By ROBERT R. REQUINTINA
A cum laude graduate of the University of the Philippines (UP) in Diliman, Quezon City who also ghostwrites for politicians and columnists was crowned Miss Global Philippines 2016 during a pageant held at the Resorts World Manila in Pasay City last June 4.
Camille Jensen Hirro, 28, of Pampanga, beat 22 other candidates in the only beauty contest in the world that caters to single women and single mothers.
Hirro impressed the judges when she answered the final question “what can men learn from watching beauty pageants?”
“It’s hard to be a woman. We have to work hard and prove to men that we can do more. We have to work hard to do things and prove to them that we just don’t have a sexy face and a sexy body but a sexy mind and a sexy heart,” answered Hirro, who also won Best in Evening Gown.
First runner-up was Perlyn Ocampo, the lone single mother in this year’s batch; Janelle Olafson, second runner-up; Sammie Anne Legaspi, third runner-up; and Christine Hortsman, 4th runner-up.
Hirro graduated with a degree in AB Communication Arts in 2009. She also worked at the Office of Senator Alan Peter Cayetano for two years.
Asked about Cayetano, running mate of incoming President Rodrigo Duterte in the 2016 national elections, Hirro said: “He’s an inspiration. He speaks well and he speaks from the heart.”
The 5’5” tall beauty however refused to reveal the names of politicians and columnists she had written speeches and columns for.
Aside from being a ghostwriter, Hirro has appeared in teleseryes, infomercials, TV commercials and hosted corporate functions.
Rodgil Flores of the Kagandahang Flores (KF) beauty camp said that Hirro started to train in his camp sometime in March.
Hirro said that she will go back to the camp to prepare for the Miss Global 2016 international beauty contest.
Hirro is in a relationship for more than two years now with the son of sixth-time world bowling champ Paeng Nepomuceno.
The new beauty queen was a consistent honor student from elementary to college. She received 14 awards when she finished high school and she had an average of 1.75 when she graduated in UP.