By Marisol Bo-oc | 08:30 PM October 15, 2020
Pauline Amelinckx, the official representative of Bohol to the Miss Universe Philippines 2020, has remembered the deadly earthquake that devastated Bohol and neighboring provinces seven years ago, Oct. 15, 2013.
She said the quake which lasted for 33 seconds was the longest in her life.
“I have never felt so scared and clueless. I legit felt like the end was near while I was taking cover underneath my bed, while I could hear my mom shout for me outside,” she shared on Facebook.
“I didnt realize the amount of damage our Province sustained until a few days after. It was devastating. But yet, we found hope. Hope in faith and hope in our Bol-anon spirit. It took a while for all us to recover. To this day, the sound of thunder still reminds me of the earthquake. But when I look at how far we have come as a community and province, I believe even more that everything happens for a reason. We have experienced loss yet we are still able to celebrate life, ” she said.
“I didnt realize the amount of damage our Province sustained until a few days after. It was devastating. But yet, we found hope. Hope in faith and hope in our Bol-anon spirit.” – Pauline Amelinckx, the official representative of Bohol to the Miss Universe Philippines 2020.
On her journey in the Miss Universe Philippines, Pauline wanted to pay homage to the Bol-anon spirit and culture.
” On this Miss Universe PH Journey, my amazing team and I would like to represent and pay homage to our Bol-anon spirit and culture thru the National Costume. I hope to make every Boholano proud and showcase and embody the best Bohol has to offer, especially as we fight the paralyzing effects this pandemic has brought upon our community and rise above together.
Behold…Bohol 💙, ” said Pauline who is currently in Manila for the upcoming activities.
The Miss Universe Philippines organization announced that the Baguio Country Club will be the venue for the preliminary and grand finals.
The preliminary interview is scheduled on October 21, while the national costume, swimsuit, and evening gown competitions is happening on October 23.
The pageant will be telecast on GMA on October 25, with streaming also available via KTX.ph. and Ring Light series.