Ruffa Gutierrez shares how thankful she is to Melanie Marquez
Actress Ruffa Gutierrez recalled her “utang na loob” to her fellow former beauty queen Melanie Marquez.
Ruffa and Melanie both did their pageant stints when they were younger. The daughter of Annabelle Rama and Eddie Gutierrez joined the Binibining Pilipinas 1993 and competed in the Miss World pageant in the same year. She was hailed as the Miss World 2nd Runner Up. Meanwhile, Melanie won the Miss International title back in 1979.
The actress recalled the time she joined the pageant at the age of 17 or 18. “15 pa lang, kinukulit na ako ni Mrs. Araneta (Stella). I think now, they want them more matured. They already want to eradicate the swimsuit competition. They consider beauty in all shapes, forms and sizes. It doesn’t mean na mataba ka, pangit ka. You can be beautiful in all ways. It’s not about beauty and brains anymore,” Ruffa shared.
She also recalled that during her time, she was the only actress who joined the beauty pageant. However, actresses who are joining the pageant, as well as models, is quite common now.
Ruffa also pointed out the factors that became huge contributors to the success of a beauty queen. She said that having good advocacy is really important as well as the ability to be a leader in order to start a change. For her, a beauty queen should also have a trait that will really stand out among other contestants.
Recalling her pageant years, Ruffa Gutierrez also recalled her “utang na loob” to Melanie Marquez. “It was her who trained me for Miss World. During my time wala pa tayong mga camp. It was Miriam Quiambao who was first sent to Venezuela to do all these camps. My time, sariling sikap lang. Ako mismo tumawag kay Ms. Melanie and said please help me,” the actress shared.
Ruffa revealed that Melanie was the one who taught her how to walk like a beauty queen, based on the article from Pilipino Star Ngayon. “She made me put ten books on top of my head, at doon lang kami sa bahay niya palakad-lakad. Kaya napakalaki ng utang na loob ko kay Melanie,” she added.
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