Ca­marines beauty wins Miss Mil­len­nial Phls

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Ju­lia Gonowon from Ca­marines Sur bagged the first Miss

Mil­len­nial Philip­pines crown.

Held Septem­ber 30 at the

Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City, the 21-year-old fourth year Psy­chol­ogy stu­dent bested 37 other en­trants from Lu­zon, Visayas and

Min­danao to win Eat, Bu­laga’s an­niver­sary seg­ment.

“I feel so blessed and very hon­ored to win the first ti­tle. This win comes as a sur­prise and it’s def­i­nitely a la­bor of pas­sion and hard work.

Also, I wouldn’t be able to win the com­pe­ti­tion with­out the love and sup­port of my kababayans. The crown is re­ally for them,” she said.

For two months, the Miss Mil­len­nial can­di­dates spear­headed the tourism cam­paign of their re­spec­tive provinces in a beauty pageant that is first of its kind in lo­cal tele­vi­sion. They were asked to come up with cre­ative ma­te­ri­als to pro­mote the beauty and charm of their provinces.

Gonowon says her jour­ney to the crown was not that easy as she had to jug­gle her stud­ies and the com­pe­ti­tion while be­ing the bread­win­ner of her fam­ily.

She said ful­fill­ing the weekly tasks had be­come a chal­lenge for her as she’s study­ing in Manila while of­ten go­ing back and forth to Ca­marines Sur to work on her ma­te­ri­als.

“I went through a lot dur­ing the com­pe­ti­tion. Since July I had to work non-stop on our weekly chal­lenges. I also had a hard time ad­just­ing to the for­mat as it’s not the typ­i­cal pageant which I’m used to. I had to forego the heels and dresses and go back to the ba­sic. But noth­ing worth hav­ing comes easy and it all paid off.”

Gonowon, who has joined nu­mer­ous lo­cal pageants, also said that she owes much of what she and her fam­ily have now to con­tests like Miss Mil­len­nial Philip­pines. She was able to sup­port her ed­u­ca­tion and fam­ily with her win­nings.

“Pageants gave me a bet­ter life. I had to stop school be­cause my par­ents didn’t have the money to sup­port my ed­u­ca­tion. I want to fin­ish my de­gree so I had to think of ways to sup­port that. At first I was hes­i­tant to join beauty com­pe­ti­tions as I’m not used to wear­ing dresses and swim­suits. But I said there’s no harm in try­ing. I had to take that risk if I want to ful­fill my dreams.”

She’s also grate­ful to “Eat, Bu­laga!” as it gave her and other

mil­len­ni­als the op­por­tu­nity to show the world what the youth can do to­day.

“I’m thank­ful to the pro­gram be­cause we were given the chance to show that the mil­len­ni­als are not just into so­cial me­dia. We can chan­nel our love for tech­nol­ogy in so many good things. It’s also a good feel­ing that we were able to ex­tend a help­ing hand in pro­mot­ing our re­spec­tive provinces.”

Asked what’s next for her, Gonowon said she’s keen to fin­ish her stud­ies and even­tu­ally com­pete in na­tional beauty pageants. She said her ul­ti­mate dream is to win a lo­cal con­test and even­tu­ally rep­re­sent the coun­try in the in­ter­na­tional com­pe­ti­tion.

Gonowon is also open to join­ing show busi­ness as she’s fond of host­ing and act­ing. The young beauty said she wants to in­spire more mil­len­ni­als to do good for their com­mu­nity.

“I want to prove in my own way that the youth of to­day is not just tech savvy, but we also have dreams and as­pi­ra­tions. We can use so­cial me­dia to in­spire more mil­len­ni­als like me.”

Aside from the crown, Gonowon also won a con­do­minium unit from Bria Homes, a Mit­subishi Mon­tero Sport and P500, 000.

She said part of her win­nings will go to char­ity and that she will visit a re­mote barangay in Ca­marines Sur to share her bless­ings.

Fol­low­ing Gonowon’s win are Miss La Union Carina Carino (first run­ner-up), Miss Ak­lan Eleonara Valentina Laorenza (sec­ond run­ner-up), and Miss Mal­abon Shiara Joy Di­zon (third run­ner-up).

Mean­while, Ilo­cos Norte beauty Dianne Ir­ish Joy La­cayanga was hailed Miss Bayani­han Queen as she re­ceived the high­est text and on­line votes. She won P100,000 and a million for her prov­ince.

“Thank you is not enough for all the sup­port I re­ceived from the Ilo­canos. It’s such an honor for me to rep­re­sent my home­town and to share the beauty of Ilo­cos. I hope through the seg­ment we were able to in­spire the youth of to­day to act more and be an agent of change in the com­mu­nity,” La­cayanga ended.

(L-R) Miss Ak­lan Eleonara Valentina Laorenza (sec­ond run­ner-up), Miss Ilo­cos Norte Dianne Ir­ish Joy La­cayanga (Miss Bayani­han Queen), Miss Milen­nial Philip­pines 2017 Ju­lia Gonowon, Miss La Union Carina Carino (first run­nerup) and Miss Mal­abon Shiara...

Ju­lia Gonowon

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