Rosantonette Mendoza is truly a fitspiration. Find out what motivated her to be back in shape.
Bilbilin To Binibini: Rosantonette Mendoza's Fitspirational Story
Mar 11, 2018 at 3:56 AM
Posted by : Marie Li
Filed Under : Fashion & Beauty
Manila, Philippines - Like any other Binibining Pilipinas, Rosantonette Mendoza is vying for the prestigious crown. Little did we know, it was not an easy path for her. On her lengthy Facebook post, she shared her fitspirational story.
Warning: Lengthy Post
I’ve been joining beauty pageants since I was 15 and the first title that I had was Mutya ng Bacoor in 2007.
Beauty pageants made me feel good about myself. It became a venue for self-expression and women empowerment. I was able to connect with other people and inspire them with my life experiences.
2012, I graduated with a degree in International Relations. I really wanted to become a diplomat, because why not?
Beauty Queens x Diplomats
We share the same goal - to represent our country well, because once you’re out there, you are an extension of our state. We try to promote what the Philippines has to offer and do our best to improve relations among other nations at the same time. Super fun!
Come 2013, I went on with my beauty queen dreams and joined a provincial pageant. Then came my worst nightmare - I was bashed in social media because I was too “FAT” to be a beauty queen. Comments like, “hala, parang nanay na” “ano ba yan, bat may naligaw jan” and the likes. I have to admit, it almost ruined me.
I stopped aiming for those crowns. I went on with my life, got myself a pretty cool job at a retail company and even started my own business. I fell in love with food so much, you have no idea. Desserts - I love chocolates! I ate whatever I wanted. As in no control at all.
(Don’t get me wrong, coz’ I have zero regrets.)
It was December 2016 when it hit me - I was almost 90kgs. I knew I lost it.
I got tired easily, my sugar level was high, had a hard time breathing - lahat lahat na. I was very unhealthy.
Then Miss Universe came to the Philippines early 2017. It was Miss Canada, who got my attention. Confidently beautiful with her body. That’s when I realized, it’s not over. Not yet.
It has always been my dream to become a Binibini. I knew I had to work extra hard for that goal, my last hoorah to join.
I got myself a gym membership, hired a great trainer, prepped meals, diet etc.. lahat ng work out na try ko na ata, bes ????
So last day of applications for Binibining Pilipinas 2018. I wasn’t confident. I remembered the 2013 incident, kasi in reality, my body still wasn’t “pageant fit”. But I tried anyway. Wala namang mawawala.
And now, just a few more days until the coronation night, I still can’t believe that I’m writing this as your Binibini 18. I’m still in awe.
I’ve learned that it’s good to have dreams. But it’s better to have goals. Work hard and do whatever you can to achieve them!
Thank you Binibining Pilipinas for giving me this opportunity to inspire other people with my transformation.
So para sa mga matataba, dating mataba, feeling mataba, dun sa gustong tumaba, at sa malapit nang tumaba — you are beautiful. Just be yourself. At the end of the day, it is still what’s in your heart that matters.
Congratulations on getting back in shape just in time for the coronation. Good luck Binibini 18.
Photo Courtesy of Rosantonette Mendoza