Daya­nara is back

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The ar­rival of Daya­nara Tor­res in Manila last Jan­uary 24 caused quite a stir. Pi­noys have clearly not got­ten over the beauty queen, ac­tress, and dancer, whom they’ve taken a fancy to, con­sid­er­ing her a nat­u­ral­ized Pi­nay.

It may be re­called that Daya­nara, as the reign­ing Miss Uni­verse 1993, first came to Manila in 1994 to pass on the Miss Uni­verse crown to the next queen—who hap­pened to be Miss In­dia Sushmita Sen.

Daya­nara ob­vi­ously fell in love with our bayang mag­iliw, be­cause she de­cided to stay in the coun­try longer. She even­tu­ally be­came a TV and movie star who also took on host­ing jobs and prod­uct en­dorse­ments.

Be­fore she knew it, she had al­ready spent five years in the Philip­pines. In those five years, she learned to speak Ta­ga­log well and took a lik­ing to our sini­gang na baboy and lumpia. She also stole the heart of Aga Muh­lach, then the coun­try’s num­ber-one mati­nee idol, as well as the hearts of show­bi­zlov­ing Pi­noys.

When she left in 1999 to re­turn to her home coun­try, Puerto Rico, where she would pur­sue her act­ing and singing ca­reer, her Pi­noy fans—whom she had charmed with her down-to-earth at­ti­tude and friendly na­ture—were heart­bro­ken.

But Daya­nara did what she had to do. Sub­se­quently, she was also able to pen­e­trate Hol­ly­wood, where she met the fu­ture fa­ther of her two sons, the Grammy award-win­ning Latin Amer­i­can singer-song­writer Marc An­thony.

Her 2017 home­com­ing of sorts to Manila had to do with the 65th Miss Uni­verse pageant, which the Philip­pines was host­ing for the third time (the first two times were in 1974 and 1994). Daya­nara, who had ear­lier been nick­named Yari by her Pi­noy fans, was tasked to be one of the judges of the pageant, along­side other Miss Uni­verse queens—Miss Uni­verse 1994 Sushmita Sen (In­dia), Miss Uni­verse 2007 Riyo Mori (Ja­pan), and Miss Uni­verse 2011 Leila Lopes (An­gola).

This wasn’t Yari’s first visit to Manila, though. In 2006, she was here for four days to ful­fill her du­ties as en­dorser of the beauty clinic Bev­erly Hills 6750.

The good news is that Daya­nara, af­ter her Miss Uni­verse du­ties as pageant judge, may opt to stay longer in the coun­try—again. We heard that she’s now be­ing rep­re­sented by Manila Ge­n­e­sis, the event and tal­ent man­age­ment agency run by An­geli Pangili­nan-Va­len­ciano.

Yari, who is now 42, can still speak Ta­ga­log—or Filipino, to use the of­fi­cial name of our na­tional lan­guage. In fact, when she was about to fly to Manila, she started to in­clude Taglish and Filipino in her English and Span­ish posts on so­cial me­dia. Since then, she has been giv­ing her Pi­noy fans daily doses of trilin­gual cap­tions, shoutouts, and hash­tags.

For in­stance, on Jan­uary 24, when she posted her Manila ar­rival video on her In­sta­gram ac­count @daya­narapr, she an­nounced: “Fi­nally Here! Philip­pines Mi 2ndo Hogar...! Na Miss Ko Kayo...

” As you can see, she refers to the Philip­pines as “Mi 2ndo Hogar,” or “My Sec­ond Home.”

Her In­sta­gram post came with the hash­tags #mis­suni­verse #Mis­sUni­verse93 #2017 #ThisIsIt #It­sANewDay #Philip­pines #Mis­sNaMis­sKoKayo #Mom­myAtWork #Blessed #Ben­de­cida #Happy.

And our col­lec­tive shoutout goes: Na‑miss ka rin namin, Yari!

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