such things anyway. Survival on one meal a day was the mode and every single centavo they earned almost always went straight to that meal.Because they also didn’t have a TV, Janicel would sneak off into her neighbor’s home to watch her favorite shows. She particularly loved watching the Bb. Pilipinas beauty pageant but her neighbors would often shoo her away. This didn’t stop her from daydreaming about a beauty queen life. “Nakatulala lang ako minsan, ini-imagine ko na beauty queen ako. O di kaya mayaman ako. Pero madalas iniisip ko din na paano kaya kung forever nalang ako mahirap". She smiles shyly and adds, “Mahilig talaga ako mag-imagine ng kung anu-ano. Pero wala akong lakas-loob noon na habulin ang mga pangarap ko. Pangit ako, maitim. Baduy pa. Ang tawag sa akin ng mga classmate kong lalake ay ‘tikbalang’ dahil mas matangkad ako sa kanila.“
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