In 2010, she became famous for her answer in the top 5 question and answer round at Miss Universe pageant. She ended with 4th runner-up title. Though her answer might have overshadowed her achievement of placing in the finals of Miss Universe contest after a decade, she was loved and well received by her country. She became a national pride overnight. But soon enough she disappear from the scene and not much was known about what she was upto.
And the reason for laying low all this while happens to be a for a better cause. Maria Venus Bayonito Raj, better known as Venus Raj has earned her master’s degree in Community Development from the University of the Philippines Diliman. Before joining the Binibining Pilipinas and Miss Universe pageants, Venus finished her bachelor’s degree in Journalism at Bicol University in Albay in 2008. The former beauty queen shared her graduation photo on her official Instagram and shared some inspiring words. She also left an advice to her fellow graduate stressing the importance of constantly learning.
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To those who became instruments in making this journey possible, from the bottom of my heart, thank you. I can never boast of this moment, this is all by the grace of God. Sa lahat ng magsisipagtapos, let us still consider ourselves students of this life. Never stop learning. When we stop learning, we stop growing. There are far more lessons that we have to discover. Don't be afraid of the process, God is with you. #GodIsFaithful #HeIsAble #InMyWeaknessHeIsStrong
Congratulation, Venus Raj! You are truly an inspiration.