Ex-Lady Eagle Gaston spreads her wings as beauty pageant contestant
ABS-CBN Sports on Jun 28, 2018 03:05 PM
It was worth a shot -- Ex-Lady Eagle Therese Gaston on joining the pageant world (Photo courtesy of Therese Gaston)
From sweating it out inside the volleyball court, trying her luck as a courtside reporter to joining the pageant scene, Therese Gaston has definitely spread her wings.
The 22-year old, 5-foot-9 stunner and former Ateneo de Manila University Lady Eagle joined the 2018 Miss Manila beauty pageant held recently at the PICC Reception Hall.
Though she fell short on her bid for a crown, Gaston, who helped the Lady Eagles win the last of their UAAP back-to-back titles in Season 77 before deciding to leave the team in Season 78, proved that even former athletes can vie for the crown in the pageant world.
Her stint came at the heels of ex-De La Salle University star and current Creamline standout Michele Gumabao, who won the 2018 Miss Philippines-Globe crown earlier this year.
ABS-CBN Sports (ABS): What made you decide to join Ms. Manila?
THERESE GASTON (TG): I recently just graduated from college and I had time in my hands so I thought, “why not?” I mean it was worth a shot.
ABS: What do you hope to gain out of the experience?
TG: Well I came into it without any expectations and I ended up gaining new friends and learning so much from this experience. I also got a taste of what pageant life is really like and I can say that I’ve grown more as a person.
ABS: How did you prepare for the pageant?
TG: I, of course, prepared physically— diet and exercise. I worked out a lot and went on a diet to maintain my figure. I also prepared mentally by reviewing and reading a lot. I also prepared emotionally by relying on my friends and family as my main support system.
Well I wanted to wait until the release of our official photos but the news is officially out! Would just like to share what’s been keeping me busy the past month and it’s being an official candidate of Miss Manila 2018 ✨this journey is more than just for me but for all the women out there who believe in themselves and their capabilities despite what others or society only see them to be. Let only you define who you are & what you are meant to be. 😊 To all my friends and supporters, thank you for always flooding me with messages of love and kindness. It’s hard to dwell on the negative when I am showered with support and love 💜 see you all on coronation night June 26, 2018, 7 pm PICC. #candidateno16
ABS: How did your background in sports help you prepare for Ms. Manila?
TG: Sports taught me discipline and determination and I definitely brought those values with me going through the pageant. In games or training, when things get hard you don’t quit but fight harder and I brought that mind set coming into this pageant because it wasn’t an easy journey.
ABS: Are there similarities between playing volleyball and joining beauty contests?
TG: Both are difficult in their own ways physically and mentally. No one really thinks that beauty pageants are as difficult because they only see the part that is glitz and glamour- the show part. But really the journey to get there is very long and filled with busy days.
ABS: Do you plan to join other beauty pageants and if yes, what are they?
TG: We’ll see.
ABS: What will happen to your volleyball career? Will you still continue playing after this?
TG: We’ll see also!
ABS: Did you seek advice from other beauty contestants? How about Michele Gumabao? Did you ask for any advice?
TG: I met up with Michele a few times before the pageant (we work out in the same gym) and we definitely make chika there and talk about our career driven lives.
Of course, she gave me tips and advice, having gone through the things I was only beginning to get into. I admire her so much as a friend because she’s such a go getter and when she wants to accomplish a certain goal nothing gets in her way.
Catch the telecast of Miss Manila 2018 on Sunday's Best after Gandang Gabi Vice on July 1 on ABS-CBN Channel 2.