Laura was crowned by Miss World Philippines 2016, Catriona Gray and Miss World Stephanie Del Valle. All six Miss World Continental Queens attended the ceremony! In addition to visiting Beauty With A Purpose and charity initiatives throughout the Philippines.
Miss World Continental Queens enter the stage!
Laura is the first titleholder to be crowned in the newly designed ‘Pearl of Orient’ Crown! The incredible crown was designed by our own Miss World 2013, Megan Young. Megan unveiled the ‘Pearl of Orient’ at the contest, as well as presenting questions to the candidates.
Megan posed this question to Laura: “There are people who do not believe that pageants are there to empower women, what would you say to them?”
Laura coherently outlined the benefits and empowerment of the Miss World Philippines Pageant, with her winning answer:
“To anyone who doesn’t believe in pageants, I would ask them to take a look at the girls we have on stage tonight, because we had lawyers, we had architects, we have women of substance who were here today not only because of what they look like but because of what’s in their heart, what’s in their mind and because they have brought forth beauty with a purpose projects, they’re here fighting to represent the Philippines and become the best version of a Filipina and to me that is only something to celebrate not protest.”
The twenty three year old competed with thirty four other contestants for the title. She performed well from the start of the competition, gaining the sub title awards of Miss BYS Philippines and Miss Cosmo Skin. However, Laura feels that her win is still sinking in:
“Surreal. That’s the only word I can use to describe the feeling right now. This is a dream to me and I feel like it’s going to end any moment. I woke up this morning just like you… not believing someone as normal like me had a crown on her head.”
At the age of twenty three, Laura has already had an interesting career. She graduated in Psychology from the Ateneo de Manila University and became UAAP courtside reporter. Laura has now become a TV host.