Bb. Pilipinas Globe Chelsea Fernandez: ‘Back-to-back is hard but not impossible’

Bb. Pilipinas Globe Chelsea Fernandez. Image: Philippine Daily Inquirer/Armin P. Adina

MANILA, Philippines — Chelsea Fernandez has been Tacloban City’s delegate in national beauty pageants for years. And her prayer to carry the “Philippines” sash across her body on an international stage has finally been granted when she received the Binibining Pilipinas Globe crown in July.

But her upcoming assignment abroad has an even heavier weight than others because she will attempt a second consecutive win for the country in the Miss Globe pageant. Reigning Miss Globe is Bb. Pilipinas Maureen Montagne, and Fernandez hopes to inherit the international crown from her when the 2022 pageant concludes in Tirana, Albania, on Oct. 15 (Oct. 16 in Manila).

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“Back-to-back is hard, but not impossible,” the Taclobanon lass said at the Bb. Pilipinas send-off program for her and two other delegates held at the Novotel Manila Araneta City in Quezon City on Sept. 19.

The national pageant organization also sent off Bb. Pilipinas Intercontinental Gabrielle Basiano who is headed to Egypt for the 2022 Miss Intercontinental pageant on Oct. 14 (Oct. 15 in Manila), and Bb. Pilipinas Grand International Roberta Tamondong who will fly to Indonesia for the 2022 Miss Grand International contest on Oct. 25.

Fernandez told the Inquirer at the sidelines that the Filipino people may expect her to be “fiercer and stronger” now.

She said she still held back when she competed in Bb. Pilipinas. But if she still had fear when she got on the national pageant stage, winning the title gave her strength.

“I gained faith in myself. I told myself, ‘you can do it, you’re just doubting yourself,’” Fernandez said. She and Montagne had not spoken more intimately about the Miss Globe pageant yet, but Fernandez said she learned from her Bb. Pilipinas predecessor how to be kind.

“Whatever situation you are in now, whether it’s negative or positive, you always have to smile, and you always have to show that you are kind. That’s how she is,” Fernandez shared.

She revealed that after her coronation in July, August was devoted to media interviews and appearances, and some charity works. She was only able to really buckle down to her international pageant preparation in September. And just this week, she had her homecoming in Tacloban City.