8 fun facts: Bb Pilipinas International 2016 Kylie Verzosa

MANILA, Philippines – Binibining Pilipinas International 2016 Kylie Verzosa has wowed many people – including avid pageant fans – from the beginning of the competition. With her pretty face and eloquence, there is no doubt that she is a force to be reckoned with. A lot of her followers believed that she had the makings of the country's next representative to Miss Universe.

Although she was not chosen as the Philippines' successor to Pia Wurtzbach, Kylie, 24, now holds the title which has given the country 5 crowns, the most recent one won by Bea Santiago in 2013. Let's get to know more about the lady from Baguio:

1. She is a teacher and an advocate for depression and suicide awareness. According to her profile from Bb Pilipinas, Kylie volunteered for the Natasha Goulbourn Foundation, which aims to educate people about depression and suicide. Kylie is also a pre-school teacher and graduated with a bachelor's degree in business management from the Ateneo de Manila University

all for you! I love you mommy daddy! A photo posted by Kylie Verzosa (@kylieverzosa) on Mar 23, 2013 at 5:58am PDT

 

2. Kylie is the eldest among her siblings. Kylie revealed this trivia in an Instagram post. She wrote, "My favorite picture. Always wanted to be an only child haha. We're 5 btw (by the way)."

My favorite picture. Always wanted to be an only child haha. A photo posted by Kylie Verzosa (@kylieverzosa) on May 7, 2013 at 9:04am PDT

 

3. This is Kylie's second try in Bb Pilipinas. During last March 29's press presentation, Rappler asked her about what made her decide to try again. Kylie said that she was motivated by last year's outcome, as she only placed in the top 15

"I'm going for prestige and the top one [Miss Universe Philippines], but if not the top one, the second one," she said. True enough, she was rewarded with the Bb Pilipinas International crown.

Kylie in last year's casual presentation.

File photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

 

4. She looks up to Mexico's Ximena Navarrete as an inspiration.  According to Kylie, aside from Pia, she is inspired by Ximena, who won Miss Universe in 2010. 

"There's something attractive about her being innocent but exotic at the same time. She exudes beauty with a little bit of twist," she said of the Mexican beauty at the press presentation. 

Be the best version of you A photo posted by Ximena Navarrete (@ximenanr) on Mar 17, 2016 at 6:20pm PDT

 

5. Her mother was a former Bb Pilipinas candidate. Like Miss Universe Philippines 2016 Maxine Medina, beauty runs in Kylie's family. Her mother, Gemma Raquel Fausto, was a semi-finalist in 1985.

To my mommy, who sent me the most blurred photo of her Binibini days. Belated Happy Mothers day, just wanted to thank you for being the most supportive, loving and kind woman to me. She would kill for me. Thank you mommy, i love you! A photo posted by Kylie Verzosa (@kylieverzosa) on May 14, 2015 at 12:00am PDT

 

6. She is a member of PMAP. Like Maxine and Bb Pilipinas Intercontinental Jennifer Hammond, Kylie is a member of the Professional Models Association of the Philippines. She has done ramp and print modeling.

Thank you @mikhailhirang! "Proud ambassador! Choose our way, Headway Vera! Thank you @headwayverasalon & @mikhailhirang Visit us at #fairviewterraces and avail of our P 999 promos! Call (02) 955-21-83 /(0927) 355 88 26. Other branches Tomas Morato, Sm North & Mall of Asia." Photography| @stephencapuchino Studio| @zoomburst Make-up| @crissimbajon & @mikodacanay Hair| @headwayverasalon Styling| @xavieralfonso #beVERAbeautiful A photo posted by Kylie Verzosa (@kylieverzosa) on Aug 23, 2015 at 11:03pm PDT

 

Capped off the week walking for @pattyang_ after 3 long days at the @mnlfashionfest!  #MNLFashionFestival #PattyAng A photo posted by Kylie Verzosa (@kylieverzosa) on Oct 26, 2015 at 6:42am PDT

 

This is to greet @sagaevents on their 20th anniversary. I dont know where to begin to thank the team and direk @robbycarmona for all the growth you have given me. For believing in me even from my first runway. Thank you! #sagaxx #sagaevents #tbt A photo posted by Kylie Verzosa (@kylieverzosa) on Nov 13, 2015 at 4:31am PST

 

7. She loves to bake. On her profile, Kylie said she loves to bake. She has posted photos of cupcakes and brownies she made herself.

Made a bunch of these too. A photo posted by Kylie Verzosa (@kylieverzosa) on Jul 7, 2014 at 4:42am PDT

 

Baked giveaways for lola's birthday A photo posted by Kylie Verzosa (@kylieverzosa) on Jul 31, 2014 at 8:44am PDT

 

Baked the family these brownies A photo posted by Kylie Verzosa (@kylieverzosa) on Aug 31, 2015 at 5:32am PDT

 

8. She has a devoted group of fans known as Kylie's Angels. Aside from her family, Kylie is grateful for the support of her followers who are called Kylie's Angels.

After the fashion show last April 6, Kylie met with her followers. She posted a photo and wrote, "I was so surprised to see them after the show. It was overwhelming. Thank you, my Angels. I love you!"

I was so surprised to see them after the show. It was overwhelming  Thank you, my Angels. I love you! #Kyliesangels A photo posted by Kylie Verzosa (@kylieverzosa) on Apr 8, 2016 at 4:39am PDT

 

The fans of candidate 31 Kylie Verzosa pic.twitter.com/kAQWJNSNql — alexa villano (@alexavillano) April 17, 2016

 

After her win, Kylie posted this message on Instagram addressed to her supporters: "I am still in awe. I can't believe it. I am ecstatic and overjoyed. I am so grateful to have this moment, it took sometime to sink in."

"Thank you to everyone who supported me, especially to my Angels, you were also the stars of the night. To my parents, you are the best. I love you. To Aces and Queens, Mama Rommel, Mac, Harry, Francis. Thank you for believing and helping me win that night."

She continued, "I'll be representing the Philippines for Miss International 2016 and I promise I wont let you down."

 

I am still in awe. I can't believe it. I am ecstatic and overjoyed. I am so grateful to have this moment, it took sometime to sink in. Thank you to everyone who supported me, especially to my Angels, you were also the stars of the night. To my parents, you are the best. I love you. To Aces and queens, Mama Rommel, Mac, Harry, Francis. Thank you for believing and helping me win that night. I'll be representing the Philippines for Miss International 2016 and I promise I wont let you down. A photo posted by Kylie Verzosa (@kylieverzosa) on Apr 17, 2016 at 10:38pm PDT

 

– Rappler.com

 

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