BEA Binene was busy gamely posing for pictures with fans on Wednesday night during the opening ceremony of the 7th Asian Junior Wushu Championships, which was no surprise since she's one of the country's promising young actresses.
But in the future, she may not only be accommodating photo opportunities as a showbiz personality, but also as one of the country’s wushu standouts.
The 15-year-old Binene is the country’s wushu ambassadress, and an avid practicioner of the growing sport who wants to be good enough to make the national team one day - that is, if her flourishing showbiz career doesn't get in the way.
Binene was introduced to the Chinese exhibition sport three years ago when the teenage actress saw a movie villain performing wushu stunts during a shoot of their fantasy magazine show.
Two years later, she enrolled in a wushu school, Wushu Discovery, where she has since honed her skills that proved good enough for her to join amateur tournaments.
So far, her most notable stint was in the 2010 Wushu Nationals, where she earned bronze for her routine in a category ruled by current national team mainstay Faith Liana Andaya.
Andaya has now been tipped as one of the favorites in the ongoing Junior Wushu Championships, which the country is hosting for the first time since the tournament’s inception six years ago.
Binene’s hectic schedule both in showbiz and in school — she’s home schooled and in level 8, equivalent to junior high school — has barely given her time for the sport, but she is motivated to do well.
“Medyo naging busy kaya hindi nakakapag-training, but I’m trying to go back,” Binene said in a short chat with Spin.ph.
And not just go back. Binene, who’s also into badminton and swimming, wants to be good enough to try out for a spot in the national team someday.
“Of course, I am (hoping). If I’m qualified enough to join them, then why not? I will be very happy to represent our country.”