Angelique de Leon Reveals the Shocking Reason That Motivates Her to Join Pageants

  • Angelique de Leon has been a candidate of Binibing Pilipinas for a few years already.
  • In her Facebook account, she shared her story of what motivate her to join pageants.
  • She said that she joined Binibining Pilipinas after her 7-year boyfriend dumped her.

Some people say that heartbreak can change or make a person.

There are a few who are lucky enough to be able to move on to their lives after the heartbreak, while there are also others who tries to ponder what could have been the reason why it was done to them.

Sometimes, when a person experiences the feeling of being rejected or neglected by someone they like, they do some actions that make the guy/girl regret hurting them.

A great example for it is one of the candidates of Binibining Pilipinas named Angelique de Leon. Who would have thought that she had a shocking revelation as to why she decided to join the pageant?

De Leon shared her story on her Facebook account which shocked a lot of netizens.

Read her inspiring story below:


This is the real story behind my weight loss. When people ask me why and how I lost all the weight, I told them it’s because I wanted to pursue Binibining Pilipinas.

That’s not the whole story.

I was in a 7-year relationship with an ex. I must admit, I started off as a confident woman who was very secure with her relationship with her boyfriend. I was too confident I guess. I let myself go and started eating 9 cups of rice in just one sitting. I was too young and naive and a bit of a hopeless romantic that I believed in the fact that the change in my weight would not affect my relationship with him.”

De Leon shared that she was a confident woman ever since – who was also secured with her relationship to her ex-boyfriend. She had been too confident that she thought even though she gained weight, her partner would still feel the same towards her.

After all, it is what usually happens, right?

But apparently, she was wrong.

I didn’t know it was an issue. It wasn’t an issue. He still made me feel loved and appreciated despite the weight gain.

But then things happened, naive couples making petty problems get big to a point that certain situations were blown out of proportion, hurtful words were said and decisions were made.

It was my first real heartbreak. 7 years? It must be.

Then we had an agreement to not date anyone within our circle of friends or people he met because of me and vice versa. He suddenly gasped and I felt a bit of hesitation in his eyes. I asked him, “Why?” and he said, “Remember during Myra’s birthday? You were dancing at the table with her bestfriend?” and I said “Yes. Why?” He replied “I kinda want to date her. Does she have a boyfriend?”

Her boyfriend changed the way he treated her. They broke up, but they also had an agreement not to go out with someone they had known because of each other.

However, the man didn’t fulfill his promise and even had the guts to ask de Leon if the other woman she knew had a boyfriend, saying that he wants to date her.

And that was the moment the fat girl’s soul died. I was shocked. I wasn’t even mad. I was… lost.

I was depressed for 3 weeks and lost 30 lbs in that amount of time. I couldn’t get out of my room. My eyes were swelling. I was starving myself because the girl he liked was really thin and I started to feel insufficient. It was a very dark place for me. It came to a point that I wanted to kill myself. Yes, I thought of committing suicide because of a heartbreak.

I lost myself. I lost the happy confident girl. I lost the sweet girl who would do anything for love. I lost Angelique.

I was trying to save whatever we had. I begged him and went to his house. I cried and begged as if my life depended on it. I even had a script with me that I wrote on the way to his place so I can make sure that I’ll be able to say everything I wanted to say.

He looked into my eyes and finally said “We can’t save this.”

I went home. I was sobbing. I still couldn’t let it go.

A few weeks later, I called him. I was in my room sobbing and talking to him over the phone. I was still begging and begging and begging while he was watching Binibining Pilipinas 2010. He keeps on blurting out how beautiful and sexy the girls were while I was trying to save the relationship. He kept on repeating it. I felt disrespected.

She tried to make their relationship work, which in return, made her lose herself. De Leon lost the girl she was once were because she was trying to save someone else – who seemed to only care for the physical appearance.

That’s when she said she’s had enough.

…and then I snapped and stopped crying.

Then I told him…

“You know what? Go f*ck yourself. You will see me in Binibining Pilipinas and I won’t even remember your number if you try to call me.”

And the rest is history.

I lost 50lbs in total and slowly tried to get the happy-go-lucky Angelique back though I completely lost the part of me that believed in true love towards others — PURE UNFILTERED LOVE. I now only believed that there’s only one person who can give that to you.


Eventually, I realized I wanted to do it for myself and not because of him. I wanted to prove to myself that I am capable regardless of what he says. I did things the right way and ate healthy and stayed as fit as possible up to this day.

P.S. He did text me after my 2014 stint and I replied “Who’s this?”


The netizens who had read her story was inspired that maybe they could also do the same after being dumped. Some even joked and told their friends to wait for them in Binibining Pilipinas.

How De Leon handled her heartbreak is truly inspiring. Instead of pondering as to what she could’ve done better to save their relationship, she chose to save herself and improve in a way that her ex-boyfriend will surely regret letting her go that easy.

On the contrary, she didn’t entirely change herself because of a man. If anything, she improved herself because she wanted to show what she is capable of and because she wanted to be the same happy-go-lucky girl she used to be back when she had her confidence.

Change shouldn’t be done because a person wanted to take revenge. Change should be caused by a person’s interest to look and feel better for their own selves.

How about you? Would you also do the same?

Written by Reese Barcelon

Reese was an online novelist way back 2011. She began her voyage with a pen and paper in hand, which advanced into a laptop after some time. Living in a fictional world with the books she read and dramas she watched gave her solace and became her happy pill.

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