1-on-1 With Lailani Thoegersen, Miss Silka Bacolod 2017

By James U. Sy Jr.

I first met Lailani Thoegersen of Dumaguete City when I covered the cocktail competition of the Search for Miss Silka Bacolod 2017 last July 30, 2017 at the 888 Premiere Mall, Gatuslao St., Bacolod City. From there I had the opportunity to conduct an interview with the reigning Miss Silka Bacolod 2017.

KNOW MORE ABOUT Miss Silka Bacolod 2017 Lailani M. Thoegersen of Negros Oriental State University (NORSU).

James U. Sy Jr.: Tell us something about you and your family.

Lailani Thoegersen: I was born on July 3, 1998 in Dumaguete City to Letecia Mejares Thoegersen and Lars Thoegersen, a Danish seaman. I have 2 siblings, namely Leonico Thoegersen, an editorial graphic designer, and Laica Thoegersen, who is currently a senior high school student.

JUSJ: Your education?

LT: I finished my kinder and elementary education at First Baptist Church (FBC) Alpha Omega Academy with honors and loyalty award in the latter, and high school at St. Paul University. I was active in various events and competitions in school, among them oratorical speaking competitions, school band, badminton, and volleyball. Incidentally, I was also named Girl Scout of the Year 2012. I am currently taking up Bachelor of Science in Business Administration because I want to be a successful entrepreneur and be able to give back to my community.

JUSJ: Social entrepreneurship. Good. Special skills, hobbies?

LT: I I love to sing and dance. I do Muay Thai in my spare time, although I usually read books, especially those from Dan Brown, Sophie Kinsella, and JK Rowling.

JUSJ: Ambitions/dreams?

LT: I’ve always dreamed of becoming a flight attendant, but if not I’ll be an entrepreneur. I want to travel around the world.

JUSJ: Was this your your first pageant?

LT: Prior to Miss Silka Bacolod I was crowned Miss Ayungon 2016 and Miss Tourism 2016 (in Cebu), as well as 2nd Runner Up Miss Sibulan 2017 with minor awards: Best in Talent, Best in Production Number, and Best in Swimsuit.

JUSJ: What experiences did you have when you joined those pageants?

LT: Joining pageants is not only about winning the title, It is mostly about your experience and your way to inspire and empower others, especially young women to be proud of whoever they are. I gained new friends and it helped me boost my confidence. I know it might sound cliche, but, beauty pageants gave me the perception to live life with a purpose and to use our definition of beauty for a greater cause.

JUSJ: How did you feel when you won? Were you expecting it? Any plans after Ms. Silka?

LT: It was overwhelming. I actually cried that night because out of all the beautiful ladies, I was the one chosen to represent Bacolod City to the National Stage. I wouldn’t say I was expecting, rather, I was hopeful. It is such an amazing and indescribable feeling to be a step closer to your dreams. My first priority after Miss Silka would have to be my studies. I want to show everyone that even beauty queens also need to have the proper education. After that, I will just grab every opportunity that will be given to me.

JUSJ: BF? How do you describe love?

LT: Right now, I am single. For me love is unconditional, love is family, and love is God. Love is not about always being happy with a significant other, but it’s about seeing the beauty in them even through hardships.

JUSJ: Advice to those who plan to join beauty pageants?

LT: Always be yourself because your uniqueness will let you shine on stage. It is not about having a crown or the sash, sometimes we just need to realize that we are all representing our respective town/city. Whether you have a crown or not, it is the way that we live life that makes us true kings and queens. And this is something that should be instilled in our heart, mind, and soul.*