Michele Gumabao just one of few sports personalities to strut stuff on pageant stage
ABS-CBN Sports on Jan 16, 2018 12:19 PM
Queens. (L-R) Michele Gumabao, Laura Lehmann, Ganiel Krishnan)
Before UAAP volleyball season begins, fans already have a reason to rally behind one of the sport's most recognizable names.
Michele Gumabao, a former DLSU Lady Spiker, has jumpstarted the season by representing Filipina volleybelles everywhere by successfully breaking through the Top 40 of the prestigious Bb. Pilipinas pageant.
After the good news, she hasn't forgotten about thanking all her supporters along the way, and she's also looking forward to beginning a new journey in her career.
It's official!! Feeling so blessed and excited to begin another journey! @aces_and_queens family represent!! Thank you to all our mamas, titos, madams and kuyas who helped us be ready for this new beginning! Wouldnt have looked this way without The Village: Make up by: @carissacielomedved Hair by : @iammjrone @lynellehair Hair color by @hairshaftcarl @hairshaftsalon Styled by @mikeeandrei Dress from @claizabihasa Shoes @bragaisjojo God is good ♥️ BBP2018
While Gumabao is slowly proving once more that athletes are more than capable of branching out off the court, she's just one of the many sports personalities who've found success in the beauty pageant stage.
Here are some of the other examples of Filipinas who have done so as well:
Former Ateneo courtside reporter and ABS-CBN S+A host Laura Lehmann was crowned as 2017 Miss World Philippines last September.
Before all of her success, though, she has found her calling in the field as a member of the Philippine junior softball team when she was younger, even representing the country at a World Series tournament where the Filipinos placed second only to the US.
Gretchen Malalad is now a recognizable member of the Philippine media, but before her career as a reporter, she was a decorated martial artist.
As a Bb. Pilipinas hopeful back in 2003, Malalad won Miss Talent, and Miss Red Bull Supreme Energy, while finishing in the top-27.
As a Karatedo black belt, she has represented the Philippine national team for eight years. In that span, she has amassed 20 gold medals in international competition, including three gold medals in the Southeast Asian Games, and a bronze in the Asian Games in South Korea back in 2002.
Another UAAP courtside reporter, Ganiel Krishnan of FEU is now a certified reporter for TV Patrol after a stint for S+A.
Krishnan was the Mutya ng Pilipinas 2016 winner, Miss Manila 2016 2nd Runner-up, and Miss Asia Pacific International 2016 runner-up.
Now, though, she's currently living her dream of being a journalist.
Diane Qurrer served as the courtside reporter for the UST Growling Tigers from UAAP Season 70-Season 71.
After her successful courtside career, she joined the Miss Philippines Earth 2014 pageant, representing Tanauan City, Batangas, and finished as Miss Philippines Earth-Air.
Alexis Go patrolled the UE Red Warriors' sideline back in UAAP Season 70.
Now a dentist, the self-professed "pageant enthusiast" is also the Director of Miss Chinatown Philippines, where she was crowned back in 2006.
Like Gumabao, Tina Marasigan also vied for the Bb. Pilipinas crown back in 2011.
Marasigan finished in the top-15 of the pageant, then was named as the UST Growling Tigers' CSR that same year. Now, the Psychology graduate is still a TV staple as a reporter for ABS-CBN News.