Shamcey Supsup’s send-off party

Shamcey Supsup, representative of Philippines in Miss Universe competition, had her send-off party at the Gateway Suites, Araneta Center in Cubao, Quezon City, Monday afternoon, Supsup said that good education is fundamental to the country’s development.

“I have always prayed that there will be progress in our country, which I believe can be achieved through good, quality education,” she said.

Supsup is expected to leave this Wednesday night. She will visit first Colombia for 10 days for some final polishing of her training before pushing to Sao Paulo, Brazil, on Aug. 21, 2011 for the Miss Universe competition.

Although nervous, Supsup, 25 years old, said that she is not disturbed by the challenge and the added pressure brought about by the fourth place finish of her predecessor Maria Venus Raj.

“I thrive on balance. I am a person who knows that winning means being responsible for the task that was handed to you, but still should be handled with fun and a zest for life. When I won the title last April, I knew that the journey to become the next Filipina Miss Universe would be very challenging, but it will be an endeavor to be enjoyed.”

Supsup also brushed aside the “curse” of State University candidates not making it in international beauty pageants.

“I don’t believe in curses. Win or lose, if you were able to show what being a real Filipino is, what the Filipinos are made of, then I think I have done my job and that for me is an achievement.”