She's the one to beat! Maxine Medina will represent the Philippines at the prestigious Miss Universe Pageant. Filipinos are hoping that Pia Wurtzbach’s successor will be the fourth Filipino to win Miss Universe.
And while Maxine admits that winning back-to-back Miss Universe crowns for the Philippines is a herculean task, she believes it is not at all a far-fetched possibility.
“Yes, after winning the national pageant, I felt a lot of pressure but now I think it’s a good kind of pressure as it helps it helps me to motivate myself and to train more,” she said.
Maxine Medina on her first day as Miss Universe Philippines 2016
Asked if she already took a look at the other international beauty queens that she would be competing against in this year’s Miss Universe, Maxine’s response is a strong indication that her eyes are clearly on the prize.
“May laban tayo! I swear,” she declared.
The 25-year-old beauty queen, born Maria Mika Maxine Medina, was a freelance interior designer who graduated from De La Salle College of St. Benilde and the Philippine School of Interior Design.
Before making her name in the beauty pageant world, Medina was already a familiar face to Filipinos for her numerous product endorsements, TV commercials, and print and runway modelling gigs.