MICHELE Gumabao is never afraid to get out of her comfort zone because her faith can move mountains.
The former La Salle team captain, whose on-court swag is unmatched, suddenly took a u-turn as she entered the glamorous world of beauty pageantry.
She bagged the 2018 Bb. Pilipinas Globe title and finished in the top 15 in the Miss Globe pageant late last year.
While the Premier Volleyball League is off season, she’s an analyst for UAAP women’s volleyball tournament.
“Lakas lang talaga ng loob and pagdating mo doon bahala na si God,” said Gumabao. “Doon talaga magwowork ‘yung faith mo kay God and faith mo sa sarili mo.”
Although Gumabao made it look effortlessly good, she said that believing in yourself is the first step to success.
“Confidence lang talaga ang puhunan, palakasan lang talaga ng loob ‘yan,” she said. “If ever man kakabahan ka, which is normal, ‘wag mo talaga ipakita sa mga tao. Whenever you’re there you have to feel that you are a champion and everything that you do.”
“Pero hindi dapat mayabang na hindi ka na matututo, kailangan ikaw ‘yung champion na willing to work with other people, you always have to be a team player,” she added.
Her passion to continue on improving has inspired not only those in her circle but also other people.
“Kailangan lang talaga you’re always game to try something new, you’re not scared to be a beginner and everytime naman nandoon ‘yung desire ko na matuto ulit,” she said.
Gumabao recalled the first time started in volleyball, how she slowly worked to be better in what she does.
She explained that the discipline from the sport, which became a routine for her, helped her in growing as a person.
“Noong nag-start ako sa volleyball, rookie ako na walang alam, same goes sa pag beauty pageant and ngayon as analyst marami rin ang nagturo sa akin,” she said.
“So you just surround yourself with the people who will help you grow and who will teach you new things so you keep on growing as a person,” she added.
The former national team standout emphasized that life is a continuous learning process and she will do everything she can to discover new adventures.
“In a career it’s never enough to have just one, you have to have Plan B, Plan C, kung pwede hanggang Z bakit hindi,” she said. “It’s very important to be diverse kasi marami kang maiinspire at mata-touch na tao, hindi lang sa sports.”
“Kasi sa sports we think that this is our world, it’s so small and when I joined beauty pageants doon ko nakita na ang laki pala niya, there so many things to do and more people to impact,” she added.