Mary Jean Lastimosa – Miss Universe Philippines 2014

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Mary Jean Lastimosa is a 26-year old computer engineering graduate and an entrepreneur who isn’t new to the pageant world. She stands 5 ft. and 7 inches tall and a native of North Cotabato, Philippines. She represented her country at the Miss ASEAN 2012 in Chiang Rai Province, Thailand and placed as Top 10 along with Marie Ann Umali. She has won various provincial beauty pageants before she joined the Binibining Pilipinas pageant. She was Mutya ng Dabaw 2008, Reyna ng Aliwan 2008, and Mutya ng UM (University of Mindanao) 2008. She won the second runner-up title in the Binibining Pilipinas 2011 pageant with Shamcey Supsup (Miss Universe 2011 3rd Runner-Up) as the winner. She tried her luck in the Binibining Pilipinas 2012, but ended as a top 12 semifinalist with Janine Tugunon (Miss Universe 2012 First Runner-Up) emerged victorious. Fortunately, she clinched the top spot this year as her final attempt. She will represent her country at Miss Universe 2014 later this year in Brazil.

During the question-and-answer portion, Lastimosa was asked by reigning Miss Universe Queen Gabriela Isler, “What is the greatest advantage of being a woman?” A confident Lastimosa answered: “The greatest advantage of being a woman is being able to compose herself. Just like here, we’re standing in front of thousands of people, not knowing if you’re going to cheer for us or boo us. But we try to compose ourselves. We keep the emotions and show the beauty that is in us and tonight, thousands of people are standing here, celebrating the beauty of women.”

After joining the Binibining Pilipinas contest three times, newly-crowned Binibining Pilipinas-Universe 2014 Mary Jean Lastimosa knows a thing or two about tenacity. “I never gave up on a dream. I would like to tell the whole world Filipinos are someone who never give up on something. Whatever we want, whatever we want to do with our lives, never give up,” Lastimosa said in an interview on ANC’s Headstart.

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