10 Things You Need to Know About Maxine Medina

Cozy up to our Miss Universe-Philippines candidate.
PHOTO: Instagram/maxine_medina

Gunning for the most-coveted title at the upcoming Miss Universe coronation night is our very own Miss Philippines, Maria Mika Maxine Medina. And since the 26-year-old morena beauty bagged the Binibining Pilipinas crown last April, we've come to know that she is a professional model and an Interior Design graduate at De La Salle-College of St. Benilde. But clearly, there's still a lot we are yet to learn about this queen (like the fact that she loves to cook and is a total beach babe). 

Below are 10 fun facts that you need to know about our Miss Universe-Philippines candidate, as told by Maxine herself:

1. "My happy place is the beach. I love to bask under the sun. I love water sports and hiking, even staying for hours with some music, a camera, and my mat. You can forget the camera when in front of you is a view that's worth to be made a postcard."

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2. "For the kid in me, sweet pastries and candies are sure to make me smile. It makes me feel excited when a box of Sour Patch Kids is on my lap. Even when I bake, I just can't stop eating!"

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3. "I love comfortable and simple clothes—mostly jeans and tops that are plain yet stylish. If it weren't for having to dress like a beauty queen, I'm sure you'd seldom see me wearing heels or any flashy clothes."

4. "I used to draw portraits using mixed media and charcoal pencils. When I was younger, I would stay at home sketching, mixing colors, and painting on canvas."

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5. "I was once a volleyball player, and I always wanted to become a star player or an MVP. That was my goal when I was in high school. I was a fan of Leila Barros, the hottest Brazilian volleyball player."

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6. "I'm a tripper. I'm always on the go whenever someone invites me to do outdoor activities, be it out of town or even out of the country. I love seeing different cultures and people."

7. "I am a religious person. I start and end my day with a prayer. I believe that faith can move mountains."

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8. "I love my family so much! I grew up in a very conservative family but my childhood was a happy one. We spent our Sundays hearing mass, eating with the entire clan, and going out of town with my family."

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9. "I'm the type of person who wants to be busy at all times. I always want to do something. Even when I stay up late at night, I always wake up at six in the morning the next day to cook or to do my errands."

10. "Speaking of cooking, since I love food, my favorite place at home is our kitchen—complete with a set of pans and utensils. My mom trained me to cook when I was 11, and since then I've always enjoyed cooking for my family." 

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This story originally appeared on Preview.ph.

* Minor edits have been made by the Cosmo.ph editors.

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