Encantadia star Sanya Lopez recalls her experiences when she was still a beauty queen

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  • Encantadia star Sanya Lopez recalled her experiences when she was still a beauty queen
  • Lopez rose to fame after successfully playing the role of Danaya in Encantadia requel
  • She was crowned the first runner-up during the Reyna ng Aliwan 2014

Unknown to many, actress Sanya Lopez was a beauty queen before she became the queen of Encantadia.

In an article written by Jojo Gabinete of PEP, it was disclosed that Lopez joined a beauty pageant before and she was also trained at the training camp Aces & Queens, which is managed by Jonas Gaffud. To note, a number of Filipina beauty queens were trained here, including Pia Wurtzbach (Miss Universe 2015), Megan Young (Miss World 2013), Venus Raj (Miss Universe 2010 4th runner-up), Shamcey Supsup (Miss Universe 2011 3rd runner-up), Janine Tugonon (Miss Universe 2012 1st runner-up), Ara Arida (Miss Universe 2013 3rd runner-up), and Gwen Ruais (Miss World 2011 First Princess).

“Nag-training ako sa Aces & Queens before ako nag-Encantadia. Kaya lang po, tinanong ako kung ano ang priority ko —ang pag-aartista o pagiging beauty queen— kasi magkaiba po raw ‘yon. Pero ipinasok lang ako doon para mag-build up ‘yung confidence ko. Sobrang mahiyain ako noon,” Lopez shared. Her training lasted for a few days.

[I was trained at Aces & Queens before I started playing my role in Encantadia. But then, I was asked about my priority — whether it it being an actress or being a beauty queen — as the two are different. I was enrolled there to build up my confidence because I was too shy back then.]

Lopez rose to fame after successfully playing the role of Danaya in the Encantadia requel (retelling plus sequel).

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Before Encantadia, she joined the Reyna ng Aliwan 2014 and won. She used her real name,  Shaira Lenn Roberto.

“Nag-join ako ng pageant before, nag-aartista na ako, sa Half Sisters ng GMA-7. Nanalo naman po ako sa Reyna ng Aliwan noong 2014, first runner-up. Ang nanalo, Cebu,” she recalled.

[I joined a pageant when I was already part of the GMA-7 series Half Sisters. I won in the Reyna ng Aliwan 2014, I was crowned the first runner-up. The candidate from Cebu got the Reyna ng Aliwan title.]

“Ang hirap din po, sobrang gagaling nila, tapos kabang-kaba ako. Pinilit lang ako na sumali kasi walang representative ang Bulacan,” she added.

[Competing there was hard, they were all good, and I was really nervous. They just persuade me to join because Bulacan has no representative that time.]

1st Runner-Up – Reyna ng AliwanShaira Lenn Roberto – Singkaban Festival (Bulacan)

Posted by Jonnel Sesalim on Monday, April 28, 2014

2nd from left Reyna Ng Aliwan 2014 No.6 Steffi Rose Aberasturi – Sinulog Festival, Cebu City, w her court from left 1st…

Posted by Text and Photos by Jude Bautista on Tuesday, April 29, 2014