• ‘Pretty faces’



    Just a “pretty face” was how Maureen Wroblewitz was described by her fellow contestants in Asia’s Next Top Model (AsNTM) Cycle 5.

    Also described as the “smallest” and the youngest, she went on to win the region’s top modeling contest against taller, older and, in this corner’s opinion, “less beautiful” rivals.

    Wroblewitz was the first Filipino woman (she is Filipino-German just like 2016 Miss Universe Pia Alonso Wurtzbach) to bag the AsNTM title, the others before her finishing as runners-up in the continental battle of young aspiring models.

    So, there apparently is nothing wrong with just being a “pretty face.”

    Perhaps, John Vic de Guzman would agree.

    Described as a “heartthrob” and another “pretty face” in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), de Guzman is the captain of the Philippine men’s volleyball team to the 2017 Southeast Asian Games in Kuala Lumpur this month.

    He led the College of Saint Benilde to this year’s NCAA volleyball title (Season 92) over the University of Perpetual Help in a straight-set win in February, aside from being named Best Opposite Spiker and Most Valuable Player.

    The NCAA player is also an actor who was one of the four leading men in Seklusyon, directed by Erik Matti and the Best Picture in the 2016 Metro Manila Film Festival.

    Before de Guzman—a nephew of internationally acclaimed late director Lino Brocka—came along, another “pretty face” and also an actor—Richard Gomez—also got to play for the country’s national volleyball team although he did not become its skipper.

    Gomez or “Goma” to his many fans and who is now mayor of Ormoc City, Leyte, also in this corner’s opinion, did not play volleyball as well as de Guzman did.

    The reason could be that “Goma” scattered himself too thinly when he was an athlete, having also been, for example, a member of the Philippine fencing team while being at the top of his game as an actor and also a “heartthrob” in the 1990s.

    Those who take it against Wroblewitz, de Guzman and Gomez the fact that they have the so-called good genes—and there are quite many—are doing it evidently out of envy.

    Fact, however, is that the trio and others like them who have been, well, blessed with, for example, deep-set eyes and height (or “lack” of it in Wroblewitz’s case) probably have to exert extra efforts to prove that they are not just “pretty faces” but as determined and dedicated as other athletes who are “plain” to win gold, silver or bronze medal whether it is disputed on the modeling catwalk or the volleyball court.

    Besides, beauty is only skin-deep and this applies to “the good, the bad and the ugly.”


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