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Meet Gazini Ganados, Miss Universe Philippines 2019

Our new queen is from Talisay, Cebu!
PHOTO: Instagram/gazinii

Gazini Ganados is our newly crowned Miss Universe Philippines!

The 23-year-old Cebuana is a seasoned pageant queen, having joined a number of local pageants in the past.

Her first shot at a national beauty pageant was when she joined Miss World Philippines 2014, where she made it to the Top 15.

This makes Miss Universe Philippines her first national crown.

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A tourism graduate from the University of San Jose-Recoletos, Gazini is an only child raised by a single mother.

In her Binibining Pilipinas 2019 introductory video, the model-turned-beauty queen paid tribute to her mother who "honed and molded me to become the strong independent woman I am today."

Gazini also grew up with her grandparents, whom she calls "nanay" and "tatay."

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They are the reason Gazini's main advocacy in Binibining Pilipinas 2019 is elderly care.

In a recent Instagram post, Gazini wrote: "To my nanay and tatay this is for you.

"Aging will always be part of one's life, so getting old should not be greeted with fear...

"More than anything else, it should be embraced and celebrated. It should be seen as a phase of culmination of everything beautiful about our individual lives...

"An important part of my Bininining Pilipinas journey is my social cause for our SENIOR CITIZENS.

"Right from the start, I've been actively campaigning for more opportunities and programs for our elderly population.

"As I go around the elderly havens, I've seen the need to lobby for more facilities for them, where they can still be allowed to be productive and to pursue greater things with the help of the GOVERNMENT, their FAMILIES, and respective COMMUNITY. 

"Aside from ensuring them with a GOOD QUALITY OF LIFE, I've learned that helping them attain a SOCIALLY ACTIVE LIFESTYLE beyond their retirement is vital to their HOLISTIC DEVELOPMENT. 

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"I will never get tired to tell the whole world, that my grandparents are the one who helped my single mom in raising me.

"With this advocacy, I want to honor them, by doing my best in using my platform, to make their years more exciting and worth looking forward to..."

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Based on her Instagram's posts, Gazini is a frequent traveler and loves going to the beach.

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She's even gone scuba diving!

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Gazini keeps a healthy lifestyle by going to the gym, practicing yoga, and eating a vegetarian diet.

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Gazini was crowned Miss Universe Philippines 2019 on June 9, 2019, at the Smart Araneta Coliseum, Cubao, Quezon City.

She trained under Kagandahang Flores Cebu.