PH-based artist, phi­lan­thropist wins Mrs. Uni­verse 2018 awards

Sun.Star Cebu - - LIVE! -

When it comes to Filipinos and pageants, 2018 was a mile­stone year. Just days be­fore Ca­tri­ona Gray brought home the crown for Miss Uni­verse, artist and phi­lan­thropist Aditi Ahuja was crowned dur­ing the Mrs. Uni­verse 2018 pageant, held Dec. 10, 2018 at the Water­front Cebu City Ho­tel and Casino.

“This was my first time to par­tic­i­pate in a pageant at this global level. When this came my way, I had a thought­pro­vok­ing re­flec­tion and knew I was go­ing for it and giv­ing my best. More­over, I wanted to ex­pe­ri­ence the en­tire process, be a part of one of the most re­puted pageants, meet a cir­cle of in­flu­en­tial ladies across the globe, build as­so­ci­a­tions, and also make my friends, fam­ily and the en­tire com­mu­nity proud,” she said.

Ahuja, 39, rep­re­sented West Pa­cific Asia and com­peted against 88 con­tes­tants from around the world. She won the crown and awards for Mrs. Uni­verse Joy 2018 and Mrs. Uni­verse Gen­eros­ity 2018, a recog­ni­tion of her so­cial work en­deav­ors in the Philip­pines.

“I was over­whelmed with hap­pi­ness and grat­i­tude for this ti­tle,” shared Ahuja. “For me, it com­pletely de­picts what I am, my heart and my work, it’s a con­sol­i­da­tion of my ad­vo­cacy and be­liefs—when we care for oth­ers, our own strength to live in­creases. The pas­sion to help is equiv­a­lent to the pas­sion to lead a happy, healthy and ful­fill­ing life.”

For nine years, Ahuja has been in­volved with lo­cal in­sti­tu­tions that sup­port her ad­vo­ca­cies re­lated to chil­dren and young women. She works with Ma­havir Foun­da­tion to pro­vide ar­ti­fi­cial limbs to the hand­i­capped, Ta­hanan Ng

Pag­mama­hal to pro­vide homes for aban­doned chil­dren, Mar­i­lac Hills to aid sex­u­ally abused girls and women, Nazareth Home to sup­port sin­gle moth­ers and Ms. Pos­si­bil­i­ties Foun­da­tion to sup­port women and chil­dren with spe­cial needs.

Born in Lucknow, In­dia, Ahuja moved to the Philip­pines in 2009 with her fam­ily and be­gan a ca­reer as a con­tem­po­rary artist along­side her char­ity work. She put up her first solo ex­hibit, The Spir­i­tual Magma: A World-at-Large Se­ries at the Qube Gallery in Cebu on Oc­to­ber 2015. Cur­rently, she runs Sprout: A Com­pre­hen­sive Art Cur­ricu­lum, an art and cre­ativ­ity en­hance­ment work­shops on week­ends, and plans an­other solo ex­hibit by early 2020. An oc­ca­sional model, Ahuja has also been rec­og­nized as one of Manila’s Best Dressed Women in 2017, and does mod­el­ing as­sign­ments for a cause.

Mrs. Uni­verse was founded in 2007, with its in­au­gu­ral pageant held in El Sal­vador. The com­pe­ti­tion is open to mar­ried women ages 18-55. It takes pride in rec­og­niz­ing honor­able women in so­ci­ety, and pro­vid­ing them with a fo­rum to share their ad­vo­ca­cies, as well as so­lu­tions on how to help their lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties.

Mrs. Uni­verse Joy and Mrs. Uni­verse Gen­eros­ity 2018 Aditi Ahuja.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Philippines

© PressReader. All rights reserved.