Precious And Few
Here is how she introduced herself to the world:
"MABUHAY! Representing the democratic and freedom-loving people of the Pearl of the Orient, I am Precious Lara Quigaman, from the beautiful country of THE PHILIPPINES"
She also gave as good as she got in the Q&A portion:
Question: "What do you say to the people of the world who have typecasted Filipinos as nannies?"
Answer: "I take no offense on being typecasted as a nanny. But I do take offense that the educated people of the world have somehow denegrated the true sense and meaning of what a nanny is. Let me tell you what she is. She is someone who gives more than she takes. She is someone you trust to look after the very people most precious to you - your child, the elderly, yourself. She is the one who has made a living out of caring and loving other people. So to those who have typecasted us as nannies, thank you. It is a testament to the loving and caring culture of the Filipino people and for that, I am forever proud and grateful of my roots and culture."
She got thunderous applause and a standing ovation from the audience.
Lara has a national vocational qualification in media productions and is a communications graduate from Filton College in Britain where her mother worked as a nurse. She first studied for one year at UST, and continued her schooling wherever her mother worked (first in Bahrain then in the UK). Her father is a native of Bicol.
Here are other photos of her taken during the pageant:
Feminists the world over will surely not take kindly to this post. They will spout the oft-quoted spiels, "Beauty is in the eye of the beholder" or "What is essential is invisible to the eye". I do agree but I still would like to give credit where credit is due and in this instance, I hope no one begrudges me the opportunity to congratulate her for a job well done.