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Yes, you could tell that I really had the time of my life at the 2014 Binibining Pilipinas Coronation Night last March 30—from my constant posts on Facebook, on Missosology, on WordPress. Apparently, there are a lot of people to whom I’m indebted for the blast that I had at the Big Dome.

One of those would be my friend Nathalie Tomada, then The Freeman Newspaper Entertainment Editor and now The Philippine Star Assistant Entertainment Editor (to Ricky Lo). Not alone did I accidentally bump into her and another friend Hendri Go (who’s a theater producer), but I was also given the V.I.P. pass to the second row of the front seats (take note: just one seat apart from the judges’ area). Wasn’t that a divine appointment?

I’d like to believe that it was—because God knows the intensity of my passion for pageants, the depth of my love for beauty queens, the energy that I put into my contribution to the pageant world through my blog posts and otherwise, not to mention my self-sacrifices for the sake of flying to Manila to witness this year’s event.

So I will forever be thankful to Nathalie for the access. As it seems that my best experience therein would be—aside from Kris Tiffany Janson’s winning the Bb. Pilipinas Intercontinental 2014 crown—meeting the Miss Universe Organization president Paula Shugart up close and giving her a token of my blog post featuring her and Miss Universe 2013 Gabriela Isler, I’m afraid that I couldn’t have had such opportunity had I not crossed paths with Nathalie and Hendri at the Smart Araneta Coliseum lobby for nothing at all.