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Maricar Balagtas

Age: 21

Hair Color: Black

Eye Color: Black

Height: 5'8"

Name one person, other than your parents, who has had the most influence on your life. Why?
My Aunt Mercy, who is a nun with the Religious Virgin of Mary. Straight from high school she entered the convent, and although she is now very sick, she continues to serve the people and be true to her vocation. She is my source of inspiration and spiritual strength for all my endeavors.

What is the most interesting or unique thing that has ever happened to you (aside from winning your title) and/or what is the most interesting thing about you?
Many times I find myself looking at the stars. I am very fascinated with them. It gives me a great feeling of wonder just gazing at the entire galaxy on some evenings.

What is your career ambition and what are you doing or plan to do to accomplish that goal?
I wish to start a modeling agency in the future. What I have accomplished as a model and what I am into right now seem to be the right steps toward that goal. I will do my very best to accomplish that.

Are you currently a student? If yes, where? What is your area of study?
I temporarily discontinued my studies, but will re-enroll and finish college after my reign. I still have one (1) year more to go., Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communications.

List any interesting or unsual jobs you may have had.
My grandmother had a small piggery in our backyard. Many times I had to help her tend and clean up the pig pens, and sometimes even stayed up late at night awaiting the birth of piglets.

Describe your childhood home and living conditions. Were you raised with a large family with lots of brothers and sisters?
My family lived very simply. My parents worked hard to make a living. When I was small, I used to climb trees and play hide and seek with my cousins. We were four children in our family.

What one word describes you best?
Determined.

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