A week from now a new female specimen will be crowned the next Miss Universe. And for the first time in my life I am praying to the heavens above and to the galaxy far far away, that hopefully Miss Philippines will be that blessed heavenly body.
My world was shaken last April when a certain Miss Shamcey Supsup waltz around to become the runaway Miss Universe representative for the country. Her credentials can make everyone’s jaw drop. Where can you find a beautiful, talented and smart lady rolled into one architectural marvel. ‘Smart’ maybe is an intergalactic understatement to define this beauty after finishing magna cum laude in UP-D and topping the architectural board exams and it is indeed a blasphemy to compare her brain with mine (she’s a topnotcher, I am a bottomnotcher). Thanks to her the Philippines have a real good shot at taking home the crown.
OK, ok, ok. I admit I fell in love with her. Who wouldn’t? That little show of hers in the talent competition served as the catalyst to our romance, er my inflation towards her. Hehehe. Women of arts always turns me on. So as a fitting tribute or my way of saying “goodluck my love” I attempted to replicate that performance below…
And here’s the exclusive footage with yours truly on action. Note: I am drawing in page one of that brand new sketch pad (imported from National Book Store Cebu), and a brand new charcoal pencil (imported from SM Ilo-ilo City). Come’s great talent comes great pencils.
What the heck? I looked like an idiot out there. It was a not so thoroughly rehearsed performance you know I’m kinda not so used to cameras (i.e. the footage + the office CCTV camera, hope the security guys didn’t see that mischief). At the middle I thought “What the hell am I doing here?” The result was pathetic. I think I screwed up in a major major way with the mother’s jaw. I swear to God I never meant to draw the ‘tanginga I mean tanging-ina Miss Ai-ai delas Alas.
It’s not because I did not practice enough on the illustration, but it’s more on the time pressure actually. It’s hard to be creative under pressure, my natural stroke wasn’t there, the jitters were there tormenting me the entire act. But you have to give major credits to Shamcey because if there’s something I learned out of The Shamcey Project it is a) that she can draw really well and b) I sucked. She’s so graceful out there; her strokes are blazing fast as if you were watching a fast-forward video yet she kept them smooth and graceful. That illustration of the mother with a child looks plain simple but trust me, after doing through it a few times, it is not. Shamcey, I realized, is a gifted illustrator and it will probably take me months or years of drawing before I can have that stroke of hers.
The Miss Universe pageant will be held at Sao Paulo, Brazil on September 13th and I’ve never been so proud and excited for a Filipina delegate to grace that event. I really hope she wins. But win or lose it won’t really matter at the end, what is important is we finally have a fitting ambassador that embodied a real Filipina beauty with a lot of brains for the entire universe to marvel.
And to Shamcey this is for you.