The Good Fight

Miss Universe 2011 3rd Runner-up Shamcey Supsup and Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago are some of the notable Filipinas I admire a lot. Aside from their stunning beauties, they also have the brains that could rival any geeks out there.  I have seen lots of common things about them so I decided to write my very first blog article.


2011 Miss Universe – Philippines Shamcey Supsup (left) and Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago (right)

Academic Excellence

Both Shamcey and Senator Miriam have impressive academic records. Both are alumnae of the University of the Philippines (UP), one of the best universities in the country.

Shamcey had been a class valedictorian in grade school and salutatorian in high school. She obtained her Architecture degree from UP-Diliman, graduating Magna Cum Laude. She also topped the Philippines’ national examination for architects in June 2010 with board rating of 86.60%.

Senator Miriam had been a consistent class valedictorian both in grade school and high school. She also championed several competitions such as spelling bee, oratorical contest and debates during her time as a student. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science, Magna Cum Laude, from the UP-Visayas. She then proceeded to the UP College of Law in UP-Diliman where she also became the very first female Editor-in-Chief of the student publication, The Philippine Collegian, breaking a record of 50 years of male dominance. She graduated Bachelor of Laws, Cum Laude from UP College of Law in UP – Diliman. She earned the degrees Master of Laws and Doctor of the Science of Jurisprudence at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. She  also studied Law at different prestigious universities abroad; including, Oxford and Harvard law summer schools, Cambridge, and The Hague Academy of International Law.

Beauty Titlists

Just like what I have mentioned earlier, these two ladies possess beauty and grace. Shamcey was the titleholder of Bb. Pilipinas – Universe 2011 and she eventually placed 3rd Runner Up in the Miss Universe Pageant of the same year. While Senator Miriam, during her college years, held a campus beauty title of UP ROTC corps sponsor twice – in UP-Visayas and UP-Diliman. Beauties and brains, indeed!

Career Women

Both ladies are celebrated public figures and successful in their respective fields. Shamcey is an architect and a lifestyle TV show host while Senator Miriam is a professor, a public servant, legislator, a trial and international judge, and an author.

Brazil Miss Universe

Miss Philippines Shamcey Supsup gestures during the Miss Universe pageant in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Monday, Sept. 12, 2011. Supsup was named third runner up. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)

Their Greatest Battles

There is one common thing about these two women I really want to highlight – their greatest battles. They fought for their dreams, not just for themselves, but also for the Filipino people. I think they both made the entire Philippines proud. It is just that “destiny” did not play the role well in their respective games.

Given that Shamcey has all the attributes of being a Miss Universe, she ended up as the 3rd Runner-up in the 60th edition of Miss Universe. She almost won that night given that she had a strong support from fans all over the world (mostly Filipinos, of course) and she nailed each round of the competition. I think it is her answer to the Question and Answer portion which weakened her claim to the crown.

Senator Miriam, undeniably, has all the qualities and qualifications of an ideal leader but it seems like not everything is meant for her. She was unable to win the Philippine Presidency after three attempts (1992, 1998 and 2016). She almost won in the 1992 National Elections but she was allegedly cheated by her close rival, Fidel V. Ramos, with only less than a million gap in their number of votes. It was rumored that Miriam won in voting but lost in counting due to the alleged “Operation Dagdag-Bawas” scheme when several incidents of power outages occurred during the manual counting of votes.


The Good Fight

Their fate made me realized that not everything will be given to you. But what I really admire from the two women is they gave a good fight.  And if by chance both of them won their respective battles, I think they might become the epitome of perfection. They have it all!

I believe there is something greater meant to happen for them. Just like what we always say, “Everything happens for a reason.”

For me, even if they didn’t win, they didn’t lose as well. They are still winners in their own ways. They have earned the hearts of every Filipino who looks up to them as inspirations. Shamcey and Senator Miriam will always be remembered for their contributions to the Philippines and its people. They have proven themselves so much for our country. A true “Filipino Pride.”

Success is not just about having a crown on top of your head or a title to bear in the government. I think success is having the feeling of fulfillment in everything that we do, especially if we put our hearts into it.

Shamcey and Senator Miriam taught us not to give up on our dreams. No matter how hard our battles would be and how rough the roads could be, there is no such thing as failure as long as we give a good fight.


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