Interview with Bea Santiago

Sarah Velasco: If you could summarize your modelling in 2011 what would you say? 
Bea Santiago: I took a little bit of a break from modelling so when I started working again I felt more aggressive and more confident on what I was doing.

Sarah Velasco: What was your favourite endeavour of 2011? 
Bea Santiago: My favourite endeavour would be gaining back my catalogue clients. Apparently they missed me when I left.

Sarah Velasco: What was your favourite modeling moment of 2011 and why? .
Bea Santiago: My favourite modelling moment would be shooting a whole day for 1 shot for Walmart’s Christmas print ad. Not only did they feed us,  they also let us do whatever we wanted with the fake gifts and fake snow. I went crazy!

Sarah Velasco: Can you tell readers a bit about Mutya ng Pilipinas beauty pageant?  

Bea Santiago: I was chosen to represent Canada to the Philippines  Apparently with the local girl, the organization went from places to places with hundreds of girls lining up to take part if the competition. There were elimination rounds  and 30 made it to the finals. There were a prejudging and each time a different judge.

Sarah Velasco: What title did you win and what happened after you won?
Bea Santiago: The title I won is for the overseas communities. After I won I went to different events, like tree planting, hosting, judging and even to cities and towns giving speeches to the youth.

Sarah Velasco: What was it like? (schedule, experience) Who did you meet?
Bea Santiago: During the pageant the schedule was hectic! No time to sleep. Everything is scheduled and everytime we ran out of time it’s taken from our sleep time so we were walking zombies by the end of the night. It came to the point where they have to feed us chocolate at the night of the pageant because we were about to collapse! ahaha
I met a lot of local celebrities and big time business people. It is very overwhelming even though I am used to of meeting new faces all the time when I model. It is different when you go to a different country and you know who they are, it’s very intimidating.

Sarah Velasco: What is the most important thing you learned from the pageant?
Bea Santiago:  The most important thing I’ve learned is to go with the flow but never forget where you came from. Always be humble and thankful. In pageants and modelling, there’s never a forever contract but yearly so always think ahead and dig deeper.

Sarah Velasco: How have you evolved as a model since you started?
Bea Santiago: I started when I was 17, before I did not care about getting any job or what but now I’m the one asking for it. 

Sarah Velasco: How do you normally prepare for a photo shoot?
Bea Santiago: I normally prepare myself by: working out, showering, make sure everything is smooth (like waxing or shaving) and I practice in the mirror what angle I look good.

Sarah Velasco: What are your plans for 2012?
Bea Santiago: This march I’m flying to Germany to compete for another pageant and hoping to go back to Philippines, this time to enjoy myself and have a tan.

Sarah Velasco: Can you give readers some advice on being in a pageant?
Bea Santiago:  I was being myself and made friends with all the girls. i was lucky because all the girls are friendly and not catty like the shows on TV
Be prepared to wear a bikini always bring Sally Hansen, always follow instructions and sleep whenever you can.

You can read another interview with Bea here