FEU’s Ganiel Krishnan credits courtside-reporting experience for ‘Mutya Ng Pilipinas’ win

Barry Viloria on Aug 03, 2016 05:51 PM
FEU's Ganiel Krishnan credits CSR experience for pageant win
The former shy girl-turned-muse of Morayta has indeed gone far. (Photos taken from Krishnan's Instagram account: @ganielkrish)

In the past two or so months, the very crushable FEU courtside reporter Ganiel Krishnan took a break from her courtside reporter duties for ABS-CBN Sports to pursue something else. That something else, past courtside reporters like Ateneo’s Laura Lehmann and UST’s Tina Marasigna have also gone to: Pageants.

Except that Krishnan, 21 who’s a Communication junior at FEU, joined two pageants in a row—and won significant places in both. She first landed second runner-up at Miss Manila 2016 last June, before stunning anew as the newly hailed Mutya ng Pilipinas-Asia Pacific International 2016 last July 30. In the latter beauty-and-brains contest, she bested the rest at the Q&A segment with her stand on “inner beauty.”

“In today’s society, people objectify beauty through good looking people and perfect body… I think that at the end of the day, we should all know that beauty of the face can last for years but beauty from within like your personality lasts for an entire life.”

Ugh, Gan, why so perfect?


I feel so lucky 💛💚 #BeBrave #HornsUp

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Courtside stint
Krishnan might just stand relatively smaller than other pageant winners and hopefuls alike at 5’5 1/2”, but it was also her brains and personality that obviously got her to the top. As a kid, she recalls being the shy kid in the background to her usually more bibo Ate, “looking at her as she performs for the crowd.”

It wasn’t long before her beauty (blame her Filipina-Indian mix!) attracted talent agencies and scouts including ABS-CBN’s Star Magic. In the recent past, under the Kapamilya network, she has appeared on Oh My G!, Maalaala Mo Kaya, and Happy Yippee Yehey! She was also chosen as a finalist in Chalk Magazine’s annual Bright Young Manila Campus Hotties search where she represented FEU.

For Season 78, Krishnan succeeded Nicole Yu as the courtside reporter for her Alma Mater FEU. For this, she got the chance to report for the Tamaraws on their way to the championship in Men’s Basketball, and to a third place finish in Women’s Volleyball. She also got to report for games outside the UAAP also for ABS-CBN Sports.

Krishnan credits her courtside stint as a good training in building confidence and stage presence in her foray in pageantry.

“When I joined UAAP as a CSR, I didn’t have much confidence to talk to a lot of people. When I joined Mutya, sobrang daldal ko na to the point sinasabi talaga ng candidates na, ‘Alam na namin bakit reporter ka!’” she shares with a laugh.

“Ang dami kong gusto malaman palagi, gusto ko informed talaga ako so sobrang natulungan talaga ako ng UAAP to build my confidence.”



A photo posted by Ganiel Krishnan (@ganielkrish) on

Bigger advocacy
To promote Mutya Ng Pilipinas, a 51 year-old pageant, Krishnan and the candidates have gone to Palawan and Ilocos. It took an entire month altogether to promote the event before the coronation night last month. The experience was taxing, if you ask Krishnan in all honesty, as she just came from a recent pageant. But like what she said in an Instagram post, in the end "the journey was tough but it was all worth it.”

She confesses, “I wasn't that sure about joining Mutya. Nag-hesitate talaga ko because it was another month of wearing heels and makeup everyday. But I kept on reminding myself na this will be a good experience for me and it's an avenue to influence millennials.”

Fate seemed to have even meddled at the screening part prior to the selection.

“The org asked for the girls to come by 2 p.m. and I arrived at 6 p.m. kasi sobrang oo-hindi ako that day. Right after the screening, I told my handler na mag-back out na ako, but they said it's final na so okey na, I said, ‘Sige, I'll just finish nalang talaga this pageant. ‘Mutya’ kasi is a national pageant, so it's bigger and mas madami ako mage-gain na experience kaya ayun I joined.”

Meet the influencer
Krishnan obviously went for it and brought the bacon home. She is set to represent the Philippines for Miss Asia Pacific International 2016 “in a few months”—which will again prove a struggle as, she recalls with a laugh, “Hindi ako nag-diet. As in, laging late kami mag-sleep so sobrang sleepy ako lagi. Nag-sleep nalang ako kesa kumain!”

Krishnan finds this insatiable itch to influence her fellow youth about inner beauty and topics that go beyond. It’s no mistake, come to think of it, why she was handpicked by telco giant Smart as one of the brand’s student ambassadors, including bloggers and other campus role models from different schools.

“I wanted to influence other people. Mutya ng Pilipinas is a bigger platform for me to be able to share my advocacy.”

She says about her newfound level of reach, “Nagkaroon ng 'fans' but I see them as mga na-inspire ko.”

Speaking of fans, since she’s going to have less time for other stuff because of her ‘Mutya’ commitments, will the UAAP crowd then be missing her next season?

“Hopefully, I still get to be a courtside reporter. I am already missing it and would love to do it again!”


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Want to follow in Gan Krishnan's footsteps? Apply as a UAAP courtside reporter now! If you're 18 years old and above and currently a student of a UAAP school, send your full body and close-up photos along with your resume to [email protected] Deadline of submission is August 5, 2016.

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