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A look at Gazini Ganados’ Miss Universe Philippines 2019 journey

By Brooke Villanueva Published Oct 24, 2020 10:23 am

Miss Universe Philippines 2019 Gazini Ganados is set to crown her successor this Sunday, October 25. 

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MAAYONG HAPON!! I Still Can't Believe It! Cebuanos We Made It!! First, let me give thanks to the almighty Father for bringing me this far and giving me the strength, courage, faith and the DETERMINATION to succeed. To my guardian angel nanay and tatay.?? It is with deepest appreciation and sincere gratitude to say thank you. Thank you to my Prayer warriors, supporters,Gazininjas, Friends, and Family/KF Family/ KF CEBU/ Origin Model Management Family/ My admin Lynelle/ Catwalk Mentor Geraldine joy Arcuyo Stylist Ej Mondia/ Edward Castro/ My qna Mentor Jv/Tyron/ Cj/ Jace and Gabs/ Carla Soft/ Max/John Fitness Coach Kenneth Benton/ Coach rane and Sir Angelo From Golds Gym @toledomedph Photoshoot studio Jon Unson/ Mark Philip Dales Videoshoot ChinitoFilms/ Ian Paul Films MUA Nicko/ Jomer / Marr/ Mmy Jonas/ Mmy Bryan Hair Niño Evening Gown Designer Cary Santiago National Costume Richard Apayla Talent Costume Roy Erwin Tizon Also to Talisay City Government First District 1st District of Cebu. I can't thank each and everyone of you enough for being so supportive throughout my entire journey. You all deserve more than just a "Thank you!" I need you all to know that you will remain in my heart now and forever. All your love and support has made the endless days and nights of blood, sweat and tears, vigorous training sessions, all worthwhile! To my other beautiful Binibini sisters, ?CONGRATULATIONS ? you did it, I did it, we all did it !! We are all WINNERS. I can assure you that this is not the end. This is the start of a new beginning❤ You girls did an awesome job! It was nothing but hard work and with hard work, comes success. -Gazini Christiana Jordi Ganados Your Miss Universe Philippines 2019 ? #BeyondBeauty #Gaziniverse

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Even under a new franchise, Binibining Pilipinas Charities gave her the green light to be present at the pageant, which will be held at the Baguio Country Club.

Ganados—who took home the best national costume award at the Miss Universe 2019 pageant—may have failed to make it to the top 10, but she has remained to be a firm advocate for others. 

First and foremost, her heart has always been for elderly care. “The world is aging, and my grandparents raised me, and I’ve worked in an organization that was supporting elderly care,” she declared before joining the top 20 of the competition. “I learned then, I realized that there’s this stigma between ageism, poverty, exclusivity, and invisibility. It is rightful for us that they are the ones who paved the way for us and we should reciprocate that love and no one should be left behind.” 

She continues to raise awareness of the struggles that the elderly face each day, having served as goodwill ambassador of the Confederation of Older Persons Associations of the Philippines as well as the Coalition of Services of the Elderly (COSE)—her chosen beneficiary at the BayaniRun 2019.

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Good news! ❤️ My heart is full as President Duterte signed the law creating the National Commission for Senior Citizens (R.A 11350). It will be tasked to ensure the full implementation of all laws and government programs aimed at ensuring the welfare of our lolos and lolas and to formulate policies for the protection and promotion of their rights. As an advocate for elderly care, I am always looking for feasible, sustainable and practical ways to help them live fully, healthily and happily. ? You can do your part too through acts of kindness and gratitude, big and small. ❤️ (P.S. Thank you to Mayor Isko Moreno for uplifting the lives of the elders by encouraging local establishments to hire senior citizens and PWDs and for granting monthly allowance to the senior citizens. Mabuhay po kayo! ✨) #missuniversephilippines

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Likewise, Ganados bagged the ASEAN Youth Leadership Award and ASEAN Youth Icon Award both in 2019. “It’s only four months since winning Miss Universe Philippines and this title has already blessed me with a tremendous platform to push for causes that I care about and to do the actual work in helping the sectors of our society that need attention and care,” she wrote in a photo caption.

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Humbled to be the recipient of the ASEAN Youth Leadership Award 2019 and ASEAN Youth Icon Award 2019 by the Global Youth Parliament. ?❤️ It’s only four months since winning Miss Universe Philippines and this title has already blessed me with a tremendous platform to push for causes that I care about and to do the actual work in helping the sectors of our society that need attention and care. Thank you United Nations-Sustainable Development Goals, Luwalhati ng Maynila, Gasa sa Gugma, Coalition of Services of the Elderly, Inc., Smile Train, LoveYourself, and all the organizations and companies that we have been working with for supporting our causes and for lending help. ❤️ Nay and Tay, I know that you are smiling down on me from heaven. Gimingaw ko ninyo. ❤️ ? @ryanaguasphotography #missuniversephilippines #globalyouthparliament #aseanyouthleadershipsummit #ganadosforlolasandlolos

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Apart from this, she’s been an LGBTQIA+ ally, calling the queer community “one of the most accepting and embracing communities” in an Instagram post. 

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"The beauty of standing up for your rights is others see you standing and stand up as well." — Cassandra Duffy Happy #Pride Month to one of the most accepting and embracing communities, LGBTQIA+ community and allies! ? Let this celebration serve as a reminder that, while the fight for equality and acceptance may be far from over, we can stand up for our rights, take the baton and join the generation of brave LGBTQIA+ warriors. ⚔️ Raise Your (Pride) Flag! ?️‍??️‍??️‍? #LoveIsLove #Pride #LGBTQ Miss Universe Philippines 2019 Gazini Christiana Jordi Ganados Styling Janno Styles / Dan Fernando Dress by Ed Gendrix Resos MUA: Drew Galleguez Hair by Alexander Rol Thank you @lynellehair

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The beauty queen has also used her voice to spark inspiration in others by opening up about life’s challenges and “how I overcame them by developing a winning mindset.” For her, success involves “going outside the box, taking risks, and breaking the norm.”

Ganados worked with Smile Train Philippines to bring joy to kids with cleft lip and cleft palate and draw big smiles on their faces. “I realized that they should have the amazing ability to confidently smile as there’s nothing more satisfying that seeing a happy and smiling child,” she said.

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Extremely blessed to have worked with Smile Train Philippines @smiletrainph and give love and happiness on World Smile Day! We interacted with the kids with cleft lip and cleft palate and realized that they should have the amazing ability to confidently smile as there’s nothing more satisfying than seeing a happy and smiling child. We can help them give the smile that they truly deserve. To donate, contact 0917 52 TRAIN (09175287246) or email [email protected] You can also visit www.smiletrain.ph for more details! Together, we change the world one smile at a time ❤️ ? @ryanaguasphotography @gembzee @goldjacekelly @mlaspinasph @tyronbeckford Thankyou so much. #missuniversephilippines2019 #smiletrain #givesmiles

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Like the other binibinis, she’s been focused not only on spreading light to those with HIV/AIDS via LoveYourself, Inc., but also ending the stigma that goes with it. “Get tested and be informed about your status! Ignorance and prejudice are fueling the spread of a preventable disease,” exclaimed Ganados.

Ganados helped Best Buddies, a non-profit organization for those with intellectual and developmental disabilities, mark their 30th year by bonding with their kids over pizza. “I have always believed in your mission of creating meaningful connections for people with IDD to gain self-confidence and self-esteem,” she wrote in an IG caption. 

She also condemned the ABS-CBN shutdown, which affected over 11,000 employees at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic.

And like a true queen, in one of her posts, she has done her part in reminding everyone from time to time to take responsibility amid the coronavirus outbreak and wear a mask.

Article thumbnails taken from Gazini Ganados' Instagram account