“Beauty is in the eyes of the beholder.” I personally don’t believe so. For me, true beauty is deep within and sometimes impossible to be seen. You have to experience it, be immersed on it, and be inspired by it before it can be deemed as something worthy.
These realizations came to me that night when I met these women who had real inspiring beauty which is true to its essence. Thru Ms. Carla Cabrera-Quimpo who is Mrs. Philippines-Globe’s head organizer, together with the members of Mommy Bloggers Philippines, we were given the chance to have intimate conversations with the previously crowned women of Mrs. Philippines Globe.
It was an unforgettable experience as we all shared stories of how these beautiful mommies successfully carried out their crowns while being mothers just like us. We laughed with them as they honestly told us how some of them struggled during the pageant not only because of their hectic schedules as moms and some as career women but also because of personal issues with themselves. These issues ranged from low self-esteem to conflicts with their husbands. It was refreshing to feel how all of us can relate to each other when it comes to not only being a mother but most specially to being a woman.
I’ve seen so many mothers who fell into the trap of using motherhood as an excuse to shy away from the rest of the world. And there are just so many issues of parental, financial and relationship problems that a woman can throw away to someone’s face to prove that being a mom is the most difficult thing in the world. I, for that matter, had fallen into that trap for so many years. But these women from Mrs. Philippines Globe proved to me that there’s something inside of us which we can tap to make us come out of our shell and eventually shine. And that’s our inner beauty, the one which we had nourished for ourselves when we were young with our loving families and friends, the one which actually attracted our husbands, and the one which makes us beloved by our children.
When one becomes a mother, that inner beauty isn’t lost. It just needs to be searched again inside and be encouraged to come out. And that’s what Mrs.Philippines Globe for me is all about. A joyful sisterhood of mothers from different walks of life, who came out of their own shells, who happily forgets the bad excuses of being a mom and who enjoys every bit of being a woman. A pretty face is a gift from heaven but true beauty radiates from within, reaches out, and becomes a gift in itself to others.
My wish for Mrs. Philippines Globe is for your sisterhood to grow wider and stronger, for you to be able to help more people in your charity, the W.I.N. Foundation who helps abused women and children, but most of all, for you to be the symbol of inner strength for all Filipina mothers to come out of their shell, feel beautiful inside and out, and be the source of strength not only of their families but also of the community.