MANILA, Philippines—Shamcey Supsup, a magna cum laude graduate from the University of the Philippines who says she values good education over fame and fortune, won Sunday night’s Binibining Pilipinas pageant. The 24-year-old beauty from General Santos City, who also is an architecture board exams topnotcher, will represent the country in the Miss Universe pageant in Brazil in November. Her victory came as no surprise. Early in the competition, she received three special awards—Miss Talent, Miss Philippine Airlines and Miss Cream Silk. Donning three sashes and clasping bouquets in her arms, Supsup gained more confidence even before the swimsuit and evening gown competitions started. Hugh Wilson, consul general of the Australian Embassy, asked Supsup during the question-and-answer portion what worthy cause she supported. “Valuing education,” she replied. “You can have money. You can have fame. But in the end it can be taken from you. But education is something that cannot be taken away from you.” Her response was punctuated with a thunderous applause from the audience at the Araneta Coliseum.
Excerpt from the Philippine Daily Inquirer, 4/12/2011