BEAUTY QUEENS TO – When her reign as Bb. Pilipinas-Universe is over in a month or so, Maxine Medina plans to enter showbiz. Well, she isn’t the first – or the last – beauty queen to do so.
Let’s look back at beauty queens-turned-actresses.
Pilar Pilapil, Gloria Diaz, Aurora Pijuan, Melanie Marquez, Precious Lara Quigaman, Charlene Gonzalez, Alice Dixson, Evangeline Pascual, Chat Silayan, Maria Isabel Lopez, Dang Cecilio, Pebbles Asis, Michelle Aldana, Charo Santos (Baron Travel Girl and Miss Green Revolution), Carlene Aguilar.
Gloria and Pilapil are the most successful, winning best actress awards and appearing in box-office hits.
Even Margie Moran made one movie, “Oh Margie Oh,” opposite Cocoy Laurel.
ACTRESSES TO – Of course, there are actresses who joined beauty contests…and some of them major titles.
Those who come to mind: Pia Wurtzbach, Megan Young, Ruffa Gutierrez, Winwyn Marquez, Rich Asuncion, Joanne Quintas.
Even Gloria Romero (Miss Visayas in the early ‘50s).
Will Liza Soberano join Bb. Pilipinas in the near future?
‘IMPORTED’ – Meaning foreign beauty queens who appeared in Filipino movies.
Amparo Muñoz, Maureen Ava Vierra, Helen Morgan, Dayanara Torres, Michelle Van Eimeren, Johanna Raunio.
Who among the winners and runners-up in the recent Miss Universe contest will return to Manila to join showbiz?
By the way, the first Miss Universe, Armi Kuusela, made one movie opposite then new husband Virgilio. It was titled “Now and Forever,” based on their real-life romance. Armi has long widowed and now based in La Jolla, California. She married American diplomat.