BY BOY RYAN B. ZABAL
The big dream of deaf international model Christine Balaguer will take a back seat after she was replaced from the official list of Binibining Pilipinas candidates.
Balaguer from Boracay Island, Malay, Aklan expressed her disappointment over the recent decision of Binibining Pilipinas Charities Incorporated (BPCI), for a reason she didn’t disclosed.
BPCI is the pageant organizer of the 52nd edition of Binibining Pilipinas held on March this year at Smart Araneta Coliseum. The beauty pageant selects the country’s representatives to the Miss Universe and Miss International pageants on March 15.
Balaguer said, “it is her big dream to be the first deaf candidate to win Bb. Pilipinas!”
In her official Facebook page, Balaguer said “being born deaf is not the end of the world. It’s a challenge but also an opportunity. An opportunity to be able to set a positive example for others that despite being deaf they can still achieve their dreams and contribute to society in a meaningful manner. And be successful!,” she added.
Balaguer said ”life as a deaf can be hard sometimes but all hardship can be overcome by working hard, never giving up and always believing in yourself. Being deaf is not an excuse for giving up in life or making mistakes in life."
The deaf model, whose life story was featured in ABS CBN’s Maalaala Mo Kaya, wanted to inspire other handicapped people and encourage them “to take life in their own hands and always move forward no matter what."
BPCI has yet to issue an official statement for the disqualification of Balaguer, but she was replaced by Cannielle Faith Santos, a registered nurse from Marilao, Bulacan.
Christine is the second Binibining Pilipinas candidate to be replaced this year. Kimberle Mae Penchon dropped the competition and was replaced by Maolin Yalung.