3 Things Nicole Cordoves Learned from Pageants

By Rebecca Lee 14 July, 2017
Photo by Larry Leong
Words by Rebecca Lee
A lot of people know Nicole Cordoves as Philippines’ representative to Miss Grand International 2016, where she won first runner-up. This victory made her known to pageant fanatics. Since then, she has expanded to being a model, host, and brand ambassador. She is now a Manila Bulletin Correspondent and a PLDT Home Fibre Ambassador.
But before all that happened, Nicole was once Ms. Chinatown 2014. More than capturing this title, Nicole has managed to capture the hearts of the organizers behind the pageant. They’ve often spoken about Nicole’s professionalism, talent, and warmth.
As the pageant organizers welcomed the new contestants for the Mr. and Ms. Chinatown 2017 pageant, they invited Nicole to share some tips. 
The tips Nicole shared are insightful and helpful—even to those who have no plans to join pageants.

1.) Look at the bigger picture. 

Nicole reminded the contestants that when they join a pageant, they are committing to an organization. Because of this, they have to ask themselves, "How can I contribute?" instead of "What can this organization do for me?" 
Some pageant will last for weeks, others for months. But what happens after the coronation night? Will the organization want to work with you? Will they recommend and refer you to others? Were you pleasant and professional at work?
"You are the one who will give meaning to the crown," Nicole said.
This is why for Nicole, the contestants should think of the pageant as a stepping stone, not as an end goal. 

2.) Be yourself--but better.

After the experience in the pageant, Nicole said, "You will not be the same person." 
Because of this, Nicole encouraged the contestants to be open to changes and to stop limiting themselves. Some contestants limit themselves by saying, "I'm not confident. I'm awkward onstage." They say this as if their weaknesses couldn't be changed. 
Nicole emphasized the value of practice. Even confidence can be practiced, she said. She recalled all the times she rented a dance studio to practice her walk from 10pm to 1am. She shelled out her own money to rent the studio, and found herself a mentor to give her feedback. 
Eventually, all the details about her walk became muscle memory to her. She looked confident and felt confident. She was no longer overthinking. She was enjoying herself onstage. 
This was only possible because she recognized the problem and solved it by practicing.
Practice endlessly, and a lot of things will eventually become muscle memory. You can improve on your weaknesses.

3.) Tell the world your story.

Nicole shared how being a contestant immediately puts you in the spotlight. You are given the opportunity to inspire others and to champion causes that are close to your heart.
This is why Nicole advised the contestants to look within themselves and analyze what causes and advocacies they hold dear. Why do these causes and advocacies matter to them?
“Don’t be afraid to tell the world your story,” Nicole said. You can do this through interviews, through social media, and even through casual conversations you encounter daily. 
This is why it has to be something truly close to your heart.
What was your favorite tip from Nicole? Let us know in the comments!
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