TACLOBAN CITY – A lass from this city whose advocacy is for children with disabilities is one of the 40 lovely ladies vying for the crowns up for grab in this year’s Binibining(Bb). Pilipinas 2017.
The coronation for new beauty queens will be held on Sunday (April 30) at the Smart Araneta Coliseum, Quezon City.
Ana Patricia Lauzon Asturias, 24, has the attributes of a Bb. Pilipinas queen as she is beautiful, confident, and has passion to help others, especially those who are in dire needs.
The Tacloban beauty queen hopes to win the titles up for grabs on Sunday night coronation, namely, Miss International, Miss Globe, Miss Intercontinental, Miss Supranational and Miss Universe, considered as the most prestigious title.
A licensed interior designer who graduated from the Sto. Tomas University, Asturias nicknamed Patrik, is 5’6 tall, weighs 110 pounds, well-travelled and worked as a model in Singapore before settling in Manila.
She is the daughter of Joselito and Arlene Lauzon Asturias, owner of Jose Karlo and Rovinaire, among Tacloban City’s most popular coffee shops.
The young Asturias, who is also a trained barista, helped design and manage their coffee shops.
In an interview, Asturias said that joining the Bb. Pilipinas pageant has given her an avenue to know herself better and to be able to reach out to more people.
“It has been a challenging and fun journey so for.I met great and inspiring people. My days have been constantly filled improving every aspect of myself physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually, and that is what joining a pageant is all about aside from stage performance,” Asturias said.
Arlene, a former beauty queen herself, said that her daughter has received offers for her to join beauty pageants in the past but turned them down.
After her Singapore experience and upon the prodding of friends, she finally entertained the idea to undergo trainings with Aces & Queens of Jonas Gaffud, the same mentors of Miss Universe 2016 Pia Wurtzbach.
Asturias said that she feels she has a crown on her head. So whether she makes it or not on Sunday night, still the experience is gold.
(VICKY C. ARNAIZ)