Often, it is in mingling with people that we learn about life and whatnot. For example, we learn more about running a business through a conversation with business owners and entrepreneurs. In our case, we learn more about parenting and motherhood from our friends who share their successes and struggles in dealing with their children.
This is the same experience college courtside reporter Angelique Manto had when she got up close and personal with her favorite celebrity Pia Wurtzbach. She recently got the chance to spend a day with the beauty queen and Angeline used all the time to get to know more about Pia.
Angelique has high regard for Pia since she began her Binibining Pilipinas journey. So much is Angelique’s admiration that she looks up to Pia, not just with her advocacies, but also her fashion and money sense. The young lash considers the Miss Universe 2015 as her role model. Thus, when she had a chance to be part of Pia’s BDO shoot, Angelique was truly ecstatic. It was during their casual kwentuhan that Angelique discovered more about Pia. That like a true queen, Pia has the natural charm to inject little gems of wisdom even in seemingly casual banter.
Never missing out to stay on top
Intrigued by how Pia breezes through her demanding schedule, Angelique asked for tips on how she could stay on top of things without getting too worked up.
“As much as possible, I like to feel like I’m really in control of whatever’s going on around me, I have to do it myself. So, [time management matters],” Pia stressed.
For Pia, her smartphone helps her get things done. In particular, she relies heavily on two apps – her alarm app and the BDO app.
“[My] alarm clock [on my phone] is useful,” Pia said. It constantly reminds her that she has a lot more things to accomplish. That way, she makes sure she doesn’t miss out on every single activity on her to-do list – from waking up early to setting appointments.
Equally important for Pia is the BDO app. As she now rarely has time to go to the bank, it’s important that she has a way to monitor her savings and expenses.
With this app, Pia is still able to have complete banking experience because she still can pay her credit card bill even while in a shoot or when she has pocket free time.
“For instance, I just got back from Dubai and the app really helped me pay my credit card bills while I was there ‘cause I needed to pay for my hotel,” she narrated.
As for keeping an eye on her savings, it works wonders. This is especially important for Pia, who very well knows the value of her earnings. “[The app is really helpful because I’m able] to check my balance if everything’s okay.” Pia added.
Never missing out on opportunities to learn
One of the important nuggets of wisdom Pia shared with Angelique is having the attitude to constantly learn, especially on the more practical aspects of life such as handling available resources wisely.
Being a breadwinner at a young age allowed Pia to develop her money management skills through experience, but the beauty queen credits her openness to learning from other people as one of the things that make her wiser when it comes to making crucial life decisions.
The beauty queen shared that one of her pageant trainer’s advice was to always keep a certain portion of her salary to savings. She then regularly sets aside 20% from her earnings. And the money she kept is so useful especially when her car breaks down, for example, or if she gets sick. She has money to pay for her medicine or maybe the hospital bills. She could even opt to use the money to reward herself with something or use it as an investment.
On money matters, Pia also gets professional financial guidance from her bank. She looks at BDO as her partner in making sure that her hard-earned money would work harder to secure her and her family’s future.
Never missing out on the important things in life
Pia, just like most millennial, has to keep up with a busier and more demanding lifestyle — all to pursue and realize a dream. While it is easy to get lost and distracted in the daily grind, what keeps her grounded is her family.
The beauty queen advised her fellow millennials that what keeps her going is the belief that the fruits of her hard work are not just for her, but are also for those who helped her reach her life goals. For instance, her saving habit works well for the people she cares about the most.
“I would always put money aside and then it really helps [when] my sister or my mom needs help. May pagkukunan ako,” Pia candidly detailed.
As for Angelique, the day spent with her idol all the more made her develop a deeper appreciation for the beauty queen. For her, Pia remains, even after so many years, “confidently beautiful with a heart.”