3 Things Nicole Cordoves Learned from Pageants

By Rebecca Lee 14 July, 2017
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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!
 
Want to see more of Nicole? Check out our favorite looks here!
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    With her natural charm and intelligence, she captured the hearts of the Chinoy community way back in 2014 and won the Miss Chinatown crown. Two years later, she found herself on a wider stage with her fellow binibinis in Bb. Pilipinas 2016; this time, earning the blessing to represent the country to Miss Grand International. She, then, got the world's attention when she expressed an opinion the audience may have never expected from her―only proving that she truly is the "bravest and boldest Binibini" of her time. Because of this confidence to stand by her principles, Nicole Cordoves was called Miss Grand International 1st runner-up.

    Now, as her reign ended, she keeps on making strides in everything she does; and, of course, making sure that she looks beautiful while she's at it. Even after her final walk, Nicole treats the whole world as her stage.

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    Is it just us, or does she really look like a real-life Barbie doll here?

     

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    Appreciating art looking all chic and preppy:

     

    She looks as regal as the woman in the painting, doesn't she?

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    Nakaka-stress psychologically rin. Tska physically rin. Yung lagi kang tensyonado, lagi kang kabado. Although nakaka-stress siya, malaking tulong siya sa pag-grow mo as an artist. Kasi mas matututo kang i-overcome yung kaba. Pagka-live, ‘pag nagkamali ka, yun na yun, wala ka nang magagawa about it. So, natuto kami talagang i-handle yung pressure, maging mature din kung paano alagaan yung sarili namin, para paghandaan yung isang malaking performance. Ngayon ko nafeefeel yung, kumbaga nag-bunga yung effort na ginagawa ko dati. So, parang sa wakas na-reach ko rin sila. Sa music ko.

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    Daryl was born into a family bonded by the shared love for music. When asked about his fond memories as a child in such a household, he shared,

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    “Well, I think it’s weird. Considering that the Chinese-Filipino community plays a great role in the Philippine society, especially in terms of the economy, yet we don’t have that celebrity figure. I mean, yes, we had Lucio Tan, Henry Sy. But for the celebrity, walang masyadong face to represent this community. So, I’m really thankful. Nung shinoo-shoot nga namin yung Chinito music video, we started from 10pm to 6am. Talagang nilaban namin na magkaroon ng music video and, for quite a while, naging parang national anthem ng buong Pilipinas yung Chinito, ‘di ba? So, I’m really glad that I’m one of those Chinito na talagang naging figure head ng Filipino-Chinese community. And then, after that, sila Richard Yap, Xian Lim, Kim Chui, ‘di ba marami naman talaga. So yun, I’m just so glad that after a while, nagkaroon na ng figure head ‘yung Chinese-Filipino community and I’m more than happy to represent our community.”

    He also shared that being a Chinito means so much more than having slanted eyes and that Asian charm. There are also Chinese-Filipino values that distinguish him as an artist.

    “I think, number one is ‘yung manners. The way that you represent yourself in front of your audience. I think, Chinoys are very composed, very proper. That’s one. Number two, ‘yung you never stop. ‘Di ba? I think that’s our distinct characteristic na, ‘pag Chinoy, you don’t stop at where you are now. You continue to grow. You continue to level up and, I think, that’s very important. I think that’s also the reason why from being an athlete, to a model, to an actor, to a performer, I am now venturing into business. It’s simply because that’s (one of) our characteristics, ‘di ba? And I’m glad that, slowly, people get to embrace what I do. I think that’s also one. And the third would probably be the traditions – we celebrate Mid-Autumn festival, we celebrate Chinese New Year, kapag birthdays naka-red. ‘Yung mga ganun.”

    Mentioning that he’s now venturing into business, he also added that it’s his Chinese-Filipino roots that should also take credit in his success.

    “I think, there’s a certain connection with, for example, business partners. Once they know that you’re Chinese-Filipino, there’s an instant connection on topics, on business matters. I’m glad kasi hindi naging mahirap sa’kin ‘yung pag-pasok, pag-venture out. And I’m hoping na there’s another one before the year ends.”

    On the upcoming Mano Po film

    We also got word that the actor will be starring in the next Mano Po film, Mano Po 7: Tsinoy, on which he said:

    “It was a dream of mine. Hindi pa ako artista, pinapanood ko na ‘yung Mano Po sila Sharon, sila Zsa-Zsa. Lahat sila naging parte ng Mano Po. And, ‘yung Mano Po, hindi siya ‘yung may magawa ka lang na pelikula. It’s a quality film. And it shows to the entire Philippines kung ano ‘yung mga sacrifices, kung ano ‘yung paghihirap. Kasi, usually, ang nakikita lang natin ‘yung success. Hindi natin alam na behind that, there’s a lot of struggles, there’s a lot of problems. And I’m glad na now, for December, I’m going to be a part of Mano Po, which tackles that. And it’s focused on the perspective of a guy naman.”

    On his character and how he could relate to it, on the other hand, Enchong shared:

    “Well, it’s very far from who I am, for one. But, number two, it’s very relatable nowadays. How? ‘Cause I (the character he is going to portray) am involved into drugs. I’m an addict. As you can see, our news right now are very much covered by drug-related topics; so, I’m glad ‘cause ‘yung binibigay saakin ng Regal, alam mo ‘yung alagang alaga. ‘Yung kwento rin namin is very competent when it comes to other films. Siguro ‘yun lang muna yung masasabi ko pero I’m excited for this film. I’m preparing so much for the character, so I’m hoping that people would get to recognize it.”

    It’s apparent that Enchong Dee doesn’t want to stop. Therefore, there’s so much more to expect from this dynamic jack of all trades. For one, he is planning to open his third restaurant branch. We can also now look forward to his next teleserye which, as he shared, will also be starred by Bea Alonzo, Ian Veneracion, Julia Barretto, and Iza Calzado. Enchong also said that he’s working on another movie but kept mum about the details. We bet he wants us to enjoy the anticipation. In terms of love life, however, Enchong said that he opts to take a break first and focus on his laurels.

    With everything that Enchong is juggling, it’s inspiring to see him work hard to excel in every area. This unstoppable drive to level up and better himself is a manifestation of his Chinoy roots; and this makes him worthy to be called the face of the Chinese-Filipino community.

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