Gazini Ganados is our newly crowned Miss Universe Philippines. The 23-year-old Cebuana is a seasoned pageant queen, having joined a number of local pageants in the past. Her first shot at a national beauty pageant was when she joined the Miss World Philippines 2014, where she made it to the top 15. This makes Miss Universe Philippines her first national crown.
Here are more things you probably didn't know about our new Miss Universe Philippines:
1. She was raised by her single mom.
A tourism graduate from the University of San Jose-Recoletos, Gazini is an only child raised by a single mother. In her Binibining Pilipinas 2019 introductory video, the model-turned-beauty queen paid tribute to her mother who "honed and molded me to become the strong independent woman I am today."
2. Her advocacy is elderly care.
Gazini also grew up with her grandparents, whom she calls "nanay" and "tatay." They are the reason Gazini's main advocacy in Binibining Pilipinas 2019 is elderly care.
She writes in her June 6 Instagram post: "To my nanay and tatay, this is for you. "Aging will always be part of one's life, so getting old should not be greeted with fear... More than anything else, it should be embraced and celebrated. It should be seen as a phase of culmination of everything beautiful about our individual lives... An important part of my Bininining Pilipinas journey is my social cause for our SENIOR CITIZENS.
"Right from the start, I've been actively campaigning for more opportunities and programs for our elderly population. As I go around the elderly havens, I've seen the need to lobby for more facilities for them, where they can still be allowed to be productive and to pursue greater things with the help of the GOVERNMENT, their FAMILIES, and respective COMMUNITY.
"Aside from ensuring them with a GOOD QUALITY OF LIFE, I've learned that helping them attain a SOCIALLY ACTIVE LIFESTYLE beyond their retirement is vital to their HOLISTIC DEVELOPMENT. I will never get tired to tell the whole world, that my grandparents are the one who helped my single mom in raising me. With this advocacy, I want to honor them, by doing my best in using my platform, to make their years more exciting and worth looking forward to..."
3. Gazini is an avid traveler.
Based on her Instagram's posts, Gazini is a frequent traveler.
She loves going to the beach, and enjoys a good dive, too!
4. She's a fitness buff, too!
Gazini enjoys keeping herself healthy and fit. She goes to the gym, does yoga, and eats a vegetarian diet.
Gazini was crowned Miss Universe Philippines 2019 on June 9, 2019, at the Smart Araneta Coliseum, Cubao, Quezon City.