MANILA, Philippines - Miss International Queen 2012 titlist Kevin Balot now has the opportunity to work in show business as she has been receiving "a lot" of movie offers in Thailand.
Balot himself made the revelation during a live appearance on "Unang Hirit," Monday morning, but quickly clarified that the decision to accept these proposals rests on the Miss International Queen Organization since winning the crown has automatically put her under the body's management.
Meanwhile, the 21-year-old Tarlac native admitted that joining the pageant - her first international tilt - was something that her camp had prepared for a long time.
"Tapos ang advice na binigay nila sa 'kin, parang 'wag akong mag-expect something from the pageant kasi parang if you expect a lot, you'll invite more disappointments. Kaya nag-enjoy lang ako. I had a great camaraderie with my co-candidates coming from the other countries," she shared.
Asked what she thought her advantage was over the other contestants, the soft-spoken beauty queen said, "Nabasa ko sa some blog sa Thailand na talagang nag-stand out ako sa swimsuit [competition] at sa question and answer [portion]."
She was also hailed Miss Photogenic, and in the talent portion, she did a performance to the tune of K-pop hit, "Gangnam Style."
Balot, who previously expressed hope to gain acceptance from her father, revealed that her relationship with him is now "okay... Pero n'ung before, meron talagang medyo complication kasi nga only boy [ako]. Parang nararamdaman ko minsan na gusto niyang magka-apo."
PHL scores another victory
In related news, Filipino model June Macasaet made history when he became the first Filipino to win the Manhunt International 2012 title during the pageant night held in Bangkok, Thailand on Nov. 9 - exactly a week after Balot's victory in Pattaya.
gmanews.com reported last Saturday that Macasaet, who bested 50 other candidates, took home "a $10,000 cash prize, a modeling contract, $25,000 worth of beauty treatments, $5,000 worth of photographic portfolios, and several other prizes worth more than $40,000.00."
According to Manhunt International Organization's official Facebook page, Macasaet is now among "the elite group of Manhunt International winners as the 16th winner."
More, a separate article on ABS-CBNNews.com dated Nov. 10 reported that Macasaet also won the New Urban Male Award.
Aside from Macasaet, the other Manhunt winners were: Sweden's Bo Peter Jonsson (1st runner-up), Macau's Martin Wang (2nd runner-up), Puerto Rico's Jimmy Perez Rivera (3rd runner-up), and Singapore's Jason Chee (4th runner-up).