August 8, 2011, 1:12pmBy ROWENA JOY A. SANCHEZ
MANILA, Philippines – Instead of letting herself be overcome by the pressure of matching the fourth place finish of Maria Venus Raj in last year’s Miss Universe pageant, 2011 Bb. Pilipinas-Universe Shamcey Supsup would rather use it “in a positive way.”
The General Santos City native is determined to seize the much-coveted title, telling “The Buzz” in a taped interview aired Aug. 7, “…If you’re destined to win, you would get the crown. And I believe I’ve worked hard, I have the discipline, I’m determined and I have the support from everyone. I believe we have a chance.”
Shamcey also related the pieces of advice she received from Venus.
“Ang sabi lang niya just be yourself, enjoy everything there kasi it’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity at kung nahihirapan ka na, isipin mo you’re there because you wanted to be there. It was a choice,” said the licensed architect and University of the Philippines-Diliman’s College of Architecture magna cum laude graduate.
Shamcey is set to fly solo to the pageant’s host country for this year, Brazil, today, Aug. 8, to continue her rigorous preparations.
She admitted being scared to travel alone.
“Ang layo, parang opposite side of the world. More than 24 hours daw ‘yung biyahe… Lahat ng bagahe ko, ako ang magdadala,” she said.
With 87 other hopefuls—“a lot of beautiful [and] intelligent girls,” as Shamcey puts it—vying for the crown, the 24-year-old beauty queen said that more than anything, “emotional and mental preparation” are needed in order to stand out.
“So you have to have that self-confidence,” she noted.
Shamcey added, though, that she still needs to train harder to further equip her for the competition.
“Siyempre ‘yung mga walk training, catwalk… with past beauty queens like Venus Raj. Lately I had training with Karen Agustin. Tinuruan niya ko ng mga kinds of poses, kung pa’no i-move ‘yung head… I think marami pang mga susunod na trainings sa akin,” Shamcey related.
In her quest to get the crown, Shamcey revealed that her lucky charm “are the people who support and love me and alam ko whatever happens there, nandun pa rin sila.”
Venus, who relayed Shamcey’s forthcoming departure for Brazil on “Umagang Kay Ganda,” Aug. 8, aired this message for the latter:
“Good luck sa’yo Shamcey, alam kong gagalingan mo talaga ‘yan.”
The 60th Miss Universe pageant will take place on Sept. 12 at the Credicard Hall in São Paulo.