Beauty Queen Spotlight: Carla Lizardo, Mutya ng Pilipinas Intercontinental 2010!!!


L-R - Chat Lizardo (Carla's Mom), Joyce Titular (that's me) and Carla Lizardo Mutya ng Pilipinas Intercontinental 2010

I was leaving the Mutya ng Pilipinas 2010 beauty pageant secretly gloating over the fact that I was able to predict the Top 5 winners when I bumped into a lovely lady in red who proffered a bright smile and said, “Joyce, is that you?”

It turned out to be Chat Lizardo, the Mom of the Mutya ng Intercontinental winner Carla Lizardo!  Boy, was I glad that I included Carla in my shortlist of favorites – Chat admitted she saw the post, WHEW!!!

Anyway, Chat and I go a long way back; we modeled together in our skinny years under fashion designer Elsie Astete. One of the gala shows we did together was “Katcha in Motion” (translation: Cheesecloth in Motion, hehehe) at the Philippine Plaza. If I am not mistaken, Cory was the president in those days. LOLOL!

But this story is NOT about Chat and me. This is about her gorgeous daughter Carla Lizardo and how she won the Mutya ng Pilipinas Intercontinental 2010 title.

Carla Lizardo's portrait by Mitch Bautista

CARLA’S STORY…

There were really no plans for Carla to join this year. Her main focus was her education – she was (and still is) a 3rd year Communications student in Ateneo de Manila, an almost dean’s lister AND, dig this, Team Captain of the Ateneo Girls Badminton Team! If she joined (and she was seriously thinking about it) Carla would have to do it after graduation next year.

Carla Lizardo’s portrait by Mitch Bautista

While Carla Lizardo had always wanted to be a fashion model, she wasn’t getting any gigs except for the occasional X-deal project. She tried going to several VTR auditions but was considered chubby and as most of us know, chubby doesn’t make the cut.

So when Carla Lizardo qualified for Mutya ng Pilipinas 2010 she had to go on a major, MAJOR bikini diet. But I’m jumping ahead of myself…

WHAT WOULD WE DO WITHOUT DEVIOUS FRIENDS?

The story starts here – 1. A family friend of the Lizardos submits Carla’s photos to Mutya ng Pilipinas without her knowledge. 2. Carla Lizardo gets approved; her presence is requested at a screening. 3. Family Friend informs Carla Lizardo of his Devious Deed. 4. Family Friend proceeds to convince her to go to screening.  5. Carla eventually attends screening; is selected to be one of the final contestants.

6. Conflict rears its ugly head!

THE CHOICE: MUTYA OR UAAP?

Carla Lizardo in badminton action!

The Mutya ng Pilipinas 2010 beauty pageant was to be held in August. A baaaaad month for Carla Lizardo – her team was going to compete in the UAAP Badminton Tournament that month and no way would she ditch that competition and her girls. So Carla informed the Mutya ng Pilipinas committee that she was backing out with the intention of joining next year.

Photo from Boss Rico’s blog!

But they wouldn’t let Carla Lizardo off the hook. Another round of forceful convincing ensued and finally, she decided to compete in both the Mutya ng Pilipinas AND the UAAP badminton tournament!

It was at this point that Carla went on a diet to get bikini-perfect for the pageant. Apparently, chasing shuttlecocks with a graphite racket everyday is not enough to trim down this sexy Bicolana beauty. With Mom’s advice, she went on the South Beach Diet and that, combined with the stress of her freaky schedule, helped her lose 10lbs. So, from a healthy 138lbs, she went down to a slinkier 128. But as you can see, Carla Lizardo did not lose the curves.

Carla Lizardo in the official Mutya ng Pilipinas swimwear...

UNEXPECTED VICTORY!

Throughout the whole Mutya exercise, Carla Lizardo did not expect to win the Mutya ng Pilipinas Intercontinental 2010 title. And I don’t think she was just being cute or ‘humble’ about it. She was honestly surprised she made it into the Top 5 (she also won Best in Gown) because she was always under the impression that you had to join two or three times before you made it to the circle of winners.

Carla Lizardo in a Frederick Peralta creation. Carla went on to win Best in Gown at the Mutya ng Pilipinas 2010!

Click here to see complete list of Mutya ng Pilipinas 2010 Winners!

Sure, the join-and-join-before-you-win strategy works for some girls – like our very own Venus Raj who tasted defeat once or twice before making it as Bb. Pilipinas 2010 and eventually as Miss Universe 2010 4th Runner-up – but it isn’t as sure as gravity. Many beauty contestants are like Carla – they come out of nowhere and land a major title.

Another person who couldn’t believe it was Carla’s Dad Joe Lizardo. He was on tenterhooks on the day of the pageant and refused to watch Carla do battle on stage. He opted to sit outside the Resorts World theater, in a restaurant with some buddies. Even if he knew his daughter was a winner, he didn’t think his blood pressure could take it if she lost.

Carla’s Mom on the other hand is made of sterner stuff. Chat Lizardo was  in the heart of the crowd. But she was feeling like an ice cube from head to toe, not knowing what to think or how to feel. All she knew was that she had to be there to cheer her daughter on.  It was only when Carla’s name was called into the Top 5 that she was able to regain a warmer body temperature and text her husband to come in and watch thier baby win.

It was one proud and exhilirating moment for Chat and Joe Lizardo to witness thier little girl, all big and beautiful now, being crowned a beauty queen before a crowd of thousands!

Carla Lizardo is crowned Mutya ng Pilipinas 2010 Intercontinental!

YOUR PURPOSE WILL FIND YOU!

Although Carla Lizardo’s quest in Mutya began with a lot of reluctance, she says deciding to go for it against the odds was one of the best things she’s done. She adds that the journey to the crown only reaffirmed her belief that if you are meant to do something, it will find you!  And now that her dream of becoming a famous model has found her, she’s hoping the Mutya ng Pilipinas Intercontinental 2010 beauty title will open doors to the world of TV hosting as well – she is a Communications student after all.

But Carla, hold your horses! Next stop for you is the Miss Intercontinental 2010! What can I say except that we’re all looking forward to THAT crown finding your beautiful head. :)

Photo from OPMB Worldwide!

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