MANILA, Philippines —Gazini Ganados, wins as the Philippines’ official representative to the 2019 Miss Universe pageant.
Ganados, quite an early pageant favorite for her strong Latina looks, hailed from Talisay, Cebu has been crowned Bb. Pilipinas Universe 2019 at the coronation night held in Araneta Coliseum, Cubao, Quezon City on June 9.
While her fellow Cebuana, Samantha Ashley Lo of Cebu City, was crowned Bb. Pilipinas-Grand International 2019. It was a surprise that their fellow Cebuana and pageant favorite, Ilene De Vera of Mandaue City, Cebu, failed to make it to the top 25.
When Gazini was named The Face of Binibini (Miss Photogenic) and Best in Long Gown, fans of the 23-year-old Tourism graduate already had a good sense that she is going home with the topmost title by the end of the night.
Gazini has garnered the second most likes on the pageant’s Facebook page, next to Vickie Rushton of Negros Occidental, prior to winning as Binibining Pilipinas Universe.
In the question and answer portion, Ganados emphasized her advocacy for the elderly.
One of the judges, Bobby Barreiro, Integrated Events Head of ABS-CBN, inquired her: “If you win the crown tonight, what will you do to get more women in the workplace?”
Gazini responded: “If I win the crown tonight, what I do is to promote my advocacy. My advocacy is for us women to fight for our rights and for the elderly women and for us to know that someone is loving us, someone is pushing us to whatever ambitions that we have.”
“We will be able to rise from our decisions, to whatever dreams that we have, goals that we have, and we will achieve it because of those values, those wisdoms that they gave us. Thank you,” she furthered.
Gazini purportedly grew up with her grandparents, which prompted her desire to take care of the elderly. Likewise, she enjoys taking care of her fur babies and learning about self-improvement and business from podcasts.
Seen on her profile video for Binibini, the five-foot-eight Tourism graduate from University of San Jose-Recoletos stressed that her advocacy for the elderly involves not only adding to their quantity of life or prolonging their life span, but also improving their quality of life.
Preceding in joining Binibining Pilipinas, she was Miss Cesafi in 2016, Miss Bohol 2017 first runner-up, and was a Miss World Philippines 2014 contestant.
“I am excited for what the future holds,” she said in an interview. “I feel positivity in all my heart!”
If triumphant, Ganados will become the Philippines’ fifth Miss Universe titleholder, following Gloria Diaz (1969), Margie Moran (1973), Pia Wurtzbach (2015) and Catriona Gray (2018).