Maryjane Guerra Falcon- Marañag Mrs. Australasia International 2019
Updated: Jul 4, 2019
World Class Beauty Queens Magazine would like to welcome amazing Queen Maryjane Guerra Falcon- Marañag Mrs. Australasia International 2019.
Full name: Maryjane Guerra Falcon- Marañag
Title/Year: Mrs. Australasia International 2019, Mrs. Advocacy, Mrs. Philippines Universal Woman 2019 Previous title: Mrs Philippines International 4th Runner up 2017, My Pretty Mama Philippines-Zamboanga Peninsula 2016
Pageant System: Australasia Man and Woman Pageant (Humanitarian Advocacy and Youth /women Empowerment)
Zodiac sign: Capricorn
Hobbies: Singing, Dancing, Reading, traveling with family and watching movies
Platform: Literacy and empowerment for illiterate women and children advocate
Years competed: 2016, 2017 and 2019
Countries visited: Philippines, Malaysia and Vietnam.
Likes: Spending time with my family and friends, Helping and Fundraising for charities together with my Yllana Hills Dumalinao Lady Eagles Club (TFOE-PE) and with my Elite Queens Sisters
Dislikes: Stereotyping of People, Discrimination and Lazy People, parents hurting their little Kids
World Class Beauty Queens: Please tell us about yourself.
I'm Maryjane Guerra Falcon- Marañag , 41 years of age. I was born in Campo 4 Ramon Magsaysay, Zamboanga del Sur, Philippines. I am second to the eldest among 7 children. Growing up with parents who taught me and expose me to charity works is such a fulfilling life. But life was never easy for me. I grew up with getting everything we want in life but with just a wink of an eye all of those riches were gone. I learn to do all the household chores and learning the reality, that life wasn’t fair. People we helped are the ones who first discriminate us. I learned to fight and learn to defend my sibling in any way I could. As a woman I have experienced fear of rejection. But my papa taught me to be brave and learn to accept every downfall. He always guides and love me unconditionally, That my whole world crash when he died last 2006 but he showed in my dreams saying that I should be brave for my family and siblings. It was never an easy life but it molded me to be a responsible woman. My parents taught us to value education and in becoming successful. I finished the degree of Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering at Southern Mindanao College Pagadian City. After a year in graduation I got married to my husband Roel Revilla Marañag, he is an Engineer and a college Instructor. I had my 2 kids when I decided to study again and took my Professional Education Certificate in Western Mindanao State University- ZSNHS-ESU Pagadian City and fortunately I passed the Licensure Exam for Teachers in the Philippines. I got hired in one of the SUC in the Province of Zamboanga del Sur in 2005 because of my profession I need to go a higher education I graduated my Masters Degree in Education major in Mathematics at Saint Columban College Pagadian City last 2012 and still pushing myself to have a further improvement I am currently pursuing my Doctor of Philosophy in Mathematical Sciences major in Applied Mathematics at the University of Science and Technology of Southern Philippines, Cagayan de Oro City. Hopefully by 2021 I will finish my PhD. I work in the field of Education as a Professor teaching Mathematics, drafting and engineering subjects in JH Cerilles State College- Canuto MS Enerio Campus in Lakewood, Zamboanga del Sur.
I love what I have now especially my job on being a mother of 3 to my beautiful daughters RJ Abrielle, Reign Leor and Ryeor Elielle and a grandmother to my grandson Luckr Zhale. travelling and going to different places with my family is what I love most. And having a very supportive husband is such a blessing for me. For 20 years of being married I still feel I am bless, cared and love unconditionally by my husband.
World Class Beauty Queens: What does women Empowerment means to you?
Women empowerment for me is one of the most important aspect every beauty queen can have. Be able to know the needs of every women and show the act of kindness by not criticizing or judging other people. Make them feel loved and appreciated and believe in what they have and encourage them to see positivity in every life’s endeavor.
World Class Beauty Queens: Tell us about your pageant history.
I joined pageant when I was 16 years old. I never see myself to be one of the candidates. I am not confident of myself but because of my mom pushing me to join I said yes and go on some basic training with my very first mentor in pageantry my mama Mario Bustamante who patiently taught me how to walk and project and fortunately I hooked up as 1st runner up. But pageantry was not meant for me at that time. I join several pageants when I was young but I was always been one of the “thank you girls”. I stopped joining pageants and focused on my study . I went back to pageantry at 2011 for Gng. Zamboanga del Sur representing Lakewood but unfortunate to get even one title. But the desperate experience in that pageant was the door to my other pageants in the nationals. 2013 I screened for Mrs.Philippines Globe and passed. I was one of the Visayas Mindanao Finalists. 3 years after I was invited to join the My Pretty Mama Philippines 2016 and in 2017 I joined the Mrs. Philippines International and landed as 4th runner up. Miss Maan Cueto Aris and her husband sir Aris together with her sister miss Kaye were the ones who opened my doors and windows of international pageantry and thankful for them. This year 2019 was my lucky year when Maam Mary Salubre appointed me to be Mrs Philippines Universal woman and represent the Philippines to Australasia Universal Man and woman amd garnered one of the 3 major crown as Mrs. Australasia International 2019. Aside from the major crown, I got other titles; Mrs. Advocacy (Female Advocacy Award), Best in National Costume, Best in Talent and Ms. Photogenic. Pageantry for me is a bigger platform for every woman who wants to show awareness on their advocacy. I never saw pageantry as a competition, it is always been a great learning experience for me and the entire pageant activities is a learning ground. Being Mrs. Australasia International gave me the privilege to have a bigger platform to share awareness on my advocacy and inspire more people especially women in rural areas and reach more communities which needs a simple smile, hug , talks and let them sense the favor of life through my acts and be able to encourage them to pursue education even at older age.
World Class Beauty Queens: What inspired you to do your first pageant?
My mom was the one pushing me to join pageant in school. Up on stage was my biggest fear, and that joining activities like pageant was never been my thing when I was in high school I never joined extracurricular activities. My Mom always taught me that I need the confidence to face all the challenges and overcome my fears. And joining pageants is one way of boosting it. I remember the first time I joined the pageant. I was so shy and I was shaking. I don’t know how to walk and to smile. But when I saw my papa in the crowd cheering for me I remember what he had told me I was in there to build up my self-esteem and confidence. I landed as 1st runner-up and I was so happy and contented how I face my fear and able to boost my self-confidence. My family is always been my inspiration especially my papa who is always there for me in everything that I do. They’re always there to support me in whatever contest and performance I made. When I fall they’re there to lift me up.
World Class Beauty Queens: Why did you choose to compete for your current title?
Australasia Man and Woman Pageant is one of the growing international beauty pageants for men and women at any age and this pageant focus on the advocacy of every contestants. I always wanted to be part of the organization that focuses on the advocacy and charity and shares a bigger platform to every man and women who wanted that their voice and actions can have a positive impact to people around the globe.
World Class Beauty Queens: To those unfamiliar with your pageant system please tell us what is it about?
Australasia Man and Woman Pageant always give priority to humanitarian and empowerment of youth and women. It is a pageant beyond beauty. The Organization wants to bring back the truest morale of every beauty queens and gentlemen not just physically but emotionally and shows the deepest essence of beauty and that is to build a big impact to the society. Australasia is currently sharing blessings to the kids in Leyte and we wanted to share more to kids and women around the globe.
World Class Beauty Queens: What are you being judged on during the competition?
The Candidates from all over Australia and Asia will be judge according to physical beauty, intellectual aspects, talent and advocacy/ charity.
World Class Beauty Queens: Tell us about your experience during the competition.
The organizers are very welcoming and accommodating. The International Director is taking care all the candidates like a mother to her kids. They always make sure that everything is organized and make sure the enjoyment of all the candidates. The Candidates are all friendly and amazing we’re like family in a short period of time we enjoyed each others company even the diversity of our culture. We also get the chance to meet the sponsors and judges from all walks of life which is great for future referrals. The highlight of our activities is the Charity, the Auction sale and presentation of advocacy. I loved to do all these things cause helping others is my way of soothing myself away from all the stress and provide a sense of purpose. Even helping out with the smallest tasks can make a real difference to the lives of many. Getting on every phase of the contest was nerve racking but it was one of the best decrees of my existence. I learnt a lot about my strengths, weaknesses, myself and what I need to recuperate further.
World Class Beauty Queens: Tell us about your platform or what cause do you volunteer for.
I am an advocate of the literacy for illiterate women and empowerment for women and early education to children. As an educator by profession it has always been my passion and my interest to impart education to every individual in different walks of life. Cause I know it would be a great help to the community if each people living is educated.
World Class Beauty Queens: What appearances have you done with your title?
As a winner of Australasia’s Man and Woman and representative of the Philippines leads me to many opportunities and invitations of events and endorsement. I was featured in some the Philippines online blogs. I was also invited to fashion shows like FIP-Cebu and others and as one of the judges in many beauty contest like: Miss SMC 2017 (Judge), Miss Bag-ong Kahayag Lakewood (Chairman of the board of judges), Miss Pagadian 2018 Talent Presentation (Judge), Miss Zamboanga del Sur 2018 Retro attire Presentation(Judge), Miss Tukuran 2018 Swimwear and talent Competition (Judge), Miss MSU Buug 2018 (Judge), HTM Ambasadress and Ambassador 2018 (Judge) , Miss Organic Dumingag 2018 (Chairman of the board of Judges) , Miss Margosatubig Employees 2018 (Chairman of the board of judges), My Alma mater Graduation Speaker (Campo 5 Elementary School, RM ZDS), GBM Inspirational Speaker, Vsquad Kids 2019 (Judge), Miss Dumalinao 2019 (Chairman of the board of judges), Miss Jimenez 2019(Chairman of the board of judges), Skin & Shape by Enrieam Faustorilla (Ambassadress). In addition to that, I also made courtesy call to the President of TFOE-Philippines Eagles NP Conrado Cedeño. I was also invited for local TV and Radio interviews.
World Class Beauty Queens: What are some of your achievements?
Raising 3 kids and a grandson while fulfilling my duties as wife and at the same time fulfilling my dreams of being a beauty queen and simultaneously pursuing my Doctorate degree is considered as my greatest achievement. Moreover raising the flag of my beloved country Philippines to the international arena as the official representative is also a great achievement for me.
World Class Beauty Queens: What is your on stage strategy to win the judges over?
I think being myself ,having a positive attitude and enjoying the whole duration of the pageant. Because I’ll become more optimistic and it enables me to show my self-esteem and confidence to shine on stage.
World Class Beauty Queens: What makes you stand out from all those other beautiful girls?
I believe all the candidates from all over Australia and Asia are beautiful inside and out. I think what makes me stand out is my charisma , my natural charm and my attitude of turning negative to positive to every situations, judges will see that I am enjoying the show for sure. with this I can easily make friends have the opportunity to inspire others. When my name was called out as the winner I’m speechless really, I am so overwhelmed and feel some slo mo moment. Also, I’m very thankful for the wonderful blessing and fortune.
World Class Beauty Queens: What does it mean to you to be a Beauty Queen?
Beauty queen for me is not just having a pretty face or a good physique, she should be the one who inspire others, serve as the role model, a positive influencer, and has a big heart to humanity. Someone who is passionate to make a big difference in the world and to show to everyone that beauty is inside us always and it is tattooed in every one of us.
World Class Beauty Queens: How did competing in pageants helped your life?
Joining a pageant helps me a lot to learn that despite the diversity of culture our innate self always choose to be comprehensive and willing to accept disparities. Pageant is a life changing event for me it helps me know how passionate I am to share and to help, how passionate I am to pursue whatever my heart’s desire. Pageant helps me to realize as well that in life there is a winner and a loser but willing to stand and fight again and again and be an inspiration to all aspirants and most prominently it gives me the chance to be involved in the community and to network with various organizations and be able to help them spread the awareness and self-worth to the women and children in my community.
World Class Beauty Queens: How did pageants helped your self-esteem and body image?
Confidence is always been a vital factor in winning pageants. Beauty Pageants impart me to be confident and be able to perform onstage and express opinions during interview in front of a large crowd. It is teaches me as well to be a woman of substance, elegant and graceful on and off the stage. And most importantly I learned how to handle criticism and bashing with poise and positive outlook. I believe that the more comfortable I am with what I have the more I am confident to express myself.
World Class Beauty Queens: You are an inspiration to all the girls out there. How does it feel?
I feel so blessed and delighted to be an inspiration to other people and make a difference. And I know that the things I do for others is my way of reward and I want them to remember me as a friend to them.
World Class Beauty Queens: What are your tips for learning better pageant walk?
In Pageant, pasarela or pageant walk is one of the most vital part every beauty queen should achieve. Before any pageant I joined, I always make sure I will practice walking with my shoes that I am going to use and study my body movement or poise since I have to be careful in my poses and stand due to my scoliosis. During the pageant moment I walk with confidence and let the judges recognized that I walk with confidence, I walk without hesitations. I just enjoy the moment.
World Class Beauty Queens: What are your tips for choosing right pageant dress?
In any beauty pageant, every little details on what we wear matters most. Confidence on how you carry yourself in every category. In choosing the right pageant dress we should know our body first. Know the greatest physical asset we have and highlight them. It should be sexy but elegant. Also point out your flaws where you need to improve. Wear what makes you feel confident cause it will show.
World Class Beauty Queens: What are your tips for winning interview?
The most nerve racking part of the competition is the interview, it will make or break any beauty queens. For me , during interview we have to relax and stay calm even though your heart is pumping so fast. Focus and speak from the heart.
World Class Beauty Queens: How did you prepare for your competition?
In every pageant I joined I first prepare myself to be emotionally stable. And then I will know first all about the pageant I joined and then practice every little details I need to improve like public speaking, my wardrobes, my pasarela, and myself.
World Class Beauty Queens: What is one mistake that you've done during competing you wish you could redo and fix it?
Every little things happened in the competition will be my learning ground and I know all those mistakes will be my strength in the future.
World Class Beauty Queens: What other mistakes are made by girls during the contest?
Every step of the way in a pageant is essential to every woman. Trying to fit in others shoes and focusing their selves in trying to impress judges being someone different or being copycat, which looks unnatural seem to be not convincing to the adjudicators.
World Class Beauty Queens: What are your plans for 2019 as a Queen?
I would like to go to every rural place first in my province, and share my gifts to kinder garden children with the help of my friends and I would like to encourage them to continue their education. I also want to continue my work and responsibility as one of the member of the TFOE-PE especially in our community services and charities. And lastly be able to help the Australasia organization in spreading our advocacy to youth and women.
World Class Beauty Queens: What kind of legacy do you want to leave behind?
I always want that people will remember me as a woman of courage and simplicity. Being a role model for rural women like me that everything you desire is possible if you will focus to reach it in a slowly but surely way. Success is not just a snap moment it is a process. I would like to inspire others through my experiences to achieve and aim for greater heights. Being a Beauty queen gave me the privilege to a have a bigger voice and platform to inspire more people and reach more communities which needs simple talks and inspiration to give the sense of hope and provide encouragement.
All I am right now is not possible without the people who love and truly believes in me. Special thank you to all who supported me in one way or another. First of all my husband Roel Revilla Marañag who is 200% supportive for every decisions I made. To my daughters RJ Abrielle, Reign Leor and Ryeor Elielle and my grandson Luckr Zhale who are my Inspiration in every step of the way. Special mention to my Ate and Kuya of The Fraternal Order of Eagles- Philippine Eagles especially to Yllana Hills Lady Eagles Club who always cheer me up and to our NP kuya Dodoy Cedeño and wife ate Joy for being so supportive despite of his heavy schedules. . To my mom, mom in-law, siblings, sisters and brothers in law, Mama Esterlina Falcon, Mama Carol, Kuya Ferdinand Falcon with wife Ate Eileen Falcon, Leah Falcon-Sawal, Michelle Falcon-Lalican, rey Lalican, Khen Falcon, Anju Falcon, PO1 Sylvester Quizo, Ernest Hael Falcon and my Kuya Santiago Dindin in Canada, Mommy Jeanne Revilla-Sayson, Roldan Sayson. My nieces and nephews, Justin Brylle Sawal, Trixia Bianca SAwal, Iyah Kendra Sawal, Reic Molly Lalican, Shawn Dreic Laican, Gerard Emmanuel Guillergan, Athena Guillergan, Jace Dampas, Amara Dampas, Seth Quizo, Prince Aquino, Kaye Falcon, Dane Gabrielle Sayson. To my closest beauty Queen friend who is always there to the rescue Mrs. International 2017 Jessica Candelasa Eribal, to my Elite Queens sisters in Cebu Czarina Chelo Yllaya, Ehmz Hann, Madonna Bernadeth Caballo Suarez, Maria Fatima Pepito and Ginee Louw. To my Glamore Production Family Miss Maan Cueto Aris, Sir Aris, Maam Kaye Nagasaka Thank you soo much for the Opportunity to be one of Mrs. Philipppines International Princess. To my MPM family and coaches to Coach Jhade Redulosa, Coach Josh, Coach Juneday, my twinnie Dessa, momi melith and to other momshies thank you soo much for imparting your knowledge and talents you are all a big part of being me. To Australasia Family Maam Mary Salubre, Direct R.C. Perez, my new found friends, Stanley, Suzane, Flavia, Mita, Andrea, Kthryn, Emily, Bijay and especially to Mister Australasia International from Philippines my closest among all JO1 Francis “Jali” Serot thank you mucho for being a brother and anak and all candidates. To my BFF for life Shirley Guetes-Carreon, Grace Yape-Comaling, Jeana Fuentes-Berador, Maria Jedilyn Ruiz-Naz and Myra Laput, My ever supportive sisters of Gng, Zamboanga del Sur Momshies Enrieam Faustorilla (owner of Skin n Shape), Sharon Gavenia, Gretchen Mae Ayco, Bern Alcomendras, Cheryl Villanueva, Rose May Angco-Baluma, Michelle Tiongco, Hon.Bernadeth Ones Bumagat (my cousin). To my make up artists, designers and sponsors during the pageant and my photoshoots, Jomar (pageant make up artist) , Barbie Villaflor (make up artist for some of my events), Emmanuel Rodriguez ( Photoshoots and events make up artist), to Benidect fausto for assisting and director during photoshoot, Ryan Edullantes ( La Couture gownshop for my gowns during my pageants), Keith Bacayo ( for my National Costume), Mommy Rey Cimafranca for always to the rescue on my previous pageants and encouriaging me. To my collegues in JH Cerilles State College especially to our president Dr. Mary Jocelyn Battung, Sponsors. To my supportive batchmates of Holy Child Academy HCA Batch ’94 thank you for always being there for me especially to Febe Ann, Daisy, Doc Tess, Roxanne and Recris. To my SHHS Molave Classmates and Friends Batch ’94 especially to Atty. Katherine, Charisse, Daryl, Riva, Jona, Boyet, Cecile, Delhi and Malot Thank you soo much. Also to my Professors of University of Science and Technology of Southern Philippines-CDO for understanding special mention to the College of Science and Mathematics Department Dr. Dennis Tarepe, Dr. Yammie Pabilona, Dr. Roberto Padua, Dr. Hearty Nuenay and Dr. Rhoda Namoco to my USTP classmates and friends Maam Jeralyn Alagon, Maam Diony Jao, Maam Julie Catherine, Maam Yvonne Tubongbanua, Maam Karla Amper, Sir Nob, Sir Rene Maquiling, Sir Ricky Villeta, Sir Julius Albina, Sir Arche Lague, Sir Aris Abecia, Sir Lawrence, Sir Albert thank you all for being there for me and helping me to cope up in our subjects thank you soo much. And to all people who supported me all Zambosurians, Pagadian City, Ramon Magsaysay. Photagrapher: sir BJ of Photoripix Pagadian
International Director: Maryrose Salubre
Pageant website: https://www.facebook.com/universalmanwomanpageant/
World Class Beauty Queens Magazine would like to say thank you for this amazing interview.
Maryjane Guerra Falcon- Marañag Mrs. Australasia International 2019, Photagrapher: sir BJ of Photoripix Pagadian
Interview by Derek Tokarzewski Owner/Editor in Chief Mr United Nations 2018 Platform: Women Empowerment Ambassador to International Foundation for Orphans iffocares.org
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