As one of the youngest candidates in this year’s Binibining Pilipinas pageant, it’s easy to dismiss San Pablo, Laguna’s Roberta “Roan” Tamondong as a candidate to watch out for. But having joined several pageants before Binibini, the 19-year-old Roan proved to them she still had what it takes to be a potential representative of the Philippines.
While her Q and A answer drew mixed reactions, it was clear Roan impressed the judges in other aspects of the competition, giving her the Bb. Pilipinas Grand International crown.
Pageant veteran at 19
Even before joining Binibining Pilipinas, Roan already joined several local pageants. In 2020 at the height of the pandemic, she was appointed by the Miss World Philippines Organization to compete in the Miss Eco Teen pageant in Egypt. She only had a few weeks to prepare but Roan rose to the challenge.
Upon arriving in Egypt, Roan made a splash with the organizers, receiving several awards during the preliminary activities.
She made history as the country’s first ever Miss Eco Teen titleholder and would serve the organization for a year.
Ready for the nationals
After passing the Miss Eco Teen crown, Roan was ready to take on the next challenge of her pageant career. Under the guidance of Promedia, she started preparing for the Binibining Pilipinas 2022 pageant. She also sought the help of Aces and Queens, who took her under their care for Q and A, hair and makeup, styling, and personality development training.
Roan was then announced as one of the Aces and Queens’ candidates for Binibining Pilipinas. The selection for the 40 candidates was cutthroat and Roan managed to make it as one of the candidates.
After the announcement of 40 candidates, Roan didn’t waste any time introducing herself to pageant fans. She has been posting several “pasabog” photos on her social media accounts.
She also caught everyone’s eye on the first Binibini activity – the Santacruzan.
Binibini also released several photos to drum up the interest of fans which include the white shirt and close-up shots.
Roan took part in the talent competition where she got to dance to Aqua’s “Barbie Girl” song.
Roan also got a chance to talk with the Qrown Philippines to talk about joining the pageant despite winning already in an international competition.
Roan also made sure to perform during the press presentation and the national costume and fashion show.
She also participated in the annual Parade of Beauties, where she even posed with a dog.